Joseph Rago of the Wall Street Journal echos my point that ” We want just enough of your capitalism to pay for our Marxism“. He quotes Eric Cantor:
The “philosophical starting point” of today’s Democrats, as Mr. Cantor sees it, is that they “believe in a welfare state before they believe in capitalism. They promote economic programs of redistribution to close the gap of the disparity between the classes. That’s what they’re about: redistributive politics.” The Virginian’s contempt is obvious in his Tidewater drawl. “The assumption . . . is that there is some kind of perpetual engine of economic prosperity in America that is going to just continue. And therefore they are able to take from those who create and give to those who don’t. We just have a fundamentally different view.”
We often hear from the left that America “has always been a little socialist” as they quote the policies and programs of “progressive” icons like Woodrow Wilson and FDR as justification for further expansion of the power of government and the welfare state. We are told that the solution to our problem is just a little more socialism, just another order of Marx with a side order of Keynesian “stimulus”, ignoring the simple fact that in the known history of the world, no person or nation has ever been able to borrow their way out of debt.
For over a hundred years, the socialist policies of leaders like FDR have been attached to the soft underbelly of the economy, much as a leech attaches to its host. Far from a symbiotic relationship, the leech is a parasite, taking blood from its host in exchange for nothing. To feed on its host, leeches use their anterior suckers to attach themselves and then release an anesthetic to prevent the host from recognizing the invasive presence. Once attached, it secretes an anti-clotting enzyme into the host’s bloodstream to keep the body from closing off the flow of food to the leech. The leech can continue to drink it’s fill as long as it can go unnoticed by the host. Once noticed, the universal response of humans is to remove it.
The similarities of the leech to many of our contemporary government programs and the actions of the politicians to sustain them are undeniable.
With unconstrained spending driving deficits into the stratosphere as far as the eye can see, while incurring a total public debt that now exceeds the GDP of our national economy, the anesthetic of this batch of leeches appears to be wearing off. Even as our government refuses to notice them (recently creating great sound and fury during the debt debate that ultimately signified nothing), the ratings agency, Standard and Poor’s, has clarity of vision. They can see the parasites. As predicted by some, S&P just downgraded the credit of the USA to AA+ from AAA, a rating that we had held for over 70 years.
Will we have the fortitude to remove the metaphorical “parasites” that are draining the lifeblood of our economy?
The Magic 8-Ball says “reply hazy, try again”. It is a given that in any attempt to pare back spending the left will trot out the shopworn themes of “pushing granny off the cliff” in response to Social Security reform, Republicans “hate the poor” in response to welfare reform and “hurting the economy” when championing any sort of spending restraint. These statements are, simply put, lies. Government has far exceeded the scope given it in the Constitution and the resulting complications must be unwound.
While it is necessary to remove these parasitic programs, thanks to policies that have given them equal standing with the host, the prospect of removal has become extremely painful. This excision doesn’t mean that dependent citizens will be harmed, just that their destinies will be returned to them to pursue as they see fit, to remove the limits created by supplication to the welfare state.
Today we are witnessing the forced coexistence of Marxism and capitalism, the product of a hundred years of Wilsonian “progressivism” capped off by an attempt by the Obama administration to combine two strands of DNA that are entirely incompatible. The result is a mutated society and economy, a creation as grotesque and unnatural as anything contemplated by the Doctor Frankenstein of author Mary Shelley. As a modern incarnation, Doctor Obamastein and his Igor like minions in Congress have constructed this modern version of “Frankenstein’s monster” from parts salvaged from the graveyard of dead ideas of people like Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx and attached them to a vibrant body born of de Tocqueville, Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Adam Smith.
As with Frankenstein’s creation, our current situation is an abomination and a crime against nature. It cannot exist in its current form. The incompatible DNA is beginning to express itself and will soon destroy the organism as a whole if we lack the will to remove the dead tissue. The conflict that is rampant in our society and economy has less to do with any individual program or policy than it does with the overall attempt to transform our society from one of believing in truths that are “self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” to one of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”.
There exist no two more incompatible beliefs than these.
For America to recover its soul and in turn, its leadership and greatness, these Marxist influences must be extinguished from our country forever.
Gather your torches and pitchforks; we storm the castle in 2012.