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Conservative or Liberal?


Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Col Stan Gudmundson, USAF (Ret)

If any of the following positions were part of a political platform, would they belong to a conservative or a liberal party?

- "All citizens must have equal rights and obligations."

- "The first obligation of every citizen must be to work...The activity of individuals...must have its result within the framework of the whole for the benefit of all."

- "We demand the nationalization...of industries.'

- "We demand a division of profits."

- "The state is to be responsible for a fundamental reconstruction of our whole national education program, to enable every capable and industrious (person) to obtain higher education. We demand the education at the expense of the State of outstanding intellectually gifted children of (the) poor."

- "The comprehension of the concept of the State must be striven for by (schools) as early as the beginning of understanding."

- "The State is to care for elevating national health by protecting the mother and child."

Some segments might be found in a conservative platform. However, they all could easily be found in a liberal or a socialist platform because that is what they are. These statements are taken from the Nazi Party platform Adolf Hitler presented on 24 February 1920.

Current wisdom seems to have it that fascism and Nazis have roots and links to the far right. Nothing could be further from the truth, although if you are a graduate of the "Don't Know Nuthin About History School of Medicine," you would be shocked.

The major distinction between fascists and communists is that communists believed in an international socialistic ideology while fascists believed in a nationalistic socialist system. The Soviet Union's Bolsheviks labeled anyone who didn't believe exactly as they did, a rightist or right-winger. Even if the other brand of ideology was even further left.

Were a country to fight in a world war together with an ally that was as beastly or worse then the enemy you were both fighting, it would be most helpful to paint your ally as good and the enemy as evil. Since the Bolsheviks had already labeled heretics as rightist, it was quite convenient to turn fascism into a political phenomenon of the right to make an alliance with the Soviet Union more palatable.

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has been stereotyped as a loud, profane, bombastic, posturing buffoon. But he was the intellectual .....
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Clarification relating to December 20th Journal

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Phone: 507-251-5297

jsethre@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The following information is a clarification of articles and letters published in the December 20, 2010 Fillmore County Journal.

First, we apologize for an error in referenc ..... 
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Fixing Social Security

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Last time I ended my remarks promising to tell you about various ways to "fix" Social Security (SS). I am going to renege on that promise.

Firstly, SS is not broken, broke or even bent badly. It doesn't need complicated fixing. It has a larg ..... 
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One Moment Please - I grew up saying "Merry Christmas!"

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

It's interesting to see how much our traditions of the past continue to change as our young nation evolves.

I remember growing up with a Christmas tree in our classroo ..... 
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Concerned mother speaks out

Fri, Dec 10th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

My name is Karen Neneman. My husband (Terry) and I have come to speak on behalf of our daughter Sabrina.

As I am sure you all know, Terry and I took Sabrina out of Lanesboro School on November 5, because of bullying issues.

We have m ..... 
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Walking Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 10th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

We've just had our first major snowfall of the season and now the sun is shining in a blue sky. The bike/walking trails around Preston, where I live, will not be good for walking again until spring unless we have an unusually significant thaw. An ex ..... 
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One Moment, please... We should feel lucky

Mon, Dec 6th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

I know many of our readers grew up in a small town and possibly even in Fillmore County.

They are used to the norms of life in a small town, which is often a novelty t ..... 
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Social Security attack part two

Fri, Nov 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By R.L. Sauer, MD

Politicians and political operatives who wish to fool us into thinking they're fiscally responsible or have always wanted to dismantle Social Security (SS) claim it's bankrupt and that it's also contributing to the national ..... 
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Why polarization hurts us

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton

By splitting control of Congress in the midterm elections, voters have handed Democrats and Republicans an opportunity to work together. Of course, the number of people in Washington who believe it will happen could fit in ..... 
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