"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Pelosi Talk

"I am the decider." President Bush's spectacularly unfortunate remark, when pestered to fire Rumsfeld, feeds right into the media portrait of Republicans as authoritarian. Historians of a leftist bent may well seize on that as the defining line of his presidency, something like old King Louie's song "I am the State".

The irony is that the opposite is the truth. Republicans fight to give the people more freedom. Democrats confiscate their freedoms through the instrument of government and then distribute putatively life-improving largesse.

My column in Town Hall today targets the recently announced "portly deal" by which Bill Clinton has convinced schools to disallow the vending of soda on their premises. Can anyone possibly imagine a more busybody nosy-Parker sort of intervention in the lives of ordinary citizens?

Meanwhile, across town at Human Events, I highlight the unseemly gloating of Democrats anticipating foreclosure on the Republican House in November, promising heavy-handed and punitive hearings and investigations to settle old scores. This from the genteel anti-fascists? Gimme a break. These Democrats deserve a new theme song: "You Did it My Way."

5 comments:

Paul (probably - maybe Liz) said...

Yeah, give'em soda. Only the social failures will overdose on additives and have teeth that rot away, and good riddance.

Tlaloc said...

"The irony is that the opposite is the truth. Republicans fight to give the people more freedom."

Are republicans now pro-choice? Nope. The only matter in which Republicans seem to want to allow more choice is when it comes to the freedom to be miserly.



"Democrats confiscate their freedoms through the instrument of government and then distribute putatively life-improving largesse."

In other words democrats understand the purpose of government and try to use it toward the end it exists for while republicans try to deny the purpose of government and subvert its existence into a personal money making venture. Yes that does about sum it up, jay.



"Can anyone possibly imagine a more busybody nosy-Parker sort of intervention in the lives of ordinary citizens?"

Uh yeah. The whole "we own your uterus" thing seems a fem millions of orders of magnitude more serious than "you can't buy unhealthy soda here."



"promising heavy-handed and punitive hearings and investigations to settle old scores."

Or to simply redress the hundreds of illegal acts this government has managed to rack up in the last five years. You know, what the "law and order" party has decided to overlook while stuffing their pockets with lobbyist funds.




"This from the genteel anti-fascists?"

Uh yeah. Investigation and punishment of government illegal over reach is exactly anti-fascist. Rolling over and letting the government do whatever it wants is the path toward fascism. The democrats have done the latter far too often and it'd be good to see them try the former a bit more.

Devang said...

There was a recent conference of state governers where Clinton talked and discussed at-length the issue of teaching and practicing good health in schools. All state governors, including Republicans like Mike Huckabee were enthusiastic about Clinton's reforms, which included things like teaching more health and excersice related classes among other things. I managed to catch it on c-span a while ago, but couldn't find it online.

I'm with tlaloc, is this freedom? How about this or this? Are the Republicans even open to a free and open debate on the future of wiretapping? Not to mention the whole crackdown on journalism. A precise definition of freedom would be helpful to this conversation.

James Elliott said...

"The irony is that the opposite is the truth. Republicans fight to give the people more freedom. Democrats confiscate their freedoms through the instrument of government and then distribute putatively life-improving largesse."

I don't think I've ever seen a broader over-generalization of both parties, ever. The main difference between both parties (unfortunately) isn't whether or not government should be inserted in people's lives, it's where: Bedroom versus boardroom.

James Elliott said...

And yes, I realize that's a broad over-generalization, thanks to the last part. I simply couldn't resist the "bedroom or boardroom" bit.