That’s what we have now?

Really?

In their (the Republicans — ed.) view, a failed Obama presidency will pave the way to establishing their own far-right retrograde vision of a society without a strong central government with regulatory powers to protect the public interest. Instead of government of, by and for the people, Medicare would become privatized and government would serve as the puppet of corporate America.

Well, let me say first that I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with a society that doesn’t have a strong centralized government. Looking at the Constitution and the writings of the Founding Fathers, it’s quite plain that they didn’t either. The problem is, of course, that document has been folded, spindled & mutilated to justify said strong central government. You see people going on all the time, and rightly so, about the Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendments taking a beating at the hands of governments at all levels — but you could say the very same thing about the Tenth Amendment, with all the power the government has claimed. And it’s all in the name of — you guessed it! — public safety.

And “government of, by and for the people”? If this letter-writer thinks we have that now, she’s either a blithering idiot or hasn’t been paying attention for only God knows how long. More like “government of the hoi polloi, by and for their (self-appointed) betters.” Why do you see the sentiment among certain people (who I am sure speak for more than we’d like to think) that “we’re not gonna vote our way out of this”?

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2 Responses to “That’s what we have now?”

  1. TBeck Says:

    Classical liberalism has evolved into a particularly nasty and racist brand of statism. I blame the Progs.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    I don’t think it’s so much evolved as been superseded. Classical liberals are still out there; they just call ’em small-L libertarians these days.

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