Friday, September 17, 2010

Who is Chris Coons? - Marxism

Chris has graciously said that he would like to keep this campaign about the issues and not about smears and personal attacks. I appreciate that and I hope he continues that position. This campaign SHOULD be about the issues that Americans and Delawareans specifically, care about. It should be about how to get the economy back on track and growing, how to stop reckless spending, what role the government should have, the most effective way to stem the rising tide of healthcare costs, how to best manage our energy resources and what the tax policy ought to be. There are other important issues but these are what I hear about the most. All of these issues come down to a difference in ideology. On one side you have those who seek to continue spending, often recklessly, your tax dollars, increasing those taxes to spend more and increasing government control. On the other, you have those who understand the need for a limited government, emboldened AND restrained by the Constitution who will control spending and lighten our tax burden.

Now I said before, that Chris wants to keep this campaign about issues and I agree, it should be about issues and not a few sound bites from someone's past. We have all made mistakes...yes, even me...especially when we were young. However, there is something about Chris' past that concerns me, and many of you as well. Back in 1985, he wrote an article entitled "Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist". When I saw this I was hoping for a satire or some sort of joke. But as J.E. Dyer from Hot Air's Green Room tells us, Coons was quite serious.

Upon returning from a trip to Kenya, Chris wrote:
“I became friends with a very wealthy [Kenyan] businessman and his family and heard them reiterate the same beliefs held by many Americans: the poor are poor because they are lazy, slovenly, uneducated,” wrote Coons. “I realize that Kenya and America are very different, but experiences like this warned me that my own favorite beliefs in the miracles of free enterprise and the boundless opportunities to be had in America were largely untrue.”

He also wrote:
“My friends now joke that something about Kenya, maybe the strange diet, or the tropical sun, changed my personality; Africa to them seems a catalytic converter that takes in clean-shaven, clear-thinking Americans and sends back bearded Marxists,”

However, it wasn't as if just the trip to Kenya aroused some deep part of Coons' questioning temporarily. Before Chris even left for Kenya, he was questioning America:
A course on cultural anthropology, noted Coons, had “undermined the accepted value of progress and the cultural superiority of the West,” while a class on the Vietnam War led him to “suspect…that the ideal of America as a ‘beacon of freedom and justice, providing hope for the world’ was not exactly based in reality.”

Although Chris does say that upon returning to Amherst for his senior year, he accepted that had "returned to loving America" despite discovering the nations faults, one must ask what faults he has determined America has. If Barack Obama, son of a Kenyan Marxist leader is any indication, our faults are many and great and the only pathway out is financial slavery and redistribution of wealth. There is reason to believe that Coons and Obama have much in common.

On September 16th, at a debate in Wilmington, Delaware, Coons reiterated his support for Obamacare as currently written and indicated that there is little going on in Washington that he would change. He also indicated his support for extending Miranda rights to terrorists. In fact, Coons sounded eerily like the "pet" that Harry Reid described him as. Coons did try to move to the center around fiscal issues but despite his polished debate skills (remember, he is a 2 time national debate champ) his record unfortunately doesn't bear out his claims. He made the obligatory reference to his TV Commercials which portray him as a fiscal conservative. Sadly, Chris has raised taxes three times ('05,'07 and '09), raided the county's reserve fund and increased water and sewer fees. He also references the corruption rampant during the Tom Gordon administration in his television commercial and suggests that he fought corruption. What Coons fails to mention is that the Democrat Gordon/Freeberry scandal took place while Coons himself was on county council. Additionally, what is not mentioned in Coons' commercials is that when Coons took office, the Gordon administration had left him with a balanced budget and a reserve surplus.

Currently, Chris Coons is presiding over his own scandal. County Council President Paul Clark is advocating for a project which he personally stands to gain from. His wife Pam Scott (liberals apparently love to keep a different name than their spouse so as to create doubt in issues like this) is a lawyer in the case. Clark has said he would recuse himself from any vote regarding the proposal but his involvement in lobbying for the case stinks. Coons has thus far not stepped in to suggest that Clark stop lobbying for the deal his wife stands to gain from. He's certainly no corruption hound.

Finally, Coons consistently calls on people to recognize that he was able to give County Council a AAA bond rating. There is truth in that statement but he doesn't tell you how Fitch Ratings gave New Castle County that rating. The fact is that Fitch only granted that bond rating to NCC because the County raided the reserve fund and decreased its value by more than 30% while Coons raised taxes 25%. The size of County government has grown every year under Coons and the budget has steadily increased. In 2009, Coons did make some cuts...he cut county employee pay by 5% and cut their benefits by 3% while the state cut worker pay even further. Meanwhile, county spending plans stayed in effect and other cuts were "avoided".


  1. Hello,

    I commented on the other thread "Hear me out". The video doesn't work. It has been removed by the user.

    On another blog, I took exception to the author stating that Delaware basically was stupid for electing a Republican conservative that can't win the general. The ensuing "discussion" got interesting and led me to start to investigate all things associated with O'Donnell. I even went out on a limb as said she would win. Laura Ingrahm bet Bill O'Reilly $5000 to be given to a charity that O'Donnell. So I feel I am in good company. :-)

    One of the ideas I maintain is that Delaware has been only offered Liberal or Liberal Lite and there hasn't been much competition with regards to Conservatism. Until now that is.

    The other thing I maintain is that O'Donnell winning is the only thing that could possibly stop the Lame Duck Session from causing havoc after November's election. The winner of the November Election gets sworn in immediately. See, if Castle got in, he would have voted for anything Reid wanted. If Coons gets in, again he would vote for anything Reid wants.

    This is a very interesting article. Thanks

  2. THANK YOU for posting this! I love your blog!!

    Common Cents

  3. I do not support Coons but this article makes it sound like it is wrong to find fault with anything that America has done. I would argue that being a Nationalist and blindly accepting and supporting anything your government does is wrong. Both Republicans and Democrats have done nothing but grow the size of government, deficit spend, engage in endless wars, force jobs to move out of our country, violate our natural born liberties; and they have done this in increasingly larger increments for the past 100 years.

  4. The "anonymous" writer on Sept. 19th is exactly right on all accounts! Very well said, I agree 100%. This is precisely why every american needs to get involved with the elections (local, county, city, state, and federal). We have to make sure we elect people with good values and morals who represent "we the people."

  5. Actually, no one is suggesting you shouldn't question the government. The problem comes with his questioning of Capitalism and of our Constitutional Republic as a system. Has America made mistakes, YES. Has our government "acted stupidly" in some cases, YES.

    The question is not, should you question the government, and anyone who has read HALF of what I've written here on this blog knows that my own answer to that is YES...but the question is should you question and find fault with the original system? Examine his writings:

    "my own favorite beliefs in the miracles of free enterprise and the boundless opportunities to be had in America were largely untrue.”

    Is that something you believe? Or do you believe that government has PROGRESSIVELY injected itself artificially into the system?

  6. "but the question is should you question and find fault with the original system? Examine his writings:"

    If we NEVER found fault with the "Original System" as you put it, we would NOT have the Bill of Rights!
    That is why the founding fathers refered to the Constitution as a "Living Document".

  7. Thanks for putting all of this info on Coons in one place!
    I've added your blog to my list since we spoke at the First State Patriots meeting earlier tonight. Please check out mine when you get a chance: