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Liberals and Guilt, part 2

April 27, 2008

A couple of years ago I did a post about my theory that many liberals believed what they did because they felt guilty about having a better life than other people – poorer people, people in other countries, people who are “less fortunate than ourselves” in some way. i still think that’s true of some rank-and-file liberals who don’t think a lot about their beliefs.

I don’t think that’s true of liberal leadership, though. I think they are, pretty much without exception, and regardless of what level of leadership we’re talking about, more concerned with power than with the good of the people.

I realize this is not a big realization…but a lot of folks may really not understand it. So here we go with the logic train –

Liberal leadership is basically interested in gaining and maintaining power. One of the best ways to gain power is to bribe people. No, really. We don’t call it that. We call it entitlements, Federal aid, grants, welfare, national foundations, earmarks and all other sorts of government largesse. Each one is a hook the liberal establishment can use to control a segment of the population.

Again, not a revelation, right? But it’s amazing how any people don’t believe government money is a form of control. Even federal loans for college can be considered a hook.

Liberals can most easily maintain their power bases if (a) they can convince people they need help – create victims; (b) can find enough ways to lock people into needing federal funding to survive; and (c) can use the distribution of federal funds to cause certain kinds of behavior. We’re not just talking voting behavior here, but demonstrations, petitions, “buying green,” and my personal favorite, attacking anyone who doesn’t think the same way.

This is going on all the time. For example, schools are controlled by the federal government far more than the amount of aid they receive. No school district is willing to put up with the heat of public outcry for rejecting No Child Left Behind even if the amount of federal aid they receive barely makes a difference in their budget. In fact, in some cases the implementation of NCLB will cost a district far more than the total federal aid the district receives!

This is why it’s so easy for liberals to slide into being socialists. It’s the ultimate level of control over other people…controlling virtually every part of their lives they possibly can. A free-market economy scares them, and they can’t control people who can control their own economic circumstances. An armed populace is very hard to control. A population that can freely exchange ideas can’t be controlled, either. Just go back and read “1984.”

So high rates of taxation, restrictions on commerce, gun “control,” controls on radio, television and print – including “hate speech” restrictions – are all means of control, clothed as things that are necessary to “make the public safer” or – my personal favorite – “redistribute wealth.” (Boy, is that a topic for another day!)

That’s what amazes me about listening to Democrats. We’re from the government and we’re here to help you is just too seductive for many Americans, no matter how much people like to laugh about it.

And we let them do it. We let them do it all the time – if for no other reason than that our district or state should receive “its fair share.” How about reducing that share across the board, for once?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

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