This is Kind of a Big Deal
From our early childhood we are taught that the key to being a good person and living a happy life is compromise. We are told that everything someone believes is partly right, nothing anyone believes is entirely right and therefore the only way to get the truth is to take a little bit from all parties and try to fuse them into a disgusting amalgamation with no unifying principles. This should make everyone content enough not to fight it.
The effect of such thinking is a nation of people who don’t believe in anything. What I mean more specifically is that the things we believe in we are willing to give away a little at a time in the name of compromise until there is nothing left. If you don’t believe me turn on any cable news program and watch a “conservative” politician comment on the recent government bailouts. Almost certainly you will hear the following words: “I believe in the free market but…” followed by all the ways they intend to restrain the free market in pursuit of the outcomes they think would be desirable. Here is one example from a somewhat prominent republican.
You either believe in the free market or you don’t. Anyone who says “I believe in _______ but…” or “I’m a ______ man until…” doesn’t believe in ______! What would you think of a man who said “I believe in the bible except for the gospel of Luke and psalms 8, 10, and 51? Would you listen to a scientist who said “the theory of gravity is correct except that it doesn’t apply to airplanes, birds, hot air balloons, rocket ships, or any other object which may come along in the future and appear to defy it.” Why do we put up with this nonsense from our politicians?
We are currently experiencing one of the biggest steps toward socialization that this country has ever taken and everyone is going along with it. What’s more, they’re tricking the public (including conservatives) into demanding it. Consider this: The government bails out financial institutions which makes conservatives angry. Since conservatives don’t like the bailout, they start looking for reasons to get the public outraged about it. They point out that there is no government “oversight” so nobody knows what “our money” is being spent on. Isn’t this outrageous?
This country was created with power dispersed among many entities in order to prevent it from descending into tyranny. Since then the federal government has been gradually consolidating power. I’ve already written the obituary on states rights and look how the states are dealing with this crisis. They’re going to the federal government with their hands out. What we’re witnessing now is the beginning of the end for private enterprise – at least among financial and manufacturing sectors.
A slave whose master chooses to let him do what he wants for half the day isn’t half free. If you believe in freedom you don’t give it away a little at a time in the name of compromise. It’s time to start getting pissed.
“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” — Winston Churchill