Tea Partiers, Republicans, Libertarians- these are all people which the authoritarian left dismiss as absolutely crazy.
But which is crazier:
Restoring the ideal of liberty and self-government that this country was founded upon, or;
Believing an autocracy of technocrats will be enlightened enough to take good care of their subjects without reverting to the same abuses of power and atrocities that every previous authoritarian state has succumbed to.
Which is more unrealistic: Great Society, or self-determination?
This progression towards authoritarianism which has accelerated so greatly over the past decade is like a drug. We tell ourselves it’s okay, because we need it, but we could stop anytime we wanted to. We tell ourselves that there’s no slippery slope down the road to serfdom, and so we take just one more step, and then another, and then maybe just one more, each time telling ourselves it will be the last. We gut the Constitution, surrender our liberty, and trust in our glorious leaders who know so much better than us how to live.
Because if we don’t, then the crazies will win. Then the hicks and the rednecks and the racists and the corporations and those scarily self-important Libertarians (who think they’re somehow better than us because they have “principles”) will all win. And all technological and economic progress will revert, because none of it could’ve ever happened without the government keeping those crazies in their place.
Freedom was a thing of the past. We’re done with that now. We’ve evolved beyond it. Just like the glorious Roman Empire. And anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy.