Senator Coons’ ‘Fiscal Conservatism’ is Un-American

Filed in National by on December 23, 2012

Don’t get me wrong. I think Coons is a patriotic American. He just seemed to be in the thrall of a deeply pessimistic and un-American political philosophy.

Hold up the dismal austerity pledge Coons has taken to President Carter’s admonishment for us not to loose sight of what makes us American:

I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy.

I do not mean our political and civil liberties. They will endure. And I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might.

The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.

The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.

The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book that we read just on the Fourth of July.

It is the idea which founded our nation and has guided our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else — public institutions and private enterprise, our own families, and the very Constitution of the United States. Confidence has defined our course and has served as a link between generations. We’ve always believed in something called progress. We’ve always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own.

Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy. As a people we know our past and we are proud of it. Our progress has been part of the living history of America, even the world. We always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself called democracy, involved in the search for freedom, and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose. But just as we are losing our confidence in the future, we are also beginning to close the door on our past.

When Americans buy into the corrosive pessimism and despair that lies at the heart of Republicanism – we are not, as Senator Coons seems to think, being “fiscal conservatives” we are being unpatriotic and un-American.

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  1. Jason330 says:

    Okay I’ll say it. Senator Coons and his fellow “fiscal conservatives” continue to allow Republicans to put the focus on things that don’t help the economy, and they are doing it to try and damage the President.

    That’s all I’m saying. I just wish Coons wasn’t a party to the GOP’s austerity bullshit.

  2. Walt says:

    He’s smart enough to have figured out that some day someone is going to have to pay for all this debt. Fascinating that a Wilmo Dem who never owned a small business can grasp the concept. And I think he loves Big Bird too.

  3. puck says:

    Coons can’t wait to cut Medicare. Even when his leadership occasionally pulls Medicare and Social Security cuts off the table, Coons just can’t stop talking about it.

    Entitlement reform should reform the funding and reform the costs – but not cut benefits.

    Actually, health care may be beyond reform until we go to single payer. We just can’t polish the private insurance turd any brighter.

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