I just received one of my orders from Amazon, and the book I bought was Road to Serfdom,texts and documents, The Definitive Edition, by F.A. Hayek. I'm up to chapter two, The Great Utopia, and this book is quite interesting - and although originally written in 1944, looking at England at the time of WW2 socialists which were going to 'make over the country', it was printed in the United States, and was even condensed for the Readers Digest. It talks about classical liberalism (basically western thought) and the socialists, and progressive thought at that time. Progressives promise a 'new freedom', yet their 'freedom' brings servitude to the state. Look at what's happening today in Congress - for the first time, you will be required to purchase something. Never before has this occurred in the history of the United States. Is this despotism under another name, i.e. "good for you, good for the country"? I say that it is.
The Tea Party movement is more popular than the Republicans and the Democrats, yet the Tea Party movement is not a party, nor does it have a head. I think congress and the senate is in for big changes on these coming up elections.
Have you joined the Tea Party movement? The liberal establishment has taken to calling tea party members an obscene term, I guess they are following Alinsky Rule #3 - "Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage."
However, the Tea Party movement is not going away - people are finally waking up to the government, and taking an interest in politics, people that were not previously involved in things are now. Look at the town halls this past August. Housewives, retirees, etc were standing up and asking hard questions of the elected officials, who often did not have an answer for their constituents.
Glenn Beck, who is often vilified by the left (and people on the right also), has a book out called Common Sense. I have the book, have read it several times, and am re-reading it again. Everyone, left, right, people who don't know which side they are on, should read this book - it's a book that is neither left nor right, but as its title says, is common sense.
I think today, the Republicans and the Democrats are both progressives, just not equal in their views. Both are to the left of center, although some Democrats and Republicans are starting to view this leftist point of view with some dismay. I think the Independent candidates are going to fare better in the upcoming elections than either Republican or Democrat. The people are tiring of the 'ruling elite' that makes up our government. Look at the number of years some of the congressmen and senators have been in office. They've made politics their career, even though this was never envisioned by the Founding Fathers. George Washington was offered the post of President for life, he turned that down, along with a third term.
Enough rambling, back to the Hayek book - even though I am only just into chapter 2, this is another book that I think people need to read today, and apply it today's politics and government. Its not that expensive at Amazon.
Now back to watching GB :P
9 months ago