sábado, 26 de diciembre de 2009
Glenn Beck's Common Sense (III)
Al parecer, en los EE.UU. pasa algo parecido a lo que pasa en España y es que la democracia está atrapada en el pensamiento único impuesto por los dos partidos. De ello se queja Glenn Beck en su panfleto, igual que Ron Paul en su otro panfleto llamado The Revolution, que he leído recientemente en mi viaje a Washington y Atlanta.
Progressivism is why, with few exceptions, Americans feel as though the candidates they get to choose from are pretty much the same. Do you elect Progressive candidate A, or really Progressive candidate B?
One of the hallmarks of Pregressive thought is the concept of redistribution: the idea that your money and property are only yours if the State doesn't determine that there is a higher or better use for it. You can see that kind of thinking in the words of one time "Republican" president Teddy Roosevelt, who gave a speech titled "The New Nationalism", in which he spoke about "human welfare". Personal property, Roosevelt said, is "subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfaremay require it".
Like Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson didn't believe there were any restritions on government's power. "For it is very clear," he said, "that in fundamental theory socialism and democracy are almost if not quite one and the same. They both rest at bottom up upon the absolute right of the community to determine its own destiny and that of its members. Men as communities are supreme over men as individuals... Democracy is bound by no principle of its nature to say itself nay as to the exercise of any power... The difference between democracy and socialism is not an essential difference, but only a practical one -is a difference of organization and policy, not a difference of primary motive."
Y así, los americanos han llegado hasta Obama y al Gobierno grande, ande o no ande. Cada vez más grande. Si Washington levantara la cabeza.