Recently I posted this article on one of my many outlets. Because at any given time there are only 7 people that read any of my political content, I received only one response. That response needs to be addressed because it contained some logical minefields in it and I wanted to use it as an exercise in ‘Unexploded Ordinance Disarmament & Disposal’.
Warning: I like keeping my articles short because I don’t write as ‘gooder’ as Matt Walsh (
@MattWalshRadio) but in this case this may run longer than usual because there are a few wires to clip before this UXO is disarmed.
This was my reader’s response: Food for thought: The underlying question isn’t whether Obamacare is good or not; it’s whether using the institutions of government to blackmail America is good or not. And it’s whether secret and unlimited money from super-rich right-wingers should be allowed to poison our politics. The answer to both questions must be a resounding no. Will the Affordable Care Act add to this? Yes, but I don’t seen that as the main problem. I see too much private money going to blackmail politicians to do their bidding and not what the American People want, and I see politicians holding government workers hostage with threats of closing the government down when things don’t go their way. They should be working together to solve problems, NOT using the American people as pawns to achieve the wants of those who donate the most money to their campaigns. I realize that you probably to not agree with me on this, but that’s okay. This is just my opinion. As an Independent, I see both the Republicans and Democrats playing fast and loose with people’s livelihood all in the name of getting themselves re-elected.
So…let’s unscrew the tip of this bomb, look inside and clip the correct wires to disarm and otherwise make inert:
The First Wire: There is a common logic fallacy used by the left and center-left and that is the pointing to another wrong. I actually learned this one in High School (surprisingly). California public education was just starting on it’s 2nd meteoric decline in the 70’s so there were still opportunities to learn during that period. Pointing to another wrong involves dismissing the intial argument by equating it with another argument:
“The underlying question isn’t whether Obamacare is good or not; it’s whether using the institutions of government to blackmail America is good or not. And it’s whether secret and unlimited money from super-rich right-wingers should be allowed to poison our politics. The answer to both questions must be a resounding no.“
If you fall for this kind of deception, it usually involves flailing against an argument that is hard or impossible to argue against. However, in this case the argument is easy to disassemble by using your secret decoder ring.
The phrase “…using institutions of government to blackmail…” is code for “the minority, in exercising their prerogative to confound and stop the majority from doing what I want them to do is pissing me off!”
The phrase, “…unlimited money from super-rich right-wingers…” is code for…well…ignorance, to be perfectly honest.
Summary: What this person is trying to tell you is that 1. Mob rule is OK and 2. The Socialist Left in the United States is vastly out-gunned monetarily.
On Mob Rule: A good read of Federalist Papers 9 & 10 would make clear the dangers of allowing factions to use majority rule and other instruments of control to force their agenda. There is a reason we are a Representative Republic and not a pure democracy. You must always correct people that say we have a democracy in this country because that is simply not true. …and you hear it all the time from the morons in Washington, don’t you? Pure democracy literally means “mob rule”. Both Democrats & Republicans all move toward mob rule when they’re in the majority because it is their nature to rule as despots. That is the human political condition and it will never change no matter how “civilized” you believe we are.
The party that is not in the majority has mechanisms to avert a complete takeover by another faction. Here is a great read on the actual rules of the House with respect to the minority party. And here is a decent paper on Senate minority rules. Use these as starting points; do your own homework and decide for yourself!
The thing to take away from this is that if you want Mob Rule, go to Iran. If you want messy, get-your-hands dirty politics where it is difficult for one party or the other to gain total control of the government, then the United States is your place.
Nowhere is this drama played-out better than what is happening in the United States at the present time under Barack Obama and the Progressive, Socialist Democrat Senate.
On The VAST Wealth of Republicans: I’m lucky. I left the Republican party about 25 years ago…or should I say (Reagan-esquely) they left me. So for the last couple of decades I’ve been free to view both parties for what they actually are: facades & smokescreens for special interests that have nothing whatsoever to do with individual liberty or free markets. The fact is both sides have tons of money. It’s is how that money is used that is the vexed question… and in that respect, it’s clearly understood by all sides that Democrats are so much more savvy across the entire spectrum that it’s no contest on who is better with their money. I reiterate: both sides are despotic POS‘s: At their very foundation there is no difference between the two political parties. You’re going to find all the evidence you want on either side of the money argument to justify your position…it is an academic exercise at best; and it’s your time to waste.
The Second Wire: The next wire to clip is one of the trickiest: The false agreement. “…Will the Affordable Care Act add to this? Yes,…”. This logical trick is designed to get you to clip the wrong wire and cause the bomb to take you out. There are only two logical reasons one would agree with your premise either because they actually agree with you or they want to appear to agree with you in order to force you to validate their opinion.
The Third Wire: If you clipped the second wire and you’re still here, then the next wire to carefully examine is: “…They should be working together to solve problems, NOT using the American people as pawns to achieve the wants of those who donate the most money to their campaigns….” When you see that, I don’t hesitate, just clip the wire. I feel confident that I can debate successfully that government NEVER EVER solves problems without causing several equally distressing unintended consequences.
Henry Hazlitt in Economics in One Lesson said it over & over again that it is a RARE occasion that a government solution to a problem has been thought-through past stage one. And that means that nearly every solution the government puts into place creates even more unintentional consequences. WordPress.com would probably charge me double for the space that it would take if I were to list every example where this were true. The only real solutions ever produced in the United States have been those derived from the private sector and the market. Mises makes this perfectly clear in the sections of the brilliant work, Human Action that discuss markets and their relationship to liberty and freedom.
Bottom Line: The best government solution to any problem is to remove the government from the issue altogether and let real people left to their own self-interests work its magic.
And The Final Wire: I leave for you to clip this wire based on your own experiences with our government: “…I see both the Republicans and Democrats playing fast and loose with people’s livelihood all in the name of getting themselves re-elected…” IMHO, this wire, you should not clip, as it is the one wire in this bomb that is consistent with the truth.