Joe Liberal says of the Tea Party that it engages in “economic terrorism.” He also offers this little gem: “if we ruin our credit rating the poor will either join the armed forces and fight for the Neo Cons or die some other way.” [I’m almost positive the vast majority of us are going to “die some other way” regardless of the credit rating…but I digress.]
Finally he elucidates, “Osama’s ‘record spending’ saved this country's ass from a crippling depression . Had the stimulus bill not passed there would have been unimaginable havok [sic] and tragedy in America. At least have the minimum amount of class and dignity to thank our leader for doing his job and pulling us back from the brink of disaster…”
Talk about the minimum amount of class and dignity! Whew…no wonder I was inspired.
During those final days of the collapsing Marxist experiment in the Soviet Union, Soviet novelist Chingiz Aitmatov retold the following story, which has been paraphrased here.Are once proud eagles now naked chickens? The early Americans wanted limited government. They wanted government to protect their persons and properties against foreign and domestic enemies; and then pretty much LEAVE THEM ALONE.
On one occasion, so it was narrated, Stalin called for a live chicken and proceeded to use it to make an unforgettable point before some of his henchmen.
Forcefully clutching the chicken in one hand, with the other he began to systematically pluck out its feathers. As the chicken struggled in vain to escape, he continued with the painful denuding until the bird was completely stripped. “Now you watch,” Stalin said as he placed the chicken on the floor and walked away with some bread crumbs in his hand.
Incredibly, the fear-crazed chicken hobbled toward him and clung to the legs of his trousers. Stalin threw a handful of grain to the bird, and it began to follow him around the room, he turned to his dumbfounded colleagues and said quietly, “This is the way to rule the people. Did you see how that chicken followed me for food, even though I had caused it such torture? People are like that chicken. If you inflict inordinate pain on them they will follow you for food the rest of their lives.” (Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God, pp. 26-27)
When did the American ideal of government morph into the desire--the actual desire--for a monstrous, intrusive, regulatory, thieving, socialistic, nanny nightmare bureaucracy? Why have so many pledged themselves and all others to be one nation under government?
Joe Liberal’s comments embody the ever spreading and ever insatiable mind-set of “entitlement.” The entitlement mentality is more than willing to sacrifice LIBERTY--true liberty--on the altar of security--FALSE security. People of his persuasion do not want liberty from governmental control. Rather, they want to be taken care of [perhaps not taken care of personally or directly, but they see the government as THE SUPREME AGENCY of managing and enabling peoples' lives--literally from cradle to grave].
As I said, historically, this was not the American ideal, but rather the European statist ideal. Nevertheless, America has many "Joe Liberals" with pipe dreams of utopian, democratic socialism.
These folks long for government to manipulate and control the economy, on nearly every level. For this to happen they are more than happy to have government manipulate and control every aspect of life [which is the inevitability of statism according to F.A. Hayek's classic work, "The Road to Serfdom"].
According to the “Joe Liberals” of the world, Americans are utterly incapable of managing personal liberty. We need the government to put food into our mouths. (In fact, we need the government to regulate the kind of food and the correct amount of food to put into our mouths. Furthermore, government must also restrain the condiments we put on our food before it puts the food into our mouths.)
Government must provide us with health insurance. (Which is not to be confused with actual health CARE.) Government must control how we parent our children--and how we school them. Government must house us. Government must invade our privacy to protect us from ourselves. Government must police our thoughts lest we express things which are politically incorrect or inexpedient....and on and on.
Early Americans cherished independence. The “Joe Liberals” of America today crave DEPENDENCE. Nothing pleases them more than government money and mandates. That is, they suffer from acute, and perhaps incurable, “naked chicken” syndrome. It was a democratically elected socialist [Adolf Hitler] who quipped, "What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."
One simply cannot have both liberty from and dependence upon government in the same sense or within the same relationship. And as Ben Franklin remarked: "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."