American Righteousness


By: Wayne Brown

A friend recently sent me the short video clip included below. The clip is taken from the Phil Donahue talk show television series and was recorded some 30 years ago. Donahue had a taste for the liberal ideology that yearned for the curing of world hunger, the existence of world peace and the absence of the depravity of mankind around the globe. In the video, he poses questions to economist, Milton Friedman. These questions underscore Donahue’s doubts as to the political orientations of the American people. Please watch the video and then continue reading this piece.

Essentially, Donahue, posing intellectually eloquent, concludes that the ultimate evil of capitalism is the creation of greed, and because of that effect, the process as a form of economic pursuit is flawed. He basically says to Friedman that he thinks maybe America would be a better place if we pursued a different political and economic philosophy. Keep in mind that this video is 30 years old but Friedman’s answer is as refreshing today or possibly more so than it was at that time.

One could conclude, and also hope, that Donahue was just thinking out loud and waxing philosophically about the state of world…you know, basically shooting the breeze with a fellow intellectual. One could only hope but Donahue was serious in his liberal viewpoints so it is doubtful that would be the case. It is interesting that he seemed rather speechless in response to Friedman’s answers…almost as if he had never really given the alternatives much thought.

Donahue, like so many of us, was the product of the 60’s in terms of thinking and intellect. The turmoil of the 60’s ranging from the struggle over civil rights to the Vietnam War tore at the seams of America philosophically and created a generation of liberal doves who believed that the United States was the product of evil minds and that the pursuit of capitalism was nothing more than an exercise in greed. They basically saw the entire establishment as a threat to the future of the world. On that basis, it was easy to attack it, criticize it and demonize it.

Time moved on and the various problems fell by the wayside as they have a tendency to do over time. All of us got older. Those who fought and served in what we may have felt was an unjust war came home to a country that turned its back in disgust at the sight of an American military veteran. The intellectual hippie crowd or flower children that had populated the hills of San Francisco (and still do for the most part) felt that their thinking was truly confirmed and that their intellectual conclusions were on the right path.

All of us got older and the hippies eventually joined or somewhat joined the establishment along the way setting up housekeeping and raising a family. Their ideas stayed the same and they yearned for a cause that would make them burn inside like they felt in their protests against the war and the inequities of mankind. They wanted that righteous feeling to be there in their lives for as much and as long as possible. They continued to attack the establishment and all it produced citing all the destruction that was being forced on the environment and the ecosystem of the planet. Righteousness was once again near at hand.

Donahue was very much at the center of all of this. The fly in the ointment of this feel good righteousness is that it never questioned what the alternative might be. It worked on illogical conclusions such as: If the USA does not treat members of all races equitably, it is because of capitalism; therefore, since Russia is not a capitalist country, they must treat people much better that we do in the USA. That conclusion may sound rather stupid and naïve to you at this point but it made all the sense in the world to a bunch of folks who were self-proclaimed intellects and the self-appointed saviors of mankind and the world.

Move this concept into “group think” and it takes on a new and stronger senergy. Mix in a few people who are adept at spreading the philosophy and beauty of a socialistic-communistic ideaology and you have the makings of a mass of people who become quite dangerous to the world of capitalism. They become puppets of something of which they have little or no understanding. All they know is that when they are working in this domain, they feel all warm and fuzzy inside…ever so righteous.

Working from the inside of the establishment, these people began to fill political positions both locally and nationally. They gain even more power over time as they gain access to the almighty taxpayer dollar and begin to manipulate it to their own way of thinking. Governmental organizations begin to spring up either in answer to the protests of this movement or as directed by those who had gained enough political power to get the job done. Governmental regulation grows and inserts itself more and more into people’s lives with organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency which has been in a growth mode since its inception and is still getting larger today though it serves no truly useful purpose. The fact that some know it is there makes them feel all warm and fuzzy…you know righteous.

For all of this righteousness and forward thinking, it is quite apparent simply by looking at Donahue’s facial expression in this 30 –year old video that he never had given any thought as to whether or not the alternatives of the world offered the ideas he was espousing to Friedman. He had just assumed that there was a more perfect place on earth by virtue of the fact that he despised the one that he currently lived in. This is the reality of that generation of thinking. Those who participated in it wanted so badly to get away from the evils they saw in capitalism that they were willing to rush to the other side without even questioning what was over there. Basically, they assumed they were right on the basis of sheer blind faith.

The mindset is still very much alive today as is the need to feel “righteous” about doing the right things. Taxing people to death in order to create a revenue stream which assures there is an abundance of welfare money on hand in the government is just one example. Assuming that government can and will create jobs along with making the economy better is another example. Government seldom ever makes anything better but is almost guaranteed to make everything worse. The bigger government gets, the more true and predictable that statement really can be.

I have heard some speculate as to how our current President could be so naïve with regard to the economy and big government. Common sense tells them that no one ever spent their way out of trouble and that debt ultimately sinks ships yet the President and his fold do not seem to subscribe to such rhetoric. They seem bent on loading America down with debt to continue spending at an uncontrolled pace; bent on dragging America into a healthcare program that is beyond the scope of affordability to the American taxpayer; bent on continuing to tax and tax and tax to gain the money necessary to carry out their desires. Nothing about this seems right to those with common sense as they know that the concept of a government having “enough money” is one that is never satisfied because those who occupy high office in Washington DC cannot and will not control their spending. If money is available, they must spend. If money is not available, they must spend…it makes them feel righteous.

America’s demise as a capitalist society began a long time ago…likely before the 60’s. But, we can be sure, as witnessed by Donahue’s thinking, that the socialist really saw an opportunity to get into our heads in the 60’s. They did and they have stayed there gaining a greater footing at every turn. We now have universities of higher learning all but fully staffed with highly paid tenured professors who feel that it is their duty and responsibility to teach socialism and communism…it makes them feel righteous. They reestablish the Donahue mindset in the young of our country and cause them to turn on all the things that have brought us through more than 200 years as a great nation. They have taught our children to hate democracy and capitalism because they feel righteous when they do it.

America has weathered a lot of sinister forces over time. Certainly socialism and communism will likely always be there attempting to come through the door and dominate our society. Those who would prefer it will never stop trying and their numbers grow by the year. They infiltrate our educations systems; they undermine our religious beliefs and traditions; they attack our financial institutions; they created divisions in our society by arousing hatred of the wealthy; they work at destroying the traditional institution of marriage; they demonize the Bible, and they constantly point out the flawed aspects of a government run by a Constitution and a Bill of Rights drawn up in the 1700’s. Slowly, they wear us down and little by little they take a part or all of these things away over time.

President Obama does not concede much on his focus or direction. He is devout in his beliefs which drip with juices of socialism. What you see and what you hear is real because he actually believes what he is telling you with regard to who we are as Americans and how we really should be; with regard to hope and change and any number of issues which have arisen over the past three years. He believes all of that. Though we may be on the road to economic disaster and financial ruin, he continues on the path because he actually believes that those policies which he subscribes to are better for America than anything which has come before it. As a result, for the first time in American history, we are in dire straits with the rapidly accumulated national debt. For the first time, this country could face a future of financial ruin yet the President and his fold continue on their path because, as they do, it makes them feel righteous and that’s what it is all about at the end of the day, huh?

God Bless America!

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Becky 5 years ago

I am really impressed with Mr. Friedman. He brings up common sense answers to the socialist mantra. He asks questions which made Donahue think and realize he had missed something in his mental perambulations.

This was a thinking mans article and enforces the mental processes of common sense. I believe that common sense should be a class in schools. It would be extremely difficult to find a teacher for it though because teachers do not use common sense either. That is why my daughter is home schooled and my sons were.

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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Flag up and awesome!

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Becky...Thank you for those great comments and thank you for having the courage to home school your kids so they can fend for themselves when these free radicals start messing with their mind. If we are to preserve democracy and our country, we have to protect what got us here and respect it. Socialism is an empty promise that lures many into its lair. By the time they get a clue as to what it is...there is no way out. WB

@dallas93444...Thank, I appreciate those good words! WB

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miss_jkim 5 years ago

Can anyone see the similarities of the fall of the Roman Empire?

Touché; this is a very well written hub on a topic that has this country teetering on the brink of destruction. profile image 5 years ago from upstate, NY

Once again you've written a great piece of work! Freidman was brilliant, I don't see how a rational person could augue with what he said. The thinking of the hippies and the liberals are naive at best, and often self-serving, foolish, immoral and dangerous.

I love the way he exposes the shallow and self-righteous arrogance of the left. One thing he said was that they took alot for granted, which is so true and of course thats what children do who grown up spoiled.

It amazing the foolishness of what liberals stand for, thier on the wrong side of every issue. This is the danger of someone knows a little truth but makes the wrong conclusions about almost everything because of thier limited knowledge, maturity and lack of character.

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Ghost32 5 years ago

Very thoughtfully done, Wayne. That "sense of righteousness" is foreign to me, but it's easy to see it operating in those who possess it--often in abundance.

Which undoubtedly has much to do with those of us who possess a bit of common sense being "upgraded" from "racists" to "terrorists". It's the same rationale you describe so well: Those folks on the right do not possess the liberal's sense of righteousness. Therefore they are not righteous. The opposite of "righteous" is "racist". No, "terrorist".

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Wayne - This is a very well-written and easy to understand explanation of what is happening in our country now because of the dominant liberal-socialistic mindset of Obama and - you called them his 'fold.' I call them his 'fools.'

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@miss_jkim...I have not studied the Romans that closely but I believe they came to same point of apatheic complaceny as a people while their rulers ran the ship into the ground. WB you, I just try to apply some common sense to an absurd situation and it works out pretty good for me. Friedman could really shut some folks up with his perspective. WB

@Ghost32...Righteousness is the forte' of the is what gives them license and justifies them as right. They are righteous and therefore the savior of those weaker than they are in our society. They will take them, lead them, nurture them all while redistributing the wealth of the country through the maximum possible spending and debt accumulation. What a crock of crap! WB

@drbj..I conceded to your terminology Doc...fools is a much better description but dare you and I as right wing conservatives go out on that limb and have our reputations demomized by a media not willing to call the Vice-President's tongue when he referred to the Tea Party as terrorist...oh, I forgot the media does work in both directions. Excuse me. WB

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Brilliant Wayne! Too bad hubpages didn't want me to read this. As for Obama I am beginning to believe that he doesn't really have belief in anything except his right to rule and exist. Keeping people in their place is very useful for a dictator.Up and awesome, interesting and useful.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Obama's only real focus is to carry the water for George Soros. His reward comes beyond the presidency after he breaks the back of America and installs socialism. Obama is a "sell-out"...always has been and he is a textbook socialist who actually believes the policies he is is easy to break our back with the wrong things when you actually believe in them. WB

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

What is greed other than the desire to do your very best?

Some of the richest people in the world are also the most generous. How is that 'greedy', in the evil sense of the word?

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...There is certainly nothing wrong with wanting the best return and achieving the best result even if that value is measured in terms of money. It is all part of the process of the left to "label" and then "demonize" until everyone is convinced that something is bad. They have accomplished that task to a large degree with Palin convincing most of the old guard Republicans that she is dead weight and working on the same scenario with Bachmann. Then they will turn around and hold up someone like Janet Napolitano as a strong female and an emerging leader...I may not recognize greed but I sure as hell know what a hyprocrite is. WB

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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

You write amazing hubs, and what I find especially strange is that you could almost be writing about our government over here on the óther side of he pond´.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Dim Flaxenwick...I am not particularly excited about writing political commentary but certain things really hit a nerve with me and I cannot help myself. I quickly become inspired by manipulation, lying, deceit and greed and my passion starts to flow to offer some clear understanding to anyone fooled by this doubletalk coming out of both sides of the aisle in Washington. The similarities worldwide are amazing as if all politicians had the same mother! LOL! WB

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Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I can only second the high watermark you set with this hub. Well designed, paced just right for additional punch. Unfortunately, I only see us ‘terrorists’ commenting. You have published kryptonite to the liberal agenda, an antidote for professorial diatribe. It is amazing how the left always wishes to remake America instead of move to the European county that best reflects their core values. No, as you say, they feel righteous in tearing down our walls. Just sad…great article Wayne, voted up and awesome. Cheers.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Jason R. Manning...At one time we had a country in which all people had the same vision. That is no longer true. We have a house full of socialist and communists who can think of nothing more than tearing down America from the inside out. They demonized Joe McCarthy by printing the same flawed information about him until he finally died. By that time, the commies and their like were well entrenched inside the American government waiting to emerge like termites. Obama has provide the best opportunity so far for their move to the surface. Our political parties on both sides of the aisle are lost to good old boy "that's that way it is" here in Washington politics. All of the, regardless of political orientation just want to continue to spend and spend and spend. The rest is just eye wash. I have contended for years that it matters little who is in the White House if we have idiots in the Congress. Finally, America might actually be waking up to that concept. I hope it is not too late. WB

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Texasbeta 5 years ago

"President Obama does not concede much on his focus or direction. He is devout in his beliefs which drip with juices of socialism."

Are you joking? Was this sarcastic? It has to be.

On paper, this guy concedes more than anyone I have ever seen as President. CONSTANTLY. Socialism? Dude, do you know what socialism is? He drips with juices of socialism? That is ridiculous, entirely ridiculous.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"President Obama does not concede much on his focus or direction. He is devout in his beliefs which drip with juices of socialism."


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Texasbeta 5 years ago

OK. Tell me how Obama is a socialist.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@TexasBeta...Maybe you need to get back to the textbooks and figure out the definition of the word yourself before you head over here to argue about it. The simplest indication is his belief in "big government" being the answer to all things...all needs. The government is the key. The government will run healthcare and the government will regulate industry until industry can no longer function as a private entity. The list goes on and on. Never mind that his circle of friends and supports just happen to be some of the best known socialist and commies in America and the world for that matter...just a coincidence. His biggest financial supporter has been George Soros who subscribes greatly to a socialist agenda and knows damn well the best way to break the back of democracy in America is to bankrupt the country. Obama has embraced a Keynesian economic approach which is socialist-oriented and springs from the belief that everything of value in a society comes through the, economic improvement, etc., subscribes to the government spending ridiculous amounts of money to generate enconomic growth...never mind that money has to be taken from the people who are working to stay alive. It goes on and on....WB

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"OK. Tell me how Obama is a socialist."

Here you go:

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