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THE BRAVE NEW RIGHT... THE "SILENT MAJORITY" IS TALKING
Etherzone ^ | Elysian Hunter

Posted on 12/16/2001 6:18:02 AM PST by SemperFidelis

THE BRAVE NEW RIGHT... THE "SILENT MAJORITY" IS TALKING

After forty years of leftist neo-socialist propaganda being forced down the American people's collective throats, finally, in a long-overdue renaissance, we are starting to display an understanding of common sense.  My generation, the so-called "Gen-X" has been twice disillusioned.  We wanted the material successes of our parents' generation but without their turmoils.  We were the children who grew up in the wake of "free love," and we discovered that it was neither free nor love.  We have been left to discover for ourselves how empty and shallow and false the promises of the "Great Society" are.  We are the ones who have to attempt to repair the past forty years' worth of damage- we must find solutions that will repair a broken culture and a failed educational system.  We are also the ones who are challenged to find an alternative to the current entitlement state in which all one has to do to be "more equal" than the other "animals" is to claim to be a member of an oppressed group.

Why are "Gen-Xer's" taking a hard right turn?  Our early indoctrinations often made no sense.  Many of us were frustrated by school systems that often as not punished displays of excellence, discouraged intelligent discourse, and attempted to subjugate all students in a perverted effort to mold every mind to one standard of mediocrity.  Stay behind with the rest of the class?  This phrase is the summation of the "Great Society" and of the leftist movement.  In the Marxist mindset there is no call to excellence, no reward for merit.  Yet humans are driven by an innate desire to succeed in their endeavors.  The satisfaction of accomplishment, once experienced, is often its own reward.  The error in Marxist thought is that the concept of meritocracy does not exist, that equality lies in being the same as others instead of in equality of opportunity- the freedom to achieve, and reap the rewards of one's labor, according to one's talent, willingness to work and desire.

President Reagan once said that the difference between a Communist and an anti-Communist is that a Communist reads Marx and Lenin, but an anti-Communist understands Marx and Lenin.  We "Gen-Xer's" understand Marx and Lenin- we had Marxism shoved down our throats.  Many of us now understand, through the reality of getting along in the real world, that liberty is not in "equal outcomes" but in the freedom to choose, the freedom to succeed or fail.  To each according to his or her own abilities and effort- this was a truth we had to discover for ourselves.

We are not our parents' generation.  The climate of the 1960's challenged all facets of conventional wisdom.  We as a nation questioned our purpose, we asked "what are we fighting for" when our military was trapped in a political quagmire throughout the Vietnam war.  Our parents' generation became cynical and rejected the entire cultural and social order.  Love of country along with conventional wisdom, standards of decency and strong families, went out of vogue as young men burned their draft cards, young women burned their bras, and both genders tuned in, turned off and dropped out.

The wounds created in the wake of the failed cultural revolution of the 1960's, the fallout of Vietnam and the failure of the "Great Society" are slow in healing.   Both the political Left and the Right have made mistakes- the Left in going over the deep end from a liberal republican philosophy such as that of Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Payne,  to a psychotic mix of the philosophies of Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky.    The Right has failed in many ways also, in allowing themselves to be portrayed as callous, self righteous religious nuts or as bigoted racists.  Yet despite the faults of the Right and the folly of some of its more zealous factions, the essential premises of Right wing thought- today's Conservatism- make more sense and offer far more practical solutions than the empty platitudes and failed "feel good" philosophy offered by the Left.  We learned important lessons in the 1960's- civil rights being the most important of those lessons, yet the Right differs from the Left on the interpretation of civil rights.  We believe that equality is truly color blind, and accessible to either gender, and that everyone is free to earn his or her own rewards.

Another reason for "Gen-X" acceptance of the Right is in the glimmer of hope we saw in Reaganesque optimism. Many of us remember President Reagan as "our president," the one we think of when we envision the office of the President.    Like Reagan before us, we're the ones who are now tired of complicated explanations for failures. We're tired of relinquishing half of our paychecks to pay for social programs that we are not likely to benefit from.  Despite our cynicism, we want to believe in America again, we want to realize the vision of the "shining city on a hill."  We know what doesn't work but we're willing to keep trying until we find solutions that do.  We know that taking from the middle class to give to those unwilling to work is a sure recipe for disaster- "gimmies" only serve to give a false sense of entitlement for those who choose ignorance and sloth, while fostering a profound sense of resentment within those footing the bill.  "Equality of outcome" is inherently unfair.  Where is the incentive for individuals to achieve if they are punished (excessive taxation) for doing so?  Where is the incentive to achieve if individuals are guaranteed the same outcome whether they work hard or do nothing?  While it seems so lovely on the surface to assert that no one will ever suffer poverty again is it not more in keeping with the intent of the Framers that instead of holding all people to an ever declining standard of mediocrity that we create opportunity for those willing to take advantage of it?

It is possible and necessary to return to the vision of the Framers.  Our message is not one of defeat and despair, but one of hope.  If we can learn from the mistakes of the recent past, we will find that social engineering is a failure, much as we learned on a dramatic and graphic scale the failure of Marxism in the fall of the Soviet Union.   Socialist ideas have failed in every instance in which they have been tried- even the "social democracies" such as Britain and Canada have experienced huge drains on their economies, a decline in the quality and availability of health care and overall economic stagnation and decline.  It would be folly to emulate those mistakes.

It is a brave new day, even in the light of recent events- especially in the light of recent events.  In this light the rats and other vermin that have polluted our society and government have been exposed for what they are.  Mainstream America is finally acknowledging that there is a liberal bias in media.  People are turning to alternative news, especially to traditionally Conservative forums such as talk radio, so that they may hear the true story.  Hillary Clinton has been exposed for what she is- an unreformed 60's Marxist and power hungry harpie.  It is impossible for her to deny the expression on her face as President Bush addressed Congress following the September 11 attacks.  Instinctively she knew that her presidential ambitions for 2004 were now a hopeless pipe dream, as is the rest of her philosophy and her dirty political tactics.   In the face of war, the world has little use for dreamers and social engineers but much use for those who are called to action.  Others of the "rat pack" have been ridiculed for their failure to cooperate with President Bush in matters of national security.  Senate "leaders" who question the Constitutional authority of the Executive branch in the use of military tribunals to prosecute terrorists are the last ones to let the Constitution stand in the way of pork barreling and social engineering.   Their smear campaign on the President is an abysmal failure as it appears the Attorney General and the White House have a far better grip on the Constitution than Tom Daschle or Ted Kennedy ever will.

There will always be opposition and discourse- our opponents will not simply go away or magically be converted to the side of reason.  Yet the "silent majority" has finally begun to speak- in opposing "political correctness" which is merely a code phrase for censorship and a lack of tolerance for Conservative views.  The "mainstream media," CNN in particular, has admitted to "ill-serving the Conservative point of view."  These are steps in the right direction- not that the Left will be "converted" but that Conservative views will at least be open publicly  for acknowledgement and consideration instead of reflexive derision.

"As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.  As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other; and the former will be objects to which the latter will attach themselves."- James Madison, the Federalist, #10

There will always be discourse in political life- liberty will contribute to that dissent.   Yet the tide has changed- the Right is no longer the side of intolerance, of predictability and privilege, but the political Right are the last advocates of the preservation of liberty.  Liberties that have been eroded in the name of "political correctness" need to be restored.  The philosophy of entitlement must be re-examined, as must our educational practices.  These are the challenges of the "Brave New Right" are we up to them?


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Hope springs eternal.
1 posted on 12/16/2001 6:18:02 AM PST by SemperFidelis (SFidelis10@aol.com)
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To: SemperFidelis
Great Post! Printing this one out for my teenagers!

BUMP!!

2 posted on 12/16/2001 6:43:51 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland
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To: SemperFidelis
I''ll Bump that!!
3 posted on 12/16/2001 6:46:25 AM PST by painter
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To: SemperFidelis
Published in the December 19, 2001 issue of Ether Zone. Copyright © 1997 - 2001 Ether Zone.
Old stuff with a very new face.

Semper Fi!

4 posted on 12/16/2001 6:47:09 AM PST by philman_36
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To: SemperFidelis
Great post. Best critique of PC I've read in quite awhile.

But, as is usually the case in political criticism, the criticism is better than the proferred solutions.

The author is a little light on criticism of the Right. When it is dominant - although it begins with the idea of meritocracy - it usually slides into the mistaken identification of wealth as proof of merit and abandons the idea of noblesse oblige - which is necessary in any decent society - in favor of unfettered greed.

At that point the Left rises and the cycle begins anew.

5 posted on 12/16/2001 6:49:42 AM PST by liberallarry
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To: philman_36
Just goes to show that truth never becomes outdated.
6 posted on 12/16/2001 6:51:02 AM PST by Valin
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To: SemperFidelis
Man!...there are some good posts this A.M. Thanks SF.

(Check out Mark Steyn posted just above yours)

FMCDH

7 posted on 12/16/2001 6:52:49 AM PST by nothingnew
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To: SemperFidelis
Bookmarked,,thanks for the post.
8 posted on 12/16/2001 6:53:37 AM PST by Neets
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To: SemperFidelis
Sounds like some in Generation X should be renamed the Independents. I love it, bookmarked, thanks for the post.
9 posted on 12/16/2001 6:54:11 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: SemperFidelis
BuMp for others to read.
10 posted on 12/16/2001 6:56:42 AM PST by It'salmosttolate
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To: SemperFidelis
I'm clicking on "save as" right now. This is a keeper.
11 posted on 12/16/2001 6:57:10 AM PST by capt. norm
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To: SemperFidelis
Great Post!
BTTT
12 posted on 12/16/2001 6:57:18 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: SemperFidelis
bump for the Hope of a brighter American Future. (where Socialism is relegated to history's unmarked graveyard of discarded lies).
13 posted on 12/16/2001 6:59:06 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: SemperFidelis
Many if not most of the Americans who perished on Sept 11 were in their '30s.'
Everyone who perished was 'doing' something that Tuesday morning.
They were not at home watching MTV. They were contributing to the GNP.
I am greatly consoled for the trauma our country has suffered, by the fact that these Gen-Xers seem quite ready to challenge the Clintonesque boomers (who have been running things for so long) for the reins of leadership for our country.

The Gen-Xers can see the world 'more clearly.' And that means more conservatively.

14 posted on 12/16/2001 7:00:07 AM PST by maica
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To: SemperFidelis
"We "Gen-Xer's" understand Marx and Lenin- we had Marxism shoved down our throats."

A nonsensical statement. Did they, for example, have to put their names on a waiting list and then wait 15 years to get an apartment? Did they have to stand on line for 2 hours to get toilet paper? Where they ever interrogated by the KGB? Where they sent to gulags because they where Jews?

Next we'll hear how they lived through a depression.

15 posted on 12/16/2001 7:15:58 AM PST by Batrachian
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To: SemperFidelis;n.y.muggs;starfan;firebrand;racebannon;OneidaM;nutmeg
Thoughtful commentary from a "GenX'er" and hope for the future. I'm hopeful that the events of the last 3 months have provoked thought in our fellow citizens that voted for Gore rather than GWB by 500,000 plus.
16 posted on 12/16/2001 7:25:07 AM PST by Dutchy
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To: SemperFidelis
This retired Chief is now *almost* convinced the light at the end of the tunnel isn't an oncoming truck.

Semper Paratus

17 posted on 12/16/2001 7:27:54 AM PST by Coastie
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To: Valin
Just goes to show that truth never becomes outdated.
Just another slap in the face to me.
18 posted on 12/16/2001 7:28:40 AM PST by philman_36
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To: Batrachian
Were they ever interrogated by the KGB?

You have confused communism with the Soviet Union.

Over the past 40 years we've had lots of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need". Look at the social programs in the US. Look at the class envy politics of the Democrats. Look at the slippery slide toward an ever bigger government. The fingerprints of Karl Marx are everywhere.

19 posted on 12/16/2001 7:29:26 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Dutchy
Thanks for the ping....it does sound promising doesn't it?
20 posted on 12/16/2001 7:30:35 AM PST by Neets
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To: SemperFidelis
Ronald Reagan bump! Thank you!
21 posted on 12/16/2001 7:34:00 AM PST by Skel
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To: SemperFidelis
Generation "X" came into wide use after Douglas Copeland's book --Generation X" He described this generation as being born between 1965 and 1980. He further indicated that the hallmark of the generation was "underemployed, overeducation, intensely private and unpredictable.

Copeland credited Paul Fussell's book, Class. Professor Fussell wrote a popular book sometime in the mid-eighties dividing American social classes into hidden upper, upper, high middle, mid-middle and low middle. He then added two classes of proletariat, one of the destitutes and a final of the hidden bottom. Sort of as an afterthought, and to make himself feel good, he added a class he called "X". Allegedly, this group avoids class distinctions and is quite independent (just like liberal college professors). I would rather be a drunk like Kingsley Amis than a member of the "X" class.

Fussell's book IMHO is worth a read if you keep in mind he is a classic Northeastern liberal with an exemplary war record in WW II.

It is always worthwhile to hypothesize about groups; however, it is also always dangerous since there is a class consciousness and criticalness that fails to account for wide ranges of individual behavior.

22 posted on 12/16/2001 7:38:36 AM PST by shrinkermd
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To: Senator_Blutarski
You make the mistake of viewing Marxist economic theory in a vacuum. The sort of oppresion that happened in the Soviet Union was not a by-product or coincidence that just happened to go with Marxist economic doctrine, it was the muscle that was needed to enforce Marxism. Don't confuse a welfare state with a communist police state. One may well lead to the other, but it doesn't have to (Example: Sweden), and it's not the same thing.

Although in a sense you're right. What we saw in the Soviet union was actually Stalinism. Still, I think the sentiments expressed in the article are overblown and self-pitying, and PC is alive and well anyway.

23 posted on 12/16/2001 7:45:14 AM PST by Batrachian
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To: Batrachian
"we had Marxism shoved down our throats." "

We have all have this nonsense shoved down our throats daily in this nation for many years. The liberals/leftists have had their way for long enough. And you don't have to have lived in Russia to say this.

24 posted on 12/16/2001 7:47:41 AM PST by Don Myers
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To: Batrachian
Your argument is fraught with bad logic.

Let me start with your main point.... You make the mistake of viewing Marxist economic theory in a vacuum.

That is the only way you can treat Marx, since his theory

is purely intellectual; having no practical application.

25 posted on 12/16/2001 7:56:43 AM PST by SemperFidelis
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To: nothingnew
Thanks...........and for the heads up on Steyn.
26 posted on 12/16/2001 8:02:33 AM PST by SemperFidelis
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To: maica
I agree. Perhaps out of this tragedy there will come a new understanding.
27 posted on 12/16/2001 8:08:25 AM PST by SemperFidelis
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To: SemperFidelis
Great article...having GW in the White House at this moment in American history...when our country was attacked and our mission is so clear...has given conservatives an incredible opportunity to voice their ideas and be listened to...whether people voted for him or not the American people love their president...even a lot of leftists feel safer with him in charge...both he and Rumsfeld are plain-spoken men...they inspire trust with their common sense and clear vision of right and wrong...conservatism is a common sense approach to social problems while the leftist believe in a utopian world...Osama taught us that only fools believe in Utopia and fools get cut down when they least expect it...as Reagan said, "Trust, but verify"...
28 posted on 12/16/2001 8:10:29 AM PST by foreshadowed at waco
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To: liberallarry
When it is dominant - although it begins with the idea of meritocracy - it usually slides into the mistaken identification of wealth as proof of merit and abandons the idea of noblesse oblige - which is necessary in any decent society - in favor of unfettered greed

Explain this to me! I think Gen-X'ers are also fed up with psychobabble! I know I am!

29 posted on 12/16/2001 8:10:52 AM PST by gr8eman
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To: liberallarry
The author is a little light on criticism of the Right.

I agree.

There are plenty of socialists on that side of the aisle.

30 posted on 12/16/2001 8:26:39 AM PST by SemperFidelis
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To: SemperFidelis
Yet the "silent majority" has finally begun to speak- in opposing "political correctness" which is merely a code phrase for censorship and a lack of tolerance for Conservative views.

Ever since the internet we have become an information society and we are hungry for truth, now we can find it at our finger tips all around the world. The silent majority includes all political persuasions

31 posted on 12/16/2001 8:29:32 AM PST by horsewhispersc
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To: Senator_Blutarski
Well stated!
32 posted on 12/16/2001 8:40:25 AM PST by SemperFidelis
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To: SemperFidelis
Maybe there is something we baby boomers may have done right, and that may turn out to be the gen-xers! I know that my oldest son gets so peeved whenever he get his paycheck, especially at this guy at the bottom named FICA that takes so much of his money! In spite of my best efforts, he turned out alright anyway, and that's a good thing. He is a bona-fide, hard right, free thinking, conservative, who hates PC, hates liberial policies, hates the Klintons, and can smell liberial BS coming from 10 miles off! BTW, his little brother is following in his footsteps! 2 more for the anti-liberial war!
33 posted on 12/16/2001 8:51:45 AM PST by dirtbiker
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To: SemperFidelis
I have three Gen-X children. They are fiercely pro-life, pro-constitution, pro-military, anti-PC, anti-big Government, anti-public education, anti-Marx... etc., etc., etc. All voted for Bush.

Is this brain-washing? No. I raised them to think for themselves.

My son voted for Clinton in '91 - making up his own mind, listening to the sound-bites but not looking at the facts. It was a bitter lesson for him, he is still ashamed and has looked at the facts almost rabidly in the two subsequent presidential elections.

Maybe this is another lesson that some Gen-Xers have learned - learning from their mistakes.

34 posted on 12/16/2001 8:58:05 AM PST by FrogMom
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To: gr8eman
One favored group is replaced by another. The son-in-law replaces the black man. And so on. There's a reason why the Founders sought to prevent the re-establishment of a society of rentiers.

The most perfect meritocratic element of our society is professional sports. In that world a few superstars are showered with enormous wealth, a larger group make a decent living, and the remaining athletes of the world have to find some other way to survive. Without some form of redistribution - noblesse oblige or taxation or you name it - you'll get that kind of distribution over much of society.

35 posted on 12/16/2001 9:01:14 AM PST by liberallarry
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To: SemperFidelis
So socialistic programs always fail and capitalist programs always succeed?

How do the GI bill, Hoover dam, Social Security, the National Highway program, the Space program, Enron, LTCM, the Great Depression, the Internet Bubble, etc., etc.? fit into your ideological straight-jacket?

36 posted on 12/16/2001 9:06:42 AM PST by liberallarry
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To: SemperFidelis
Bookmarked for future ammunition against the commie liberals.
37 posted on 12/16/2001 9:07:06 AM PST by kitkat
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To: maica
They were not at home watching MTV. They were contributing to the GNP.

Forgive my French, but, that is one hell of a soundbite!

With your permission, I'm going to use that as a saying to be frequently used.


38 posted on 12/16/2001 9:07:50 AM PST by rdb3
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To: liberallarry
Your username alone is enough for me to go off on you like a megaton nuke.
39 posted on 12/16/2001 9:13:51 AM PST by rdb3
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To: SemperFidelis
Thank heavens, we have some kids out there that are going to turn into fine adults who care about what is right.
40 posted on 12/16/2001 9:15:08 AM PST by freekitty
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To: SemperFidelis; dubyaismypresident; thefactor; Constitution Day; Benson_Carter; StoneColdGOP
BUMP for later read
41 posted on 12/16/2001 9:18:07 AM PST by maxwell
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To: SemperFidelis
BUMP ... that was an awesome article.
42 posted on 12/16/2001 9:19:23 AM PST by Centurion2000
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To: SemperFidelis
Great Post! I AM Gen X!!!!
43 posted on 12/16/2001 9:21:10 AM PST by The Drowning Witch
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To: rdb3
Be my guest.
I dont think our revered pundits have focussed enough on this fact. We acknowledge various categories of hurt and lost people: firefighters, rescue workers, office workers, businessmen flying to meetings, etc. but not the one unifying fact - they were all contributors to America's strength. From the deli counterman to the bond trader - they were all Working People! and not just the Dem's version of 'worker' either.
44 posted on 12/16/2001 9:23:26 AM PST by maica
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To: liberallarry
So socialistic programs always fail and capitalist programs always succeed?

I agreed with you in part. Now we must part company.

In a liberal market economy failure is allowed and keeps
it honest between the contenders and pretenders. However,
socialist programs are a monopoly, so we have no point
of reference. We only realize their utter failure when it is too late.

Remember government rewards failure with a bigger budget, i.e. higher taxes.

45 posted on 12/16/2001 9:24:13 AM PST by SemperFidelis
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To: SemperFidelis
Absolutely, I'm a part of this generation and I was one that woke up from that pack of lies in my 20's to become a more conservative person. And yes I do think of Reagan as MY president. He was from the time I was 10 until I was 18, so he is who I think of when I think of the office!
46 posted on 12/16/2001 9:32:28 AM PST by glory
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To: SemperFidelis
Excellent post. I really enjoyed reading it. It gives me hope for the future that there are young people who don't don't buy the garbage they've been fed by the leftist loonies. My 23 year old daughter made her first trip to the polls last year to vote in the primary...as a Republican!
47 posted on 12/16/2001 9:40:57 AM PST by sweetliberty
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To: SemperFidelis
I'm not sure I understand your replies. In what way do you feel the author was a little light in his criticism of the right?

You're point about the self-correcting feature of capitalism is well-taken - which is one of the reasons I am a capitalist rather than a socialist.

However dramatic business cycles are part of capitalism and George Soros - among others - argues against its inherent stability. And there are plenty of modern examples of great falls with huge consequences. So one can say the self-correcting feature is far from perfect.

Also, while it is true that socialistic endeavors can have plenty of adverse consequences, they can also work very well - and have in areas that for one reason or another are not suited to the capitalist approach.

I realize that we are both speaking in short-hard due to limitations of space and time. I hope I've been successful in making myself clear.

48 posted on 12/16/2001 9:53:32 AM PST by liberallarry
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To: FrogMom
Sounds like you've done a great job.

I regretably voted for Carter. Boy did I learn.

49 posted on 12/16/2001 10:00:17 AM PST by SemperFidelis
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To: SemperFidelis
Yet the tide has changed- the Right is no longer the side of intolerance, of predictability and privilege, but the political Right are the last advocates of the preservation of liberty. Liberties that have been eroded in the name of "political correctness" need to be restored.

You have no idea how this article has effected me. Thankyou for the post.
You have brightened up my day and given me hope for the future.

50 posted on 12/16/2001 10:06:53 AM PST by The Mayor
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