Thursday, April 02, 2009

Something Smells Rotten in the State of Denmark

Good gracious, my blood runs cold.

Today I read the scariest article I've ever seen on the pages of the Wall St. Journal. To understand today's rant, you simply must read it for yourselves. I urge readers to pick up a copy of today's WSJ or go online. And be afraid, be very afraid.

"The Socialist Solution to the Crisis." (WSJ Opinion, April 2,
2009) By Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, the president of the Party of European Socialists
and a former prime minister of Denmark (1993-2001)

Where does one begin to refute such distortions and wrong-headedness?

Among the chief points, he claims:

"... the simplistic dictum of more markets and less government -- championed by
Reagan, Thatcher and their ideological heirs -- has failed on a momentous

Editor's Note: You KNOW something truly sticks in the craw of a Lib when they go back to Ronaldus Maximus, conveniently skipping over three presidents hence.

As El Rushbo is prone to point out, Conservatism doesn't fail--it succeeds every time its tried. Maggie, Ronny, even JFK.

What's a demonstrated failure is Communism, and Socialism ain't all that and a bag of chips, either, which we're seeing played out on the streets of London's financial district. When was the last time you saw throngs of raging masked capitalists breaking windows and destroying Social Security buildings, Food Stamp and WIC offices, or ACORN community organizing facilities?

The problem with Reaganism and Thatcherism isn't that it failed; it's that it wasn't faithfully followed through by their political heirs nor was it adopted widely enough in the wake of its most shining victory – the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the US, the first President Bush bungled a 90 percent approval rating bowing to a playboy Arkansas charlatan who lulled the world to sleep during his watch.

The 1994 Republican Revolutionaries abandoned the principles that swept them into office – and rightly shown the door 14 years later. Working under the misapprehension of “Compassionate Conservatism” (as if Conservatism needed a qualifier) that they could actually receive “credit” for granting government largess to those accustomed to suckling at the teat of public treasury.

Next, if, as Mr. Rasmussen suggests, the global tough times are causing global consumers to cut back and demands for everything produced in the both the advanced and developing worlds, why then would sweatshops be pulling children be pulled out of school? Wouldn’t the adult labor force be just loitering, standing around underutilized? I thought sweatshops were only employed during greedy, heady times of go-go economic expansion?

Finally, for all the bluster we Americans are accused of having, Mr. Rasmussen takes a back seat to no one with his, “Look at us, see how the truly enlightened do things” swagger. I, for one, am tired of an elephant in the room no one speaks of, so I’ll say it here: if there is a global tax that needs to be assessed, it should be paid not BY the United States but TO the USA for the safety and security provided to those “Western economies” by American taxpayers and American lives.

I’m offended at being lectured by a politician from a country that has the LUXURY of using funds for socialistic policies because they don’t have to invest in military protection provided by Uncle Sam. In the movie, A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson’s flawed but candid character, Marine Col. Jessep, utters the best rendering of this sentiment. The eventual (and unfortunate) downfall of the Colonel does not make his words any less salient and especially poignant to me, for I live in a heavily military populated area.

“I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself
to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way.”