Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Why Dennis is not a liberal

Talk show host Dennis Prager likes to emphasize "clarity." He just posted an excellent article on Townhall entitled, "Why I am not a liberal." I might quibble with him on a couple of minor points (mostly wording) but he pretty much speaks my mind.

Whether you agree with him or not, he does a good job of clarifying the issues.


Alcamadus said...

"I believe that liberal educators' removal of school uniforms and/or dress codes has had a terrible impact on students and their education."

All schools have dress codes, but a school uniform? Is he serious? Clothes have nothing to do with who the kids are or what the believe. I think this is insanely shallow. I think we should focus more on what values the schools are teaching, rather than pushing some fake uniform system.

Alcamadus said...

"I believe that government funding of those who can help themselves (e.g., the able-bodied who collect welfare) or who can be helped by non-governmental institutions (such as private charities, family, and friends) hurts them and hurts society."

I'd like to hear him expound on this a little more, because what I took it was that anyone who has the ability to work has no reason to take welfare if they are OUT of work.

What happens when you just recently became a single mother because your husband just died? What happens to those who honestly are working three jobs, barely making ends meat? There are thousands of other scenarios I could throw out that happen everyday.

And I think he needs to realize that we have played this game before back in the early 1900's and it didn't work. People were crushed by capitalism working 10 hours a day in coal mines, losing limbs, and still barely eating well. Apartments were overloaded because no one could afford housing, or a way to get to work. Our society was collapsing under the weight of big business and total capitalism. Woodrow Wilson made a speech about how we have entered a new society, a new realm in which we cannot effeciently live out the ideals of Lazzaie faire' economics and government. Developments like the Industrial revolution completely changed those ideals, and I believe Jefferson and Locke probably would have changed their perception as well if they knew what was coming with ideals like that.

Ok, so I went on and on for awhile. Bottom line, I think a government HAS to help its people to some extent especially to help them get back on the right track and become productive once again. This whole idea that a government helping it's citizens is negative to society is ridiculous.

Dennis said...


I kind of agree with you on the uniforms, but on the other hand, when I got to basic training and we all got uniforms and our heads shaved...it was amazing how much of an equalizer that was. Rich, poor, gangsta, nerd--no one could really tell. So maybe we should not only give them uniforms, let's shave their heads too :-)

I also agree with you to some extent when it comes to governemnt helping people. I just want to make sure we are funding lazy people who just don't want to work, or who are milking the system. I want to make sure we are not making people dependent on government aid. I think that's exactly what LBJ's great society did. That doesn't help people. It criples them.

Dennis said...

Oops...that should have been, "I just want to make sure we are NOT funding lazy people..." :-)