Column on Getting Worked Up

Getting Worked Up

Tibor R. Machan

might very well be right to consider me an emotional person although
this doesn’t mean I lose my mind while I am worked up about something.
 Indeed, one result of being worked up can be more intense focus on the
topic at hand.  

In the current political climate, however, my feelings are taxed a good deal.  I recall some years ago The New Republic
asked whether it was OK to hate George W. Bush and pretty much argued
“Yes” in several essays for that issue. I didn’t much approve of hating
the then president although I found a great deal to criticize about his
positions.  I was against the war in Iraq from before it started and
Bush’s sop to all the elderly with an entitlement mentality, his policy
of providing aid to them for prescription drugs, was a betrayal of
whatever modicum of loyalty he might have had toward the principles of a
limited government.

I could kind of see that both of these measures had been quite in line
with the kind of Republican politics Bush practiced and preached.  Nor
did I ever see him as a racist or class warfare provocatuer.  Now,
however, we have in Washington a whole lot of truly despicable
politicians and their bureaucratic cadre, people who make no secret of
their demagogic contempt for the rich and successful–or their pretense
of this in order to get the support of the worst elements within the
American political landscape.  This now feels every bit like the
prevailing official attitude of Soviet bloc countries used to, what with
their relentless besmirching of capitalism and capitalists (and anyone
with even the slightest sympathies for these).  

then isn’t political debate, disagreement over public policy, etc.
 This is out and out misanthrope, hatred of the very best features of
human society that America has always had to offer the world, namely,
hospitality and friendship to those who try to succeed at commerce,
those who pursued economic happiness and incidentally keep the wheels of
the economy rolling.  

resurrection of the ancient attitudes of envy and resentment of people
who do well in life is so unbecoming to anyone involved in American
culture and politics that I am not at all ashamed to say that I do in
fact hate these people–or at least this aspect of them–with a purple
passion.  When they offer their nasty soundbites on TV news and talk
shows, I am just about ready rush in an blast them with some well chosen
sound bites of my own, like, “You commies, go to North Korea where your
philosophy will be right at home.”  Yes, I have in mind Pelosi and Reed
and Sanders and the lot–plus all the Americans who vote for them.

had reserved this attitude mostly toward people who ruled the Soviet
bloc countries and, I have to admit, also Ralph Nader (who epitomized
for me the most maniacal proponent of the petty tyrannies of government
regulation, thereby implicitly demeaning the American public, saying, in
effect, that they must all be treated as children or invalids).  (Yet
once when I met and debated Nader, back in 1976 I believe it was, at
Hillsdale College, in Michigan, he too wasn’t a visible monster, just a
terribly misguided man!)  These days, however, I am really quite openly
angry at the statists in the country, ones who are threatening to bring
it down for good unless they are stopped soon.

course, the politicians are only the tip of the iceberg.  It is their
intellectual supporters, writing for sophistic rags like
The New York Review of Books, The Progressive, The Nation and
the Op Ed pages of several national dailies, who frighten me most.
 These people, with their polished education but perverse ideas and
ideals really need to be stopped in their tracks, refuted with all the
ammunition possible to muster against them–with persistent blogging,
writing, speaking, voting, and the rest.  Otherwise they are going to
bring to a sorry end the greatest human political experiment in history,
one responsible for improving on human lives more than anything else, a
country largely based on the principles of liberty.

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