By Bill Wilson
As originally published at TheBlaze.com.
One of the most time-honored tricks in politics is the act of
accusing your opponent of your own worst crime. Doing so confuses the
mass of the population. It allows the trickster to assume the mantle of
righteous indignation, wrapping their stern lectures in the aura of
high morality. And, of course, it is all a lie, nothing more than a
device to try to escape accountability.
This came to mind as I read the ravings of the hard-Left in the “main
stream” press. From Krugman to Dionne, the arbiters of what is
acceptable socialist thought in America have screamed their buzzword –
“extremists.” What has them all worked-up is the possibility that the
Supreme Court will follow the Constitution and as much as 69 percent of
the American people and throw the Obama healthcare takeover into the
trash where it so richly deserves to be.
“Extreme” they yell! Where are the “good Republicans” of the past,
those quisling souls who always agreed with the underlying assumptions
of the all-powerful centralized state, those “moderates” who were the
first to concede to the demands of the Left, who only wanted to make the
state “run efficiently”? Where are they? I can tell you – they’re
hiding, worried about being defeated in primaries or run out before
there were defeated. They never represented the conservative movement.
Dionne can try to rewrite history all he wants but the facts remain –
the “good Republicans” he longs for were never more than a fraction of
the GOP and today are far less.
For a generation or more, the Left has worked to spin the illusion
that there was a consensus in America in favor of the all-powerful,
unrestrained, ever-growing federal government. The only debate was a
matter of degree, mere nuance. Any true alternative was by definition
“extreme.” But this was the greatest lie perpetrated on the American
people in the post-World War II era. There was no such consensus and
there was in fact no constituency inside the GOP for it. The deep
alienation of millions of Americans – Republicans, Independents and yes,
Democrats – from their government is a direct result of government
pushing the policies of the Big Government Illusion to the exclusion of
policies that actually have the support of the people.
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