"It is difficult to understand the long-range implications of current events. This is to say, it is difficult to know whether a current event is part of a historical sidetrack, a cultural fad or a mainstream trend. Smart people have called our attention to this reality. For example, the late Ayn Rand described the insidious process which takes a society, inch by unremarkable inch, to socialism: "The goal of the ‘liberals’ — as it emerges from the record of the past decades — was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named. Thus, statism was to come, not by vote or by violence, but by slow rot — by a long process of evasion and epistemological corruption, leading to a fait accompli. (The goal of the ‘conservative’ was only to retard that process.)" LINDA BOWLES
I think she is correct and there is a lot of truth there. The federal government took over the task of inspecting people and luggage at airport terminals adding more than 30,000 employees to its payroll. Most will become dues-paying union members and overpaid, non-fireable wards of government monopoly dependent upon and grateful to the advocates of big government and higher taxes, Democrats.
How can there be any doubt America is accelerating down the slippery slope to socialism? Government, national, state, and local, is growing in size, power and arrogance and increasing its sovereignty over the lives and behavior of its subjects. Our libertys erode, taxes are increased, governmental powers expand, and the rabble accept it, in fact expect it. Our slide has been so subtle that only in retrospect, when too late to resist or reverse, will we understand that our freedoms have been irretrievably forfeited and our Constitution irreversibly abandoned. In the words of Irish philosopher Edmund Burke, "The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts."
Socialist ideas are attractive. The basic seductive premise is the same as modern liberalism: Government is responsible for implementing altruistic society. Government must control all resources with a view toward equality and fairness. Government must fight the selfish impulse of people to keep the fruits of their own labor. Everyone, impelled by compassion and caring ("It’s for the Children"), must sacrifice for the common good, so that all may share and share alike.
This noble-sounding doctrine is often expressed this way: "From each according to his ability; to each according to his need." So what if it’s the creed of communism! However, sacrificing the fruit of one’s hard labor to achieve a larger social goal is not natural behavior and cannot be maintained on a voluntary basis. Sooner or later, it requires force, which cannot come openly, but must be implemented like a thief in the night.
The massively cruel and ruinous USSR communistic experiment could not have been possible if philosophers and intellectuals had not ignored a basic truth about human nature: Human beings, as a derivative of the instinct to survive, are innately driven to act in their own self interest. Not withstanding propaganda (NPR), conditioning (DNC) or brute force (Military), any government or institution (Congress) which runs head on against the grain of this basic human drive is doomed to fail. Representational government will then end.
We seem incapable of learning this basic lesson of history: Capitalism harnesses human self interest; socialism exhausts itself trying to kill it. Look again at our proposed "TIF". Is it socialistic?
Bureaucrats who seize and dole out other people’s assets, even through taxes, always see themselves as humanitarians. Eventually, they conclude themselves in some way superior to others and treat themselves accordingly. They make laws to which they are not subject; they vote themselves and their wards privileges and benefits. It is then they no longer serve but rule and we become a nation of the government, by the government and for the government, not the people. Remember, this nation was founded upon "GOD given" rights for everyone, not governmentally allowed privileges for some.