Bass ackwards and other idle thoughts

Traditionally, when a totalitarian government takes over, the first thing it does is go after the press, and make the press a branch of the government.  The bizarre thing in America is that the press is making itself a branch of one party and actively seeking a government that, inevitably, will take it over.  And no, this isn’t just a snide/cute remark.  It’s a reminder of the fact that Obama has refused to talk to the press for the last month, and that his campaign has made it clear that its representatives other than Obama will talk only to a compliant media.

I’m trying a thought on for size:  If Obama is elected, is it possible that Israel, realizing that the US will become hostile to its interests, will stop ceding decision making power to America and simply act?  If it does, it will have to act quickly, because a hostile America will stop selling arms to it, and there is no doubt that Israel will need those arms in any conflict.  (Wnich is another reason why it may be driven to act and act quickly.)

I wonder if liberals ever stop to think that, if they build up their big, beautiful government, it will continue to be a big government even if, in four years, their guys get knocked out of power.  With that in mind, here’s another thought experiment:  We know from places such as England and Canada that socialized medicine invariably means rationing.  Current disfavored classes in these semi-socialized states are the elderly and the very sick (who are, when you think about it, kind of the ones who need medicine the most).

Assuming solely for the sake of argument that conservatives are indeed the slavering, blood-thirsty homophobes liberals like to imagine they are (kind of like the radical Islamists), ask your liberal friends if they’re not worried that, when the conservatives take back the government, they’ll stop giving health care to gays.

Or, assuming solely for the sake of argument that conservatives are indeed the Bible-thumping, heretic burning Christians liberals like to imagine they are (kind of like the radical Islamists, only with crosses), ask your liberal friends if they’re not worried that, when the conservatives take back the government, they’ll stop giving health care to atheists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc.

Or, assuming solely for the sake of argument that conservatives are indeed the hate-filled racists liberals like to imagine they are (kind of like the Sudanese Arab Muslims who are systematically murdering the black Muslims in their country), ask your liberal friends if they’re not worried that, when the conservatives take back the government, they’ll stop giving health care to blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and all other non-white races.

Once you vest power in government, it tends to be there for keeps, regardless of who holds those reins.  If you truly hate your political enemies, you better be very careful to limit government power, not to expand it.

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  • Friend of USA

    “…We know from places such as England and Canada that socialized medicine invariably means rationing.”

    Funny thing, yesterday on tv news here in the Montreal region ( in Quebec Canada – sorry no link , it was on tv ) there was a reporter going from government clinic ( called CLSC ) to government clinic early in the morning asking people since when they had been standing in line to see a doctor.

    Many had been standing in line since 5 am but the clinic only opens at 9:30 am!!!

    Standing in line – feeling sick – from 5 am to make sure you can get to see the doctor…

    It is a “free” service … but barely available…

  • suek

    “I wonder if liberals ever stop to think that, if they build up their big, beautiful government, it will continue to be a big government even if, in four years, their guys get knocked out of power. ”

    I think they intend on controlling information and voting so that they _can’t_ get knocked out of power.

  • Ellie2

    “Traditionally, when a totalitarian government takes over, the first thing it does is go after the press, and make the press a branch of the government. ” Bookworm

    I think this might be a chicken and egg thing. One could argue that a totalitarian govt could never take over if a free press was doing its job: hence the First Amendment.

    When we lost our free press some time ago, the baton passed to the “Pajamas Media.” This remarkable development gives us hope that “someone up there” still looks over us. God Bless the USA!

    http://www.brownielocks.com/godblessamerica.html

  • http://expreacherman.wordpress.com ExPreacherMan

    Book,

    You appear to labor under the illusion that Liberals are logical or that they are thinkers.

    They are neither and the lemmings will follow their messiah (if he’s elected) to the destruction of our Republic regardless. They want “goodies” government rather than good government.

    In Christ,

    ExP(Jack)

  • Ymarsakar

    One could argue that a totalitarian govt could never take over if a free press was doing its job: hence the First Amendment.

    Technology and the speed of communication has changed that. The MSM would never be as influential as it is today when information spread so much slower in the horse and carriage days. This also prevented empires from governing their colonies directly, as well, due to the severe distance.

    When we lost our free press some time ago, the baton passed to the “Pajamas Media.” This remarkable development gives us hope that “someone up there” still looks over us. God Bless the USA!

    I believe that the Founding Fathers, when they used the phrase “free press” included anyone that could produce publication of the written kind. The “press” as we have come to know it started because they were the newspapers and the newspapers were the only ones capable of publication for the papers that spread the news.

    You appear to labor under the illusion that Liberals are logical or that they are thinkers.

    I think Book is a logical person and refuses to give up logic simply because the Left has done so already.

    Once you vest power in government, it tends to be there for keeps, regardless of who holds those reins. If you truly hate your political enemies, you better be very careful to limit government power, not to expand it.

    That’s why the Left and the MSM has gambled on the “Fix”. A permanent power structure won’t have to worry about retribution from those in power because the permanent power structure will always be in power: like barney Frank investigating himself concerning Fannie May.

  • Mike Devx

    Book said,
    >> Once you vest power in government, it tends to be there for keeps, regardless of who holds those reins. If you truly hate your political enemies, you better be very careful to limit government power, not to expand it. >>

    Liberals really ought to think long and hard about what Book has written.

    The “McCheneyHalliburton” thing on the right has its “BarneyDoddFannieFreddie” on the left. Huge government simply means huge corruption.

    The liberals want to put Obama in charge. I think in their hearts they *know* that he is a ruthless power-monger above all, and has no intention of looking out for anyone but himself and his ideology, and those ideological allies he’s been with for years. They *know* it in their hearts, and yet they hope it just won’t turn out that way.

    If it does, and they get the massive, controlling government that they wish for… just remember, for an Obama on the left, there easily could appear a “Notbama” on the right, who will just as ruthlessly and skillfully use that vast governmental power against you. For his own interests and his own idealogy and allies.

    Be careful what you ask for, because the worm does always turn. Eventually.

  • http://betterangels.typepad.com Ronald Hayden

    If Obama is elected, is it possible that Israel, realizing that the US will become hostile to its interests, will stop ceding decision making power to America and simply act?

    My suspicion (and probably what I’d do if I were leading Israel) is that day one of an Obama administration, they call him up and say, “You make some big public show of support for Israel or a specific Israeli policy pronto, or we assume we’re on our own out here and we act accordingly.”

    A bizarre thing about the mostly-anti-Israel world: They all think that the relationship with the U.S. emboldens Israel and lets them act like bullies, when in reality the U.S. has consistently been perhaps the biggest drag on allowing Israel to act in its own interests.

    Every time someone bombs Israel or promises to wipe them off the map, the U.S. “urges restraint”…

    I can only imagine how much restraint even the most liberal of Democratic presidents would exercise if, say, Canada were lobbing missiles into neighboring states every day…