Letter: Troubling liberalism
To the editor:
More troubling than flawed Obamacare is the flawed thinking behind it: liberalism. A mindset holding to the myth that it is intellectually and morally superior. Obamacare emphatically proves the opposite; a botched law steeped in deception.
Deception is especially disturbing. Used to hide what? A question for most liberal positions and tactics: campaigns, elections, economy, IRS tactics, Benghazi distortions, national security — and more. Does it hide a willingness to allow — or to create chaos as in Obamacare — in pursuit of power?
Deception is dishonesty, apparently out of a mindset OK with dishonesty. It follows then to raise the question: What else is dishonest? Like ruthless personal attacks on members of the opposition. There are examples for open minds.
Deception is arrogant — implying: We know best, better than common folk. Or American genius is in us, your leaders, more than in you. Like leaders in other governments.
Deception erodes democracy — automatically taking away factual debate; distorting elections.
Deception kicked into high gear in the campaign rhetoric of Barack Obama. False “hope and change,” for example. Another: “the most transparent administration.” Deception put him in office. Then again through such distortions as: “you can keep your … .” And “al Qaeda is on the run.” Both proven falsehoods. To get elected!
Deception implies a public ripe for manipulation, for being duped. It happened — with the help of ethically-challenged media and truth-challenged education.
America may be about to grasp what is happening. Trust in the administration, for example, is at an all-time low. There are reasons. But deeper concern has to well up — to demand the return to democratic governing.
Time is short; deception and related moves continue from a troubling, largely controlling ideology.
What’s next? When?
There was a time when Americans resented being manipulated, controlled. Citizens “let it be known” and gained more freedom. And America moved forward.
America was a happier place. Then. What about now?
Jason D. Raines