Daily Archives: May 21, 2011

America in Denial

Psychologists tell us that denial is a natural and normal defense mechanism designed to protect us from real or imaginary fears or feelings of insecurity. Denial is often used by people who ignore early symptoms of potentially serious disease, by victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and by parents of out-of-control teenagers. It is universally used by those addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling to protect them from the difficult and unpleasant task of having to confront their problem and doing what is necessary to correct it.

During the last decade of the nineteenth century, America became “hooked” on socialism brought into the country by immigrants from European nations where socialism was gaining a foothold. During the “progressive era”, America developed an addiction and by the end of the great depression was completely dependent to the socialist drug OPM (other people’s money). Just as an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or gambling destroys the lives of individuals, an addiction to OPM destroys the spirit of a nation by killing initiative, self-reliance and independence. Citizens willingly give up their liberty in exchange for an OPM induced sense of security.

Two major identifiers of addiction are denial and blame. Alcoholics and other addicts often delude themselves into believing they only use their drug of choice for “medicinal purposes” to allow them to weather “rough spots” in their lives. Confront a progressive with the self-evident truth that their progressive policies amount to socialism and they will vehemently deny it, insisting their use of OPM is necessary to relieve the symptoms of societal ills. The addict is always going to “kick the habit” as soon as their life crisis is over, just as a nation addicted to OPM is going to return to fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets as soon as justice is restored and the economy improves — next year.

The addict always blames others for the conditions that led to their addiction whether it is family members, job stress, or just the unfairness of the “system”. For the progressive it’s “big business”, “big oil”, “the rich”, “Wall Street”, racism, sexism, etc. Originality is not the “strong suite” of socialism; progressives have been using the same sales pitch to justify their addiction to OPM since the “trust busting” days of Theodore Roosevelt and William H. Taft over a hundred years ago.

In our “addiction” model of America’s dependency on socialism and OPM, the federal government is the “supplier”, the progressive Democrat Party is the “pusher” and the Republican Party is the “enabler”.  Citizens, state and local governments are the addicts. Without “intervention”, America will continue on its self-destructive path of socialist addiction until its economic, moral and political systems are completely destroyed and it is forced into withdrawal “cold turkey”. The only potential source of intervention on the horizon is the Tea Party movement.

The problem with the drug OPM is that the supply is finite. When it is gone, withdrawal follows, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Withdrawal is never pretty or painless. We see the symptoms of OPM withdrawal in France, Germany, England and other European nations already. In America, we are starting to see it in a growing number of states as they run out of OPM and are forced to cut back on its use to support the addiction among their citizens.

The first casualty of America’s addiction was our Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is incompatible with socialism and the two cannot coexist simultaneously. Any attempt at intervention without insisting on a return to constitutional government will be a futile waste of effort. Patriots must have a zero tolerance for any violation of the Constitution. The goal must be to restore the American principles of the rule of law, equality under the law, community standards of morality, equal opportunity for self-improvement, individual responsibility, the sanctity of private property including the products of one’s labor, and a stable civil society. Anything less and we can never regain the liberty we have lost over the past century.

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