If there is one common thread that underlies all politically liberal philosophies it is that there are only a limited amount of resources available and equitably distributing those among all people should be our primary goal. That was the thinking that underpinned “The Communist Manifesto” and that is the attitude that emanates from the current administration in Washington. It is the mindset which motivates those in political power to seek wealth re-distribution because it has turned its back on the possibility of wealth creation.
When Obama was sworn in as the Chief Executive the country was recovering from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Instead of seizing the opportunity to focus on the economy, the administration spent its first two years crafting together Obamacare which satisfied its ideology if not the country’s immediate needs. As a result the country languished and the uncertainty that was created through this signature law have contributed to an anemic semi-recovery.
The Obama administration responded to the faltering economy by securing funding for “shovel-ready” jobs. While the money was spent, the jobs never materialized. It used the taxpayer’s remittances on green energy projects like Solyndra which went bankrupt leaving us $400 Million further in the hole as the government increased the official national debt to an historic $17 Billion. It refused, because of its ideology, to approve the Keystone Pipeline Project which would have provided thousands of jobs and even more importantly would have moved the economy forward by lowering energy costs through additional supplies.
The fundamental philosophy of liberal thinking is the same as that to which a committed gambler clings. “ Let me take what someone else has.” That is the driving force behind every “game of chance,” every sports bet, every state run lottery and of every system of government which looks to “re-distribute” wealth.
There is only one fatal flaw with this viewpoint and that is that time and again it has been proven to be a failure. We have no further to turn than to compare the implementation of this philosophy in the former Soviet Union, Cuba and North Korea to realize that.
This paternalistic philosophy, however well-intended, unfortunately is grounded in a world view based on pessimism. Its premise is that ordinary people – the ones whom they are presumably championing – are simply not smart enough to make rational, self-benefitting decisions on their own and must be “taken care of” by those who are wiser and more prescient – they and those they elect to govern the masses.
Further to their mindset is the belief that all that there is now available to society in the way of resources or the way of doing things is all that there ever will be the, “Everything that can be invented already has been invented,” sort of mentality. In some respects this becomes a self-fulfilling philosophy. If we do not believe that there is a possibility for a better future, we must then content ourselves with a dismal past. Looking for something that we have defined as being non-existent is certainly a waste of time.
This philosophy is not unique or even original to the Obama administration. The president and his staff are merely its latest exponents. But we should have realized that when, as one of his first acts in office, Obama made a world tour, apologizing for all the “mistakes” that America had made over the years, there he did not accept the concept of either “American exceptionalism” or, for that matter of “human exceptionalism.” The concept of “equality” cannot tolerate the notion that some of us are a little brighter, a little more gifted or a little more motivated than others. Admitting to that is to destroy the goal – which is that we should all be equally mediocre.
Fortunately, there is a basis for optimism. Despite its attempts to obviate the provisions of the Constitution, this administration is not as thoroughly entrenched as it believes and the level of disapproval is increasing weekly as more of its flawed policies are making themselves evident, notwithstanding their hyperbole and their rhetoric. If current polls are an indication, Americans are beginning to realize that Obama and his crew have sold the country a bill of goods which lacks substance and that we’ve had more than enough talk but very little productive action.
When we reach the critical mass of wide-spread awareness, then we can again turn our eyes to the stars and realize, “There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in Obama’s philosophy.” Rather than wasting our time trying to re-distribute the wealth which America has created through the individual effort of its exceptional citizens, we can look for ways that we can increase the bounty that all of us were promised in our founding documents and will realize that Obama and his cronies were the necessary distraction which re-awakened us to our real birthright.