Politicians wishing to be put by the voters into charge of the U.S. government generally offer bribes to buy the needed votes. They hide the otherwise obvious fact that those same voters will have to pay for the promised benefits by pledging to confiscate the wealth of others –the rich’– for the purpose. They conspire with unions to assure that public schools do nothing to prepare students to see through the scam. This clearly works.
Those who object are characterized as selfish, greedy folk who wish to steal the gifts from Santa Claus for themselves, depriving the needy. This works as well. These are basic appeals to the worst –and the strongest– elements in human nature.
The governors plead for more and more power in order to do more and more good things for more and more people. The voters yield the power as the price of the benefits and happily yield still more for the promise of even greater benefits. There is an old tale of the Bedouin and the camel that characterizes this scenario. It starts with the Bedouin comfortable in his tent and the camel, outside. But the camel pleads to keep its nose warm and the Bedouin allows it. Then the Camel wants his neck warm too and the Bedouin allows that. And soon, the camel is in the tent with the Bedouin, outside in the cold.
Confiscation of the wealth of the rich cannot provide enough benefit for a whole society; it isn’t enough. And it brings a halt to the investment needed for a society to continue producing wealth. So governors have to acquire enough power to permit them to ignore the wishes of the public before the public realizes that the promised benefits aren’t coming.
The U.S. government, approved by both increasingly identical parties, has provided the framework for direct police control of the American public, in both law and logistics. The money now providing the promised benefits no longer exists from the economy, it is printed and lent to the Treasury by the government’s own bank. Financially, Wiley E. Coyote has pursued the promised Roadrunner about 5 feet over the financial cliff with Obamacare. He must look down very soon now, and any who have seen an old Roadrunner cartoon knows what follows.
And that is when our governors expect to use the control tools they have made and stored against that day. We’ve seen the failed ‘Arab Spring,’ the now failing ‘Orange Revolution’ of Ukraine and others around the globe that have often, as with China, been bloodily repressed in journalistic obscurity. The American government now feels secure attacking the churches, gun ownership and free speech, all Constitutional basics. The velvet gloves are wearing pretty thin, as police shoot more people and what used to be ordinary exercises turn into SWAT team raids on homes and businesses.
The people have yielded up the power and the resources supporting the benefits are running on air. An ancient truth is about to be re-learned. It will have to be re-learned the hard way; there isn’t an easy one but elections …