WHERE DO THE “GREAT” BUSYBODIES COME FROM? — AN UPDATE

A painting by Andre Castaigne depicting the phalanx attacking the centre during the Battle of the Hydaspes. (from here)
A painting by Andre Castaigne depicting the phalanx attacking the centre during the Battle of the Hydaspes. The Indians had 200 war elephants. (from here)

UPDATE:  This is a related post => The Word became flesh.

When I was a boy, history fascinated me. So I read biographies about “great” people.  One man I still remember reading about is Alexander the Great. Why was he great? As a conqueror, he had no equal.

Read about Alexander, and you will discover a man who had no fear of unequal contests. With far fewer soldiers (see here and here), for example, Alexander defeated the Achaemenid Empire (Persia), led by Darius III.

Unfortunately, Alexander accomplished little good. When it comes right down to it, Alexander the Great was just a great busybody.

What finally stopped Alexander’s string of bloody conquests? Alexander’s soldiers grew tired marching farther from home, fighting farther from home, and dying farther from home. Alexander’s soldiers grew tired being pawns in Alexander’s grand scheme to conquer the whole world (see Revolt of the army).

Today we still have “great” busybodies with grand schemes that promise great things. Here are a few random examples and reasons why we must revolt against the schemes of busybodies.

Our National Infrastructure

In his opinion piece, The national infrastructure dilemma, John Sitilides observes why Donald Trump’s $1 trillion national infrastructure program may fail.

Here’s the bottom line: Even if President Trump successfully persuades Congress to immediately pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, he will be frustrated by the reality that the first project wouldn’t begin, and the first job wouldn’t be created, until 2021. The real first step to a national infrastructure and job-creation solution is requiring all environmental impact statements be completed in a 12-month “one-stop” permitting process. Only then will the Trump infrastructure plan have a chance to succeed in making America great again.

To put it short and sweet, government busybodies, unconcerned about wasting other people’s money, require too much red tape, but even Sitilides fix won’t fix the basic problem.  What happens when we give our money to politicians? Do they ever figure out exactly what we need and provide it to us? Doesn’t that work about as well as stopping at the entrance of a Walmart, giving the greeter 50 dollars, and asking greeter to go inside and bring you what you need?

Why wouldn’t giving our money to the greeter work better? At least you could give that greeter a list, but what is Donald Trump going to do with 300 million lists? How much can we trust that greeter? How much can we trust Donald Trump? How much can we trust Congress?

The Public School System

In Shakin’ Up the Little Red Schoolhouse, Suzanne Fields observes that our public schools keep getting worst.  To underscore the degree of neglect she cites an old report.

The concern is not new. A loud alarm was sounded in 1983 with a report entitled “A Nation at Risk,” and Ronald Reagan held it up at a press conference, decrying the substandard performances of school children across America. The report concluded: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves.”

Think about Fields’ reference to the little red schoolhouse. American education began as a local enterprise. Neighbors who knew each other pooled their resources so they could hire a teacher to instruct their children. Now? Now we have four levels of government (school board, local government, state government, and Federal) sticking their noses into the education of our children. Politicians take our money and hire a grand bureaucracy, thereby rewarding teachers unions for their campaign donations.  Then, to add insult to injury they indoctrinate our children with politically correct courses and tout expensive school buildings (or classrooms in “temporary” buildings) as an improvement over the little red schoolhouse.

Is there a better alternative? What do the rich do? Don’t they send their children to private schools? Don’t we “invest” enough money in the public school system to do the same for everyone’s children? When the alternative is politicians who will reward special interests, what is wrong with parents deciding who educates children?

Political Favoritism At Our Nation’s Museum

In Clarence Thomas snubbed by Smithsonian’s new African American history museum, Washington Times reporter Bradford Richardson tells us about the blatant bias at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History.

Of the 112 justices appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court since its inception, only two have been black — and the second one apparently isn’t worth consideration, as far as the new National Museum of African American History and Culture is concerned.

The Smithsonian museum still has “no plans” to include in its exhibitions a reference to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the high court’s conservative stalwarts who celebrates his 25th anniversary on the bench this year. (continued here)

I hardly think I am the only American who finds the whole idea of an African American Museum hypocritical. Don’t we all know how people would react to a White American Museum, even one funded by a private group? Yet here we have a Federally funded museum that overtly discriminates based upon race, and that’s not the story, not even in the Conservative Washington Times. Nope! The problem is that the museum is discriminating against a Conservative African American.

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How stupid do we have to be to put up with this nonsense? What kind of moron thinks we can trust politicians to run a museum and not engage in political propaganda or worse? The museum is racist. Given that, what is the point in demanding that Clarence Thomas be included in the museum’s exhibition? That racist farce needs to be shut down.

Conclusion

From time to time I refer to an old post, BUSYBODYISM. When I wrote that post, I labelled the Democratic Party as the party of Busybodyism.  That’s not to say that members of the Republican Party are never busybodies. The point is that for Democrats being busybodies is ideological. Just as Alexander offered rape, pillage, and the glories of conquest to induce his soldiers to march to India, our modern political busybodies dream up schemes for spending “other people’s money”.

The government of the United States exists to preserve our freedom, not to run our lives for us. When we can do something ourselves, there is no reason to tax our neighbors and make them pay for it.  If something can be done by the local government, there is no reason for the state government to do it. If something can be done by the state government, then the Federal Government, particularly when the Constitution does not give it the authority, has no reason to get involved.

Still, there is more to Busybodyism than people sticking their noses where they don’t belong. Government busybodies don’t just stick their noses where they don’t belong; they wrest control from us. They take our money and spend it for us. They make our choices for us.  If we want to get what we want, roads where we need them, schools that work, or museums that respect the truth, then we have to make our own choices and pay for the services we use. That means tolls and user fees to pay for a decent transportation infrastructure. That means we pay for the education of our own children or at least insist upon education vouchers. That means private museums funded by the people who visit them. That means a limited government where we give busybodies the boot.

26 thoughts on “WHERE DO THE “GREAT” BUSYBODIES COME FROM? — AN UPDATE

  1. We are not so different big brother. We both desperately stare into the blindingly complex history of the world, its many souls and even the deep well of our own souls, and try to discover patterns, draw conclusions, find trends. We just differ on what we think we find.

    You mentioned once the old story of the blind men trying to understand an elephant: one saw a snake, another saw a tree, etc. it seems the world is one massive elephant, layered and deep, and ancient in its long tangled history. We both are bound to be blind to most of it.

    There is an old proverb that derives from the Bible: “there is none so blind as one who will not see”. I think we are all often too quick to accuse each other of that kind of blindness. However, perhaps another related proverb could be “there is none so blind as one who is blind to his own blindness”.

    May we both learn the wisdom of knowing when we are blind and when we should open our eyes and just see. I could certainly use more of that humble wisdom.

    Love you too brother, and love also to your wonderful family. May the Holy Spirit bless you and keep you and yours with grace and peace.

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  2. Your article above was a harangue about busybodies using government. All my responses have tried to present a methodical case why the such “busybodiness” underlies the very justice of our society when it is actually more just, or has greater “social justice”, and all of my posts here have been defining that concept. I can understand if you disagree, but instead you chose not to even comprehend, and then rather to read what you wanted your straw man to argue.

    Similarly, it was Webber’s “lament” that western capitalism has taken the God out of the virtue of making money and turned it into a virtue of pure greed, and you seem to agree with that lament (although falaciously turning a generalized miscorrelation into a causation) so why all the shouted question marks?

    You don’t like my game theory analogy, but then you basically describe what I said in the analogy as government’s job. Seemtimes I think if I called black black and white white, you would disagree on impulse and then say the same thing a different way.

    And I never said I was “unhappy” with corporations. I do think it is a “wonderful” legal fiction and government created tool, for all practical purposes, an extension of government in another form. Without the government invention of the institution of the corporation (and similar constructs), many beneficial aspects of capitalism would be more difficult. I work for a publicly held (and highly regulated corporation) and I love it. In a sense, more of my life is directly “governed” by that corporation than be the rest of the government institutions. I’m just telling you what a corporation is in reality, both for good and for bad. And facing that reality, I’m pointing out the fact that I would not replace government’s responsibility for justice with the profit motive of an unregulated corporation, any more than I would want to my union to do it either (even though I think unions have more virtuous concerns than just the corporation’s profit motive). Unions also need government laws and institutions to engender and regulate their existence. Have you ever heard of the Railway Labor Act or the National Mediation Board?

    Finally, as to the IRS, you want to demonized them and call them names, and you want to make me your straw man to defend that constitutional institution? No thanks? I think some kind of taxation scheme will be necessary if we want to have a military that is bigger than the next ten largest militaries in the world combined, and to pay for all the other things that even you would agree are functions of government. If Judge Richard Posner is to be beleaved, essentially every law and regulation, even the ones you like, are a tax in some sense. I agree that another scheme could be more just, but if you are looking for a perfectly just taxation system, then your being utopian. If you let perfect be the enemy of better in this life then you better plan to live in anarchy. Propose your own scheme, and if it’s interesting and I have something to say, I’ll respond. Sounds like it might be a fun discussion.

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    1. I ask questions, and you won’t answer them. Instead, you post long comments with lots of disconnected details and facts that are suppose to prove something. No focus.

      What is most puzzling is when you take something I have said as proof for your point-of-view. Yet the only thing you have made clear is you don’t like my point-of view. What is your point-of-view?

      If you were not my brother, I would just throw up my hands and give up. Cut the wondrous complexity baloney. Who cares? How is making our “rights” so complicated we don’t understand them a blessing for anybody but lawyers? Could you at least take the time to clearly state what you are for? How much government do you want? When is too much government too much and why?

      Anyway, this Bonzo has to go to bed.

      Love you brother. Say hello the family for me.

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