Since this week was the anniversary of the death of Alexis de Tocqueville in Cannes (in 1859), Señor Banner’s essay is a timely riff on some of the themes that de Tocqueville developed during his travels through America in the 1830s.
There is an new version of "Democracy in America" by Everyman’s Library. It is a sewn binding in hardcover with its own page marker. However, it doesn’t credit the translator and one critic says it is abridged. Thus, I am still looking for the definitive work.
If anyone is aware of a hardbound,unabridged edition, please let me know. For now, despite its other flaws, the Everyman version is durable.
As you can see, Señor Banner finds American exceptionalism quite to his taste. Like many who are on the outside looking it at the situation, he suffers for this country in its current crisis.
Confronting the current economic crisis affecting America (and the rest of the world as a consequence) there are two very different camps.
One of those that would want no government intervention in the economy, letting the chips fall where they may. And then there are those, unfortunately currently in power in America, that are implementing their life long dream of a socialist takeover of all aspects of American life by the government.
What are the benefits of letting the chips fall where they may? They are two fold:
First, the problem is limited in time. It starts. It ends. It’s over.
Then, the problem is limited to a finite number of victims. Those who made mistakes, fall and pay for their errors. Those that didn’t, move on without a scratch by comparison. All the healthy participants end up better off for it. A crisis makes Capitalism stronger. Capitalism is self-cleansing. Capitalism works as the immune system of a society. Diseases are cured and the corpses expelled from a Capitalist society.
What does socialist government intervention do instead?
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First, the problem is postponed indefinitely leaving it to many future generations to continue to suffer for other people’s mistakes.
Then, the suffering is distributed amongst the biggest possible number of people making all of them victims, independently of whether they made a mistake or not.
With socialism, you pay for your mistakes and you pay for the mistakes of others.
In the meantime, socialist government intervention delays and impedes the cure of the illnesses that a country suffers.
Socialism is a guarantee that society’s diseases will be spread by government mandate to all members of the population.
And then, socialism works as a ratcheting system against Freedom. Each socialist measure, like the coils of a python around its victim, leaves the individual a little less Free until all Freedom is gone and you are inside the red hammer and scythe, the python’s stomach.
The only democracy socialism brings about is the spread of suffering to everyone.
Socialists do not benefit from improving the lot of the population. On the contrary, a healthy, happy and prosperous population would have no use and no need for socialist government intervention.
Socialists are like maggots, they feed on sores. They thrive on human disgrace. They need a permanent supply of hurting victims of “injustice”, a permanent supply of “underprivileged”, an inexhaustible supply of “hungry and needy children”. Otherwise, what’s their purpose in life?
Going back to the fact that a healthy, happy and prosperous population would have no use and no need for socialist government intervention it should be noted that the current crisis was brought about by socialist government intervention. Small wonder this crisis occurred under a socialist congress.
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are not Capitalist, free market institutions. They are explosive mines put in the path of the American economy to make it blow up sky high and they have fulfilled their purpose far better than their creators ever dreamed.
Is it a coincidence that this happened in the middle of the presidential elections? Yeah, sure it is. All this was and is part of a strategy.
Soros, Alinsky, Cloward and Piven are names that mean little to most Americans. [google is your friend here, Dear Reader - D] Many have probably never heard of them. They are, though, amongst the architects of the current situation that has nothing at all to do with chance.
The current crisis happened by design. It was planned, carefully conceived, begun to be put in practice many decades ago and its parts have each clicked into place with a precision that would be envied by a Swiss watch maker.
Making a watch is easy.
Making the most extraordinary, the biggest, the brightest, the most glorious experiment in Freedom and respect for the Rights of the Individual fail miserably and have its members scramble for tyranny to replace their devalued Freedoms is such an achievement in the field of moral fraud, deception and betrayal of moral values as to surpass and eclipse any other similar previous attempt.
To have Americans vote for a socialist tyrant and be grateful to him for taking America away from them is an achievement that can’t be compared to any other known to man.
Never in the known history of our species has humanity’s continuous striving for Freedom experienced a setback, a betrayal or a moral default of comparative magnitude.
The mythical war for the city of Troy has nothing whatsoever over the defeat of American Capitalism at the hands of the socialists who were allowed to develop, grow and fester under the protection of the very Freedoms they plotted for decades to overthrow and destroy.
The concept of the Trojan horse has been implemented to the utmost by the socialist America haters that have invaded and perverted American academia and mainstream media making them turn against America and everything America represents.
There’s only one pervasive theme in the current American cultural scene: “I hate America”.
The moral poison of socialism makes the worst that animals have to offer pale in comparison. No snake, no scorpion, no spider could ever concoct the juice to destroy America. Socialism could.
If you want to put it in the words of the current first lady: “America is a mean country”. She is quite in tune with the “minister” who married her. He is known to yell “God damn America” at the top of his voice. The current President sat at the feet of such a “man” for twenty years.
That America is a “mean” country surely is news to the many millions of individuals, who, since America’s birth have so much benefited from America’s virtues - and amongst them from America’s generosity.
America has been the epitome of inventiveness, of industriousness, of commerce, of men dealing with each other by mutual consent and for mutual benefit and in peace.
America has been the epitome of the generosity of the man who fights tyranny for Freedom itself and then doesn’t claim for himself the territory or the lives or the wealth of those freed by his efforts. Instead, Americans salute like a friend and brother and then they go home to continue with their own lives.
America is not nor has ever been a “mean” country!
America is the kindest country in the history of man!
America has been a country of creators, of lovers of Freedom, of Freedom givers.
America has made the lives of others better, safer, longer and more enjoyable.
American efforts have added so much goodness to the lives of so many people on this planet that there is no way to repay them.
See the “Timeline of United States Inventions and Discoveries” on the net. America has contributed more to the well being of mankind that all the rest of the nations put together.
No country in history has been so inventive and so industrious as America.
No country in history has sent more food to the hungry than America.
No country in history has sent more medicine to the sick than America.
No country in history has sent her children into battle to depose tyrants and then said “there’s your Freedom back, we are going home now”.
Who is so base and so immoral as not to shed tears of admiration and of gratitude in front of this level of decency?
Who created as much? Who shared so much with others with a generosity that knows no comparisons?
The Stars and Stripes is the only flag in history that universally means Freedom.
Can any other country make the same claim? None.
How many oppressed around the planet have seen the Stars and Stripes come across a field and have said to themselves and each other “Tyranny is over, Freedom’s coming”?
How do you say “thank you” for all this? What kind of “thank you” would suffice?
In the presence of such greatness, what abysmal level of moral corruption would make a person associate “mean” with “America”?
Only by having every human concept reversed in her soul can a person call America “mean”.
Only by having “good” turned into “bad”, “kind” into “mean”, “correct” into “wrong”, “day” into “night”, “health” into “sickness” and so on to the end of human knowledge can such a moral reversal be accomplished.
You have to willingly and wantonly choose evil to get to that point. It doesn’t happen by chance. You don’t stumble upon such moral state by accident. You have to choose evil and nurture it and develop it and tend to it for most of your life.
And that, and no less, is the moral state of the socialists currently in government in America.
And it is such state of moral decay that guides their plans for the future of America and for the world.
So what can you give America in return for so much greatness and so much generosity in sharing it?
For me, most of what I have to give goes into saying this:
Americans, you are the best people on Earth.
You have made a humongous, horrendous moral mistake in choosing a pack of socialist cannibals to govern America.
But you ARE the best people on Earth.
So you CAN take America back.
Back for Freedom.
Back for Truth.
Back for Justice.
Back for the American Way.
You are more than them both morally and in numbers.
You have defeated countless tyrants. The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany fell to your Freedom giving efforts. What are a few socialist wannabes if you decide to take your Freedom back?
All they have in their utter depravity is your acquiescence.
Take it away.
Do not let them get away with this.
Yes, you have made a mistake. Yes, it is the biggest mistake in your whole history. A horrendous mistake that threatens your whole future and any possibility of Freedom on this planet.
It is not too late, yet.
It will be too late if you wait too long.
This won’t correct itself.
Do the American thing: act!
America is a nation of doers: do!
This is a war. A war for the future of America and of mankind.
There’s only one thing you can’t do in a war: lose.