by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism
Paul Krugman, America's premier source of socialist progressive drivel, straight from the cloistered halls of progressive academia and The New York Times, is encouraging the faithful -- that would be pResident Obama and all socialist progressives -- to forgo civility. Seems Krugman has forgotten this.
Excerpt from Krugman's NY Time article.
Last week, President Obama offered a spirited defense of his party’s values — in effect, of the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society. Immediately thereafter, as always happens when Democrats take a stand, the civility police came out in force. The president, we were told, was being too partisan; he needs to treat his opponents with respect; he should have lunch with them, and work out a consensus.
That’s a bad idea. Equally important, it’s an undemocratic idea...
Which brings me to those calls for a bipartisan solution. Sorry to be cynical, but right now “bipartisan” is usually code for assembling some conservative Democrats and ultraconservative Republicans — all of them with close ties to the wealthy, and many who are wealthy themselves — and having them proclaim that low taxes on high incomes and drastic cuts in social insurance are the only possible solution.
This would be a corrupt, undemocratic way to make decisions about the shape of our society even if those involved really were wise men with a deep grasp of the issues. It’s much worse when many of those at the table are the sort of people who solicit and believe the kind of policy analyses that the Heritage Foundation supplies.
So let’s not be civil. Instead, let’s have a frank discussion of our differences. In particular, if Democrats believe that Republicans are talking cruel nonsense, they should say so — and take their case to the voters.
As usual hypocritical, misguided, but oh-so progressive. Tiring to say the least. If only the conservative/Libertarian movement can find and field a national candidate that expresses core American principles and values before it is too late.
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