Friday, February 19, 2010

Trading liberty for tyranny ~ By Alan Keyes

Commentary from WorldNetDaily.  As always, Alan Keyes writes to stimulate your thought process with careful reading. I'll start this one with the good news:
As I argued many months ago in one of the little thoughts posted on my blog, the Obama faction's spending schemes have mainly been a stimulus toward tyranny. They have had one unintended and potentially beneficial result, however. They have stimulated deep outrage and resistance from Americans unwilling to cap the prospects of their future by giving liberty in trade for elite domination. Such people can hardly wait until November rolls around. Then they will have their say.
By Alan Keyes

Posted: February 19, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

It turns out, of course, that the much vaunted so-called "stimulus" legislation that was supposed to create jobs as it pulled the economy out of the "great recession" isn't working. Evan Bayh, the now-retiring senator from Indiana, has famously admitted as much, saying, "If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months."

Surprise, surprise! Government spending doesn't create jobs, at least not without a war on. This fact has to be especially hard for a Democrat to admit. The official mythology of the Democratic Party rests on the tacit assumption that New Deal government jobs and public works programs pulled America out of the Great Depression. This assumption goes unquestioned among rank-and-file Democrats despite overwhelming evidence that the Depression ended only after the United States geared up for round two of the 20th century's Great World War. Fortunately, absent some profiteering motive, sane people would agree that that particular remedy comes at too high a price. Robert Higgs makes a good point when he quotes Ludwig von Mises ("War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings.") in the course of substantiating the point that war creates a demand for more workers by literally shipping large numbers of able-bodied individuals off to the slaughterhouse. Just ask G.I. Joe how Rosie the Riveter came by her first job.

Unfortunately, like the Melanesian people who built their hopes on a classically fallacious post hoc, propter hoc observation, Democratic and RINO Republican voters have been suckered by their political exploiters into building false hopes for prosperity on the observation of the delivery of tax dollars to the party bosses and their cronies. (There are surely some folks in ACORN and other favored elements of the Obama cult who will testify to the return of prosperity in the wake of the stimulus legislation.) Meanwhile, the Obama faction's Democrats seem willing to imitate only one element of the factual basis for the end of the Great Depression. Their fanatical promotion of abortion (and other practices inimical to human procreation) has proliferated slaughterhouses throughout the land, culling innocent lives that would otherwise have contributed to an expanding work force. The perennial and intensifying financial crisis of the Social Security system is one result.


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