Thursday, July 19, 2012

A clear choice.

A different philosophy - a clear ideological choice -

President Obama has made it clear that he thinks government is the source of all good in a community.  His "you didn't do it yourself" line has been uttered too many times in too many variations for it to be other than an indication of his core belief.  It fits with his incredible outrageous executive orders and his administrations constant gush of regulations.  Obama is a big government statist. His world view is socialist/communist totalitarian.  Everything comes from the government.  The government regulates all things.  Anything not compulsory is forbidden - anything not forbidden is compulsory.

This is completely opposite of the rugged individualism of American philosophy.  Of course we don't "do it by ourselves". We rely on friends, on partners, on family, on the church, on private community organizations like boy scouts and the various lodges.  But at the foundation we celebrate the individual and individual freedom.  Americans' can-do attitude and their self-organizing capability has never been dependent on government for success.

9 comments:

  1. "President Obama has made it clear that he thinks government is the source of all good in a community."
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    There is a reason that President Obama's message resonates with so many, the allure...the promise of freedom. I go back to F.A. Hayek who wrote,

    "That people should wish to be relieved of the bitter choice which hard facts often impose upon them is not surprising. But few want to be relieved through having the choice made for them by others. People just wish that the choice should not be necessary at all. And they are only too ready to believe that the choice is not really necessary, that it is imposed upon them merely by the particular economic system under which we live."

    Hence the rantings against "evil" capatalists and the 1%. The progressive philosophy offers a bizarre, dystopian type of freedom- freedom from choice rather than freedom of choice. The difference between the two could not be more clear.

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    1. Your comment on freedom from choice, rather than freedom of choice indicates a repudiation of life and reminded me of this, from Dorothy Sayers:
      “In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair...the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”

      People are happiest when challenged in a way that draws on their own ability and indicates the possibility of success. People who have no challenges are not happy, nor satisfied. I just don't remember who conducted the research that reached this conclusion.

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    2. Yeah- GMW- spot on...
      Missus Muldoon & I were commenting on the way to work today what a miserable existence it would be if we didn't have to make choices. Despair indeed. Give me life and liberty with all the warts and imperfections thereunto attached...

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  2. ...and ALL economics is about choice- how to allocate resources to meet disparate wants and needs.

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  3. All politicians seek POWER.

    Some care more and some care less about what they leave in their wake.

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  4. I hope that B.O. continues not using his teleprompter. It's high time that EVERYONE finds out who he really is!

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  5. The Democratic Party is that which believes government can make you taller, smarter, and kill your crabgrass. The Republican Party is that which believes government does not work and runs with all its might for office to prove it. (paraphrased, this writer forgets the name of the author)

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  6. If Obama is a totalitarian, then FDR must have been, also. So, give up your Social Security and pull yourself up by your own bootstraps

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  7. "government can make you taller, smarter,"

    It sounds more like DRUGS to me!

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