“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” That’s probably the best-known H.L. Mencken quote, but here’s another one you may not have heard before: “For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” Were the man alive today to see the state of Oregon drafting up a rule to make mask-wearing mandates permanent, he would undoubtedly be impressed by his own ability to read the tea leaves of societal de-evolution. Well, I have a Mencken-esque observation of my own: Every time someone leaves the government plugged in and leaves for the weekend, they overheat and burn down the country.
Apologists among the policy-makers for this soon-to-be-permanent boondoggle were quick to point out that making mask mandates in the state “permanent” doesn’t mean that the rule can’t be overturned later – it’s just that when an order like the current mandate is listed as “temporary”, they only have 180 days and can’t extend it beyond that. So, there you go – half a year is not enough!
Listen, folks, if that notion doesn’t make your blood boil, you’re either not paying close enough attention to how the sausage is made in this country, or you’re living in an area where you feel safe and have therefore become too comfortable. This IS a big deal, a conundrum of epic proportions, a blight on the already-blighted surface of réal politique – a giant turd sandwich on sale for a nevertheless huge percentage of your freedom, if you will.
Listen, I need the government to have more power to determine how people act within the confines of their own personal liberty like a need a hole in my head – and so do you! The sooner we realize that once the vacuum is turned on, it often can neither be turned off nor reversed, the sooner we’re apt to wake up and get a handle on this thing. Time is a luxury never afforded to us in the maintenance of freedom – as Ronald Reagan once put it: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” If you think about it, that’s the central theme of just about everything that I say on this show – and it’s certainly the central theme of me getting into politics and running for office. We don’t make changes for the better by standing idly by and doing nothing – and we can’t count on changes for the better happening at the hands of everyone else…there are far too many morons and psychopaths bumping up against the levers of control for that.
“But it’s in Oregon,” I can hear some of you saying. “They’re practically California – how are they our problem out here in the freer hinterlands?”
They’re our problem because the ideological substrate that holds up their world is infectious – far more infectious than a freedom-based ideology is or could ever be. We have to work to maintain freedom – tyranny has the advantage of being popular because it dresses in the same clothing as the sheep, and offers you the opportunity to walk through your life without having to think critically about what you’re doing. Do you understand what I mean: tyranny is attractive to people who don’t know that it’s tyranny. If I present to you a mask mandate that’s arguably going to go on permanently – but I couch it in flowery language and maybe even tug a little bit at your heartstrings by calling you a good citizen who cares about your fellow human beings if you comply…? That’s a very different story, my friends.
This one’s been quote-heavy, so I’ll leave you with another famous line, misattributed to another famous guy who nevertheless had a pretty good bead on the human condition. P.T. Barnum is supposed to have said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
- He didn’t actually say that…but he was right.
This story syndicated with permission from Chad Prather