There’s an old adage floating around with several different wordings. The basic gist of it is that if you don’t remember history you will be forced to repeat the bad things that happened in the past.
I’ve studied history throughout my life. Sometimes more seriously than others. But I think I remember enough of what I’ve read to say that I am afraid that maybe the rest of the folks who don’t know about, say, the Spanish Civil War, will be driving the train called The United States into a dark tunnel.
I’ve self-identified as a libertarian for nearly a decade now. I did that because I was starting to become bothered by the Republican party’s increasing embrace of statist intervention. I’m a live-and-let-live kind of person generally. When it comes to politics I believe that there is a very narrow band of responsibilities due the government. The rest is for the individual to act upon. The Republicans of my childhood used to believe that. Over the years, though, they seem to like to use the power of the state to interfere in private lives in the way THEY choose. What we used to complain about the libruls doing, we started doing ourselves. So I packed my bags and moved parties.
Those who were left behind in Republicanism are several different varieties. You have the well-meaning folks who are the old-style big-Rs. They believe as they always have, and quietly hope for the party to get its sanity back. Then you have the bombastic. And the RINOs who like the profile of Republicanism but the spendishness generally associated with the Democratic party. George W. Bush was one of those.
But here is where I’m getting nervous. Because currently within the cocktail of the Republican party you have several folks stirring up a cult of personality. And cults of personality coupled with right-wing statist interventionism have a tendency to become facism.
The problem is that I’m seeing several of these little American Francos start to infiltrate libertarian affiliated groups. (Ha! Ironic much…Libertarian groups…) They are seizing upon our adversion to intervention from the State. And now that they are no longer in power of the State they’ve decided to be very much against it. Because back when their general team had the reigns there were a lot of Just Us Sunday meetings and love of governmental meddling when it came to certain things.
But now they’re out of power. And they know they’ve alienated the squishy middle with Republicanism. So they’re trying to don Libertarian cloaks in order to stir up favour. And I’m afraid the next step is for one of these tin-pot despots to convince people that since President Obama didn’t deliver on his promises it’s time to take the country back. And give it to him specifically.
That’s happened countless times before. I refer you to the Argentina of Peron, the Spain of Franco. And other countries I’d love not to name here for fear of Godwinising my own post before it’s out of the gate.
America, I love you. Please don’t vote for Franco.