American Thinker: Opinion: John W. Howard: Liberalism and its Discontents

American Thinker: Opinion: John W. Howard: Liberalism and its Discontents

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

I can’t remember the last time I agreed with anything that was written on the American Thinker. And this is a publication I read practically everyday and maybe the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, was the last time I agreed with anything on the American Thinker. Actually I wasn’t alive in 1908, sorry Cubs fans. But is been a while since I’ve agreed with anything on the American Thinker. But John Howard makes some good points in this article even if it comes with some straight falsehoods.

Like Liberal Democrats back in the 1960s controlled Congress even though the Southern Dixiecrats who represent today represent a lot of the modern Republican Party had most of the power in Congress. The Senate filibusters of the civil rights laws are perfect examples of this. But John Howard’s good points are about how the Left has changed since the late 1960s and what it was before that. The emergence of the Far-Left or New-Left came about in the late 1960s as a response to the Vietnam War. And what these leftist radicals saw as out of control wealth and out of control American capitalism.

The people who today are called ‘Modern Liberals’ even though they aren’t that liberal at all, represent the New Left in America that before lets say 1965 were seen as Un-American and as extreme. Now seemed to have found a following in America. They are still Far-Left by American political standards, but the New Left in America is a social democratic movement that has strong socialist big centralize government viewpoints. That is strongly against local and state control and has problems with American capitalism and for profits all together.

People who want to see a lot of power centralized with the Federal Government with taxes that are lot higher. With a big federal state powerful enough with the resources to run most of the country. When the trend the last thirty-forty years has been about moving power out of Washington and back to the state and local governments and into the hands of the individuals themselves. These Social Democrats who are Democratic Socialists not Communists, generally want that power back in the hands of the Federal Government to create a Scandinavian style socialist superstate in America.

But if you are a true Liberal and I’m one of them in the Jack Kennedy school of liberalism, you have a healthy skepticism about government especially centralize big government that has so much power. That it leaves the individual dependent on the state, because they do not have have much power of their own lives. And that you aren’t anti-government, but you do not want government so big and centralized leaving people without much freedom to run their own lives.


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