[Guest post by JD]
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you an absolute tour de force.
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It is not the case that the average of right and wrong is always or even usually a good outcome. And the bias of such averaging always seems to be a bigger role for government.
We need to decide if we will continue moving toward ‘social democracy’ or back toward American constitutional limited government. Little else matters.
Compromise has almost exclusively ratcheted up the size and intrusion of the state, with few historical counterexamples, and there are powerful forces that will likely make it so going forward.
Compromise is a wonderful thing at times, but a disastrous thing at other times. For example, “Johnny, you split that last cookie with your sister Sally,” is often a good compromise. Munich (I’m thinking 1938 but really any compromise related to Munich) was a bad compromise. Sometimes arguing and fighting is a more wonderful thing than compromise and “getting something done.” Here are six examples of the things I think require more fighting and less compromise:
1) We do not need to compromise on spending; we need to spend less.
2) We do not need to compromise on taxation; we need to tax less and tax with less complication.
3) We do not need to compromise on regulation; we need to regulate less and with less political correctness and nannyism. We need to end the giant, super-powerful government bureaucracies that are not only costly but get “captured” by special interests and then add to cronyism; such bureaucracies are, in their essence, anti-liberty in their wide powers.
4) We do not need to compromise on the amount of crony capital that goes to politicians’ friends and to politically correct industries; we need to let everyone stand or fall on merit.
5) We do not need to compromise on how much of the people’s personal judgment we replace with government authority; we need to let grownups purchase whatever soda size they want and let parents be in charge of their own children. If that leads to imperfect outcomes for some, well, nobody ever said freedom was sugar-free.
6) We do not need to compromise on the Second Amendment (or any enumerated right of any citizen). We need to retain it not only to protect ourselves and our families, and certainly not only for “hunting” (an epic straw man), but most importantly as a hopefully never-used bulwark against tyranny. We may differ on what would constitute such unbearable tyranny, but surely every American has some limit. Leftists may feel horror when they see rednecks armed with AR-15s — horror they feel at the existence of both rednecks and AR-15s — but they need those armed rednecks on that wall. Of course, this right to arms has to be limited at some point, as my needed rednecks on that wall don’t need nukes (there’s a “Nukes of Hazzard” quip in here somewhere), but I fear any compromise today would explicitly ignore the prime purpose of this, and other, enumerated rights, a particular danger of compromise at times of great emotional trauma.
This guy is good.