Sunday, November 16, 2008

Philosophy in the oddest of places

My wife has turned me on to a series of mystery novels, which is a very out of character genre for me. Imagine my surprise when I came across the following:

"Look at history. Those in power have habitually found nasty uses for those without it. And, all too often, they claim it's for the greater good. You could have a group of highly skilled, intelligent people who've decided they know what's best for humanity. Nothing, in my opinion, is more dangerous."

It's rather reminiscent of this quotation. This is what scares me most about the incoming administration and a congress that won't oppose him. While claiming to be all about bettering people's lives, they're already discussing how to make sure they never lose power again. They want to institute the "Fairness Doctrine" to silence conservative talk radio without bothering to balance the liberal content of PBS and NPR stations. Worse yet, while claiming to want to better the lives of the poor, they're really planning to make them dependent on government for their support. Rather than working their way out of poverty, the poor will keep voting these same people into power.

It bears repeating: "You could have a group of highly skilled, intelligent people who've decided they know what's best for humanity. Nothing, in my opinion, is more dangerous."

The American Dream isn't built on punishing the successful. It's for anyone with a dream to build an idea into a success by creating a needed good or service, thus enriching not only themselves, but all of society. No government handout can replace the brilliance of this system. No tax and spend policy will bring greater benefit to society than true entrepreneurial spirit.

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