Craig R. Kelso

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Government is not God

What is the outcome toward which the policies of our current administration (Pres. Obama, Democrats, etc.) seem to point? What are some of the clues? Government regulation, Obamacare (ACA), military cutbacks, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, gun control, immigration, political correctness, gay marriage, and humanistic secularism to name several. More recently, the refusal of the Obama administration to label attacks by terrorists as “radical Islamic terrorism.” There are a couple things going on here: 1) the Democratic Party agenda, and 2) President Obama’s agenda. In a blog post I created back in August, 2014, I made the following comments:

A couple weeks ago, I was listening to a conservative radio station. Monica Crowley made the statement that President Obama's agenda was to expand government dependency, thereby creating a permanent Democratic voting majority. This is different from Dinesh D'Souza's claim that President Obama intends to use debt as a weapon of mass destruction in order and weaken the U. S. military so that the U. S. can no longer be what Obama considers to be an imperialist nation.

My thought is that Crowley was stating the Democratic Party's agenda, and D'Souza is stating Obama's personal agenda

I still have the same opinion regarding the Democratic Party and President Obama. The Democratic party does want to establish a permanent majority so they can further their agenda. It now appears that Pres. Obama is somewhat anti-Christian and has a tendency to be somewhat pro-Muslim in his decision making as well.

However, in this post I would like to focus on a couple aspects from the list above; Government regulation and secular humanism.  To me, these clues seem to point to a society in which traditional, Judeo-Christian values are less important and the government has much greater control. In other words, a communist/socialist society. The popularity of Bernie Sanders (a self-proclaimed democratic socialist) would seem to be at least an indicator of that idea. The Democratic Party is attempting to institute a social democracy or democratic socialism. Actually, we already have a social democracy in the U.S. (social democrats support a welfare state and unemployment insurance as a means to "humanise" capitalism). Democratic socialists seek to replace capitalism with a socialist economic system.

It is obvious to me that the current administration is moving towards a democratic socialism, but why? The fundamental objective of socialism is to attain an advanced level of material production and therefore greater productivity, efficiency and rationality as compared to capitalism and all previous systems, under the view that an expansion of human productive capability is the basis for the extension of freedom and equality in society ( . When has socialism outperformed capitalism? Socialism always pretends to appeal to the masses, but usually ends up taking away people’s freedoms.
I recently read Planned Chaos by Ludwig von Mises, which written in 1947. Mises had emigrated to the United States to avoid persecution by the Nazis. He is highly critical of all forms of Socialism and believed that Socialism will always lead to tyranny. He also criticizes Interventionalism, a political position that posits it is possible to reach a compromise between Capitalism and Socialism. The problem with intervention is that one intervention requires further intervention to correct the previous interventions, and so on, and will eventually lead to Socialism and tyranny or despotism.

Here is my opinion. Democratic socialism promises to meet the needs of the masses. People like that idea. So they willingly allow the government to take more control of their lives, thinking that the government is somehow composed of benevolent individuals: that the government is God-like and will take care of their needs. After all, a socialist government usually attempts to convince its citizens that it is foolish to believe in God anyway.  Many people believe that a socialistic utopian society is a possibility here on earth, even though every attempt at such a society has failed. More often than not, the attempts have morphed into dictatorships or tyranny, or have just failed and disappeared. That is because there are no angels in government. The government is not God. The only place where a truly socialistic utopia exists is in Heaven.

Here is a link to a story told by Kitty Werthmann – 85 Yr Old Austrian Lived Under Hitler – Speaks of Socialism and Gestapo Kitty Werthmann

Here is a link to a blog that criticizes Ms. Werthmann, but the debate has some good responses to the skeptic:

Here is a link to a Rush Limbaugh transcript where he talks about Democratic strategies to accomplish their agenda: