I haven’t written for a while. I wanted to write something in response to the shootings in early August: not so much the shootings themselves, but the media response to them. I was afraid that someone might come to the wrong conclusion about me. But the world is changing, and not in a good way, and if I just shut up, I’ll still get trampled. Maybe not right now, but sometime close enough to worry about.
Since then, I’ve been watching the Democratic Presidential debates. It’s still too early to critically assess the candidates against each other, so it’s more a game of perceptions. Some are wokescolds, some come across as genuinely Presidential, some are just annoying, and one seems like a crazy cat lady.
But I couldn’t vote for any of them. Stripped of the rhetoric and the variations of individual candidates, they all have the same formula:
The American people are suffering and fearful. Under my leadership, the Federal government will relieve your suffering and assuage your fears. Under my leadership, the Federal government will bring help.
And if you don’t need or want help, too bad: you’ll get it anyway.
To be fair, it isn’t that Trump doesn’t pitch to fear and suffering: it’s what politicians do. But Trump proposes to address the woes of his constituents by doing that which the government should have been doing in the first place, and not trying to fix things by regulation.
As I write these words, my mother’s pithy summary of the Republican philosophy rings in my head:
“I’ve got mine, so bugger you.” (And yes, she actually said “bugger.”)
And if all the Democrats wanted were higher taxes, I might concede her point.
But I believe my mother would be horrified by what we’ve become. No: she already knew: she said it herself, 15 or so years ago:
“We’re a spent people.”
A spent people, in need of help from the government, don’t care about liberty.
But liberty is what the Democrats propose to sacrifice in the name of helping the people, although for the most part they won’t say that out loud. They do talk about gun control, but that would only be the beginning.