“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” ~ George Orwell 1984
The above quote from George Orwell’s 1984 pretty well sums up where fully half of the American voter bloc is, and that would be on the side of the liberal Leftist progressive DemoMarxist party. In tandem with Orwell’s quote, Lord Acton famously came up with: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
Not surprisingly the topic comes up as a result of a short but revealing blog post from the founder of American Thinker, Thomas Lifson, and his piece titled “New Yorker writer finds the Cajun Navy troubling.” Yes folks, We the People’s hurricane rescue brigade under attack because they don’t belong to Big Government!
Let me set you up for a minute or two from this post in the Conservative Review: “A viral Facebook post making the rounds on social media asks readers to pause and reflect on the unsung heroic men of Houston, Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.
“Let this sink in for a minute…..Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men,” Cayman Sartin posted Friday.
“They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.”
“The volunteer response to help rescue people from the flooding is by all accounts overwhelming. Ordinary people set out in boats, kayaks, even refrigerators, braving hazardous conditions to try to save lives. Thousands have signed up to volunteer with the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations. Donations are pouring in. The Navy deployed.” [end]
Now to Thomas Lifson…
As most of the nation celebrates the volunteerism so evident in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a sense of disquiet seems to be afoot among fans of Big Government. People who spontaneously organize impressive responses might make the pubic feel as though government doesn’t have all the answers, and that self-reliance beats waiting for the government to solve their problems. Why, that’s troubling.
Something like this mental process must have prompted New Yorker editor David Remnick to greenlight this article, titled, “Why does American need the Cajun Navy?” Benjamin Wallace-Wells (you already guessed the author would have a hyphenated last name, didn’t you?) writes:
“…the stories of the storm are consolidating, much as they did following the floods last year in Baton Rouge, around the failures of the government’s preparations and response to the disaster, and the successes of private individuals’ rescue efforts”.
It’s just not fair for government to be the butt of criticism. Especially because:
“Behind everything, escalating the stakes, is the willful ignorance of climate change that many local and national political leaders still cling to. In contrast to this, the actions of the Cajun Navy and other groups are celebrated. The heroism of the boaters is so vivid and so moving that it obscures the most important question about them: Why are they so needed in the first place?”
Thereya go – “Climate change!” As to “Why does American need the Cajun Navy?” I would have to respond somewhere along the lines of – “because, Mr. Wallace-Wells (throw in your editor, David Remnick also) your idea of “helping” the flood victims from your cushy digs in New York City is by sitting 2,000 miles away and pontificating endlessly about it all. That’s why, thank God, We the People have folks like the Cajun Navy and millions of other right-minded American patriots doing what we can for our fellow-citizens in need.
A mighty example that you folks on the Left and Right coasts and some states in-between bordering on fly-over country could do well to emulate. It’s what men do.
See Conservative Review: It’s What Men Do – Houston Heroes