Friday, December 18, 2009

WITH THEIR NOSES IN THE AIR

I once had supper with a friend at his brother's house in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He was an avowed socialist, believing that the government knows "the situation" (whatever that means) better than the "average" citizen (whatever that means), and thus should be empowered to make almost all decisions for the good of the people.

He likewise believed (according to him) that since all Americans are self-evidently equal, all Americans should have roughly the same things in life: similar homes; similar cars; similar pay; similar numbers of children, and so on.

When I pointed out to him that he lived in a 4,000 square foot home with a swimming pool and a three car garage, filled with three high-end imports, and asked him to justify his life-style based on his socialistic beliefs, his response was, "Well, someone has to be at the top to oversee the process."

He iterated that he would include himself in the elite group at the top.

How convenient for him.

Governmental power tends to bring out the "control-freak" side of those holding the power.

They come to believe that they know better what is good for the citizens than do the citizens, themselves.

Thus, although 62% of Americans oppose the health care legislation about to make its way through the senate and perhaps into law, the Senate, Congress and President BO believe with all or their hearts that they know better than we do and therefore are justified in pushing it through no matter what.

Even though 64% of Americans oppose bringing Guantanamo inmates into the country and affording them citizen-like trials, the Senate, Congress and President BO believe with all or their hearts that they know better than we do and therefore are justified in placing them in Illinois.

Even though President BO's approval rating (about 47% at this writing) has dipped lower faster than almost any other president, he still considers that he knows what is best for us and therefore whatever he wants to do he should be able to do.

Although 60% of Americans do not favor the proposed so-called "cap-and-trade" legislation, the Senate, Congress and President BO believe with all or their hearts that they know better than we do and therefore are justified in forcing it upon us.

At the risk of seeming somewhat cynical, let me say that you can call your Senators, call your Congress persons and call the White House all you want, they don't care one whit what you think, what you like or what you want, they are going to do what they want to do because they believe that you have given them absolute power and they intend to use it.

As Baron Hill told his constituents at a town hall meeting, "This is my town hall meeting, and I set the rules...and you're not going to tell me how to run my congressional office...I don't allow filming because the films usually wind up on YouTube in a compromising position..." (See it HERE)

Between now and November of 2010, we will know for certain whether they are correct.

I pray that we will let them know in no uncertain terms that they are wrong.