Authoritarian Socialism is how we are governed.
by Phil Pepin
March 7 2010
I don't believe in playing word games. Unfortunately most of the mainstream press and Americans in general play them with gusto. People cringe when the dreaded "s word" is used. Typically an emotional tirade devoid of facts is launched. Denial doesn't change the fact that our government is not a constitutional republic intended by the founders. The republic has not existed for years. Our government operates as a totalitarian socialistic regime. Totalitarian socialism sounds ominous and perhaps too extreme, but consider the following. You don't have a choice in paying income tax you are forced to. You are compelled to participate in social security. Soon what little choice you have in the free market will be replaced by corporatism. America's health care industry is predominantly a corporatist system. Obama's agenda to completely socialize medicine is possible with a congress full of totalitarian socialist. Participation is not likely to be voluntary.
It's important to point out that government is not about voluntarism, never has been. George Washington understood the nature of government. "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." The fire is burning out of control. Americans have not heeded Washington's warning. Irresponsible action is the standard mode of operation for our government.
Americans have allowed themselves to become dependent on government in a variety of ways. These same Americans complain about high taxes. They resent the inevitable forced compliance. They fail to understand that socialism is always authoritarian. Freedom is about personal responsibility. Government's constitutional role is to protect freedom, not manage our lives. When government exceeds that role, freedom is diminished. Like gravity this is a law of nature that can't be overcome, no matter how promising the campaign speech. America is at a critical crossroad. Full scale totalitarian socialism of an unimaginable scale is on the horizon. Freedom loving Americans are frustrated by the lack of concern by so many. Ignorance has never been a virtue, in these perilous times it's a dangerous indulgence.