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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Thom Hartmann Show: Thom on FDR and The Fiscal Cliff: Where America is Ideologically



Is the United States a Liberal nation, I would argue yes not just because I'm a Liberal Democrat myself. But look at our constitution with all of those Liberal Democratic rights and freedoms that it guarantees. Including limiting the Federal Government so it doesn't take our rights away from us and doesn't try to do for us what we can't do for ourselves. And giving states a lot of authority to govern the country. That doesn't mean that government can't help the needy but what it does mean is that Americans have the right and responsibility. To look out for ourselves as best as we can and for the people who do need help from the government. They can get that help but we are not suppose to be living off of government, when we can and should. Be supporting ourselves, I argue that America is probably more Liberal then we are Conservative or we are about even.

But we are Liberal and Conservative in the traditional sense of what Liberalism and Conservatism was thought of and how it. Actually is, not how its stereotyped today, under Jack Kennedy and Barry Goldwater,we are not a Social Democracy. Or as I would prefer to call it Socialist Democracy like you see in Canada and Europe where government. Is not there to help people in need but literally take care of us with our own money, we are much more Liberal. And Conservative then we are Socialist, up until the 1930s America was a lot like a Libertarian or. Even Conservative Democracy, where government was really only there to defend us and protect us from. People who would do us harm and FDR comes around and introduces the country to Democratic Socialism in the official sense. And builds that Progressive wing of the party, that LBJ build on in the 1960s but we've never gotten to that next level.

We've never gotten to the point where our government would look like Canada or Europe because the. People have never wanted us to go that far, a feeling that Ron Reagan and other Conservatives. Ran on in the 1970s and came to power because of in the 1980s and is something Bill Clinton and other so called New Democrats. The real Liberal Democrats in the party understood and ran on defending and promoting individual freedom. For all and especially empowering freedom for the people who didn't have it, not trying to create a Welfare State. But protect the current Safety Net that we already had, I believe this is something that Barack Obama. Understands and why he's not a Socialist that Right Wingers claim he is or that Progressives. Wish he were and why they are do disappointed with him so far.

President Obama wants government to work and empower people who need it. But not looking to transform America into Canada or Europe where we are spending roughly 50% of our GDP. On government and most of that being on a Welfare State.

Salon: Natasha Lennard: 220 Marijuana Cases Already Dismissed in Legalized Washington State

220 marijuana cases already dismissed in legalized Washington

This is what progress looks like against the failed War on Drugs

The Daily Beast: John Avlon, Meghan McCain & Mike Moynahan: Real Housewives of the CIA

The Daily Beast: John Avlon, Meghan McCain & Mike Moynahan: Real Housewives of the CIA

Sounds like a real reality TV show in the works, perhaps Megan McCain will produce it. You heard that here first. As far as David Petraeus and his sex scandal, I guess this is the clincher that American politics and government is never boring and why we have a political junky industry. And for Progressives I guess who believe that America should be more like France, well we are when it comes to our public officials and how they live their personal lives. Political junky, is no longer just a hobby for unemployed politicians who can't seem to win another public office and keep losing. And spend all of their free time, which is really all of their time, especially if they have a Congressional pension, watching C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC and FNC. But a way for writers and pundits to make their living. To tell Americans how much they don't know about American politics and government.

As far as Benghazi, if it wasn't for that story, what would House Republicans do? At least some of them like Speaker John Boehner, are smart enough to know they can't repeal ObamaCare in this Congress with a Democratic Senate and Democratic President, that the law is named after. Most of them probably never have any attention of leaving Congress, at least the House of Representatives. So they don't want to work with Senate Democrats to pass anything constructive that President Obama might actually sign. And risk being primaried and having to go home and work for a living. Like washing cars, or hosting radio talk shows, teaching gym in high school, or whatever they were doing in 2009 before they decided to run for the House. So all they have left in their one page playbook that a five-year could read is a bogus (to be too nice) Benghazi investigation.