A question for the Democrats and Republicans who oppose the NSA capturing metadata from American citizens – how can you legitimately argue against collecting information on Americans while passing laws unrelated to national security that will spawn data collection and reporting requirements just as intrusive?
When laws are passed that govern commercial or social interaction, they immediately render those activities subject to political forces and the prying eyes of government. When an idiot assemblyman proposes a bill to ban kids under 14 years old from playing contact football, we just politicized the choices of parents. When Congress promulgates healthcare regulations that require individuals to purchase health insurance under penalty of law and provides taxpayer funded subsidies, we just opened up the door for a rationale that the government now has a vested interest in what we eat, where we go and what we do. Think I am an extremist?
There can be no doubt that the founding of the American Republic did include a facet of collectivism – but this was not the collectivism of Marx and Engels. This collectivism was a voluntary collectivism based on a moral awareness of what the community and the less fortunate members of that community could benefit from. Government was structured to address the minimum needs of the community as determined by the members of that community and the care of the less fortunate was an individual choice based on the worthiness of the individual – Christian charity. The maintenance of our electorate – voting – was also constructed in a similar manner, on a voluntary basis – there is no law that mandates or compels anyone to vote under penalty of law.
This voluntary aspect of our relationship with our government – the idea that “…to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” is the very reason that Marxism will never and can never be implemented in the USA. This is also the reason that leaders like Woodrow Wilson, FDR had (and Obama has) a callous disregard for constitutional provisions. It is also the reason that “progressives” have worked for the better part of a century finding ways around it. Obama may have been a lecturer on constitutional law but from what little information we have about his “lectures”, it is clear that he viewed the Constitution as his enemy and not his ally.
The history of Marxism and communism is a history of an ideology implemented and maintained by force, not by choice. America has to build walls to keep people from illegally getting in, not to keep citizens from escaping. In the rare situations where communist ideas get voted in, it isn’t long before the tyranny begins to be institutionalized and once liberty is given up as a consequence, it is never willingly given back by those in power. Taking liberty from a population is the ultimate in power over them. The absence of liberty guarantees that there will be no choice and without choice, there can be no voluntary actions. It is for this reason that communism has never existed without tyranny and totalitarian rule – this is the only way to change what was once a voluntary act entered into by individual choice to a mandatory action required by a government authority.
Marx said that his philosophy was the bridge between socialism and communism and as such, it is clear that Marxism is the gateway drug to communism. We have been creating socialist policies and programs for about a century now and as the current debate over sequestration indicates, we have reached a point where socialism is institutionalized in our government. It is clear through the actions of Obama, the progressives in his caucus, the fascist and race-baiting Congressional Black Caucus and the liberal members of the Democratic Party that they want to take the next step and dip their toes in the pond of Marxism.
If you don’t think so, ask yourself this question: over your lifetime, how many things now require government approval or notification than did 5, 10, 15, 20 – and for those of us a little longer in the tooth – 30, 40 or 50 years ago. What simple and innocuous things did you do when you were a kid that are prohibited, are licensed or would result in a fine today? Think of how many times before you decided to do something that you had this autonomic reflexive thought: “I can’t do that; it isn’t allowed.”
Whether you agree with the changes over time or not, if you are honest, your answers should shock you.
The basis of statism is to fool you into tacit agreement that that a basic regime of either prohibiting or requiring permission – a payment of a “fee” and/or licensing you to do most everything in your life – is a legitimate function of government. Through the passage of hundreds of thousands of laws over the past several decades – all begetting ten times as many regulations with the force of law (administrative law) “for the public good” that just weren’t worth fighting, a system of iron rule has been created where simple life activities – driving, building a garden shed, planting a vegetable garden in your yard, flying an American flag – require government approval.
Once the individual has accepted strictures on everyday life, it is a short step for the state to simply begin prohibiting entire categories of activities and things.
Socialism has already started to rot our foundation. Marxism will topple us to communism and totalitarian rule – and that incompatibility with our founding principles spells the end of the American Republic.