If there’s one good thing that’s come out of the Obama years for those who value small government, it’s that the big state policies and out of control government spending have really sparked a lot of counter-establishment movements. But here’s a timely warning for our readers!
In Liberal Fascism the conservative author Jonah Goldberg spends the first chapter discussing the history of different attempts to define fascism. He ultimately concludes with the succinct definition: fascism is worship of the state.
Let that sink in for a minute. Think about the kinds of things men from centuries ago used to turn to their god or religion for. Today, for the modern liberal, those things are sought from the state.
In the liberal mind, the State will take care of us. The State will tell us what to do in and with our lives. The State will vanquish our enemies and those who hate us. The State will reward us for being good crusaders for the State’s values. The State will define right and wrong for us. We tithe to the State.
This definition illustrates the split not between left politics and right politics, or progressive versus conservative, but big government versus small government. The man from the Redoubt (or who belongs in the Redoubt) wants a small government because he has taken responsibility for his own life. He is king of his own land and will succeed or fail by his own action or inaction. The special snowflake in the City (especially the sanctuary city) does not sweat and toil like the Redoubt man, but postures and preens and expects entitlements as a reward. As one example, if the special snowflake really cared about “a woman’s right to choose” they would have agitated against forced abortions in China under the one-child policy instead of demanding that working families pay for someone else’s bedroom activity.
Here’s the implied point to take from Goldberg today: our grassroots uprisings are not a result of one political party versus another, but gross dissatisfaction with both parties in the buildings of state. It has been said, our two parties are merely two faces of the bank party, or two faces of the big-government party. Conservative offshoots like the Tea Party protest against the corrupt politicians while Occupy protestors object to corrupt mega-corporations. Neither seems to notice that corrupt government and corrupt business have revolving doors with players going back and forth between the two.
Early in the Obama years, first came the Tea Party (though it got started in the same big-government, big spending outrage against G.W.) The Tea Party cleaned house in 2010, had less impact in 2012, and is barely a headline anymore today. What happened to all that steam?
Leading up to the most recent presidential election, Trump shook up the Republican establishment while Bernie Sanders’s popularity took Democrat elites by surprise. The establishment on both sides of the aisle did not care for the citizens voicing their frustration over more of the same age-old game of American politics. As politician Boss Tweed said a century and a half ago, “I don’t care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating.” Things haven’t changed much.
One more dot in the chain for our readers to be aware of is the rise of various gun-rights groups appearing to be more hardline on defending the 2nd Amendment than even the NRA.
Who killed the grass?
If you haven’t heard, it was recently revealed why the Tea Party lost so much impact. An inside operative spilled the beans to Politico in August of 2016 [emphasis mine]:
The Tea Party movement is pretty much dead now, but it didn’t die a natural death. It was murdered—and it was an inside job. In a half decade, the spontaneous uprising that shook official Washington degenerated into a form of pyramid scheme that transferred tens of millions of dollars from rural, poorer Southerners and Midwesterners to bicoastal political operatives.
Some of the post-mortem figures are shocking.
- Tea Party Leadership Fund raised $6.7 million and only $910,000 of that went to the advertised cause.
- Tea Party Patriots in 2014 raised $14.4 million and spent only 10% of it on supporting candidates.
- Constitutional Rights PAC spent 100% of raised funds on PAC salaries and advertising to ask for more money.
The Bank Party isn’t just fleecing Republican grassroots. Several Bernie Sanders donors filed lawsuit against the DNC, arguing that the emails showing a rigged primary prove the DNC defrauded them of money they donated to a cause they thought had a fair chance. But it was all a scam. The DNC response in court?
…any statements about being neutral and fair to all candidates if made by the DNC were nothing but “political promises” and are unenforceable at law.
Wow. Thought you had a fair primary? No, those are just empty political promises. You should have known that as you donated money to your favored candidate.
Here’s the one near and dear to all our main readers: gun rights. Blogger Silicon Greybeard observed this past December:
Riddell’s article recounted one instance in which an NAGR Mississippi e-mail blast solicited funds to help them fight against an ammunition registration bill. The only problem was that the bill had died in committee a month before the e-mail was sent.
…Similarly, I recall a NAGR mailing from “Dudley Brown” railing against a piece of legislation in the Florida Senate that wasn’t there anymore. Rothfeld may be “damn proud” of being a spammer and telemarketer, but apparently complete truthfulness isn’t one of the things the organizations are “damn proud” of.
He’s one of many making the connection between those who sucked the life out of the Tea Party and similar behavior among gun rights groups proliferating today.
We love gun rights too, but research the groups you donate too before you give a cent. When you donate your hard earned money you to a cause supposedly defending your beliefs, you don’t want it simply lining a scammer’s fat pocket.
Better yet, move to the Redoubt and start plugging into a self-reliant local network where you can know and trust your neighbor!