My criticism of Glenn Beck’s use of Lincoln in his rally material brought out the haters. Evidently I’m a “bigot” and an “idiot” for not believing everything I was told by the state educational appendage known as public school. Modern conservatives claim to want smaller government, and they constantly rail against taxes and intrusive government. But, the minute you criticize one of their beloved state institutions like government schools or the military, watch out. Those are evidently sacred. But, I’ll say it again: If we don’t trust the government to do something as simple as postal delivery correctly, why in God’s name would we trust them with WMD’s and the education of our children? Is that such a wacko question? It seems reasonable to me.
So, really, the name calling comments I received(and I’ve gotten some before in email) weren’t really about Glenn Beck. They were more about my being a threat to what conservatives currently see as their salvation: namely, getting Republicans back in office. Most “Hot Air” conservatives will say things privately such as “they all need to go”, speaking of Congress. Or, “we need to vote every last one of them out and get some fresh blood in there.” But, what they really mean is that we need to vote in all “real” Republicans and vote out the RINO’s. The problem with that line of thinking is that it’s backwards from reality. The RINO’s are the real republicans. They always have been. Reagan and Goldwater were anomalies, just as JFK was an anomaly within the Democrat party.
When I criticize Glenn Beck, people hate on me because they think I’m jeopardizing the potential for a return to a Reagan style takeover of D.C. But, what I’m saying is 1). that won’t happen anyway and 2). even if it did, we are playing on a totally different ball field than Reagan was in 1980. He was only a few years removed from the gold standard, which Nixon ended in 1971. Thus, an inflationary balloon to boost the economy was something he could get away with without too many immediate negative consequences. Things are completely different now. The economy is literally on the brink on a daily basis. Government employee unions have a stranglehold on public budgets. And, the national debt vs. GDP is completely unsustainable. There is no easy fix.
What we need now isn’t Reagan. We don’t need another leader who will just try and nudge the system in a different direction. We need radical changes to take place if we are going to avoid financial ruin. Politics just isn’t the answer any more. The free market must be set loose and allowed to work in full force. We must stop giving life-time pensions to government employees. We must abolish the Federal Reserve. We must bring all the troops home and stop policing the world. We must open up competition in our currency and repeal legal tender laws. All of these things will hurt. They will hurt bad for a while. And that’s why there is no politician, Republican or Democrat, that will be willing to do them. It would be political suicide.
Now don’t get me wrong. I think any anti-Washington rally is a good rally. I never said I was against it, or that it shouldn’t have happened. But, Glenn’s problem is that he still thinks the Constitution is what’s going to save us politically. But, when has a bunch of words on paper ever kept a government from over stepping it’s bounds? He goes on and on about how we need to return to a strict adherence to the Constitution and the founding fathers. But, he must not realize that Alexander Hamilton(a founding father) had as his personal crusade to undermine the Constitution. He hated it. Almost from day one, he and his successors down through the generations have sought to redefine the meaning of the Constitution to give the Federal government limitless power. To make the Feds the sole arbiter of the limits of their own power. Putting your hopes and dreams on the Constitution is a fruitless venture.
Thomas DiLorenzo gave a really good lecture on this topic at the Las Vegas Mises Circle. I’ll post it below. It’s really worth your time to listen to. I approved the name calling comments on the last post just for kicks, but I’ll be deleting them in the future. I don’t plan to waste my time on comments that just call me an “idiot” without ever backing it up with facts or cordial discussion. Please continue to comment, but if you are going to disagree with me, do it in a way that opens the floor for a good, robust debate. Don’t just name call. That wastes everybody’s time.