Coastal Voices: Can it get more grim?

By Dale L. Bohling September 29, 2011 04:50 pm

Lois Munson’s letter of Sept.20, “Conservatives, history warns us time you want is grim,” was a shot of cold reality. In this portrait of the current political landscape the writer paints the Democratic Party as being progressive and multi-focused on an unfolding utopia of “what needs to be done” while portraying the Republican Party and the Tea Party’s “anger” as having one goal and that is the ouster of President Obama.

While it is true that the Republican/Tea Party’s primary goal is defeating President Obama, that is far from our singular goal. Munson is correct in stating that the Tea Party wants to take control of our country back. That does not mean back to a time frame at all. It means re-establishing historical principles; drastically reducing the size and control of government over our lives, restoring private enterprise by reducing constraints on investment and excessive restrictions on capital enterprises and a drastic deconstructing of the Democrat tax machinery.

How is the reader to believe the premise of Munson’s letter: that we are better off in today’s American society than in any previous era, when the current scenario of econo/politico/socio realities are of near-nightmarish dimensions? I am in awe of this construct of comparisons of today’s three-year-deep recession with the era of the Great Depression coming away with the idea that we are in a wholly superior situation. Locally, there must be numbers of hard working and striving local people that have either lost their homes or in danger of doing so through no fault of their own. There are undoubtedly unemployed local citizens who would gladly take almost any offer of employment. Our very currency is teetering on the verge of extinction.

This is being touted as preferable to any given time of the past? For the persons involved the historicity of past vs. present is immaterial, I’m sure. The deep pockets of taxable cash cows is dwindling while the rolls of “entitled ones” is growing.

Politically we are better off than in previous eras? To the best of my memory, which is lengthy, I cannot recall any president or major candidate being accused of ineligibility for the office of president of the United States, other than John McCain. McCain quickly “anted up.” Not so Obama. Accusations abound and have been persistent. Despite the millions spent by the Obama administration to shield his records from public purview the certificate his cronies presented as valid proof of citizenship is being refuted by credible authorities on the subject. This is an elephant in the living room that is not going away; it has found a home in plausibility.

His Department of Justice has blatantly sidelined at least one valid proof of voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party and is now embroiled in a congressional inquiry which is going to involve subpoenaed testimony of high-level administration officials in the “Fast and Furious” ATF program, the result of which has involved the arming of Mexican drug cartels with American manufactured guns of all descriptions, including automatic weapons which have been used in the murder of at least two American Border Patrol agents and a number of Mexican citizens. The list goes on and word constraints prohibit development of further political rotten apples.

Sociologically, we stand on the precipice of accepting millions of uninvited and unwanted illegal aliens of unknown people of tentatively all countries on the globe, mostly filtering through our Southern border owing to a federal government program of pseudo-border control.

How Munson finds this brief and chilling view of the contemporary landscape consoling by comparison with previous “grim” chapters of American history is best evaluated by individual readers. I find no solace in the Democrats’ view of America’s future. They rely on “progressivism,” a nebulous and socialistic construct of “feel-good” policies. I much prefer the Tea Party principles of less government intrusion into our lives, less taxation (including “fees”) and a marketplace of free exchange (as opposed to government controlled markets).

Dale L.Bohling is a Crescent City resident.