If the actions of John Boehner and his establish pukes, after the American electorate spoke out loud and clear, doesn’t prove to conservatives/libertarians that what is wrong with America can not be fixed via the ballot box, then this humble observer at Asylum Watch doesn’t know what it will take.
The idea of America that we conservative/libertarians have harbored all our lives is an illusion. Maybe it always was. America’s march toward becoming a totally statist nation goes back, at least, to 1913, if not much earlier. I don’t know when the statists won the fight for America; but they did. For their own reasons, they didn’t claim their victory. They preferred to keep up the illusion that our votes mattered to them. They preferred to maintain the illusion that there was a real difference between the Democrats and the Republicans, when in fact they are merely slightly different shades of grey. Since 2008, both parties have shown they no longer the necessity of that particular illusion.
In the same sense that our ancestors had to accept the earth was not the center of the universe, we conservative/libertarians need to accept what is. Our long-held vision of what America should be or could be is not going to happen; not through the ballot box nor through a bloody revolution.
Some (many?) will say that the old man at Asylum Watch is suggesting we throw in the towel. Not true! What I’m saying is that the towel was stolen from us some time ago. There is no towel to throw in. I am saying there is something else much more constructive that we can be doing for ourselves and for those, for whom we care the most. I am suggesting that we; especially we “bloggers”, need to spend less of our time and energy complaining about the statists and the government(s) they have created and, instead, spend more of our time and energy discussing how we, as individuals and as a group, can find ways to carve out the best possible lives and futures for ourselves and loved ones, in spite of the statists. We will still need keep an eye on the statists and spend some of our time sounding the alarms about how their doings might impact us.
This old man certainly doesn’t have all the answers. Far from it. But, one thing I know for sure, it is possible live under much worse governments than what America has and still find ways to carve out a decent life. I am hopeful that together, we can explore many ways to minimize the impact the statists have on our daily lives and on the futures of our children.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?