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Wisdom is eternal. Because it is so rare a commodity it is treasured by all who actually like and respect all that is good. Stupidity is also eternal. Because we are humans and humans are flawed. All who actually like and respect all that is good try their best to minimize the stupidities…and ensure we at the very least not repeat any. The political Left loathes all that is good. They actively attack it and whenever possible erase it from history.
The old saw – is true:
“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.”
The Left doesn’t like truth. They don’t like wisdom. They don’t like intelligence. They actively attack all of it whenever and wherever it arises. And respond to all of it the way vampires respond to sunlight. Very rudimentary science tells us that when a human sperm meets a human egg it instantaneously (barring a huge genetic mishap) makes a human. Point that out to a Leftist and watch the insanity ensue.
Very rudimentary science tells us that when a human sperm meets a human egg – it instantaneously (barring a huge genetic mishap) makes a human that is either male or female. The chromosomes dictate XX or XY. Point that out to a Leftist and watch the insanity ensue. Please keep all of this Leftist nonsense in mind – when next the Left accuses the Right of being “anti-science.” Human beings have spent the last 10,000 or so years trying all sorts of ways to organize themselves together. Call it community, society…whatever. What it nigh always is – is government. Some wise truisms have ensued:
“Government, although intended to protect and preserve society, has itself a strong tendency to disorder and abuse of its powers, as all experience and almost every page of history testify.” — John C. Calhoun
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” — George Washington
“Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.” — Leo Tolstoy
“Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” — Frédéric Bastiat
“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.” — H. L. Mencken
The last thing anyone in 2019, 10,000 years of humanity in should want to do…is have government try to “help” us. Because government is incapable of doing so. And because it always, inexorably leads to tyranny:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C.S. Lewis
“The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus
When the United States’ federal government spends $4.5 trillion per year and the states and municipalities another trillion or two more per annum there is a WHOLE LOT of government “helping” being attempted. It is a long, unbroken line of unmitigated disasters. Resulting in one titanic mess with our entire nation collapsing under the weight of the accrued failure. The disasters are of all sizes and take on all forms. And like the Left, the Media (please pardon the redundancy) loathe our attempts to minimize the damage they’re doing. To wit – this recent spate of headlines. Predicated upon a Leftist report conducted by Leftists.
Apparently this last guy can’t count all the way to 26. “Community broadband,” “municipal broadband,” “local broadband” it all means government broadband. Government pretending to be a Comcast or Verizon and attempting to provide Internet access. Government broadband has been an unmitigated disaster.
There’s even at least one website – dedicated to cataloguing the very many government fails:
“For decades, local governments have made promises of faster and cheaper broadband networks. Unfortunately, these municipal networks often don’t deliver or fail, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill. Explore the map to learn about the massive debt, waste and broken promises left behind by these failed government networks.”
The Media-Left’s unanimous complaint? Twenty-six states have watched the train wreck disasters that have been attempts at government broadband and decided to staunch or stop the bleeding. And the Media-Left is angry at the impediments to continued, all-encompassing government failure. Because the Media-Left doesn’t like truth. They don’t like wisdom. They don’t like intelligence. And they don’t like success.
For those of us who seek to better things for humanity, who understand humans, human nature and 10,000 years of our history, the question isn’t why 26 states have done this.
The question is – why haven’t the other 24?
[Originally Published at RedState]