As other readers of RNL may have noticed in the last six weeks, there have appeared, like the five wizards of Middle Earth, a number of posters on Facebook and other sites who appear to be posting extremely clever graphics in support of Our Dear Leader’s multitude of failing projects, with Obamacare being the most common focus of their efforts. When confronted with contrary comments, these posters are much less articulate than the verbiage in their original posts, and their arguments are not just weak but often completely inarticulate. The contrast between the cleverly worded but false original posts and their extremely weak and often ad hominem attacks on comments that point out the absurdities of their ideas has caused me to ponder whether we are witnessing the emergence of paid shills blogging on the Organizing for Action payroll or employees of the Obamacare propaganda fund. When I have confronted several of these characters, my initial posts raised the questions have disappeared with no answer, and when I have followed up, I have been accused of everything from racism to hating puppies and being mean!!! Following below is my half of a recent exchange with a troll who posted a photo of something that looked like downtown Detroit, when it still existed and labeled, “This is what future of America would look like in a Libertarian world.” As one committed to the finding and rescue of the lost sheep, my highly educational, and exceptionally kind, post is provided below.
Edward: You do appear to be a completely airheaded Liberal/Progressive loon, who may be on the Organizing for Action payroll, or is it the Obamacare propaganda budget.. No sentient American citizen could possibly post so many really absurd things unless someone were paying him or her to do so. I usually just chortle at your tripe, but since I am a longtime libertarian, and you appear to know nothing about libertarianism, I’ll attempt to shine a brief light into the darkness of your ignorance.
For starters, the photo you posted is actually from the People’s Republic of Detroit, where Liberal/Progressive governments and union corruption have held sway for over 100-years. That is what a city looks like that is established on really stupid ideas and run with graft and corruption, two Liberal specialties. By the way, US taxpayers have already lost over $10MM on Our Dear Leader’s illegal GM bailout, and it appears GM will be back in Bankruptcy Court within 5-years. Let me know how that great Liberal/Progressive “victory” works out.
On the issue of what a libertarian America would look like, I must immediately debunk the whole premise, since libertarianism is a movement of ideas, not of political aspirations. We generally align with the Conservatives who are gradually gaining control of the GOP, since our ideas and policies are at the core of Conservative thought as well. We believe in the Founders’ principles of individual freedom, free markets and limited government, all of which are actively opposed by Our Dear Leader and his Liberal/Progressive sycophants. As usual with people of your ilk, you fail to understand that the goal of libertarianism, as of America’s Founders, is that all Americans should prosper by exercising their own free choices in an economy that is free to provide provide opportunities for all American citizens. Government, which demonstrates its incompetence every day, with Obamacare being the most obvious example, needs to play a minimally intrusive role in the lives of American citizens, and government coercion should be limited to enforcing legal contracts, preventing one citizen from illegally coercing another and possibly maintaining a basic infrastructure.
As with all Liberal/Progressives, you confuse means and ends, although why anyone does that has always been unclear to me. While concern for the poor and disabled is important to libertarians, and always has been, we understand that government has been singularly ineffective at helping the poor escape their poverty rather than adopting it as an intergenerational lifestyle choice. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt, whose bad policies brought about and then extended America’s Great Depression, intentionally destroyed the private sector social safety net that had been in place since our nation’s birth and that had been described by De Tocqueville in the 1840’s in his brilliant study DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. They did this to shift economic resources from the private sector to the Federal government. They failed miserably. Later LBJ declared his “War On Poverty,” a war that he, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter managed to lose. Barack Hussein Obama has pursued to same old, tired and never productive policies and he is producing the same disastrous results.
Libertarians accept that society, not government, since those two institutions are not the same, has a duty to help the poor escape poverty and to begin to lead productive lives in the private sector. We reject utterly the notion that government should enable and support a lifestyle of government dependence and intergenerational failure. That is what Liberal/Progressivism is all about…the creation of an intergenerational government dependence supported by constant transfers of income and assets from the working people and business owners of America to those who have chosen “poverty” as a lifestyle. Only the private sector creates value. The government is a net spender of America’s assets and a drag on our economy. The social safety net required in America is most effectively supplied by the private sector, who are already paying for it, but are watching government spend our tax money to preserve its own political power. Washington, Jefferson and Madison all warned against factions in government whose only goal would be the preservation and expansion of their own power. As in many things, our brilliant Founders had that right!!! CDE