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Rewrite, Sugarcoat, Ignore: 8 Ways Conservatives Misremember American History—for Partisan Gain

David Brooks and the “Vigorous Virtues”

David Brooks’s column today repeats the same theme that Rubio advanced in his speech: government programs such as Social Security and Medicaid have destroyed the virtues of “self-reliance, personal responsiblity, industriousness and a passion for freedom” that Americans once possessed. Obviously, this revisionism is part of a propaganda campaign aimed at the younger generations, those who have no link to Depression-era America and what the New Deal and Great Society programs accomplished. The struggling young folks see themselves as being industrious but thwarted by lazy old folks. Youth is stiffled as retirees get ever-larger slices of an ever-shrinking economic pie. We need to fight back and educate all Americans that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefit all of us, and that if these programs are cut back, we will all lose.

Asher Fried

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Sep 2 2011 - 12:18pm

Rewrite, Sugarcoat, Ignore: 8 Ways Conservatives Misremember American History—for Partisan Gain

Add Rubio to the rewrite column

Marco Rubio is the great Reagan-pompadour hope of the GOP for 2016.

He recently gave a speech at the Reagan library where he gave his take on an idealized America which he thinks existed prior to the New Deal: “…it was institutions and society that assumed the role of taking care of one another. If someone was sick in your family, you took care of them. If a neighbor met misfortune, you took care of them. You saved for your retirement and your future because you had to…. We took these things upon ourselves…. but all that changed when the government began to assume those responsibilities…as government crowded out the institutions in our society that did these things traditionally, it weakened our people in a way that undermined our ability to maintain prosperity.”

Ah. yes, the good old days where there was always a buddy to spare you a dime. Boy-wonder Marco of course was not around pre–New Deal. I don’t know what thoughtless think tank fed him that malarky, but I do know it wasn’t my parents, or relatives or friends who for sixty and seventy years after the New Deal idealized FDR as our greatest leader. It wasn’t the millions who have been able to live in dignity in their later years, or with a disability, instead of facing poverty, ill health and premature demise. The America Rubio idealized did not exist at all, except for the Koch family.

Asher Fried

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Aug 31 2011 - 3:33pm

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