Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Is the Corruption Finally Catching Up with Liberals?

Remember back in 2006?  Liberals and the media were all wigged out about Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.  You can get the flavor from Wikipedia:
The federal investigations into Jack Abramoff and his political and business dealings are among the broadest and most extensive in American political history, involving well over a dozen offices of the FBI and over 100 FBI agents tasked exclusively to the investigation.
And what had Abramoff done?  Well, among other things he was lobbying for Indian casinos.  And so the voters properly wiped out the Republicans in the 2006 midterms.

But what about Democratic corruption?  Well, never mind that the media tend to tag Republican corruptocrats with and "R" but leave off the party affiliation where Democratic corruption is concerned.  The fact is that the media don't tag normal pay-for-play influence peddling as corruption, so long as it advances the liberal agenda. Medicare and Medicaid and welfare programs are rotted with corruption; nobody cares.  Solar power and wind turbines are drenched in subsidy, paid for by taxpayers and ordinary electric utility customers.  And the winners are politically connected individuals and corporations.  Then we have well-connected liberal billionaires like Tom Steyer.  He's putting money into politics to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, but wouldn't you know he "has long had a stake in a rival pipeline called Kinder Morgan."  Actually Kinder Morgan is a massive pipeline/terminal corporation.  Tom's invested in San Francisco's Mission District and wouldn't you know Nancy Pelosi has pushed transit and infrastructure improvements to help.

The point is that if you are a liberal lady and you read The New York Times and listen to NPR it would be really hard for you to get the idea that fracking is safe, that Tom Steyer made lots of money building coal plants in Indonesia, that the 800-pound gorilla in the room on global warming is not Big Oil money but billions in government grants to go-along-to-get-along scientists.  Nice liberal ladies know nothing except top-down benevolent programs from credentialed experts and government bureaucracies advocated by social-justice non-profits.

The problem is that government is force.  All government programs are attempts to replace the velvet glove of voluntary cooperation with the mailed fist of force.  And force ain't pretty. When you look beneath the propaganda and the PR you get to see incompetence and corruption.  You can usually keep the lid on, especially if you have a mainstream media that believes that liberals and progressives have their hearts in the right place.

But eventually, the lid blows off.

Over the next two years we'll see a lot of lids blow off, and the nice liberal ladies are going to be confused and demoralized.  Nobody told them, you see; they had no idea.

Welcome to the world, liberal ladies.  We conservatives do not propose limited government because we are mean-spirited bigots.  We believe in limited government because all power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Yeah, power even corrupts liberals.  We believe in limited government because we believe that force is very seldom needed in day-to-day human affairs, except in the defense against enemies foreign and domestic.

It's a shame, really.  In January 2017 the US will wake up with a Republican president and a Republican Congress, and liberal ladies will be asking each other how it could have happened.  After all, they will say to each other, nobody I know voted for the Republican.

It will have happened because nice liberal ladies believed what they were told, and didn't think to ask questions, didn't think to step outside their liberal bubbles so that they might accidentally encounter non-liberal reality.

But for the rest of us, the next two years will be a bracing experience.  Maybe we can actually hope for change.  Not just any old change, but change for the better.

But one thing is for sure.  It ain't gonna be easy.

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