I have been avoiding discussing politics on my blog intentionally. I have been avoiding it like the plague. I have been, metaphorically, biting my tongue until it bleeds.
But then I am reminded of the character, Faber, in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 who spends much of his life regretting the fact that he saw what was happening to his society and sat back and did nothing. He didn’t speak up because he didn’t want to get involved, he just wanted to stay out of it and go on with his life. Harrumph.
I don’t want to get involved in all the rudeness and nastiness that comes with politics. But then I see on Christina’s blog that she is posting videos that I have been sitting on, vacillating back and forth (for weeks on one) on whether or not to post them here. She is not sitting back and doing nothing. She is speaking out. She is my hero. Not that there aren’t others who have been doing the same, because there are. Yay others! It’s just that I relate to Christina’s reluctance to dive into the muddy water, but here I go.
I’ll be honest: I am not a huge McCain fan. Once again I feel like the American public is being asked to choose between the lesser of two evils, and I am tired of having to make that choice. So. Very. Tired. However, I think it is abundantly clear that McCain is, by far, the lesser of the two evils this time. By miles and miles and miles.
I don’t understand the liberal mindset that longs for the socialist policies espoused by the democrats. I just don’t understand it. You do understand, don’t you, that the more dependent you allow yourself to become on the government (whether it is health care, housing, or teaching your kids about sex), the more power you are giving them over you, the more freedom you are voluntarily handing over? You do understand, don’t you, that socialist policies are a disincentive to the capable members of society? Because they are the ones who will have to work the hardest to support the weight of those who will choose to live off the sweat of others. And they will choose that. Many already do. I’ve seen it up close and in person. Many people who could be capable of supporting themselves turn to the current government programs instead. If we increase the government programs we increase the incentive to pass the buck of one’s very existence. Eventually even the most capable, the most driven, will give up in defeat, tired of supporting the weight of the world on their shoulders, and then where will we be?
Ayn Rand didn’t call her novel Atlas Shrugged for nothing. Atlas will shrug.
I also don’t understand the Obama worship. Not at all. And it scares me. A lot. No, not my lack of understanding (I’m actually quite glad I can’t understand it, because if I could then I would be a person I wouldn’t want to be). No, I don’t understand the worship. He has virtually no experience, he has scary, scary ideas (did you see the videos Chris posted? you must!), he has questionable ties to more than questionable people, he is directly linked to key players in the current financial crisis. And I’m not talking about key players who are trying to clean it up (whoever the hell they may be – all those chickens running around with no heads . . .), no, I mean key players who caused it.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying McCain is our savior. By no means am I saying that! But at least a McCain presidency would forestall, for a while, our nation’s descent into socialism, which is just the first bump in the slide on our way to communism.
Yep, there, I said it. Because that is what will happen. As we encourage increased dependence on our federal government, individual independence, responsibility and accountability will wane to the point that the bulk of our society won’t know how to take care of themselves even if they decide they want to. They won’t know how to run businesses. They won’t know how to govern. They won’t know how to be leaders. They won’t know how to be civilized. And if you think about it, think really, really hard about it, we have seen this in practice in our country, on a somewhat localized scale, in an isolated situation, in the past few years. People needed to take care of themselves, and they didn’t. They relied on the government to tell them what to do, but the (local) government acted too late. Then they waited on the (federal) government to take care of the fallout and acted despicably, irresponsibly in the meantime.
I have nothing against helping those who need help, but I don’t believe that help should engender helplessness. I don’t believe that help should rob one of responsibility. I don’t believe that help should relieve one of accountability or freedom to choose. I don’t believe it should be the government’s job to take even more of my money and use it to “help” people in these ways. We make a lot of charitable contributions that are used to help people in ways we are comfortable with. Our contributions subsidize higher education, they provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, they provide food and utilities to those who find themselves unable to pay for those thing. We do try to help others as much as we can. I’m not saying we couldn’t do more at times, but I can say there are times when we couldn’t have done more because we were doing all we could. I do believe we should help those in need, but I don’t believe in turning that responsibility over to the government. I don’t need anyone administrating my good will, especially when the whole goal of doing so is to foster dependence for the purpose of increasing power.
And make no mistake about it, that is what is happening.
And I’ll be damned before my kids ever sing hymns* about a politician. And? If Obama’s idea of a civilian police force doesn’t scare the ever living crap out of you then might I suggest reading The Gulag Archipelago or any first hand account of Stalinism and/or the beginnings of Nazi Germany? And (how many times can I incorrectly start a sentence with “and”?) could somebody please explain to me how you can have Universal Voluntary Public Service. If something is voluntary, it sure as heck won’t be universal. If it is universal, it sure as heck won’t be voluntary. Sounds to me like they are going to take our kids and teach them new hymns.
Hopefully this will be my one and only political post. I’m leaving the comments opened, but if you are rude and nasty I will mock you mercilessly in a future post or ten (no one is exempt). Same goes for if you’re just plain stupid.
And George, Tewt the Newt isn’t even going to involve you in this.
*Edited to add: The video of the children singing the praises of Obama has apparently now been set to private on You Tube. I suppose the parent who probably posted it didn’t like people pointing out the creepy resemblance to The Hitler Youth.
*Edited again: The video is now apparently back, though I havent confirmed that for myself. Just, you, know good luck.