13 December 2011

Most Americans Have Antiquated Views . . .

About government:

"An overwhelming 64 percent of people surveyed said big government was the biggest threat to the country, compared to just 26 percent who said big business is their gravest concern and 8 percent who picked big labor." ~ Gallup

I am not a friend to a very energetic government.  It is always oppressive. ~ Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 20 December 1787 

Again, Thomas Jefferson was right, the Tea Party is right, Washington is out of step, David Blight is frustrated, and Occupy Wall Street needs to camp out in DC, not Wall Street. Facts are stubborn things.


Michael Aubrecht said...

What facts Richard? You continue to quote polls that present a belief system and then you say that 'facts are stubborn things'. I ask you again...where is the supporting fact in your statement? (My 'opinion' is that your poll proves there are far too many naïve folks in America. No wonder we are an embarrassment.)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

You sound frustrated Michael.
Fact: More Americans agree w/the TP's basic philosophies (including AE) than don't. Fact: TP is mainstream, OWS is not, as you suggested.

You previously wanted polling data. I give you that numerous times and then you move the goal posts.

The more you comment here, the weaker your argument becomes.

Scott Manning said...

As for Blight's article, I think he is stretching to make modern-day comparisons with the past.

First, just because state leaders do not agree with a Federal law, it does not mean we are approaching the second coming of the Civil War. This push to support Federal government expansion in all instances is extreme. The Federal government can be wrong. Did not the Federal government institute the Fugitive Slave Act? Did not the Federal government vote for war with Mexico in 1846 and with Iraq in 2002?

Second, Perry's secession threat was hardly serious and certainly unrealistic.

Third, is Charleston officially off-limits for all campaign announcements for fear of being compared to the fire-eaters of the South?

Fourth, Blight lumps in Libertarian-like views with those of Perry by reading excessively into the use of word "inconsequential." The Federal government can still perform duties with something like a simpler tax code, which is the main change I have heard from the Perry camp. Does Perry really want to eliminate highways, social security, workplace safety, college loans, and the GI Bill? From watching the debates, it is clear Perry at least wants to reform social security and he clearly has no problem with paying college tuition for illegal immigrants. Perry simply does not fit into the lump of issues Blight brings up. I guess picking random issues out of the air and slapping on Perry's face along with Charleston was too good to pass up. But hey, the Civil War "can still be lost"!

Fifth, today's world and the Civil War are ages apart. We lack the country-splitting topics, like slavery, for extremists on both ends to use in dominating the political discourse. What are the big topics today? Healthcare? No state is going to secede over that!

Finally, what "most radical wing" of the "conservative movement" does Blight believe has event a remote a chance of repealing progress from the post-bellum period to the Civil Rights movement? If Blight is claiming it is Perry, then he needs to do a better job at explaining what and how Perry will repeal.

The notion that the Civil War "can still be lost" is just nonsense.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Scott - Blight is doing exactly what many academic historians and bloggers have long accused "neo-Confederates" and the Southern Heritage folks of doing - using the WBTS to advance a political agenda. Let's not forget, he publicly endorsed Obama "as a historian." Perhaps his latest essays are a rather lame attempt at damage control. I've got a lengthy post coming up about this post of his, as well as some others. What's ironic, if you think about it, Blight advances the notion that the WBTS was about much more than slavery since, in his mind, it's still being fought. A Freudian slip?

Thanks for commenting. Hope you and your family have a nice Christmas. BTW, how's the Stonewall book reading coming?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Scott - PS - Barack Obama supports an independent Hawaii (secession). Blight must have conveniently overlooked that. Your analysis is spot on.