We will take America without firing a shot…We will bury you! We can’t expect the American people to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism. We do not have to invade the United States, we will destroy you from within.
Last week Jo Ashline wrote a scolding post that has apparently been wildly popular and touted from the rooftops for it's insight. But I disagree with her conclusion.
The post describes the day after the 2012 presidential election. Mitt Romney lost and Barrack Obama was elected for a second term. A number or Ms. Ashline's Facebook “friends” said it was “a sad and tragic day for our nation.” Ms. Ashline was, in her own words, disgusted. This is what she said:
To those who truly believe the Presidential election results are tragic, let me refresh your memory of what tragic really looks like, because it seems so many have clearly forgotten:
This was followed by large, graphic photos of the world trade center ablaze and mid-collapse on September 11, 2001.
That is a perfect example of the logical fallacy of relative privation.
To those unfamiliar with relative privation, it means making something seem better by comparing it to something worse — in this case, something extreme. So let's try that on for size.
To those who truly believe children going without food is tragic, let me refresh your memory of what tragic really looks like, because it seems so many have clearly forgotten:
This statement to be followed by pictures of the great Chinese famine or the Holodomor.
To those who truly believe the AIDS epidemic tragic, let me refresh your memory of what tragic really looks like, because it seems so many have clearly forgotten:
This statement to be followed by drawings of the Black Death.
To those who truly believe the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are tragic, let me refresh your memory of what tragic really looks like, because it seems so many have clearly forgotten:
This statement to be followed by pictures from the World War I or World War II.
To those who truly believe 9-11 was tragic, let me refresh your memory of what tragic really looks like, because it seems so many have clearly forgotten:
This statement to be followed by pictures from the Holocaust.
The American Dream isn't about having your dream house, a sports car, and the best job ever. It's not about having everything you want. It's about having the opportunity to make of your life what you can because of the freedom provided by our limited government.
The tragedy of this election is real — even if it doesn't seem to Ms. Ashline to reach epic proportions.
Until Tuesday night, I still believed that most Americans still truly believed in the real America. The America that was built by our founders based on the Constitution. The America that provided an opportunity for those willing to accept the challenge — and risk — freedom affords.
My folks were born in the 1920s. Neither came from money. They worked hard and struggled together. My dad finally finished his PhD in 1968 — when he was 39 years old — and started his career as a math professor. We had what we needed, but we lived frugally and saved and wore things out and used wisely.
Have you ever seen Cinderella Man? That was the generation my parents came from. You might — perhaps, maybe, possibly — accept charity (or government assistance or whatever you want to call it). If there were no other way. If you were destitute. If your children were in harm's way. But you'd do it grudgingly, painfully. And you'd pay it back the very first minute you could. Because it was your duty to care for you own if it was possible at all.
That's how I was raised. And that's the community I grew up in.
The Americans I knew would have been horrified at The Life of Julia. They would have been insulted at the insinuation that they were incapable of growing up and having a meaningful life without Nanny Obama coddling and protecting them from cradle to grave.
Sure, there are always people who clamor for “Obama cash” and demand “Obama phones.” And there are people who actually believe the POTUS will pay their mortgage and fill their tanks with gas. There will always be a handful of folks who are able-bodied but expect the rest of the world to provide them a living. (I know, I have one brother who's in that category.) But they are few and far between.
Or at least I thought they were.
Until Tuesday, I believed that most people in America were like my parents. Late Tuesday night I realized I was wrong. I am in the minority. OK, so I have red hair and I'm a Mormon — I've always been in the minority in lots of ways. But I realized that the American Dream is dying and being subsumed by a more European version of something or other. And most Americans are happily going along with the plan.
- Most Americans would rather have the “choice” to shred a baby into pieces or — if it's too big for that — stab it in the skull (while half delivered) and suck it's brains into a sink, than be, as President Obama said, “punished with a baby.” (Or, as some of us say, “Provide an innocent child with a chance to live.)
- Most Americans would rather look the other way when four of our patriots are murdered — because doing otherwise might mean they have to pony up with nine bucks every month for their own birth control.
- Most Americans today would rather have other people (they don't care who) pay for their educations, than work hard and save and scrimp on their own for something valuable.
- Most Americans today would rather have government programs care for the needy, than make personal sacrifice.
- Most Americans today would rather have the security of being provided for, than take the risk that comes from trying to achieve greatness.
- Most Americans don't notice that much of the world can “afford” to be socialist (even though many countries are are bankrupt) because non-socialist America protects them.
- Most Americans don't care that history shows that expanding government very rarely contracts — and usually only in disastrous and revolutionary circumstances. As long as they get their stuff.
- Most Americans don't want to hear that freedoms lost incrementally can cascade quickly into a country you won't even recognize.