Democracy – A false god

I work with a lot of bureaucrats – unelected civil servants who’s daily effort directly impacts your life without any transparency. The simplest form of transparency is money: you pay your taxes and the bureaucrat gets paid. While there are many dedicated, experienced, and skilled bureaucrats, there are also a lot of satisfied bureaucrats sticking pencils in the ceiling. How do you know if your money was spent wisely? This lethargy results from a lack of competition, surely, but, it also stems from the false god of democracy.

Government workers hold the belief that they’re entrusted with important jobs. They are. Over time, however, they begin to believe that they are doing good. That is, they have to do the job because so many people depend on them. They believe that the state is critical to the services delivered. So far, all of those thoughts are true. but only from a very narrow and democratic perspective. From the republic perspective, democracy is only part of the recipe for success. Indeed, one of the major problems with the Articles of Confederation was a tyranny by the majority. From that disaster, the framers of the Constitution realized that limited government was also a critical ingredient for success.

The United State’s Constitution heavily relies on the principle of limited government: “of the people, by the people, for the people.” In addition, the framers realized that the only objective of a Republic is to secure the rights of the individual. This concept is not often included in modern thinking because we have allowed ourselves to become socialized. The modern ideology believes in the “greater good” over “individual liberty.”

It’s not unusual for individual liberties to conflict, and the Justice system exists to resolve those conflicts. However, no nation can stand when it constantly subverts individual rights for the perceived greater good. That is pure socialism. It requires that someone, or to be more charitable, a committee, knows more about the greater good than the collective experience of all individuals voting daily in a democratic republic by their actions. In the case of the China Flu, the “greater good” mantra ignores the collective body of human experience, and places the weight of decisions on bureaucrats with unknown motivations.

The greater good, and democracy alone, are false gods. The purpose of the United States government is to promote individual liberty, and through liberty achieve a greater and more truthful body of human experience. Since the US no longer derives its’ power from the people, it is no longer a republic and is simply a tyrannical rule by the majority. It would be good for bureaucrats to stand up for themselves, and all their fellow Americans, by promoting individual liberty, and rejecting the endless despair of socialism.

Ann Landers explains “isms”

Dear Ann Landers:
I am an inner city English teacher, and my students are reading George Orwell’s “1984.” I am having a difficult time explaining communism, socialism and fascism to my students without giving a full-blown, time-consuming history lesson. I recall you printed a humorous column some time ago explaining these concepts using cows as examples. Will you please print it again for my students? I’m sure it will kick-start a lively class discussion. I’d appreciate your help. — A Teacher in Mississippi

Dear Mississippi Teacher:
Thank you for asking. It’s an “oldie,” but a “goldie.” Here it is:

Socialism:You have two cows. Give one cow to your neighbor.
Communism:You have two cows. Give both cows to the government, and they may give you some of the milk.
Fascism:You have two cows. You give all of the milk to the government, and the government sells it.
Nazism:You have two cows. The government shoots you and takes both cows.
Anarchism:You have two cows. Keep both of the cows, shoot the government agent and steal another cow.
Capitalism:You have two cows. Sell one cow and buy a bull.
Surrealism:You have two giraffes. The government makes you take harmonica lessons.