It’s obvious that Americans are bitterly divided on the subject of vaccines and masking, but I’m tired of people equating the two sides as if it’s just some simple disagreement. Only one side of the debate wants to FORCE you to follow what they believe. I’ve never, ever heard someone who doesn’t want to get a vaccine or wear a mask say to others, “You must NOT get this vaccine! You must NOT wear a mask!” or pass rules that say so. Conversely, the other side doesn’t accept your disagreement. You have no choice. You MUST wear a facemask! You MUST get the vaccine! Since they can’t use persuasion to convince, they use government power, employment, or some other FORCE to get you to follow their will. But then again, doesn’t just about everything in the Libertarianism vs. Socialism debate follow this pattern?
A Lifetime of Your Taxes Probably Wouldn’t Pay for One Taliban Helicopter
I remember back when every time Trump put some kind of tariff on China, the media would squeal incessantly about how this would hurt consumers as businesses would have to raise prices to cover the cost of the tax. How often have you heard these same people say anything about price increases with Joe Biden’s proposed tax hike on all corporations, not just the ones that buy from China?
Did you ever notice how easily people accept certain statements from the media & politicians if they’re repeated enough? For example, they all keep saying we need to repair “our crumbling infrastructure.” The U.S. has the best infrastructure in the world by far, and while there are always little areas that need to be repaired or reinforced, there is no crumbling infrastructure. It’s simply good talking points to say it is and provides good cover for creating new political slush funds out of taxpayer money.
When you study history, how often do you see monarchies or dictatorships thrive through several generations? Why do they always crumble? Because no matter how benevolent and intelligent a leader may be, eventually the spoiled, idiot descendants will have to take power. The same is true for socialist/communist governments. When you put more and more power in a smaller group of people, eventually that power will be passed on. No matter how well meaning the original intent, eventually people like Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer will be in charge. We’re now living with the results of several decades of both Republicans and Democrats growing government into the incompetent, big-spending mess it is now.
It’s common practice of politicians on both the Right and Left to only do interviews with “friendly” reporters; i.e. the ones that won’t ask them the tough questions. With that said, how often have you seen Dr. “I’m not the least bit political” Fauci give interviews on Fox News or One America News, compared to his several-times-per-day appearances on MSNBC & CNN?
It feels pretty good when the party you support wins the presidency, especially when the same party controls Congress. You can hire/fire people in the cabinet, CIA/FBI/NSA, and administrative agencies. You can use executive orders to make new rules you can’t get passed by the legislature. You can start or end wars, make/end international agreements, set trade policies, spend trillions more than we take in as revenue, and do so many other things. Sure, a lot of that power isn’t in the Constitution nor was ever intended to be in the hands of the President, but hey, it’s all for what we support, right? As for voting, we can change rules such as registration requirements, mail-in ballot procedures, and redistricting (i.e. gerrymandering) to keep our party in power. It may be highly unethical, but it helps keep us in power, so the ends justify the means! Now that Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and possibly Chuck Schumer get set to take the leadership reins in 2021, do you see the problem?
Yes, whenever you give more power to the federal government or ignore the unconstitutional taking of more power, eventually you’re going to find yourself in a situation where incompetent or corrupt leaders from another party will be in charge. The same powers you gave your own party can be used to instantly undo everything your president did, and now the new leaders can do far more damage than should be possible. It’s the reason our Founding Fathers put in a system of checks and balances with very specific enumerated powers. I became a libertarian because in the last 20 years, EVERY presidential term I’ve witnessed, the party in power has taken unconstitutional actions, causing the party out of power to loudly complain, then the two would switch roles, with unbelievable face-palm hypocrisy on both sides.
The best way to change the thinking of a socialist is to ask, whenever they propose a new government power or program, “How would you feel if Donald Trump was in control of this?” On the flip side, when the Republicans want some new power, ask “How would you feel if Nancy Pelosi or Kamala Harris controlled this?” It doesn’t matter what new power you want to create. Eventually, the other party or a person you strongly dislike will be charge of it. The same concepts apply to the state level where fascist governors like Cuomo, Newsom, and Whitmer are using Covid to assume dictator-like power. Don’t expect that power to be relinquished once the precedent is allowed.