JFK and other Right-wing Extremists

The reason the government is in deficit is because you have more than 4 million people unemployed, and because the last 5 years you have had rather a sluggish growth, much slower than any other Western country. I am in favor of a tax cut because I am concerned that if we don’t get the tax cut that we are going to have an increase in unemployment and that we may move into a period of economic downturn. . . .  I think this tax cut can give the stimulus to our economy over the next 2 or 3 years. I think it will provide for greater national wealth. I think it will reduce unemployment. I think it will strengthen our gold position. So I think that the proposal we made is responsible and in the best interests of the country.

Obviously, I’m quoting some unhinged right wing-nut here.  You know, some poor  idiot who actually believes in that supply-side voodoo economics nonsense that almost destroyed our country back in the Dark Ages of the Reagan years.

After all, everyone knows that, rather than being created by the hard work and ingenuity of people in the private sector, the wealth of our country is created by being shat out the backsides of our all-wise and benevolent politicians, to be justly spread around by federal government bureaucrats.

Well, actually that quote was from liberal icon President John F. Kennedy, in an interview in 1963, just months before he was shot dead by the Communist-supporter Lee Harvey Oswald, fifty years before Friday.  (Thanks, Neil Cavuto, for source.)

(No, I don’t buy the conspiracy theories, which stem in part, I believe, from an inability of many liberals to accept that a leftist was actually responsible for that vile deed.)

I’m quoting JFK here not to worship or canonize the man.  (Unfortunately, one of President Kennedy’s most enduring legacies was his assurance that his Catholic Faith would have no impact on his actions in office – an attitude shared by countless American “Catholics” today.  Even among most Catholics, it seems that separation of church and state has devolved into separation of any moral principles from politics and law, a practice which has led not to freedom, but simply to immoral—and increasingly despotic—government.)

Nor am I trying to make him out to be some kind of conservative hero.  Rather, I’m using him to illustrate just how far the Democratic Party has plunged over the past fifty years.

For many years now, “liberal” Democrats routinely denounce and ridicule any call for tax-cuts, or any reduction or check on the runaway growth of the federal Leviathon.

And even the allegedly “conservative” Republican establishment is determined to squash any “extremist” trouble-makers – anyone who might actually be serious about trying to hold government to constitutional limitations.

Though I don’t follow such things closely, I’m seeing more and more in the media these days warning of the dire threat to our nation supposedly posed by the “extremists” who allegedly are taking over the GOP – and of the threat of “polarization.”  (See my earlier post, “Through Polarized Lenses.”)

“Extremist,” of course, is their preferred term for constitutional conservatives.

Such vacuous name-calling, of course, is a perfect way to avoid any kind of substantial discussion or debate on the issues.  Rather than discuss what is in fact right or wrong for our country, any dissent from the prevailing agenda of the ruling class in Washington is denounced off-hand with the label “extremism.”  Let’s not get bogged down in discussion of constitutional law or actual policies.  All you need to know is that “extremists” are bad because they’re “extreme,” and “moderates” are good, because they’re, well, “moderate.”

We no longer judge politicians or policies by any standard of right and wrong, or adherence to rule of our nation’s law (the Constitution), but instead by their alleged distance from some undefined “center.”

Personally, I think they should resurrect the old Soviet-era word, “deviationist.”  It’s at least more accurate, as what they mean by “extremists” are those who deviate from the agenda of The Party.

Of course, I personally happen to find limited government abiding by the rule of constitutional law to be quite moderate and sensible, and the unlimited power of a government unrestrained by rule of law to be “extreme” and dangerous.  But never mind me.  I’m a troglodyte nutjob extremist.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

(Yeah kids, that’s “Thanks-Giving,” as in giving thanks to God.  You bleedin’ hearts can put that in your pipes and smoke it.)

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2 thoughts on “JFK and other Right-wing Extremists

  1. Vlad says:

    Dear sir, thank you, you have made my day, or at least my evening. I’ve found your blog by searching some random stuff about JFK on Google, and it was a pleasure reading your posts (and your “About”, great stuff 🙂 ). More so since I have just finished a long and rather bitter Facebook discussion with an otherwise good friend, who in the end pretty much called me a radical for advocating a minimal state, in opposition to his demand for state (actually EU) regulation of bank activity. That’s life, I guess.

    Since I understand you are a Catholic, I want to draw your attention to the newly issued apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”, issued 4 days ago by the Holy Father, that contains the following paragraph:

    “56. While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.”

    You can find the full text here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html

    I found myself at a loss for words after reading this. While not a Catholic myself, it is not something I would have expected to hear from the Throne of St. Peter. I would very much appreciate your comments on this.

    All the best from Romania!

    • Thanks Vlad. Great response. Unfortunately, things are extremely busy and chaotic in “real life” now, and I may not be able to give an adequate response for a while.

      This will probably be the subject of my next rant.

      In short, as a Catholic I don’t believe the economic opinions of Popes are infallible. It is Church moral teaching that it is gravely sinful to screw over the poor, but I think most clergy have poor understanding about the workings of the economy, and naively put too much trust in the state to “fix” economic problems, when in fact excessive interference by governments in markets usually causes severe damage to the economy that actually increases poverty, and hurts rather than helps the poor.
      I’d recommend reading “The Church and the Market” by Thomas E. Woods Jr. for a Catholic free market perspective.

      God bless,

      Greg

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