In which I generally describe the two models of government which seem to be contending for supremacy.
Of course, there are many possible models of government. But here in the United States, at this time, two models compete within our democracy. They can be described generally. I’ll call them the Big Brother and the Conservative models. They seem to be in a life or death struggle, and perhaps only one can prevail.
First, an overall look: Big Brother – really a big, caring government – takes care of its citizens, so they don’t have to do much for themselves. Wise, compassionate politicians work out the rules we must all live by, and government has unlimited resources to fix all problems. The government is in charge, and we must give up some freedoms for the general good.
The Conservative wants freedom, success, and self-reliance. He can take care of himself, because he’s competent. He doesn’t like government interference in his life, so he wants government to be limited to just doing the essential roles. He knows government screws up everything they get their hands on. He wants a booming economy, so he has opportunity to benefit from it.
The big government lovers see everyone as essentially incompetent, and all good things they may expect in life will come from government. Government knows best. Government will give us a place to live, food, a bit of spending money, and take care of our health. They’ll make sure we’re employed, or at least have some sort of income. They’ll provide equality – Big Brother is like Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. No one will be too rich under Big Brother’s plan.
The limited government crowd wants efficiency and stability. They are horrified by the current government’s deficits and debts, and detest the borrowing and printing of money. They believe in natural selection: the most efficient people make the most money, and can move upward in society. The least efficient, including those who don’t or can’t work, deserve to be poor. There can be a safety net so people aren’t starving, but Conservatives don’t want to overdo entitlements.
There is much to be said for financial confidence, especially among people who have never had it. That’s the lure of big government. A life of relative poverty, where winning the lottery is your only chance to improve it, is still a life. Such people may not think that opportunity is a very big deal. Our poorest population would qualify as middle class in Third World countries. We have our TV, our beer, plenty of food, and our cars.
Those who want limited government, on the other hand, think opportunity is a big deal. They believe only their hard work and dedication is needed to move into the middle class or beyond, if only the government doesn’t impose too many regulations and too much tax. When they earn a dollar, they don’t want the government taking sixty cents or more of it. They know everyone benefits by a free, booming economy – a rising tide lifts all boats.
Democrats need a permanent “underclass” – they need the poor, because their model says there will always be more of them, and that they will vote for the government that feeds them. The message of the Left is a constant scam, when they say they want to help people out of poverty; actually, they can’t afford to do so, and haven’t done so, historically. The “War on Poverty”, begun by Lyndon Johnson, is being lost, thanks to Liberal efforts to hold down the poor and in spite of all the money they’ve thrown at poverty. They also talk about helping the middle class, which is an even greater scam, because people have to work to be in the middle class to earn their money. Thus, Democrats are always forced to raise taxes on the middle class and hold them down by doing so. Democrats are always engaged in pitting one class against another.
Conservatives, on the other hand, aren’t even in control of their own party. Republicans are constantly bombarded with seductive Liberal propaganda, and some of them believe a part of it. Helping the poor sounds noble, after all. The issues are complicated, the constant word games and lies confuse some of them. Too many want “bipartisanship” – which to Liberals, means voting with them.
Those, in general, are the two models contending for supremacy within our society, which is comprised mostly of dimwits who don’t understand the issues. It appears Big Brother’s model may win, and the model created by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and many other very smart men may be losing the battle. The stakes are big: they include the right to spend three trillion dollars a year, and to impose huge restrictions on individual people.
With the Liberal model, good-bye, individual responsibility. Good-bye, personal and business freedom. Good-bye, sound economy. Good-bye, the chance to get ahead. Hello, Big Brother. Government will not be the servant of the people; the people will serve the government.
Big Brother will be watching you. Heck, they already are.