A good friend of mine, an inveterate lefty who tortures himself by reading Think Progress and other horror sites designed to confirm the worst fears of their readers, posted this picture to my Facebook page.
My friend is a genuinely nice guy and really (no, really) does care about the poor, the downtrodden, those at the bottom. He, and many, many like him, are convinced the solution to all problems is the government, and that all problems are caused by those who are against big government. The Tea Party, he believes, is filled with creatures far more gruesome and frightening than any Dante ever imagined.
Anyway, I mention all that to show the kind of thing we’re up against. The visceral palpable tangible hate that the left has for any who would reject government as savior can’t easily be reasoned with. Nor can arguments like the one in the picture.
Now it follows trivially that if each person has a right to (say) healthcare, then somebody or some persons have a responsibility to provide it. Rights and responsibilities are inseparable, like entangled particles in some EPR experiment (to use a geek reference). You cannot, it is an impossibility, to have one without the other.
So whose responsibility is it to provide this “right”? Well, the government’s, mostly, with input from “the rich.” Just how the “right” is delivered is not the least interesting to those demanding it. Nor is the truth that the government isn’t a thing, but a collection of people drawn from the populace; people anxious for power, for the most part.
Yet “rights” pleaders make the government a thing: it becomes a real entity with real powers that transcend ordinary physics and boundaries of time and geography; i.e. it is magical, it is a minor deity, a demiurge, a god. A god can be pleaded with, it can be prayed to, propitiated. Sacrifices can be made to it. Not money, but prayers and marches and the savaging of atheists like those in the Tea Party.
The priests of this god, the legacy media, encourage this worship, as priests are meant to. Some priests do this because they genuinely believe in the powers of Government, but others hope by their ardency to ascend to the body of the god, to become one with it. It is they who judge themselves worthy.
The attitude is also found in politicians who believe they are “part of” this “ruling body.” How many men could resist the flattery that they are, at least in some small part, divine? The first election of our dear leader is proof enough that such temptations are overwhelming.
Exaggeration? I don’t think so. “The people”, the ones calling for “rights”, really do see a god who would help them were it not for dark evil forces blocking and clouding the deity’s vision. If it weren’t for the intransigence of the Tea Party (and others like them), “rights” would appear like manna in the desert. Healthcare could be plucked freely from bushes. Sickness would disappear.
Logic and reason are not going to talk the true believers out of their faith. Frankly, I don’t know if anything can at this point.