I am glad to see that more and more people are taking on Lou Dobbs over his silly obsession concerning the “birther” issue. Dobbs is a demagogue with a big microphone, and with it, he can do a lot of damage to the truth-telling process. He has a right to his opinions, of course, but in the name of accuracy, there should be pushback. Thankfully, that pushback is taking place.
I am struck by the thought, however, that Lou Dobbs’s ranting and raving should have received pushback far earlier, on another subject; that of free trade. Dobbs, of course, is a protectionist whose policy recommendations would ensure that we no longer enjoy the benefits of free trade. His protectionist stance closely tracks the increasing protectionism we have seen in the Democratic party; protectionism which was endorsed by the Obama campaign in an effort to play on the economic fears of voters, and which has largely caused the Obama Administration to neglect making free trade a priority now that it is in office.
There have been plenty of Democrats who have piled on against Dobbs over his birther obsession. They should have condemned him as well when he was playing the role of Arch-Protectionist. That they didn’t speaks to the way in which Dobbs has adopted the Democratic party’s line on trade, and vice versa. It should come as no comfort to Democrats that Dobbs–and they–are as wrong on the issue of trade as Dobbs is on the birther issue. It’s nice to see that the late Bill Buckley had the courage and wherewithal to refute Dobbs’s arguments on trade. Too bad he never got any support from the port side of the political divide.