Sunday, January 20, 2008

Lost and Found Department

We have lost something in what we have gained...

(This post began as a comment at Right Thinking, a blog written by the lovely and talented Rivka. The questions being asked by many are, 'what has become of conservatism; what do we know of it today; why does conservatism of today look so much like liberalism of yesterday; is the conservative spirit and movement dead?')

We have gained a large addition into adult society - college graduates who have learned from liberal Marxist professors that our rights include the right to be free from risk and failure, the right to be made whole when we lose our fortunes and homes, the right to demand our president be the weeper in chief, and the right to be free from anything which may hurt our feelings.

We have gained a large influx of immigrants, legal and not, who bring with them, not a desire to partake in the freedoms bestowed upon this nation, but to take advantage of those freedoms for their own benefit while maintaining their old and destructive traditions. These newcomers don't come to further the American experiment, but to instill in us the traditions and practices of the governments they have left behind. In most countries, governments and constitutions are as changeable as the seasons. The newcomers, with the encouragement of the Democrat Party, insist that the US Constitution is as fungible as any constitution anywhere and just as pedestrian.

The Democrats have monopolized the dialogue to change the Constitution to something the Founders would neither recognize, nor pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to defend. When Conservatives join the dialogue it is only to out-promise government give-aways. The dialogue is but a two-way monologue promising the same bromides only in differing dosages.

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide," said John Adams. We are rapidly approaching a government of Democracy and leaving the promise of Republic in the polluted and mushy thinking of the nanny state.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." We are directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, and indeed, what to sow. The Federal farm programs meant only as stop gap measures in the Depression and Dust Bowl years have been reserved to provide fortunes for farmers who, like the lilies-of-the-valley, neither sow nor reap and do so at governmental behest.

Today, this nation is experiencing a financial meltdown, particularly in the mortgage industry. The established government cries out for a bail out package of $142 billion. The presidential candidates are falling all over themselves and each other promising billions of dollars of the people's money far and above what the President has promised, all of it more than the people can afford, just to save the homes of decent, but ignorant and stupid Americans who borrowed more money than they could possibly make in their lifetimes to buy homes more suited to Louis XIV than the American Joe Sixpack so very (and vainly) proud of his averageness.

While the crisis continues, the candidates and the President promise bread and circuses when we all know that the actions taken by the government will be for naught, and, in any case, too late. We also know in our hearts that the proper action for the government is to do nothing. Lenders and borrowers got themselves into financial trouble, dragging the rest of us down with them. I feel neither compulsion nor compunction in rescuing the greedy and the stupid. Through the dubious promises of bailout packages and tax rebates made by presidential candidates, the people have found they can vote themselves money just as Benjamin Franklin warned, "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." Bin Laden and the jihadis need do nothing more than wait patiently.

Two things are worth remembering - no Democracy has lasted longer than ten years. The only Democracy that endured for a decade ended with the forced suicide of Socrates; in the nearly 220 years since the Constitutional founding of this nation in 1789, no country anywhere has adopted the governmental form, political institutions, or social traditions of the United States of America.

The Democrats will respond that they are far smarter than any ancient Greek. And besides, Athens was often under siege from militaristic governments like Sparta, so Athenians never had an opportunity to develop a full fledged working democracy. To the second they will respond that the fact that no country has adopted our forms, institutions, and traditions only proves how inadequate our government, constitution, and we, the people, really are. All other democratic republics have molded themselves around the French Republic, of which there have been five since 1792, each with its own constitution far different from the last, and freely elected, of course. Or they have favored the Spanish Empire model of frequent changes of military dictators - freely elected, of course. Sometimes, the English parliamentary system is introduced, but one can presume only for comic relief because nearly every one has fallen to some form of dictatorship - freely elected, of course.

Only the Country and Constitution of the United States of America has weathered its own history and the vagaries of world politics and self-aggrandizing international wars of others to make itself and the world a better place to live only to blamed for every ailment and sneeze in the international order. The question no longer is, 'Will conservatism survive?" It is now, "Will America survive?"

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


dcat said...

I am alive and well Indigo. How are you?

Rivka said...

What an excellent post. I must say I agree with this. Can't say much more.
A lot of us are putting our heads in the sand here not realizing what kind of hole we have put ourselves in and how it will get deeper unless we revise our foundation and get back to basics. I am concerned it is withering away and by the time my boys grow up, America will not be the same free America we once knew.

I don't mean to be a whiner, but this recent law that passed to outlaw regluar bulbs by the year 2014 is very telling as to where we are headed.(There are other things such as everything you noted in your post that is telling, but Global Warming is going to be a HUGE infringement on our rights). There are a lot of Republicans in agreement with the lightbulb thing and with Global Warming including McCain who is now the front runner. Scary indeed.

Rivka said...

Oh yes and thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

It has been a while my friend, but I see that you are still alive and kicking so to speak. I have always enjoyed your posts. You never back away from the truth!

devildog6771 at Hello Iraq

Gayle said...

Great post, Indigo, and Rivka's right... the environuts pushing global warming down our throats are indeed scary! I also plan on stocking up on lightbulbs before they go off the shelves. The one's they are pushing off on us have been proven to be potentially dangerous.

I don't know if democracy will survive or not... it already seems to be on it's last legs.

Anonymous said...

Regarding those new bulbs; no. calif. rural waste system is not accepting them at the land fill because of the harmful mercury in them. So, what now?