As Posted http://errorandangermanagement.com/:
I don’t believe that civilization is on a course for some inevitable liberal societal bliss. Often as I read newspapers, text books, or hear the words of politicians I am struck that there seems to be this belief that we are all headed towards a liberal utopia, and all those of us who love liberty can do is drag our heels and whine as the procession of progress slowly drags us into the future. This is why the comments of Senator Harry Reid bothers me so much. I quote from the Christian Science Moniter, “Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, ’slow down, stop everything, let’s start over.’ If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right,” Reid said. “When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said ’slow down, it’s too early, things aren’t bad enough.’”
“When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today,” he added.
And so in one stroke of broad sweeping rhetoric I as an opponent of his health care reform end up 1) on the wrong side of history 2) just like those who supported Jim Crow and Slavery. Wow! What revisionist history have we forgotten that Abraham Lincoln the man who freed slaves was not a member of Mr. Reid’s party. For that matter is it really fair to let one party take all the credit for abolishing slavery and ending Jim Crow.
Bothersome as his original comments were his attempt as clarification was even worse. This time from Politics Daily,
“At pivotal points in American history, the tactics of distortion, delay have certainly been present,” Reid said in the Capitol Tuesday. “They’ve been used to stop progress. That’s what we’re talking about here. That’s what’s happening here. It’s very clear. That’s the point I made — no more, no less.”
In his first statement he essentially says the idea of not having government meddling with heath care is as obsolete as slavery, now in his clarification he brings out the word progress. Why do we allow Harry Reid to declare so matter of factly that big government socialism is “Progress.” He said it those of us who favor limited government are according to Mr Reid using “tactics of distortion” to slow progress.
Still more dismaying is the republican response, most wanted to clarify that democrats not republicans held up the freeing of slaves and the ending of segregation. But really who cares, I am not that interested in vilifying the other party, there are people on both sides of the isle who make mistakes. Other targeted Harry Reid, saying he was “beneath the dignity of the majority leader” or going over the top. But still no one really called him on his attempt at painting his position as the inevitable future of the county. We may in fact do Mr. Reid many favors by not talking about what kind of Progress he envisions, most Americans probably don’t want what he would give them.
I am actually very offended to be told by an elected official that all I am doing is procrastinating the bright dawning day of the future. Stopping Progress. I love progress, we need to get better at solving our problems and we all want a bright future. It is time for is to stand up, challenge this idea that limited government is the wrong side of history. Show people how progressive limited government and capitalism. When Sen Reid tells you to get out of the way of progress it is time to inform him we have a different idea of the future than he does.