a nation divided, 13
Or, “Just how many people is Denver University Professor Brian Kiteley going to have to distance himself from, for Chrissakes?” Historian Arthur Herman, “We’re now one step closer to America’s coming civil war”
“Thousands of people in several Argentine cities ransacked supermarkets for a second day in the latest challenge to President Chistina Kirchner, who is struggling to revive a weak economy…In the central city Rosario, two people were killed during the incidents and 137 people arrested.
“The violence puts Mrs. Kirchner in a difficult position as the poor are [her] core constituents…Her government spends billions of dollars a year to help low income families, including free health care…[Yet] Argentine activists who claim to represent the poor traditionally block access to supermarkets in the month of December to demand free food and other items [...].”
Some have said my warnings about a coming civil war between makers and takers are exaggerated. It’s true that Argentina’s politicians have been waging class warfare since Juan and Eva Peron–and they aren’t fazed when it turns bloody. Obama and the Democrats are relative newcomers to the game. But Argentina reveals who really suffers when those who create a nation’s wealth get mugged by those who spend it–as just happened this week in Washington.
It’s the poor and the middle class, the very ones big government says it’s trying to protect.
And sadly that’s where Mitt Romney had it wrong.
That 47 percent of Americans who get unemployment benefits, Social Security disability checks, Medicare and Medicaid, and government student loans, aren’t the real takers. Like the rioters in Rosario, they’re just pawns in a perennial battle between those who see wealth and prosperity as something created by hard work, ingenuity, and innovation in a free market system–or something to be doled out by government.
Experience teaches that those who believe in free markets are right. The November election and the budget deal, however, show that the other side is winning, and winning big.
Since 1970, America’s public sector has exploded as a percentage of GDP, rising to almost 25% last year. While the national unemployment rate hovers at the 8% mark, government worker unemployment rate is a cozy 3.8%. Sixteen percent of America’s workforce now work for government. By the time the Obama administration ends, we won’t be that far away from Argentina’s 21 percent.
Yet as an economic and social enterprise, government creates nothing.
Far from adding to people’s standard of living, government is the number one cause of poverty in this country. It forces those who depend on its largess to live hand to mouth, with no time or money to plan for the future. They become unable to fend for themselves—and increasingly resentful of those who can.
When the economy tanks and the government checks have to shrink, their only alternative is to take to the streets. That’s what happening in Argentina, and in Greece; and that’s where the growth of government is taking us here, as this current budget deal increases handouts–and more and more Americans are finding that an unemployment or Social Security disability check is their only life line.
Washington’s Republicans and Democrats alike have become the toll collectors on the road to serfdom–and the road to Rosario.
How far down that road depends on how our private sector rallies in 2013 after two numbing defeats, first on November 7 and then on Capitol Hill this week.
It needs to explain to that 47 percent that when big government wins, we all lose–and that this nation won’t survive if it does.
[my emphases] I was listening just now to last evening’s Mark Levin show, and Levin noted that he’d been getting calls on his cell phones from various Republican members of Congress who were seeking to explain certain votes — essentially, to lobby him. Levin, for his part, was having none of it and announced on air that he doesn’t want any of them calling his cell phone again.
And who can blame him? Even many of those we thought supposedly staunch caved when the pressure became too great — and rather than come out and apologize for their cowardice, they instead tried to rationalize it: heroic Republicans made sure that 99% of the country didn’t have its taxes raised (even though this is a complete lie; about 80% of Americans will see their taxes raised, and their first paychecks was a wake up call), and this, despite very little political leverage.
– You know: like controlling the House of Representatives.
I said it before but I’ll repeat it here again: if it plays out like it couldn’t have been scripted to go any worse for conservatives and classical liberals, chances are good that it was indeed scripted. We knew the GOP would fold and taxes would be raised, emboldening class warfare warriors and lending cover to the validity of the class warfare argument; we knew that we would be told yet again by our “conservative” opinion outlets and spokespeople that a tax increase for “the rich” wasn’t a hill worth dying on; we knew that anger over being criticized for their feckless and pre-ordained surrender would be marshaled against the “extremists” who make up the TEA Party, a collection of John Wilkes Booths and hairy-footed Hobbits who refuse all but the most pure legislation, proof of their naivety and unnuanced worldview, and so justification for their being shunned and ridiculed.
But the thing is, there are many many of us — and because we are who we are, and we believe what we believe, we are the least likely “subjects” to accept a life of servitude to the State. And so Herman is correct — just as I was, unfortunately, some 7 or so years ago when I predicted a coming irreparable divide — that there will be some sort of reckoning, and the United States as we’ve known it is not likely to survive.
It is the ruling class vs. the rest of us. And more than half of the rest of us are either left wing ideologues and true believers, or else useful idiots of the kind that allow mobs to rob the minority of its rights, its liberty, and its property.
These are dire times. And we ain’t seen nothing yet, I’m afraid: either a monetary collapse or else an attempt to tax and register all weapons owned by law-abiding citizens, will be the point of conflagration, if I had to guess.
And I believe — reluctantly — that such has been the plan the New Left has been working on all along.