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When tyranny calls

By Joseph Ashby

In explanation for her “yes” vote on the Max Baucus created health care bill, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe said:

“Is this bill all that I would want? Far from it. Is it all that it can be? No. But when history calls, history calls.”

Senator Snowe is probably right. History is calling. What she has wrong is history’s message. History is calling with the warning that tyranny is at our doorstep.

The tyranny that threatens us is not the same brand as the violent police states of the 20th century. Tyranny in America will look more like the misguided utopianism that has taken England from being the greatest, freest nation on earth to the frail remains of a world power it is today.

History called on England in the aftermath of World War II. During the war, the Axis Powers threatened England’s very existence. In such dire circumstances it became necessary for the entire country to work under central direction to achieve its military objectives. However, after the Allied Forces retook Europe, England believed that wartime-style government planning should continue. The government proceeded to dismantle what, in many ways, was once the freest economy in world history.

Now, over 60 years later, we see the results. England — the leader of the industrial revolution, the empire over which the sun never set, the parent of so many of the great modern republics — has descended into doldrums of mediocrity.

The permanency of that decline was put into perspective by a recent New York Times article. The article laments the failure of Socialist Parties in countries across Europe. At first glance the report leaves the reader a little stunned at the NYT’s open sorrow over the failure of European leftism. But a closer look reveals a bleak reality. The article states:


Europe’s center-right parties have embraced many ideas of the left: generous welfare benefits, nationalized health care, sharp restrictions on carbon emissions, the ceding of some sovereignty to the European Union. But they have won votes by promising to deliver more efficiently than the left, while working to lower taxes, improve financial regulation, and grapple with aging populations.
Europe’s conservatives, says Michel Winock, a historian at the Paris Institut d’Études Politiques, “have adapted themselves to modernity.”

It’s not that socialism is in decline in Europe; it’s that socialism no longer has any opposition.

The things that made Europe (particularly England) great have been swallowed up by government’s unrelenting appetite. No longer do politicians seek office as protectors of life, liberty and property — they seek only to run the oppressive bureaucratic state more efficiently.

The catalyst to this permanent leftist political climate is health care. Other government programs are specifically targeted to the poor, the aged or other relatively small groups. Social Security, for example, has become a political sledge hammer against those who try to reform it. But Social Security recipients make up only a minority of voters at any given time.

If Obama’s health care overhaul passes, it will reach across all age demographics and into nearly every income bracket. Health care legislation will quickly gain a political force surpassing Social Security. Once that happens, the only way to win elections will be to promise not to touch government health care. Every politician will have to accept and even endorse issues that are now only championed by the far left.

Only such a weighty political payoff would prompt reelection-obsessed politicians to so thoroughly ignore opinion polls. Fox News’ latest numbers show an overwhelming split of 54% against 35% for the current health care proposals. Despite the sour public opinion, the legislation continues to progress through congress. The Democrats are willing to lose battles in polling and even the next election because they believe they are about to win the war.

The history calling Senator Snowe agrees. If health care passes, it will not represent the beginning of the end — the beginning took place long ago. But it may signal the end of the beginning, the end of the period in which liberty has its chance to beat back statism.

American freedom has been bent, and bent, and bent for nearly 100 hundred years. Like post World War II socialization of England, health care may prove to be America’s breaking point.

 History is calling. Who will hear her?

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  1. Spot on.

    This is recurring point in here, that we have undergone a coup d’etat here. It was done in slow motion but it was no less a genuine revolution for it. So successful has it been that almost all political parties have been co-opted by this cultural Marxist takeover and many Britons now have no idea of what was lost because they have no idea of what went before.

    Most Britons now cannot conceive of liberty, it’s a life form from another dimension.

    Look, at the turn of the 20th Century we were the most free, heavily armed and wealthiest nation on the planet. These things are not coincidence. The entire British Empire was administered by fewer civil servants than now work for any London local council.

    Now it takes a health and safety assessment, insurance and an army of state agents in ludicrous "hi-viz" jackets to mow the grass at the side of the road.

    Since liberty was crushed here it can be crushed anywhere.

  2. Now that is some article to pass coment on, not that it is the first to broach the subject of the bad effects of universal welfare. I recently read a relevant piece, perhaps not quite so specific, and have included a few ‘clips’ below.

    That the philosophy of benevolence for all, come what may, could eventually cause the demise of mankind, is not beyond possibility.

    ‘Lliberal mentality almost completely takes in the general evolution aspect of Darwinism, but would rather dismiss the natural selection, or “survival of the fittest” viewpoint. Today’s liberals promote an abundance of social programs that leave the government, and in essence, other citizens responsible for basic necessities that certain individuals cannot obtain on their own. People who are on the receiving end of these programs seldom acquire the ability to fend for themselves, thereby forfeiting their capacity to evolve. If Darwin is right, then how can liberal philosophy claim to adopt his teachings and at the same time, completely disregard one of the most compelling arguments?’

    One of the most damaging ideas of modern ‘liberal thinking’ is that competition is unecessary. Already the idea has infiltrated many schools, where every child gets to play, no-one keeps score, and there are no winners or losers. Without competition there is no incentive to raise standards, or try to improve the quality of character because all are guaranteed the same chance to do what everyone else can, regardless of effort or performance. It is an attempt to reduce humanity to the intellectual levels found in ant heaps, and reduces the physical ability to evolve.

    Pehaps it is nature’s eventual goal, that we should all adopt the ‘ant plan’, with a ‘Leader’, and a coterie of ‘leaders in waiting’, protected by ‘soldiers’, and the rest being ‘workers’, and where the needs of all are provided by the community. Easy to see why it is so favoured by liberals and socialists.

    ‘One may conclude that modern liberalism may eventually lead us down the path to extinction. Hopefully, for the sake of our species, it will only drive liberal philosophy to its certain demise. ‘

    But who knows? ants have been around much longer than humans!.

    Liberals vs. Darwin"

  3. Really tyrannical of the state to go and buy all those vaccines and prevent the spread of swine flu on us.

  4. Noel Cunningham –

    Who pays for the vaccines, were they asked and what is their fate if they refuse to stump up?

  5. Noel,

    How perceptive of you to see only the smaller picture, when it is the larger one that threatens you and yours…you worry about rain drops when it is the lightning that will kill you. – euphemistically speaking!

    Neither the post or the comments deny the ethos and philosophy of ‘Love thy neighbour’, but they do try to give a perspective on the value and ethic of being self reliant, and self sufficient, – and isn’t that also a part of the current fashion for being ‘eco friendly’, eat simple etc. etc.

    There can be no doubt that the levels of ‘aid’ both nationally and internationally, have got well out-of-hand, to the point of being unsustainable, but it is ‘fashionable’, and oh so worthy!.

  6. The Swine Flu has so far killed 1000 people, vacines kill between 500-1500 each time they develope a new one, the winter is just about to begin lets see what kills more by the end the cure or the disiese.

    besides the belief that swine flu will cause a pandemic has now reached the level of man made global warming destroying the planet.

    There is NO evidense to back up either faery tale

    But there is emmense historicle proof thast socialism/communism has destroyed every society that has embraced it. But to a Liberal those real facts are a faery tale

  7. Excuse me the article suggests that we ‘yuropeens’ were consulted and consented about transfer off sovreignty to the EU? Funny I can’t recall the referendum, was I asleep that day?

    In fact only a minority political elite decided it and totally without any democracy ‘ruining’ their plans.

    Like all the important decisions eg open door immigration none of it was put to the people for their consent and any criticism of this was immediately derided as racist or ‘little englander’.

    It saddens me to see America headed down the same toilet we inhabit.

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