Dear reader, let us first and foremost establish a known fact as our guiding principle: the Principle of American Extremes.
Simply put, in the American culture and government, any law passed and program enacted will be taken to the absolute extreme. Note, I do not say logical extremes but absolute extreme, beyond any measure of logic or hint of common sense or wisdom.
So begins an article in Pravda observing the collectivist tendencies of the American Left, and actually instructing the USA on the dangers of collectivism.
What’s next? A USA newspaper running an editorial accusing the Chinese of “wild west capitalism” a la 19th-century America? Maybe warning the Chinese about “robber barons” (who pretty much never existed as commonly described)?
The world has become very strange.
The Democrats want to take over US healthcare, and intend to nationalize essentially all of it, all the while protesting they don’t plan to do that, even though that is the logical result of the policies they now pursue. They want to institute a huge carbon tax (again claiming it will only affect “polluters”) which will affect the prices paid by everyone for everything, and cost the poor the most, because they live on smaller margins. (The Left is for the “little guy” alright. That’s why they want him to STAY little.) The Democrats want union organizers to be able to pressure individuals to sign up for the union (card check legislation pending), and want to put an end to the secret ballot formerly required for unionization. Would you turn down two huge guys name Guido and Alfonzo standing at your front door, with a few of their friends in the pickup truck on the curb, “just asking for your signature”? Just about every new policy contemplated by Obama and Democrats is one of decreasing freedom for Americans, and more power for the government.
It is not a given that the USA will be the focal point of freedom in the world forever. If we continue to abdicate that role by inches, and then by feet, that honor may fall to liberalizing societies to which we now feel superior, but which may be instructing our descendants on the finer points of freedom…. or even the major ones.