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Dash of Pepper

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Welcome to the USA
By SHEILAH PEPPER
The Gazette Staff
The morning after the presidential election, the letters USSA went through my head. Were we becoming the United Socialist States of America, I wondered?
I discarded the thought in the service of fairness. Give the man a chance, I thought, although I am not one of those conservatives who thought Mr. Obama would govern to the center. His past writings and statements strongly indicate he would not, regardless of the campaign rhetoric. However, I though there was a chance he might, at least at the outset, be pragmatic. I didn't realize the pent up desires of the Democrat Congress would cause them to rush pell-mell to satisfy their pet special interests.
But immediately after the election, I came across national columns echoing exactly my thoughts about the USSA.
The first I encountered was written by Herb London, the president of the Hudson Institute and a Professor Emeritus at NYU. He says, "I don't think Republicans merely lost an election. I believe many of us lost our country." He adds, "The America of now is one where Orwellian logic rules. Redistribution of wealth is fairness. The free market should be a regulated market. Big government is good for you. Politicians know what kind of health care is best for you. Choice should be limited, except when it comes to abortion. Power comes from being powerless. Progressive education is designed to promote progress toward socialism. Religion is a private matter that does not inform public morality. Free speech is selective speech."
Columnist Dick Morris said January 21st, "Simply put, we enter his administration as free-enterprise, market-dominated, laissez-faire America. We will soon become like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Sweden: a socialist democracy in which the government dominates the economy, determines private-sector priorities, and offers a vastly expanded range of service to many more people at much higher taxes."
He notes that Obama will inflict Draconian measures on the health care system, nationalize the banks, repeal the private ballot for union elections and impose local control to wipe out conservative talk radio, thereby hoping to insure Democrat victories long into the future.
However, Morris strikes a slightly optimistic note in stating that Obama won't be able to revive the economy which will bring Republicans back to power in 2010 and 2012. But, sadly, he follows this by saying it will be too late - socialist programs will be too deeply embedded, and the opposing voices we have today will be silenced. We'll see.
Commentator Peter Muehleis agrees. He sees Obama possibly being able to replace two maybe three Supreme Court Judges, so all three branches of government will be controlled by the Left. Fringe groups like the ACLU and ACORN will have legitimate standing. They will further undermine the free enterprise system, and basically control elections.
He notes that socialism fails wherever it is tried, but that we have crossed a threshold that is difficult to reverse.
The saddest commentary I encountered was by a Brit, Peter Hitchens, of the Daily Mail. He notes that 52.5 percent of the electorate became hypnotized by the notion of Obama as a new Messiah, a savior. Then he spoke of America's uniqueness in the world. "Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique."
He adds, "These strengths had been fading for some time, mainly due to poorly controlled mass immigration and the march of political correctness. They had also been weakened by the failure of America's conservative party - the Republicans - to fight on the moral and cultural fronts." He neglects to note that GOP had another important failure - the failure to harness excessive spending, despite the great efforts of conservative House members.
Hitchens concludes, "And now the U.S., like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?"
I wish I could conclude on a more optimistic note, but the dreary stories pile on, day after day. Even for a seasoned reporter, it's hard to keep track of the breakneck speed that Team Obama has unleashed to take us rapidly down the road to the new U.S.S.A.
Copyright©2009SheilahPepper
Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 14:11  

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