Imus guest this morning Tom Friedman, author, and columnist for the New York Times. Tom Friedman, Confused with a chance of Goulash? That's what I thought this morning when I was watching Tom Friedman, and his analysis of the Tea Party Movement. Along with his subsequent dismissal of the Tea Party Movement. Describing the Tea Party Movement as a movement to "Stop" the present administration's legislation. Or thinly veiled, Progressive talking points, code for "Republicans Are The Party Of No" This is why the Democrats, were caught unaware in Massachusetts. Independents elected Scott Brown with the help of PUMAS. This is not a Far Right Wing Republican movement. I do understand why the Republicans, would like to co opt this populist movement. The Tea Party Movement is made up of Democrats, Independents, Republicans, Libertarians, etc.
I am always amazed when people misinterpret when the President speaks. For example the President remarked on Scott Brown's recent Win in Massachusetts. He stated, that the same public mood that got him elected also got Scott Brown elected. That's true, people forget that McCain/Palin, were doing pretty well in the Polls before the Economic Meltdown. That meltdown, was followed by George W Bush, pushing and passing the first TARP. I listen to the Liberal media complain, why didn't all these people "Teabaggers" protest when George W Bush was President? If these Tea Party people, don't like Big Government Spending, why didn't they protest during George W Bush's term? That's what the Obama/Biden WIN was a Protest against the First TARP. Yes it's true, then Senator Obama also voted for the First TARP. But our current President, never ran as a Conservative Republican, he didn't run as a Fiscal Conservative, oh he likes to sprinkle references to Republican Presidents in his speeches. For example Reagan and Lincoln, that doesn't make him a Fiscally Conservative Republican, which he never Pretended to be.
Tom Friedman, the President's golf buddy, advises the President, not to react to the Populist mood sweeping across the country. Of course not, why would the President after witnessing the stunning loss of a Senate seat held by the most Liberal member of the US Senate - Ted M Kennedy, in Bluest Massachusetts, listen to the Will of the People SARC! Tom Friedman is doing his best to uphold the Pretense that Americans really want Big Government, Crippling Debt. And we will pay any price, including our hard fought for liberties and freedom, for an abomination of a health insurance reform bill. Where in the U.S. Constitution does it state, that our Government can force us to buy anything from the private sector? Because that is what an Individual Mandate amounts to, forcing Americans to buy private health insurance or be fined. Meaning if you don't, you will become a law breaker. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?
I know Tom Friedman isn't stupid so what is he doing? My first thought was - giving his golf buddy really bad advice. Tom Friedman still thinks the Pretense of a ground swell support for a fantasy Progressive agenda, is still do able? Da Nile isn't just a river in Egypt anymore. So what is Tom Friedman about with his advise to ignore the current populist movement? Turns out his patriotic duty. It turns out there is a history of upholding Public Pretense, Hustlers, and Hypocrisy. Okay I was watching Walter McDougal speaking on his book, Throes of Democracy this past Sunday, on C SPAN 3. Yes I watch C SPAN 3 segments on American History. I think I mentioned before I am a Nerd, I think blogging proves this point. If you want to understand the big picture of what's going in this country right now, it is well worth watching Mr McDougal's explanation of why Americans Lie To Each Other - Why We Insist On Pretense. You can click on the graphic above to watch the video. I think it also explains Mr Friedman's posture toward the populist movement in this country. Yes it's going to cause a lot of political upheaval but I don't think it's going to tear the Union apart.
The gist of Mr McDougal's point, we have a history of lying to each other to keep the Union intact. It's when we drop the Pretenses, that is when we get into trouble SEE "Civil War" He mentions the tradition of American Hustlers, and the Hypocrisy, that is used as the glue that holds our Union together.
From Tom Friedman's New York Times
Op-Ed "More (Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs"
Obama should make the centerpiece of his presidency mobilizing a million new start-up companies that won’t just give us temporary highway jobs, but lasting good jobs that keep America on the cutting edge. The best way to counter the Tea Party movement, which is all about stopping things, is with an Innovation Movement, which is all about starting things. Without inventing more new products and services that make people more productive, healthier or entertained — that we can sell around the world — we’ll never be able to afford the health care our people need, let alone pay off our debts.
I disagree with Mr Friedman, the Tea Party Movement is all about NOT enslaving the Individual, the Innovator to the Collective. This Country was founded on Life, Liberty And The Pursuit of Happiness. I understand how the Collectivist view the American People. They brag about us all the time "The American People's High Level Of Productivity" That's true enough, we do have a high level of productivity in this country. They count on our productivity to produce the GDP, and generate taxes. We are seen as Workers by institutionalized Politicians not as Citizens. Mr Friedman, is upholding the Pretense that our current Progressive led government is on the side of the American Citizen. If that were true, they wouldn't be using our labor produced taxes, to spend us into an unsustainable debt.
Tom Friedman on Imus In The Morning
The Tea Party Movement is a symbol to remind those who do the people's business at every level of OUR Government - We The People are the Power in this Country. Not the elected public servants we send to Washington D.C. "We Are Done With Pretenses".