Friday, September 6, 2013

Leftism: Imposed By Lies and Tricks and Doesn't Work

In my blog Principled Conservatism Will Save This Country-not Liberalism, I recently tried to capture the essence of principled conservatism by trying to describe it and contrast it with "liberalism" or "progressivism.." Now is the time to focus on Liberalism. I've already written some blogs about Liberalism called Why the Left Is Wrong and the Angry Left.

I recently read a transcript of a Rush Limbaugh radio show talking about the nature of "Liberals." I'm drawing heavily on his words (his words are in quotation marks).

Liberals Want to Turn America Into Something Different
America is THE MOST SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT IN GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL IDEAS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. Don't forget that. But rather than draw on and return to the very things that led to this long lasting success, Liberals want to change America AWAY from many of those things. As if they have a better idea? Liberal's ideas have been tried in places like Eastern Europe, Russia, the UK, and "Old" Europe. The result is stagnation, inflation, human misery, environmental damage and even collapse.

More Government is Liberal's Tired and Failed Idea
Liberals want more and more government---which is something relatively new in American history. Historically and Constitutionally the Federal Government has been, and is supposed to be, small. The Federal government took less than 1% of the nation's GDP prior to 1913 (prior to the advent of Federal Income taxes) and less than 10% of GDP in 1940 even after FDR's administration. Gov't spending was in the 18 to 19% of GDP area as recently as year 2000. Under Obama (and Bush), it's rocketed to 25% of GDP due to an orgy of government spending. The Republicans in the House aren't helping either.

Big government brings corruption, cronyism, waste, inefficiency, over-reach, over-spending, power-grabs, infringements on our guaranteed individual rights, infringements on States Rights, slower growth/high taxation, less freedom, less economic freedom, inflation, income inequality, and ultimately financial crises. Socialism hasn't worked in 'old" Europe. In fact, in eastern European countries, after having endured suppressive communism during the post WW II era, they are embracing a purer capitalism and enjoying higher economic freedom than in the US. And correspondingly, they have higher economic and income growth. See my blog Economic Freedom Declining in the US.

We in the US have a long history of limited government. The Founding Fathers of the US were all about limiting Federal power. Now Obama wants to change all that? He's an idiot.

Liberalism Doesn't Work
Worse, big government doesn't even accomplish the very goals that Liberals say they want to achieve. The Liberal claims are actually lies then. Are blacks much wealthier than 40 years ago?  Yes, somewhat, but the gap between black and whites is the same as it was 53 years ago. Are black high school dropout rates any better in the past 40 years? Are housing projects any less "slum-like?" Has throwing more and more money at education worked? Is the black community any healthier now compared to 50 years ago? The answer is mostly 'no' to all of these questions.

Are black families more intact compared to 50 years ago?  Not if you consider the fact that 72% of black kids are born without a father in the house: compared to 25% in the 1960s.  But "helping" those at the lower end of the economic spectrum is Liberalism's big mantra! Politicians aren't helping, they're only helping themselves.  Do you think those 1000's of politicians in Detroit did any good except line their own pockets?

More examples of the failure of Big Gov't:  Medicare is rife with fraud and is in the middle of a demographic crisis that Democrats refuse to address or even acknowledge. Even Medicaid's results are suspect.  Recent articles looking at medical outcomes of the Medicaid program show that the outcomes of that program are the same as those uninsured, ie, it doesn't work. And ObamaCare builds on this failed program. I've stated that it might be cheaper to send vouchers to the uninsured to buy policies rather than implement the ObamaCare bureaucracy. See ObamaCare Doubles Down On a Broken System.

Liberals Advance Their Agenda By Tricks and Lies
Liberals must use tricks to fool the submissive, complacent and ill-informed into their big government "solutions," Look at ObamaCare. Nearly all of the promises that were used to pass it have been proved to be false. Those promises were lies all along. ObamaCare amounts a huge power grab by the Federal Government. It won't even work. But that's OK because then Obama can justify a more complete takeover of this portion of the economy when chaos ensues.

Obama is quite the "trickster." Nearly everything he says is the opposite of what his bureaucracy is doing. He's all lies and tricks! "That's why he's appearing to be opposed to everything that's happened and happening, and trying to fix it. He is trying to create jobs when his policies are destroying them, shrinking job opportunities for people, on purpose, to make government necessary in people's lives." Obama wants more crises so that government can come "help"----when it's the government itself that causes the problems. Wake up people!

The ultimate examples of liberals are the socialists and communists who turn their economies into basket cases, take away any freedoms from their citizens and cause human, economic and environmental crises. It will happen here too if we allow it. We are well on the way now.

The Constitution is Just Something "In the Way
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The Constitution is about freedom (and responsibility), not about control and regulation! That's why the Left has problems with The Constitution and often pooh-pooh it's meaning (gun control for instance). Why do you think that the Obama Administration keeps getting slapped by Federal Courts and the Supreme Court? See my blog Federal Courts Uphold Constitution and Spank Obama. Also see here, here, here, and here.

"Liberals don't believe in the Constitution, as founded, the country as founded. They don't believe in the concept of individual liberty. They don't trust it. They don't trust that people will do what they want them to do if left alone. So they must control everything or as much of everyone's life as possible in order to create what they want. That leads to an all-out assault on individual liberty and freedom. And that's the battle that has been waging in this country since the day it was founded."

"But it's not in our Constitution to force anybody to do anything, to punish anybody for the way they believe, think or live, but it's not that way with them. Any person or thing that they perceive as a threat, and they perceive me this way, must be destroyed, my reputation (Rush's), character, must be impugned, credibility."

Liberalism Becomes coercive and overbearing."Because it's about bureaucrats "imposing" things on people. It's all about forcing people to do things: pay more taxes, must buy government specified health insurance." Why do you think the Obama admin is pumping out regulations? What about NLRB, What about EPA? It's all over-reaching and over-controlling by a seemingly ever-expanding bureaucracy and huge deficit spending.

Liberalism is About Imposing Their Beliefs On You
From Rush, "Liberals are not about choice; they are about imposition. The way they live, the way they believe, must be imposed on people, otherwise they won't do it on their own. It's taken them 50, 60 years to get to this point of conditioning people, of taking hold of the education system, the university, academia system, the media. It's taken a long time to condition people not to stand up for themselves, not to exercise freedom, not to speak outside the acceptable norms. What is political correctness but speech censorship, is all it is."

Liberalism is Not About Liberty
"Liberalism is the denial of liberty. It's the denial of freedom. It is the imposition of restrictions on people. And they are not content to simply live the way they want to. You must do everything they want, think the way they think, and if you don't, you're either gonna be punished or they'll try to relegate you to insignificance because you represent an enemy, you represent a threat to them."

"You and I are content for everybody to live the life they want to live and we'll enter the arena of ideas and we'll try to persuade them to join us in the way we view life and the way we view liberty and freedom. But it's not in our Constitution to force anybody to do anything, to punish anybody for the way they believe, think or live, but it's not that way with them."

Liberalism is Not About Free Debate Either
"Liberals cannot survive in an unrigged contest in the arena of ideas. They are not about ideas. Liberals are not about choice; they are about imposition. The way they live, the way they believe, must be imposed on people, otherwise they won't do it on their own.   What is political correctness but speech censorship, is all it is."

"They don't want competition for your mind. They don't want anybody convincing you that they're wrong. They don't want anybody telling you who they really are. And when anybody pops up that effectively does that, here come the long knives."

In a Free Country Like The USA, People Will Not Choose Liberalism.
"If they want to eat salt, they'll eat it. If they want to eat trans fats, they'll eat it. If they want to eat beef, they'll eat it. The only way liberals can get you to live the way they want you to is to deny you freedom to do what you want to do. And they're not happy with you living and thinking in ways other than the way they live and think. You must conform. If you dare speak outside the acceptable liberal norms, they're gonna come after you. They're gonna do their best to destroy whoever does that so that that person or group of people will not persuade others"

"Liberals don't believe in individual liberty, that people can't shoulder the responsibility for themselves." Sometimes, that may be true. But can an anonymous bureaucrats ever really help?  How can you foster personal responsibility outside of family, friends and community?

"What liberals want will never happen on its own. People will not live the way liberals want if left to their own devices, because people will not build walls to keep themselves in places that they don't want to be, such as the Soviet Union, such as China, such as Cuba. Those places are all run by liberals. You can call 'em communists or socialists or whatever. "

Liberalism is About Big Government, Big Brother and Ultimately Financial Calamity
"Liberalism spawns, sponsors, promotes class envy. Liberalism promotes and sponsors the division of people."

"Liberalism pits groups of people against each other. Liberalism promises certain people that others are going to be punished, that the brute force of government is gonna get even with people. It's a hideous, hideous thing. It is destructive. You look at any city in this country or any country in this world that has been run for years unchecked by liberals, and you're gonna see total destruction. You're going to see poverty."

"You're going to see economic distress; people enraged, angry, depending on somebody else to get through the day. It is an ugly, ugly picture, and it all happens under the guys of compassion! It all happens under the false promise that you're being taken care of, that you're being cared for, and that people doing this to you care about you and the other guys (i.e., Republicans) don't. It is a series of some of the most amazing lies, and that's what's breathtaking about it."

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