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How Dems Use ‘Crises’ To Enact Socialism

In the rush of the recent historic events we almost overlooked this screed from a professional Global Warming alarmist, who lets the cat out of the bag about why Democrats create and fan “crises.”

From the op-ed page of a deeply agreeing New York Times:

Radical in the White House

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
January 21, 2009

For one day, for one hour, let us take a bow as a country. Nearly 233 years after our founding, 144 years after the close of our Civil War and 46 years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, this crazy quilt of immigrants called Americans finally elected a black man, Barack Hussein Obama, as president. Walking back from the inauguration, I saw an African-American street vendor wearing a home-stenciled T-shirt that pretty well captured the moment — and then some. It said: “Mission Accomplished.”

But we cannot let this be the last mold we break, let alone the last big mission we accomplish. Now that we have overcome biography, we need to write some new history — one that will reboot, revive and reinvigorate America. That, for me, was the essence of Obama’s inaugural speech and I hope we — and he — are really up to it.

Indeed, dare I say, I hope Obama really has been palling around all these years with that old Chicago radical Bill Ayers. I hope Obama really is a closet radical.

Not radical left or right, just a radical, because this is a radical moment. It is a moment for radical departures from business as usual in so many areas. We can’t thrive as a country any longer by coasting on our reputation, by postponing solutions to every big problem that might involve some pain and by telling ourselves that dramatic new initiatives — like a gasoline tax, national health care or banking reform — are too hard or “off the table.” So my most fervent hope about President Obama is that he will be as radical as this moment — that he will put everything on the table.

Opportunities for bold initiatives and truly new beginnings are rare in our system — in part because of the sheer inertia and stalemate designed into our Constitution, with its deliberate separation of powers, and in part because of the way lobbying money, a 24-hour news cycle and a permanent presidential campaign all conspire to paralyze big changes.

“The system is built for stalemate,” said Michael J. Sandel, the Harvard University political theorist. “In ordinary times, the energy and dynamism of American life reside in the economy and society, and people view government with suspicion or indifference. But in times of national crisis, Americans look to government to solve fundamental problems that affect them directly. These are the times when presidents can do big things. These moments are rare. But they offer the occasion for the kind of leadership that can recast the political landscape, and redefine the terms of political argument for a generation.”

In the 1930s, the Great Depression enabled Franklin Roosevelt to launch the New Deal and redefine the role of the federal government, he added, while in the 1960s, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and “the moral ferment of the civil rights movement” enabled Lyndon Johnson to enact his Great Society agenda, including Medicare, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

“These presidencies did more than enact new laws and programs,” concluded Sandel. “They rewrote the social contract, and redefined what it means to be a citizen. Obama’s moment, and his presidency, could be that consequential.”

George W. Bush completely squandered his post-9/11 moment to summon the country to a dramatic new rebuilding at home. This has left us in some very deep holes. These holes — and the broad awareness that we are at the bottom of them — is what makes this a radical moment, calling for radical departures from business as usual, led by Washington.

That is why this voter is hoping Obama will swing for the fences. But he also has to remember to run the bases. George Bush swung for some fences, but he often failed at the most basic element of leadership — competent management and follow-through.

President Obama will have to decide just how many fences he can swing for at one time: grand bargains on entitlement and immigration reform? A national health care system? A new clean-energy infrastructure? The nationalization and repair of our banking system? Will it be all or one? Some now and some later? It is too soon to say.

But I do know this: while a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, so too is a great politician, with a natural gift for oratory, a rare knack for bringing people together, and a nation, particularly its youth, ready to be summoned and to serve.

So, in sum, while it is impossible to exaggerate what a radical departure it is from our past that we have inaugurated a black man as president, it is equally impossible to exaggerate how much our future depends on a radical departure from our present. As Obama himself declared from the Capitol steps: “Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed.”

We need to get back to work on our country and our planet in wholly new ways. The hour is late, the project couldn’t be harder, the stakes couldn’t be higher, the payoff couldn’t be greater.

Of course Mr. Friedman is just enunciating what Rahm Emanuel and other top Democrats have already let slip.

After all, it is exactly the technique Obama’s political mentor Saul Alinsky taught in Rules For Radicals — and elsewhere:

As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be – it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system.

There’s another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevsky said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.

Of course this only feeds our previous suspicions that the Democrats created the current financial crisis in the first place.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.

And speaking of Mr. Emanuel, we must say we have been highly impressed with how he has exemplified the new “post-partisan” tone of the Obama administration, and their putting aside of “childish things.”

(Thanks to LawFirmDude for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “How Dems Use ‘Crises’ To Enact Socialism”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    Exactly just who has the one unified and brought together? I don’t know of a single conservative who has sided with anything he has said. Bush and McCain do not count because they never were Conservatives.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Yesterday on the steps of the White House, he said to Laura Bush ‘Once you go Barack, you never go back, baby.’

      I thought that was pretty cool…

    • 1sttofight says:

      I really can’t blame him for looking around, after all just look what he is stuck with, James Brown Jr. of the Silverback tribe.

  2. Icarus says:

    Obama From 2007:

    “Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked. Part of it’s because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been all too eager to exploit what divides us”

    Obama Yesterday:

    “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers,” … ” we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

    Obama; you are an anti-Christ; maybe not “the” anti-Christ, but one none-the-less.
    Very smooth, very difficult to publicly take you to task over your twisted views without getting into greater detail… which you NEVER do!

    You HAVE and WILL fool many… no doubt!

    You don’t really have a plan for anything good. You have achieved the first goal of becoming President. Now onto drowning the nation (maybe the world) in socialist and immoral waters, through the veiled despotism that worships at the altar of leftist anti-JudeoChristian-God ideologies, captained by your all-inclusive God! Whoever that is??????????????

  3. Dangerous says:

    What we need is a bulldog in government. Someone utterly unwilling to back down or shut up in the face of this idiocy. Please write, call, fax or email your elected representatives and tell them you don’t want them to cooperate, or to play nice, or to allow this subversion of your government. Because it was created to be yours! The People’s!

    They were elected to serve you, so tell them what that means. And pray that they listen. Then if they don’t, tear them down and put in someone who will.

    Obama’s inauguration speech, pathetic as it was, had some nuggets of truth buried in the rhetoric. “For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.” He means it differently, but the conservatives can look at this address as a call to action, the call to form a movement. Re-reading the whole address with that in mind, it is rife with irony, and I say the American people should call this fool to task. Now that he cannot avoid the public spotlight (“There’s only one president at a time”) make him fear your opinion. The media will not pass your message along, so get it out another way. A crisis should be a chance for leaders to emerge. The left has their mouthpiece. The right needs a leader. If only I had a suggestion for a candidate.

    It took Carter to bring forth Reagan. But why wait for Obama to do the damage it has been made plain that he intends to?

  4. Icarus says:

    Specifically from Yesterday…

    “That the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve”

    Dissolve Into what?

    I don’t know about anybody else but I enjoy the different Christian ethnicities (Tribes).
    English, German, Italian, Irish, Greek, French (okay maybe not so much the French… lol Kidding) Polish, Ukrainian, Swedish, etc, etc …and of course our friends; the Jewish people everywhere. Including my favourite Jewish radio host; Mark Levin…lol
    I even enjoy non-Christian Ethnicities… …Hey, one day they’ll come around to knowing Jesus.
    Now that kind of “dissolving” – “into” I can look forward to!

    “Our common humanity shall reveal itself”

    I though God revealed that already through His only begotten son!

    P.S
    Thanks for refreshing the memory S.G

  5. Icarus says:

    This site is awsome!!!

  6. TickTock says:

    So, we’re a “tribe”? Echoing “It takes a village”…

    Well, the Libs have become “The Tribe”. They have Witches, Shamen, Sexual Deviants, Gaia Worshippers, Sun Worshippers, Druids, Vampires, False Prophets, Animal worshippers, Atheists… Heck, they’re comprised of everything God hates, including Human Sacrifice (they call it “choice”).

    Scripture says that in the last days, “…they will practice a form of godliness”.

    Aye, The One isn’t being very “Christian” with his attacks against those who love Jesus, is he? In fact, he quite effectively denounces believers in Christ, thus denouncing Christ.

    He very well could be the anti-Christ. His embracement of all things deviant and denouncement of evangelicals certainly puts him high on the list, IMHO.

    It just ain’t cool to love Jesus in Obama Land.

    • Icarus says:

      Libs are the antithesis of true Christians.

      A Christian recognizes Jesus as God; he sees God’s ways as perfect and beyond reproach. He doesn’t argue with God or ask God to compromise his flawlessness. Neither would he wish to live forever; UNLESS it meant living under the LOVE and protecting glow of his creator.
      With a new heart, this Christian wants to live in light and truth…not in darkness.
      Faith and Family Forever!
      Obama requires that we not only love our enemy (Ideological or earthly) but that we then must not only tolerate, but learn to accept what our enemy prescribes to. We can’t speak against their ways at all. (See gay-marriage, Islam, Abortion) He does not want us to be one “tribe” under our Lord and King Jesus Christ… but rather one bland clan; collectively under a polytheistic umbrella, that in reality worships the fallen one. That first rebel, that proud one, who leads man to rise up against that which is godly (so as to make us fall eternally) … rebelling against what is self manifested within, without, and through God’s eternal word.

  7. oldswimcoach says:

    “George Bush swung for some fences, but he often failed at the most basic element of leadership — competent management and follow-through.”

    Actually competent management and follow-through are probably some of George Bush’s strongest points. The fact that the economy did not implode after 9/11 and that we had no further terrorist attacks on US soil are but two examples.

  8. proreason says:

    “a rare knack for bringing people together”

    correction, “a rare knack for bringing people with BDS together”….but weren’t they already united in their mania?

    “and a nation, particularly its youth, ready to be summoned and to serve”

    Suuure. We’ll see about that. But don’t hold your breath. I would say that the ones who are eager to serve are already doing so, in the military, in police, fire and EMT roles. The few others who might be willing to serve, will only be willing to do so if they can get a lot more out of it than they put in….mainly money and revenge.

  9. Anonymoose says:

    So let me see if I get this right–

    He hopes Obama was hanging around with Ayers, thinking some of the “radical” rubbed off on him, never mind that the Weathermen were ultimately destructive.

    He thinks Bush should have used 9/11 as a tool to get a social agenda done……never mind keeping the country safe. Would he have agreed if Bush had brought one up?

    And lastly he thinks our government just stands in the way of getting stuff done, that the separation of powers keeps us moving too slowly.

    WHAT?

    After eight years of Libs telling us how Bush had too much power and he needed to be reigned in, NOW the safeguards built into our government are just a stumbling block……..just what “radical” reform is so urgently needed aside from the economy? Oh never mind, we all know.

    Our government was built precisely to keep someone turning into a latter day King or Messiah, but now we should just junk it all for this stuffed shirt that in 2003 had the recognition of “who?” Even Clinton had been a governor, now look at what’s foisted upon us.

    • proreason says:

      Obamy was being trained on his debating techniques in 2003 (and for the prior 10 years), and was perfecting his melodious voice and pursed lips look.

      Turns out that was more important than the issues.

  10. GuppyNblue says:

    The “sheer inertia and stalemate designed into our Constitution” was put in place to maintain peace and stability. Once radicalism becomes the norm we lose that and suffer the consequences. For Mr. Friedman thats all good, as long as the present tyrant shares his ideology. But what’s to protect Mr. Friedman from the next one?

    IMO the Constitution has been out of the picture for some time now. Obama might stack the Supreme Court or bring new amendments but enough damage has already been done for Friedman’s dream to come true.

  11. Perdido says:

    Well, now that Obama is ensconced and we’re all post-racial and all, do you think they’ll quit laying blame for every hang-nail?

  12. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Well we now have the new GOD of the left. I also noticed a lot of Republicans like that buffoon John McCain bowing down to worship. What a spectacle, now in a way I’m glad that moron John McCain DIDN’T win the election. It clears the way for Sarah Palin to come in ancd clean after the left’s new “GOD”. And what a mess it will be to clean.

  13. TickTock says:

    Vote MCain and his butt-kissin’ cronies OUT! I’m ashamed I voted for him.

  14. Confucius says:

    Here’s something radical: let’s all burn Friedman’s books!

    (And then use the ashes to plant a tree . . . or something.)

  15. Confucius says:

    Better than manure!

  16. beautyofreason says:

    “Indeed, dare I say, I hope Obama really has been palling around all these years with that old Chicago radical Bill Ayers. I hope Obama really is a closet radical.”

    Translation of the above text without euphemisms: I hope Obama is a terrorist sympathizer who loathes our country and its institutions, while befriending men who believed in bombing the Pentagon and our federal buildings for the lefties.

    Why don’t liberals come out and say what they feel ?

  17. AmericanIPA says:

    I think the brilliance of the founding fathers is that they were able to set up a government with a constitution that allowed the people to do for themselves. If the government is powerful enough to make these radical changes Friedman so desperately wants, it can also be powerful enough to turn into a completely different government, which might sound great to some, but not to me. The less freedom individuals have and the more power the government has, the farther from America we get.


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