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A civil war is brewing

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on June 21, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

There is a civil war brewing; fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, neighbors and countrymen will be fighting once again only the subject matter this time will not be about the enslavement of the African people, no, it will be over the enslavement of all people of this nation.  The battle lines are drawn and this time it will be between; Republican-Democrat, Anarchy-Tyranny and good and evil. 

As Americans, we are bombarded on a daily basis with disinformation and we are continually manipulated by the media and our government and what has it gotten us?  To date, we have been given the stimulus package ($780 B), the Omnibus bill (second stimulus bill), Government Motors (GM), TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), we now have government-run healthcare, we are inches from getting Cap and Trade and we have now surpassed $13 Trillion dollars in debt.  And that is the short list.  But what is it really getting us?  The road to serfdom!  We are being sold a fanciful kingdom where everyone is equal, everyone is happy and no one has to pay for anything!  All under the watchful, nurturing hand of the government. 

The author of The Road to Serfdom F.A. Hayek says, Socialism, exchanges society’s supreme ideal of freedom for the vague concept of “fairness.” But by focusing on fairness, society slowly abandons its respect for the rule of law. What is “fair” is determined by judges and the state and may very well conflict with an individual’s right to property, prosperity, or political freedom. In other words, once a state can control competition, redistribute wealth, or plan aspects of the economy, it becomes the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong.

Hayek also points out that a democratic government cannot salvage freedom in a socialist system, despite the passionate arguments to the contrary on the left. Instead, notes Hayek, democracy must ultimately succumb to absolute planners because the legislative branch of democracy is simply unable to plan — or decide what is fair for all of society — on a massive scale. Even defenders of socialism, notes Hayek, acknowledge that an economic plan needs a unitary concept to be effective. “Planning leads to dictatorship because dictatorship is the most effective instrument of coercion and the enforcement of ideals and, as such, essential if central planning on a large-scale is to be possible.”

Even if a socialist government were able to maintain democracy, however, Hayek points out that the system would not necessarily preserve freedom. Unlike liberty, says Hayek, democracy is not the highest political end. In Hayek’s words democracy merely is a “utilitarian device for safeguarding internal peace and individual freedom. As such it is by no means infallible or certain.”  Barringer, Fitz E. (2005) Carolina Review. 

 Our current administration, with the help of this Congress and the media are driving us down the road to serfdom with the peddle to the metal.  We are on a collision course with either: totalitarianism or revolution.  I think it will be a little of both.  American citizens are not of a mind to be socialized; generally speaking we are a center-right country.  But in the last decade, we have fallen asleep at the wheel and have veered off on to some unfamiliar road and have lost our way.  But make no mistake, war is coming, but this civil war will be fought with our minds.  The principles of; freedom over serfdom, capitalism over socialism, good over evil, each will be won on the battlefield of the moral consciousness of this nation.

Kimberly Lentz