Gingrich: Obama Wants Whitey’s Money

September 13th, 2010 at 10:51 am David Frum | 127 Comments |

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Newt Gingrich upped the rhetoric against the president on Friday night. Interviewed by National Review‘s Robert Costa, Gingrich cited Dinesh D’Souza’s cover story in Forbes.

Gingrich says that D’Souza has made a “stunning insight” into Obama’s behavior — the “most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.”

“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich tells us.

“I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true,” Gingrich continues. “In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve . . . He was authentically dishonest.”

With the Forbes story and now the Gingrich endorsement, the argument that Obama is an infiltrating alien, a deceiving foreigner – and not just any kind of alien, but specifically a Third World alien – has been absorbed almost to the very core of the Republican platform for November 2010.

Rush Limbaugh has been claiming for almost 2 years that President Obama is bent upon “redistribution” and “reparations.” Following D’Souza, Gingrich has now stepped up to suggest that this redistribution is motivated by anti-white racial revenge. If Obama wants to expand health coverage, tighten bank regulation, and create government make-work projects it’s not because he shares the same general outlook on the world as Walter Mondale or Ted Kennedy or so many other liberals, living and dead, all of them white and northern European. No, Obama wants to do what he does because he thinks like an African, and not just any kind of African but (in D’Souza’s phrase) “a Luo tribesman.”

It is to vindicate this African tribal dream that Obama wishes to raise the taxes of upper-income taxpayers and redistribute money away from these meritorious individuals. D’Souza contends that Obama is acting to vindicate his father’s supposed dream of overthrowing the global order and ending the global domination of the white race over other peoples.

If Obama shares his father’s anticolonial crusade, that would explain why he wants people who are already paying close to 50% of their income in overall taxes to pay even more. The anticolonialist believes that since the rich have prospered at the expense of others, their wealth doesn’t really belong to them; therefore whatever can be extracted from them is automatically just. Recall what Obama Sr. said in his 1965 paper: There is no tax rate too high, and even a 100% rate is justified under certain circumstances.

Prepare yourselves: at his deepest personal level, what Barack Obama really wants to do is strip white property owners of everything they possess.

Obviously I don’t know, but I’d venture that Gingrich’s words were not a one-drink-too-many rhetorical excess. Through his career, Gingrich has emphasized the use of harsh and stereotyping language to draw political contrasts, as in the famous 1996 GOPAC memo.

Earlier this year, Gingrich deployed the phrase “secular socialist machine.” Adopting as his own D’Souza’s new epithet about “the ideology of the Luo tribesman” revs Gingrich’s attack into a higher gear. It would be very characteristic of Gingrich to road-test the new concept with friendly journalists and audiences. If they applaud, we’ll hear more of it.

Happily, the first responses are negative. Byron York sarcastically tweeted today: “Say you’re a GOP leader. With elections approaching, the public prefers your position on major issues of the day.” “Your Democratic opponents are suffering massive self-inflicted wounds. So what do you as a GOP leader do?” “Attack Obama’s ‘Kenyan, anti-colonial’ worldview, of course.”

But remember: Newt Gingrich no longer leads the congressional Republicans. Of course he wants to see Republicans elected (and to receive credit for helping to elect them). But as he prepares to run for president, he has other priorities – and other problems. Gingrich endorsed TARP. He has acknowledged that human activity is warming the globe. He attempted to work with Hillary Clinton on healthcare reform and with Al Sharpton (!) on education. He endorsed Dede Scozzafava in the NY-23 special election. As Speaker, he joined Bill Clinton to pass the S-Chip program, a big expansion of the healthcare entitlement. And then there is the tangled complexity of his personal life. Gingrich must feel very vulnerable to the kind of attack from the right that has slammed so many Republicans this year.

So it’s his mission now to present himself as the most ferocious right-winger in the race. Confident (over-confident) that he can best Sarah Palin among business-minded and ideas-minded Republicans, he wants to deny her or some other Tea Party style challenger any footing to attack him as a compromise-minded moderate. Calling President Obama a Kenyan fits into that strategy.

As for the underlying D’Souza article that inspired Gingrich, what is there to be said? When last was there such a brazen outburst of race-baiting in the service of partisan politics at the national level? George Wallace took more care to sound race-neutral.

Here’s the question, though, for the rest of us: Why do Forbes (which presumably has many choices of cover material) and Gingrich imagine that such a message will resonate with their conservative audience? Nothing more offends conservatives than liberal accusations of racial animus. Yet here is racial animus, unconcealed and unapologetic, and it is seized by savvy editors and an ambitious politician as just the material to please a conservative audience. That’s an insult to every conservative in America.

Conservatives object to the Obama administration as too expensive, too regulatory, too intrusive, too beholden to Democratic special interest groups, and too apologetic about America’s role in the world. It’s a libel to claim that we object to the administration as too black or too alien. Bad enough when the libel is issued by liberals. Much worse when it is heard from our own writers, from magazines that speak to us, from political leaders who would speak for us.

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  • jabbermule

    What a despicable, race-baiting headline, Frum…you should be ashamed of yourself. Auditioning for the DailyKos?

  • Watusie

    Fairy, you are pathetic – pretending that it is for the sake of “that 27%” that you peddle your birther nonsense, pretending that you are perfectly sane but want to ask nutty questions for the sake of those folks.

  • SFTor1

    To come back and find birthers on this blog is just too disappointing for words.

    For crying out loud:

    http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

    Read the article, look at the pictures, and please shut up.

  • Watusie

    revprez “Interesting. Gringrich doesn’t mention race once.”

    **facepalm**

    Kenyan, dude – Kenyan.

    Its like dogwhistle, except that he hasn’t even bothered with the dogwhistle.

  • Rockerbabe

    Fairy Hardcastle: I do not know if that is the case. I have five brothers and my mother has always made the remark that they used to be “nice sweet boys”. Well, my brother have grown up to be good men for the most part and are good fathers to their children.

    I think men often aspire to great things and for many, money and more money is equated with greatness. This reckless pursuit of profits at all cost, otherwise known as greed, is causing so many ill-effects in our society. I’m not sure just how one overcomes the ever increasing desire for profits at all cost, in a society that is so advertising and market driven. But, paying a fair tax rate should not be beneath these folks, as they take for granted all of the good things [and some of the bad] that our tax money has bought about. The other thing, is that when these high flying folks cause such misery in our society as a whole, given the current issues with this severe recession, they should be made to pay for their excesses and not the person who did little to cause the mess. All I can say, is no more bailouts for anyone and all the banks and car makers need to repay their bailouts and float on their own or sink like a stone if they don’t.

  • Pyre

    “It’s a libel to claim that [conservatives] object to the administration as too black or too alien.”

    So is Newt Gingrich no longer a conservative?

    How about Dinesh D’Souza?

    For that matter, how about Rush Limbaugh — who has made such remarks, and worse, all along — and to whom the Republican Party and its elected-official members have repeatedly deferred (and even clung for support)?

    Well, I’d agree that they’re not, actually. I’d call them “reactionaries” or “right-wing radicals” rather than conservatives. But they ARE Republicans, and that’s the direction the GOP has gone.

    The best time for Republicans to disassociate themselves from racism might have been, oh, around when Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” was introduced, and long before the race-baiting campaign ads by Lee Atwater et al.

    But that unholy marriage has been in place for over forty years, Mr. Frum. A bit late now to resent being called by the family name.

  • Rockerbabe

    SFTor1: Thanks for the information.

    Most people do not understand that an original birth certificate is the property of the state in which one is born. All one gets when they request and pay for a birth certificate, is an official copy of the certificate on file. These copies usually are on specific paper and have a raised seal and a signature of the official issues the copy. At least that is how it is done in Kentucky. I found this out, when I applied for my first passport and had to get my citizenship documents in order.

  • parsifal

    To easton:

    You’re welcome. BTW, this is a true story. Whether he knows it or not, Newt really truly is parroting my insane Birfer avatar. Unbelievable. I think GOP now stands for “Going overwhelmingly psychotic.”

    Just saw Mr. Frum on the Ed Show. Good dialogue.

  • easton

    JeninCT, the problem with your applying this to Obama is that Obama is President. How is it you can overestimate the importance of that? Does Obama have a big ego. Of course he does. No one runs for President and has a small one. But it doesn’t qualify as a disorder with him. Can you provide one example of Obama saying anything anywhere as outrageous as Newt or Palin have said?

  • Pyre

    easton: “No one runs for President and has a small [ego].”

    Especially, no one who *wins*, and serves in office.

  • SFTor1

    Jen,

    what exactly is it that you are talking about? Someone pins a possible diagnosis on Gingrich, and you blithely turn around and apply it to the President, who has shown absolutely no such tendencies?

    My bottom dollar says you had never heard of NPD before you saw it here, that you had never formed these thoughts about Obama before, and that it is your feverish antagonism for him that made this out of thin air.

    If you want to speculate about Obama’s mental state then find your own mental disorder to play with. Now you are just being pathetically transparent.

  • Rob_654

    I’ll tell you the guy who is outside of my comprehension is a man who commits adultery repeatedly and who goes to his wives bedside as she is recovering from cancer surgery to discuss details of a divorce he wants so he can shack up with honey number 2 who is he already committing adultery with and then commits adultery with wife number 2 and leaves her to shack up with honey number 3.

    What we have is yet another white guy who is freaked out about seeing anyone but a white guy in charge of the country.

    Newt knows that he can never win the Presidency – the country doesn’t want him to be President and the only office he ever did win was in the Deep South – and he is pissed that a black guy can do what he can never do.

  • MSheridan

    Rob_654,

    Isn’t it just as likely that he’s merely an insincere a*****e who will say anything to pander to the basest part of the base? I mean, that’s certainly the impression I’d had of him back when he was in office.

  • Pyre

    Rob_654: Gingrich was just as “pissed” at Bill Clinton, too. Especially after having to ride in back on Air Force One, with the rest of the common folks.

    If Gingrich’s impeachment of Clinton had succeeded at removing him, and then he’d achieved another quick removal of Gore (over “temple donations” or any other made-up infraction), Gingrich as Speaker would have become President, according to the Act of Succession.

    Gingrich was attempting a legal coup d’etat.

  • parsifal

    Perhaps those of you who are disgusted with Newt, and the GOP in general, should do what I did. back in March 2001, after 30 years of being a faithful Republican, I left the party and became a conservative Democrat.

    When Bush signed off on the Bankruptcy Reform Bill, it became the final straw, pushing me over to the conclusion that the GOP had lost all sense of reason, and any shred of concern for the average middle class American. I said then that the GOP was imply encouraging lenders to make crummy loans and refusing to hold the banks and credit card companies to the same levels of responsibility that they held welfare recipients.

    Sadly, I think the GOP has been so infected with Libertarian economics, and all the absurd Ayn Rand influence, they have lost the capacity for rational thought. They have become the equivalent of religious fundamentalists who believe every word of the Bible is literally true and the earth is but 6,000 years old. There is no reforming this party until and unless the source of the rot is recognized.

    Newt’s little outburst is indicative of this idiocy. Unless Obama agrees that ALL regulation is bad, for example, he just ain’t one of us. He’s a socialist, anti-colonialist, whatever. Should intelligent conservatives attempt to reclaim the GOP, they need to first understand the part the Austrian School of Syphilitic Insight, and the Libertarian Old Time Religion Revivalists have played.

  • armstp

    Fairy,

    I know all about how conspiracies work. It is a never ending circle. The facts always become part of the conspiracy.

    The sky is blue. No it is not. Look outside. No if I look outside it is not real, as the sky is being articificially colored blue by some fancy technology. Someone is flying a plane around spraying magic dust into the atmosphere making the sky blue. There is no plane or magic dust. Yes there is a plane and magic dust because Glen Beck told me there is.

    The facts always become part of the conspiracy. So Obama or his backers supposively made a fake newspaper birth announcement using Photoshop!.. Must be the case then!

    By the way did you know that John McCain was actually not born in this country. He was born in Panama. But, did you also know that congress wanted to pass a special bill, including with Democratic votes, that said despite McCain being born in a foreign country he was still considered a U.S. citizen and can run for President. Both Democrats and Republican went out of there way to ensure that McCain could run for President.

    See: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/02/news/02iht-expats_ed3_.html

    However, it was never clear whether McCain really is a natural born citizen. It is gray area with military bases:

    “Despite widespread popular belief, U.S. military installations abroad and U.S. diplomatic or consular facilities are not part of the United States within the meaning of the 14th Amendment. A child born on the premises of such a facility is not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of birth.”

    Funny how all the right wing can do is attempt to tear down the president by declaring him a “furener!

    And if you turn the table around where is the proof that Obama was not born in the U.S.?

  • sinz54

    RedState.com–which is significantly to the right of David Frum politically–has summarily banned the so-called “Birthers” from their site.

    Anyone who suggests on RedState.com that Obama wasn’t born as an American is banned from the site permanently.

    That’s a rule that FrumForum ought to follow. Some views–like the paranoia about Obama’s birthplace–are just not worth serious discussion.

    Not on RedState, and not on FrumForum either.

  • anniemargret

    The birthers don’t want a birth certificate. They want to delegitimize the first black liberal President of the U.S. They will not be content until and when they can prove he’s an alien from Alpha Centauri.

    When Bush was accused of going AWOL during his stint as pilot, the right accused the left of ‘smearing the President.’

    Frankly, that part of his life didn’t concern me, as what one does as a young person is not always one’s best performance. I thought the whole thing was over-scrutinized. My own personal judgment of Bush was while he was in office as our President.

    But this…this insistence that the Congress, the opposing party, the opposing Democratic presidential candidates, the state governor, lawyers, judges, and the myriad nameless people were somehow all involved in a massive conspiracy forty years ago to ‘hide his true identity –

    -is so far out that the more they talk about it, the more fair accusations can be made that they are essentially mean-spirited bigots with an axe to grind. Get over it. He is POTUS.

  • anniemargret

    sinz: “That’s a rule that FrumForum ought to follow. Some views–like the paranoia about Obama’s birthplace–are just not worth serious discussion.”

    Well, at least we agree on something! Thank you.

    We’ve got serious problems to address as Americans. He’s been elected. He’s our President, like him, hate him, but it’s long past due that the ‘birthers’ give it a rest.

  • jabbermule

    Watusie // Sep 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    “Kenyan, dude – Kenyan.”

    Kenyan is not a race, it’s a nationality, just like American is a nationality. Purely a social construct.

  • parsifal

    The Birfers are here to stay. Understand they come in two flavors of moronity. The first, are the deniers, who either disbelieve or are agnostic, as to whether O was born in Hawaii. The second flavor, the Legalists, are convinced that it takes two citizen parents to be a “natural born citizen” based in large part on the writings of Vattel and in large part on pure stupidity in the interpretation of a Supreme Court Case, Wong Kim Ark, (WKA) from 1902(?).

    They are aided by a slew of GOP operatives to keep the controversy alive, in direct opposition to the 14th Amendment, WKA, Calvins Case, common sense, etc. A case in Indiana directly b*tch-slapped two Birfers who tried to overturn the last election, cited WKA, yet it is to no avail. They see-eth not.

    I hope this site does not permit Birfers to spew their rubbish here. Not because I dislike a good argument, but you can not argue with these people. It is an exercise in futility.They are insane.

  • jabbermule

    anniemargret // Sep 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm:

    “We’ve got serious problems to address as Americans. He’s been elected. He’s our President, like him, hate him, but it’s long past due that the ‘birthers’ give it a rest.”

    We agree on something, too.

  • Oldskool

    Birthers are easy to mock and ergo good for morale. If they can stand the abuse they should be escorted in and offered free drinks until they pass out so we can stick Cheetos in their ears and noses.

  • parsifal

    You may as well try to mock a turnip. The sound waves will strike the turnip, it will vibrate, and its leaves shake, but it will still be a turnip when you are thru. These Birfers are so dense, they are mock proof, and trust me, I have done more than my share of it. But any group of twits who cite the dissent in a court case as the basis for their argument, ain’t too up for subtle little bon mots.

  • anniemargret

    jabbermule: Good! It is always encouraging when we opposing debaters can agree on *something!*

  • anniemargret

    parsifal: “…subtle little bon mots.”

    Mais oui!

  • parsifal

    That’s french for “good mots.” I am not sure what a mot is. Maybe it is French for “moat”???

  • llbroo49

    Newt has no chance of becoming President- and he knows it. No serious politician running for President (knowing they would have to tack to the center in a general election) would be caught dead saying these things on the public record. What Newt is doing is catering to a base that will potentially make contributions to his pet causes and enrich his pockets. It is the same game Palin is playing. By hinting at a serious presidential run they appear relevant and can continue to sell books, be called in as contributors, and garner significant speaking fees. Newt is in reality, playing a hoax on republican donors.

    Having said that, it is possible that both Newt and Palin will enter the primaries as sacrificial lambs: making a reasonable conservative appear to be the voice of reason.

    In reference to birthers, nothing will satisfy them that the President is legitimate. For some reason they act as if the thought that Obama may not be eligible for the Presidency slipped the minds of the McCain campaign, Clinton campaign, and the Secret Service/FBI who vetted him. This is also why birthers will be disappointed when Republicans do not seriously pursue an investigation in to this issue. The last thing politicians would want to admit is A) politicians are only given a cursory glance to determine their eligibility to serve in high positions in America and get security clearances allowing them access to classified information, or B) that said politicians already know the strenuous vetting process involved in seeking high office and merely strung birthers along.

  • anniemargret

    parsifal: Good words. Aw…..you already knew that! ‘ :-)

  • Pyre

    llbroo49 : “… it is possible that both Newt and Palin will enter the primaries as sacrificial lambs: making a reasonable conservative appear to be the voice of reason.”

    Why would *they* want to help a *reasonable* conservative?

    May I suggest as a friendly amendment, and far more likely: “… making a less obvious wacko appear (by contrast) to be the voice of reason.”

  • anniemargret

    llbroo49: Good analysis.

    And a shrewd way of looking at what Palin and Newt are doing. They get to make brownie points from their fans, but would look terrible on the national stage in one on one debates with the opposition.

    I’ve always thought that Palin is a huckster, just like Beck is… her abandonment of her governorship proved that. Also, if she really wanted to be taken more seriously, she would get off the social networking sites and prove herself in front of independent cameras. That won’t happen and we all know it.

    But the Newt analysis makes sense. Good job.

  • llbroo49

    Pyre // Sep 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    After consideration, I am forced to accept your ammendment.

  • Pyre

    parsifal: “bon mots” are Beautiful Or Noble Masterpieces Of Trenchant Sarcasm.

    And therein is your answer regarding “mots”. HTH.

  • JeremyTG77

    At the very least, this is a pathetic, opportunistic ploy by a politician with an already-tarnished reputation in Republican/conservative circles, much like Lindsey Graham’s recent comments about the 14th Amendment.

  • parsifal

    The problem with the GOP is that the “fringe” is becoming the party. I think about 30% of Republicans are Birfers. Another high percentage think O is a socialist. My family are still Republicans, and read books. Yet, one, my nephew who is finishing college this semester and then heading to law school, thinks we have a “command economy” in this country, and that Obama is a socialist and not eligible for the presidency. So, I pull up a definition of command economy on the net, and my nephew budges not. Same with a definition of socialism, and no luck. Ditto on the Birfer stuff. My nephew isn’t some clown living in the woods somewhere. He reads history. He can write cogent sentences. But his ability to reason about politics seems to have been atrophied somehow. He is not alone.

    This seems to be the case with more and more Republicans. Worker’s comp is “socialism.” Wage and hour laws are socialism. We have a financial system that was de-regulated and has broke us, and the GOP guys who pushed for de-regulation, are still pushing for it. Cause and effect do not seem to apply.

    IMHO, the reason seem to be the infiltration of the economic libertarians into the GOP. It has turned the GOP into a faith based political party, instead of a live, thinking entity.

  • Pyre

    parsifal: “He reads history. He can write cogent sentences. But his ability to reason about politics seems to have been atrophied somehow. He is not alone.”

    Myself, I blame it on the removal of “Civics” from grade-school and high-school curricula, more than a generation ago now.

    People grow up not understanding the most basic things about how this country works, and fall prey to whatever propaganda’s passed around to them. College comes too late, to too few, and can’t dis-embed the widespread errors.

  • llbroo49

    anniemargret // Sep 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks.

    However, your reference to Palin using social networks to communicate her “ideas” is flawed. By using social networks Palin does not have to defend her positions the way she would have to in a real interview. Plus she can choose the topics she wants to cover. Only bad things will happen if she is asked in an interview about topics such as Russian foriegn policy or the impact of new tarrifs on imports. Palin is like a singer who will put out tons of albums and will lip synch but will NEVER do a live performance where fans will realize she can’t sing (google “Ashlee Simpson and Saturday Night Live” ; also notice where her (Simpson’s) career went after that “performance”).

  • anniemargret

    llbroo: re Palin . Spot on.

  • Oldskool

    the removal of “Civics” from grade-school and high-school curricula, more than a generation ago now.I heard geography bit the dust but never heard about civics. That explains a lot if it happened across the country. Maybe they just renamed them.

  • anniemargret

    Just listening to CNN where David Frum, Alex Castallanos and Paul Begala are debating the Gingrich insult to the President .

    David Frum of course poses that good conservatives can oppose all of Obama’s solutions, but supports the contention that what Gingrich did was basically very wrong. Good that he did so. Alex is equivocating. You know from looking at him that he thinks Gingrich is a fool but really cannot bring himself to say so. Paul Begala just does a verbal slug on Gingrich.

    The important thing though is not one of the leading Republicans so far, including Ms. Sarah, have openly criticized Gingrich for insulting our President’s character and family history. Not one.

    Anyone surprised? I have lost respect over the years for Republicans. They appear to be bottom feeders. Now I believe they really like it there.

  • parsifal

    Maybe, but I think it goes deeper than just less civics classes. There seems to be a GOP antipathy to the very notion of a “common good.” History is forgotten. The very insulting notion of a “trickle down” economy is contrary to the American spirit. Did the early settlers stop on the east coast and refuse to head west because there were no rich people out west to trickle down jobs on them? Hardly.

    Now, when it seems completely obvious that we need an increased demand, the GOP is gabbing about capital formation. This is nonsense. We have a tremendously under-utilized production capacity. We have all the capital we need. Its just that Joe Citizen is pretty much broke.

    I have often joked that were the Captain of the Titanic a republican, the response to “Crikey Captain! We just hit a friggin’ mofo of an iceberg!” the captain would have said, quick, cut the fares to the wealthy passengers! They’ll save us all.”

    This just seems to me to be the nub of the Republican insanity.

  • Pyre

    anniemargret: I wonder how many Republicans feel, as David Frum does, that:

    “It’s a libel to claim that we object to the administration as too black or too alien.”

    The lack of objection from others than Frum seems to speak in a truly deafening silence.

  • anniemargret

    btw….Frum poses a knotty problem for Republicans with the Gingrich screed. How in heaven’s name are they going to enlist blacks and other minorities if one of their leading ‘intelligent’ political voices just smeared an American citizen because his father was from Kenya?

    The more I read Gingrich’s abusing words, the more I am disgusted for what passes off as political opposition.

  • Oldskool

    There seems to be a GOP antipathy to the very notion of a “common good.”That’s way too kind. They actively promote ignorance and actively root against their country’s interest whenever it benefits the party.

  • anniemargret

    pyre: the Republicans got a big problem here. And of course it didn’t start with Newt, the Slimy Salamander.

    It started a long time ago, and with the years the centrist and moderate and decent voices in the party were snuffed out. One has to wonder what Reagan or Buckley would be thinking of these strident voices…unworthy even to debate.

    I haven’t tuned in to Rush’s show lately… I can only stomach him for about 3 mins usually. I bet he’s cackling his head off and his Dittoheads cackling with him.

  • Pyre

    parsifal: Vague memory, from ages past, insists to me that Civics textbooks used to teach such concepts as the “common good,” and how societies are built upon cooperation toward that end.

    But such thoughts are “socialist” heresy these days.

    No doubt this has something to do with why Civics is no longer taught.

  • parsifal

    I get a laugh/cry out of the worker’s comp argument. Supposedly, because Otto Bismarck thought of it, it’s socialism. Actually, it was a form of “tort reform” wherein workers gave up their rights to sue for redress under the insurance system. A simple history lesson would straighten these clowns out, but try to get a word in edge wise. Talk radio plays a big part. You hear garbage enough and pretty soon you get immune to the truth. Actually, I think many Republicans are scared of the truth. I have asked my family to look up “socialism”, get a definition, and then explain how Obama is a socialist. They won’t even look the word up. My sister refuses to watch Avatar because she heard it was “liberal.” Yet, she’ll take the time to read Obama Nation.

  • Pyre

    anniemargret: “One has to wonder what Reagan or Buckley would be thinking of these strident voices…”

    Would that be the same Reagan who kicked off his 1980 campaign in, of all places, Philadelphia, Mississippi (near where civil rights workers were murdered in 1964), declaring “I believe in states’ rights”?

    The joyful spreader of the “Welfare Cadillac Queen” meme?

    Lee Atwater’s former employer?

  • Pyre

    parsifal: Maybe it’s that Biblical warning, “… and the truth shall make you free,” that’s so terrifying.

  • TerryF98

    Reagan was possibly the most hateful person behind a smile and a wink we had in USA Politics until Palin came along.