…..and it is not pretty.
I am not going to talk about the religion of Islam, but what the word means, and what the ideology represents: SUBMISSION. Islam is not alone with the desire to force us into submission.
I am reading the scary, depressing, and infuriating but excellent book of Anne Applebaum, “The Iron Curtain”. I just finished chapter five, thinking of the ways the pathologies of the early years of East European communism related to my personal experiences in the seventies. The Iron Curtain is a great book, but it is heavy. I put it down for some lighter reading. I picked up the latest issue of the National Review and went straight to the Happy Warrior column. As I was looking for the link for this post, I came across another one of Mark Steyn’s articles: “The Autocrat Accountants”.
You should read them both. The first is about just this week’s instances of giving in to the ridiculous fits of “hysterical ninnies’; the second is about the highly partisan misuse and abuse of the state’s bureaucratic power.
What makes these things scary (the book, my experiences in the seventies and the present we live in) is the harmony. How perfectly they resonate with each other.
The capricious yet broadly predictable use of power, the appeasement and the cowardly submission, the ever more widely practiced self-censorship and the delusional arrogance of those who see themselves to be on the right side of history.
The message of the communists was simple: submit! They killed millions and destroyed the lives of countless more innocent people to make sure that the rest will get the message.
It is not as bad yet as it was in Eastern Europe where thousands of truly innocent people were killed to terrorize the rest into submission but the attitudes and the signs are the same. Silence, destroy, discredit and eliminate ANY potential opposition.
What people in general do not understand is that this is not accidental, that these scandals are not just aberrations of an otherwise well working system. The bigger we allow the state to grow, the more demanding, the more abusive, the more capricious it will become. If we allow politicians to get away with anything shady, they will try something even shadier. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.“ When I turned on the television today a guest on a conservative station was explaining how the president will have to work with congress if he wants to implement his plans, achieve his objectives. The way it was presented made Congress look as a terrible hindrance to the use of power by the benevolent leader. The assumption was not challenged, was not questioned by the host. It was not pointed out that the President is not supposed to have ANY agenda of his own. That is why his power is called ‘executive.’ He is only supposed to execute the will of the people as expressed through their elected representatives in Congress.
What people on the right do not understand is that the left has no scruples. The left is willing to do anything that it can get away with and it is constantly pushing the boundaries. What seems to be the abuse of power today will be the norm tomorrow, and there will be new challenges, new demands for ever more submission to whatever the fancy of the political left will be that day.
The left fights dirty. They are on a holly crusade for noble goals which – in their eyes – gives them moral justification. Like the glorious soldiers of the Red Army, fighting for a better future is all they need as an excuse for whatever they do. No matter how immoral to the rest of us it may seem.
The answer is not to fight back the same way but to eliminate the possibility of the fight by limiting the size and the number of the battlefields. IRS would not be a problem if it did not exist. If the income tax was eliminated today, the income of the US government would be reduced to what it was in the horrible dark ages of 1999.
What the left does not understand is that there is no victory. Even if they win, they lose. With time, all leftist revolutions devour their children. It is extremely arrogant to think that the special powers, ignoring the constitution, ignoring the laws can and will only be used for causes you support. Even if ‘their guys’ win, the special powers, the arbitrary decisions will stay with the system and eventually, even inevitably they will start punishing those who now support it.
The only way a leftist world can function is war-mode. When they run out of real enemies, they will find new ones within. Socialist economies do not work and they need a constant supply of scape-goats.
The left is pushing for submission, in desperate attempts to appease, the right submits more often than not, the state and its apparatchiks are winning. Since the God of the left is the state we can say that the left is winning.
The most important lesson of the times in history “The Iron Curtain” is about is how fragile democracy and freedom can be. That with power in the right hands it can be destroyed within a few years.
Is it as bad in America today as it was in the late 40’s in Eastern Europe? Of course not. There are no mass executions, only occasional show trials (Conrad Black & Martha Stewart) that are not yet based on confessions extracted under torture, but the direction is clear. The communists are on the march and they want the rest of us to submit to their will.
I think we should be alarmed.