"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

"There is no worse tyranny than forcing a man to pay for what he does not want just because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Silence Is Consent

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."   -- Edmund Burke

I have to quote from a post I read at House of Eratosthenes.  Mark often speaks well and completely on the subjects he covers, but this is one area that I feel the need to bang a gong on until my conservative friends understand it.  The fate of our nation hangs in the balance.  Stop and read the quote from Ronald Reagan in the right side bar.

Mark said, "The left needs constant reassurance about following their agenda."  This is why they continue to parrot the talking points that have absolutely no substance, as reflected in this next statement:

"But still the relentless campaign continues, like a juggernaut. At Thanksgiving, in the office, on Facebook, it’s always reminder-time. Bush stupid, Obama awesome, Palin a dimwit, Iraq a mistake."

I have experienced so much of this in the past.  It always comes from people who's only connection to "news" comes from the Comedy Channel, CNN, or one of the three broadcast agencies who might as well collectively be the public relations or advertising agency for the Democrat National Committee.  I can always count on the fact that if I ask them basic questions about the Constitution or the structure of the government or just who various cabinet secretaries are, or about important historical rulings by the SCOTUS, all I will get is the look of a fish out of water.

Yet these are the people who squawk the mindless sound bytes that they acquired from the far left cheerleading section for the leftists who want to take over the country and impose Marxist rule.  And they get away with it because we conservatives don't counter their stupidity at every turn.  We want to keep the peace at Thanksgiving or Christmas or whatever reunions we have.  We don't want to offend co-workers.  We don't want to get the elbow in the ribs by our wife at some gathering when we hear some kool-aid drinker gush about some politician who by all rights ought to be in prison.

This has got to stop.  This has to stop because of the very polar opposite results of conservative ideology and where it leads, and leftist ideology and where it leads.

When conservatism reigns, people are left alone to either succeed or fail on their own in freedom.  If you don't like the fail part, then you don't understand the value of failure.  Ray Kroc was nothing more than a mediocre paper cup salesman until he discovered and bought the restaurant from the McDonald brothers.  Walt Disney failed over and over to find the right people to financially back his ideas for most of his life.  Edison tried a thousand different ways to create a lightbulb before he found the right design.  The common denominator to success in this country has always been freedom and a rule of law that protects individual freedom.

When leftist ideology reigns, there is no point in striving or failing.  If you succeed, the fruits of your labor will be taken from you and given to those who don't care to strive for anything beyond playing the lottery and watching American Idol and believing that anybody who has wealth must have gotten it by nefarious means.  This is what produces countries like North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.  Equality is celebrated and encouraged until everyone but those at the top of government have become equally miserable.

This has got to stop.  But it isn't going to stop if conservatives just stand by keep their mouths shut.

Now let me make another important point.  Do not cast your pearls before swine.  In case that phrase isn't clear to you, let me elaborate.  Do not get into a one-on-one argument with a leftist or with a group of leftists with no other audience around.  It's a waste of time.

But by all means, if you are in a mixed group of other conservatives, moderates, or just people who claim to be bored by politics, speak up.  Understand and polish your arguments.  Speak boldly.  You might be giving encouragement to fellow conservatives who were also afraid to speak up.

Always remember that when you stay silent, the opposition not only perceives your silence as agreement, but they will point it out to the uninformed, ignorant and stupid people around them.  They win the argument by default.

If you don't want to end up living in a country like Cuba or China, you'd better start using your mouth to fight these battles.  If we lose the battle of ideas at the ballot box, the alternative is not going to be fun.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Sadly it is too late for politics I suspect.



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