This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
Richard Nixon was a brilliant political strategist, whatever else you may think of the man. In the late 1960s, he could see the country moving politically. The Democratic Party was moving left and away from the Confederate States, making an opening for the Republican Party to come back to power through the Confederate States. His so-called, “Southern Strategy,” was the result and the Republican Party is living with its consequences today.
Chris Cantrill, on the other hand, is not a brilliant political strategist nor even a reliable political reporter. Reading an article by him on liberalism is like listening to an average American cab driver give a lecture on ancient Japanese history. This person does not know what they are talking about.
I don’t like making my posts completely personal, so I’ll critique Cantrill’s article from here on. He says that Liberals aren’t interested in creating a just society or a utopia but are interested only in power and elimination of opposition, which would result in a fascist state. Once this is accomplished, they might work to create that utopian paradise.
The power that Liberals truly want is power to the people, creating an environment where everyone has power over their own lives, including the ability to vote for candidates across the political spectrum. Liberals also want freedom of expression.
Nixon acquired the label, “Tricky Dick,” because of his relentlessly unscrupulous drive to eliminate all political opposition. We see this factor in modern Republican tactics which are devoid of fact and reason. While decrying big government they call for big brother to constrain what people can do in the privacy of their own homes.
Cantrill’s article was one of the dumbest that I’ve ever read. It was full of falsehoods, if not damned lies. We still have too many Americans who are dumb enough to believe this garbage, which Cantrill was counting on and why I felt the need to respond to it.
These overly partisan far-rightists are smart enough to know that the country is moving politically. It is becoming more liberal everyday as the electorate becomes better educated. The X and Y generations are perfect examples of this and, when the next generation starts going to college, it will just continue. Younger Americans now and, even more, middle aged Americans simply want control over their personal and economic affairs. They do not want big government telling them how to live. The far-right tries to combat this movement by making up garbage and saying, “This is why you shouldn’t be a Liberal.”