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Sunday, February 8. 2009
Norman Mattoon Thomas (Nov. 20, 1884-Dec. 19, 1968) - some of us are old enough to remember him running for President - was a leading American socialist, pacifist and six time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.
Norman Thomas said this in a 1944 speech:
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That's the second time I have seen this quote surface this weekend. Nice to see it getting some play.
The current power grab for economic centralization and control is something new in it's 'audacity'. The socialists have been happy to work incrementally up to this point. In effect, an attempt is being made to fundamentally change the relationship between the people, the states and the central governmnet under the guise of managing a 'crisis'. It appears however, that they may have taken too big a bite too soon. In two years it will become painfully obvious that the socialists have played their last hand. An additional 15% of last years GDP may be coming under their control but it will be a disaster for the country. The people and the states will tire quickly of the mismanagement. It will be time to start over, hopefully under the principles outlined in our Constitution.
It will be time to start over? I'll say. But, pray tell, how will that be accomplished?
Ignorance is not bliss. Unfortunately, about 50% of the voting population does not know this.
The full quote is: "If wisdom be folly, then ignorance is bliss." KM
"The people and the states will tire quickly of the mismanagement." Will they?
Thomas was a fine man. My father knew him slightly. I am rather sure I never encountered him as a child.
It is hard to grasp his views precisely. I'll write a few words which will be totally biased.
IMO Thomas, himself, did not dare to examine his own views too closely. Lest he find fatal flaws.
He really believed Socialism was the best possible path for society and could still allow great individual freedom.
His Socialism would be a wonderful sausage with each morsel being distinct and free, yet contributing to all.
He was mistaken.
Hayek and Orwell were around then. But they actually bothered to examine how Socialist Sausage was being made abroad.
My Dad voted for Norman Thomas in the 1940 election. But by 1941 he saw that war was coming, joined the Army, and spent the next four years in the service. These days I think he is feeling nostalgic for his youthful idealism and has taken to calling himself a socialist.
The policies of this administration may lead toward a severe devaluation of the currency within a regulatory environmnet which makes it amost impossible to move toward production and away from debt based consumption. There's no way out under their scenario. They speak about raising taxes on the rich as the economy contracts, not to pay for this stuff but in the name of 'fairness', rather than allowing markets to clear. Who will invest without potential returns? There is little left to take through regulation or taxation, without destroying what productive capacity is left. You can pretend that increases in debt to fund more government is a solution but it's not. Economic reality will always win out, eventually. Who will buy the debt without much higher yields? Will people be looking toward the federal governmnet for additional solutions to problems caused by governmnet intervention and over-reach? The death of contemporary liberalism is right around the corner. This isn't 1932. We've been there, done that.
You and I and most of the people who frequent this blog know that. But we were at a dinner last night with a number of people, about half of them civil servants. They are still in love with Obama. Completely. They don't have the background to see the causalities the way we do. If Obama's strategies fail it will be because they were not sufficiently drastic. One trillion wasn't enough - it should have been five trillion.
Our knowing what is likely to happen is good but insufficient. We need to do a much better job of telling the world what is likely to happen. And after something bad has happened, telling America precisely why it has happened.
Why wouldn't civil servants always be in love with him. To them he brings more money, power and security. To all the rest of us only misery.
True enough. But I still know others who should know better yet don't. Not yet, anyway.
I was in CVS tonight, getting some Ricola's for Boy. They had these Øbama commemorative plates... "Change Has Come"... "As Seen on TV"...
I was in line with a handful of women buying prescriptions of one sort or another. As I neared the register I asked the clerk if they had sold many of the plates. "Just one," she said.
"No," said the manager behind her, "We opened one to put it on display."
"No wonder," says I, "I pay for the plate, then everyone in the neighborhood gets to eat off of it."
Dead silence as I paid for the lozenges and dashed out.
Bravo! Why'd you dash out? You should have smiled benignly upon the proles, nodded your head a few times, farted really loudly and strolled out.
I know... bad theater. I was a bit harried as it took me three stops to get three separate items this evening, and the only one I was lacking at this point was Geary's HSA. Dinner guests were enroute and I had no time for small talk with the somnambulists.
If it's any consolation, the dash was more of a skip. ;->
When the other side does it, it's called a scare tactic. What do we call it when our side does it?
Norman was grandfather to Evan.
Dr. X ... "What do we call it when our side does it?" Intelligent.
Always a scarce commodity, I'm afraid.