In the last part of George Orwell’s 1984 we meet, Obrien, one of Big Brother’s officials and member of the Inner Party. In the last pages of the novel, he is in the final stages of reeducating and torturing the book’s key character, Winston Smith. Obrien, informs Winston what the coming days will bring. He paints this terrifying glimpse of the future :
There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.
Our future is a little less frightening, hopefully, but scary enough. If we want to see the future we don’t need a crystal ball or have to employ a psychic. All we have to do is look at Detroit. What happened in Detroit, its bankruptcy, not an isolated event, it is an omen of things to come. Whenever liberal policies are in place over an extended period of time, a Detroit scenario will play out.
Just since 2010 36 municipalities, most with liberal policies, have filed for bankruptcy. In addition to Detroit, to name a few, there have been filings by:
- San Bernardino, California
- Stockton, California
- Jefferson County, AL
- Central Falls, Rhode Island
There is an interesting list of what are reported to be the ten most miserable cities in America. What they have in common is they have had predominately liberal governance. You can check them out here: http://ferrellgummit.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/the-ten-most-miserable-cities-to-live-in-america/
Guess what cities are now at risk? Fox News was informed by S&P representatives that other major cities will be reviewed and possibly downgraded. This would put them at further risk of following Detroit’s filing. Some of the cities mentioned are Minneapolis, MN, Cincinnati, OH, and Portland, OR.
There is another major city in trouble too; Chicago. The pension crisis in that city has already hit their school system according to current Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The city has laid off 2000 workers in the school system and Moody’s Rating Service reduced the city’s bond rating. Moody’s cites the pension crisis as a major reason for the downgrade.
The downgrade will affect Chicago’s future borrowing interest rates and possibly limit its ability to borrow all the money it might need. This is not good news for yet another liberal city.
On the practical side of things, politicians realize that if they file bankruptcy, they can reduce their pension debt load. Of course, those who did their part and retired will get the shaft, but the government is more important than they are, right?
What people don’t seem to understand is that the results of liberal policies are predictable. The same scenario that played out in Detroit, has occurred over the span of human history. The failure of liberal policies have been most apparent in communist countries where total government control has been established. The more government control, the more likely a bad outcome.
Liberal policies which tout equality and freedom in practice lead to bondage, reduced productivity, and a declining standard of living. We can see this happening right here, right now. Most likely you have already been forced to give up something in order to stay financially afloat.
Liberals love big government. They believe big government is wiser than the citizens of any country. I guess they don’t think about the fact that governments are populated by citizens who supposedly can’t take care of themselves. Just saying.
Why is it that so many celebrities and liberal politicians are enamored with communist or socialist countries? How about all those America-hating Hollywood liberals who repeatedly praise Cuba or Venezuela? Have any moved there yet? They always threaten to when a Republican is elected, but they are all still here.
Do you have any friends who seriously want to move to Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea, Russia, or China? I don’t. Why would they?
America is not perfect. Capitalism has its flaws. Freedom has a price. The truth is that there is not another country in the world that comes even close to this country even with all its imperfections. However, if we continue in our current direction and move closer and closer to a true nanny state, we will lose every advantage we now have.
What do we do? We fight liberalism on every front. We work to elect conservatives, real conservatives that will risk their career to do what is right. There are a handful of men and women in Congress who are putting their lives on the line. We need many more.