Sunday, December 22, 2019

Political animosity will only increase

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for November 20, 2019)

Are you concerned over how divisive politics has become? Do you notice the growing intolerance for opposing opinions? Do you wish everyone could go back to a time when there was civil debate and people could agree to disagree?

Yet, at the same time, do you support using government and its legislation against others in ever-increasing ways?

You can have a civil society or you can have government control; you can't have both. Government has been allowed to get too big, powerful, and noticeable in our daily lives.

The more power you give government to interfere in more facets of life, the more heated the disagreements will be. It will only get worse unless you turn completely around and start taking power away from government.

If you want more "gun control", a border wall, higher taxes, marijuana prohibition, or any other government control, you aren't interested in civil debate. The same goes if you want to ban vaping, plastic grocery bags, carbon dioxide emissions, or pit bulls. You will force others to fight you for the freedom to live their lives as they see fit. And they will fight. They may even turn the tables and use government to stop you from doing things you enjoy.

You can't threaten to use government against other people and then claim the political anger shocks you-- you've caused it.

If people were willing and able to put government back in a tiny box or otherwise rein in its excesses, civil debate could be possible. Until then, political animosity will increase.

A lack of tolerance is self-defense. You shouldn't tolerate those who want to enslave you. Your choices are "fight or flight", and there's nowhere left to flee to anymore. No frontiers remain for those who don't want government regulating every moment of their life and death.

Government should be neither seen nor heard. The more government is noticed, the more people resent those trying to use it against them. It can't be otherwise-- not in the real world.

If you want civil debate, stop looking for things other people do that you want government to regulate. Stop threatening your neighbors with government. It's antisocial.

Politics is based on some people winning at the expense of everyone else. This isn't civil. Political anger will only get worse as long as this trend continues. You can end it by refusing to be part of the problem, or you can keep feeding the political monster like you have been. It's your choice.

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1 comment:

  1. "Keep people from their history, and they are easily controlled."
    - Karl Marx

    "The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions."
    - Karl Marx

    "We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us."
    - Vladimir Lenin

    "Democracy is the road to socialism."
    - Karl Marx

    "The goal of socialism is communism."
    - Vladimir Lenin

    "One man with a gun can control 100 without one."
    - Vladimir Lenin

    "Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism."
    - Vladimir Lenin

    "When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it."
    - Frédéric Bastiat

    "When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty."
    - John Basil Barnhill

    "Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."
    - Benjamin Franklin, "Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings"

    "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."
    - Gloria Steinem

    "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."
    - George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman"