The Long Road Ahead

November will change little in this country.  In the midst of all our excitement (at least those of us who abhor current policy) we would do well to remember how much is at stake and why we must not lower our guard.  Republicans are aghast that the Tea Party has had so much success against their anointed candidates.  In the last few weeks, they have made overtures to the movement, but I for one don’t trust them. They smell victory and only want in.  Principles of limited government be damned.

I’ll give Democrats one thing–they are upfront about their intentions.  They are wrong about almost everything.  The nanny state is destined to sink, but at least you know that they will go down with the ship.  I can almost hear the gurgling as they struggle to get out their last words: “If it weren’t for those greedy rich peop…glub, glub…”

“Throw the bums out” is not a strategy.  This country has an endless supply of bums.  Type R joins the party of liars and type D joins the party of idiots. This is about ideas.  We must shun the shouting heads on TV in favor of quiet, firm resolve.  We must think rather than shout and educate rather than argue.  November will come and go with little to show for it unless we commit to a decades-long effort to show people why liberty is a sacred value and why limited government is the mechanism through which it works.

A friend of mine teaches philosophy at a private college in Illinois.  The other day, he received this from a student:

“Democracy is a type of government which entails one leader, the president, to set laws for its citizens (sic).”

Were I to blog for 10,000 years, I could not come up with a more convincing appeal to educate people young and old about freedom.

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About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.
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