The following are excerpts of a New York Times article from that cerebral giant Paul Krugman. It is his attempt at celebrating Independence Day. Rather laughable, since he and his ilk have pushing for government dependence for decades.
By PAUL KRUGMAN
It’s that time of year — the long weekend when we gather with friends and family to celebrate hot dogs, potato salad and, yes, the founding of our nation. And it’s also a time for some of us to wax a bit philosophical, to wonder what, exactly, we’re celebrating. Is America in 2013, in any meaningful sense, the same country that declared independence in 1776?
Above all, we are still, at root, a nation that believes in democracy, even if we don’t always act on that belief. As usual the lefties like to espouse “democracy” in lieu of what we really are, a constitutional republic. And don’t think he doesn’t know the difference.
America in 1776 was a rural land, mainly composed of small farmers and, in the South, somewhat bigger farmers with slaves. America today is nothing like that, even though some politicians — think Sarah Palin — like to talk as if the “real America” is still white, Protestant, and rural or small-town. Notice how he wrote that. It is to cause the myopic NYT reader to assume that Palin actually said it, which is, of course, a lie. She has never even hinted such a thing. But Krugman, being a mind reader, knows her sinister thoughts.
But the real America is, in fact, a nation of metropolitan areas, not small towns. In fact, two-thirds of Americans live in metro areas with half-a-million or more residents. What do we do in these dense metropolitan areas? Almost none of us are farmers; few of us hunt; by and large, we sit in cubicles on weekdays and visit shopping malls on our days off. This is what liberals like Krugman do. Spend their whole lives promoting American division, us vs. them, as if the “metropolitan dwellers”, due to their numbers, are somehow more important than those hick rural citizens. That’s mob rule and that’s pure democracy, which is why they use the term democracy, not republic.
And ethnically we are, of course, very different from the founders. Only a minority of today’s Americans are descended from the WASPs and slaves of 1776. If that’s the case, why must we call all American blacks African-Americans? Just asking.
Yet I would maintain that we are still the same country that declared independence all those years ago. Huh? Have you read the list of grievances in The Declaration of Independence recently? It’s a virtual itemized list of king Obama usurpations.
Today’s America is a place where everyone claims to support equality of opportunity, yet we are, objectively, the most class-ridden nation in the Western world — the country where children of the wealthy are most likely to inherit their parents’ status. It’s also a place where everyone celebrates the right to vote, yet many politicians work hard to disenfranchise the poor and nonwhite. Krugman is worth about $2.5 million. I assume since he has no children of status to inherit his wealth, he will give it all to the poor, nonwhite and disenfranchised.
But that very hypocrisy is, in a way, a good sign. The wealthy may defend their privileges, but given the temper of America, they have to pretend that they’re doing no such thing. Maybe some think they need to pretend or suppress for fear of mob reprisal. Kind of like the government and the liberal press giving up home addresses to mobs like Occupy Wallstreet, so they may go protest, harass and threaten the “rich” people’s children. Funny that no one ever complains of the liberal rich, like you Paul.
So, yes, we are still, in a deep sense, the nation that declared independence and, more important, declared that all men have rights. Well, how eloquent. It’s nice to know we all have rights, no doubt bestowed upon us by government. In 1776, Krugman would have been a Tory or Tory sympathizer, not a rebel.