The Evasion Invasion

 Posted by on 26 August 2008 at 11:21 pm  Ethics, Politics
Aug 262008

They’ve arrived in Denver by the thousands, ready to take on America… and change it.

In “The Blueprint for Change,” Barack Obama outlines just what he’s going to do if elected President. In this way, he will “… put government back in your hands, where it belongs.”

Just what does he mean? Is this blueprint a principled declaration of the proper role of government? Is it an acknowledgment that somehow that relationship between government and its citizens has been breached and that he is going to set it right?

Careful not to fall out of your chair when reading this blueprint, because the dizzying list of government fix-its often contains a dollar sign followed by the word, “billions,” in the sentence.

And the man who boasts that he’s only worked in “public service” (as opposed to the private sector) doesn’t hesitate to usurp the capitalist term, “investment,” to hide the wealth-bleeding expropriation of earnings that will be required to pay for this fantastical plan.

This blueprint represents evasion on a grand scale, “…a wish to negate existence, an attempt to wipe out reality,” in the words of Ayn Rand.

The Democratic candidate for President is blanking out the fact that it is the individual who is the fundamental unit of a society. To Obama, we are globs of groups: the wealthy, working class families, lenders, borrowers, the bankrupt, the corrupt, seniors, veterans, women, volunteers, methamphetamine addicts, the underserved, students, employers, disadvantaged youth…”

So it is no surprise that his vision of government is to correct the ailments of the various groups… somehow. And to pay for it… somehow…

  • “President Bush’s policies of giving tax breaks for the wealthy will cost the nation over $2.3 trillion by the time they expire in 2009… Obama is committed to repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.”

  • “Obama supports public financing of campaigns combined with free television and radio time as a way to reduce the influence of moneyed special interests.”
  • “Obama will also create an energy-focused Green Jobs Corps to connect disconnected and disadvantaged youth with job skills for a high-growth industry.”
  • “Obama will create a new American Opportunity Tax Credit that will make tuition at the nation’s community colleges completely free and will cover up to two-thirds the cost of tuition at the nation’s public colleges and universities.”
  • “Obama will create a Clean Technologies Venture Capital Fund to fill a critical gap in U.S. technology development. Obama will invest $10 billion per year into this fund for five years. The fund will partner with existing investment funds and our National Laboratories to ensure that promising technologies move beyond the lab and are commercialized in the U.S.”
  • “Obama will invest $1 billion over five years in transitional jobs and career pathway programs that implement proven methods of helping low-income Americans succeed in the workforce.”
  • “Obama will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year.”
  • “Obama will sign a universal health care plan into law by the end of his first term in office.”

In this blueprint, there is no reference to the individual. Therefore, there is no understanding of what is required for life. Therefore there is no mention of freedom… no mention of a moral basis for individual rights… no mention of property rights… no mention of how wealth is created… no mention of the right to live one’s life free from the violation of one’s rights… no mention of pursuing happiness… no mention of limitations on governmental power.

This is because, to Barack Obama and his evaders, there is only the collective.

Even when Obama properly opposes any attempt to overturn a woman’s right to abortion, it’s not because abortion is a moral right, but because it fits into the category of his policies that pertain to women.

In order to carry out his blueprint, Obama will take on America’s “enemies” — a floating, disembodied melange of “lobbyists,” “disparities,” “agribusiness,” “chronic disease,” “special interests,” and “workers falling behind.”

This is what he will do for America. This is what he means by giving America back to the people.

I fear there will not be enough duct tape in the world to patchwork this country back together if Obama’s blueprint becomes realized. And the tragedy is that the masters of evasion won’t even notice.

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