"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Perfect Storm for Liberalism?

Well, probably not.   There is something deep in the species that makes people continue to believe that an omnipotent government unleashed to "do good" can transform the grimy realities of life into utopia, if only we "care" enough, if only we "try hard" enough, if only we... well, tax and spend enough and regulate enough and mandate enough.   And they will continue to believe in utopias because they need to emotionally, even in the face of all of the evidence against them.

But you have to wonder whether the confluence of events happening as we speak might be a tipping point for at least the present iteration of the socialist/communist/liberal utopianism embodied in the Presidency of Barack Obama.   Consider this story:

The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York — despite the fact that the Second City has only one third as many residents as the Big Apple. 
In new crime statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 recorded in 2011. New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011.

Or this one:

The struggling metropolis of Detroit, overwhelmed by debt and groping for a path forward, on Tuesday became the largest American city ever to qualify for bankruptcy protection.        
Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the United States Bankruptcy Court, found that Detroit was insolvent and that the pension checks of retirees could be cut during a bankruptcy proceeding, a crucial part of his decision.         
Under the ruling, the vastly diminished city, once the nation’s fourth largest and the cradle of the American auto industry, will now be allowed to search for a way to pay off some portion of its debts and restore essential services to tolerable levels under court supervision. The goal, according to an emergency manager appointed by the state of Michigan, is to emerge next year from court protection with a formal plan for starting over.

Or, finally, this one:

A liberal Democratic government in Chicago cannot keep its citizens safe from murderers.

A liberal Democratic government in Detroit cannot provide basic services and is, now, officially bankrupt.

A liberal Democratic federal government, with essentially infinite resources and three years of planning, cannot create a functioning, secure website.

But we're supposed to let these people tell us what to do in our businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods, homes?   Why?   More and more people are asking this question, and even more should ask it, if they'd only wake up.

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