I think I know how to talk to a liberal because I once was one.
Of course, that was before the progressives took over the Democratic Party and moved it so far left it would be right at home in Russia, China, or Cuba. No, it is not repressive enough yet for those bastions of central planning and re-education camps. But unless the more centralist members of the party retake control, a one-party system with increasing repression is coming.
I left the Democratic Party because I saw their fixation on the application of Keynesian economics was just not working and it doesn’t take years of pondering to see that growing the size and scope of government beyond absolute needs doesn’t in itself solve problems. Many times it only makes things worse by drafting and implementing more and more regulations.
It is not only the Democrats that grow government. There are big government Republicans who are just as culpable in the increasing size and scope of government. Two of the worse examples occurred with a Republican White House.
After Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush created two large and, I believe, nearly useless bureaucracies: the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Everyone was in shock over 9/11 and were making frantic efforts to fix whatever problems prevented us from thwarting this historical terrorist event. It is in our DNA to centralize anything at the slightest opportunity. When things go wrong, “Put someone in charge.” Is the cry that echoes across the land. The fact is that someone was already in charge but didn’t make the right choices or put their own agency’s interests over that of the nation. Replacing these people and changing the bureaucratic nature of their organization was what should have been done. We should not have put many diverse organizations that were already on the edge of being nearly unmanageable due to size and complexity under a single new manager. Adding layers of management seldom has improved anything.
Big government and its sister, centralization, is at the core of all socialist systems. Republicans and Democrats are both at fault. I can’t blame the Progressives for growing and centralizing the size and scope of government. It is what they do. It is their mantra. Leaving the Saul Alinsky followers and other Progressives aside under leaders like President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Elizabeth Warren, it might be possible for traditional Democrats and Republicans to have real discussions.
I believe a starting point for dialogue to save our country is to use the following principles as a foundation for cooperation:
- Honesty and openness in the conduct of government;
- Peace comes through the prudent use and display of strength;
- A foreign policy that is loyal to our allies and respected by our enemies;
- A recognition that freedom is not free;
- We are an exceptional nation based on the rule of law;
- Tax rich more than others, but everyone pays something in some way;
- Corruption has no place in our government or in our economy;
- The civil service must not be political and public workers should not organize against the people;
- We can be judged on how we treat our children, the sick, the poor, the elderly, and our veterans;
- A nonpartisan and objective media is a necessary part of our democracy;
- We are a nation of immigrants and will always welcome newcomers who obey our laws and learn our language, history, and culture.
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