Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Incremental Socialism           

September 1, 2009

by The Lone Front Ranger

You might have heard the adage that if you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump right out, but if you put it in room temperature water and slowly turn up the heat, it will not notice it is being cooked.

I have had conversations lately with friends who I would describe as non-political.  They vote, but don’t follow politics on a regular basis.  They are smart people.  Politics just isn’t an interest of theirs.  A lot of smart people fall into this category.

What astonishes me is the lack of understanding of the incremental loss of their freedoms, and how emotion, rather than their substantial intellect, informs their opinion. 

Take the Health Care debate.  I have heard otherwise well-educated people say that they would be OK with it if it just didn’t have the public option.  Or if it just didn’t have the end-of-life counseling.  Or if it just didn’t have…whatever.  After all, it is for a good cause.  Turning up the heat slowly on the frog. 

Even passing a single, seemingly innocuous passage of the 1018 page bill is one passage too many.  This is how government cost and scope creeps up on Americans when we are not paying attention.  Anything that increases the size or scope of government, regardless of the purpose of the growth, is done at the expense of productive Americans, and should not be acceptable to true conservatives.

No compromise.  No surrender.  No negotiation.  No incremental growth.  Period. 



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