Give me Liberty?

by Brad Nelson   11/4/13
My reply to a somewhat mediocre article by one of my personal heroes, David Horowitz:

The Left has Utopia. The right has a Churchillian “blood, toil, tears and sweat.” One side is for unicorns and rainbows. The other side is for “If you would eat, you must work.” One side considers themselves victims. The other side understands that life comes with burdens.

Given that the culture, the media, and the government schools have turned being a sponge into “social justice,” it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, to change the increasingly socialist mindset of this country. People have come to associate personal responsibility with being callous and uncaring. This is the nanny state, after all, and there it little to no manly aspect left.

Yes, David, we can organize around liberty, but even then, the narcissistic ninnies on the Left truly believe that only Big Government (run by them, of course) can free us. We have gone from a nation that believed in the protection of unalienable rights to a nation that has bought into the idea of FDR’s bill of economic “rights,” in which a “right” is a right to someone else’s property.

What’s worse is that nearly all conservatives and Republicans are a part of Big Government, willingly or not. All will receive Social Security, for example. All thus are tainted. And that is part of the con and corruptive influence of Big Government.

There is only one solution. It is to cut government, cut entitlements, cut taxes, and get people to believe in Jesus once again instead of Big Government, for Leftism is indeed a religion. Jefferson warned of the corruption that would come when we increasingly got packed into cities as with Old Europe. And he was right. We now look to government to administer our lives and anything less is considered backward and barbaric.

Our fate now is sealed. David, you remain a personal hero of mine, but if you can’t sum up our problem in three paragraphs, that just shows how confused the right is. Yes, liberty, but liberty is now parsed through a Utopian lens and means “Big Government.” American is best understood as the land of opportunity, not guaranteed results. But try to take away government and you realize just how hooked people are. The paradigm has shifted.

We are no longer a people who have a government. We are a government that has a people, to paraphrase Reagan. The one and only solution is to cut government in Coolidge-sized chunks, up to 60% or more. We must go cold turkey. We must impose an intervention upon ourselves. There is no incrementing back to Constitutional government. We have to get in power and take control back from the secular “nice” mob that has assembled, bought and paid for with government largesse.

And I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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4 Responses to Give me Liberty?

  1. Kung Fu Zu says:

    While Horowitz’s article may not be of the highest caliber, he is at least trying to give a concrete suggestion as to how conservatives might further their cause. It is great to sit around and write theoretical articles about what should be and might be, but there is a crude saying in the South which goes something like “wish in one hand and s@#t in the other and see which one fills up first.”

    Reality is what it is. Complaining about things without having a concrete plan for trying to change them is not very helpful. Navel gazing may be of interest to a Buddhist monk, but is of little help to society at large.

    As you know, this is one of the major complaints I have about NRO and the many adolescent postings one can read there. If Conservatives want to change things, they must get involved. And getting involved is messy and not perfect. Things will not always, if ever, go the way we want, but that is the history of the world.

    Fight! Fight at the local level! Fight at the state level! Fight at the national level! Use your energy to actively change things. Vote in every election. Support candidates you believe will honestly do the job as conservatives. Spend time to find out the back story on elections.

    None of this is easy, but what is it that we conservatives like to tell our children? “Anything worth having is not easy”. “Some things are worth fighting for”. “Life is not fair”. Buck up boy!

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Well, I certainly worked on the campaigns of Anne Northup for many years, but she’s now in involuntary political retirement. I actually received a request to volunteer next year for the McConnell campaign, but before considering such an idea (whatever I may think of him, he’s far better than Alison Lundergan Grimes, not that that says anything) I have to decide which candidate I prefer in the primary (McConnell or Bevin).

      Unfortunately, we live in an area that votes heavily Democratic at both the local and state legislative level in an urban county that leans Democratic (when Northup first announced, I thought she was a good candidate but had no chance of winning against an incumbent). So there aren’t very many races where I can have even the tiny influence of the ordinary voter.

      • Kung Fu Zu says:

        You are fighting the good fight. In fact, I believe what you are doing is more important than what I am doing because you are fighting behind enemy lines.

        As I live in one of the most conservative counties in the nation, I am just standing guard.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Horowitz is a terrific guy who has been on the front lines of actually changing minds. But in terms of what we have to do, it’s simple but not, as Reagan said, necessarily easy.

      What we face is a media, an entertainment culture, and most importantly, a state education system that indoctrinates people into a socialist mindset that is hostile to business/individual-responsiblity and friendly toward statism and being a moocher.

      Add to that the fact that, more and more, we’re packed into cities which seems to automatically (at least in this country) throw a blue-state tint onto the way people parse reality.

      Finally, the biggest reality of all is just how many people draw something from Big Government. It may be a job. It may be an entitlement. It may be some sort of welfare. But this stuff has tape-wormed its way into our lives. It’s like the science fiction scenario (such as when Spock got infected by those novelty-vomit creatures) where some foreign organism inserts tendrils that twist around and invade every little nerve cell of your body. It then becomes impossible to destroy the invading organism without destroying the host.

      Bill Whittle is even more concise (and more correct) when he calls the vast governmental machine a “vote pump.” All of this money is taken out of the states, out of people, and out of the economy, run through Washington, and is redistributed in a way as to gain political favors.

      Even though the above was not as concise as it could have been, Horowitz took three pages and I still don’t think he got to the heart of the matter. But Mark Steyn did and does when he says that the problem with socialism is that it changes the relationship between the citizen and the state to that of a pimp and a junkie.

      That’s just the facts, ma’am. But this society has done such a novel job at hiding these facts behind dishonest rhetoric that people have lost the ability to parse reality. But still, that reality exists. And more conservatives should be blunt in describing it.

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