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“It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government." This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”     Ronald Reagan

January 20, 2009

Orwell Couldn’t Have Named It Better

by Stephen Gordon

From WaPo:

The George W. Bush Presidential Center will include a “Freedom Institute” focused on a broad portfolio of topics, including the expansion of democracy abroad and education reforms of the kind Bush implemented during his presidency, according to organizers.

Aside from a few really minor issues which defined the Bush presidency (i.e. torture, Gitmo, Patriot Act, NSA wiretaps, corruption, Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, gay marriage, the drug war — and of course, the Iraq War), I suppose we could call George W. Bush somewhat freedom oriented.

By the same token, we could call FDR a hero of small government, Nixon law-abiding, Johnson clean-mouthed and Kennedy true to his marriage vows.


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