My friend Betty Rain, a terrific blogger and formerly a sensible liberal, has become a modern liberal Democrat. That's noit a good thing. Her moving further and further to the Democratic left has occurred since President Obama became the King.
The Obama administration has formed the most radical liberal government Americans have seen since F.D.R. Betty appears to think this is a good thing. I prefer to think of it as a mixed bag. I look at American politics as headed for a disaster if Mr. Obama's course is followed.
The President seems to be a nice fellow at times; both smart and committed to America. However, within the blink of an eye he becomes an arrogant, ego driven zealot determined to advance his private ultra-liberal agenda no matter what. His unusual assortment of character traits appear to be leading our nation astray.
His administration, from the first day, exclusive of the politically normal and groundless attacks by the spurned Republicans, has surprisingly displayed the incompetance and utter lack of preparation of the Obama administration's appointed or elected office leadership. With the fixed purpose of creating a more powerful executive branch, and a less influential Congress and Supreme Court, Mr. Obama has given America a very large problem.
That, of course, is my opinion and not Betty Rain's.
She and other very liberal Democrats do not see it that way. Not at all. And sadly, they no longer consider political opinions that do not fit under the Liberal Democrat agenda. That is, or has become, Mr. Obamas echo. This one sided position is doing great harm to our national status in the world. It has also weakened the foundational strengths of America.
Any and all responsible American political leader understands there are times when liberal solutions are the superior and necessary. The Liberal Democrats led by Mr. Obama are purposely disregarding the proven practice of continuing America as a nation of laws. The outlaw behavior will destroy our nation if not turned back to the principles of our foundation. America, to be America, must treasure the Constitution and the other founding documents.***
Betty's argument, following Mr. Obama's, is that America has actually never been successful. The theory is that America started on the wrong foot in 1776, and lasted until the Ultra-Liberal Democrats took control - only because our nation is blessed with so many natural resources. They, Ultra-Liberal Democrats, seriously believe America has been, since it was founded, the worlds' most arrogant bully. They refuse to give any credence to our national character or actions.
Instead, Mr. Obama (and Betty) call attention to Americas problems and failures, and there are plenty of each. They dismiss the successes of our complicated nation. This attitude paints an incorrect picture. It has often been necessary to chose between poor solutions, or to select the decision with the least negative consequences, and so forth. The enlightened citizen understands and accepts this. Typically an Ultra-Liberal Democrat does not.
- Since 1776 our impact on the world has been mostly negative.
- Our foreign relations (Military power and dollar dipolmacy) is a proven failure.
- We have been in several wars that could have been avoided.
- Soldiers and civilians have died or been wounded unnecessarily in wars.
- There should be no incentive to work.
- Wages should be the same for all regardless of effort and skill.
- There should be no gap between rich and poor.
- The able should supply fresh water and food for the unable.
- The wealth of a nation should be controlled by it's political administration.
- There should be no deficit and money should be printed (created) as needed..
This list is enough to illustrate the world-view of the very liberal extreme which is at the present time represented by the Democratic Political Party.
The other side is currently casting about, trying to find and articulate their agenda. If they want to win elections they need to get their act together. When they finally sort it out, the Republican Party must not be strictly conservative or libertarian - but It must include conservative, libertarian, and liberal points of view. The result, to win citizen support, will have to be somewhere near the middle, and favor the right. This, potentially, would re-establish Americas traditional, Constitutional, and law abiding political administration.
We differ on what constitutes "needed change." A few years ago Betty and I enjoyed discussing political ideas. She from the left and I from the right. Betty eventually lost interest and our conversations ended. At that point she had started to dismiss ideas other than her own. Conservative, libertarian, and Republican opinions were rejected before they were considered. It's probably better that we ended our political conversations.
THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATIONAt the moment our Federal Government is controlled by Liberal Democrats. They have the votes to temporarily control the House and the Senate. The President is in his second term. Much of his first term was used to appoint (like-minded) Liberal Democrats to critical and sensitive positions of power. From his first day in office, the President has promoted a controversial series of Ultra-Liberal ideas that have not been received well. Despite a documented history of failure, he beleives that a big government, with strong federal control, will be far superior to our democratic republic. He claims this can be done while permitting almost as much freedom as individuals have now. The American majority does not agree - but he persists. In simple language, the President is doing his best to destroy the American Constitution, eliminate the influence of the Declaration of Independence, and erase the guidance other traditional historical documents. Members of the Republican Party (myself included) do not. The President's impact is substantial, damaging, and contrary to the American traditions.
THE THREE BRANCHES There are good and bad members of both political parties. Most are citizens of talent and achievement. They are good people, smart, honest and knowledgeable - but they both can't always be right. The Founding Fathers knew this and designed the government to by cooperation and arbitration. It's not a perfect government, but it's better than most.
Most Liberal Democrat voters support the political party that promises to reduce the gap between rich and poor. It is a commendable ambition. Unfortunately, history confirms that the cost of doing so is enormous. Because of this Liberal Democrats trust promises and overlook past performance. They ignore the brutal side effects of the government forcing the change. The Ultra-Liberal Democrats now in power have promised everything, and accomplished nothing. This includes reducing the rich-poor gap.
Meanwhile, the Republican party has become badly divided. They were In power for many years and essentially became the "establishment." The party turned away from their majority voters and did not accomplish as expected. The challenge of representing their Republican constituencies was absolutely lost in the shuffle. These Republican politicians spent most of their time insuring their re-election. The citizens they represented were replaced by Political Action Committees, Special Interests, and campaigning for re-election. The restless Republican voting majority of more dynamic and traditional voters became known as "Conservative Republicans." They promote positive change using the smallest government that can get the job done. They also strongly believe in the measured steps of a free market.
Conservatives are largely ignored by the Republican establishment. They have not been able to gain traction. Frustrated and disillusioned many have moved to Tea Party. They hope to find a voice by organizing outside of the establishment Republican Party. They have and are attracting members and they are gaining influence with the electorate.
The ultra-liberal philosophy promises failure.The Obama led administration has been extremely disappointing. Their corruption, arrogance, and downright stupidity is astounding. From the top down, they are convincingly incompetent. On the other hand, the Grand Old Republican Party, is in no condition to appose the Democrats. The party leadership is a confused maze of lawyers and junior executives, and all of them together are unable to compose an acceptable party platform - So they have no platform at all.
It doesn't work and never has.
It doesn't work and never has.
Tea Party, here I come!