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Welcome to the American Autumn

The dreams-from-my-father moment appears to be nearing as riots, sit-ins and protests grow throughout the country. “Social-justice” miscreants – a whole new generation of ’60s hippies – have escaped their cages and are running wild in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and other U.S. cities. And, make no mistake about it, they’re looking for red meat.

This weird mixture of commies and cuckoos are ecstatic over what BHO’s policies have done to the U.S. economy in less than three years, and must surely be drooling over the thought of five more years of economic destruction. They believe – or at least they believe they believe, in the greatest of all contradictions – that by destroying wealth, there will be more wealth to share with “the masses” … you know, like in Mao’s China, Lenin’s and Stalin’s Soviet Union, and Castro’s Cuba.

As you would expect, high-profile radicals – led by the radical-in-chief in the White House – are now crawling out of the woodwork and cheerleading the rabble-rousers. Some examples:

Of course, no one comes close to stirring up hatred like the great uniter in the Oval Office. While the others vie for attention, Barack Obama just keeps cruising along at the front of the revolutionary pack with his redistribution-of-wealth rhetoric, sounding more and more like a hysterical kid whose angry roots are exploding into the open for all to see.

It goes without saying that none of this is new. Those of us who are halfway informed and clearheaded have seen and read about this down-with-the-rich gibberish many times before. It’s the same old tired mantra of the left, going all the way back to Marx and Engels, and later Lenin and Trotsky. And today the anti-capitalists in Congress are preaching that mantra louder than ever.

These constitutional usurpers carry the misleading banner of compassion, while chuckling at an opposition that doesn’t have strong enough convictions to challenge them. Clearly, they view these conviction-lacking capitalists as useful idiots who can be manipulated into helping them achieve their goals.

If I were asked to give one piece of advice to students majoring in political science, I would tell them to beware of the individual who preaches endlessly about compassion, “shared prosperity,” “collective salvation” and other such abstract tripe. Such preaching has led to the deaths of at least a couple of hundred million people over the past two centuries, and the atrocities continue to this day.

Henry Grady Weaver put it well in “The Mainspring of Human Progress” when he wrote:

Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own. …

The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional “do-gooders,” who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others – with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means.

Nobel Prize novelist and poet Anatole France put it more simply when he said, “Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.”

But perhaps the best and simplest of all is to be found in the aphorism, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Of course, this statement assumes that an individual has good intentions to begin with, but that’s another article for another time.

With that, let’s all sit back and enjoy Van Jones’ American Autumn – now in progress. I have to believe Robespierre would have loved it.