Battle for Common Sense
by Tom Buchanan
Over the past thirty to forty years I have on occasion wanted to set my hair on fire because some action by the government does not make any sense at all to me. I know many other people feel the same way.
Perhaps the answer to why things don’t make sense is easy to explain once we realize what has been happening for past one hundred plus years. The year 1913 was a bad year for the United States, depending on your point of view. It was the year that Americans began paying taxes on their labor. The start of the dreaded income tax began that year. It was not supposed to be a tax on everyone, just a few rich people and just a minimal percentage of their income.
That year also brought about the Seventeenth Amendment which change the way the U.S. Senate was elected. Instead of being selected by each state legislature to be the watchdogs and guard the rights of the states from an over reaching federal government the Senate was now comprised of senators selected by popular vote which added yet another layer of partisan politics to the mix.
Since that fatal year in America we have slowly, but surely been spoon-fed small doses of socialism. If socialist/progressives would have tried to change society all at once it truly would have been a bitter pill to swallow and there would have been a revolution.
You cannot change a society from a freedom loving one based on the individual to one where the individual takes a back seat to the state overnight. It has to be done in a slow, progressive manner that does not raise too many red flags on the battlefield.
There are many instances of government actions not making sense. School choice and education in general stands out along with ways to improve the economy. One side in the education battle thinks it would be a great idea to teach children to be individuals and employ critical thinking in life matters. We must remember that there has been 100 years of indoctrination which increases notion that individuals are subservient to the state. With each passing generation of children going through the government school system the indoctrination grows thicker.
Then there is health care and the Great Society and Medicaid and Medicare that have done much to shape the societal change from individual to group think. Every bad habit from smoking to shoving too many doughnuts down our throats to lack of exercise has brought about more government intrusion via regulations because the health of the individual affects the health of the population as a whole. We must all become healthy comrades.
Then of course there is the economy which has been proven many times to get better when government gets out of the way, reduces regulations and the tax burdens and gives the free market system a chance to show it’s stuff. The individual entrepreneur will reign and the economy will get back on track.
Remember whenever something does not make sense realize that we are in a war to define common sense. Here is how common sense is defined in Wikipedia Common sense is a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things, which is shared by (“common to”) nearly all people, and can be reasonably expected of nearly all people without any need for debate.
Oh, that is right the debate on climate change is over. Where have we heard that?
So what we have believed to be common sense for thousands of years is changing as the majority of the people come to perceive things differently. Work hard, save your money for a rainy day, don’t depend on the government have been replaced by take what you can from the government, spend like there is no tomorrow because the government will take care of you.
So, whenever you feel like your head is going to explode and the eyes are going to be thrust across the room because something does not make sense remember there is a war to define common sense and it will drive you insane.