We constantly hear various arguments from the Left and scratch our heads, wondering how such lines of reasoning are even possible. Because whether we’re discussing deficits, birth control, guns, national security, health care or education, the Left’s answer always seems to be, “more government!“.
Such a myopic adherence to an obviously flawed institution would be puzzling, until you consider what their true belief system is. And make no mistake, that’s where this comes from: belief. Which means that far from being a statement of logic, it’s a statement of faith.
Thanks to a rare moment of honesty, we were able to see this on full display from the Senate floor, courtesy of Real Clear Politics:
(Sen. Harry Reid – NV): “Government is not inherently bad; government is inherently good. That’s why we have a Constitution and that’s what we direct the activities of this government based upon.” (from the Senate Floor, April 23, 2013)
Oh, sure, there’s a bunch more in that statement, as Reid manages to slander the entire Tea Party as anarchists, which is both sad and laughable on its face. But to me, the truly revealing part is his belief in the beneficence of government itself.
“Government is inherently good?” Really? I don’t believe our founders would have echoed that statement, and they CREATED our government. Seeing as how they were fighting their own King at the time, they presumably were somewhat cognizant of just how governments could (and usually did) become corrupted, and always at the expense of the citizenry.
But such honesty is wonderfully illustrative, and this aspect of his statement is getting lost in the whole “Tea Party = Anarchists” nonsense. It certainly clarifies why the Left doesn’t mind gutting Freedom of Religion in favor of you paying for mandatory contraception. It also makes clear why they deem your Second Amendment concerns as the province of the “black helicopter crowd”. If government is inherently good, then anyone who is against anything which the government wants to do must then be bad, or at the very least crazy. And it goes without saying that an inherently “good” government always does things FOR you, and not TO you.
Uhhh, …sure it does.
The litany of government abuses is long enough that I could type all day, and not include even 1% of the available examples. Lucky for me, the Left decided to give me a new one, which typifies just how addled this thinking is.
Members of both parties on Capitol Hill — you know, the one that hates ObamaCare entirely and the other that swears by its benefits — are working on a plan to exempt themselves and their staffs from the exchanges the rest of America will have to use.
(via Politico.com) – “The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.”
Yep, our oh-so-trustworthy government is desperately trying to figure out a way to exempt themselves from a law which a majority of the country never wanted and still doesn’t want. They wish to wriggle their way out from the effects of a law which was literally strong-armed through Congress and subsequently stuffed down our throats.
You know, ’cause they’re so gosh-darned good n’ all.
These are not the actions of an “inherently good” anything. These are the actions of a privileged, self-indulgent, cosseted class which feels that it deserves not the encumbrances of the hoi polloi, …those very encumbrances that our modern-day nobles designed, by the way.
This, in a word, is tyranny.
And even though that is my opinion, I’m in some fairly decent company:
And Jefferson had another quote, which I like even more:
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Nothing on Earth is inherently good, Senator Reid: not man, nor anything that man designs.
And the fact that you don’t appear to accept that highly provable fact says far more about you and your fellow-travelers, than it does about those of us with whom you disagree.
***UPDATE*** (4/25/13 @ 4:30pm): Looks like the GOP wants nothing to do with the second example I included above:
(from The Daily Caller) – Republican senators pushed back on the idea that Congress ought to receive an exemption from the health-care exchanges required under Obamacare, after Politico reported Thursday that leaders from both parties had been involved in negotiations to do just that for aides and lawmakers.
“Obamacare is a train wreck. Congress shouldn’t be able to get out of Obamacare until everyone else does,” said Lindsey Graham.
Good to hear. And it doesn’t change a single syllable of my overall point.
Our government mustn’t be allowed to walk over the top of us, because if it can… it will. Or, to quote Montesquieu:
“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare, as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy”
***UPDATE #2*** (4/26/13 @ 10:01 am): And now, ….the Democrats are running away from my second example, as well:
(from Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com) – “It didn’t take long for Democrats to hit reverse on their effort to exempt Capitol Hill from ObamaCare’s exchange rules. The Hill reports this morning that not only are they no longer seeking an exemption, but that they never sought one in the first place…”
This is typical, and is the ultimate illustration of what an engaged populace (aided by a dash of Twitter & blogosphere “shaming”) can do in today’s political world.
But to quote Ed one more time: “…shame on Capitol Hill is a very temporary, and curable affliction.“