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“And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” Thomas Jefferson
John Liming - American Liberal Times

Despite All Opposition The American Dream Still Lives!

Some people see a need to draw a contrast between President Obama and some of the other  contenders  for the office of The Presidency.

In my opinion, the contrast has already been drawn—the contrast between level-headed experienced leadership that has already begun, in spite of all the obstructionism and intransigence of the opposition to bring America out of the doldrums of the Recession and another who, according to some, seems to be advocating a return to the failed policies of the most previous Conservative Administration.

As I see it, that should be enough “Contrast” for any thinking American who really cares about his or her country. 

There is plenty of concern being generated by the Right Wing Extreme propaganda machine right now about what a tragedy it would be if the current administration were re-elected, but there is very little attention being given to what would be the absolutely disastrous result of a return to the era of Trickle Down Economics and the recklessness of the most previous Conservative administration—an administration that has been described as the most secretive and most oppressive in American History. 

There is a fallacy rampant among some on the Right Fringe that declares that a country the size of The United States can operate effectively, safely and competitively in the modern world without spending money.  This mind set seems to believe that the less the government spends, the more efficient and secure it will be.  In my mind, this is a really irresponsible political view and one that has never worked historically.

The challenges of the great depression of the 20s and 30s as well as the Great War of the 40s demanded enormous government investment in public works and government programs to recover the national equilibrium from these events and this recovery could never have had a chance in Perdition to happen if it were attempted according to some of the crazy fiscal theories being advanced by some of  The Righties today— never would have happened!  It took government spending and it took government spending on a massive and historic scale.  It may not have been popular but it was done and it worked!  It saved America!

There are some unknowing nut cases today who are fond of recalling the “Thrift” of such personages as Ben Franklin in advancing their arguments about why government by cut and slash is more effective that a government of investment in infrastructure and opportunity.

My answer to that train of non-thinking is, “If you want to live the kind of life that those ancestors lived—with the same deprivations and lack of conveniences—If you want to go back to that simplistic lifestyle where life was dangerous and short because science and medicine had not advanced and where industry was still more or less on the “Master and Apprentice” system…then go for it!  By all means regress if regression is your thing!  Go on back to those days and see how long this nation will endure in the face of modern day pressures to compete and perform on a global scale.  Some of the outdated and trite old failed policies of the Extreme Right in America seem absolutely devoid of any degree of common sense sometimes—but they still push it, don’t they?

They still want to take us back to those good old days of Mom and Pop Stores and Small Town America—an era that is gone, dead and buried– they want to resurrect it much to the potential peril of us all and they have created an entire smoke screen of propaganda to try and convince America that is the way to go. 

There are many on the Far Right Extremes who love to talk about how corrupt our elected officials have become and how arrogant and uncaring the people that were duly elected by Democratic Process to represent us all have become but none of them ever seems to get around to mentioning how arrogant and presumptive (And totally ignorant of facts) that some of those who follow the ways of that ill-advised new “Patriotism” can be. That new Nationalistic Bombastic Faux Patriotism that advocates the path of “No Negotiation, No Compromise!”

There is nothing responsible about bringing attention to supposed corruption in high places in America when everyone who knows anything at all realizes that such talk is usually someone’s made up excuse to use the traditional elective process to “Overthrow” the legitimate government of the United States and to invoke the Constitution in their really transparent scheme to replace the elective Democratic Republic with what I believe will be  some kind of Biblically-driven Theocratic nightmare under Dominionist control.

In my younger days, some of this talk about “Revolution” would have been considered seditious.  When I was a kid, any talk about “Overthrowing” the established government by force of arms was a legally punishable offense.  Today, some of those who seem to advocate in that direction cloak their actions in the language of The First Amendment.  But that cuts no ice with me.  A lot of these agitators are In my opinion)  Anarchists plain and simple and nothing more—disguising themselves in the pantaloons and tri corn hats of Patriots—they aren’t fooling too many people except themselves perhaps. 

I am banking on the innate decency and goodness of the American People to finally recognize the dark path that modern Radical Conservatism is trying to take them down and to see America say “No! No! Heck No! You are not going to do this to me, my country and my generations!”

I believe America has always favored a Liberal approach to government and I believe, regardless of all the noise and smoke being put out by the Radicals, America will return to that tradition when the chips are down and the votes are counted—if we can get enough votes past the Radical Right‘s voter suppression techniques, that is.

(Posted by John Liming as part of his ongoing diary of Political Opinions.)

Photo Credit:
The Illustration “Imagine” is used by permission of Mario Piperni

John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particularly concerned and grieved about the way our beloved America seems to have become so politically divided over the past few years to the point where hardly anyone seems to be able to get along or to work together and where mutual vilification seems to be a spectator sport of some kind. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation. That, in my opinion, would be a total disaster and that is what I fear certain members of the element generally known as The "Christian" Conservative Right may have in mind.

2 comments to Despite All Opposition The American Dream Still Lives!

  • Funny as I recall, the only political experience Obama brought to the White House was that of a State Senator, in charge of nothing, simply casting one vote amongst many. Prior to that he had a stint as a community organizer and civil rights attorney.

    At least Romney served a term as Governor of Massachusetts, and has had some real world business experience as CEO of Bain, a profitable company that helped to create real jobs.

    So tell me how in your opinion was Mr Obama qualified to run America, he seemed to have gotten the job with none of the “level headed experience” you refer to, or did he pick that up via “on the job training”? Having an apprentice in the Oval office is probably not the best bet at anytime, but unfortunately it was the worst scenario in late 2008 as the country went into a financial slide.

    By the way, I don’t believe any sane Conservative has ever suggested that “a country the size of The United States can operate effectively, safely and competitively in the modern world without spending money “. What Conservatives are saying is that governments, federal and state have to stop spending more money than they have as they are risking the countries future and freedom.

    At the risk of repeating myself (again) it would serve you well to fact check occasionally, you might find that way people actually respect your writing rather than treating it as political humor. Although it certainly has provided me with many a laugh and for that you have my gratitude.

  • A lot of those who seem to enjoy bullying me on the Internet have expressed the same degree of gratitude. So, I guess I am grateful for that and for the fact that this kind of commenting drives a lot of readers to my stuff out of curiosity if nothing else and I am grateful for that as well. Thank you.

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