Today is February 21st, 2014.
The Declaration of Independence was signed 237 years, 7 months, and 17 days ago.
Compared to many other nations, we are but an infant. We bicker and quarrel over many things as opinionated citizens, but for the most part we we care about and wish for the same things as cohabitants in a free nation: the safety and wellness of our families, our friends, and ourselves. We don’t get everything right always, but we get many things right often.
I take pride in the progress we have made as a union despite our youth, but I am stressing this point to draw attention to an issue far upon the horizon– well into the future, long past our deaths, the deaths of our children, and maybe even the deaths of theirs.
When we pull up Drudge or turn on the news and we see the capitals of nations burning in Europe, or the leaders of opposition movements being arrested in South America, what we are witnessing is the natural reaction of an oppressed people at the hands of tyrannical brands of leadership. We watch these incidents like a movie– disconnected, ignorant of the emotion and pain that is necessary to be experienced in the flesh in order to appreciate its very existence. We internalize these images, knowing that we could never even come close to witnessing such things as we pull out of our garages or walk down the block to the deli. It just cannot happen here.
But here’s the reality of things.
The uprisings you are seeing are the result of years upon years of abject apathy towards not only the nature of mankind, but the very organic systems that fall into place around them that we most often refer to as “governance”. When you suppress the people, on every level, to the point where waking up every morning is the nightmare, that is when the cars start burning, that is when the police begin firing sniper rounds at random, or when world leaders start to implement their counter-coup initiatives in the most ferocious of ways. When you push the people down into a hole so deep that bloodshed not only becomes necessary, but beautiful, things are long past the point of negotiation. At that point one is simply plugging up leaks with bubble gum.
What you are witnessing today, and what you have already witnessed in the past, is nothing more than the reaction to foreign versions of progressive liberalism– fast-forwarded by a few centuries. Historical tyrants like Stalin or Mao, and present ones like Maduro/Chavez, or Kim Jong Un probably have said, in some form or another, that progressive movements are a part of a human being’s DNA. Time and time again, and with one regime’s fall after the other, nations have collapsed in the wake of years of blindingly ignorant levels of systematic manipulation of nature– a total lack of appreciation for not only the word liberty, but for the concept of liberty’s place in humanity itself.
Government-mandated “affordable housing”? The communists tried it. Hell, the communists tried everything. They failed miserably, as did all other nations that gave it a whirl. The ones that claim to be holding true to such values today are either in the midst of ruin, or they have enough cash in the government to hide it– kind of like how the Cubans make everyone believe that their healthcare system is actually good because everyone gets it “for free”. The Chinese regard themselves as a socialist state, while basically opening the doors of their economy to its capitalist guest, for no other reason than the fact that it works. Today, we borrow money from China, pay interest on it, in order to be able to afford the foreign aid that we still provide to China for economic investment. Don’t believe me? Look it up.
When government controls all you find failure, fallacy, or fabrication. And often all three.
It is with great sincerity that I ask the people of our nation, what is it about the many examples history has provided us of how big-government (or only-government) systems are not only destined to fail but guaranteed to, that makes you believe progressive ideals are a path down which this nation should walk? Why is it that you think, fervently, that these traits are in our DNA?
What is it about witnessed history that is so off-putting and unbelievable?
While common Republicans are often not much better at distancing themselves from the promotion of big-government policy, why is it that real ones– “Little R” republicans, like those “extremists” called the Tea Party– are so often labeled as being threatening? What is it about history’s evidence of oppression, violence, greed, and theft (including that of our own) that makes you so averse to even considering– much less respecting– people who appreciate and support ideals like freedom, liberty, quality, prosperity, equality (the genuine kind), and most importantly, truth?
Before the President’s SOTU address a few weeks ago, Nancy Pelosi was being interviewed by someone on television. I cannot recall who because I don’t really care who is asking the questions so long as they are asking the right ones. In her interview, she called to her Republican friends– not simply those in the House, but to her actual, personal friends, to “take their party back”. To most this might be viewed as a bipartisan promotion of a fair and balanced, but divided government– an environment where people of differing opinion can come together and make national-level decisions on behalf of the people in a peaceful way…
But, as per usual with regard to Mrs. Pelosi, she was simply moving a pawn one step closer to its target.
She, as most Democrats do, knew that the party she was looking to her friends to “take back” was the majority of the party that is entirely too comfortable with appeasing liberal, and progressive majorities for the sake of serenity and just doing something to say you did something. What she was calling for were the RINOs, not republicans, to bring the Republicans back to the very thing that makes them not republican at all– their inability to lead people to liberty. For as much as Democrats rob the country and the world of examples of true freedom with every single word they utter, they sure as hell are the smarter politicians in today’s republic and their recent success– as well as their imminent success in 2016– is the only justification necessary to make such a claim.
When a real, cold-blooded politician senses that their prey is dying, they do not call for its friends to revive it. They do not give them time to patch up their wounds or bandage themselves. They go for the jugular.
As we usher in new, local city and state representatives that continue– ignorant of their own party’s history of pillaging, murder, SLAVERY, segregation, and one of the most stifling and debilitating welfare systems ever– to propogate the notion that government has ever pulled through with promising results while mandating equality, or dictating the word “profit” as a means of ensuring quality, it is time to wake up and ask ourselves why these people are so intent on seeing the GOP’s core “take their party back”.
We might call Republican soil “Red States”, but the red-revolution is the outcome of left-wing policy and action, which is always followed up with left-wing policing and inaction with regard to its promises. And I’ll tell you this much– those Republicans that find themselves so “great” for finding middle ground on a playing field that is already stretched so far to the left that its median remains there, are nothing but enablers.
One can play a very active role in what will eventually become the history of the nation through an entirely passive position. While people like John McCain or John Boehner set themselves up to be led around DC via remote control, the only thing Democrats have to do is remain on their path. The same path, to the same destination that the Soviets probably promised their people too.
We are quite far from such imagery becoming reality– a perk that comes with being a part of a nation that is still technically in its infancy. But while we may try to shift momentum today with votes, so that our children and our children’s children can continue to squabble over similar, elementary school-level votes (liberty isn’t hard), by the time the grandchildren of our grandchildren become the decision-makers in this land, those same votes will be cast with bullets, not ballot boxes.
It is not simply enough to trust and assume that we will persistently operate as a nation indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all. It’s never been enough.