Yesterday someone who calls himself Liberty4USA was digging through the archives of the Freedom Pub, where I regularly cross-post, and he left a comment on an essay I posted on 11 October of this year. The title of the essay was “Cronyism Knows No boundaries”. To my surprise, the Heartland Institute (owner of the Freedom Pub) selected my essay to feature on their Facebook page. Receiving this comment today reignited my ire with people who use the word crony to modify the word capitalism; specially when it’s used so often by some of my favorite conservative bloggers. Crony is a pejorative term that the Left has tied to the word capitalism. Its use is a leftist trap that far too many of us have fallen into unknowingly. Unfortunately for us many people who don’t know any better have come to believe that cronyism and capitalism are the same thing.
If you missed my original post, I beseech you to read it now at either the Freedom Pub or at my home site here. Then please join me in reminding all conservatives that the pejorative word crony should never be used as an adjective to modify capitalist. “Crony” and “Cronyism” are stand alone words that have nothing to do with “Capitalist” or “Capitalism”.
Let me share with you the comment I received yesterday that clearly captures the ire that I feel on this subject.
Comment by Liberty4USA
The mantra of the hard left of center groups is that capitalism does not work. Since we have a mixed economy (more so everyday) of socialism and capitalism it is easy to point to the failures and blame them on the wrong end of that mixture. Since redefining terms (which includes inventing new ones) is how the progressives have been able to wedge open the Constitution and claim that government’s contract with our citizens for self government actually means something entirely different than what it actually says they have become experts at twisting and inventing definitions. After all why are the few and defined powers listed in our Constitution now many and seemingly indefinite? Judges saw plain words and were convinced to change the meanings of those words which of course led to more of the same. The term crony capitalism would more aptly be termed “business and politicians cheating for mutual benefit,” which of course leaves the only competition as the race to see who can get their deal first.
Since the important safeguard of the states checking their senators actions disintegrated with the passage of the 17th Amendment the game was on. When someone like Obama talks of special interests as if he is immune from them, while he plays them for all they are worth, and there are so few howling from either party, one can reasonably expect that they are all playing this game that has nothing to do with real capitalism.