In February 1st Inland Newspapers, we see the kind of duplicitous language that should be expected from Progressive Socialists in general and (for those of us old enough to remember) Jerry Brown in particular.
The banner headline is “Governor calls for vote”. How dramatic. How democratic. How hopeful. How deceitful. With the spotlighted quote, “When democratic ideals and calls for the right to vote are stirring the imagination of young people in Egypt and Tunisia… we in California can’t say now is the time to block a vote of the people”, we have a full circle of deception.
The topic is the extension of a “temporary” tax, passed just two years ago by the Democratic dominated legislature without voter input. Brown takes the typical, Leftist stance of 'all or nothing' (no gray area) in framing the options: “…whether it is better to extend the current tax statutes another five years or chop another $12billion out of schools, public safety, our universities and our system of caring for the most vulnerable”. So it was a “temporary”, two year tax that must be extended by five years. This comes at a time when even Progressive Socialist Obama had to admit (in his “lame duck” congress) that extending the Bush tax cuts was necessary to sustain and grow our fragile recovery.
And now we as Americans must take lessons in “democracy” from Egyptians and Tunisians? Both have called for the destruction of Israel in the past and given varying aid (money, recruits or political cover) to terrorist organizations that kill Americans. Though most of the “young people” now in the streets of Egypt (and recently in the streets of Tunisia, Yemen and 1979 Iran) really do want more freedom, their revolt is being promoted and underwritten by the Muslim Brotherhood. The M.B. (motto: “Jihad is our way - Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope”) was formed in 1928 with the specific mission of dominating the world under Sharia Law. They never actually fight; they create front groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Black September (Munich Olympic massacre), Taliban (Afghanistan), Al Qaida (9-11) and many others. They encourage terrorism, anarchy and revolt “for democracy”, then take control of the revolution in the chaos. Socialist insurgents do the same thing, in this case working with them against the common American enemy. Mubarak, like the Shah of Iran, Cuba’s Batista, China’s Manchus, Russia’s Romanov and Germany’s Wilhelm before, is a bad guy. All ruthless autocrats. But the tyrants that took their place were the Ayatollas and Ahmadinejad, Castro and Che, Mao, Stalin, Hitler and others; poverty and hundreds of millions of murders in their wake, even without the wars they fomented. Mubarak has been dictator for 30 years and needs to go, but at least he resisted the jihadis and left Israel alone. Pray that his replacement leads to freer people, not more misery and terror. Funny how Obama is seeking power to cut the internet, as Mubarak just did.
Also, we have a Republic, not a “Democracy”. Democracies are unstable and soon fail, so Americans invented a federal (not “national”) system where the people are served by the leaders they elect. This broke down in 2009, when damaging and unconstitutional bills were forced over the objections of the people. Everywhere but California, this is now self-correcting as the Founders designed. I will get into shutting down American oil drilling (forcing importation of even more expensive, foreign oil in vulnerable tankers, when the middle east is in uproar and the Suez Canal is in doubt) in another post.
Finally, it’s not all-or-nothing, as Moonbeam – er, Jerry (sorry) – tells us. There are lots of non-essential social programs that can be cut before “schools, public safety and grandma’s care”. L.A. alone spends $1.6 billion annually, specifically on free education and meals for illegal alien children, plus more aid to their families. Schools get more money than ever, but union bosses and tenure take too much of it. “Happy animal” and luxurious, “stigma-free” welfare programs take even more. How many streets in your town have been ripped up for weeks to put in pretty, brick ribbons or lavish landscaping? How about half-billion dollar schools with their grand architecture?
When the kids in Sacramento come asking for yet another credit card, tell them “no”. And make them tell the truth.