Saturday, August 29, 2009

You Are Strangely Nonchalant

You voted for these leaders. Yet you are strangely nonchalant about their spending habits and the damage they are doing to the economy. Why?

Perhaps you weren't really upset about the GOP spending too much but merely used the issue as a brickbat to express your mindless rage. For now you are strangely quiet. Meanwhile, others get it:

We are probably moving into a multi-year depression like the one bloated government spent us into in the 1930's. I think you like the idea. It's a sort of catharsis to you, isn't it? Having lived in affluence for your whole life, you see poverty romantically, don't you? All the while, you suspect that you will do fairly well during the depression, working in the public sector which causes it. You know in the back of your mind that the suffering won't draw too near to you. Your hatred for those who don't share your fascistic vision but who just want a small government and who value mainly liberty, self-reliance and charity instead, has driven you to this. Who managed to put this vision into your mind long ago? What fueled it over the years? Do you have strong arguments for maintaining it? You don't, do you? You have only mindless verbiage, such as "For me but not for thee" and "Let the devil take the hindmost" which you convince yourself are the core of the American values you hate. You do not understand what you hate, yet you do not know this.

You are strangely quiet.

It galls you that conservatives give far more to charity than leftists do, doesn't it?
Although liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household
So, what really is the substance of your vision? It's certainly not concern for the poor any more than Lenin and Stalin's was. What, then, is it? What are your solid arguments for it? You need to think about that very carefully. That vision is destroying the American economy right now. What are you really up to? Who has put you up to it? What caliber of people were they?

UPDATE: You might consider other points of view:
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans say it’s always better to cut taxes than increase government spending because taxpayers, not bureaucrats, are the best judges of how to spend their own money.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of adults disagree, and 18% are not sure.
Do you live in a way such that you only converse with people who agree with your progressive vision? Perhaps you live in an intellectually stagnant hole. But you can't tell. Does the notion of fiscal conservatism in politics make you angry and reach for epithets such as "racist," "callous," "oppression of the poor," and the other two I mentioned before? Do you feel that you want to label fiscal conservatives and supporters of small government and the free market "fascists"? If so, let that paradox sink in for a moment. It entails that the Founding Fathers were fascists. Of course, supporters of the free market favor interference with the market place that stops monopoly, fraud, and the like. So, take that off the table. Your belief that the free market and limited government are fascistic is based on the fact that in such a system, there will be losers who end up poor, isn't it? This is why you indulge in the mindless pap of "For me and not for thee." And yet, you give little to charity and you do not volunteer at soup kitchens. So, what is really the substance of your concern? Perhaps you find it a quick and easy way to install a facsimile of moral depth and seriousness into your soul. Perhaps you envy successful, happy people and want to bring them down. Liberty, self-reliance and charity, on the other hand, are not a facsimile and are not easy. They are also inconsistent with envy. As Franklin said, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." You are ready for masters, now, aren't you? You call for them: experts in Washington to control most of the economy, to destroy private health insurance, and to control businesses. And yet you label opponents of this goal "fascists."

Leftists usually label their opponents "fascists" or "right wing," whether their opponents are competing leftists (as in the case of the international socialists' labeling the national socialists) or not (as in the case of your labeling the thought of the Founding Fathers fascistic.) Yet, are you sure that you aren't a fascist? Do you want a drastic increase in government power, along with a control of business by government? Do you think that government should implement many more regulations of American life? Did you have impulses to partake in a cult of personality surrounding Barack Obama? Do you feel a slight sensation of euphoria when contemplating a state in which all people are one in will and mind?