Skip to comments.Listening to the Pimp with the Limp
Posted on 05/20/2013 6:52:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
How many thousands of Americans unknowingly carry an internal death sentence, maybe an aneurysm or cancer that is beyond treating? Only the tragic time and circumstances of demise await recording.
Is our nation in the same sick bed? Is Benjamin Franklins proud but precarious Republic, Madame, beyond saving? Grave concern is justified.
If our popular, reelected president thinksand says out loudthat the Founders framework of divided powers, checks and balances, and limited, decentralized control is just a big drag on progress, and then, the nation doesnt toss him out forthwith, is that a critical vital sign?
If our populace forgets--or never knew--the warning of Americas greatest president: Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master, but instead, our people admire the cool incumbent who implores them to reject the voices that warn that big government leads to tyranny, then can we conclude the people have lost the energy and vigilance that history has always demanded of free people?
If the presidents implausible account of current scandals is true
I didnt direct the IRS to stomp conservatives! That was low level scoundrels! Theres no plot to abuse the media the Justice Department just kinda went rogue on the Associated Press! And my Brother Holder was recused, anyway! Theres no Benghazi cover-up! My administration simply laundered and sanitized the account of slaughtered American diplomats and protectors as part of a petty, bureaucratic spitting contest between CIA and State! My fingerprints are nowhere near the bloody scene! Hell! After I was briefed, I split to pack for Vegas; any questions about where I was are offensive, you racist!
--Then does it reveal that, beyond this current maladministration, we suffer under the accumulated, metastasizing mass of an imperious, arbitrary bureaucracy? Do we live under Leviathan, that can, for its own self-serving reasons, ruin any one of us, if and when it chooses?
How, exactly, does a free people overthrow an abusive bureaucracy that, as David Axelrod asserts, is too vast for even the president to be aware of, let alone control?
And what are the people aware of? If our cherished free American press is so asleep at the switchat bestor complicit in government designsat worst--that 42% of Americans dont even know Obamacare is the law of the land, let alone about its risks and failures, then does that mean that Jeffersons vaunted check on our rulers--on those who would by divine right, ride mankind, booted and spurred--is more eager to pursue cozy interviews and cool photo ops than to tell the truth to Americans about their government?
Or, more distressing, does it mean that Americans who should care, and should monitor such things, dont and arent? Instead theyre watching shows like The View or Late Night with Whoever, or listening to radio like Pimp With a Limp, venues where a charismatic, coachable hustler can be steered by a shrewd and ruthless consultant, funded by interests that are uninterested in the American dream, to swing a once great nations election by wooing ignorant and malleable masses to cast low information votes for the guy who will protect them from the Republicans who, as all cool people know, yearn to ban and steal the contraceptives right out of womens purses?
And what if Americans cant find jobs in a contracting workplace, but can find benefits in an expanding welfare apparatus? Will that satisfy them?
What if half our people pay no income taxes, so dont much care what the IRS does or who it abuses, as long as the benefits keep flowing?
What if two or threeor four or five--generations of students have been formed in a school system that taught them governments job is to make life fair and equal? What if they dont have a clue about grappling in a competitive world for the fruits of their brain and labor?
What if they dont understand that a free, competitive environment, for all its stresses, will bless themhas already blessed themwith fruits in the form of food, comfort, and gadgets far beyond the imagination of most of humanity that preceded them on this earth?
What if that same school system has taught them far more about their nations warts and offenses than about its astonishing, history changing advances in human well being?
What hope is there for a nation like that to find the roots of what made it the last, best hope on earth for freedom, and the blessings of peace and prosperity that freedom allows?
My wife just read this piece and says Im an overwrought doomsayer. So let me add that Thatcher, Reagan, and others have confronted and won over nations in nosedives, and pulled them out of it. Maybe it will take a historically placed leader to remind Americans of their history and possibility. Please, Providence.
When the Roman citizens traded freedom from an oppressive system of government, for a socialist democracy, they soon fell into the progression of the Ceasers.
The fact of the education system teaching nothing of history and much of progressivism means that the republic is beyond hope and life support is being withdrawn even now. Few understand history because few have any knowledge of history. People have no means to judge political acts and grand schemes to determine where they are apt to lead. They follow whoever promises them more because they have no experience or wisdom to understand where wealth comes from or what has failed in the past.