The opposite of perestroika

America steering away from principles, practices that made it great

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Freedom and openness can be put on a short leash.

President Obama's leadership has accelerated a spiral of spending and red tape, and a lack of openness, that points America in the wrong ideological direction.  SUSAN WALSH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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President Obama's leadership has accelerated a spiral of spending and red tape, and a lack of openness, that points America in the wrong ideological direction.

That appears to have been Mikhail Gorbachev’s mistaken belief when he introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) to the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

The last leader of the Soviet Union would be hailed as a superstar in the Western media, and rightly credited with helping end the Cold War.

But it also appears that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was inadvertent – a miscalculation that freedom, openness and heavy-handed state control could coexist.

If you think of our two nations being on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum – communism on one end, freedom and capitalism on the other – Gorbachev’s happy mistake was thinking he could move the Soviet Union toward the middle and have it survive intact. But freedom and an overbearing state are wholly incompatible, as he would learn.

Could Barack Obama be making the same mistake, albeit from the opposite direction?

According to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, former Soviet satellite Estonia is now a more economically free nation than the United States – ours being the only country that has lost economic freedom seven years in a row. The U.S. is ranked 12, with Bahrain threatening to overtake it at No. 13.

The decline started under President Bush, but Mr. Obama has only accelerated the spiral of government spending, regulations, red tape and the nationalization of industry and health care.

Meanwhile, rather than moving the federal government toward openness and transparency, the Obama administration is known, even at liberal media organizations, for moving us toward secrecy and opaqueness. Says New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson: “I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering.”

“James Goodale has a message for journalists: Wake up,” writes Susan Armitage in the esteemed Columbia Journalism Review. “In his new book, Fighting for the Press (CUNY Journalism Press, 2013), Goodale, chief counsel to The New York Times when its editors published the Pentagon Papers in 1971, argues that President Obama is worse for press freedom than former President Richard Nixon was.”

That is most damning criticism – from journalism’s liberal lion itself.

And consider this: Under the Obama administration, the U.S. has fallen from 32nd to 46th in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index put together by the press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.

Right behind Papua New Guinea and Romania.

All of this just happens to be the complete inverse of Gorbachev’s glasnost – it’s moving our country away from freedom and openness.

Gorbachev found it wasn’t easy or advisable to try to keep freedom on a short leash (though Putin has basically put a shock collar on it). And yet, freedom in America is on an increasingly shorter leash. Under the health care law, it’s now basically a crime not to buy insurance of the government’s liking. The IRS, the same agency guilty of targeting conservative nonprofits for harassment, will make sure of it.

That same health-care law requires employers to violate their religious beliefs and provide workers with birth control and abortifacients. Even liberal USA Today, noting that the government is trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide birth control, wrote: “Talk about a political loser.”

“If the nonprofits refuse to sign,” the paper wrote, “they face ruinous fines — $4.5 million a year for just two of the Little Sisters’ 30 homes.”

Sadly, the courts may be freedom’s last refuge. As the USA Today editorial noted last month, “So far, the government is on a (legal) losing streak. In 19 of 20 cases, including the Little Sisters’, judges have granted preliminary relief to the nonprofits, allowing them to press their claims. The administration should take the hint.”

Not just from the courts, but also from history.

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deestafford
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deestafford 02/16/14 - 02:27 am
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Do not forget...

Do not forget that Obama was indoctrinated from a young age in the ways of the communists beginning with his mother, grandparents, mentor Frank Marshall Davis, liberal colleges and universities, Ayers, and the Rev Wright among others. Gorby nudged the Soviets toward freedom and openness. Obama is pulling America in the opposite direction.

You see, he is not doing this alone. He has the help of Congress. Two examples. First, executive orders are designed to be end runs around Congress by the President. Well, Shelia Jackson-Lee and other leftists in Congress have said they are going to draft executive orders and send them to the President to sign. When the democrats are challenged about Obama's executive orders they all come back and say Bush signed more than Obama. They act as if they don't understand there is a difference between quantity and content.

Second, Harry Reid is as big a partner in this as anyone. He has pigeonholed approximately 160 bills sent to the Senate by the House.

If one would take the time to study, one would find we have more grievances against Obama that we had against King George as outlined in the Declaration of independence.

Obama is a groomed plant put here by I don't know whom to destroy this country. It's time for people to take the bark off their eyes and understand this simple fact.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 02/16/14 - 04:36 am
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"Do not forget that Obama was

"Do not forget that Obama was indoctrinated from a young age in the ways of the communists...."

You can't blame this mixed up thinking on the earthquake since some of the above comments seem to be influenced by The likes of Jerome Corsi's 2008 book designed to derail support for then presidential candidate Barak Obama.

If some conservatives would just learn that many supporters of this presidency have some authentic issues with the president and you don't have to make up stuff. When one continues to throw a bunch of non-sense against the wall to see what will stick, those who might be their ally on certain policy issues begin to dismiss you as irrational.

Right now conservatives may want to listen to Rand Paul (can't believe I am typing this) on what the GOP needs to do to expand its tent. This continued overkill that Obama is a "communist Marxist, America-hating...." makes people like Corsi a little richer but does little to add to civil and thoughtful discourse on how to move this nation forward.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 02/16/14 - 07:04 am
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Well said deestafford. That's

Well said deestafford. That's all that needs to be said. I just wish people would do their homework and figure this President out by themselves.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/16/14 - 08:58 am
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truthmattersish, you didn't do such a good job

on your little deceit maneuver
(substituting something not in the comment for a point in the comment, then attacking the substituted point)
actually, it was quite the pitiful effort
nothing deestafford wrote was false
it was all truth
and, well, by your pitiful response, and not attacking what was actually written,
you agree
good for you

teaparty
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teaparty 02/16/14 - 09:40 am
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"Do not forget that Obama was
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"Do not forget that Obama was indoctrinated from a young age in the ways of the communists...."
In the 50s, 60s, & 70s the communist party recruited young dumb white girls with low morals to seduce black men into joining the communist party. The results were men like Obama.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/16/14 - 10:42 am
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Obama was mentored by Davis,

Obama was mentored by Davis, a communist. Obama liked hanging out with the communist at college. When debating Clinton Obama was ask about reducing capital gains tax to raise more revenue and he said it wasn't "fair "! An odd notion since Obama decried the national debt ran up by Bush. Then we have the fact that Obama has appointed or tried to appoint radicals like Van Jones to government positions. Well Truth if it walks like a Duck....

carcraft
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carcraft 02/16/14 - 11:01 am
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Teaparty, there is evidence

Teaparty, there is evidence that Obama Sr was already a communist or avowed socialist. No need to be "seduced " into it!

dahreese
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dahreese 02/16/14 - 11:30 am
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Interesting that the AC has
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Interesting that the AC has commented on the "less freedoms" under Obama. Yet, at the same time, bemoaning that "Muslim terrorist" may strike this country any minute and if they do, it will be Obama's fault.

And, as usual, the 'usual' conservatives commenting above can't seem to sort that out.

What would(?) the AC do if it didn't have Obama to kick around?

Truthmatters, above, is correct, "If some conservatives would just learn that many supporters of this presidency have some authentic issues with the president and you don't have to make up stuff."

The AC editorial staff needs to understand that simply because they work at a newspaper doesn't mean that everyone falls for the misleading editorials that get published.

Some of us are a little more astute than some of you.

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jimmymac 02/16/14 - 12:52 pm
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OBAMA
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Obama has shown himself to be an empty suit devoid of original thought. He's a windup toy put in place by the liberal elite to parrot their idea's. Why else would he need a TelePrompTer every time he talks? It's because the words and idea's all come from someone else! Listen to hi speak without a TelePrompTer and he barely makes a coherent sentence.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 02/16/14 - 05:53 pm
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Sick!
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Sick!

teaparty
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teaparty 02/16/14 - 06:36 pm
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owensjef3, I agree the lying
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owensjef3, I agree the lying communist is sick.

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