No more Mr Nice Guy

March 29th, 2012

Klavan quotes Hayek:

Not only is liberty a system under which all government action is guided by principles, but it is an ideal that will not be preserved unless it is itself accepted as an overriding principle governing all particular acts of legislation. Where no such fundamental rule is stubbornly adhered to as an ultimate ideal about which there must be no compromise for the sake of material advantages—as an ideal which, even though it may have to be temporarily infringed during a passing emergency, must form the basis of all permanent arrangements—freedom is almost certain to be destroyed by piecemeal encroachments. For in each particular instance it will be possible to promise concrete and tangible advantages as the result of a curtailment of freedom, while the benefits sacrificed will in their nature always be unknown and uncertain.

And, well, here we all are. But the premise of Andrew’s post is one I’m finding it more and more difficult to agree with:

In other words, there’s always a good reason to take your freedom away — your health, the poor, your evil opinions, the lousy way you raise your kids — and never a reason to preserve freedom except the love of freedom itself. Thus, so often, the people destroying the American way of life are actually nice people who just want to help.

I believed that myself once–that liberalism itself springs from a basically humanitarian impulse, a desire to improve the lot of someone in need of assistance who has fallen through the cracks and can’t seem to get help any other way. It’s probably still true of some of them–in fact, I’m sure it is, I know plenty of them myself–but the fact is, there’s nothing “nice” about a worldview that puts government control over liberty, bureaucracy over self-determination, and tyranny over Constitutional government.

Enslaving the individual and making him a Ward O’ The State–turning him from a citizen to a subject in order to “improve” society at large by forcing changes in individual behavior and belief according to the whim of an elite class of so-called “experts”, which is the very core of Progressivism–is inherently not “nice.” Not for any value of the word I recognize, anyway.

Moreover, in case anybody needed reminding:

You want to see what a real “war on women” looks like? Start watching the way vile, misogynistic liberals talk to conservative women. Towards that end, I thought it might be interesting to show you the hate prominent conservative women likeMichelle Malkin get on a daily basis. As you read these tweets, keep in mind that all of them came from a single 24 hour period (And believe it or not, I only included about half of the anti-Malkin tweets). Also note that these are just from Michelle’s @michellemalkin Twitter Feed: They don’t include a Twitter search of “Michelle Malkin”, Facebook, email, or anything written on blogs or said on TV. So, what you’re seeing here, is just a teeny tiny sliver of the hate Malkin has aimed at her by the left on a day-in, day-out basis.

It’s a long, long list, and a revolting one. Bear in mind, too, not just that this is one day’s worth of liberal-fascist bilge, but that it’s aimed at just one conservative woman. It’s the merest drop from a bottomless reservoir of liberal-fascist hatred. And as more free men and women decide to stop ignoring them and start fighting back against them, it gets deeper and deeper, and worse and worse.

Nice people? Umm, sorry, Andrew, but…no. Not by a very long yard they’re not. They’re anything but, no matter what they tell themselves. What they are is vile, ignorant, depraved little homunculi, arrogant as the day is long, with even less justification for that arrogance than their God King has for his. And the telltale is that the more their evil designs on the rest of us are thwarted, in even the smallest of ways, the less “nice” they become.

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  1. March 29th, 2012 at 23:28 | #1
    You are correct, and thanks for saying it!
  2. March 29th, 2012 at 23:38 | #2
    I decide to link to your post here: http://bobagard.blogspot.com/2012/03/thwart-them-and-they-become-less-nice.html
  3. March 30th, 2012 at 08:56 | #3

    You want to see what a real “war on women” looks like? Start watching the way vile, misogynistic liberals talk to conservative women.

    In every move the Left makes in its war on women, it reduces women's actual power in society. But there appears to be a backswing in progress, from which Western women will benefit greatly, and for which they should be graeful.

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