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November 25, 2008

Pat Buchanan on the Fundamentals of Socialism (Gradualism Shows the Philosophical Creep of Time)

“There are those who think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of the Depression, singing songs to freedom.” …..

Enforced egalitarianism entails the death of excellence. For it seizes the rewards that excellence earns and turns them over to politicians and bureaucrats for distribution to the mediocrities upon whose votes they depend. One need not be Ayn Rand to see that Barack has picked up from past associates utopian notions that have ever produced nightmare states.

“Tu quoque!” retort: “You, too!” — the time-honored counter-charge of hypocrisy.

Compromises to principles, reaching across the aisle, mutual back scratching, deals when we weren’t looking, weakness under pressure, lapses in understanding history have got us in the harness of a bastard version of capitalism and socialism. Now O and company want to fine tune this mess and it will not be back toward principles that have been mutated decades and decades ago. Yes, we stand guard to defend the framework of our Republic and our culture…but guess what, were are a day late and many dollars short.   


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