We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For statists like Mr. Obama, no matter how bloated our government has become, America is forever just one legislative act away from utopia, if only those untrustworthy Americans would just get in line. The man who ran on hope has instead embraced a tragic pessimism that views all free Americans with disdain as either incompetent rubes in need of his salvation or unrighteous villains in need of his rules. Either way, Mr. Obama embraces a command-and-control government and rejects American freedom.
Mr. Obama’s distrust of Americans is his fatal flaw, and Republicans would be wise to exploit it fully.
OK, but how many Americans trust themselves anymore? Judging from the video we posted earlier today, the youth seem to be trained to want Uncle Sam to be their parent for life.
this sense the advocacy of a socialistic act or measure will not necessarily characterize a Socialist. Socialism will mean, not one, but many things socialistic. Thus, for example, protection is socialistic. Yet the protectionist is not, as such, a Socialist. Most protectionists are not Socialists. Many protectionists are, in their general views, as anti-socialistic as men can well be.
The Socialist, under this definition, would be the man who, in general, distrusts the effects of individual initiative and individual enterprise ; who is easily convinced of the utility of an assumption, by the State, of functions which have hitherto been left to personal choices and personal aims ; and who, in fact, supports and advocates many and large schemes of this character.
Most of these linked essays contain a mishmash of jumbled thoughts. This tops the list.
Milton R. Wolf: Consider our decline in just the past two generations. Our grandfathers, who stood against evil and shed their blood to stop it, never would have tolerated their own government becoming so totalitarian that it would dictate to them what car they should drive, what (if any) health insurance they should choose or even what light bulb they should buy.
"Our grandfathers" refers to the WWII generation, people who were conscripted into war, and who, for the most part, accepted strict rationing and other extensive government controls of the economy. They had repeatedly reelected FDR and his New Deal, and once the war ended, they also supported extensive foreign aid and large government benefits to veterans.
They mostly volunteered to pay their debt to the social contract, to give back and pay it forward to the next kid that comes along. They sacrificed through rationing to defeat a common enemy as it required by all free citizens.
They did not fight for FDR, they did not fight for the United States government, they fought for America. America, which is the body of people known as Americans and for which, at the time, the United States government was the agent, not the master. As as with any agent, the duty falls to the principle when the agent cannot meet the demands with the resources given.
They supported the Christian charity that rebuilt the world from American wealth and they supported those who stood when danger came calling. As for electing FDR and the New Deal, where there are flaws in democracy that Lincoln so eloquently termed regarding fooling the people.
And sometime in the 'Progressive' era, the bureaucrats became self-aware and rose up in the belief that they could make people better even if they had to destroy them to achieve it.
Most government imposed war-time restrictions were complied with only as temporary measures and not as permanent controls. They were quickly lifted once the war was over, and the Feds knew they had to lift them as soon as possible to avoid a public backlash.
Nowadays, we have a government that picks unwinnable wars so they can never be over, and so any measures they take are designed to be permanent fixtures of society. Your government thinks you are idiots - please stop trying to prove them right.
JKB: They sacrificed through rationing to defeat a common enemy as it required by all free citizens.
Yes, they did. The American people, as a whole, voluntarily supported the government in implementing policies that were far more stringent than anything being proposed today. That directly undermines the writer's comments about that generation.
JKB: As for electing FDR and the New Deal, where there are flaws in democracy that Lincoln so eloquently termed regarding fooling the people.
It wasn't a one-time mistake. FDR won election four times, along with a strong New Deal Congress.