Once upon a time I thought that if we all had Liberty; everything would be fine. Then I grew up. I learned along the way that most humans, do not want liberty. I also learned and am constantly reminded by looking at my kids college textbooks, that there is a concerted effort to distort the entire period of the enlightenment and demonize those who created it and by virtue the very concept of Liberty.
Talk about Liberty to someone who has grown up in a country dominated by religion and for the most party they will reject it out of hand. Talk to someone in a communist country about Liberty and they may not even have a word for it.
In Puerto Rico the effort to brainwash the public against Liberty has succeeded on a scale unmatched under the U.S. flag. Mention Liberty to many Puerto Ricans and you get an angry response as if you had just advocated killing and eating babies. Somehow, despite the abject failure of government in Puerto Rico the majority of Puerto Ricans still advocate for government solutions for social problems.
Somehow, socialism, progressiveness and even communism seem to get a better response even if mentioned by name. Even those who traditionally advocate for Independence (otherwise known as Liberty) are Marxists.
Liberty (and independence) requires an assumption of responsibility. It requires dedication to the cause of other peoples’ freedom. It requires a basic loathing of government and collective solutions. It requires logical thinking in order to establish a government and economic system that will actually work.
So what happens when you give the power of the vote to unions who are led by socialists? Will they suddenly encourage their membership to vote against more subsidized wages and benefits? What happens when you give communists and dedicated Marxists the right to vote? Do they suddenly begin reading Thomas Jefferson quotes and vote for less government?
What happens is what you see in Puerto Rico, the United States and Europe right now. The results are bloated government, insane mountains of regulation; out of control spending and so many laws that those charged with enforcing the law don’t even know the law.
As I have mentioned before on this blog, the tragic irony is that for Liberty to survive, those who support it must be in control over government and empowered to protect it and to educate the populace on the fundamentals of liberty and personal responsibility. Some have referred to this idea as Libertarian Fascism.
Call it what you like. Today, those who hold the strings of power across all of Latin America are opposed to personal Liberty and in favor of centralized power in government. Those who support limited government and personal liberty are marginalized and forced (by force) to suffer the daily onslaught against their personal freedom.
There is no better way for conservatives and libertarians to achieve the dream of personal and national liberty than to hold the strings of power themselves and use the force of government to force the changes needed to create a free republic that relies of Liberty to build a great economy.
There is no greater irony than that.