Obama’s socialist fantasy shattered as Centennial birthday arrives.
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But why? There is, of course, a reason. A very big reason.
Along the way in his journey from movie actor to transformational president of the United States, what Reagan saw as central human truths that applied throughout history had became that rarest of opportunities: the chance to put his ideas into practice as president. If there was a contempt reserved by the left for Reagan as union president and a prominent conservative figure on what Reagan called “the mashed-potato circuit,” there was a special hatred reserved for Reagan’s committing that greatest of human sins as president: being proved right.
In the great 20th century struggle between the Communist/socialist world view and freedom, Reagan repeatedly drew fire for bluntly speaking what came to be understood as essential truths. And then using government policy to illustrate the point. Here are a few Reaganisms from over the years that shocked the liberal status quo to disbelief followed by anger followed by the kind of hatred that was expressed with an appalling regularity in the 1980s by everybody from House Speaker O’Neill to community organizer Barack Obama:
• “Sadly, I have come to realize that a great many so-called liberals aren’t liberal: they will defend to the death your right to agree with them.”
• “The classic liberal used to be the man who believed the individual was, and should be forever, the master of his destiny. That is now the conservative position. The liberal used to believe in freedom under law. He now takes the ancient feudal position that power is everything.”
• “The conservatives believe in the unique powers of the individual and his personal opinions. The liberals (in)… forced fiat.”
• “It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers..
• ”Today there is an increasing number who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without automatically coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one.”
• “Already the hour is late. Government has laid its hand on health, housing, farming, industry, commerce, education, and to an ever increasing degree interferes with the people’s right to know.”
• “But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”
• “Our natural unalienable rights are now presumed to be a dispensation of government, divisible by a vote of the majority.”
• “It is time we realized that socialism can come without overt seizure of property or nationalization of private business.”
• “We approach a point of no return when government becomes so huge and entrenched that we fear the consequences of upheaval and just go along with it.”
• “No nation has survived the tax burden that reached one-third of its income.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online