Ideas, Ideals, and Ideologies

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has recently taken a lot of fire, some of it “friendly”, for his robust stance against the execrable “Affordable (yeah, right) Care Act”. He has been soundly spanked by everyone from Dingy Harry Reid (the leftiest of the Left), to Fox’s resident loud-mouth, Bill O’Reilly, whose world-view focuses somewhere to the right of Vlad the Impaler.

So I’m thinkin’, anyone who has the entire Beltway political class majorly honked must be doing something right. Now we could argue all night about whether his Cruz-ade was directed solely toward hastening the demise of Obamacare, or simply a tawdry tactic to heighten his name recognition in preparation for the 2016 Run For The Big Chair … but to do so would, I think, be to miss the real point of the entire exercise.

What Cruz did (and I hope he did it with malice aforethought) was to tap into, and thereby demonstrate, the fiercely rooted antipathy toward government-directed healthcare. One of the great fallacies abroad in the land is the notion that those in Washington can sense unerringly the mood/needs/wants of the entire country. Most of these swaddled drones have mewled and suckled at the government teat for so long that they have lost any ability they may have ever possessed to distinguish between reality and Potomac-induced mental twilight. And yes, I’m talking about the ones we send there through the laughable exercises we call elections, as well as the seemingly endless phalanxes of entrenched bureaucracy. After a year or two breathing the fog from the Chesapeake the best and brightest that we elected couldn’t run a chicken downstairs with a broom.

Fact is, most folks who live outside of D.C., New York, and California hate, absolutely despise, Uncle Sam’s incessant meddling, whether it is their wallet, their health or their faith that is being messed with. Already I hear the yowls of protest from those who believe devoutly that the only true source of truth, grace and wisdom is that swampy ten mile square patch nestled like a carbuncle between Maryland and Virginia. Tain’t so people – you can hear more sensible chatter at a Saturday night card party in Bumnuckle, Nebraska than at any Washington soiree. If you don’t believe it, try watching 3 or 4 hours of C-Span sometime.

See, the Founders had an idea – that humans should be allowed to live in any manner of their choosing as long as they inflicted no harm on others; they further thought that there should be some sort of loose authority to help and protect the citizens in things like property rights disputes, building roads, and providing a minimal common defense for all. This seemed like a good thing and they managed to forge these ideas into an ideal – a goal to which all people of good will and ordinary abilities could aspire. And it worked, and worked well until about 100 years ago when a pernicious progressivism arose and managed to gull the unwary, the uncaring and the uninformed into believing that real governance consists of relinquishing personal rights and liberties to some central planning authority in exchange for a false sense of ease and security. In other words, the ideal began to be replaced by an ideology – one of something for nothing … and voila, the nanny-state was born, and has been accelerating pretty much unchecked since the days of Woodrow Wilson.

So Senator Cruz, however honorable or despicable his motivations, managed to knock the scab off that festering wound once again – and that is a good thing. Except of course for that cadre of pols whose fiefdom is dependent on keeping the great unwashed convinced that they are best served by rapacious collectivism. They are frightened by any ray of light, no matter how dim, that threatens to expose their great charade. Good job, Ted.

Next time we’ll talk more about the “Affordable Care Act” … and why it’s not.

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About Ed Stevens

retired geezer; paleo-crypto-apocalypto-reactio-conservative; I have no interest in and no time for facile "compromise" or "coming together" - the difference between right and wrong is pretty clear. I'd rather be carried from the field on my shield than wind up polishing the armor of my enemies.
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4 Responses to Ideas, Ideals, and Ideologies

  1. Laura Ebke says:

    Great stuff here, Ed! I look forward to seeing lots more!

  2. Bob Nielsen says:

    You like Ted Cruz? Really? Ted Cruz? You really need to get out more Ed. It is a big world out there and I guarantee old Ted is only out to manipulate the small worlds toward the end game of electing him our next President. As to government healthcare, are you in favor of defunding Medicare? Your fellow travelers in the tri-cornered hats want to “keep government hands off their Medicare”, at least that is what their signs said at their rallies. The mistake Obama made with the ACA was to pattern it after one proposed by the great Republican think tank (I know, I can’t stop laughing at that one either) the Heritage Foundation, and the one Romney got passed in Massachusetts. He should have gone with a plan that currently works and extended Medicare to everyone. Having universal healthcare in the US would make us just like every other modern country in the world today, you know the countries with half the cost per citizen and better health outcomes, including life spans and infant mortality.

    • Charlotte Juett says:

      Bob, where have you been living the last five years? More than 60% of the public want Obamacare gone, repealed, rejected, re-whatever to get rid of it entirely. The old guard in the GOP is afraid to do anything to stop the Communist/Progressive/Democrats ( I believe that it is a result of Stockholm Syndrome). The young rebels of the Tea Party are the only ones with the gonads to stand up to Obama.

      • Bob Nielsen says:

        So I guess we fold in the face of 60% disapproval. How about this 82% disapprove of the very Congress trying to do away with the ACA after some 40+ unsuccessful attempts to defeat it. How about these numbers as representative of what most Americans want, Obamacare passed both houses of Congress, was certified as Constitutional by the Supreme Court, and the White House was won a second time by the candidate who proposed ACA, and he beat the guy who pledged to get rid of ObamaCare once elected. Now if you also look at the 60% who oppose it, 16% do so because it DID NOT GO FAR ENOUGH. I believe it was the “rebels” of the Tea Baggers who carried signs at rallies saying, “Keep your government hands off my Medicare”. Ms. Juett, lumping commies and progressive Democrats is really pretty silly. I thought Joe McCarthy was dead. Where have you been for the last 50 years. Oh, and one more statistic, 55% of Americans don’t believe in evolution.

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