|Right wing diverts attention from national issues at hand|
Letter to the Editor:
In the June 19 issue of the Vilas County News-Review, Mr. Stolar cites a well known quote from Edmund Burke regarding the importance of knowing history, but then he states, “The people who founded this country?. . .?came from countries with a socialist-totalitarian type of government.”Actually, no. They, or their ancestors, mostly came from monarchies, England in particular. He also quotes Alexander Tytler, an obscure Scottish historian who felt that all democracies ultimately return to bondage. Professor Tytler also believed that all governments were essentially monarchies and that the moon was made of Swiss cheese (I made up the cheese part).
If Mr Stolar truly wants a historical perspective of our government, he won’t find it in a right wing blog offering an 18th century version of Nostradamus; rather, he should be reading Montesquieu, Voltaire, Locke, Hume and other philosophers of the Enlightenment who so profoundly influenced the Founding Fathers.
He could also read Alexis de Tocqueville, who traveled throughout 1830s America and reported upon “The Great American Experiment” (of democracy) as it was evolving. Rather than conflate democracy with socialism, Touqueville observed that “they have nothing in common but one word:?equality. But notice the difference. While democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
Of course, the right wing in America has no interest in accurately defining democracy or socialism. For them, the term “socialism” is a hot button item (like “abortion” or “second amendment rights”) which can be relied upon to evoke fear and fire-up passions in their base while diverting attention away from any reasoned discussion of the issues at hand.
|Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:56 PM|