The big news today is that Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has resigned from the House Freedom Caucus as he had wanted to vote for the Paul Ryan health care bill. According to Rep. Poe, he was not alone as perhaps a dozen or more members of this very-Conservative, GOP caucus, were ready to support the bill, primarily to end Obamacare and to give President Donald Trump a legislative victory. However, the Freedom Caucus votes as a unified block and the majority, led by Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), opposed the American Health Care Act. This majority stood on principle, which is a fine and noble thing. But, very often principle does not get the job at hand done. A good example of this was seen last night in our favorite Zombie Apocalypse TV series, ″The Walking Dead″.
Rick Grimes, leader of the Alexandria Community, has been busy organizing a coalition of other communities to make a stand against Negan and his group, The Saviors. To accomplish this, they need guns, lots of guns! One of the Alexandrians, Tara, knew where plenty of guns could be had, but she had promised and sworn to keep a group of women living at a sea-side camp a secret. This knowledge and her oath gnawed at Tara for weeks until the last run-in with The Saviors convinced her that she had to tell Rick about the Sea-Siders.
So, Rick and his people raided them in order to take the guns away from these women. They took them all, too! They left not one pistol so the ladies could protect themselves and their children from the zombie ′Walkers′. After playing Negan′s ′bitch′ for a while, Rick is back in full ′Rick-tatorship′ mode! No principle, no moral dilemma, will stand in Rick′s way to end the tyranny of Negan and The Saviors. Not even leaving a bunch of women and children defenseless! This is what I call LEADERSHIP.
Sometimes you have to be a bastard. A mean, rotten, no-good son-of-a-bitch sort of bastard. When the greater good demands such action, a real leader steps up and accepts the reality. Principles are fine for books, forums and discussion groups. But when the big, bad wolf is knocking on your door, sometimes you have toss one of your own pigs out the window in order to distract and overcome the wolf. Yes, Rick made an argument and gave the women at the Sea Side Community a chance to volunteer to give up their weapons and even join his group in fighting The Saviors. Considering that Negan and his Saviors had killed all of the husbands, fathers, brothers and sons of these women, you′d think they would be agreeable to the proposition. But no, their own leader choose not to cooperate with Rick, so he went ahead and just took away their guns by force.
Ah, force! An often misunderstood concept. The Democratic Party understands force all too well. When they have their hands on the levers of power, they have no problem exercising force as it suits them. But most Republicans are a different breed. They talk about ′Ideas′. But, the truth is that their idealistic world is just as phony as the Liberal notions of a social Utopia. Where everyone is equal, even if it means equally poor and oppressed. As long as power exists there is no equality.
If I were running things, I would require that every Republican member of Congress, including Ted Poe and the House Freedom Caucus, read that classic novel by Robert A. Heinlein, ″Starship Troopers″. I′ve reread that book at least 30 to 40 times and with each reading, I pick up something new out of it. As an author, Heinlein is very rare indeed as he helped start two, completely different social-political movements. One being Right-wing, Conservative, American Nationalism and the other being the whole Hippie, Flower-Power thing. That latter one was launched by his novel, ″Stranger In A Strange Land″.
But ″Starship Troopers″ is where Heinlein lays out the basic foundations and differences between individual liberty and totalitarian Communism. This is why none other than President Ronald Reagan appointed Heinlein to an advisory board in his administration. Heinlein understood the concept of force in all of its varieties. In ″Starship Troopers″, we have the quintessential argument for why the power of the vote is a power in which to exercise force upon others. Democracy can be just as tyrannical as a dictatorship. It doesn′t matter whether one person is calling the shots, or a majority of voters. Good and Evil can come from either method.
Heinlein, of course, came up with a solution. In the universe of ″Starship Troopers″, democracy died because those exercising power did so poorly. Since governments are basically organized to fight wars, it was the combat veterans of the military who overthrew the so-called, ′democratically-elected′ leaders and tossed out the whole system. They were the ones who had to defend and fight for a failing system and were most angered and injured by its failings. In its place, they installed a republic, one where citizenship, those having the power to vote, was not based on an act of birth, but by participation in the defense of civilization. If you wanted to be a citizen and have the power to vote, you had to serve The State and put your own life on the line. By making it your own, person responsibility, the result was responsible power, responsible government.
The Republican Party as a whole, and the so-called Freedom Caucus specifically, do not think this way, and the results of the failure in judgment are obvious. The GOP simply does not handle having power very well. Each election cycle is a struggle, a battle for control. Consider this for hypocrisy. The so-called ′Freedom Caucus′ FORCES its own membership to vote as a unified block. To bend to the will of the majority. Where are the lofty sentiments of Individual Liberty? Of each person voting their own, personal conscious? The Freedom Caucus is, in fact, a TYRANNY CAUCUS! They have the very same hive mentality of Communists.
If this is what passes for ′freedom′, the alleged ′principles′ of the Freedom Caucus, and its former member, Rep. Ted Poe, would not fair well in the Zombie Apocalypse. Nor any other life-or-death situation. They cannot even get rid of Obamacare, a great evil in our land. The Freedom Caucus would rather we all be devoured or burnt at the stake in the name of principles. They certainly would not have allowed RAF Air Marshal Arthur ′Bomber′ Harris to send a thousand plane raid over Berlin in WW2 where maybe two or three of some 12,000 bombs would actually hit their intended targets. When it comes to saving civilization, sometimes sacrifices are necessary. I′d wager that Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan would bow and scrape to serve Negan and The Saviors, and refuse to help Rick Grimes liberate them, because its the ′principled thing′ to do.
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