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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Monday, March 03, 2008

Obamania....

Obama? He is just McGovern lite. Remember that in 1972, McGovern took only 17 electoral votes, Massachusetts and Washington, DC. McGovern was actually an accomplished senator at the time that he ran for President. Despite his reputation as a dovish liberal, McGovern has publicly stated he is not a pacifist. But do not tell that to the more centrist Democrats that became the core of the Reagan democrats also known as Neo-cons.

What the heck does Obama have to show besides an ability to speak and being half black?

And for all of you that read today's newspapers and have no idea what neoconservatives are all about....
Academics in these circles, many of whom were still Democrats, rebelled against the Democratic Party's leftward drift on defense issues in the 1970s, especially after the nomination of George McGovern in 1972. Many of their concerns were voiced in the influential 1970 bestseller The Real Majority by future television commentator and neo-conservative Ben Wattenberg. Many clustered around Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson, a Democrat derisively known as the "Senator from Boeing," during his 1972 and 1976 campaigns for President; but later came to align themselves with Ronald Reagan and the Republicans, who promised to confront charges of Soviet "expansionism." Among those who worked for Jackson are Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Richard Perle and Felix Rohatyn.

Michael Lind, a self-described former neoconservative, wrote that neoconservatism "originated in the 1970s as a movement of anti-Soviet liberals and social democrats in the tradition of Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Humphrey and Henry ("Scoop") Jackson, many of whom preferred to call themselves 'paleoliberals.' When the Cold War ended, "many 'paleoliberals' drifted back to the Democratic center… Today's neocons are a shrunken remnant of the original broad neocon coalition. Nevertheless, the origins of their ideology on the left are still apparent. The fact that most of the younger neocons were never on the left is irrelevant; they are the intellectual (and, in the case of William Kristol and John Podhoretz, the literal) heirs of older ex-leftists."
Today's Democrats are no longer the Democrats of your father's era, where America was put first, but an amalgam of handout mongers and lazy liberals looking for their next easy reason to exist. Can anyone say global warming? Just being against George Bush does not make a political party.

1 Comments:

At 12:46 PM, OpenID arunningcommentary said...

Agreed on McGovern - be interesting to see what befalls Obama in the general (assuming he gets there)

 

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