What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
A friend of mine, noting a successive string of my blog posts regarding “negative” things in government and politics, issued a challenge to me the other day. The challenge was that my next post be a positive one, detailing something positive about our government.
I told him that not only would I write a post about something positive, but that I would write two in a row.
So, I began to think. What things are the government doing well?
I thought a while. And then I thought some more. The sad reality was that I couldn’t come up with anything.
And so, I turned to Google. Searching for “what good things has the government done”, the first result was this website which states that due to the Bush administration bungling everything it does, more people are becoming politically active.
So there you have it. A positive thing the government has done is that it has caused (albeit indirectly, and as a result of its incompetence and moral bankruptcy) an increased number of people to become enlightened, aware, and motivated to reclaim liberty and make a difference. Without something revolting, there would be no revolution.
Now to think of the subject of my next post… Anybody have any proposals?