Billy Beck writes,
We are now in the fait accompli of American socialist revolution. Most peoples’ ignorance of history doesn’t allow them to really grasp how rapidly this is happening now, but this wheel is turning like never before.
I have no illusions that I can change any of it, but I am beginning to see new inspiration — if we can call it that, but it’s more like desperation — toward better work on the blog.
I suspect a lot of bloggers on the individual rights/free market side have had similar thoughts. We are at an important moment in history. Speaking out seems more urgently needed, and yet one has moments of doubt and despair. Does blogging matter?
Whether it matters or not, I only do it because I enjoy it. If blogging ever came to feel like a “duty” to me, I’d lose interest. I like to have a soapbox to stand on and shout about the news of the day. If I didn’t have this platform, I’d probably be driving my friends and family crazy lecturing them about Obama. (Since most of them are liberals, they’re breathing a sigh of relief right now that this blog keeps me out of their hair.)
Will blogging change the world? Yes, but in a movement, it’s hard to tell the effect of one small blog. Thousands of voices reinforce and strengthen one another.
Where did the Tea Party protests come from? Was there a controlling authority? They came about because many people thought the same about Obama’s onslaught on our liberty. As Victor Hugo said, there is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Neil Young has a great new song out, which says, “Just singing a song won’t change the world.” (Love that em7-am7 chord progression.) One song won’t change the world, and neither will one blog, but a lot of them together might.
Or we might fail to stop America’s descent into dictatorship. Our opponents are serious about power. They don’t play by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. If their quest for power requires they hit below the belt, then they do it. Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.
Right now the left is riding higher than it has ever been. And the more power they get, the more they want. They have tasted it now. Obama has shown them a glimpse of the promised land of socialism; now they will push even harder to get there. They will not go down without a fight. Inside the velvet glove of altruism and egalitarianism is the iron fist of force. If they think the internet needs to be shut up, they will find some way to do it or go down fighting to do it.
They are serious about power. Are we serious about liberty? The conservatives are not — they have a history of compromise and collapse. But what about the rest of us?
Ultimately, our opponents have the guns of the state on their side. As Obama said, “I won.” As a student and teacher of Alinsky’s ideas, Obama understands power. Everything he does is about gaining and keeping it. How far will he go? What will stop him from using his power to destroy the opposition? Right now he does not need to “go to the mattresses.” But what if it looked like the welfare state might be rolled back? What would the statists do?
I could be wrong, but somehow I don’t see things playing out in a calm and orderly fashion. I think the future will be full of strife, with possible violence and social unrest. It will get crazy. Whatever happens, the world we knew in the 20th century is over.
(The title of this post is an old song by a classic rock band, King Crimson.)
UPDATE: Slight revision.
UPDATE II: Changed Tea Bag to Tea Party. I unthinkingly wrote the sophomoric term that the leftists use to demean the protests. Mockery and intimidation are pretty much all they have.