“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” – Karl Marx

For those ever-flummoxed by the task of distinguishing the American Left (Democrats) from the American Right (Republicans – on occasion), Senator Hillary Clinton provided us all a splendid tutorial this past Tuesday, 7 August, 2007.    
Sensing the mass-coma overtaking her audience as she prattled on about mortgage brokers’ “predatory lending practices”, rising interest rates, and the epidemic of home foreclosures resulting; Senator Clinton shrewdly dug into her bag of paranormal stage antics and commenced channeling the spirit of none other than Karl Marx himself! 
“They (Republicans) believe in letting everyone fend for him or herself,” declared the wide-eyed Senator. “They believe in what the president calls an ownership society, which is really you’re on-your-own. It’s the yo-yo economy; some go up and some go down and the strings are pulled by other people,” she continued, not quite levitating as yet but, according to some reports, emitting a faint, pinkish glow. “I don’t think that’s how America works best.”

The crowd stood awestruck, not only in amazement at having witnessed first hand communion with the hereafter, but at hearing such raw communism dogma, even from a Democratic presidential candidate.  Naturally, Senator Clinton’s supporters then broke into thunderous applause.

Seizing the initiative, she then went on to call for penalties against mortgage brokers and a $1 billion federal fund to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. That the overwhelming majority of these homeowners face foreclosure as a result of managing their personal finances with all the self-discipline of Dalmatian puppies is, evidently, of no importance.  Government shall make it all better!
Again we thank you Senator Clinton for once again illustrating for all of us how fundamentally at odds America’s Progressive/Liberal tradition is with the Founding vision of the United States of America.

For further study on the matter, I highly recommend the Heritage Foundation’s outstanding “First Principles Series”, in particular Thomas West and William A. Schambra’s The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics. 



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