Liberalism, Liberals, and Innocence Lost

G.K.Chesterton said,

As much as I ever did, more than I ever did, I believe in Liberalism.  But there was a rosy time of innocence when I believed in Liberals.

Steven Hayward uses that quote today to preface some remarks on the stupidity and hypocrisy of liberals,

Almost every day I wake up and find examples of the hypocrisy and/or stupidity of modern liberals on the front page of the paper.  Today’s first nominee might well be the continuing refusal of the Democrats in Congress to ratify our free trade treaties with central America.  Canada—liberal Canada—has passed theirs, and as such its wheat farmers are enjoying growing sales to Colombia while our wheat exports are suffering because Colombian tariffs on U.S. wheat are still in place. 

The Colombian free trade agreement, first negotiated during the Bush Administration and re-negotiated by the Obama regime just last April, languishes on Obama’s desk.  With the utmost chutzpah Obama blames Congress for not approving it, but as usual, he’s lying.  He’s never sent the agreement to Congress for approval.  The real reason the U.S./Colombian Free Trade Agreement sits collecting dust is that Juan Manuel Santos is a democratically elected president of Colombia, and has instituted reforms and restored freedom to his country.  Colombia is a friend of the United States.  As we have learned, friends of the United States get rough treatment from Obama while he extends cooperation to America’s enemies.  Colombia is surrounded by left-wing dictatorships, which Obama seems to favor at every turn.  If Santos wants the trade agreement approved perhaps he should stage a military coo and establish a totalitarian regime.  Obama would no doubt immediately send the trade agreement to the Democrats in Congress where it would be approved in a flash.

See also, A Sad Day For U.S. Wheat Growers

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