FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, ©2014, President, NARLO
“A snake or a scorpion can kill one person. The Democrats have almost killed a once-free nation based on their failed policy of irrational compassion.” Ron Ewart
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Very few people like snakes, venomous or not. Snakes hide in the bushes or under rocks and strike without warning. Just recently there was an article about rattlesnakes not shaking their rattles before striking, as if they had learned that giving a warning is detrimental to their health. Venomous snakebites aren’t always deadly given that most hospitals keep anti-venom vaccines on their shelves, provided the victim gets to the hospital in time.
In another related article we learned of a snakebite victim who was in the wilderness with his friends when he was bitten on the palm of his hand by a rattlesnake. His palm immediately became discolored and started to swell. His friends called in a helicopter airlift where he was taken to a rural hospital. The rural hospital immediately realized there was no way they could treat the bite and that major surgery would be required. The victim was then airlifted to an urban hospital where treatment took place almost immediately. Besides the usual inoculation of anti-venom, the victim’s arm was sliced wide open from palm to elbow, exposing all of the muscles, tendons, veins and arteries. The pictures of his arm and palm were so gruesome that viewing them would not be for the faint of heart. This procedure was done to relieve the pressure built up in the arm by the venom. After many major surgeries, skin grafts and the expenditure of over $100,000, the victim regained use of his hand and arm but to a limited extent.
In another incident, one of our friends and his wife and child were in Mexico on vacation. While in the hotel, the man reached for his pants to put them on as he got out of bed in the morning. Almost immediately he felt a painful stinging sensation in his middle finger. When he looked down, a scorpion scurried under the bed. They caught the scorpion and immediately went to the local clinic where he received an anti-scorpion venom inoculation. Even so, his finger blew up to twice its size and after receding to its normal size, all feeling was gone and has not returned. Had the scorpion bit him in the neck instead of his finger, he may have not lived to tell about it. Our friend said that he would never visit Mexico again.
Now of course it is not the snake’s or the scorpion’s fault that humans get bitten from time to time. They are just doing what snakes and scorpions do to survive as living species. But what if instead of a snake or scorpion, you were being bitten mercilessly by your own kind, and it wasn’t just one person who was going to get very sick or die from the bites or stings, it was a whole country that was going to get very sick and possibly die? That leads us to the venomous painful sting of Democrats on an entire society.
Now what the Democrats have done to America for the last 100 years of the Progressive movement has been endlessly written about in article after article, essay after essay and book after book. What could we possibly add to the dialogue that would provide any more enlightenment to the issue? After all, it is merely a question of a difference in ideals and philosophy of how to govern, isn’t it? No! It is more than that. It is a question of power and who in a diverse society will govern that society. In a representative democratic society, who is in power is determined by the number of votes a particular faction (party) can garner at each election cycle. Over the last 100 years the Democrats have been very successful in garnering the number of votes necessary to remain in power for long periods of time.
But how have they done that? They have focused their attention on those less fortunate among us. They have focused their attention on the poor, the downtrodden, the indigent, the uneducated, the minorities, the illegal aliens, the freeloaders, the disabled, women and the mentally ill because these groups represent the lion’s share of the votes. The method of their focus was to promote each of these groups as victims, which gave the victim (according to the Progressives) the absolute right to a piece of the public treasury that the Democrats promised they would deliver if elected. This has been the simple winning strategy of the Democrats to remain in power for most of the last 100 years. It is a brilliant strategy; that is, of course, if you can ignore the fact that they have violated the constitution to promote that strategy for most of those 100 years. The list of those violations goes on and on and is still going on.
Now it can be argued that what the Democrats/liberals/Progressives are doing is noble, and they base their philosophical arguments and their whole reason for existence on that premise. After all, who will stand for those less fortunate if the Democrats don’t? The fallacy of this allegedly noble cause is, who gets to pay for it all? In a very rich country, paying for it shouldn’t be a problem ….. or should it?
The great hidden fallacy of this premise lies in three areas.
1) If you put out a bird feeder and fill it full of birdseed, the birds will come. If you keep the bird feeder full, more birds will come and more birds will come and more birds will come until generations of birds come. To take this system of bird feeder distribution to its final destination, eventually there will be more birds than bird seed and the bird feeder system will be overwhelmed. To find the comparison between perpetual bird feeders and the open borders of the United States under a financially strapped welfare system is not a far stretch. In fact, there is a direct correlation.
2) By putting out the bird feeder, you rob the birds of their natural state of fending for themselves under the inviolate natural law of the survival of the fittest. In other words, you genetically weaken the entire species of birds by artificially feeding them. You take from them their natural heritage to survive, thus robbing them of their strength as a species.
3) Although the Democrats profess to be compassionate, their open declaration of compassion is hidden by their real goal of maintaining perpetual political power by buying the votes of all those less fortunate among us and those who choose to be victims of society rather than contributors to society.
Even if we were to believe that the Progressives’ motives were truly altruistic, which this author doesn’t, they either ignorantly or purposely ignore the realities of a never-ending bird-feeder system where the number of birds coming to the bird feeder to feed is directly proportional to the number of bird feeders available. The more bird feeders there are, the more birds will come to feed. This policy can only be described as irrational compassion and is a self-fulfilling prophecy to catastrophic failure. When there are more birds than bird feeders and bird feed, the system breaks down catastrophically. Because, you see, all systems have limits, and if you exceed those limits, the system fails. The current crop of birds (people) doesn’t know how to feed themselves other than coming to the bird feeders. Tens of thousands of birds (illegal aliens) are coming to “feed” on the existing bird feeders that are already overwhelmed by American “birds” feeding at the government bird feeders.
Now if the Progressives’ motives are not altruistic, then they are as cunning as the snake slithering in the rocks, ready to strike without warning. It is our strong belief that the motives of the Progressives/Liberals/Democrats are not altruistic and their goal is power by any means, including duping and buying off all the “birds” that come to the government bird feeder for their votes.
The behavior of humans is not that far from the behavior of birds or pigs when it comes to providing the sustenance of life; that is food, water, shelter and defense against predators. America was built upon strength and the unalienable rights of the individual. It was not built on weakness or subjugation by and dependency on government. A growing welfare society is a weak society and reeks of dependency. If it cannot provide for itself in a competitive environment, it cannot be strong enough to defend itself against predators ….. foreign or domestic.
Is there a place for compassion in our society? Certainly there is, but that compassion is best handled by private individuals, benevolent organizations and churches, not a government that violates the constitution to provide what can only be called enforced charity at the point of a gun.
If our leaders are weak, so will our society be weak, and America is weaker than it ever has been in all of its 240 years. It is especially weak under the current leader who can’t, or won’t lead. America is made weak by government exploiting man’s inherent desire to get something for free. It is made weak by a culture that puts an inordinate and misplaced priority on mind-altering drugs and alcohol. It is made weak by 80% of the American population totally disengaged from the political process, allowing the virus of corruption (the human snakes and scorpions) to infiltrate our institutions. It is made weak by the fourth estate becoming as corrupt as the government. It is made weak by purposely ignoring the foundation of successful self-government through the rule of law under the umbrella of wisdom contained in the U. S. Constitution. Most Democrats are not aware that their ideology and policies have led to the systematic destruction of the American economy, its values and exceptionalism. Their allegiance to the party is essentially from the perspective of blind loyalty. It is the leaders of the party that cast the veil of deceit over their true goal of absolute power.
America will only get weaker and more corrupt as long as Americans are weak and only seek that which they can get for free, with that which they get for free derived from the sweating brow of those who work and produce. It will only get weaker and more corrupt if the electorate continues to elect those politicians who promote the failed ideology of irrational compassion in exchange for votes in order to maintain their hold on power.
The hard reality is, we have a divided society based on two opposing ideologies. One of those ideologies promotes weakness, sloth and leads to corruption. The other ideology promotes individual freedom and responsibility. After over 100 years of Progressive rule that has led us on a path to financial ruin because of too many bird feeders, institutionalized corruption, failed economic policies, the breakdown of morality and the dissolution of American sovereignty, perhaps it is time to recognize which ideology is open and above-board and promotes individual freedom and national strength.
No! Conservatives are far from perfect but at least they have their sights set on promoting the best within us. Are some of them corrupt? You bet! But at least their goals are generally aligned with those brave men who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor at the birth of freedom so that we all can share the proven benefits of true liberty. At least they tend to believe in the Constitution as written and intended by the Founders and not as a “living document” subject to the whims of a degrading society.
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NOTE: The foregoing article represents the opinion of the author and is not necessarily shared by the owners, employees, representatives, or agents of the publisher.
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America,” is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com.