Garrison’s Obtuse Conflations
Carla Garrison, appearing at The Greensboro Guardian, attempts to conflate Barack Obama with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and France’s new socialist president, Francois Hollande:
The examples set by these leaders in action and/or policy draw a picture of what will not stabilize economies and thus societies. The good news is that the blueprint for what will return prosperity still exists.
As proof, she cites Hollande’s agenda and Putin’s history, as if they had anything to do with our problems and Obama’s attempts to deal with them.
She gives us a definition of progressives and cites a couple of Presidents:
Limited government, self-evident truths, separation of powers, checks and balances – all of that is “old school” to the Progressive and must be rejected in favor of a “living Constitution” (think evolving positions on issues).
Oh please, she was harping well enough for bigger government when she supported Amendment One. If self-evident truths include such canards as moral truth, we’re better off without them. As to separation of powers and checks and balances, I believe W.‘s two disastrous terms exploding the Executive envelope and raping the constitution for domestic wiretapping, rendition, torture and illegal war trump any progressive initiatives by FDR or LBJ.
She trots out a National Affairs author to attack Obama as a big government liberal, but steps on her own argument with his quote that our system of government shreds such initiative in the practice of implementation.
The most revealing statement of Obama’s disdain for the American system of government and the people came during a 2008 San Francisco campaign fundraiser: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
In other words, those old American values “are poor substitutes for a sophisticated understanding of the larger networks of causality that determine the lives of everyday Americans,” as Schambra explains.
Excuse me? Bitterness, militancy, fascism and xenophobia are “old American values?” As usual, Garrison is best when quoting someone else. Left to her own devices, idiocy flourishes.
History has proven repeatedly that Socialism, Communism and certainly a dictatorship of any form does not promote prosperity and freedom. It’s time to choose – free stuff or freedom.
Uh, I’m aware of several benevolent dictatorships that worked pretty well. Socialism has worked in lots of democracies and I’m not aware of any Communist state where the tenets of the philosophy were actually followed.
Carla Garrison is a waste of time. She cites sources inaccurately and comes to foolish conclusions, which is typical of the social retards.