Someday I’m Going to Grow Up and Be a Conservative

WingnutThumbby Brad Nelson
I wasn’t sure what else to call this. The above title may sound condescending, yet some people are so lost in their little make-believe Leftist worlds, they are like children lost at Disneyland waiting for their parents to pick them up at the lost and found.

First of all, I’ve decided not to name names. I’m more interested that you all learn an important lesson which you can then apply to any and all politicians in the future. I’m not at the moment particularly interested in embarrassing any one of them (except for Obama, of course…oh, and Pelosi as well).

A while ago I was invited to attend a small roundtable discussion that involved at least six local candidates (including some incumbent Democrats) for office. And it’s one thing to read about people such as Anita Dunn (a Democrat) who said that Mao was one of her favorite philosophers. It’s another thing to meet these people firsthand. And of one these candidates — an incumbent Democrat — had attitudes and rhetoric indistinguishable from a bona fide Communist.

There really are many people out there living in their own bubble-like alternative reality where “the workers” are all exploited by “big business,” the latter of whom wish only to make a profit (as if supporting oneself was such a horrible thing instead of depending upon the government). These holier-than-thou politicians think they can, and should, smooth over every little problem in life. They are professional nannies, or nanny wannabes.

It would be one thing if they were the kind of “Give a hoot, don’t pollute” scolds. But today’s nannies are worse than that. They think they ought to control and regulate normal social interactions between people, including workers and their bosses. They want to decide what it is proper to talk about. They even want to decide how large of a soft drink you can buy. And that kind of stuff is just the tip of the iceberg. You name it, there is some Leftist Democrat out there who thinks they know better about something than you do and that they therefore have the right to impose their personal preferences in place of yours. I doubt even God believes that he should do that, but Democrats regularly do so (as do more than a few Republicans, including nitwits such as John McCain and Lady Graham).

There are people out there in positions of responsibility and power who have become quite disconnected from reality and who are full of their own sense of omniscience and self-righteousness. Whether their humanity and good sense have been overtaken by their Utopian visions or they simply have been indoctrinated to hate normal reality, I don’t know. But there are some people (especially in elected office, and especially Democrats) who are more familiar with Karl Marx than George Washington, and who (completely in opposition to our founding principles) are suspicious of private individuals and trusting of government.

These people live in perpetual hostility to the things most normal people take for granted such as the idea that if you want to live, you need to work and that therefore “profit” is not a horrible thing but a necessary thing for us all. They live in opposition to personal freedom and think their vision of the world should be imposed on us all — always — and in the smallest details and areas of our lives. And their defense for their intrusiveness is to point out some situation somewhere wherein Party A has injured Party B. And Party A is always inflated into the omnipotent ogre and Party B is the helpless victim incapable of directing his own life and dealing with the normal obstacles of living. It’s a child-like vision where there are only ogres and damsels in distress — and where the overbearing politician gets to play The Fair Knight who rescues us all from the dragons (err…”big business”).

I’m not saying there aren’t injustices that government can’t address. But government can’t, and shouldn’t, take the attitude that perfection is the norm and anything short of that can be resolved via the Wise, All-Knowing, and All-Caring government class — especially when so many of these people are outright hostile to the very things that make America work and have always made it work: freedom, the free market, and individual choice (including that nasty thing called “profit”). These Leftist Democrats are akin to destructively over-idealistic children, damning actual reality because it is always less than their Utopian visions — visions that we know can only exist non-destructively inside one’s head, if even there.

There seem to be many who want to mentally escape reality by imagining a world in which we all are (somehow) taken care of by government. But more to the point, there is a mindset out there that rejects the notion that life is inherently a struggle, requires effort, and that can never be 100% fair. That mindset is a tyrant in the making. And we have plenty of these two-bit tin-pot tyrants all around us. They deign to tell us how much of our money we can keep, what we can eat, what we can do with our own property, etc.

When I was younger, I used to have some pretty stupid and goofy idealistic notions. Idealism isn’t bad, but being uninformed is. And when we are young, we are usually quite uniformed and unaware of how the world works and how people actually are in terms of human nature (for better and for worse). But we grow up. We gain experience. We gain knowledge. And our stupid (though understandable) naive idealism is replaced by a much more useful wisdom which informs our idealistic impulses (which we still have…you don’t die when you become a conservative) so as to make them practical, productive, and humane.

But some adults have never grown up. Perhaps someday they will. And when they do, they will likely grow up to be a conservative (or old-style libertarian, or classical “Jeffersonian” liberal). But until then, do not vote these people into office. They are a menace. • (786 views)

Brad Nelson

About Brad Nelson

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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2 Responses to Someday I’m Going to Grow Up and Be a Conservative

  1. pst4usa says:

    Good post Brad; In this round table you wrote of, could the offenders initials spell Sherry Appleton? This problem does not just fall on the left side of the political spectrum however, there is a large group of Ron Paul supporters that could use some anti-utopia medicine.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Could be. Could be, Pat, although I’m not naming any names. Good point about the Paulbots.

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