the State an idol? Is it not like any graven image into which
men have read supernatural powers and superhuman capacities? The
State can feed us when we are hungry, heal us when we are ill;
it can raise wages and lower prices, even at the same time; it
can educate our children without cost; it can provide us against
the contingencies of old age and amuse us when we are bored; it
can give us electricity by passing laws and improve the game of
baseball by regulation. What cannot the State do for us if only
we have faith in it? And we have faith. No creed in the history
of the world ever captured the hearts and minds of men as has
the modern creed of Statism.”
Frank Chodorov (from The
Need of a Golden Calf)
It’s that season
once again: the presidential campaign. And the candidates are casting
about for every possible vote. Sure, the candidates claim that it’s
all about issues and an educated electorate, but it's really just
a seemingly endless Dr Phil show.
You know what
I’m talking about, the politician, playing the good doctor, intently
listens to the each pathetic whine and then contemplates the situation.
Finally, the healing begins as, yes, government can ease that ill
also. A costless solution at that. This scene repeats as long as
the moderator allows questions to be asked by the audience.
Huh! They're always softballs even when thrown overhand. The candidate
feels the pain and effortlessly spins the question back to a government
solution. Never, never, does the questioner ask something as simple
as, “But, Senator Clinton, who is going to pay for your solution?”
No, just like the Dr. Phil guest, the questioner just wants to be
heard, to be healed. That the senator added this new cause to her
ever-growing litany of programs is enough. It's all about hurting
and healing, and government of course.
And, like a
town meeting that goes on too long, the questions become more personal,
and more demanding of government as the evening progresses. It’s
as if Tocqueville’s image of America was a dream, and a utopian
dream at that. If you want a raise, Obama will guarantee you one.
If you want to sue someone, for anything, Edwards is ready for you.
If you want to fight foreign wars and extend the empire, Giuliani
and Romney will strike up the band and grab the largest flag to
be found; let the marching begin.
It gets even
better than that. The candidates are ready to take up the Wilsonian
vision of America the Great. Because, in candidate-speak, "The
world wants the US to lead the charge to end wars, epidemics, and
the common cold."
any mention of economics — the scarcity of means relative to ends.
Human wants always overshoot resources. That’s the human condition.
Yet, Hillary, Barak, Rudy, Mitt, and company, will throw reality
aside and provide a solution. These folks are so prepared — so ready
to lead — that they can propose new solution off the cuff. They
are leaders who do not need talking points. They simply take a moment,
and the new program is proposed. No, it’s promised, guaranteed.
audience react leads me to divide the typical voter into one of
two classes: the moron, and the bobblehead.
The moron is
the one who thinks life is a kindergarten class in any public school.
He truly believes that nothing has changed since he turned five.
Problems such as Billy chewing gum and not having enough for everyone
are solved by confiscation and greater poverty. The teacher forces
Billy to spit his gum into the wastebasket as the rest of the class
nods in approval. How dare someone have more than the rest? Starving
but equal is the motto of the day.
is more. The kindergarten class recycles unwanted stuff — paper,
plastic, etc. — at a loss to the taxpayer. But that's OK since the
affective emotions for the environment, etc., are encouraged and
soon trump any alternate activity for resources wasted in the recycling
process. The affective emotions trump common sense. Starving, but
at least you feel good.
the bobblehead? They sit in awe of both the candidate and peer pressure.
It’s always easier to hug the tree than to chop it down. You can
forget the real needs waiting for factors of production to be released
to the economy by the ax; what is unseen is of little value. To
be caught chopping when the PC winds say preserve is a certain way
to be lopped from the in-crowd. And, the bobblehead cannot have
As the moron
jumps onboard the candidate's latest problem and solution, the bobblehead
nods in approval. The bobblehead has rational beliefs, but the mob
is forming, and things are getting ugly. Once again, better to join
than to make a stand.
when Clinton says taxes might have to go up to heal the nation,
improve its infrastructure, and provide healthcare to rational citizens
who chose not to purchase it, the bobbleheads don’t even feign disapproval.
They sit as the Soviet apparatchik before Stalin; never once giving
any sign that the speaker is muddling through nonsense. No, they
stay silent, and even cheer when appropriate.
See, the bobblehead
knows the role of the citizen in the collective. Remember the kindergarten
class, the bobblehead acquiesced to the collective good; a goal
of any government-run education system. Standing outside the group
is a sign of a troubled youth, and Nurse-Ratched-as-teacher is ready
to break the spirit of any individual who does not conform to the
mission of the state; lobotomized into the bobble doll that always
nods — from only the slightest nudge — in approval of the state
and its agents.
stand the lovers of Freedom. They go by many different names, and
wear many different hats, yet they simply want to be left alone
to produce goods desired by their neighbors, whether across the
street or across the ocean. Their light-in-the-darkness is Ron Paul.
Paul does not
look for the morons in the crowd when proposing solutions, waiting
for the bobbles to bobble. No, he attacks the problems at their
source: government. That means he is challenging everything drummed
into our heads while we sat, barely awake, through 12 years of government
That many have
not yet come around to his candidacy is understandable. It took
me almost 20 years to shed public school's false teachings and golden
to rally behind Paul so that our children, and their children, will
live in the land of the free and brave, not the land of the moron