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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The golden calf in Washington wants more than just your money....

An interesting passage from this piece here....
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy in America that "among democratic nations the notion of government naturally presents itself to the mind under the form of a sole and central power, and that the notion of intermediate powers is not familiar to them."

That is, powerful centralized governments and the politicians who run them have a propensity to operate from the premise that if government is not providing a service, then the service is not being provided at all.

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Since Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society, politicians have systematically diminished the intermediating powers of churches and charities that de Tocqueville thought were essential to democracy. Cutting the incentives to give would seem to be exactly the wrong policy — that is, unless the intention was to deliberately weaken them further.
Given the de Tocqueville observation, the door to the systematic dismantling of the nation was opened during the the Hoover and Roosevelt administrations and the foundation was set during this period.

Why should we care one may ask? We should care, I think, since the systematic movement towards central government control is debilitating towards American society and makes it less caring and more coarse. The goal is replacing the individual with the leviathan government and it its values. In this environment, why should anyone care about their neighbor if it is now the role of the central authority to perform that role? Why care about the poor or those that are less than fortunate?

The suggestion by the Obamessiah to increase taxes on the charity giving of the wealthy is more than pernicious, it shows that the government is not just willing to tear down tradition, tear down the fabric of American life and history but is actively pursuing an equivalent of the Cultural Revolution, where wealthy and non-Liberal people, those that do not conform to the leftist thought are vilified....
The political changes after the 1949 Communist takeover also resulted in sweeping social changes, particularly the labeling of much of the former ruling class and intelligentsia as rightists and “revisionists,” “black elements” or “black gang elements.” Their houses were confiscated, and any items that did not conform to Mao’s values were smashed. Hardly any family with a problematic record against the system could escape the turmoil.
The USA is well on the road towards a debilitating socialism that focuses on massive social engineering that will eventually destroy what made that nation great.

I support any and all efforts to thwart this trend and take the country back even if they include violence.

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