Liberalism is not what it started out to be. 20th century classical liberalism “stressed human rationality, individual property rights, natural rights, the need for constitutional limitations on government, and, especially, freedom of the individual from any kind of external restraint.” Liberals were usually thought of as kind, generous and compassionate
Liberalism is not what it started out to be. 20th century classical liberalism “stressed human rationality, individual property rights, natural rights, the need for constitutional limitations on government, and, especially, freedom of the individual from any kind of external restraint.” Liberals were usually thought of as kind, generous and compassionate.
In the 21st century liberalism has taken on a whole new meaning. Liberalism now holds that “the government should be responsible for providing the minimum conditions necessary for decent individual existence. In the early 20th cent. in Great Britain and France and later in the United States, the welfare state came into existence, and social reform became an accepted governmental role.”
Here’s a glimpse of what modern liberalism has wrought.
BARACK OBAMA AND THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT
In April 2009 far left actress and political activist Janeane Garafolo said this about conservatives who held Tea Parties all across this country because they oppose President Obama’s proposed “change” for America:
“It’s not about bashing Democrats. It’s not about taxes. … This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. It is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks and there is no way around that.”
Conservatives that want to put the breaks on Barack Obama’s out of control spending and plans for a single-payer health care system are racists? Rednecks?
Garafolo was using the language of deception. Her conservative-bashing is doublespeak, “straight up.”
Believe it or not a lot of Americans aren’t big fans of our president. But it has nothing to do with him being African American, it’s just that We the People do not support many of his fiscally irresponsible policies. Thus far we’re dissatisfied with his job performance. Is that a crime?
More and more Americans are rejecting the changes President Obama is bringing to America. We don’t want stimulus, bailouts, cap and trade, and socialized medicine. We are not the “party of no” – we are the citizens of no!
The Obama administration has moved this country so far to the left we’re on the verge of falling off a cliff and dying a slow painful death! Obama is doing everything within his means to go about “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Those are his words, not mine.
Obama’s ardent desire is to move this country into European-style socialism. Well, he may want to see the U.S. go back to a European form of government, he may want to redistribute the wealth (he told “Joe the Plumber” he wants to), he may want a single-payer health care system, but most American’s do not want what Obama wants! And it appears that his far-left agenda has awakened a sleeping giant. It’s called the Tea Party movement (TPM).
TPM is a grassroots movement that includes people from all walks of life and political persuasions. Folks who are just plain fed up with high taxes and big government spending. We do not want a government that micro manages every area of our lives. What We the People want is our freedom!
Progressives/liberals have been highly critical of TPM. Liberal politicians, the lame-stream media, and Hollywood elites have dubbed these patriots “teabagging rednecks,” “astroturf,” “right-wing domestic terrorists,” un-American,” “evil-mongers,” “wingnuts,” “stupid,” “racists,” “fascists” and it has been said that they’re a “rowdy bunch of ignorant white protesters who have it in for the nation's first black president.” In addition, tea partiers are “not well educated” nor are they “up on the issues.”
Um…wrong! Tea partiers are red-blooded Americans who have decided it’s high time to raise their voices loud enough so that they’ll be heard by pompous politicians who have been ignoring them for decades.
It seems there’s a war going on right here in the U.S.A.: Elites vs. We the People...The Machine vs. Fed-up folks…Public education elites vs. Parents…Progressives vs. Pretty much everyone else.
Exactly what do “teabaggers” oppose? According to one website, excessive government spending and taxation.
What do these citizens want? To save the Republic.
Safeguarding individual liberty
Ending bailouts for businesses
Fundamental tax reform
Constitutionally limited government
This is conservatism “straight-up.” And for this they’re labeled fascists?
Some in the media portray tea partiers as dumber than dirt, even though it is obvious that this is a grassroots movement, a microcosm of America. Earth to progressives! TPM is a growing group of U.S. citizens who understand that socialized healthcare will eventually drive out the private insurance doctor/hospital system and spend America into bankruptcy. So is it any wonder these folks are fuming mad?
Big government politicians do not run America! We the People do. We elected them to represent us! Come November 2010 We the Voters will fire any representative that has blatantly ignored the people’s wishes.
We the Astroturf still have a few rights -- for now, anyway. One of them being the right to vote! We also have a right to make signs and banners and gather in groups of like-minded people to protest our elected official’s shenanigans. We the Dull of Mind go to the polls and cast the votes that elect politicians – both Democrats and Republicans. Their salaries and often excessive expenses are paid by the average American’s hard-earned tax dollars! And they have the temerity to mock and ridicule us for holding them accountable?
We are not Venezuelans – we are Americans!
The good citizens of this country are concerned, and rightly so, that “Current estimates put Medicare 56 Trillion in debt in the next 25 to 30 years. The total combined debt for Medicare and Social Security in 25 to 30 years is 80 Trillion. That will be over $600,000 per family.” (http://killingourjobs.org/id13.html) Both of these areas need a fix but not a fix with something that is clearly worse – and more expensive!
Citizens are concerned about the redistribution of wealth. That’s socialism! An example of this is Obama’s plan to tax the wealthy to cover his health care reform. His plan is to tax families earning more than $250 thousand a year. This is what he wants but We the Taxpayers are fully aware that there are not enough “big earners” to pay for it. Hence families that earn far less will end up footing the bill. Make no mistake. The majority of Americans will pay for ObamaCare(lessness) through higher taxes! (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/22-reasons-obama-will-raise-your-taxes-soon)
Meanwhile, We the Wingnuts are making it crystal clear to the liberal congressional leadership that we do not want a European form of government, nor do we want wealth redistribution, nor do we want to be burdened with the high cost of Pelosi/Reid/ObamaCare(lessness)!
Americans do not want national health care because it’s a terrible idea! Ann Coulter wrote that, “(I)t would turn over one-sixth of the American economy to Washington bureaucrats, who would run the system as competently as the federal government runs everything else, from airport security to the post office to FEMA.”
Any group or person who speaks out against Obama’s radical economic policies is marginalized. You disagree with his policies, you’re a “racist” and a “bigot.” Oh please. Opposing Obama’s ubber left agenda has nothing to do with the color of his skin. It has everything to do with preserving this nation as our Founder’s intended.
We the Awakened are riled up. As the saying goes, “Don’t tread on me!”
THE SECULAR RELIGION OF GLOBAL WARMING
There’s an abundance of doublespeak in the radical environmental movement. Global warming/climate change/climate crisis (now morphing into climategate) proponents are intolerant of skeptics that question their motives. This in spite of the fact that the case for global warming is experiencing a serious meltdown. It recently came to light that the famous Himalayan glaciers aren’t melting as some scientists claim. Turns out the melting glacier assertion was based on a World Wildlife Federation pamphlet that was based on no science at all. God willing, the glaciers will be here in 2035 after all!
Woe to the doubter that stands in the way of greenies who are spreading their global warming propaganda. Former Vice President Big Greenie Gore said this about those who doubt that global warming is man-made:
"They're almost like the ones who still believe that the Moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the world is flat."
Gore also said that global warming skeptics are like Holocaust deniers.
Prime Minister of England, Big Greenie Brown, seconded Gore’s characterization by calling global warming deniers “flat-earthers.” This is doublespeak for “ignoramuses.” It was an odd thing for Brown to say, seeing that just prior to making his silly remark British scientists were exposed for manipulating data on global temperatures.
Big Greenie Gore has maintained that global warming is “settled science.” But he’s just kidding. I know this for a fact because many respected members of the scientific community question the science behind global warming. At long last global warming zealots, including Gore, are being asked some hard questions. One can’t help but wonder why the greens avoid answering them.
I for one would like Big Greenie RFK, Jr. to answer a few questions. In 2007 he wrote this:
For those last stubborn holdouts still skeptical about the existence of global warming--e.g., CNN's chief corporate fascism advocate Glenn Beck, who broadcast another of his denial tirades last week--and to those who exalt the warmer weather as preferable to a snowy winter, consider the impacts on our fellow creatures. Last April an early spring in Wyoming's Teton Range caused horseflies to arrive early. The young Redtail hawks, who were still unfeathered, were devoured in their nests by the voracious bloodsuckers. Not a single baby Redtail survived to fledge in the Jackson Hole valley.
You can bet Rush and Beck won’t be holding their breath for an apology, nor will Exxon/Mobil. Michael Crichton died in Nov. 2008. (Crichton angered radical environmentalist when he debunked global warming in his novel State of Fear. Gore made this bizarre comment in response to the book: “The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor [...] if your doctor tells you you need to intervene here, you don't say 'Well, I read a science fiction novel that tells me it's not a problem'." Sounds like Al Gore has a fever!)
Haven’t heard much from RFK lately, but to be fair, he lives on the East Coast so he may be busy shoveling snow off his driveway after the climate changed from warm to freezing cold and ushered in a blizzard that dumped as much as three feet of snow on parts of the mid-Atlantic region. “This was an epic storm,” said Andrew Ulrich, a meteorologist for AccuWeather.com. “The sheer amount of snow was amazing.” It’s kind of pointless to worry about the horrors of global warming when you’re hip deep in snow.
As would be expected people of the U.S., Canada and Britain are losing confidence that gorebull…er, global warming even exists. No surprise there. We’ve been hearing for quite sometime that many well-respected scientists say the planet is cooling.
OK then. Now taxpayers must decide what to do about the fact that billions of dollars were spent to reduce “greenhouse gases” and to develop “clean energy” apparently to perpetrate a gigantic fraud. For what reason, you ask? This fraud was carried out (1) to pass new forms of taxation; (2) to line the pockets of the participants. Big Greenie Gore was on this gravy train.
I’ll bet the faces of climate alarmists turned as white as a sheet when they learned that the latest research shows that the “experts” were wrong. But there’s some good news to report. “The U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change,” says Gary Bauer, “has issued ‘an unprecedented apology’ over a 2007 report that won the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize and later fueled much of the recent debate on global warming.”
“Similar in effect to the erroneous "2035" claim – the year the IPCC claimed that Himalayan glaciers were going to melt – in this instance we find that the IPCC has wrongly claimed that in some African countries, yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50 percent by 2020.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama had the audacity to mention "the overwhelming evidence on climate change." Why would he say this when he has to be aware that the so-called evidence is bogus? Three words: Cap and Trade.
More good news…
"The global warming movement as we have known it is dead," says Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The movement died from two causes: bad science and bad politics."
May the global warming movement rest in peace.
Part 2 and 3 to follow
Copyright by Marsha West, 2010. All rights reserved.
Marsha West is a religious and political-based writer. Until recently Marsha was owner and managing editor of the Email Brigade website and the EMB News
Report for over 20 years. She is currently co-owner and editor of Berean Research and general editor of the Christian Research Network. Marsha’s articles have been published widely, both online and in print. Her articles appear on Berean Research, Christian Research Network, News With Views, RenewAmerica and Web Commentary. Visit her resource website: http://onsolidrockresources.com