Hillary Clinton has a new campaign ad running in New Hampshire called "New Beginning." It sounds like good position for her to take. People are sick of the way things are; they sense something is wrong and they sense we need to do something now or we will hit a mighty crisis in the future.
Let's look at Hillary Clinton's New Beginning line by line.
CLINTON: I'm Hillary Clinton and I approved this message.
Always good to know.
CLINTON: It is time for America to set and reach big goals again.
Agree. We need to dismantle the welfare state and get the government out of the economy. We need to repeal over a century's worth of bad laws that violate individual rights -- repeal, repeal, repeal, all the way back to the antitrust laws. In foreign policy we need to stop appeasing our enemy and eradicate him with whatever means necessary.
This is what you meant, isn't it, Senator Clinton?
CLINTON: To restore our standing in the world.
Apparently, Senator, you have a different idea from me of what goals we should set and reach. The world is full of socialist states that resent America and shriek every time we meekly assert our national self-interest. The world wants America only to sacrifice for other countries. Who gives a damn what our standing is among socialist states and dictatorships around the world? We should wear their opprobrium as a badge of honor.
How disappointing, Senator, that your first example of a big goal you would pursue is one that plays to the anti-American far left of your party.
CLINTON: To rebuild the middle class dream and to reclaim the future for our children.
Could you possibly be more vague and unspecific? We don't want you to be mistaken for a courageous statesman who takes on tough issues. But let's look at the "middle class dream."
What created the middle class? Capitalism. In feudal times, there was a small middle class in the cities. With the growth of capitalism, the middle class grew. America became the country with the biggest middle class because it was the freest country. Now the middle class dream needs rebuilding. Why is that? Because the growth of the state in the 20th century has restricted freedom. (The number one killer of all economic dreams is inflation, the hidden tax of the welfare state. We need to return to a gold standard.) The only way to rebuild the middle class dream is to restore the liberty that created the vast middle class in America in the 19th century.
CLINTON: We need a new beginning on health care. We need to provide health care for every single man, woman and child at a price that people can afford.
You mean socialized medicine, although you won't say it because when statists speak clearly people run from them as if they had bubonic plague. If you want to read a good argument that destroys your position -- and as an honest Senator, you surely see your obligation to take a diligent look at the opposing view -- then check out "Moral Health Care vs. 'Universal Health Care.'" You might find it persuasive.
CLINTON: We need a new beginning on education. We need to end the unfunded mandate known as No Child Left Behind which has been so difficult for so many.
Let's try a radical new idea called freedom. Let's get the government out of education and let free people decide what is best for their children. Not only would this be moral -- not only would it uphold individual rights in education -- but the practical results could not be worse than our current system of 12 years of government indoctrination, babysitting, progressive education and half-hearted attempts by bored teachers to reach bored students.
CLINTON: We need a new beginning in our foreign policy. If the President won't end this war before he leaves office, when I am President I will.
Maybe you're right. Maybe we should openly quit fighting instead of pretending to fight as the Republicans are doing.
CLINTON: It takes strength and experience to bring about change. I have a very clear record of 35 years fighting for children and families, fighting for working people, fighting for our future.
You married well. You used your fame as First Lady to win a Senate seat in a liberal state you never lived in until you needed to. Aside from that your record is not impressive.
CLINTON: I will stand up for you every single day in the White House.
By "stand up for you" you mean stealing money from the rich and redistributing it to the poor. You mean state interference in the economy. You mean the massive violation of individual rights that is the mixed economy.
What is new about all that?