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America has never been a “you’re on your own, winner take all” society

By most accounts, former President Bill Clinton delivered a rousing speech last night in Charlotte nominating President Barack Obama for re-election at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton summed up the choice Americans will face on Election Day, thusly:

“The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in? If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

Sound familiar? It should, because its the same Big Lie that Democrats have espoused about Republicans for all of my sentient life, and for decades before. Yet, despite similar warnings of the venal intent of the Party of Lincoln, the Welfare State remains securely intact despite long periods of Republican control of the federal government. Moreover, you will search the GOP Party Platform as well as the speeches, votes, and policy actions of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in vain for any evidence that they favor any significant weakening of the federal safety net for the truly needy, much less a “you’re on your own, winner take all society.”

Of course, Democrats define such a society as opposing their party’s latest particular plans for building an even bigger role for Uncle Sam in making sure that prosperity is shared as they see fit. Yet, by their own evolving standards of what constitutes enlightened “caring” they were uncaring bigots during the so-called Clinton (see Newt’s Republican House that said jump, right before Clinton said how high and btw, the era of big government is over) Era of Prosperity. Democrats were offered a chance to vote for the spending levels that obtained during their latest perceived “Camelot”, but rejected “draconian” cuts. Moreover, after trying to trick Tar Heels into thinking he was pro-traditional marriage, President evolved in to the same-sex marriage camp the day after North Carolinians overwhelmingly rejected same (despite campaigning by the Big Creep), only to be described as bigots for maintaining the same position that Obama and Clinton had the day before and in the Golden 90s. Seems more like Camel-Not to this JFK fan, but I digress.

The Big Lie was also drug out repeatedly by the Big Creep in opposition to the capital gains tax cuts, balanced budget welfare-to-work reform proposals of the first Republican House in 40 years. Yet, after repeating the Big Lie ad nauseam, Bubba eventually signed the bills Speaker Newt Gingrich delivered to Bill and Monica’s play pen, i.e. the Oval Office; and lo and behold if prosperity didn’t break out. See also the Roaring Twenties, Kennedy 60s, Reagan Recovery and even the mid-2000s for similar non-winner take all American societies.

Democrats can’t defend their policies with logic and tell the truth, even when purporting to claim the science of “arithmetic” as their own:

“People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets,” former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday night. “What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.”

The only arithmetic that produced those budget surpluses were the Republican congressional majorities Clinton faced after he and Democrats raised taxes and tried to enact Obamacare’s Hillarycare, socialized medicine, predecessor during his first two years. Moreover, the only arithmetic that made the Roaring Late 90s possible was the “one man with courage makes a majority-kind” that President Ronald Reagan brought to bear against the Russian bear in the 1980s and with supply side tax rate cuts that produced the Peace Dividend and economic growth.

The math of Republicans was so good that, despite impeachment, Clinton’s presidential terms are deemed a success.

When faced with similar arithmetic after the 2010 Tea Party, President Obama, unlike Bill Clinton, failed to hire Dick Morris to teach him triangulation? Why? Because, unlike Bill, Barack is a Democrat with principles other than those. Proven failed  modern day liberal principles that lead to increased human suffering every time they are tried, but principles none the less.

Of course, those principles compete with the pragmatism imposed by the reality of the electorate every 2-4 years, hence the odd spectacle of a man the President called a racist in South Carolina in 2008 vouching for the man he deemed fit only to serve him coffee. We present, the modern-day National Democratic Party.

Think that’s creepy? Finally, consider the arithmetic of the DNC mantra that “the government is the only thing we all belong to.”

The government that belongs to We the People didn’t invent “shared prosperity and shared responsibility”. We the People in conjunction with God created that, and as recounted in Marvin Olansky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion, Americans were the marvel of the world with their 19th and Early 20th Century mostly private and mostly religiously-based and inspired charitable work. It was churches that built hospitals to meet human needs, not government. Yet, the government Bill and Barack favor is one that threatens to shut down hospitals that won’t provide morning after abortion pills.

Is that the society that Bill Clinton deems “shared”? Then, please, don’t, you big creep.

Mike DeVine

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –

Editor of  Hillbilly Politics and Co-Founder and Editor of Political Daily

Charlotte Observer and Atlanta Journal-Constitution op-eds archived at

September 2012


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