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Strange But True

One of the great demonstrations of the universal value of Democracy and Liberty is that no matter how despotic and corrupt a regime is, it will always mouth the platitudes of Liberal Democracy.  N. Korea dutifully has elections, as does Iran.  All the worst places in the world are “People’s Republics” or “Islamic Republics”.  No one just says outright, “hey, I’m just a plain old despot claiming the absoulte right of kings.”  They have to couch their thugocracies in the trappings of Western Civilization because we have discovered something that borders on a universal human truth.

So, in a way, we might already have won if we would only hold all these petty dictators to account through the international bodies that exist.  Sadly, the UN is the playground of these same petty, corrupt dictators, so absent starting something else (and leaving the UN altogether for non-humanitarian issues), we’re not going to make much headway in that direction.  But I digress…

Over at the Contentions blog, Jennifer Rubin has been writing about Sotomayor’s sudden transformation into a rule of law girl now that she’s been nominated to the Supreme Court.  Never mind her years and years of giving speeches and handing down rulings in direct contradiction to the idea of judicial restraint, now that she’s on national television, she’s as Federalist as any Federalist out there.

If legislating from the bench is so wildly popular, why the need to lie about it during confirmation hearings?

And the same question could be asked of about a dozen of the Left’s legislative priorities.

They don’t want to nationalize health care, they swear. Even as they pass legislation geared to do exactly that.  They have no intention of raising taxes, even as “cap and trade” becomes the largest tax grab in the history of the US.  No one has ever been a stronger friend of Israel, even as we lean on them and put no pressure whatsoever on Hamas or Abbas or Syria or Iran.  Name one demand that Obama has made of the PLO.  I certainly can’t think of one.

But he and his supporters swear there has never been a better friend to Israel in the Oval Office.

Hogwash.  And hogwash again on Healthcare which the Left has been trying to socialize it since the 60s.  And hogwash again on taxes.

And hogwash again on Sotomayor’s judicial restraint.

But think about it.  If the West has already won the important debate about the truth of Democracy and Liberty and our evidence is the hypocrisy of Castro and Kim JongIl and the Ayatollahs; then what does the hypocrisy, not to say perfidy, of the Democratic party here in the US say about the domestic policy debate?

And if we’ve already won the battle of ideas (as I believe we have), then why aren’t our elected officials at least trying to do a better job of holding the government to account.  We know why the press won’t do it (they are on the other side).  But our congressmen should at least try to point out the utter ridiculousness of their opponents across the aisle saying one thing and doing another.

Perhaps calling Sotomayor on her silliness is a good start.

QOTD For Sunday

Since we missed Friday, and apropos of Katy’s comments on the “Stimulus Package”…

It is useless for the few remaining followers of Herbert Spencer to discuss whether the English, in entering Socialism, will sell themselves into slavery.  They are already in the slavery: but they have not sold themselves into it.  For they have not got any money for it, nor even the promise of any.  It is vain for Individualist orators to adjure the people not to lose their birthright for a mess of pottage.  Their birthright is lost; it is the mess of pottage that cannot be found.  It is almost the only kind of mess that we have not managed to produce.

- G.K. Chesterton, The Intrusions of Officialdom

QOTD

When the course of civilization takes an unexpected turn – when, instead of the continuous progress which we have come to expect, we find ourselves threatened by evils associated by us with past ages of barbarism – we naturally blame anything but ourselves.

- F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom.

With those words Hayek begins his brilliant book.  It’s a tidy little package (the whole book is only 260 pages) which debunks all Socialism’s myths .  Would that all of our leaders had read it in these
interesting times.

Last month’s posts today!

Where else can you get timely topical commentary one month late?

Where else but here? No where. It’s because we care.
Anyway, there were a couple of things from Obama’s acceptance speech that I wanted to touch on.

First, let us compare and contrast the Constitution and something from TheOne:

First from the Constitution (sing along, you know the words):

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

And now Obama:

We can perfect this Union.

Obama’s statement makes a nice sound bite and calls to mind the Constitution’s phrasing, which it was obviously intended to do.  But the meaning is almost entirely opposed to what the Framers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution.

The Framers chose the phrase “more perfect Union” advisedly.  They understood that human things are necessarily imperfect.  There are conflicting goods in every human life and every human society, there is no such thing as perfect justice.  Tragedy is inevitable and inherent in the human condition.

Obama’s phrasing ignores this reality, dumbs down the content of the Constitution and in doing so perverts it’s meaning.  Either he doesn’t understand that, or he doesn’t care because he doesn’t agree with the Framers and the Constitution on this point.

The Framer’s understanding, the one shared by most conservatives, helps to engender humility in government.  If you understand that no matter what you do, the end result will just be better, maybe good, but certainly not “perfect”, you are less willing to pile up the sacrifices and the bodies to achieve your necessarily limited aims.

But, when perfection is the goal, the all-enduring Utopia the aim, no sacrifice is too great, no pile of corpses too high.  Witness France, Russia, China, Cambodia; all places where no atrocity was too horrible, because perfection was on the line.

Obama is either dagerously unaware of this history or too flip with his phrasing.  Either way, I don’t like it.

And another thing.

Yes We Can!

Is not an American Creed.  It is a socialist worker’s party’s rallying cry.  That manipulative piece of verbiage really pissed me off.