Posted by: Debby Durkee | March 19, 2010

Two Americas.

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Two Americas.

Jonah Goldberg says there really are two Americas, but not those two John Edwards spoke of. The two Americas consist of those who revere the Constitution and the rights defined therein and those who believe in a different definition of America and want to bestow new “rights.”

…it’s certainly fair to say that our political leaders believe in two different Americas. They even believe in two different Constitutions.

Democrats insist that health care is a “right.” …
The notion that health care is a right is an old one with deep roots in socialist and progressive thought. It achieved its highest expression in FDR’s 1944 address to Congress. The president insisted that the old Bill of Rights had run its course and the new industrial age required new rights. These rights included a guaranteed good job, a good home, and, naturally, good medical care.  Snip –

FDR had something to say about those who didn’t believe that government guarantees of a job, home and medical care was a right. If you believed in limited government, FDR called you a fascist.

… If “history were to repeat itself and we were to return to the so-called ‘normalcy’ of the 1920’s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of Fascism here at home.”

Keep in mind that the 1920s was a decade of roaring economic growth. The return to “normalcy” FDR referred to was the return to a more limited form of government (not counting Prohibition). (During the 1920s) the Republicans released Woodrow Wilson’s political prisoners. They shuttered the Democrats’ propaganda ministry (the Committee for Public Information). They called off the censorship and the “war socialism” of the Wilson years. And they helped usher in roaring economic growth.

Pres. Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge, the poster boy for the ’20s, was once asked what he thought of his achievements in office. He replied: “Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.”

That was the return to normalcy FDR was talking about. A government minding its own business, according to FDR, amounted to the spirit of fascism.

It’s not hard to see why so many liberals today take one look at the vast gatherings of decent, middle-class Americans known as tea parties and instantly think, “Fascists!” Never mind that fascists, properly understood, don’t usually demand less government intervention.

What we have here is a fundamental conflict of visions, to borrow a phrase from Thomas Sowell. One side believes that people are born into their station in life and that it is the government’s job to make their miserable lives a little better… If you object to this concept of government, it must be because you want to “punish” the downtrodden and discriminated. You must be animated by racism, sexism, greed — “fascism!”

The other side says that our rights come from God, not from government. That while the government has an obligation to promote the general welfare, it doesn’t have a holy writ to design the nation as it sees fit…The Constitution and the Bill of Rights delineate what the government cannot do, not what it can. What was so fantastic and revolutionary about that is that for the first time in history, a nation was founded on the proposition that the government should mind its own business. Believing that doesn’t make you a fascist, it makes you a patriot.

Goldberg goes on to say that regardless of the outcome of this week’s (this past year’s) contentious, tumultuous health care debate, those two different beliefs in the way forward for America will still be with us. It does make one wonder whether the country ultimately will have to split in two. As some of those e-mails that go around say – wouldn’t it be nice if we could give the liberals all of the liberal bastions of the country to run and give the conservatives all of the conservative portions. Which new country do you think would be prosperous? There’s no contest there, and we all know it.

The idea of peacefully splitting the country in two is a pipe dream, but in reality, how can our country continue to be the beacon of freedom when it has been deeply infiltrated by those who don’t believe in it? Whatever liberals believe in, they don’t believe in freedom for you and me. They believe in control, which is the opposite of freedom. Ironically, they think they believe in freedom, but they only believe in their freedom to tell you what is right, what is wrong, and what you can and cannot do, and you have the freedom to do what they say. I hope we can resolve this terrible divide peacefully, but with the stranglehold liberals have on education, media, Hollywood, and right now, government, I fear we’re in for a difficult ride in this country for many years to come.

In a liberal’s worldview, since they don’t believe in God, the government becomes a surrogate for God, but only if it is run by them. Read all of Jonah Goldberg here:


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  1. This is exactly why the struggle over health care isn’t really about health care, this is a struggle over what kind of a country we will be living in, in the near future. Will we remain a democratic republic? Will we become socialist, communist? That’s what is all about. They want control over us and to turn us into their vision of what they think we should be…the constitution be damned!

  2. You’re right, Beth, and since only about 20 percent of people identify as “liberal” — this is also about the minority of the country running roughshod over the majority who identify as conservative or moderate or libertarian. They sure won’t be winning any converts to their “vision” with the way they’ve been attempting to “rule” either. The problem is that the minority is placed exactly where they want to be — where they can make the biggest difference. The country has awakened very late to where we are headed, but awareness of a problem is the first step to attacking the problem.

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