I'm taking heart from the commenters lately. There was a damn fool on Big Gov.com, who argued for electing candidates with an "R" after their names ("A RINO is better than no R at all."), and the commenter's rejected his message and ripped him to shreds.Sometimes I can't tell which one of (all of) us is talking. We are DEFINITELY on the same page!
People are slowly getting it.
I put up a post today, that quotes from a speech that de Tocqueville made in the French parliament, when he was trying to wake them from the socialist sleep they were blindly heading for. A few key lines of his speech identifying what socialism means, are,
"... an incessant, vigorous and extreme appeal to the material passions of man..."
"...always present, is an attack, either direct or indirect, on the principle of private property..."
"Now, a third and final trait, one which, in my eyes, best describes socialists of all schools and shades, is a profound opposition to personal liberty and scorn for individual reason, a complete contempt for the individual.
"...They call, in fact, for the forfeiture, to a greater or less degree, of human liberty, [Further signs of assent.] to the point where, were I to attempt to sum up what socialism is, I would say that it was simply a new system of serfdom."
We need to turn our attention to the Senate, and attempt to stop this monstrosity there - but if it does pass, we'll need to turn our attention to 2010, and turn our attention NOT to jabbering about how socialized medicine will hurt, ruin or destroy healthcare or even the economy - it will, but that is playing on the leftist's turf.
In a battle between our pointing out hard facts, and their offering up a free pass to sugar candy mountain, the sweet tooth will always win over a people who don't understand the deeper risks.
The real job before us is to Educate our friends and relatives to what de Tocqueville understood about all variations of socialism. And, as in a comment I tried to leave on a Bad Bad JuJu (wouldn't go through from some reason) post you linked to the other day,
"...What we've got to do, in the next two years, is Educate the core of the American people, to what has been de-educated out of them. The meaning of the ideas which lay behind the Constitution, and why it was written in the way it was - and to take vocal political action to restore to this land, a nation of Laws, not men.
Here's a good place to start.
It's not going to be easy... but it'll be fun to tell the grandkids about!..."
France has nearly passed away into history, and we are heading in that direction as well, but we can still change course if we shake ourselves and our neighbors awake. Freedom and Liberty demand conscious attention, they will not linger with those who take them for granted.
The Gunslinger, EOTIS