May 12, 2010
Re: The Socialist Judge: Elena Kagan and the Teachable MomentTopics: Political News and commentaries
Senate Republicans would do well to read Jeffrey Lord's piece at the American Spectator today, as should every conservative American - who should then be sending it to their Senator. Because they need to know that "The issue" - the bottom line issue - ""of this confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court Justice should be not Ms. Kagan, but socialism. Socialism, the philosophy she professed such admiration for in her 1981 Princeton thesis titled "To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900-1933."
"The Final Conflict." Think of that.""
Lord writes in his informative and thought provoking article:
Among his many points, Lord suggests that witnesses should be called to testify about the socialism Ms. Kagan praised in her college paper and identifies several issues to be aired in a discussion about a pro-socialist nominee to the Court:[...] "In our own times, a coherent socialist movement is nowhere to be found in the United States. Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism's glories than of socialism's greatness." -- Elena Kagan, Obama nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.Why focus on an undergraduate college paper written almost thirty years ago?
"This is a great opportunity to find out what's in this woman's mind."
-- Rush Limbaugh.
The teachable moment on socialism is here. Courtesy of Barack Obama and Elena Kagan.
Because we are in the middle of a massively controversial presidency led by a man who has exhibited every intention of "transforming" America in the socialist image -- leading the country away from its capitalist heritage. This Supreme Court nomination does not, after all, come in a vacuum. Since taking office, the Obama administration has taken control of everything from car companies to financial institutions to banks to your health care.
And no, the obvious intent of Princeton's Sean Wilentz, her thesis adviser and himself a notable progressive, is not missed. In saying in the New York Times that "to study something is not to endorse it" Wilentz telegraphs that is exactly what Kagan -- and he himself -- thought then and now of socialism. They liked it. They like it still. A lot. It helps to understand when reading this particular bit of fantasy that the American Prospect has described Wilentz as "a distinguished historian active in Democratic politics." His defense of Kagan is the plain attempt to engage in a little storytelling with a considerable partisan design -- to convince the unwary that Kagan is not what her words and actions demonstrate she in fact is.
Around America, whether it is the struggles of California or New York, or abroad in Greece, the chickens of socialism are coming home to roost. And Solicitor General Kagan -- by all accounts just peachy as a person -- is an on the record believer in the philosophy that is behind all of this.
Continue reading ...
- What about socialism's views of the role of corporations under the Constitution? Let's discuss.
- What about the limits of government in a socialist state?
- If the Constitution is simply a "living document" as liberals love to insist, not to be read as written, what about the real-life of socialism in practice around the world should be injected into any interpretation of the Constitution? If foreign law is something that should be taken into account by American judges, another liberal favorite, which of the laws of socialist states from North Korea to Communist China to the old Soviet Union should be adapted when making Supreme Court decisions?
- What is the nominee's view of capitalism?
- Should the Court be deciding how much money Americans are entitled to earn?
- Should the government run corporations and banks?
- What is the role of the FCC in regulating the Internet?
For the uninformed voter who has no clue what socialism is - here's a primer (Click image to enlarge):
America & the Capitalism we enjoy allows us all the American Dream - the Freedom to succeed & start our own businesses. Capitalism has allowed the United States to be the most successful and Free nation in the world. In America - if you work hard & get an A+, you deserve an A+. However, Socialism's goal is for everyone to be "equal," and thus uses Government to perform "economic justice" on its people. Economic Justice is really the "redistribution of wealth" to penalize the successful and reward the unsuccessful. Socialism is Class-warfare, executed by a powerful Government which controls & confiscates the personal property and liberty of its people.Note how closely Barack Obama's agenda - that he claims isn't socialist - matches the definition of socialism. As Lord notes in his piece, Kagen's nomination creates a teachable moment that Americans need to take advantage of.
Socialism's Flaw: You can never make poor people successful by giving them other people's hard-earned money! On the contrary, a Socialist Government instills hostility between its people through class warfare. Socialism only incentivizes laziness; wherein, people become increasingly more dependent on the Government because of its abusive power to remove Freedoms from the people, confiscating their personal property and liberty. (Source - America - Stand Up!)
Posted by Richard at May 12, 2010 7:08 AM
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