In 1964, Barry Goldwater first said: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Statists have been trying to hang that millstone around the neck of conservatives ever since. I’m happy to report that they aren’t succeeding.
I actually think the President believes this stuff. It’s a faith based not on reason or experience or facts or history. It’s based on faith that the state knows best how to take care of the little people. It’s called, in its mildest form, statism. In its most virulent form, it’s called communism, complete with gulags, torture chambers, starvation, and murder.
It is common to consider that politics is the art of compromise. My worldview is different. My worldview is that collectivism is like cancer. It cannot be dealt with except to excise it out of the body or the cancer will kill it. Life is a continual battle against death. Political freedom is the result of a continuing successful battle against collectivism. This business of “co-existing” with it is bunk. To press the matter, simple resistance, even if it is successful in the short run, will ultimately fail. No team ever won a game (this is no game) strictly through defense. At some point, the freedom fight must move from a purely defensive posture to an aggressively offensive one. Once the cancer is excised, then we can start the rebuilding process.
Ann Coulter has said that liberalism is a form of mental illness. President Obama may be a good example. Anyone who doesn’t know what year it is, or how many states are in the union, or when his birthday is, is someone who bears watching very carefully. But we already knew that, didn’t we?
It’s easy to laugh at the attempts of mainstream economists to see green shoots where none exist (or have faded away). It’s harder instead to find something positive to say, but I found it. In a perverse sort of way: the worse the economy gets the better the chances that Obama will be a one-termer.
The whole conversation and debate over the debt ceiling reminds me of two guys fighting over a bar tab on the Titanic. Shakespeare said it best: This is “Much Ado About Nothing.”
The food crisis is just one more example of the insiders’ attempt to establish a world government, using the crisis as a pretext. I think it will fail. I also think they will continue their efforts.