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First Shots of a Civil War Among Democrats?

For all the talk from the MSM about a “civil war” in the GOP, it would appear that there are quite a number of “angry” liberals in the Democrat Party too. The liberal America Blog is calling for a boycott, or “pause” as they prefer to call it, of the DNC, Organizing for America and the Obama campaign due to broken promises on gay rights:

We are asking voters to pledge to withhold contributions to the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America, and the Obama campaign until the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is passed, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) is repealed, and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed -– all of which President Obama repeatedly promised to do if elected.

America Blog’s “pause” is being echoed by other prominent liberal blogs and bloggers, including: Daily Kos, Dan Savage, David Mixner, FireDogLake, Michelangelo Signorile, Pam’s House Blend & Towleroad.

It’s not just a failure on gay rights by Obama/Pelosi/Reid that has liberal Democrats upset, the Stupak amendment to the recently-passed House version of ObamaCare has angered the prominent Open Left blog enough to likewise call for a boycott of the DCCC:

It is time for progressives to pass a Stupak amendment of our own. We need to stop giving money to organizations that spend money on John Boccieri, Bobby Bright, Travis Childers, Parker Griffith, and Harry Teague. We are better off without spending a single dime on most, if not all, of these 23 Democrats.

Their call to boycott the DCCC is being echoed by DailyKos.

With all the angst out there on both sides of the political spectrum it appears that we do indeed live in “interesting times“. How’s that hopeychangeyness coming along, Mr. President?

— John (Average Gay Joe)

Did Paul Krugman Just Write a Column About Himself?

The title of his latest is Paranoia Strikes Deep.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall & the Social Construction of Communism

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 pm - November 9, 2009.
Filed under: World History

As we celebrate today the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Empire, let us take a moment to remember the bitter legacy of Communism, based on an ideology drawn up not by men who studied human nature, but by an intellectual who studied law and philosophy and surrounded himself by other radicals.

Marx had little (if any) contact with the working classes for whom he claimed to speak and little (if any) experience with the actual creation of wealth.  He largely lived off his wife’s various inheritances and the generosity of his colleague, er, comrade, Friedrich Engels.

Unlike capitalism which arose organically with the collapse of feudalism during and just after the Renaisance, communism arose first in the minds of men.  It was, to borrow a term from gender theorists (whose ideas also arose not from the study of human nature, but from their own ideology) a type of “social construction.”

Communism, like a certain piece of legislation which narrowly passed the House in the dead of the night this past Saturday, was an idea based not on policies which work, but one which intellectuals and policy wonks imagined would work if just given the chance.

But, when given that chance, Communism killed more people than any other ideology in human history and impoverished hundreds of millions of others, stifling their spirits and limiting their opportunities.

When the Berlin Wall fell twenty years ago, so too did the illusion of the promised land promised by Marxist ideology.

Barack Obama: The Great Divider

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:30 pm - November 9, 2009.
Filed under: Obama Hopenchange,Obama Watch,Ronald Reagan

As we celebrate today one of the greatest accomplishments of the most accomplished president of the second half of the twentieth century, it becomes incumbent on ourselves to contrast his rhetoric with that of the current incumbent.  Whereas Ronald Reagan reserved his greatest venom for the enemies of the United States, Barack Obama reserves his for the adversaries of the Democratic Party and the opponents of his ideology.

We have seen him repeatedly blame his predecessor for the difficulties of the job for which he spent two years campaigning to get.  Nixon never blamed, at least not in public, Johnson for leaving him a mismanaged war in Vietnam.  Once in office, FDR didn’t remind Americans of the failings of his predecessor, instead he appealed to the best in their nature — and this nation.

And now, if this quote from Democratic Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon is accurate, we’ve got the current President of the United States using a derogatory and juvenile term to dismiss the concerns of increased government control over health care:

Mr. Obama, during his private pep talk to Democrats, recognized Mr. Owens election and then posed a question to the other lawmakers. According to Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, who supports the health care bill, the president asked, “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”

Emphasis in original, hat tip to Ed Driscoll.  This Democrat uses more divisive rhetoric, far more divisive, than his polarizing predecessor.  Some new kind of politician that.

Ronald Reagan may have been the Great Communicator.  The man who currently occupies his old office has become the Great Divider.

UPDATE: (more…)

Peolosi Democrats: Where Ideology Trumps Democracy

I’ve been trying to figure out why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (likely following orders handed down from the White House) was so determined to hold a vote on a bill to increase government control over one-sixth of our economy the week after her party suffered its worst shellacking at the polls since President George W. Bush’s in election in 2004.  And that year, that good, but flawed Republican, didn’t win New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York’s Westchester County as did his fellow partisans last week.

Not just that, his margin in the Old Dominion was ten points lower than that of the victorious Republican gubernatorial candidate last week.  Voters didn’t just turn against the Democrats; if polls are any indication, people are turning, in increasing numbers against the Obama/Pelosi health care plan:

The Ipsos-McClatchy poll taken at the end of October showed a 15-point drop in support for the plan among independents over the course of last month. That helped drive down overall support for the health bill to 42 percent versus 52 percent against.

So, why did she do it?  Perhaps the bill’s narrow passage is, as Ed Morrissey speculates “the high-water mark for ObamaCare.”  If Democrats didn’t push it now, the bill would stand even less chance of passage.

Or maybe it’s more than that.  Maybe Democrats really do see last week’s election as purely local affairs and think that polling trends show increasing opposition to big government are blips on the radar screen, a temporary reaction to a down economy.

But, I think it’s the Democratic mindset, that of both Mrs. Pelosi and the supposedly post-partisan president.  As his far White House staff reveals, this guy is the most partisan figure to occupy the Oval Office at least since Nixon.  They really do want to fundamentally transform America, regardless what the polls say and the people feel.

Honoring the President Who Defeated Communism

It is a fitting tribute on the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to rightly note the man who challenged the evils of Communism, rallied his nation behind him and defeated the oppressive regimes.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has history right as she told our US Congress last week. America won the Cold War through leadership, not waffling:

I think of John F. Kennedy, who won the hearts of the Berliners, when, during his visit in 1961, after the wall had been built, he reached out to the desperate citizens of Berlin by saying, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” I think of Ronald Reagan, who, far earlier than most, clearly saw the sign of the times and, standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate, already in 1987, called out, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” This appeal shall remain forever in my heart.

I thank George Herbert Walker Bush for the trust he placed in Germany and then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl, offering something of immeasurable value to us Germans already in May 1989: partnership in leadership. What a generous offer 40 years after the end of the Second World War.

God Bless Ronald Reagan. No doubt, the greatest President I will see in my lifetime. Today is one of those days when I remember what it is to be an American and the awesome responsibility we have as being freedom’s last beacon of hope.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)