So I’m all set to launch a new non-political feature (some sort of “behind the scenes” posts in which I’ll ramble about random things that catch my interest–yes, I am interested in things other than politics, imagine!, but I intend to “flag” such posts in the title so anyone not interested can skip them), but then I find that I’m so outraged that I have to postpone said launch to . . . rant.
Big Government Is Everyone’s Parent . . . Including Your Child’s
Oops, did I say, “your”? Scratch that. “Your” kids are not yours, you big silly. They belong to the community, to the collective! Yep, that’s what they actually believe:
You didn’t build that taken to a whole new, but completely and logically-linear, level. If you didn’t build your business, then your kids are not your own. How do we get there? Simple: You didn’t succeed because of you, you did it because of teachers, roads, and other public workers/works/loans/etc. Your business–indeed your money, thus, “belongs” to the state, for without the state, it would not exist. Your own role is dismissed as inconsequential because anyone can get lucky in business (so says our fearless Dear Leader), anyone can do what you did because it was really done by the community, the collective, the village. Likewise, you, yourself, are a subject of and product of the state, anything you produce–be it a business, profit, or a child–belongs to the state. Simple, right? No man, woman, or child is an island, and the collectivist bell tolls for thee. And thine.
This is the frightening direction that rabid collectivism takes. Always. Stalin, Hitler, Mao . . . all laid claim to the children in the name of the state. As does Obama. He’s already got his Alinsky “summer camps” going for our nation’s youth (they’ve been running non-stop since 2007, btw); he’s already working toward a youth “mandatory volunteerism” program (and has been doing so since at least 2009). The next step is convincing parents (the kids, he believes, already understand that they belong to him–he enlists them to “convince” their parents of how wrong they truly are, after all). And that begins with ads like the one above.
Where it ends . . . is up to us.
And so far, we are doing pretty much nothing when we aren’t busy telling ourselves that “it can’t happen here.” It IS happening here. And it is happening now. What can we do about it? That, I just don’t know, but it has to start with taking back our own children, fighting to ensure that our kids remain ours and not Obama’s minions in a collectivist fantasy that is doomed not only to failure but to much death and despair on the path to that failure. How do I know that the state “owning” children leads to death and despair? Because I read history. Lots of it, all the time.
And without the doom and gloom, do we really want government responsible for our children? I’m talking about a government that is so inept, so incompetent that it pays dead people social security and stimulus (the jokes tell themselves), sends unemployment checks to prisoners, can’t adhere to a budget (indeed, can’t even pass one for the past four years), and that resorts to intimidation and thuggery to get its way.
I have all of one (okay, maybe three, if you count my unhinged commie stalkers) leftist readers, but I ask leftists in general: What if government were conservative? What if your child was being forced to learn the Bible in school or to pledge allegiance to the flag and to the republic for which it stands? What if your child was deemed the ward, essentially, of a conservative state; taken from you in all but name and forced to read the founders, to learn about freedom and capitalism as positives, taught that America is exceptional and great? What if your child was told by state authority that abortion is wrong, that being intolerant (yes, even of those whom you deem intolerant) and that hate (yes, even hating those you think are “haters”) is wrong? Would you be so gung-ho for statism then? Or is it only your own brand of oppression and propaganda that is acceptable?
See, as a constitutional conservative, I have an answer for that: I don’t want the nation’s children to “belong” to any collective, be that leftist or right-wing. Can leftists say that?
Quite obviously not.
As conservatives, we often imagine that leftists are “for” big government, but we forget that the only government they worship (and it is a form of mindless, fawning worship, of slavish devotion to their “Lord and Savior”) is leftist government: Totalitarian. As in, we know what is best for everyone, we work for the “The Greater Good” so you don’t have to, government. Themselves like children, they seek and need a strict parent, one who will tell them how much soda they can consume and when/how to “get moving,” and that parent, for them, is leftist government. They crave a Big Daddy–ironically, they mock, hate, even fear, people who believe in God–a Big Daddy who will tell them what to eat, read, think, say, believe, and do . . . all while handing them apparently unlimited goodies from some magical “Obama stash.” Obama, [or insert any regressive “leader”], is the one, true God, and the one to whom they gladly hand over their own liberty, their own minds, their everything, including, of course, their children.
It would be sad if it weren’t so dangerous to our country, our children, and our souls.