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The U.S.’ Great Leap Backward

I found this old, half-written post in my drafts, dated January 24, 2009:

It gets more fascinating by the minute, with the “unchartered” economic waters and the New Left controlling the White House (and the House and Senate). Watching the inauguration, I was momentarily hopeful that Obama will prove to be a centrist leader, a sort of middle-of-the-roader like Clinton, rather than a radical leftist who will implement socialism every chance he gets. His recent appointments, which include so many from Clinton’s administration (including the former First Lady as Secretary of State(!),  seemed to support this hope.

I now realize the audacity of my hope. The idea that Obama will be more Clinton than Carter is somewhat baseless even with his seemingly pragmatic appointments. Much about Obama remains a mystery, but his true ideological leanings are already beginning to show through.

Prior to the election and up until Inauguration Day, he was careful to keep his rhetoric an evocative mix of statements that promoted both self-responsibility and government welfare. But clearly his newly signed “stimulus package” is about as anti-capitalist as it gets. If you haven’t read the full text (a mind-numbing 647 pages, in pdf), this summary at Powerline blog is easier to digest. Included in the $825 billion spending spree that includes upwards of $136 billion in social programs.)

We know he is closely affiliated or has worked for some of the most radical leftists in America (Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan, et al). But somehow he has managed to rise to power unscathed by these connections.

Obama’s popularity is a tipping point in this country and illustrates a frightening fact:  that there are now more people in America who want government to solve their ever-increasing problems — which are mostly a direct result of government intervention into the economy in the first place, such as rising healthcare costs, inefficient energy infrastructure, poor quality education, and on an on — than there are people who believe they can be successful on their own.

The left believes that there are things that governments do better — healthcare, welfare, infrastructure, banking, education and energy — and with the elections of 2008, the Democrats now have all the power to expand government control in these areas.

Since I wrote this nine months ago, a lot has happened. Foreign policy debacles aside, on the domestic front, at least one White House Czar (Van Jones) was exposed as a communist and resigned; the White House Communications Director, Anita Dunn, was exposed as self-declared Maoist; Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize for no good reason; and the Senate is debating a health care bill that isn’t even written yet (so, of course, they can’t read it). Something is beyond rotten in Denmark (not to mention Norway).

But despite the rampant corruption in our federal government, I am heartened to see that I was wrong when I wrote that there are more people in this country who want socialism. I now believe there are actually more people who reject socialism. And I am heartened to see so many people stepping forward to not only expose the socialist proponents of the Left but to protest the insanity in Washington. Check out the sign at the end:  Capitalism is freedom.

There is hope yet.

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