Commentary Magazine: Yuval Levin- ‘Congress is Weak Because Its Members Want it To Be’

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Source: Commentary Magazine– The do almost nothing U.S. Congress 

Source: The New Democrat

“Congress is weak because its member want it to be”: I completely agree with Yuval Levin on this, but I would put it and phrase it differently.

The last 10-20 years perhaps longer Congress’s ( both House and Senate ) approval rating has been somewhere around 10-20%. ( Depending on what poll you look at )

And the people who tend to approve of the job of Congress tend to either be Anarchists who don’t want government do to anything.

Alcoholics who don’t know what they want and believe and perhaps aren’t even sober enough to understand the question do you approve or disapprove of Congress.

Or mental patients who believe they’re being chased by flying Martians.

The rest of the country tends to be sane, sober, and in some cases even somewhat intelligent so of course they don’t approve of the job of Congress, because Congress doesn’t do a damn thing every year.

I mean, if Congress avoids a government shutdowns, that’s considered an incredible accomplishment.

If Congress passes a budget even though according to the U.S. Constitution that both Democrats and Republicans now just view as an advisory documental and suggestions for how Congress should behave and what they should do, Congress passing a budget now is considered extraordinary.

Passing all 12 appropriations are now considered to be a miracle if Congress ever does that. Even though again under law and under the Constitution, Congress is required to pass an annual budget and all 12 appropriations bills.

Imagine being a public school teacher and your department head or principal told you that if your students do their work and learn the subject matter and pass your course, that would be considered a positive thing, but it’s optional and you don’t have to teach them anything, just give it your best shot. Wait, bad example because public school teachers in many cases aren’t expected to teach their students and their students aren’t expect to learn, but give it their best effort and show up.

But imagine running a grocery store or some other business that you don’t own and your boss tells you that you’re not expected to sell the products there and make a profit, but those things would be great if you did. What kind of business manager would that person be if they knew they would have a job in the future regardless of the job that they’re doing and the success of their business. Well, that’s how Congress operates and is judged. Americans are so fed up ( to be too kind ) with Congress now and politicians in general that they don’t expect Congress to do their jobs. They just want their Representative and two Senators to repent their values and what they believe in and tell them what they want to hear. They do those things and stay out of legal trouble and avoid scandal, they’ll probably get reelected over and over again.

What other job and profession in the world outside of politics and in Congress can you get paid and be guaranteed a job just for showing up. Again, public school teachers unfortunately and there are some good public school teachers, but too many bad ones and of course the largest verbal and physical punching bag in the world our U.S. Congress that houses the House of Representatives and Senate. Where a non-leadership member and not even a committee leader makes 150,000 dollars a year plus a generous benefits and retirement package. Which would be a good compensation package for an associate at a good law firm where people there are expected to actually work and represent clients well and win cases or at the very least give their clients the best legal representation possible.

Congress is weak, because there members are weak. They’re in Washington about half a year on a good year, they’re not expected to actually pass bills and in many cases are just there working to get reelected. And working to get reelected and governing are too different things. Working to get reelected now is about raising a lot of money and having your base behind you so you don’t have to worry about getting primaried. Governing is about working with your colleagues in both parties at least when the margins are tight in both chambers ( especially in the Senate ) to pass needed legislation. And members of Congress are weak because that’s what their voters want or expect and are tired of complaining about it and campaigning and voting for people who’ll actually go to Washington to represent their state or district and work to pass good legislation.

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Source: Crash Course: Craig Benzine- The Bicameral Congress– Our do nothing U.S. Congress 

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The National Review: Opinion- Kevin D. Williamson: ‘FDR’s Nationalism Presaged Donald Trump’s’

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Source: The National Review– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd POTUS, Progressive Democrat 

Source: The New Democrat

I don’t want to sound like I’m trying to offend, but Kevin Williamson’s who I tend to respect at least politically, has nationalism and progressivism, mixed up with a what I call unitarianism and not the religion, but in governmental sense.

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Source: Wall Street Journal– Donald J. Trump, first Nationalist POTUS 

The United States unlike the United Kingdom and like the Federal Republic of Germany is a federal republic. We have decentralization of governmental power in America. We have checks and balances, as well as branches of government. National, state, and local, and in many cases Americans tend to live under two local government’s. County and city and if you live in the City of Los Angeles, or in Chicago, to use as examples you know exactly what’s that life. Since the City of Los Angeles is part of Los Angeles County and Chicago is part of Cook County.

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Source: IZ Quotes– Truer words have never been said than what Sydney J. Harris said here 

In a country that has a unitarian government or is a unitarian state like Britain, most of the governmental power, but not all is centralized with the national government in London. The U.K. Government runs the education system for Britain, as well as health care and health insurance for the entire country. Whereas in America each state even city, county has their own public education system and make their own governmental decisions for all other local matters that go on in their local jurisdiction and state.

President Franklin Roosevelt, was neither a Nationalist or a Unitarian when it came to government policy. The man led us along with our allies through World War II and saved the European Jews from ethnic destruction from the German Nazis. If he was a Nationalist, we would’ve stayed out of Europe and perhaps Japan as well, especially if he were truly a Democratic Socialist who didn’t believe in government force and a strong military during World War II.

According to Wikipedia

“Nationalism is a political, social and economic system characterized by the promotion of the interests of a particular nation, especially with the aim of gaining and maintaining sovereignty (self-governance) over the homeland. The political ideology of nationalism holds that a nation should govern themselves, free from outside interference and is linked to the concept of self-determination. Nationalism is further oriented towards developing and maintaining a national identity based on shared, social characteristics, such as culture and language, religion and politics, and a belief in a common ancestry.[1][2] Nationalism, therefore, seeks to preserve a nation’s culture, by way of pride in national achievements, and is closely linked to patriotism, which, in some cases, includes the belief that the nation should control the country’s government and the means of production.”

President Franklin Roosevelt, was a Progressive in the true sense of the term. Someone who believed in progress and that progress could obtained through government action. That government could be used to promote and achieve progress in the country. He inherited the Great Depression and believed government should be used to help Americans through the Great Depression with things like Unemployment Insurance and Social Security, but that government could also be used to help us get out of the Great Depression and back to strong economy health. Pre-New Deal, there was no public safety net or a national infrastructure system of any kind and with President Roosevelt we saw the Federal Government pay for the financing of American roads and other infrastructure projects in America.

If FDR was a Unitarian or Socialist, he would’ve nationalized the public education system in and all public welfare policy would be complete run by the Federal Government. No more local public hospitals, because now the Feds would be running those hospitals, as well as public housing, no more private health insurance.

Under FDR the Federal Government got a lot bigger and spent more money than it did before especially as it related to the economy, but our National Security State was also created under FDR and we became a world economic, military, and diplomatic power under FDR. Because he was a liberal internationalist who believed in a strong America both at home and abroad. Unlike Democratic Socialists, who tend to be very dovish on foreign policy and national security. FDR, was a Progressive Democrat in the truest and best sense of the word, he did put limits on what government should do and try to do and who also believed in individual success in America.

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Source: Heck of Job: ‘I Welcome Their Hatred’– Franklin D. Roosevelt Progressive Democrat 

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Commentary Magazine: Noah Rothman- ‘The New Left is Coming For You’

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Source: Commentary Magazine– Socialists coming for you

Source: The New Democrat

“The New Left is coming you:” when I read that I’m thinking they’re coming for Republicans ( especially in the House ) and everyone who supports Donald Trump. This election cycle reminds me a lot of what happened in 2006 for Democrats and 2010 for Republicans. Even though in 2006 I don’t believe activist Democrats hated President Bush and Republicans, as much as Tea Party Republicans hate Democrats and President Obama in 2009 and 2010 or Democrats hate President Trump and Republicans in 2017-18. That might be debatable, but I believe Democrats and Republicans are more divided now than they were 12 years ago.

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Source: Left Forum via Twitter– The New Left forum?

The last two years of the Bush Administration when President Bush had a Democratic Congress, they actually managed to pass some major legislation together. Including the bank bailouts and even a minimum wage increase. Whatever biparrtisnsahhip that we saw in the late 2000s is basically gone now. If a Democrat or Republican, is even caught by an activist in their party, being friendly to someone from the other side especially in Congress, they risk getting primaried in their next election. That wasn’t the case in 2007-08.

And what I’m getting to is what happened in 2009-10 for the Republican Party, is now happening to the Democratic Party. The parents left the house to go on vacation basically to escape their 10 kids and left no one in charge at home and now you have the kids running the house. Using the couch as their trampoline, eating cake and cookies for dinner, skipping school, because their parents aren’t home.

There is a vacuum of leadership in the Democratic Party now that was in the Republican Party 8-9 years ago and every Democrat that thinks highly of them self whether they’re currently in office or not, believes they can be the leader of their party or at least a major player in the Democratic Party and is now making their play. Even if they have no government experience previously or don’t even have much of a professional background at all. We saw activist lawyers, radio talk show hosts, bloggers, getting elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and now we’re seeing the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s of the world who was bartending in order to help herself pay her bills just a year ago, who’ll probably be representing New York City in the House next year.

In 2010, you saw a whole wave of in some cases Conservative-Libertarian Tea Party Republicans. The Rand Paul’s, Ron Johnson’s, Mike Lee’s of the world who got elected to the Senate and Justin Amash in the House. But you also saw some Far-Right Nationalist populist Republicans who make up a lot of the House so-called Freedom Caucus and represent the Donald Trump base, who oppose things like birthright citizenship, or voters being able to elect their own Senators instead of state legislatures, the Steve King’s of the world in the House.

In 2018, what were going to see in the House of Representatives, assuming Democrats not just ran back the majority but do it in a big way and have 15-20 or more seat majority in the next Congress, is fringe base of the Democratic Party looking less fringe and more like mainstream Democrats. Not mainstream to the American electorate as a whole, but more normal inside the Democratic Party. With Socialists getting elected to the House especially in the Northeast, but in California as well, and perhaps in big Midwestern cities like Detroit, Chicago, perhaps in other cities.

And that the House Democratic Leadership will need these members to not just keep their majority, but to pass anything in the House. We already have a so-called Progressive Caucus in the House, who are actually Democratic Socialists ideologically like Maxine Waters and next year you might see this group actually use the label Democratic Socialist and be proud of it and not hide from it especially with all these Socialist Democrats getting elected to the House this year, assuming House Democrats win back the majority in 2018.

If you want to know why American voters be enlarge aren’t fans of either the Democratic Party or Republican and why their approval ratings are so low and why 4-10 or more Americans voters now view themselves as Independents regardless of their political ideology, is because the parents aren’t home in either party and have escaped from their children and are perhaps living it up in the Caribbean and perhaps living in hotels that don’t allow children, while their children are left home by themselves. American voters, tend not to like the fringes of either side. The Nationalists on the Far-Right in the Republican Party and the Socialists on the Far-Left in the Democratic Party.

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Source: The Cynical Historian: Rise of The New Left- 1968– Socialists, coming out of the political closet 

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Bernard Goldberg: Donald Trump Is No Ronald Reagan

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Source: Bernard Goldberg– Donald Trump, meeting Vladimir Putin in Helsinki 

Source: The New Democrat

To say Donald Trump, is no Ronald Reagan, is like saying it gets hot in South Florida during the summer. You would be so guilty of stating the obvious that you would have to plead guilty if stating the obvious was illegal and beg for a plea bargain or mercy from the court. As much as today’s Republicans claim to love Ronald Reagan, they don’t because they love Donald Trump instead who is very different not just politically, but in tone, temperament, character, or lack of character on The Donald’s part.

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Source: Bernard Goldberg– Classic Bully Donald Trump, taking on a disabled reporter in 2016

Whatever you think of Ronald Reagan’s politics and his presidency, most people tended to give him the benefit of the doubt that he at least believed what he was saying. Unlike Big Don, where 3-5 Americans depending on what poll you look at don’t like the man and tend not to believe him when he’s speaking. What Republicans like about Ronald Reagan is his popularity and the fact that he’s a Republican, his supply side or as Democrats call borrow and spend economics, he was tough on crime and believed in large defense budgets.

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Source: Mike Russo Expose– President’s Donald Trump, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington & Ronald Reagan 

But beyond that today’s GOP doesn’t like The Gipper’s politics, because he believed in immigration, diversity, multiculturalism, America is a city on a shining hill that welcomes everyone that is willing to work and contribute to America. In today’s Republican Party if you’re not of Western-Northern European, especially British Protestant background, they don’t want you and see you as Un-American, shit holes. ( To use President Trump’s own words) Reagan, Saw big government as a threat whether it interfered into either economic and or personal affairs. Not only was Reagan not in bed with the Christian-Right on social issues, he wasn’t even in the same room, floor, home, neighborhood, city, zip code, county, state, etc. Unlike the Christian-Right that goes to bed politically with Donald Trump every night as he tucks them in.

Reagan, hated authoritarianism in all forms whether it was communism, nationalism, or religious fundamentalism. Unlike Donald Trump, who has tried to become friends with at least two Communists in President Xi Jinping from China and President Kim Jung-Un from North Korea. And wants President Vladimir Putin from Russia, to be his best friend, perhaps has a poster of him in his bedroom, running to be President of the Vladimir Putin Fan Club, if his current gig doesn’t work out. And yet you always here Tea Party Republicans today talk about Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump, as if they’re the same man both politically and as far as personality. When they’re as different as weather reports from Seattle, Washington and Miami, Florida in January.

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The John Birch Society: Solution To Big Government

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Source: The John Birch Society– Who is this?

Source: The New Democrat

Keep in mind, this video is from The John Birch Society, which is sort of like The National Enquirer or The Star when it comes to political and governmental news. Not exactly award winning when it comes to news, because they tend to be made of antigovernment Libertarians and Far-Right conspiratorial Nationalists, who believe the 9/11 attacks were made up or an inside job, the CIA murdered President John F. Kennedy, etc, not exactly people with a good deal of judgement and perhaps even honesty.

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Source: Renew America– Big Government, in need of Weight Watchers 

Having said all of that the speaker in this video ( whoever she is ) did make some good points about big government and the solutions to big government. I don’t agree with her that current makeup of the U.S. Government is unconstitutional, misplaced and at least in some areas doing too much and overwhelmed and doing things that should be left up to the states, sure! But that’s different from being constitutional or unconstitutional.

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Source: Tenth Amendment Center– Say no to big government 

If you want to get rid of big government, you should at least know what it is. And I know what you’re thinking, that sounds like some crazy commonsense that anyone with half of a brain could understand. But the two words big and government get thrown out a lot by people who think they know what they mean together, but in a lot of cases don’t know what big government is and believe in a form of big government themselves and perhaps aren’t even aware of that. So, before you bash big government, make sure you know what you’re bashing. Which sounds as crazy as making sure your parachute works before you jump out of an airplane 20,000 feet in the air. But try it and you might see the benefits from that of actually knowing what you’re talking about before you actually talk about it.

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Source: Freedom and Prosperity– Outlaw big government 

According to Wikipedia

“Big government is a term used to describe a government or public sector that is excessively large and unconstitutionally involved in certain areas of public policy or the private sector. The term may also be used specifically in relation to government policies that attempt to regulate matters considered to be private or personal, such as private sexual behavior or individual food choices.[1] The term has also been used in the context of the United States to define a dominant federal government that seeks to control the authority of local institutions—an example being the overriding of state authority in favor of federal legislation.[2]”

Big government is not just government that’s too big, because why is it too big in the first place, because it does too much and has too much authority in areas that should be left up to the states or localities, private sector, or involved in areas where it has no business being involved in, in the first place.

Like telling consensual adults who they can sleep it or live with.

Regulate how people communicate with each other because they’re worried about people being offended.

Telling consensual adults who they can marry.

Or trying to prevent people from a certain religion from even entering the United States.

Telling people where they can get their health care and health insurance.

Taxing people to the point where it makes it hard for them to run their business or even pay their bills on their own, because their taxes are too damn high. ( Pun intended )

These are all examples of big government which is government either doing too much or being involved in areas where no level of government should be involved in the first place like being involved in free adults private affairs and lives.

So, now that we know what big government looks like let’s then look at how we get it and can get more of it. The easy answer to that and something that a layman might say would be that big government comes from our politicians and the government itself. Well, that would be partially true, but that would be like saying food comes from the grocery stores, but without farms growing and producing the food that we eat, the grocery stores wouldn’t have food to sell at all.

Big government doesn’t come from our politicians and government officials, but where do they come from? To paraphrase the great political satirist George Carlin, they didn’t just suddenly appear from Mars or the Moon, they came from the communities and states that elected them. In order words big government comes from the people who vote for the politicians who support big government and then back it while they’re in office. If a solid majority of people in a community, state or country wants big government, then that’s exactly what the people will get in a representative democracy, at least until it gets thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court.

So, if you don’t like big government and don’t want it, I have another commonsense solution for you which might give you more reason to believe that I’m not only crazy but have my very own mental institution or at least ward that was built just for me and others who also believe in commonsense. If you don’t want or like big government, don’t support it, don’t vote for it, and campaign against it. Know the people you’re considering for public office before you actually vote for them. ( Another commonsense solution )

No more blind voting and vote for people that share your political and national values, instead of voting for people who you think sound cool or look hip. Vote for people who actually represent your values and if that means you believe in individual freedom and free choice and you do your homework, you’re going to vote for people who believe in those things as well and against big government. And as a result you’ll get less big government in the process.

John Birch Society: July 4th Solution To Big Government

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Andrew Yezen: FNC Special Report- Kirsten Powers: ‘Charles Krauthammer Knows He’s a Neoconservative’

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Source: Andrew Yezen– Then Fox News political analyst, Kirsten Powers

Source: The New Democrat

I first came across Kirsten Powers who was once a columnist for The Daily Beast and political analyst for Fox News, ( one of like 3 Liberals at Fox News ) when I saw her book in 2014-15 about fascism arguing how the Left ( Far-Left, really ) is killing free speech in America. And she argues and I agree with her on this that free speech is a liberal value and I would argue that free speech are Liberals number one value, perhaps even higher than right to privacy and equal rights. She’s now a columnist for USA Today and I read her column in the late summer of 2015 when Donald Trump was just running for President at that point and she argued that Trump is an Evangelical scam artist. That is pretty close to the literal title of that column and I agree with her on that as well.

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Source: Fox News Insider– Kirsten Powers vs. Charles Krauthammer

Kirsten Powers, is now a political analyst over at CNN and still a columnist for USA Today and she is a Liberal, but not in the sense that you may believe Liberals are supposed to be and this is what Liberals believe in. In other words, she’s not a Socialist in any sense and believes in things like free speech, privacy, personal choice, as well as personal responsibility, things that today’s so-called Liberals ( Socialists, really ) don’t believe in. And I like her for many reasons and one of them as you see in this video is that she’s very tough and expects to be able to make her points and arguments and doesn’t have much if any tolerance for rude interruptions, especially when two people try to speak over her. She’s also ver witty and she’s so adorable and yet grown up as well and is just very easy to listen to because she’s so sharp, witty, and adorable, as well as beautiful all at the same time.

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Source: The Blaze– Kirsten Powers vs. Charles Krauthammer

Kirsten Powers, even though it took her a while to get there, definition of Neoconservative is pretty good. “Someone who is very hawkish on foreign policy and national security and believes in using American military force to advance democracy around the world.” And yes, Neoconservatives gave us the 2003 Iraq War because they wanted democracy to come to Iraq. And as it turns out weapons of mass destruction, was really just an excuse for sending America to war in Iraq. The real Neoconservative objective here was to eliminate the Saddam Hussein Regime and replace it with an American friendly democratic government and state.

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Source: Fox News– Then Fox News political analyst, Kirsten Powers

Kirsten Powers, also made another good point here when she says that Charles Krauthammer knows he’s a Neocon. Krauthammer is one of the fathers of the American modern neoconservative movement. Former Progressive Democrats who are very hawkish on foreign policy and national security. They’re still progressive on economic policy as far as what they believe that government should do as it relates to the economy and helping people in need help themselves and believe in things like the New Deal and Great Society, but that the safety net should just be there for people who truly need it and aren’t Social Democrats or Democratic Socialists ( people like Bernie Sanders ) who believe that public social insurance programs should be universal.

It’s weird to see Charles Krauthammer denying his neoconservatism and that he’s a Neoconservative, because again Krauthammer is one of the original Neoconservatives in America. But it was also great to see Kirsten Powers call him out on that just flatly say that he knows he’s a Neoconservative. She literally called ( excuse my language ) bullshit on him and did it on national TV.

My simple definition of a Neoconservative is someone who is a right-wing Progressive. Someone who is not anti-government and believes in the safety net and a basic regulatory state and things like equal rights, but who isn’t a Social Democrat and puts real limits on what government should try to do for people and is very hawkish on national security, foreign policy, and law enforcement. What they were talking about in this segment, had to do with Neoconservatives as it related to national security and foreign affairs, but there’s a broader political philosophy to neoconservatism.

Andrew Yezen: FNC Special Report- Kirsten Powers: ‘Charles Krauthammer Knows He’s a Neoconservative’

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C-SPAN: Q&A With Brian Lamb- Charles Krauthammer: April 22nd, 2005

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Source: C-SPAN– Brian Lamb, interviewing Charles Krauthammer, back in 2005

Source: The New Democrat

I could just start with the first couple minutes of this interview on Charles Krauthammer’s comment on positive liberty versus negative liberty, because this is one issue where I agree with Krauthammer as a Liberal myself who believes in negative liberty over positive liberty and make that this whole piece. But I saw this interview last week when C-SPAN replayed it and there are a few other things I would like to talk about well like right-wing Progressives, which I believe Krauthammer was one and get into that as well.

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Source: The Truthseeker– Charles Krauthammer quote 

As far as positive liberty versus negative liberty: positive liberties are things that government are supposed to provide for the people that they promise, when a political party that believes in positive liberty over negative liberty comes into power. Which is basically the freedom for people to not have to make decisions for themselves and not take control over their own lives. Not have to decide how to finance their kids education and where to send them to school. Choose which hospital to go to and send their kids. Not have to decide where to get their health insurance, because government would provide that for them. Not to have to plan their own retirement, because government will take care of that for them. Things that Socialists both democratic and communistic believe in.

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Source: WFAA-TV– Charles Krauthammer quote 

What Charles Krauthammer described as negative liberty, is probably the same definition that former Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona ( Mr. Conservative ) would give for negative liberty, which is the right to be left alone from government short of hurting innocent people with what they’re doing. That goes for both economic as well as personal freedom. The right for people to make their own financial decisions like with health care, health insurance, education, retirement, starting their own business and making their own business decisions. Just as long as they personally pay for their own decisions and take personal responsibility for their own decisions.

But that negative liberty also covers personal decisions and personal freedom as well. Again, to go back to the right to be left alone short of hurting innocent people with what they’re doing. If romantic couples want to live together and even have kids together before they’re married, that’s their business. If adults want to smoke and posses marijuana, that’s their business. If they want to gamble their own money, that’s their business. If they want to image in pornographic activities and watch and read porn themselves, that’s their business. And these are just a few examples, just as long as they’re not forcing their personal adult activities onto minors or even adults that choose not to engage in them.

The main different between supporters of positive liberty which tend to be Socialists both democratic and otherwise, versus supporters of negative liberty which are Liberals, ( Classical Liberals, if you prefer ) and Conservative-Libertarians has to do with the right to be left alone short of hurting innocent people with what they’re doing. Socialists, tend not to believe in risk and investment, unless of course it’s government that’s doing the investing and tend to see freedom as the freedom to make mistakes. Liberals and Conservative-Libertarians, view risk and private investment, as the necessary tools and resources to have a truly free society.

Like I said, I could’ve made this whole piece about positive liberty versus negative liberty, but there was one other aspect here about Charles Krauthammer that I would like to get into as well which is his definition of Neoconservative people who I call right-wing Progressives, not former Liberals, but right-wing Progressives. The Nelson Rockefeller’s, George Romney’s, Newt Gingrich’s, of the world, people like Representative Paul Ryan today before he became Speaker of the House. And I know right-wing Progressive sounds crazy sort of like how a Libertarian-Communist would or even Libertarian-Socialist would sound in today’s crazy American politics, but I’ll explain what I mean by that.

According to popular American political and political pop culture, a Progressive today is essentially a statist, both democratic and communistic. Someone who believes in the state ( meaning government ) over everything else and that it’s the job of government to manage people’s lives for them and that there is a big government solution to solve everyone’s problems for them. And to get back to one of my points about positive liberty, that freedom to too risky and is dangerous and you need big government to limit individual freedom so everyone in society is taken care of. But that is not what Progressives are what progressivism is about.

The best and easiest definition of Progressive, is someone who believes in creating progress through government action, but through limited government action. That government can’t do everything for people, but needs to be there to help people are struggling get onto their own feet. With things like temporary financial assistance and a broader safety net, but who wants to use that safety net to help people get on their own feet and become economically self-sufficient and free. With things like education, job training, job placement into good jobs, infrastructure and encouraging economic development into low-income community with large populations of low-income and low-educated people.

You have the right-wing Progressives that I’ve already mentioned and then you have left-wing Progressives who again aren’t Socialists and who also puts real limits on what government should try to do for the people. Left-wing Progressives like former President Barack Obama, who believed government could be used to help people and empower people to be able to take control of their own lives. And people like former President’s Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman, Franklin Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt. Center-Left Progressives, who believed in positive government to empower people who are struggling to take control over their own lives.

Charles Krauthammer was a Progressive, but on the Center-Right a Center-Right Progressive, people who would be called Neoconservatives today. People who are very hawkish when it comes to national security and law enforcement and don’t tend to trust international organizations like the United Nations and international rule of law. Who even believe in what’s called America First, but who aren’t Nationalists, but people who believe that America should step in whenever they believe is necessary even by themselves, to protect innocent people from authoritarian regimes and to remove those regimes so democracy can takeover. The 2003 Iraq War, perfect example of that.

But, Neoconservatives are not anti-government even when it relates to the economy and tend to believe in commonsense regulations, a safety net for people who truly need it that encourages work and self-sufficiency. So Neoconservatives tend to support the American safety net like the New Deal and Great Society, but who again are very hawkish when it comes to national security and law enforcement and tend to not believe in civil liberties for suspected criminals and terrorists.

I’m just as sad as anyone else who didn’t personally know Charles Krauthammer, but who respected him even though I tend to disagree with him especially on foreign affairs and national security, because he was really sharp and honest. Wasn’t a political hack for anyone who just defended someone just because they were a Democrat or Republican, but instead spoke his mind and told people what he thinks and believes regardless of who and how to may have benefited or hurt someone.

Charles Krauthammer was brilliant at using humor to make his political arguments to point out the stupidity in American politics and government. He was a breath of fresh air in an American political culture that’s dominated by polluted air like FNC and MSNBC, that is only in the business to back their side and try to destroy the other side. And he’ll be missed indefinitely, especially by people who simply just want to know what’s going and what people think about, instead of how the news can be used to hurt or benefit one side or the other.

C-SPAN: Q&A With Brian Lamb- Charles Krauthammer: April 22nd, 2005

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