Toqueville Anticipates America under Mr. Obama and the Democrat Party – Part 2
In this post, I will comment on some of the quotes from Democracy in America I gave to you without comment in Part 1.
This is a seminal time in American history, and we all know it. Do we want to make permanent the socialist slave state that our federal government has been constructing over the past 8 decades, or do we want to deal with the agonies of unequal outcomes?
When the government seeks to insure equal results, it must eliminate individual liberty to seek excellence to accomplish it. It must take from some to redistribute to others. It must stifle the gifts of some to force an equal state of being for all. If we make permanent the benign slave state our government has been building, human liberty will finally be ended.
Hope and optimism have been finally destroyed; and this is considered an accomplishment by Progressives: only 14% of people believe their children will be better off they are.
This is the question:
DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THOSE WHO WILLINGLY SUBMIT TO THE SLIGHTEST WILL OF A CLERK? OR DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MEN WHO OVERTURNED THRONES AND RODE ROUGHSHOD OVER KINGS?
Tocqueville’s 1840 Prophesy about what the U.S. will Become
1. American Government Will Expand to Regulate Every Nuance of Life
In past centuries, one never saw a sovereign so absolute and so powerful that it undertook to administer all the parts of a great empire by itself without the assistance of secondary powers; there was none who attempted to subjugate all its subjects without distinction to the details of a uniform rule, nor one that descended to the side of each of them to lord it over him and lead him. The idea of such an undertaking had never presented itself to the human mind, and if any man had happened to conceive of it, the insufficiency of enlightenment, the imperfection of administrative proceedings, and above all the natural obstacles that inequality of conditions gave rise to would soon have stopped him in the execution of such a vast design.
One sees that in the time of the greatest power of the Caesars, the different people who inhabited the Roman world still preserved diverse customs and mores: although subject to the same monarch, most of the provinces were administered separately; they were filled with powerful and active municipalities, and although all the government of the empire was concentrated in the hands of the emperor alone and he always remained the arbitrator of all things in case of need, the details of social life and of individual existence ordinarily escaped his control.
No emperor or dictator in history ever tried to regulate the minutia of the lives of the people in the kingdom – it never even occurred to them to try; and even these dictators were too humble to consider themselves capable of it. Even the most powerful of ancient empires could not regulate everything – it required local control. The Framers of the United States knew this and created a federal government that shared power with each individual state – they did not create a national government, they created a federal government.
But of course, beginning in earnest under Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat Party has done all to accomplish what no emperor or dictator in history had the hubris to attempt – to subjugate all the citizens without distinction to a uniform rule; to reach even to the level of the individual his choices and his preferences to lord it over him and lead him.
2. When Despotism Eventually Arrives in America, it Will be Paternalistic, Extensive, and Degrading
It is true that the emperors possessed an immense power without counterweight, which permitted them to indulge the outlandishness of their penchants freely and to employ the entire force of the state in satisfying them; they often came to abuse this power so as to deprive a citizen of his goods or life arbitrarily: their tyranny weighed enormously on some, but it did not extend over many; it applied itself to a few great principal objects and neglected the rest; it was violent and restricted.
It seems that if despotism came to be established in the democratic nations of our day, it would have other characteristics; it would be more extensive and milder, and it would degrade men without tormenting them.
These dictators and emperors of the past were free to do whatever they wanted – they had absolute power – but with all this power, the average person rarely if ever encountered that power at all. It was “violent, but restricted,” to the very few. But a democratic tyranny will be more extensive, degrading everyone without killing anyone.
3. The New Tyranny Will Treat us as Incompetent to Manage the Smallest Thing, But Tell us We Become Masters of Government at Election Time
If one must conduct small affairs in which simple good sense can suffice, they determine that citizens are incapable of it; if it is a question of the government of the whole state, they entrust immense prerogatives in these citizens; they make them alternatively the playthings of the sovereign and its masters, more than kings and less than men.
Democracies assume the people are capable of making the most important decisions of all regarding the governance of the whole country, but then they are considered by the government they elected of being incapable of making the simplest of day-to-day decisions without governmental regulation! The people are the master of the government, but are treated by the government they elect like governmental toys.
4. Government Will Hold Every Public Power, and Intrude More Deeply into Personal Activities Than at Any Time in History
I do not doubt that in centuries of enlightenment and equality like ours, sovereigns will come more easily to gather all public powers in their hands alone and to penetrate the sphere of private interests more habitually and more deeply than any of these in antiquity was ever able to do.
Democratic national governments in the future will gather all powers into their hands alone. They will intrude into the most private and personal interests and activities of every citizen to a greater degree than any tyrant in history.
5. American Government will Embrace Every Individual in an Inescapable Network of Regulations Turning the Citizens into a Herd of Sheep. It will Prevent Any Person from Achieving Excellence by Bending and Directing Every Mind; by Hindering, Compromising, Extinguishing, and Dazing Individual Minds
Thus, after taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends its arms over society as a whole, it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them, and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.
These governments will shape every individual in the country like a potter shapes the pot out of soft clay making each of them into what the state desires him to be. It will smother society with endless regulations that will prevent any individual from actually achieving a life of maximum achievement – everyone will be just like everyone else. The government will not prevent this by killing people; rather it will bend all human activity and direct it toward goals the government wants to achieve, not what individuals hope to achieve. It will not force people into specific activities, but will prevent people from acting the way they individually choose. Its preventive acts will stifle human ingenuity and invention. It will prevent new inventions and innovations because the government – through its regulations – will put everyone in a stupor. The people will finally become completely compliant and timid; a herd of draft animals engaged in activities of the government’s choosing. The government will shepherd their every activity.
6. Government Will Kill Individual Initiative and Hope, Then Ask Them Periodically to Choose the Representatives of the Government That Enslaves Them
Subjection in small affairs manifests itself every day and makes itself felt without distinction by all citizens. It does not make them desperate; but it constantly thwarts them and brings them to renounce the use of their wills. Thus little by little, it extinguishes their spirits and enervates their souls, whereas obedience, which is due only in a few very grave but very rare circumstances, shows servitude only now and then and makes it weigh only on certain men. In vain will you charge these same citizens, whom you have rendered so dependent on the central power, with choosing the representatives of this power from time to time; that use of their free will, so important but so brief and so rare, will not prevent them from losing little by little the faculty of thinking, feeling, and acting by themselves, and thus from gradually falling below the level of humanity.
Finally, the personal desire to achieve excellence will become impossible, so the people give up hope and quit trying to excel because the omnipresent regulators will eventually thwart and still the initiative. Eventually the people quit using their own will altogether. One of the more bizarre consequences is that the farce of national democratic elections will only ensure more of the same because everyone is a dependent; a servant. At last by being forbidden the freedom to think and act, they lose the capacity altogether, and are like, and no longer fully human.
7. American Will Become a Vast Re-education Camp With Government Doling Out Enjoyments Insuring That the Citizens Remain Lifelong Adolescents. It Will Determine What Qualifies as Happiness; It Will Provide for all Needs, Determine all Work to be Done; and Will Distribute Our Inheritance so We Avoid the Pain of Having to Think for Ourselves
Above these an immense tutelary power is elevated, which alone takes charge of assuring their enjoyments and watching over their fate. It is absolute, detailed, regular, far-seeing, and mild. It would resemble paternal power if, like that, it had for its object to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood; it likes citizens to enjoy themselves provided that they think only of enjoying themselves. It willingly works for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent and sole arbiter of that; it provides for the security, foresees and secures their needs, facilitates their pleasures, conducts their principal affairs, directs their industry, regulates their estates, divides their inheritances; can it not take away from them entirely the trouble of thinking and the pain of living?
The United States has become precisely what Tocqueville said it would become: an omnipotent teacher requiring us to affirm what clerks decide what our fate will become – more starkly seen in light of the recently passed Health Care Act granting clerks the power to control costs by deciding who receives what care; who gets to live and who dies.
They want is to remain perpetual children reliant on clerks to keep us happy, watch out for our needs, facilitate our pleasures, taking care of all our activities, directing where we can work, redistribute our inheritance, and finally removing from us the trouble of thinking and the realities of the human condition.
8. Finally, the Descendants of Men Who Overturned a Throne and Rode Roughshod Over Kings Willingly Submit to the Slightest Will of a Clerk
At each instant citizens fall under the control of the public administration; they are brought insensible and almost without their knowing it to sacrifice new parts of their individual independence to it every day, and the same men who from time to time overturn a throne and ride roughshod over kings bend more and more without resistance to the slightest will of a clerk.
This hegemonic control over the wills of the citizens is accomplished over time so that the people do not notice it until it is futile to attempt to prevent it. Thus, descendants of the men who abandoned their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to challenge the most powerful king in the world I order to create a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” finally surrender without a whimper and become obedient to the least command of a clerk.
I submit to you that this is what the United States has become; that this is where we have traveled to: behold what our great Republic has become. As I wrote not long ago, “it is gone.”
And so we have to take it back; rebuild it brick by brick. “We the people” will again rise to throw off this benign, soft tyranny of an omnipresent, omniscient government, or we will become the disgusting people Tocqueville so eloquently describes.
Will we acquiesce to the relentless encroachment of government overseers who want us to freely choose to keep them in power – after which they will again require us to gain their approval before we make even the slightest personal, private decision?
Will we stand up for the dignity of our own humanity? Will we insist on acting like we were created in the image of God, not in the squalid, uniform proletarian pattern government clerks have designed for us? Will we declare our intention to scale government back to its constitutional limit? Will we make the case to as many people as we can; and will we refuse to become only herd animals which government shepherds oversee in order to accomplish what it hopes to achieve?
We are in no danger of becoming what Tocqueville prophesied – we have already become what he prophesied.
We have an election coming up. We all know what Mr. Obama and the Democrat Party have in mind for us and it is the dystopian future Tocqueville foresaw. I do not know exactly what Mr. Romney and the Republicans have in mind, but I do know that at the very least they are not ready to rush into a future where our government is an omnipotent, paternalistic, mind-numbing leviathan.
To the degree Republican Party control of Congress and the White House is able to at least delay the onslaught toward extinguishing the human spirit, I will support them. That delay just may purchase us sufficient time to save our Republic; and our humanity.
Make no mistake: we will have to save human freedom – we cannot rely on the Democrat Party of course, but we cannot rely on a Republican Party which for decades willingly cooperated with Democrats intent on murdering the human soul.
How can any descendant of men who overturned thrones and rode roughshod over kings compromise with utopians crafting history’s largest, most pervasive, and most expensive Big Brother imaginable? For all its benignity, our present United States government and its endless phalanx of highly paid clerks- for-life watching your every move making sure you live by the government book is just as suffocating as any Soviet, National Socialist, or Fascist tyranny in history.
This is the question: are you willing to continue to submit to the slightest will of a clerk? Or will you identify with the men who overturned thrones and rode roughshod over kings?
Make your decision; then act accordingly before and during the upcoming election. Talk it up. Send links to your friends in social media, or email them about this post.
Shakespeare Had Julius Caesar say:
We at the height are ready to decline.
There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures
And I say, Amen.