by John Russell Turner
I'm fairly easy to please. My idea of Utopia is simple and even attainable, but I use the word Utopia because it seems that there are people in this world that are determined to deny it to all of us. I hesitate to even start the process of having a "bad guy" in my thoughts about politics, but in this case, it is unavoidable. There is indeed an enemy of mankind that must be destroyed, or at least, overcome. Why? Because here is my idea of Utopia: a world where everyone has the chance to prosper and succeed, a world where everyone has the chance to achieve full self-actualization.
So look around you. Is this the case, in a large part of the world? Do people in Tunisia aspire to excellence? Do gays in Iran live in joyous freedom? How about your average peasant in North Korea, think he's dreaming of anything but a decent meal some day? Don't forget the Darfur region of Sudan now-nothing like a little genocide to absolutely slake your thirst for bigger and better things! How's that lively political debate coming along in China? (Author's note: people in power (i.e., the government) in such countries have found that they can deflect criticism away from their brutal exercise of power and their wallowing in the lust for control over others. All they have to do is blame the US and her policies).
Make no mistake about it: the main reason there is so much poverty, suffering, violence, and gray mediocrity in the world is because of certain types of government: dictatorships, and other forms of totalitarianism. Or, to put it more bluntly, government by legal thugs. US policies have little or nothing to do with the conditions of life in those countries.
And in America, can the individual succeed in making a good life for himself? Is the chance to prosper available to all? Yes, in theory it is, but because of the slow, gradual march towards the total collectivization of the American economy and politics-the seemingly inexorable drift towards socialism, American style-this is becoming harder and harder to do. Many individuals do succeed by working very hard to overcome the barriers put in place by our enemy, the Left. Prohibitive regulations, excessive taxation, and lunatic laws all contribute to the zeitgeist, to the overall cultural stagnation. In such an environment, more and more men and women come to the conclusion that it is easier to exist as state controlled sheep, than to aspire to greatness and excellence.
Look back for a moment at the record of Hurricane Katrina. All those people who died or else suffered badly made a sad, tragic mistake: they waited for Big Brother to come deliver them. I'll tell you what I would have done, and it's a no-brainer. I would have freaking walked out of New Orleans to escape. I wouldn't have waited for the government to help me, I would have helped myself. But the Katrina victims can't be blamed, really; all their lives, most of them had been indoctrinated with the notion that the government will take care of them. But the government in general is not concerned with the problems of it's people; it is concerned mostly with its own problems, the major one being how to hold onto power and prestige. In everything it tries to do outside it's proper venue, it bungles and fails miserably. Some governments make no pretense that they're interested in their people's safety or welfare; they simply rule with an iron fist.
Yes, government is and always has been the major problem of humanity. It is the single most powerful barrier to human progress there is, but the irony of it all is that anarchy is worse.
This is why the American Experiment is so special, and why America is so exceptionally great. America produced a system that enabled more people per capita to prosper and succeed than any other system. Of course there were problems back then, serious problems like slavery and oppression of women. Human beings are never perfect, they make mistakes yet they have the wondrous ability to learn from those mistakes. And so we Americans abolished slavery and gave women political equality, et al. I find it curious that the Left will cite various evils committed in our past as proof that our system is tainted. What it is their solution? Replace it with a system that is truly tainted, a system of government that has proven itself evil every time it has been tried. Such forms of government only benefits the rulers, and their employees. As Hayek and others have said, socialism (and its variants) is the road to serfdom.
So it is time to take off the gloves and fight for our very lives against the people who would have us all reduced to the lowest common denominator, for their own lusts and wishes for power. Look at what they tried to do with the recent murders in Tucson. What exactly is "right wing rhetoric"? Individualism? Capitalism? Empowering individuals to succeed? Prosperity for the greatest number? Love of family, of human life, of country? Yes, right wing rhetoric is based on all of these things, and it is this that the Left would have us believe is the cause of murder, mayhem, injustices, et al. They push to enact policies based on their lunatic world view, and so they would have us plunge to the abyss of social decay and civil anarchy.
Civil discourse? If this is what the Left truly wants, then they should shut up. It is they who are the source of nearly all the incivility in American discourse today. Just ask Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, Rush Limbaugh, and several other right wingers who spread the true message of what it takes to achieve prosperity for the greatest number of people. It is the Left who stand in the way of an economy that creates jobs and opportunities for anyone with the desire to improve him or herself, and it is they who are pushing America to collapse.