THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 552, January 10, 2010
"More than anything, America is an idea"
Left Wing and Right Wing: It is All a Big Lie
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
The mainstream mediaincluding Fox News, Limbaugh and the big-time media that calls itself "Christian"would have you think that the grand battle is between the left and the right.
This is such a lie.
Here are some examples.
GW Bush outspent Clinton by $1 trillion per year and continued every last federal welfare programand added a few of his ownand left-wingers hated him.
Obama has continued all of Bush's warsand added a few moreand right-wingers hate him.
Left-wingers say they support civil liberties, yet look the other way while Obama continues with the Bush surveillance state.
Right-wingers say they support individual freedom, yet have no apparent problem with rogue police and the fact that America has the world's highest incarceration rate.
Left-wingers want us to panic and give up our freedom out of fear of global warming.
Right-wingers want us to panic and give up our freedom out of fear of terrorism.
Left-wingers say they are tolerant, but want to stifle public expressions of Christianity.
Right-wingers oppose Obamacare because it puts medical decisions in the hands of the government, yet they get their undies in a bunch about the idea of legal medical marijuana.
Left-wingers want to regulate how fast your toilet can flush.
Right-wingers want to ban online poker.
The left has its limousine liberals.
The right has its chicken hawks.
The left has Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, John Edwards and countless others.
The right has Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and countless others.
No matter which wing gets the upper hand in government, the result is the same: perpetuation of the welfare-warfare-police-nanny state.
As Butler Shaffer once wrote, "Left and Right are only two wings on the same bird of prey."
The hypocrisy is endless.
In the words of REM, elections anymore are just tournaments of lies.
As I wrote just before the 2008 election: "Ultimately, the same people run the show. They set up this false left-right paradigm and get people fighting endlessly over meaningless junk. There is a great line in Macbeth about "a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing." The real problem is not the media, Washington, Hollywood, etc. The real problem is that so many people are so willing to believe what their chosen spinmeisters tell them, no matter how absurd."
The grand battle is between liberty and tyranny. I woke up to this in late 1991.
When will you wake up?