Monday, March 22, 2010
In a historic vote yesterday, the Democratic Party told the American people to go to hell -- and tried to send them on their way -- by passing an unpopular bill that threatens to adversely affect the life of every man, woman, and child in this country. Far from being a "credit to Nancy Pelosi's savvy," this bill is simply another indicator that something is horribly wrong, culturally, with America.
That such a manipulative, power-lusting, worm could wield such power in a republic founded by the likes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington is a symptom: It is a manifestation of the cultural rot that occurs when enough people accept or fail to challenge the idea of "from each according to his ability to each according to his need." Kill that idea and Nancy Pelosi will die with it to become the mere cautionary tale she deserves to be and actually is.
All wars consist of battles, and you can't necessarily win every single battle. The good guys lost one yesterday, but the war goes on. On HBL, Harry Binswanger has already noticed a silver lining: The unpopularity of this bill has some Republicans bandying about the word, "repeal," which he rightly notes has been missing from political discourse for quite some time and must be reintroduced for us to ever have a hope of dismantling the welfare state.
There is much to say about and learn from this battle, but after this post, I am stepping back from it for most of the day. The dishonest, emotionally manipulative nature of this battle has been exhausting -- revealingly, for the enemy side as well. This fight is far from over, but winning it will require not just the right ideas, but the will to fight, which can only come from moral certainty and the ability to sustain oneself by always remembering one's values. Towards that sacred end, I recommend enjoying something one loves today, or in the near future as a means of catching a breather, of remembering what we are fighting for, of fully experiencing the independence and defiance of a free mind, and most importantly, of living the life that Nancy Pelosi's ilk forfeited long ago, and now want to sap away from you.
Speaking of values, I want to end by acknowledging everyone who fought against this cowardly raising from the dead of the institution of slavery. I particularly want to thank my fellow Objectivists, and especially among them, Paul Hsieh, whose efforts have been nothing short of heroic. Seeing what those on the forefront of this long fight have done shows me what is possible and demonstrates that I am hardly alone. Those things are all vitally important.