Too Many Statists and Not Enough Statesmen.
By Tom in NC
Wikipedia defines a Statesman as:
A statesman is usually a politician or other notable public figure who has had a long and respected career in politics or government at the national and international level. As a term of respect, it is usually left to supporters or commentators to use the term. When politicians retire, they are often referred to as elder statesmen.
Statesmanship also conveys a quality of leadership that organically brings people together and of eldership, a spirit of caring for others and for the whole.
Ayn Rand defined a Statist as:
A statist is a man who believes that some men have the right to force, coerce, enslave, rob, and murder others. To be put into practice, this belief has to be implemented by the political doctrine that the government—the state—has the right to initiate the use of physical force against its citizens. How often force is to be used, against whom, to what extent, for what purpose and for whose benefit, are irrelevant questions. The basic principle and the ultimate results of all statist doctrines are the same: dictatorship and destruction. The rest is only a matter of time.
“America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business,”
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 47.
We have a serious problem in our government today, statesmen are in short supply and there are entirely too many statists. While there are still some true statesmen in our government, men and woman who truly care for this country and want us all to prosper, they are outnumbered by statists whose ultimate goal is to rule over this country with an iron fist.
These men and women want to use their place in government to dismantle freedom and prosperity and rebuild it as a nanny state where everyone is beholden to the government. Where no one prospers over another, wealth is whatever the government decides you need, competition in business is nonexistent and the minority decides for the majority.
Like the old Soviet Union politburo, the statists in our government consider themselves the elite and at the same time shamelessly reward their willing accomplices in the unions, media, Hollywood and certain left leaning businesses with higher salaries and numerous other perks.
Political adversaries on the other hand are denigrated, insulted and physically assaulted. Conservatives and TEA Party Activists are routinely defamed and their platforms lied about by these statists and their accomplices.
Statists have no desire to debate the merits of their positions, because the American people would see that they are defending the indefensible. Instead they find it easier and safer for themselves to hurl insults and lies about Conservatives. This is the statist modus operandi.