Statism and Status Quo

America seems stuck. Split right down the middle, the ship of state steams toward disaster. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2013 — America seems stuck. Split right down the middle, the ship of state is heading toward disaster.

We are rushing headling to unrestrained government. In its’ ultimate expressions, statism is heaped high with the corpses of those who could not come to terms with the truth. Promising programs morphed into official murders. We tread the same path.

How can anyone deny the clear and present dangers we face from loss of Constitutional freedoms?

It’s easy.

Ignoring the obvious when it’s frightening is what many of us do. We out and out refuse to acknowledge impending disaster that we’ve never personally experienced prior. Perversely, that is precisely what Progressives mention, when anyone questions Global Warming.

Though thought of as a conservative value, Progressives are more likely to like things to stay the same. They’ve been running the show for over a lifetime now, after all. Those who vote for incumbents of either major party prefer the devil they think they know. This just justifies their original votes as wiser than they really were at the time. Folks are overfond of things as they are, because they’re used to them.

We all think that what is to come is changed by what came before. We expect past events to alter the future, even though they often don’t. Change can be incremental, but can also come all at once. Pass the threshold by an inch, and the tipping point is reached. We’re almost there already.

Cutting the budget, auditing the Fed, eliminating useless, destructive Cabinet departments are all high on the Tea Party agenda. Why don’t Progressives see the wisdom of this? Because they expect better results than we do. Hope is piled upon hope that just a little more manipulation may finally fix failure.

When one wears rose-colored glasses, risk of radical change is rejected. When doom looms, taking the chance becomes easier. Remember, Progressives see the heavy hand of government guidance as a good thing. They feel frantic fear that folks will fail, while we are weary with wariness of willful wonks.

Grand experiments in social engineering are met with Progressive exhuberence. It is difficult for those so invested to ever see weakness or admit failures. Even when they do agree with us and admit the dangers, proposals purveyed by those they contend with are automatically discounted. Will they listen, before it’s too late? Maybe. If we massage the message for the masses.

People prefer benefits now, rather than better results down the road. We are quick to take credit for those changes we all agree were good, like equal rights, but loathe to admit culpability for NSA spying. Yet we keep electing incumbents who voted for both. We are all to blame for remaining the same.

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Daniel Martin Gray

Daniel Martin Gray is a former Progressive who saw the light, turning from the dark side over decades, to become a Constitutionalist. His family that remained in Europe was nearly wiped out by the Holocaust. They refused to believe that tyranny could happen there. He sees America marching “Forward” on that same road, exactly as our Founders warned us against.


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