The Road to Hell

How "Good" Were Their Intentions?

All of my life, I have heard liberals go on about their good intentions despite the facts and laws of nature that confound them, and all along the way, I’ve heard conservatives lament this situation and chastise the liberals with the well-worn retort: “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”  I’ve always politely listened to this and nodded in agreement, considering all the ways in which the welfare-state has failed despite the alleged character of the intentions of those who had built it.  More recently I have realized that I had been mistaken about the value of the statement, in part because I now doubt whether the intentions of liberals had been good, but in greater measure because I now know the road to Hell is paved with broken, beaten, bloodied, human corpses, and yet the road to Hell is merely a sample of what statists intend.

There are those who will assail me for attacking the sincerity of the intentions or motives of our statist enemies.  In fact, there are those who would run from the notion of our political opponents as enemies.  “Say ‘Adversaries,’ Mark. ‘Enemies’ is much too inflammatory.”  Damn me to Hell, but I will not conceal it further:  The people against whom we now fight for control of this nation are not adversaries, or opponents, because what they intend is to overturn the system of government we had created in our former wisdom to protect us…against them.  What you have been witnessing is the slow-motion counter-revolution that intends to destroy the liberties our founders had enshrined.  Let’s not pretend any longer that these statists are like the opposing team in a football game, and that win, lose or draw, at the end of the game they’ll shake hands and say “good game” in an act of sportsmanlike conduct.  They will never afford it to you, and you should never afford it to them.

Our Congress voted to control your physical being in 2010, and your president happily signed the bill into law.  With this law, they will now control you, your body, and more of your income, as if the latter matters any longer given the former.  Under Obamacare, you will have become the property of the state inasmuch as they will control the manner in which you seek healthcare, at what price, from whom, and where.  Is this the action of an “adversary” or an “opponent?”  The manner of the implementation means that you won’t know it until after you’ve re-elected him, at least not by virtue of what it will deliver or demand.  Do you think such an implementation was born of good intentions?  If so, good by whose standards?  Yours? Or theirs?

Our so-called ‘opponents’ don’t play by the same rules by which you have been accustomed to playing.  It’s much like the matter of the Geneva conventions, the so-called “rules of war,” to which the United States has customarily and scrupulously remained in observance, but which our ‘adversaries’ frequently ignore.  The rules many of us were taught as soldiers tell us that we must observe these rules, even to our own tactical detriment, even when our enemy commits gross violations of them.  It has cost us dearly, in lives and treasure, and it has done nothing to improve our moral standing in the world, that now regards us as fools and suckers.

In politics, the rules are even more muddled, but once again, we conservatives feel duty-bound to observe the rules irrespective of the crossing of these not-so-bright lines by our so-called adversaries.  Does it ever hurt them?  Do they ever pay a penalty?  Do they ever face some sort of comeuppance?  No.  What does it benefit us to make peaceful overtures to them when we know already that they view us as their enemy?  None other than Chris Matthews told us after Obama spoke at West Point to the cadets that he had “gone to the enemy camp.”  Matthews came out with an apology, but who believes his apology given his record?  Who thinks Chris Matthews doesn’t view West Point cadets as the enemy?

Meanwhile, we are told to understand that so-called “liberals” have the best of intentions even if they’re occasionally misguided.  After all, they only want “what is best for the most people.” Best?  By whose accounting?  Well, theirs, of course.  How many among my admittedly conservative-leaning readership believe that when the left constructs their welfare programs, they have the “best for the most” in mind when they design these programs?  Do you instead believe, as I do, that the left intends to use these programs in order to increase their power and hold over the lives of the people?  Do you believe, as I do, that their first and last motive in every issue is the acquisition, enlargement and maintenance of power over the lives of most people?  If you believe the latter propositions, then how do you propose to argue that their intentions had been good?

Do you instead argue that while their leaders clearly exhibit an ill will toward liberty, that the ran-and-file are merely pawns, or “useful idiots,” who bear no evil intent?  This particular fallacious argument bothers me because it imbues them with an innocence their behaviors simply don’t warrant.  Can you tell me which among these “dupes” or “pawns” or “useful idiots” don’t think they will gain unearned loot or benefit from such a system?  Put another way, how many of these do you suppose go to the polls with any idea except how to carve another slice from your pie?  Are these the good intentions of which you would convince me?

You might ask me about my claim that the road to Hell is paved with human corpses.  After all, you might argue, they haven’t killed anyone yet.  Are you certain?  After all, these are the people who look at the notion of governance and conclude that “if you want to make an omelet…”  Tell that to the 46,000 or more people who have been killed on America’s roadways as a result of their CAFE standards for vehicles.  I suppose it’s far easier to write off those deaths, and the even more numerable serious injuries as long as it hadn’t been you or somebody you loved.

You might want to offer that their various welfare programs haven’t killed anybody, but in this too, I disagree. It kills both those taxed to provide it and those who become addicted to it, though by different means.  Money is a store of value for future expenditure under as-yet unknown conditions.  Each unit of money and value you are able to save is one more moment of life you can enjoy for your own pursuits. It’s one moment fewer that you must take orders from somebody else.  It’s one moment more of sleep, of dreaming, of relaxing, of discovering, or whatever it is you do that makes you happy.  It’s one more nice dinner to take your beloved, or one more family outing to share, but in all ways, money is used to purchase more of what you want to do and less of what you don’t.  In this sense, money really is time, and it’s yours, because you’ve earned it.  Each penny the government strips from your pocket is one more dollar you won’t have in forty years time.

The recipients of your money in all the various forms the welfare state delivers it also pay a penalty, because it permits them to stagnate and become comfortable in conditions you had been wise enough to avoid, or escape.  Their children are not burdens, except to you, and their poor decisions and judgments exact no immediate toll in the form of the natural relation between cause and effect.  In all ways but a few, they are indemnified against their own errors, because you carry the costs.  Still, with all of this, they suffer from obesity and all attending diseases at a higher rate than you.  Despite all you are compelled to provide, it turns out they’re being killed with kindness.  Do you say these are the ends achieved by the alleged good intentions, but despite knowing all of this, the purveyors demand still more?

I contend to you that the statists know all of this, and more, that the results one hundred years of “progressivism” have wrought nothing but misery at all levels.  Educational results are poorer.  Unemployment is higher. Poverty is more widespread.  Corruption is more frequent, and more severe. The measures by which our society has fallen are numerous, and those areas in which we have made actual progress are those less-regulated by government, but they will not remain that way for long as governments at all levels look to exploit the Internet.

You can claim that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but I submit to you that the evidence is precisely contrary to that claim:  There are no good intentions on the part of the statists, and what paves the road to Hell is the broken dreams and lives of generations of Americans.  The next time somebody offers you that old phrase, you might tell them otherwise.  Part of our error has been to project our good intentions onto their motives, despite all the evidence in controversy.  They tell us what they want is moral, but according to which moral standard? Whose?  Not ours, surely.  Too many among us have fallen into the belief that all morality equates to our morality, and they happily encourage the same among their flock, but the morality to which they adhere has no common ground with yours, and it’s long past time to realize it.  Good intentions?  By whose standards?

Not mine.

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  • http://alwaysonwatch2.blogspot.com/ Always On Watch

    From the moment that Obama took office, I've noticed that my liberal Canadian neighbor has become increasingly intolerant toward my political views.

    It used to be that my neighbor and I could have a reasoned discussion. No more! Now all he wants me to do is shut up. It's a tense situation between us, and we've been friends since 1978.

  • http://gravatar.com/dogswife1969 dogswife1969

    Mark:

    I've just finished reading "The Naked Capitalist" and have started "The Naked Communist." The first book answers all of the questions of how this started here in the U. S. and it will make your blood boil. There is no doubt about what these folks intend and that many of our most trusted elected officials and appointees have helped them and are still helping them.

    The facts are fantastic and almost unbelievable, except that we can see the clear results around us today. Interestingly enough, the author speaks of the Goldwater/Johnson Presidential Race and it sounds so much like what happened with Herman Cain. In fact, you could almost just cross out Goldwater and replace it with Cain.

    This is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in knowing what's been happening in secret and now, not so secret, in our country for 100 years.

    I was also unaware the idea of communism was started in the writings of Plato. He believed in a "just state," where there was no marraige, no commitments and children should be raised anonymously by the state.

    In Plato's imagined world, there was no question of morality or immorality.

    Plato's writings go on and on, and were a regular read for Marx, Stalin and many others who believe in statism. I have been able to find Plato's works on archive.org and google books. Archive has them in audio, thankfully, because they are a difficult read.

    Your article is correct. Now let's hope that others listen and realize that our current state of affairs is not only not going to go away and get better, but that it is and was engineered by others to take us to a certain point in a grand scheme.

    • Ibedavey

      The Naked Communist is a real eyeopener. I highly recommend it.

  • just-a-guy

    The people in the tea party are not sleeping…many who attempt to pidgeonhole them as the ‘right wing’ of the republican party have been at least partially responsible for this FALSE impression.

    To understand the tea party and the actual effect that it can and is having on American elections you
    cant accept this premise that tea = right wing, or that tea = republican.

    TEA is the middle, while you see it on the right in the republican party A LOT with vocal proponents like Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, and multiple Republican Candidates…TEA is not Republican – you just see that portion of tea because the MSM is using that image to minimimize/slander and pidgeonhole
    the Tea Party and keep it in check until after the election.

    TEA is pushing the repubs towards the smaller government model, smaller government/smaller spending/smaller taxes. That coincides with some common goals of the Conservative Wing of the Republican party, but is a common goal of the Middle Class, throughout all parties. Democrats/Independents/and Republicans.

    Obama cut his own throat when he and his Democrat Lackie Army forced Obamacare thru to Law. It illustrated for the American People exactly how out of touch his faction of the Democrat Party was
    with the American People.

    TEA responded by taking control of the House of Representatives. He has been effectively blocked from further Damage to the country via the Congress, but that has not affected in any way his trajectory towards socialism

    Republicans need to stop Whining about the DEGREE to which certain candidates are CONSERVATVE or CONSERVATIVE enough and concentrate on the degree to which they are for smaller government.
    The people (TEA) will swing to this – with extensive coattails for more conservative representatives. The fight will move to the middle of the road again instead of running from the ditch on the right to the ditch on the left.

    This may not be what the Republican Establishment or the Democrat Establishment wants, but it is what the American People have been clamoring for. THIS is how America works, messy but designed to be that way. It should have never have been this easy for Government to run ruffshod over the people.

    Failure to elect a Republican, as offensive as it may seem to the middle
    will fall short of the #1 goal of stopping Obamacare, Stopping the growth of Government, and Turning back to the middle…

    Even the right has to admit that jumping from the left ditch to the right ditch will require crossing the middle.

    Personally I prefer that Government be in the middle letting Americans decide the agenda and not legalizing only the left or the right…and I think my vision on this is clear…

    What scares you about Obama, and Paul scares me also…

    mchill/tampa

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649923542 Thomas Dixon

    It seems every time I reply I'm thanking you for verbalizing the very thoughts in my head. Truth is you are an able communicator and active voice of those values and truths espoused by our forebears.

    In this article, you've 'called a spade ~ a spade.' The enemy isn't on the horizon or deployed in skirmishers' lines preparing to attack. In very many ways, we are in much the same condition as the colonists of 1775. For the past thirty years, each of us has strived to take advantage of what little liberty we were afforded to succeed individually even while others were loyal to the monarch. Major difference is the number of free men were growing in that era whereas today it's decreasing.

    Of course, in our new century the king is no longer a man, but instead an ascent to power and influence ~ an aristocracy, if you will. And its leader is not ordained, but rather bestowed.

    Nonetheless, the war is coming. You've named the enemy. Finally a person of conscience, someone with solid values, a voice of destiny has iterated the evil intent of those who claim social responsibility. We in the trenches have been at personal odds listening to pundits, politicians, wondering why no one would call evil by its name. Thank you for validating what we've known all along.

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Thomas, thanks for the kind words, and thank you for reading!

  • RayR

    I can't begin to count the number of times on different web sites that I've stated this very thing, just perhaps in a more angered manner. I'm not a word artist like you Mark, and I mean that in a good way, but more people need to speak out loud and hard about this. We are faced with more then just one war now. We face two, the war on terror and the war for our republic. The problem I see is that the two have begun to blur into one and the same. This coming election may, may make a difference but I don't put much faith in it.

  • http://minorityrightsadvocate.wordpress.com mrfixit

    Spot on!

    I've used the term enemies to so describe the statist, and get the looks of concern that it is too harsh, well it is not, it is truth.

    We take an oath to defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, but are then told to IGNORE domestic enemies, which are what statists represent, because they erode and destroy the Constitution!

    It is time to battle idealogically and with force, so that perhaps it never becomes physical, because it will if we don't say it like it is and isolate the domestic enemies before they destroy the Constituion, and what it has provided for this great nation.

    Mark, thanks again for what you do, you say it so well!

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  • John Fedor

    I believe it is MUCH to late for our country to make the changes needed ,to be the Republic it was meant to be. The Democrat party is nothing but a Fifth Column meant to destroy our form of government and replace it with a "better " form of communism. They will actually have to be re-educated, by force, if necessary, along with many Republicans if we are ever get back to a constitutional Republic like our founders meant it to be, I realize we will be violating the constitution ourselves trying to achieve this, but I see no other way. Even if we captured the presidency and both houses and had nine conservative judges on the court, it would not happen. Unless they remove EVERY law , regulation and policy and governed strictly from the Constitution nothing else would work. When the Republicans controlled the Government, did they ever undo ANY of the noxious laws or regulations on the books? I don't think so. So tell me, what is there to do?