Max Brantley, Pat Lynch, Gene Lyons and other Liberals refuted here!

HALT: Halting Arkansas Liberals with Truth

Opening Post December 13, 2010 11:36 am

My name is Everette Hatcher III.  I am a businessman in Little Rock and have been living in Bryant since 1993. My wife Jill and I have four kids (Rett 24, Hunter 22, Murphey 16, and Wilson 14). I have been a Razorback season ticket holder since 1984 and I have attempting to take my son Wilson to see all the southeastern conference schools play football. He still has not seen Vandy, Kentucky and Alabama play. However, this year he got to knock Ole Miss off his list and last year Georgia and the year before Florida. He has seen LSU and Miss St play many times.

I have been a political junkie since 1972 when I watched my first Democratic and Republican National Conventions. I especially was captivated by the 1976 run by Ronald Reagan.

See for yourself what you can expect from this blog by reading my opening post below.

Do you ever find yourself looking through the local political news and you find a local liberal attacking principles that made this country great? Max Brantley, Pat Lynch, Gene Lyons and many other liberal commentators are constantly commenting on politics. Many of these liberals have comment sections on their blogs and they invite discussion. I want to provide at least a thought a day from the conservative perspective. Let me give you an example.

So many points brought up by liberals sound so good at first but really are easy to answer logically. Take the example below.

I remember like yesterday when I saw Milton Friedman on the Phil Donahue Show. Donahue had thrown up one of those liberal accusations against the free enterprise system. Below is the exchange that I saw that day:

Phil Donahue: When you see around the globe, the mal-distribution of wealth, a desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries. When you see so few “haves” and so many “have-nots.” When you see the greed and the concentration of power. Did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism and whether greed is a good idea to run on?

Milton Friedman: Well first of all tell me is there some society you know that doesn’t run on Greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course none of us are greedy, it’s only the other fellow who is greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests.

The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way.

In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about – the only cases in recorded history – are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade.

If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

Donahue: But it seems to reward not virtue as much as ability to manipulate the system…

Friedman: And what does reward virtue? You think the Communist commissar rewarded virtue? You think a Hitler rewarded virtue? You think – excuse me – if you’ll pardon me – do you think American Presidents reward virtue ?

Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout ?

Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest ? You know, I think you’re taking a lot of things for granted. Just tell me where in the world you find these angels who are going to organize society for us ? Well, I don’t even trust you to do that.

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  • David Adams  On December 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Everette,
    You have done a good job here on the blog. Although I’m not a political junkie like you, it is good to read articles that others have found interesting and of value. Thanks for your work here.
    Just this morning, I read something that I caught my attention and truly makes me sad. Here is something regarding Jimmy Carter has said, assuming its accurate. It was posted on Yahoo. ( my vote is that Mr. Carter should stick with peanut farming )

    Jimmy Carter: America is ready for a gay president
    Daily Caller
    Laura Donovan – The Daily Caller Laura Donovan – The Daily Caller – Wed Dec 15, 3:17 pm ET

    Former President Jimmy Carter believes America is ready for a gay president.

    “I would say that the country is getting acclimated to a president who might be female, who might obviously, now be black and who might be as well, a gay person,” Carter said in a recent interview with Bigthink.com. “Because step-by-step we have realized that this issue of homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we dealt with the race issue 50 years ago… or 40 years ago.”
    [ For complete coverage of politics and policy, go to Yahoo! Politics ]

    Though Carter believes America is ready to elect a gay president, he isn’t quite sure that president should be allowed to marry, at least according to a 2005 Fox News interview.

    “My own belief is that there should be a distinction between so-called gay marriages, which I look upon as a possibility of a church- ordained blessing of God on a union, which I think should be between a man and a woman. But at the same time, that people who do have gay union in a court or in secular terms not relating to religion, should be treated with complete equality.”

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