The Freeman's Burden:

To defend the principles of human liberty; to educate; to be vigilant against the ever expanding power of the state.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Bush's New Socialism

I have always felt that it is important to call a spade a spade. History is replete with examples of debates that are won and lost, not on there merits, but on terminology.

In our own history, James Madison realized the power of words. When he arrived in Philadelphia to begin debating the Constitution, he quickly dubbed his supporters "the federalists" even though their policies were decidedly anti-federalist. Jefferson and his cadre were quickly slimed by the media with the "Anti-federalist" label. In spite of Jefferson's best efforts to reframe the debate, the dye was cast and to this day, Madison was a federalist.

George Bush and his party could never have gotten a moratorium on the estate tax, but the "death" tax was far easier to wound (and soon kill).

Republicanism is a philosophy based on the premises of federalism (Jefferson's version, not Madison's) that stresses individual initiative, limited government, low taxes, delineated power, states' rights and property rights.

Do any of those philosophical principles sound anything like the governance of G.W. Bush? Yea, I didn't think so either which begs the question, "If Republicans aren't republicans, then what are they?

Well, let's take a closer look at HOW Bush and the "Republicans" have governed to find some guidance.

I could keep going, but I think I have made the point. This administration has massively expanded the size, scope and power of the federal government and used that power to advance an agenda of new federal programs, agencies and religious establishment.

I must, therefore, conclude that a far more honest and representative name for this administration's (and its spineless co-conspirators in Congress) philosophy is Christian Socialism.

By this I mean that, based on their actions, I must conclude that this President believes fundamentally in using the power of the state (coercive redistribution) to create social outcomes that are consistent with his Christian activist base.

(Note: I'm tired of doing links, if you want more info on any of the specific issues discussed here, there is a Pico search bar down and to the left by the archives. Cheers - F2S)


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