Children Run the Asylum
Postulate: Actions have consequences.
Corollary: Denial of said consequences does not mean they didn't
occur and/or don't exist.
It would seem that today in America, far too many people need to be
reminded of this simple truth. Apparently, as children not enough of us
reached up to touch a frying pan cooking supper on the stove to realize
it was hot enough to burn our fingers. Or rode a bicycle barefoot only
to wipe out in the street and lose a toenail. Or simply heard the word
"no" from our parents often enough, backed up by a steadfast willingness
to make it stick.
The inevitable result of the failure to learn these lessons can be
seen in a veritable avalanche of ridiculous proposed legislation that,
while seeking to keep as many of us as helpless and dependent as
possible, actually shows off the childish self-centeredness of the
legislators themselves. Here are just a few examples:
Minimum wage - Do legislators really think they can substantially
raise the cost of labor with no economic effects? And if so, why not
mandate a $100/hour minimum wage so we can all instantly be
millionaires? (Inflation be damned.)
Taxes - Do legislators really think people won't respond to
higher taxes by sheltering income and avoiding the transactions that
incur taxation? (Thus reducing tax revenues and hurting the economy by
idling all that capital.)
Smoking bans - Are legislators happy that restaurants and bars
have had to close down once government stomped on the owner's private
property rights, attempted to dictate their clientele, drove their
customers away, and as a result killed their businesses?
Ethanol - Are legislators so poor at math that they can't figure
out that producing as much ethanol from corn as they propose would
exhaust both America's entire corn crop and its arable land? And that
without feed corn and fresh produce to eat, both livestock (i.e.
cows/pigs/chickens/turkeys) and people would probably starve to death?
Global warming - And last but certainly most, do legislators
really think they can wave a magic wand and control the weather?
The answer to all the above questions is a resounding "Yes."
Politicians are so completely consumed by their egos that they really
think their actions will automatically produce the intended
pie-in-the-sky result, no matter how detached from logic, reason and
reality it is, and no matter how unconstitutional, illegal and
tyrannical. Moreover, they honestly believe we're all going to die if
they don't act. Which means there is no stopping them, since to them, to
not do what they want is to die. There is a word for this condition:
megalomania. Webster defines it as "a delusional mental disorder that is
marked by infantile feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur."
Sounds pretty accurate to me.
Thus, in attempting to make all of us into children with government
as our parent, these legislators have actually exposed their own
infantile attitudes. Only a child could think the world revolves around
him, that everything he does and says is so vitally important. Only a
child could have such a large disconnect between his own actions and the
obvious consequences thereof. And only a child could so desperately and
dishonestly try to wriggle off the hook when he is inevitably held to
account. (Compare the excuse-making of a child caught in the act with a
politician at re-election time.) Therefore, even if it were at all
moral to have government act in loco parentis, politicians have
proven beyond any doubt that they are completely unfit for the job.
And lest I unfairly smear perfectly wonderful children all over
America by comparing them to politicians, lets acknowledge that with
adequate parental guidance they will invariably grow out of their
temporary youthful delusions. I can offer no such optimistic prognosis
for the powers-that-be. For the time being at least, the inmates are
firmly in charge of the asylum. It remains to be seen if and when these
spoiled brats will ever get an overdue and much-deserved disciplining
from America's real adults, who first must learn a similar lesson for
themselves. This is what you get when you elect overgrown children. If
we cannot see that, perhaps our government is all too representative.
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