Today I heard what seemed to be a very nice woman on the radio. She was a Liberal who believed that nationalized health care would be a good thing for America. The Conservative opposing her asked her if she knew that Social Security was bankrupt. She did. He then asked if she knew that Medicare and Medicaid are bankcrupt. She did. The U.S. Post Office…bankrupt. She did. I can go on but you get the idea. He finally asked the woman how she could think that the government-run health care system would be any different from any other government-run endeavor. Guess what her response was?
“Because this time they [the government] will do it differently. We have now put good people in charge and they will CHANGE the system so it will function properly. Government has been in the wrong hands.”
I was absolutely riveted, as she was voicing what I consider to be one of the main failings in all Liberals – – an inability to see a fundamental truth:
Government, in any form, under any leadership, has never and will never be able to achieve what a free, capitalist society can achieve. Outside of its legitimate functions as defined by our Constitution, the federal government does nothing as well as the private sector.
These facts about government are not subject to political party. This woman believes that government was failing and inefficient because of the people in charge of it. Now that the proper people are in charge (people like her, of course), all will be well. She needs to shelve the self-adulation and read her history – – – a history full of good and brilliant men in positions of power, bringing about evil, disastrous consequences. Does she think this generation is the first to want government to function efficiently? Does she think her party or politicians are so much better, so much more enlightened than the many generations that have preceded hers? The famous economist Milton Friedman once said,
“What would you think of someone who said, “I would like to have a cat provided it barked”? Yet your statement that you favor a government provided it behaves as you believe desirable is precisely equivalent. The biological laws that specify the characteristics of cats are no more rigid than the political laws that specify the behavior of government agencies once they are established. The way the government behaves and the adverse consequences are not an accident, not a result of some easily corrected human mistake, but a consequence of its constitution in precisely the same way that a meow is related to the constitution of a cat.”
While the conceited Liberal tells himself if only he were in charge, he could shape government to his liking, the Conservative understands the nature of government. Thus we look to find leaders who also comprehend the limitations of government, and unfortunately, those leaders are few and far between. The former home of Conservatives, the Republican Party, has long since abandoned conservative principles and now offers the same socialist fare, just cut into smaller pieces and served over many courses, for better and easier digestion.
We Conservatives are political orphans and due to the very nature of our beliefs, will have a more difficult time finding good representation. Our politicians must be willing to divest themselves of power, to strive to make the federal government in which they serve less relevant, to temporarily serve out of a sense of patriotism without the goal of a “political” career. The landscape is changing for the better though, as more and more patriots are coming forward every day to serve. But as most of these people are not career politicians and not hooked into the “political machine”, they will need money and help. One of my goals over the coming year will be to help find these people, research them and let you know of their existence. I will leave you with a quote from one of my favorite patriots, Barry Goldwater.
“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”