Strangely, it would seem, both my parents were staunch Rooseveltian Democrats, and they instilled in me when I was a child the precepts of Democratism. When I tell my Democrat friends today that I was raised a Democrat, their first response is, "What happened?" My answer is always, "I grew up."
And when I grew up, I stopped believing in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and benevolent government.
Democratism is founded on and is dependent on self-deception. It requires an unfounded, unrealistic, and child-like faith in the altruism of government. But governments are composed of men, and man is not an altruistic animal. Under the survival stress of the last glaciation, mankind evolved an individuality unparalleled in the animal kingdom – an egocentrism so pronounced it enables him to embrace such counter-survival horrors as genocide, prenatal infanticide, and Mohammedanism. Only humans could have the egomaniacal disregard for the feelings and wellbeing of their fellow humans to behead and cremate alive members of their own species, as is enjoined to all members of the quasi-religion of Islam.
This same egocentric divestment of empathy for one's fellow species-members enables human politicians to violate the rights, the wellbeing, and the very lives of their constituents. In Aesop's fable, when the scorpion stings the frog halfway across the stream and the frog asks," Why did you do that? Now we will both drown," the scorpion answers, "Because I am a scorpion." Similarly, politicians do what they do to us because they are human. They can't help themselves.
It was the realization of this basic fact that inspired the founders of the United States to forge a Constitution that ensured a limited government, under constant control by the People. It was the awareness of the human insensitivity intrinsic to all government that produced a Constitution containing such specific restraints on the government as the First and Fourth Amendments and providing the People with the Second Amendment guarantee of the means to protect themselves from government excesses.
Unfortunately, over the past hundred years, our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents dropped their guard. They got fat and lazy and they allowed Roosevelt and Wilson and Roosevelt and Johnson and Nixon and Carter to slowly but inexorably usurp their personal responsibilities and grow the federal government to a behemoth of human greed and disdain for the human condition.
And that's where we are today. Approaching our 224th birthday, we are a nation in its second childhood. We have regressed to a childish dependence on Uncle Sam to do for us the things our parents taught us to do for ourselves. The problem is that Uncle Sam is not our Daddy or our Mommy, and he has no parental concern for our wellbeing. He is an evil and conniving relative who is intent on stealing for himself our birthright – given to us by our parents and paid for with their sweat and their tears and their blood.
If we are to survive, America, we must recognize that government is not the answer. It is the problem! It's time for you to grow up, America. And you better do it fast!