I was commenting on another site shortly after the passage of the Health Care Reform Act. And I had some refer to me as a "reactionary". Having not heard of this outside of a reference in a John Wayne movie, and some vague references I saw in a history book some 26 years ago, I decided that I'd better look it up.
"Reactionary", adj. 1840 : relating to, marked by, or favoring reaction; especially : ultraconservative in politics. -Mirriam Webster Online Dictionary.
Or this one:
"Reactionary" -Characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative. - American Heritage Dictionary.
Yeah, that pretty much sums me up, in a nutshell. It pisses me off when an effetist leftist snob, tries to look down on me because my arguments are base on my moral compass and not on which letters come after my name or what school of philosophy that I have or haven't attended. Most of them, to paraphrase a favorite movie, have their moral compasses so f***ed up that it's a miracle they can find their way to the parking lot.
They refuse to look at historical lessons that show the end result of current and past attempts at socialist eutopias. The history books are replete with countries that NO LONGER EXIST or whose governments have fallen and been replaced, because socialism is impossible to maintain. The human condition will not allow for socialism to work. There will always be those that produce, and always be those that consume, and if you force the former to give up the fruits of his labors to support the latter, than you remove the drive for the producer to expand and innovate. Stagnation occurs and everyone suffers. Better by far for those who refuse to produce to be allowed to fail and be culled out by natural law, than for the whole citizenry be reduced just to give the leech sustanance.
I have no patience for those that say that healthcare is a right. It's not a right, its a "good". Goods are bought and sold. They are the product of someone's hard work, ie doctor's education, practice, and dedication. How can anyone be "entitled" to the work and sweat of another. You can't. The same can be said of Social Security, Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Drug Coverage, Farm subsidies, Business Subsidies, etc., etc..
Socialism, of any kind, is evil. Because it reduces a person's desire to expand his knowlege and ability in favor of dependance on the benevolence of the government. Anything that makes a person less, reduces the gifts that God gives each of us.
If you look at other countries, they save more and are more thrifty than we have become in the last 50 years. At one time, thrift was a virtue that was cultivated by our fore fathers. Now, look at us. We're gross consumers. Always with our hands out waiting for our handouts from the All Powerful Oz....er... I mean Obama. I've seen first hand what happens when a section of people that subsist on Government largesse. I have been dealing extensively with the biodiesel industry in Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. In case there are some that don't understand, the biodiesel industry is a government set up and subsidized industry that is not now, nor will be in the foreseeable future, a viable industry in its own right. When the subsidies dried up and the government didn't renew the funding bill, plants all across Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and I believe Kansas have shut their doors. Hundreds, if not thousands of people are out of work. Is it because the government didn't renew the funding? NO. It's because the plants themselves are unsustainable. If you have to have the government prop up your business because you can't do business on your own and be profitable, then that busisess shouldn't exist.
This is a reality that all Americans are going to have to face. I don't much like the fact that so many people are out of work because of this, but on the other hand, if we didn't have so many people standing out there with their hand out waiting on government funding, then the plants would never have been opened in the first place.