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Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Another "Us" Crisis

"The great fundamental issue now before the Republican party and before our people can be stated briefly. It is: Are the American people fit to govern themselves, to rule themselves, to control themselves?" Theodore Roosevelt

We can’t just leave it up to the parents," Michelle Obama

We live in a golden age. A wondrous era where the government compels us to buy health insurance, whether we need it or not. And whether we want to or not. Where the First Lady is no longer in charge of the White House's meals, but of our meals. Where wise and generous czars in the nation's capital ponder day and night how to stop the flow of free information that's rotting our minds and filling our heads with critical thoughts about the government.

Previous generations had to do it the hard way. They had to buy a home, find a job, marry and have children-- without anyone from the government coming to their doorstep to tell them how to do it all. Few of our nation's youth born in this golden time can believe what savages we once were. How can they comprehend an America in which anyone could walk into a store and leave with a package of lawn darts a few minutes later? An America where people had to decide for themselves what to order in a restaurant that could sell any type of food at all regardless of its salt and calorie content. A maddening chaotic society in which ordinary citizens could place items on the ballot and they would become state laws. And all the states had different laws. Think of it.

So many choices. How could they ever possibly have hoped to choose correctly without the wisdom and guidance of a vast monolithic bureaucracy of officials to supervise and oversee their every move?

Of course we can't just leave it up to the parents. Most parents are ordinary Americans. And we don't believe that ordinary Americans can govern themselves, do we? Of course not. But we don't even believe that they can raise their own family anymore? No, they need more qualified people to raise their families for them. People like Michelle Obama who married a rising crooked State Senator, got promoted on the strength of it, sat around on her ass and then moved on to the White House, where she has turned her own eating disorder into a national priority.

This is the future of freedom under this type of authority. The witless, the inept, the products of political patronage, the members of public sector unions bleeding the public dry, officials with worthless degrees that have no application outside the corridors of power, drones with no original thinking, maniacs running high on cocaine and ego, consultants who are happy to consult on areas they have no experience practicing in, doctors without patients, politicians without voters, administrators whose only goal is to keep expanding every department under their aegis, the ax-grinders, ass-kissers and every seat-filler who has ever managed to grab a warm spot at some department or another, in congress or in your local Division of Mismanaged Affairs, will be in charge of your life.

Why? Because you're clearly not fit to govern yourself. If the government ever recognized that the average person was fit to govern himself or herself, there would be no need for them. For the seat-fillers, the consultants, the ax-grinders and specialists in a thousand things, including but not limited to, playing computer solitaire while earning a six figure salary for occasionally writing a memo on how to better make everyone's lives even more miserable. There would be layoffs the likes of which have never been seen. A migration of parasites from the head of the dog so vast that it would look like all of America had been dipped into a great flea bath.

Tyranny is justified either temporarily by emergency or permanently by public unfitness. Temporary tyrannies are easier to lift when the emergency passes. But a permanent tyranny based on the firm assertion that the public cannot take care of itself-- is impossible to pull down. There is no moving or budging such a monstrous entity of contempt. It feeds off that contempt, constantly discovering new problems that only highly qualified people like Michelle Obama can solve.

While the country is at war, they are concerned with far graver threats to public safety. Like fat kids and polar bears and the planet exploding because of flatulent cows, and the second amendment to the Constitution, and the first amendment too, toys that are too dangerous and toys that are too appealing, the news content of local affiliate channels and the sodium content of subs and sandwiches. Wars are passing things. But a permanent emergency of public contempt is forever. Someone has to take away all the toys and label everything properly, and make sure that doing even the simplest thing should require twenty forms, a notarized note from your local county office of mismanagement, and a prayer to the gods of D.C. who dwell on high and look down upon the people and bless them with endless national debt.

That is how tyranny takes hold. Not always with tanks in the street and armored helicopters flying overhead. You only need those when you expect resistance.

Tyranny is the consensus by those who govern, that the people whom they rule over cannot be trusted to govern themselves. That they can't be trusted to do the little things or the big things. That they are senseless brutes who should do what they're told, show up at the appropriate speeches and parades to cheer the beloved leaders, and then go home to their meal of government cheese and bread ration, and remember whom they owe it all too. The big men (and women) on top.

Liberals promise us that if we let the government handle the little things, that our rights to the big things, like Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Religion won't be abrogated (except for maybe that pesky one about the Right to Bear Arms which doesn't apply anymore now that we don't have a monarchy anymore). Just leave all the Nanny State stuff to them, and we'll be well taken care of, and we'll still be just as free to say what we want and vote for whom we want.

But let's think about this clearly. If we have an ideological set that believes we can't even be trusted with lawn darts or what to feed our children-- do they really believe that we can be trusted to vote in national elections or engage in political speech?

It isn't that they trust us more with free speech, than they do with eating nutritious meals. They just know that getting rid of free speech will take more work, than the ObamaCare Mandate. So they seduce us instead. Promise the 'idiots' that they can have everything they want without paying for it, then sock them with the interest rates and finance charges. But do it slowly, so they don't see how much of their freedom they really lost until it's too late. Then push them over the cliff and have someone waiting at the bottom with a shovel and a pile of government Grade E dung.

An ideological set that doesn't believe the general public can be trusted to tie its shoes right, certainly doesn't respect its political choices. Something we see on display every time that set loses an election. The only justification for perpetuating the current system is that it's too difficult to just take over and dismantle it in one night, the way the radical left would like to. Instead they replace it, bit by bit, sideline elected officials into the pork delivery process, assign more and more power to unelected officials. All in the name of saving us from our own incompetent selves. Through crises that are caused by us.

Childhood obesity, global warming, extremist rhetoric and every crisis that the left digs out of its back pocket always has one thing in common. We are the source of the problem. Which means that the solution has to be applied to us, whether we want it to be applied to us or not. Those are the "Us" crises. And they are the left's favorite kind.

In her speech, Michelle Obama declared that childhood obesity was a national security problem. (Janet Napolitano has already declared that Global Warming is a national security threat.) To be clear about this, we have an administration that insists that America could survive another 9/11. That doesn't care about the impact of repealing DADT on ground troops in combat. Which actually tried to move the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed into a civilian court. But considers kids who eat too many Twinkies to be a national security problem.

We have an administration which has chosen to grope little kids, rather than profile Muslims. But heaven forbid if little Billy has an extra snack before bed. Then the alarms will go off in the Department of Homeland Security, because little Billy might not lose weight on his own. And then he becomes a problem for the mandatory government health care system. With every American now a factor in a national health care monolith, it's important to force Billy to lose weight in order to cut costs. Just as it will be important to cut off his treatment and encourage him to choose euthanasia when as an adult his health care costs rise too high.

As the Great Nanny State which beams down upon us all grows, like every private enterprise, it will treat people like numbers. Government does not exist outside the laws of economics, it only ignores long enough to get much deeper into debt. And when it does the math, there will be no appeal. The reasoning is obvious. The government has too many people to take care of. And the bigger the system, the more individuals become expendable within it.

The Total Integration of the government and the people means not only the end of freedom, but the end of the individual. And at its root is that fateful question, are the American people fit to govern themselves. If the American people fail to elect leaders who do believe that, then they will indeed cease to be able to govern themselves.

23 comments:

HermitLion said...

I can't even satirize this behavior... it's too stupid on its own!

Sultan - if things continue along this route, how will we ever be able to write satire again???

fsy said...


and remember whom they owe it all to


Obama doesn't stop using phrases like "giving back to the country which gave them so much" whenever he refers to taxing the "rich" (i.e., anyone who has achieved anything themselves). He seems to really believe that anyone who succeeds at anything is actually receiving a gift from the govt. which has to be payed pack.

Look at any speech of his, and you can find this without any attempt to hide it.

fsy said...


married a rising crooked State Senator, got promoted on the strength of it, sat around on her ass and then moved on to the White House

maniacs running high on cocaine and ego

etc.


Looks like you've finally lost your patience completely.

Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

The sorry truth is that we are in this mess because we can not govern ourselves and we don't want to face it. It is going to get worse until Americans find the strength within themselves to stand up against the force behind the marxist leaders now enthroned.

John F

Anonymous said...

I believe that Obama's primary motivation for all of his actions is to set himself up to be president for life. If it looks like he'll lose in 2012, he will do something like bomb Iran in order to create a crisis where the election will be called off. There is almost no hope for our American future.

Mr ED said...

An excellent article brodering on angry rant. I love it.

Modern Liberalism is an assault on anyone who refuses to become the obedient, dependent victims desired by the imperial self-appointed "I obviously know best in all things" Leftists. It is about the pursuit of absolute power by narcissts who seek to exploit any human weakness by becoming self-styled "benevolent dictators", forcing people to behave in ways desired by the Leftist narcissts - all for their own good and with the best of intentions of course - and with the expressed purpose of turning everyone in society into angry, needy dependents of the state, a state built by Leftist for Leftists. For the average citizen there are two choices: 1) Submit to the state willingly or 2) Be subjected to the increasingly vicious, unlimited power of the state to compel you to submit under pain of taxation or deprivation. Nice Leftists. So enlightened!

It's not just about them, it's ONLY about them.

This WILL be the new Caesars path to power unless the professional narcissists are forcibly removed from power and brought to heel.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous "John F" has it right: too many people cannot handle their freedom. Too many people do not understand how worth is to be free. Too many people like to have a nanny state taking care of their kids. Too many people traded individual freedom (theirs and the one of their unwilling friends) for perceived security. Like job security. Health security. Pension security.

But the roots of this evil were laid long time ago. It started with the generation of my parents (I'm 38 now): most of the middle class was turned into educated "employees" then. The people of that generation received a lot of wealthiness from their parents without knowing the effort it took to generate it. The States and the Corps understood this ignorance, took middle class wealth and spirit away - in exchange of "security".

Now we are deep into tyranny. I would say: the situation is damn serious.

Good article Daniel.

Fed.

dave s said...

Very glad to see you use the words "freedom" and "tyranny"
Freedom is not the same as liberty and tyranny is the only correct description of the elites' behaviour.
You could add delusional and unrealistic.
The end of them will come soon enough when the way of the world asserts itself as it always does in the end.

CathyAnn said...

Can Americans govern themselves?
Source of following summation of the American politcal climate today, the BEST ever, attributed to the Czech Republic Observer:


"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President."

Mark Matis said...

Once again, I would merely note that the Muslim in Chief and his toadies are doing nothing more than flapping their gums. It is those fine individuals passing themselves off as "Law Enforcement" who show up with nightsticks, Tasers, and guns to "compel you to submit under pain of taxation or deprivation."

If people will not even bother to correctly identify the Enemy, what hope can there be?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

law enforcement gets its marching orders from the political authorities who can hire and fire them

Anonymous said...

bang....

Kristin Solo said...

The Government is insidiously undermining the infrastructure of Liberty with its special brand of 'Change' designed to 'exchange' liberty for despotism!
The Constitution is a safeguard against the infringement of people's rights and freedoms.
If it is not upheld in the halls of power, the Government is guilty of legalised criminality!
Thomas Jefferson's words are ominously significant ...
'When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
When the government fears the people, there is liberty'.

Dedicated_Dad said...

I'm reminded of the marriage advice I got from my Uncle... He said that from the beginning, they agreed that SHE would make all the LITTLE decisions, and HE would make all of the BIG decisions - he said this was the secret.to.marital BLISS!

HE SWEARS that after 40 years, they still have never had a significant argument!

See... As keepers of SMALL decisions, she gets to decide what's for dinner, what to watch on TV, what car rob buy, which house they should buy... ALL THE LITTLE STUFF!

HE, OTOH, gets to.make all the BIG decisions - like whether we should get involved in Libya, whether the iraq war was really justified... Etc...

This seems much like our .gov... Except they get to make ALL the decisions, big or small... In short, I'm feeling more and more like a henpecked husband...

Maybe it's time to start thinking about a divorce...

Mark Matis said...

But Mr. Greenfield, "Law Enforcement" takes an oath of office NOT to those political authorities, but INSTEAD to the Constitution. Would you agree that they dishonor THAT oath? And if they DO so, what does that make THEM?

Would you REALLY have ANY concern about the Muslim in Chief or ANY of his toadies if "Law Enforcement" actually honored their oath? Hell, would there be any concern if even HALF of them honored that oath?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Sounds good, but then you end up with a government run by law enforcement, which if you know any law enforcement people would not exactly be an improvement

Florida Life said...

It is amazing that two of her biggest agendas are Global warming (how many Scientists have turned their backs on that lie) and the Food Nazi job that she loves to torture the slaves with. While so many People are struggling, this Food Nazi wants to take food away from us, slaves. How often do we get to go out to dinner? So if we want a full plate, she says no. Is she not taking food from the mouths of babes? Also, didn’t the Restaurants who appease the Food nazi get waivers for obamacare?

Mark Matis said...

So, Mr. Greenfield, you actually PREFER "Law Enforcement" to be nothing more than Thugs with Guns for their Masters, and who make the Mafia Enforcers look honorable in comparison? For at least THEY honored their oaths, or they were gone. Permanently. Swimming with the fishes.

And do we not ALREADY have a government run by "Law Enforcement," what with "Fast and Furious" and the murders of Jose Gurena, Kelly Thomas, Aiyana Jones, Eric Scott, Kathryn Johnston, and...???

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

I don't prefer anything, I just don't see the employees as the problem, but the bosses. Change the bosses and you can give new marching orders to the employees.

Mark Matis said...

So you think that the bosses of the Fullerton Police Department told those six fine officers to beat Kelly Thomas to death?

Rurik said...

It is not only our beloved Queen of Spades who wants to starve us to treat her own eating obsession, it is also the Huckster, and Oprah. We want them to stay out our bedrooms; I want them also to stay the hell out of our kitchens. I believe in Choice - even after the decision to give birth.

DP111 said...

We already have the nanny state in Europe. Fortunately, the EU is running out of money. Many people have now lost their patience with the EU, and the set of incompetent politicians who we elected.

Paul X said...

It's a fantasy to think that America was EVER about governing ourselves. At the very best, and only theoretically, it was about us governing each other, which is far from the same thing. And even that was a fantasy, because the ruling class existed from the beginning. America has always been an oligarchy in disguise.

Want to govern yourself? Really? Then you are an anarchist. (Specifically, an anarcho-capitalist.) That's the only way that phrase has any meaning.

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