Dissent isn’t unpatriotic….it’s racist!

Our nation’s leading political expert explains:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms45EzMR0f8

Some comments:

1. Olbermann started off that show with yet another string of “tea-bagging” double entendres. The fact that virtually everyone in the left-wing blogosphere (and MSNBC) has been repeating that joke ad nauseum is so juvenile I’m almost embarrassed for them. It might have been sort of funny the first time someone said it but when you’re the 5000th person to say it and you still think you’re oh-so-clever and witty, it’s just lame. Seriously.

2. Janeane mocks the number of people who attended saying “literally tens of people showed up to this thing…” In fact it was somewhere between 250,000 and 600,000 nationwide – similar to the biggest of the anti-Iraq war protests in 2003.

3. Both of them keep talking about how racist and hateful the protests supposedly are but can’t seem to find any examples of anyone doing or saying anything that’s actually racist or hateful. If the clips he shows are the best examples he can find from the over 800 protests nationwide, I’d say that’s pretty strong proof that this whole thing wasn’t the least bit racist or hateful. Doesn’t anyone remember the kind of stuff we saw constantly at all the anti-war/anti-Bush protests?

4. Janeane says these protesters are a “volatile group” prone to violence. Yet, despite the fact that this took place in over 800 locations nationwide, none of them were violent. Contrast that with all of the anti-capitalism and anti-WTO/G20 protests that almost always result in violence and vandalism. The most recent one was just a couple of weeks ago in London.

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The “F” Word (not Fahrvergnügen)

I’m generally not a big fan of using terms like “fascism” to describe modern politics (regardless of party) unless there’s really no other equally effective way to make your point.  The term fascism, especially, is so overused and has so many connotations, that it causes your listener/reader’s hyperbole flag to go up and everything you say from that point on, no matter how well supported by evidence, gets ignored or chalked up to paranoia or partisanship.

Having said that…

For the sake of clarity, I think it’s very important for people to understand what fascism actually is — at least its economic philosophy.  Virtually everyone is already familiar with the militarist/racist aspects of National Socialism (Nazism) – a particular brand of fascism.  But if you can put that aside for a moment and simply look at the economic features of fascism – what 20th century leaders and proponents of fascism actually believed and promoted – the result is….interesting…

As I said, I wouldn’t go so far as to start calling our current politicians economic fascists (most of them anyway).  There’s obviously a significant difference in degree, for one thing. But keep in mind the recent actions of our current administration with respect to GM, AIG and others, as well as the $700 billion stimulus bill that goes, in large part, to corporations that are willing to work with the current Democratic social agenda, plus numerous other bills being considered by Congress to control and manipulate private business into the mold of their own morality.

Now read this post by Jonah Goldberg.

Better yet, read his whole book.

UPDATE #1:  An example of why it’s a bad idea to use the term (if you’re a conservative).

UPDATE #2: More hypocricy from Howard Dean.

Some fun graphics to brighten your day

From the Washington Post:

Projected Deficit in Pictures

And, yes, that graph DOES include all the supplemental spending on Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002-08, in case you were wondering.

 

Democrat Economic Illiteracy Example #4972

Here are three very smart economists and our most business-savvy politician explaining why bailing out Detroit is a terrible idea.  It should already be obvious if you understand how markets and competition are actually supposed to work, but read them anyway:

David Yermack
Mitt Romney
Jim Lindgren
Todd Zywicki

Now let’s look at the Democrats’ “solution”

Mickey Kaus summarizes it as:

The New Plan? Cripple Honda! Save Detroit with Card Check! Eliminating the secret ballot and making it easier to organize U.S. Honda and Toyota workers (and imposing contract terms via binding arbitration) would “level the playing field,” says Dem. Congressman Tim Ryan. … Then when Honda and Toyota responded by importing more cars from abroad, we could have import quotas! Eventually the whole automotive sector could be planned by Congress in conjunction with existing business and labor interest groups.

Oh, this is going to be a delightful four years.

Markets, Morality & Conflation

There’s an interesting discussion going on at the Corner on NRO about the meaning of “free market” and its defense on moral vs. empirical grounds.

You can follow some of it here:

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Post 6

Over at CATO, Roderick Long, who considers himself a member of the Libertarian Left (a term that always annoys me — but that’s a topic for another post), has an article dealing with the conflation of laissez-faire markets with corporatism. It touches on some of the same topics.

If you are at all interested in economics or economic philosophy, his article is HIGHLY recommended.

The Death of the American Idea

I agree with most of what Mark Steyn says in his column today. He manages to express a lot of what I’ve been thinking over the last few days.

I really hope he turns out to be wrong. I hope I’m wrong. Under different circumstances, I would be more optimistic, but the more I watch what is already beginning to take place, the more clearly I see the handwriting on the wall. Democrats have the will, the means, the media support, the election mandate and, thanks to the economy, the “justification” to do whatever they want for the next four years. And they will. But worst of all, they’ve succeeded in changing the mindset and attitudes of independents and swing voters regarding taxes, free enterprise, and the role of government. They will implement their agenda and this time they will likely get away with it. I suspect we are headed down a path that we will not recover from for decades.

Just a few related things to consider before voting today:

http://www.ntu.org/main/page.php?PageID=6

http://www.taxfoundation.org/blog/show/23856.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121659695380368965.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NGU5ZDExYjJkYWUzZTUzNjI4ZjQ4NmZhYWEwNWZkMjU=