Friedman: “Spare Me the Revolution”

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I have been meaning to call your attention to Thomas Friedman’s recent New York Times column.  It makes sense to me.

A taste:

I was shocked that so many candidates in the party whose nominee I was planning to support want to get rid of the private health insurance covering some 250 million Americans and have “Medicare for all” instead. I think we should strengthen Obamacare and eventually add a public option.

I was shocked that so many were ready to decriminalize illegal entry into our country. I think people should have to ring the doorbell before they enter my house or my country.

I was shocked at all those hands raised in support of providing comprehensive health coverage to undocumented immigrants. I think promises we’ve made to our fellow Americans should take priority, like to veterans in need of better health care.

And I was shocked by how feeble was front-runner Joe Biden’s response to the attack from Kamala Harris — and to the more extreme ideas promoted by those to his left.

So, I wasn’t surprised to hear so many people expressing fear that the racist, divisive, climate-change-denying, woman-abusing jerk who is our president was going to get re-elected, and was even seeing his poll numbers rise.

Dear Democrats: This is not complicated! Just nominate a decent, sane person, one committed to reunifying the country and creating more good jobs, a person who can gain the support of the independents, moderate Republicans and suburban women who abandoned Donald Trump in the midterms and thus swung the House of Representatives to the Democrats and could do the same for the presidency. And that candidate can win!

But please, spare me the revolution! It can wait. Win the presidency, hold the House and narrow the spread in the Senate, and a lot of good things still can be accomplished. “No,” you say, “the left wants a revolution now!” O.K., I’ll give the left a revolution now: four more years of Donald Trump.

Read the entire piece here.

9 thoughts on “Friedman: “Spare Me the Revolution”

  1. “When do we Anglos get FREE medical care (except for government bureaucrats, active and retired)?”
    … And prisoners. So criminalizing illegal entry is giving FREE medical care to all illegals.

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  2. The executive director and four of her top deputies all left without notice.

    The word is “Purged”, Comrades.

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  3. You obviously do not live in “Del Norte”, the Mexican Border region.

    Feelings on this issue run HIGH down here; outsiders (including the Left Coasties in power in my state) have no idea just how HIGH they run among us Anglos.

    The headline on KFI’s afternoon drive-time debate coverage put it “They want FREE medical care to illegals”. When do we Anglos get FREE medical care (except for government bureaucrats, active and retired)?

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  4. No,” you say, “the left wants a revolution now!” O.K., I’ll give the left a revolution now: four more years of Donald Trump.

    ONLY Four more?

    “President-for-Life. We really should try it here.”
    — Donald J Trump, referring to Premier Xe of China

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  5. I was also surprised by the proposal to decriminalize illegal entry into the country. But after I thought about it, why is it even illegal? The only reason I could think of is to prosecute US citizens for crossing outside of a port of entry. I can’t think of how it’s helpful for controlling immigration.

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  6. John,

    I think you and Mr. Friedman might be whistling past the graveyard on this one. Are you aware of yesterday’s shake-up at the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee HQ? The executive director and four of her top deputies all left without notice. They were apparently told that they were not representing minorities because they were not minorities. The DCCC is a microcosm of the bigger party, and it is headed in a direction which would make George McGovern wince.

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  7. Exactly. Define normal, sane policy that works in much of the developed world as a “revolution,” and then talk as if the racism, love of gun violence and retreat from democratic norms of Republicans is somehow not radical. That’s how we got to this spot in the first place.

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  8. So basically, if Democrats don’t act like Republican-lites I’ll have no choice but to vote for the incompetent racist real estate guy again. Just stop. Friedman is notorious for this.

    If he thinks the Democrats are veering off into extremist country, what is the verdict on the Republican Party? No one’s alarmed by what they tolerate, propose and articulate?

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