This blog,originally founded by Blogger, who is listed in Marquis Who's Who and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The Great Debates
I felt the today’s Sunday morning talk shows laid out the issues clearly that we will be debating over the next few months: As to the core issue, Meet the Press David Gregory asked:
David Brooks, you have been thinking about this a lot and you wrote this in your column on Friday: In the first year of the Obama administration, the Democrats, either wittingly or unwittingly, decided to put the big government-versus-small government debate at the center of American life. How's that playing out?
MR. BROOKS: Not well, I don't think. I don't think it's good for the country. You know, we had a bitterly divisive culture war for a bunch of years, then we had a bitterly divisive debate about Iraq. And I think a lot of people, including President Obama, were hoping we could get to other debates about opportunity, about productivity, about fiscal problems. And that will--those would have been debates which would have structured some bipartisan cooperation. But for whatever reason, we fall into a big government vs. small government debate. And this is like a social script that puts all the Republicans on the anti-government mode, very polarized; strengthens the libertarian, more polarized part of that party; puts the Democrats on a more "let's use government to do this and that" mode. And so you get this intense polarization which we've seen over the past year. It also tends to help Republicans, by the way. But it's created, not only an end to the polarization, but it's magnified it, I think.
The next issue will be the major debate on immigration which some expect to be more divisive and acrimonious than even health care. It was Paul Krugman on ABC that laid out the problem. He explained how immigration will reveal not only the abyss between the two parties, but fissures within each party. Democrats want the Hispanic vote, but the Hispanics take jobs from their other constituency, the labor unions.
On the Republican side, Republicans do not want our culture overrun by aliens, especially when they have already revealed a blatant disrespect for our wishes and our laws. On the other hand the business members of the Republican party want the cheap labor.