Putting aside my recent run in with Mother Nature http://www.rainydaypatriots.org/profiles/blogs/the-eye-of-the-storm , 2012 should be a pretty good year for me. I have a wonderful wife and family, two absolutely beautiful granddaughters, the Tide are national champions and I hit 62 this year. So why does 2012 stink like a sewer, one word, Obama! Barrack Obama is the ultimate dream of the left in America, he’s a full blown Marxist, has surrounded himself with Marxist and with the help of the “Lame Street Media”, George Soros and the Democrats in Congress, is trying to remake my country into a European Socialist state. So you say to me, “ golly gee whiz Jim, it’s just a little Communism, how much can it really hurt”? I can tell you quite confidently that it can hurt a whole bunch. Marxism may be the world’s greatest destroyer of humanity, it’s never worked anywhere it has been tried, destroys human potential and economic opportunity all in the name of equality. One might ask, how can anything done in the name of equality be bad? Because there’s more than one type of equality and as always the devil’s in the details.
This week, on Townhall.com, Michael Barone has a column titled “Prudence Is Key to Reversing Obama's 'Soft Despotism” http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbarone/2012/02/20/creators_oped. Michael addresses the issue, that in order to correct our current ills, we must have patience and await another election. He also quotes Alexis de Tocqueville’s book "Democracy in America" on the issue of equality. Our Framers were big on equality, as in “all men created equal”, meaning created with equal rights granted by the Creator, the equal right to succeed or fail according to one’s initiative. Our nation was to be one of limited government that only provided a level playing field and left the rest to each of us and our individual effort. Granted there were inequities in the beginning and it was left to posterity to correct the shortcomings but over the years we have worked out the bugs and equal rights are a reality. As I said before, these equal rights only entitle one the opportunity to succeed or fail and no guarantee is made of either. I might mention that people don’t like failure but through failure, more often than not, great successes are born. The equality envisioned by the framers is a “natural equality” as it follows natures own laws of rewarding the greatest effort but there is another equality that is vastly different. This is artificial equality or equality of outcome, it is destructive as it doesn’t follow natures law and is the basis of all things Marxist. To quote de Tocqueville in describing this artificial equality, "an immense tutelary power is elevated, which alone takes charge of assuring their enjoyments and watching over their fate. It is absolute, detailed, rigid, far-seeing and mild. It would resemble paternal power if, like that, it had for its object to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood; it likes citizens to enjoy themselves. It willingly works for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent and sole arbiter of that." This describes not our founders vision of equality through limited government and personal liberty but big intrusive government, controlling our lives and outcomes. It sounds a little like de Tocqueville saw 2012 coming and was warning us to beware.
I guess Michael Barone is right about “Prudence” but just let it be known, prudence or not, in the end we are committed that liberty shall prevail. The only thing I want from my government is to get the hell out of my way, follow the Constitution and respect my right to succeed or fail. The rest is between God and I alone.