Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Frightened New World

Since the twilight days of European colonialism in the late 1930's American exceptionalism has buoyed the world economy. There are those who will say such a thing does not exist, but you need only to look at the current economic situation to realize that as America goes so goes the world. America is exceptional.

We still have a culture that (for the most part) values reason, success, and prosperity. However the U.S. is fast becoming the mother of all nanny-states. It is almost impossible to fail. What is capitalism without great success and humbling failure? To say that the U.S. economic system has in any significant way represented a true free-market system in the recent past is stretching the definition of a market system. The spirit of flexibility and perseverance which has always characterized the American ethos is finally petering out. One might be inclined to ask - - what happened?

For one, politicians at all levels view segments of the population with contempt, using them only as pawns to obtain and hold power. The looting of our tax dollars which are then funneled into specific interest groups to empower and entrench Democrats and Republicans has become obscene. These so-called servants of the people selfishly set themselves up for the sweet life regardless if they win or lose at the ballot box. We have become essentially powerless as citizens to do anything about it, and the record seems to strongly suggest that government has done more to destroy the lives of families than anyone else.

What we have is a beast - a beast that could destroy the world as we know it. For those who would stand up and cheer you'd better be careful what you wish for, the new world may not be better...

First it's the nanny-state, next it's the slave state. The only way to kill the nanny-state beast is to starve it. When deciding on the next President just ask yourself which candidate is MOST likely to put the beast on a diet.

In Ayn Rand's preeminent work "Atlas Shrugged" the conflict between "men of the mind" ( inventors, artists, business leaders, scientific researchers, and idea guys) and the looters (politicians, bureaucrats, leftists, union bosses and welfare whores) is the central theme. As the story goes the doers and producers essentially go on strike leaving the world to the looters without any grease for society's wheels. Many people see a parallel to today's America.

Though instead of individuals taking their ball and leaving it is entire American industries and economic sectors. For 40 years tax policies and the labor unions have driven the once mighty American industrial machine overseas. A businessman and a capitalist is first and foremost an opportunist - he has to be - and like running water he will take the path of least resistance.

American industry is still significant, but the trend lines are all pointing in one direction. One day they too will become wards of the state. If you think it is impossible think again. The government has "nationalized" over 50% of home mortgages, the biggest insurance company, and now many of the banks… What’s left to save? We’ve been riding the slippery slope for a long time, and it is looking like we’ve reached the point of critical mass where the system can no longer support all the looters.

Look at the situation with pure reason, and logic, something that was taken out of schools long ago, in preparation of leading the sheep to slaughter. The Democrats are led by socialists, and the Republicans sold out to the politically connected pseudo-businessmen who buy and sell influence. Do you hear anyone defending the concept of equality of opportunity over equality of outcome anymore? Certainly not Barack Obama. Read his short exchange with a citizen on the campaign trail for a look into the heart of Obama's true beliefs...

"Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?" the blue-collar worker asked.

After Obama responded that it would, Wurzelbacher continued: "I've worked hard . . . I work 10 to 12 hours a day and I'm buying this company and I'm going to continue working that way. I'm getting taxed more and more while fulfilling the American Dream."

"It's not that I want to punish your success," Obama told him. "I want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success, too.
Then, Obama explained his trickle-up theory of economics. "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Spread the wealth around??? This is exactly what the looters said in Rand's novel. It is exactly what socialists have said for decades. It is exactly what has been tried in the Soviet Union and most of Europe for the better part of a century. Using the government to spread the wealth around - where has it worked? In the Soviet Union where communism (an extreme form of socialism) was an utter failure and collapsed entirely, millions upon millions still suffer in poverty and deprivation. In Europe the collapse is slow and methodical - more of a crumbling than a catastrophic failure. In the coming decades as the native populations of the European nations move into old age having not replaced themselves by having children, will find there is no one to pay into the massive needs of the social welfare state coffers. The only way forward for Europe is immigration. The immigrants are largely Muslims who have no interest in becoming French, Spanish or Italian. Europe as we know it now will be dead.

It's only fair to ask if Obama does get elected, and the Democrats control both houses of Congress, could they possibly do more harm than "the Abramoff's of the world" and the Republicans did? Whose “side” is our side? Just maybe when Obama and the Democrats have all the power, they will rush forward with their socialist agenda so quickly that the frog will jump out of the water before it’s too late - if it isn’t already. To my dear friends who have bought in to the Democrat socialist propaganda I say, “be careful what you wish for, you might get it”. This is what Ayn Rand was warning us about…



TJ Willms said...

“Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it....”

And deserve every Damn bit of it!