I had a discussion yesterday with a young Democrat who is also a strong supporter of Pr. Obama. She was supporting the health care bill as passed by the House of Representatives and in her impassioned justification, she said a very interesting thing. She said it was okay to force people to pay a fee or a tax to pay for health care. That she fully understood people would be forced to pay for health care services that went to other people, but that it was just as it should be.
I sidetracked the conversation as best I could to explore this. She said, and I think rightly, that we are already forced to pay Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, that this is really no different. That the laws force many things on us we would not choose to support, and all of them have the threat of men with guns coming to arrest us and jail us if we do not comply.
She sees this as a good thing, civic responsibility under duress as a necessity to make things more fair. That the labor a person does is only their duty, and as much as needed may be taken from them to fill the coffers and be dispensed as the government decides. She also said, openly and plainly, that as long as the outcome was desirable, force was the best way, sometimes the only way, to get people to comply with whatever was deemed best by the leaders.
I found this strangely liberating, to see the honest naked face of raw power being earnestly promoted as a good. See, I thought the Democrats believed they were being different. It actually made me feel better to know it’s the same old struggle for power, using the same old force, trying to create a utopia out of some misbegotten ideas that have already failed several times in spectacular ways in the last 100 years.
Since force is good, and can be used to gain compliance, I can think of lots of things everyone could be made to do. Parades are always fun. Not a messy parade with people waving flags and thinking they are free, old fire trucks and little kids being pulled in little red wagons. No. A nice orderly parade of people who have been forced to think correctly.
Here’s the new approved bumper sticker right from the government printing office. Make sure everyone you know has one in the approved bumper sticker location, we wouldn’t there to be any misunderstandings.
There’s lots more I can think of. We can clean up the streets, put everyone to work, fix the environment, provide free health care, eliminate crime, all without any debate or concern about rights or freedoms. It’s going to be paradise.
In this age of the rule of brute force, it is almost impossible for anyone to believe that any one else could possibly reject the law of the final supremacy of brute force.