If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.
~ Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's minister of propaganda
Please forgive me if by the opening quote of the Nazi Goebbels I come off to some as unduly polemical. This is not my intent. What I do want to discuss here is New York Gov. David Paterson's new $121 billion budget for the Empire State and how Paterson's FDR, leviathan-government tactics are surely a prelude to what America can expect in the first 100 days of a Barack Obama administration.
Rush Limbaugh is often fond of saying, "Liberals are liberals first." What this means to me is that liberal Democrats crave power, money and control over "We the People" more than anything else in the world. Using the ubiquitous power of the State over the people is what animates them. Raising taxes for a liberal is like a "street tax" the Mafia imposes on legitimate businesses for "protection."
The New York Daily News reported, "Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an 'iPod tax' that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other 'digitally delivered entertainment services.'" With each new tax increase Gov. Paterson imposes on New Yorkers, already the most taxed state in the Union, that measure of individual liberty and freedom to do what one wants with his own money and resources fades away into the abyss, never to return.
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Why are the usually animated New Yorkers not protesting Paterson's draconian tax increases in Albany and Manhattan, especially during these dire economic times? Yes, ignorance and apathy have a role – people don't know that their fundamental constitutional rights to what Jefferson called "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" are being stolen right out from under them by devious politicians like Gov. Paterson and the Democrat Machine. And yes, people have become apathetic or indifferent to the endless machinations of dishonest politicians. After all, didn't America just elect a shining star right out of the bowels of corrupt Chicagoland in President–elect Barack Obama?
Remember: Humanists, secularists, communists, progressives, socialists and liberals have been in charge of our Marxist public school system for over 100 years, so unless you attended a parochial school, had enlightened parents, relatives, professors or mentors to tutor you against socialism or self-educated yourself by going to the library (as I did from about age 5), then you will probably believe the propaganda Paterson, Obama, Bush and the other outrageous politicians on both sides of the aisle are trying to get the American people to believe:
The eternal lie: Free-market capitalism, conservatism, Christianity are all failed ideologies. We've got to evolve beyond these anachronistic and exclusionary ideas of the past and chart a bold, new course for the America of the 21st century. (Here I sound like an Obama speechwriter, don't I?)
Returning to Nazi Dr. Goebbels, the master of spin and propaganda who continued the epigraph above with these sinister words: "It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
How are Goebbels' ideas exemplified today? Pick your contemporary political hack – Blagojevich, Obama, Bush, Kennedy, Clinton, Paterson, Schwarzenegger, Pelosi, Harry Reid, McCain, Kwame Kilpatrick – they all have in one way or another perverted truth as the "mortal enemy of the lie," thereby making truth (free-market capitalism, conservatism, Judeo-Christianity) "the greatest enemy of the State."
New York Mayor Bloomberg was incensed at Paterson's proposed budget cuts, especially in education, the Holy Grail to liberalism. The Daily News article reads:
Paterson aides say the budget represents a net gain for New York City, but Mayor Bloomberg wasn't buying it. He said it could cost the city more than $1 billion, including a $600 million reduction in school aid.
"I don't know that 100 percent of it is going to go the classroom, but a large percentage of any reduction we get from the state will go to the classroom," Bloomberg said. "That will mean larger class sizes and fewer services."
I could save New Yorkers $30 billion immediately. Disband all public schools in the state of New York, including all ancillary bureaucracy like the teachers, the teachers unions and the bloated legions of administrators, superintendents, deputy superintendents, janitors, deputy janitors, police, pregnancy counselors, school psychologists and all the rest.
The money saved by the taxpayers could be used for vouchers to go to any charter or religious school that their intellectual gifts could take them (or no school). Let New Yorkers go back to the pre-1830s era, before the advent of public schools where each person (family) was responsible for their own education. To a degree, Americans are already on our own regarding education, because the public schools don't really educate – they propagandize and indoctrinate students to become mindless, dependent cogs of the socialist state.
As a point of comparison, who could rationally argue that a George Bush or a Barack Obama educated in modern times at elite prep schools, Yale, Columbia and Harvard had a better education than an Andrew Jackson, a self-taught lawyer of the 1780s, or an Abraham Lincoln's self-education of the 1820s? Reclaiming the pursuit of education from the secular humanists and returning it to the people would cause educational egalitarianism to be dead forever.
"But Ellis, what about the poor?" Ah, yes, and this is the eternal lie straight out of the mouth of Goebbels that liberals reflexively use to hide the diabolical reasons for their litany of altruistic policies – "We just want to help the poor and the disenfranchised."
Regarding liberals' so-called care for the poor, I have these grave words written in the very blood of human history – slavery, abortion and the welfare state. These are just three evolution-derived policies that are the mainstays of liberalism, even to this day. This trinity of evil is an affront to natural law, natural rights, freedom and the inalienable, God-given liberties of all people.
In a moving eulogy to one of the recently deceased godfathers of the modern conservative movement, Paul M. Wyerich, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said, "Liberty doesn't need new ideas to advance, but institutions to give muscle and skeletal structure to a political movement for liberty." Why don't we hear more GOP leaders saying this?
As Gov. Paterson prepares to raise taxes and cut services in the Empire State, as Obama prepares for his coronation to be president of the United States where he will no doubt raise taxes and nationalize more private industry under federal control, instead of jubilation, all I hear ringing in my ears is the eternal lie of Joseph Goebbels who said, "Intellectual activity is a danger to the building of character."
Truer, evil words have rarely been spoken. This is the eternal lie of liberalism, which can only be defeated by courageous people rising up out of their slumber to publicly extol eternal truths.