Craig J. Cantoni
come to this. It had to come to
this. But it’s still frightening that
it’s come to this.
We’ve now reached the point in our nation’s history where
tens of thousands of adoring fans of Barack Obama show up at his rallies to pay
homage to coercion and to ask for even more of it. In a case of mass cognitive dissonance, they
hate George W. Bush for the very same trait that they adore in their coercer
GWB, the Chosen One wants to use government force to tell others how to live and
to remake the world into his image. The
only difference is that he wants to coerce different people and has a different
image in mind than GWB did.
but in the self-righteous, sanctimonious minds of him and his acolytes, Obama’s
goals are noble while GWB’s were ignoble. In their thinking, GWB wanted to bomb Muslims and enrich Big Oil. They, on the other hand, want to end poverty,
provide free healthcare, achieve equal outcomes, and attain perfect fairness and
social justice. And how do they want to
do that? They want to do it by treating
some folks unequally through unfair and unjust coercion, using the power of the
IRS to take their money and redistribute it to other folks.
Hello, do they see the intellectual
course, the coercers can live with the contradiction, because in their twisted
minds, the victims of their coercion aren’t real people. They are caricatures of evil. They are greedy mortgage lenders, fat-cat
CEOs, red-necked racists, selfish white suburbanites, rich people born into
privilege, and right-wing Republicans. It’s a story as old as the human race: justify coercion by demonizing the other group.
Well, my 88-year-old mom must be a demon. Why else would they want to raise the capital
gains tax on her investments and increase the estate tax on her estate?
problem is, she is a real person, not a caricature. Orphaned as an infant, she was raised by her
immigrant aunt and uncle, who worked as a waiter. She worked in clerical and secretarial jobs
all of her life, and her husband, my deceased dad, worked in blue-collar jobs
all of his. But, oh, did my forebears
ever know how to save money. They
scrimped so that their progeny, generation by generation, could climb the
socioeconomic ladder, finally reaching the rung where my son is the first in the
family tree to have the financial wherewithal to attend an Ivy League
university, should he desire to be brainwashed in socialism and multiculturalism
heaven’s name, what moral justification is there for using force against an
88-year-old woman? Why do they want to
spit on my mom’s dreams? What kind of
brainwashing and mob mentality can get people to do things as a group that they
wouldn’t do as individuals?
accolytes don’t even realize that force begets force. When Group A gets in power and uses force
against Group B, Group B will retaliate when it gets in power. Or, speaking as an Italian-American, mess
with my mom and I’ll bash your face in if I ever get the chance.
nation’s intellectual elites, most of whom love coercion if it is of the leftist
kind, wonder why politics has become so nasty and partisan. Hey, egghead, it’s because you can’t mind
your own business.
Speaking of eggheads, a professor is now advising
Democrat members of Congress to confiscate 401(k) savings, because, according to
her deficient math skills, the rich get a bigger tax break than the poor under
that provision of the tax code. It
doesn’t dawn on the yolk-for-brain professor that she is advocating coercion to
solve an imagined problem that was caused by coercion in the first place. The 401(k) provision exists only because
income is taxed twice, once as wages and then again as savings. Do away with the coercive tax on savings and
there would be no need for subsequent coercion. There also wouldn’t be a need for armies of bureaucrats, accountants and
lawyers to regulate, administer, and litigate the 401(k) provision.
professor must be confusing America with Argentina, which
has recently confiscated private retirement savings to fund the country’s
confusion is understandable. Once it
became widely accepted by the American public that it is okay to use government
force for every purpose imaginable instead of for only the legitimate purpose of
protecting life, liberty and property, the yellowed parchments under glass in
the National Archives would no longer keep man’s genetic desire for power and
control in check.
Coercion isn’t a slippery slope; it’s a cliff of sheer
ice. One step in its direction, for
whatever high-minded or low-minded reason, and it’s nearly impossible stop the
fall and turn back, especially without the ice ax and cleats of the
Almost all of American politics is now about
coercion---about some group that wants to use government force against another
group to achieve some end, usually to take the other group’s money for
themselves or their pet cause. Of
course, the coercers don’t put it that way and never use the word
“coercion.” Tellingly, the media on both
the left and right don’t use the word, either, perhaps because they haven’t been
educated to think in terms of coercion.
would they be educated about coercion? After all, the government monopoly on K-12 education isn’t going to
educate students about coercion when it is an institution based on
coercion. In fact, the founders of the
public education movement wanted to use public schools to coerce Catholics to
learn WASP ways, including learning the King James Bible.
indoctrination is so complete that the word “coercion” has almost totally
disappeared from public discourse, although coercion is what Barack Obama and
the rest of Congress embrace.
In 1984, George Orwell wrote that the
aim of Newspeak was to “make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there
will be no words in which to express it.” Similarly, coercion doesn’t exist in the public’s mind, because the word
has been removed from the American lexicon.
author and columnist, Mr. Cantoni can be reached at email@example.com.