Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Opinion

March 21, 2013

Stumptalk: Elitists believe the American ideal of liberty is wrong

CROSSVILLE — Until recently only libertarians have been arguing that Americans are insufficiently free while some conservatives argue that perhaps Americans have too much freedom in some instances. But thanks to today’s elitist liberals' barely concealed hostility of the free market, their love for Obamacare and the threat they pose to religious liberty and economic freedom conservatives having reassessed their position are assuming the libertarian beliefs although in a lesser form.

The liberal policy is not all that concerned with liberty, but they are concerned about economic equality as in America needs to “spread the wealth.” Of course, the true elite liberal wants to spread someone else’s wealth and not their own because many elite liberals believe they are owed their wealth and position by birthright and education. In 1976 Patrick Moynihan during a speech at the UN said,”…those nations who have put liberty ahead of equality have ended up doing better by equality than those with the reverse priority…..”

But, let’s not confuse the elite liberal mindset and their socialist views with facts and logic. The obvious split in America today is between the Republicans being the party of liberty and the Democrats being the party of redistribution. The Democrats never seem to tire of claiming that the rich are failing to pay their fair share of taxes to which Walter Williams, a renowned economics professor at George Mason University, asks, “What standard of fairness dictates that the top ten percent of wage earners pay 71 percent of federal income taxes while 47 percent of Americans pay absolutely nothing?” The Democrat party, which is the party of “spreading the wealth,” assumes the gap between achievers and non-achievers is a violation of social justice. Of course, this assumption diminishes the role played by talent, ambition, daring, character, initiative, work and spirit producing unequal outcomes in the God given right of “Pursuit of Happiness” as guaranteed by the 1787 Constitution.

Study after study as well as the recent collapse of the Occupy Walls Street movement has confirmed that Americans do not hate the rich nor do they have a passion for “spreading the wealth” that has spread failed socialism in the rest of the world — can we spell Europe? This concept totally escapes the mental grasp of the elite socialists. What clearly explains this lack of passion for “spreading the wealth” is the opportunities American liberty has provided countless millions of achievers who take advantage of that liberty and better their lot. Liberty also explains how unprecedented and unmatched levels of prosperity have been created in America and shared more widely in America than in any other country in the world. As Tocqueville wrote in the 1800s, “The word poor is used here in a relative, not an absolute sense. Poor men in America would often appear rich in comparison with the poor of Europe.” Some things just never change.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Tidbits: Taking a low-tech break

    Feeling increasingly strangled by my electronic leash, with phone, text messages, email, social media and a variety of other forms of communication always at my side, I took the weekend off.

    July 28, 2014

  • Stumptalk: Governing before and after mass corruption

    Laws in America were originally written simply. Every citizen could read them quickly and understand their meaning. The founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance and the Constitution of the United States, none of which was longer than 4,500 words.

    July 28, 2014

  • We the People: The last dance

    Charlie Hayden’s last recording session with his early partner, Keith Jarrett, was in 2007.  The songs they played were mostly melancholy.  The second album coming from that session includes Weil’s “My Ship” and Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye.” The dark ballad “Goodbye,” by Gordon Jenkins, was the final track.

    July 22, 2014

  • Lion and the Lamb: Living in a pressure cooker

    The Gaza Strip, a small Palestinian territory about the size of Washington, D.C., has been in the news almost every day.  Its key location at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea has attracted a number of occupying powers over the years, and it has  been at the center of much Middle East history.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tidbits: The excitement of election day

    On March 12, 1996, there were 427,183 votes cast in the presidential primary election. Among those votes was mine, the first vote I cast in an election, just two days after my 18th birthday.

    July 21, 2014

  • Raising the minimum wage

    My first job from which FICA was withheld was a minimum wage job, seventy-five cents an hour. And yes, even then no one could live on that little money. However, I was a high schooler living at home where my father provided room and board. The job gave me pocket money to buy gasoline, to take my girlfriend out for movies and burgers, and to buy tickets for baseball games.

    July 21, 2014

  • Lion and the Lamb: Children on the move

    The news this past week has focused on the humanitarian crisis developing on our southern border. Thousands of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras seeking to escape from the violence, human trafficking and extreme poverty in their countries have been entering the United States.

    July 15, 2014

  • We the People: Memo to gun rights groups

    The recent incident in California helps us understand why we cannot rely on mental health services alone to solve the problem of gun violence.

    July 15, 2014

  • Tidbits: Make the best of your road trip

    I didn’t care for road trips when I was young. It was so confining to have to sit in the back seat, staring out the window for hour after hour, hayfield after hayfield. And when you’re a kid, time doesn’t pass like it does when you get a little older. Just the trip from Jamestown, TN, to Crossville, roughly 30 miles, felt like an eternity!

    July 14, 2014

  • Stumptalk: Biased climate agenda will cost trillions

    For anyone who has been educated in the history of science and scientific method, this whole issue of “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” is an embarrassing and painful exercise.

    July 14, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014