Odessa Files: Predictable Results

In August of 2009, Victor Davis Hanson wrote the predictable results of citizens falling for the lure of government control:

When radical leaders over the last 2,500 years have sought to enforce equality of results, their prescriptions were usually predictable: redistribution of property; cancellation of debts; incentives to bring out the vote and increase political participation among the poor; stigmatizing of the wealthy, whether through the extreme measure of ostracism or the more mundane forced liturgies; use of the court system to even the playing field by targeting the more prominent citizens; radical growth in government and government employment; the use of state employees as defenders of the egalitarian faith; bread-and-circus entitlements; inflation of the currency and greater national debt to lessen the power of accumulated capital; and radical sloganeering about reactionary enemies of the new state. 

Any of these points sound familiar?

That astounds me the most is that tyranny occurs too often because of the acceptance of the people.

The average American knows little about politicians in state and federal government, yet these people they voted for are legislating our freedom and liberties away bit by bit. Too often, citizens realize too late, what has been done to their liberties. ObamaCare was passed even though it is a power that the Constitution does not provide for federal government. The justices in the Supreme Court overlooked this fact. Our check-and-balance system has weakened to the point that the President of the United States is given vast authoritative powers beyond constitutional law. It is the people who allowed it by putting all the responsibility of government to the executive branch. They have ignored the fact that it is Congress that produces bills to become law by majority vote – and do so in such a hurry that there is no oversight or enough time to form a proper congressional research committee as to the effects of bills in the long or short-term scenario. We hear politicians, who swore an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution, yet they ignore its articles and amendments. Their excuse for doing so is that it is antiquated, yet they do not submit changes or recession of amendments. Reform of the tax system has been in Congress since 2002 and still is a bill proposed for legislation. ObamaCare languished in Congress for months, not years and passed even when polls showed that the majority of American people did not want it and there were large groups of protesters against it. ObamaCare is already seeing future effects – doctors are preparing to depart from practice. ObamaCare when it reaches full circle will increase the shortage of physicians to 63,000 by 2015.

A mighty power will not collapse overnight, and the course of decline can always be halted by a renewal of patriotic vigor.

As bad as things are, it is not too late. It can begin by citizens and their representatives in Congress to recognize that Barack Hussein Obama is not fit for public office – even as a community organizer. That holds true with too many presently in Congress – on both sides of the political fence. [Read 2012: When Dreams Died by Victor Davis Hanson]
Wisdom from any age of history should never be ignored and considered passé. V. D. Hanson wrote of classical literature:

Yet classical literature is one of the oldest and most abstract guides to us that there are certain parameters that we may seek to overcome, but must also accept that we ultimately cannot. … Admittedly, classical literature is aristocratic, at least in the sense that the well-read and learned had more money than those whom they often wrote about. But that said, it is striking how frequently over a thousand years of Greek and Latin masterpieces arise words like “mob” (ochlos) and “throng” (turba) to describe the herd-like desire for entitlements without worry as to how they were to be funded. …
Alexis de Tocqueville put forth a thesis that American democracy had a chance because the small-scale entrepreneur (see above) and autonomous, self-reliant agrarian were not so prone to the Siren-calls of the European mob. He felt that we in American would not perhaps follow the model of the fourth-century Athenian dêmos or imperial Roman vulgus that flocked to the cities for the dole, and hated the wealthy the more they taxed them (don’t think Obama will be happy with just raising rates on “millionaires”) — as if the ability to pay high taxes was always proof of the ability to pay even more. … Classics, then, teach us to beware a situation when 47% of the population do not pay income taxes and nearly half of us receive federal and state subsidies. Perhaps we should go over the cliff so that the 53% all understand the burdens of higher taxes to subsidize the 47% who pay no income taxes. If we hike taxes on those who make over $1 million a year, then cannot we not insist that everyone pays at least $500 per year in federal income taxes — to appreciate that April 15 is not Christmas? … Yet at this point, with a looming 40% federal tax rate, 12% California tax [5], returning payroll and higher Medicare taxes, and the new Obamacare hit, millions would prefer the oppressive take of classical serfdom to the present 55-60% of their income grabbed by the state. The new American helots, after all, will fork over sixty percent of their almond crops to the IRS, build six out of ten houses for their government, drive their trucks until July for Washington — and write thirty PJ weekly columns a year for Obama. The Tea Party might have been better named the Helot Party.

In this age of Obama and a corrupting equality of result, we must continue to speak out, with dash and style, with the knowledge that most of our peers prefer sameness and mandated equality to freedom and liberty, if the latter result in inequality. But at least we are not alone; the best of the ancient world nods with us.