"It is ironic that the great defender of "science" should be in the thrall of pseudoscience. Human beings under stress are not hard-wired for stupidity, which would be a distinct evolutionary disadvantage. The calculation of risk and a preference for proven practices are the conservative contributions to the survival of the species. Whatever neuroscience may explain about political behavior, it does not mean that the fears of massive debt and intrusive government are irrational." Michael Gerson
After a series of ineffective public messages -- leaving the political landscape dotted with dry rhetorical wells -- President Obama has hit upon a closing argument.
"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now," he recently told a group of Democratic donors in Massachusetts, "and facts and science and argument [do] not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country is scared."
Let's unpack these remarks.
Obama clearly believes that his brand of politics represents "facts and science and argument." His opponents, in disturbing contrast, are using the more fearful, primitive portion of their brains. Obama views himself as the neocortical leader -- the defender, not just of the stimulus package and health-care reform but also of cognitive reasoning. His critics rely on their lizard brains -- the location of reptilian ritual and aggression. Some, presumably Democrats, rise above their evolutionary hard-wiring in times of social stress; others, sadly, do not.
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Americans have been aroused. They have been awakened. They are questioning the coercive actions of the petty tyrants, Reid-Pelosi-Obama, and those arrogant ones interpret this "awakening" as simple "anger" or "fear." It is much, much more.
American citizens must not allow Obama and his so-called "progressives" to attribute the motive of "anger" or "fear" to the great passion for liberty and recognition of tyranny which is being felt and expressed today.
These so-called "progressives" are trying to plunge America back into a similar situation to the Old World ideas which existed in 1776 in Europe.
Only in America did an entire people come to understand liberty and life are inherently inalienable gifts from the Creator, that they are not grants from another human being, or any group of human beings.
Now, in 2010, because of the flagrant disregard of this founding principle exhibited by Obama-Reid-Pelosi and their fellow "progressives," as noted above, American citizens have been awakened. They have been aroused. And they are exhibiting that spirit that the Creator planted deep within their hearts.
"Although all men are born free, and all nations might be so, yet too true it is, that slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant – they have been cheated; asleep – they have been surprised; divided – the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?... The people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it." - James Madison (Father of the Constitution)
The Democrats call the people's "enlightenment and awakening" by the name of "anger," but "anger" doesn't adequately describe the emotion that is being expressed by the animated American citizens who are a part of the Taxed Enough Already movement in 2010. No, "anger" more aptly describes the President and his fellow Democrats who react to every criticism of the abusive and intrusive policies they have coercively imposed on citizens by "fighting" back with attempts to belittle and demean those who disagree with them.
"Anger" more aptly describes the folks in the streets of Paris this week who are truly "angry" that their government may no longer rob others in order to give them earlier retirement benefits. That is anger coupled with envy and greed.
The real emotion welling up in the hearts and minds of Americans today is a passion for liberty--the kind of liberty their ancestors enjoyed and sacrificed to obtain for themselves and their posterity.
America's Founders' passion for liberty produced a Declaration of Independence from the oppression of King George III and his Parliament and the Constitution of the United States of America. That passion valued liberty (sometimes called "freedom") as the highest good, and the Founders were willing to sacrifice everything in order to structure a limited government which would allow individual opportunity, initiative, prosperity and plenty to be achieved.
Those who call themselves Democrats today inherited the same "Blessings of Liberty" as the rest of us, but they have abandoned the ideas which are essential to liberty, and, under the banner of "progressivism" they have advocated policies which have rivaled or surpassed the oppressive burdens of King George in 1776.
Thus, what they mistake for "anger" among their fellow citizens is only the expression of a free people exercising their Creator-endowed right to liberty. And these so-called "progressives" don't know what to do about such a noble emotion expressing itself on behalf of future generations.
Let freedom ring! "Proclaim liberty throughout the land." A new generation is reading the history of civilization and the ideas of their nation's founding, and they are likiing what they read. They are awakening to clear call for a restoration of their liberty and an end to the political oppression which has found expression in the ideas of Mao, Marx, Lenin, and now their fellow citizens, Reid, Pelosi and Obama.
From the Liberty Fund Library is an essay entitled "The Impracticability of Socialism,"
which concludes with this statement by its writer. "Freedom is the most valuable of all human possessions, next after life itself. It is more valuable, in a manner, than even health. No human agency can secure health; but good laws, justly administered, can and do secure freedom. Freedom, indeed, is almost the only thing that law can secure. Law cannot secure equality, nor can it secure prosperity. In the direction of equality, all that law can do is to secure fair play, which is equality of rights but is not equality of conditions. In the direction of prosperity, all that law can do is to keep the road open. That is the Quintessence of Individualism, and it may fairly challenge comparison with that Quintessence of Socialism we have been discussing. Socialism, disguise it how we may, is the negation of Freedom. That it is so, and that it is also a scheme not capable of producing even material comfort in exchange for the abnegations of Freedom, I think the foregoing considerations amply prove." EDWARD STANLEY ROBERTSON
No, Mr. President, don't mislabel the citizens of this great Republic.
American citizens have seen what the counterfeit idea of "socialism" means, and they are rejecting it in favor of the authentic ideas of liberty incorporated in their Declaration and Constitution. That's not simply "anger." That is thoughtful analysis and decision making on the part of the "only Keepers" of the Constitution, "We, the People" (see Justice Story's "Commentaries").