Image: Government has gone way beyond the tipping point where we have lost individual freedom to collectivism.
Montgomery County, March 3 – Why do Big Government liberals always win? Because the liberals have taken over the discussion at the deepest emotional level within every community in America, including Montgomery County Texas.
Here’s an illustration:
Step #1. The Golden Hammer published a factual article about the failure of the Conroe Independent School District to justify any of the expenditures underlying an $807 million bond package. Please see “With Conroe ISD’s Proposed $807 Million Bond Package, The Devil Is In The Details…,” The Golden Hammer, February 28, 2019. The thesis of this article in Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper is the fact that each individual line item within the bond package has no cost justification. Both CISD’s General Counsel Carrie Galatas and its Spokesperson Sarah Blakelock have admitted the lack of cost justification in writing.
Step #2. An individual, whom we should call The Liberal, whose livelihood depends upon CISD and government economic development, responded to the foregoing newspaper article: “It’s your hatred of people that is appalling!”
Step #2 (or how liberals fight back): “It’s your hatred of people that is appalling!”
That’s the primary methodology of Big Government growth. Rather, than responding to the factual discussion in a newspaper article about the lack of cost basis behind $807 million of proposed debt-laden expenditures, which CISD has indicated will result in a 3 cent tax rate hike (meaning substantially higher taxes than that due to inflation of property tax appraisals as well), The Liberal has drawn the discussion to a level of personal emotion.
The Liberal doesn’t respond to the factual argument on a factual level. Rather, The Liberal pulls the discussion into a personal and emotional one where the presenter of facts must try to show a lack of hate. In other words, The Liberal has conflated opposition to the growth of Big Government to “hatred of people.”
That’s precisely where public schools in the United States have gone as well. They teach – and teach and teach and teach – that collectivism is a strong positive ethic. Purely as a question of right versus wrong, a person must work for the good of the collective group and must think in terms of the good of the collective group. Individualism is no longer good and, in fact, is unethical.
Listen to liberal candidates or politicians in public speeches. Almost always, their argument for their own election is “I believe we must work together” or “we must unify behind my ideas” or “people want us all to work together, so why doesn’t my opponent.”
Yesterday morning, one of the leaders of The Liberal, a guy who renamed himself “Beto,” issued the following statement in which he instructed freedom-minded individuals to speak in the manner The Liberal demands:
“Speak with respect and dignity when referring to our fellow human beings who happen to be immigrants and asylum seekers, who in so many cases are doing exactly what we would do if presented with the same threats and opportunities. No more ‘invasions’, ‘animals’, ‘rapists and criminals’, ‘floods’, ‘crisis’ — dehumanizing rhetoric leads to dehumanizing policies. We cannot sacrifice our humanity in the name of security — or we risk losing both.”
Beto wants all of us to think collectively and, like The Liberal, he demands that we speak and think as a group rather than dare criticize individuals who seek to come into the United States by breaking the law. GroupThink?
Collectivism has become a positive ethic. Collectivism and the argument that individual freedom is the moral equivalent of “hatred” have completely turned around one of the foundations upon which we built the United States of America.
Just read an excerpt of what the Second Continental Congress once said:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
In other words, 243 years ago, government existed to vindicate the unalienable Right of individuals to pursue “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” In the world of The Liberal, however, less than a quarter of a millennium later, any person who would dare question “any Form of Government [which] becomes destructive of these ends” has engaged in “hatred.”
A positive development…
It’s important to note, however, that a positive development has begun to occur in the United States, in Texas, and in Montgomery County in particular. Individuals have begun to understand how to fight back.
Here’s an example. The Liberal, same one as above, posted one of his emotion-laden comments: “More yellow journalism and more hatred towards people.” In response, however, an individual conservative activist, whom we shall just call “Barb” for the purpose of this article, responded to The Liberal:
“I see no hatred here…, only facts because I have been there and know the truth.”
Barb didn’t respond to the emotion argument. He didn’t answer The Liberal with a comment to the effect, “The Golden Hammer is a lover.” Instead, Barb answered factually.
And that’s precisely how those who fight for freedom have begun to fight.
As you read this article, a group of people under the leadership of Kelli Cook and Ginger Russell are marching door to door in our community to provide factual information about why the CISD’s $807 million bond would be a disaster for Montgomery County. They’re fighting emotions with facts.
For decades, CISD grew its bloated empire with the argument that everything they did was “for the children.” Nevertheless, conservatives have watched and observed that the children grew up and became taxpayers themselves and now they’re burdened with long-term government debt. Those children have lost the Liberty which was the promise of the Declaration of Independence, because “Government [has] become…destructive of these ends…”
Cook, Russell, and their army of activists who deeply care about freedom have begun to respond to The Liberal with facts.
There’s another important point: secrecy is The Liberal’s other important tool
There’s another important point. You might ask the question: if Big Government has gone so far beyond what we agreed in our social compact, also known as the Declaration of Independence and – arguably – the United States Constitution, how has that growth occurred?
The Liberal has another extraordinarily important tool, which he has utilized to build a money-losing Montgomery County Airport, to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on unnecessary weapons procurement at the federal level, or to create local welfare programs which depend upon the local Commissioners Court handing them your money each year. It’s important to note those programs all go far beyond any social compact Americans or Texans ever made. So how did The Liberal get away with enacting those programs?
Secrecy and closed government are the vital tools for the corruption of The Liberal. Secrecy gave Montgomery County the $100 million TX 249 Tollway, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway. That tollway came from backroom deals between government “leaders” and private real estate developers who gave them a lot money.
Secrecy gave Montgomery County a County Airport which is a joke which doesn’t spur any sort of development of private enterprise but only somehow justifies more government spending on convention centers, ag barns, and flower beds in the mind of The Liberal. (Seriously, drive around the Montgomery County Airport and observe with your own eyes what a 30-year-old Airport has done for “economic development.” The only private businesses there are a few convenience stores and gas stations.)
Montgomery County is the most corrupt County in all of Texas, because, by bringing down the critical provision in the Texas Open Meetings Act, this community just exported its version of secret government to the entire State of Texas (with the help of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals which succumbed to lobbying by the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Association of Counties in the form of politically-charged amicus curiae briefs.)
The Liberal enjoyed an important victory this week. Secret government, the Great Engine of Big Government, had a huge win for The Liberal.
Meanwhile…the conservative activists continue to fight…