There are many reasons for where we find ourselves. We may disagree with the relative ranking of them on the list of destruction, and I do disagree with some – like Joe’s crusade against corporations . That by no means indicates that I disbelieve that there is a basis there in his writing, I just don’t see how the elimination of type of legal business structure changes much of anything. Our problems go far beyond the structural aspects of business and government, the are at the very soul of each individual who calls themselves an American.
The root of our problem is that we have become a nation willing to turn on our fellow Americans, look them in the eye and say:
- You are too rich, you don’t deserve to be more comfortable than I am. I really can’t tell you what “too rich” is but whatever it is, you don’t deserve it because I don’t have it.
- You are a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer with skills and smarts that society values, its not fair that you could be more successful than I am even though you are actually smarter and were willing to sacrifice more to get there,
- You are too white, your skin color means that you didn’t come by your opportunities fairly.
- If you are a successful minority, you got there by acting white; therefore, your efforts (Ben Carson, Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, Thomas Sowell, etc.) are to be ignored because they do not fit the narrative.
- You are a Christian, so you are a hater because you believe in God’s moral laws that don’t allow us to do whatever we want to do. You actually believe in the concept of “sin” – how quaint. Besides, how dare you believe in a God that doesn’t exist?
I realize that there are many more elegant and effusive explanations for our condition but when a populace has been exposed to a century of class warfare where they are told that they can never achieve because there are just too many barriers set up by those who are successful, it is easy to convince them that they must have some entity to take from others to give them. When there has been a century of class envy where a people are told that no matter how hard a person works to achieve and no matter what they sacrificed to get there, their worth should be determined by a government, not the free market and the labor of a person with unique skills such as a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer is worth no more than the labor of a garbage collector.
There is a growing belief that everyone is equal in value to society because everyone should be guaranteed the same outcome – and worse, there is a growing percentage of the electorate who are willing to vote for people who will use the government as a tool to pursue that fallacious endpoint to the detriment of all – except themselves.
Folks, it is hard to look at this and not realize that we are in the early stages of a communist revolution. Just like the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in the early 1900’s, there has been a concerted effort by political power brokers to divide individual from individual and group from group to set each against the other through whatever means necessary to create anger, spite, envy and distrust. There has been a concerted effort to attack the very founding values of our country as illegitimate, inadequate and antiquated. There are constant attacks against religion because religion presupposes a power higher than man, that we must be obedient to God before we offer obedience to the State.
These poor fools who support more government and this communist revolution ignore is that historically, the only class that benefits from a communist takeover is the politicians in power. They set themselves apart by putting the individual in chains and strengthening their hold over the populations. This has happened in every collectivist “revolution” in the history of the world…and that has been happening in America ever since the “progressives” initiated the idea that the government should be filled with elites who were “better equipped” to make decisions than the average American. This belief has allowed government power to grow and spread to every single aspect of your life to the point where there is nothing that you can do that is not regulated, taxed or overseen by some agency of a federal, state or local government.
I don’t know if it can be stopped. There seem to be a majority of Americans who are willing to accept the peanuts from a central government in exchange for not only their lives and liberty but for those of their fellow citizens as well…and it is impossible to argue that the policies of the Obama government, perhaps the most radical federal administration since FDR, are not making more people poor and placing them under the sway of the federal government. As Glenn Reynolds noted – they will make us all beggars because beggars are easier to please. It is hard form me to argue that if you have run out of options and must turn to the government to feed your family, that you shouldn’t do that…but it is equally hard to argue that this isn’t exactly why Obama has placed so little effort on letting the economy recover and has continued to pursue policies that do nothing but drag it down and block the development of new resources while enacting policies to increase government control and influence.
It is hard to stop communism when it is sold as “fairness” in a populist wrapper, especially when you can redefine the concept of “fairness” to exclude the sin of envy. I believe that every one of these petit-communists believe that wealth confiscation will make them rich, not that it really means that every citizen has to stand stand in bread lines. Socialism, Marxism and/or communism has never made a national population richer, only capitalism has done that in the history of the world…and yet people can be (and are being) taught to ignore that fact of history.
There is no form of coerced collectivism that has ever made everybody in it rich, it is only a mechanism to share the misery for the benefit of the ruling class. Of course, the same danger exists in a representative republic when the basic principles of liberty and freedom are ignored but at least in our situation, we are still free enough to change.