Force is a terrible idea…
…Unless it’s my idea.
And so goes what passes for debate built on principles of sand.
There is a trick played on us. It’s a simple trick, a trick for the Simple that is. And the fact we fall for it is more an indictment of ourselves than those Knaves who play it.
The Trick is to foment a fight were there was none.
The Goal is get Us to concede something we don’t realize we’re arguing about…
It works like this;
If you believe that Force is a wonderful thing and People are too Stupid to know what’s best for themselves… then you also believe that Vaccinations must be compulsory. In other words, Vaccines save lives and the Masses are too idiotic to choose to get them. (Explaining the benefits of Vaccines is just not enough and besides it takes too long, and too much effort, to argue the benefits with a bunch of Morons. You get it… because you’re Smart. Having to compete in the arena of ideas is just prodding the Sheep into the right decision assuming they accidentally understand your brilliance.)
At the same time, when you know that your ideological opponents profess to believe that Force is a terrible idea and all things should be Voluntary, you create an argument over… say… said Vaccines. (The topic is interchangeable.)
The Goal is to get your ideological enemy to agree that Force (The foundation of your Progressive ideology) is a Good idea. Even if they qualify it with the caveat of “Only sometimes”, you have won the Greater Argument your opponent doesn’t even recognize he’s having.
All that remains is who gets to decide what cases qualify as ‘Sometimes’. And, of course, The Real Power lies in being The Decider.
Once a Liberal has this Foolish Victory they quickly move on to Compulsory Health Care… Compulsory Diet Plans for Public Schools… Compulsory Education… Compulsory EPA regulations… Compulsory Redistribution… Etc… Etc. Demanding you go on the record as to exactly WHEN it’s OK to Force.
Now the conversation has moved away from Force as an idea and on to exactly What will be Forced.
From a Progressive point of view, its Brilliant. It keeps your Ideological Enemies on the Perpetual Defensive and leaves them no option but to be the one’s to say “No”. (Ever hear the phrase “The Party of ‘No’.?)
Supposed Conservatives fall into this Socialist Trap all the time. And because they spend little time Thinking about what they think and Why, they deserve it.
The Socialists set their opposition up to get them to concede their principles shift with the wind making them worthless if not non-existent.
Liberal Progressives believe in Force. They believe you’re Stupid. They believe the only thing they can count on is given a decision to make you’ll make the wrong one.
That is the divide.
Force versus Freedom.
All arguments reduce to this.
Unfortunately, Conservatives seem content to have Lucy hold the football.
Another example is the “Gay Marriage” debate.
This ‘argument’ has both sides FIGHTING for Government approval.
Do you see the faulty premise here?
Why is the question not “What is Government doing being involved in one’s marriage in the first place?”
Why on Earth would any person, Gay, Straight or Slightly Bent, beg the approval of the Government as a validation of their ‘deeply personal’ marriage.
Why would the debate not center around all partnerships being contractual civil unions between two individuals and leave marriage to the Church of your choice?
It’s not about validating a union between two people.
It’s only about validating the Concept of Government Interference and Involvement.
It’s about Force…
Telling us who we can, or cannot, marry and charging us a fee for the privilege.
I always thought Charlie Brown should have run as hard as he could and Kicked Lucy in the Head instead.
Seems harsh, but it would be the last time she pulled the ball away.
Until that happens… Republicans have no ground to be surprised when they are accused of being a distinction without a difference in comparison to Democrats.
And that’s just how the Elitist Democrat Socialist Knaves want it.