Charles Krauthammer, in his Washington Post column (8/27/10), said, "Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed," pointing out th
atoverwhelming majorities of Americans have repudi ated liberal agenda items such as: Obamacare, Obama's stimulus, building an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero, redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage, lax immigr ation law enforcement and vast expansion of federal power th atincludes unprecedented debt and deficits.
ation's elite and the news media see being against the Obama-led agenda as being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, mean-spirited and insensitive. Paul Krugman, columnist for The New York Times, has a different twist expressed in "It's Witch-Hunt Season" (8/29/10). Krugman says th atthe last time a Democr ats atin the White House, Bill Clinton, he faced a witch-hunt by his political opponents. "Now," Krugman says, "it's happening again -- except th atthis time it's even worse," asking, "So where is this rage coming from? Why is it flourishing? Wh atwill it do to ?" America
Professor Krugman and others among
's elite blame some of the rage on talk-show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. They are only partially correct. Wh America attalk shows have accomplished is they've ended the isol ation of many ordinary Americans. When the liberal mainstream media domin ated the airwaves, Americans who were against race and sex quotas were made to feel as though they were racists and sexists. Americans who were against big government were portrayed as mean-spirited and uncaring. Wh attalk radio and the massive expansion in non-traditional media have done is not only end the isol ation, but more important, the silence amongst ordinary Americans.
Krugman says th
atwh atwe're witnessing is "political craziness." Therefore, the overwhelming majority of Americans who think our borders ought to be secure and think we should have the right to determine who enters our country are politically crazy. Americans who can find nothing in the U.S. Constitution granting Congress the power to take over our health care system are politically crazy. Americans who think a mosque should not be built in the shadows of the are simply religious bigots. By the way, those who oppose the building are not saying there's no legal or constitutional right to do so any more than they would say a person has no legal or constitutional right to curse his parents, but neither is a good idea. In Thomas Sowell's column on the topic (8/31/10), he reminds us th Muslim-destroyed World Trade Center at"If we all did everything th atwe have a legal right to do, we could not even survive as individuals, much less as a society."
Krugman predicts th
atpolitical craziness, and by inference crazy Americans, will result in a Republican takeover of the House of Represent atives and play chicken with the federal budget. Chicken with the budget is precisely wh atDefundit.org has called for. Already they've obtained the pledges of 165 congressional candid ates not to fund any part of Obamacare.
's liberal elite have not reached the depths of tyrants such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler, they share a common vision and, as such, differ only in degree but not kind. Both denounce free markets and voluntary exchange. They are for control and coercion by the st America ate. They believe they have superior wisdom to the masses and they have been ordained to forcibly impose th atwisdom on the rest of us. They, like any other tyrant, have wh atthey see as good reasons for restricting the freedom of others.
Their agenda calls for the elimin
ation or attenu ation of the market. Why? Free markets imply voluntary exchange. Tyrants do not trust th atpeople behaving voluntarily will do wh atthe tyrants think they should do. Therefore, they seek to replace the market with economic planning control and regul ation.
Why liberalism has become an ugly sight, as Krauthammer claims, is because more and more Americans have wised up to their agenda.
Walter E. Williams
Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of
as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of More Liberty Means Less Government: Our Founders Knew This Well. George Mason University