Where have all the flowers gone?

Where have all the flowers gone?

I glanced at Bill O’Reilly’s column in the Ventura Star and luxuriated in his itemization of the virtues and accomplishments of that movie great, Ronald Reagan.  Singlehandedly, Ronnie conquered inflation, put the brakes on the employment of lazy bureaucrats, lined the pockets of the already rich, brought the economy back from the Jimmy Carter abyss, and sent Communism packing.  Quite a guy.

Which made me think back to another president who also accomplished great things.  He offered the following as his formula for leading the country.

…Labor is the superior of capital.

…Property rights must henceforth be secondary to those of the common welfare.

…A maturing civilization should work to destroy unmerited social status.

…The essence of any struggle for healthy liberty has always been to take from one man or class of men the right to enjoy power or wealth, position or immunity which has not been earned by service to his fellows.

…The people must insist on complete and effective publicity of corporate affairs and a law prohibiting the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes.

…The great central task includes conservation of natural resources, graduated income and inheritance taxes, a judiciary accountable to changing social and economic conditions, and public scrutiny of all political campaign spending both before and after elections.

Karl Marx maybe?  Franklin Roosevelt you say.  Close, but no cigar.  Those words were spoken by another Roosevelt.  Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president and a Republican.

 My how things have changed.  On Monday, the Grand Old Party sat on its senatorial behind while campaign disclosure took center stage.  As reported by the NY Times…

Two years ago, Congress came within a single Republican vote in the Senate of following the Supreme Court’s advice to require broad disclosure of campaign finance donors. The justices wanted voters to be able to decide for themselves “whether elected officials are ‘in the pocket’ of so-called moneyed interests.”  The court advised such disclosure in its otherwise disastrous Citizens United decision.

On Monday, Senate Democrats once again offered legislation that would reveal the names of those who make political contributions of $10,000 or more, including labor unions.  It would also require the disclosure of the true donor who uses  a third-party to cloud his identity.

Not one Republican voted for the bill, effectively filibustering it to death.  Even the once venerable John McCain, a one time supporter of campaign finance reform and a predictor of scandals as a result of the Citizens United case, sat on his hands.

As Bill O’Reilly says…And so the ghost of Ronald Reagan hovers; just waiting for a Romney séance in order to make his presence felt.  We do indeed live in scary times.

You got that right, Bill.


3 Responses to “Where have all the flowers gone?”

  1. 1 Sally & Gene July 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    TR was our kind of conservative! Great post Fred. Thanks.


  2. 2 noonum July 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Quite a guy indeed. He also stripped our once terrific schools of funding and threw the mentally ill out on the street. On top of which he wasn’t a very good actor!


  3. 3 Mackay July 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    No question, our State and then our Country took a downhill turn when Reagan hit the scene. The B actor became the F politician.


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