Recently by Eric Peters: The Mind of an Enforcer
Here’s a quick way to tell whether a person is still under the sway of statism: Ask his (or her) opinion about this business of granting (word choice deliberate) driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.
Notice the already-accepted premise?
Most people — Democrats or Republicans — will preface whatever their answer is with an implicit acceptance of the notion that all of us — “illegals” and “legals” — have an obligation to go on bended knee to the state and ask for permission to be allowed to drive. They accept — as a given — that driving your car is a conditional privilege.
Not a right.
In Chicago, Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a new law (yes, another one) that grants illegals permission to drive.
“This was a bipartisan effort to pass an important law,” Quinn said. “When the president speaks on Tuesday, he can say about his home state of Illinois … we not only passed the Dream Act last year, we passed driver’s licenses for those who are undocumented .” Italics added.
Democrats like Quinn — and Republicans like Mittens Romney — are in perfect bipartisan agreement. Everyone must be documented. That is the essential thing.
Of course, it’s all backwards — the result of backwards thought. Or rather, non-thought. Conditioning is perhaps a better term. People — most of us (me included, by the way) grow up in a system that is very careful to prevent our minds from ever awakening and developing the capacity to think critically. This system fills our heads with rote, unquestioned premises — such as the notion that everything we’re allowed to do derives from the good offices of the state. Never that we are free men and women — entitled by dint of our existence to think and act for ourselves.
Thus this business about granting driver’s licenses to illegals. Of allowing them to drive. Of allowing us to drive.
Such servile terms! And most people don’t even realize what they’re saying — and, accepting — merely by accepting the verbiage. Words represent ideas — and ideas are everything, whether we’re consciously aware of them or not. And this, friends, is why it is so very, very important to the powers that be to keep as many people as possible unconscious. To make it so that they reflexively use the state’s language — and thereby accept the state’s premises. Above all, the heretically dangerous idea of self-ownership must never be permitted to form in the minds of men.