Like many of my fellow Awakened Americans, I was blessed to spend time over the holidays with family and friends, some whom belong to the less informed or ill-informed among us whose only news sources are the alphabet networks or random conversations with know-it-all leftists parroting the daily talking points. These encounters mainly serve to reinforce what I already perceive about our left-leaning opposition but at times shed some light on otherwise unthought-of nuances in the mindset of many leftists who at times exhibit the mental capacity of your common house plant or the occasional bird bath, but perhaps I’m being too harsh with house plants.

The indoctrination from our education system and MSM is apparent in many of their statements and is ever difficult for someone like myself to dismiss without rebuttal, but at a family gathering and having dove headlong into the breach on many such occasions to no avail reminds me that it’s a pointless endeavor. One reason is the inescapable fact that leftists are often unaware of how far to the left their ideological pendulum has swung, if they are aware of their own ideological leanings at all. They live within a brilliant, albeit deceitful, curtain of disillusion the elitists have constructed atop the shaky foundation of feelings and emotion rather than intellect and reason. Having no solid facts on which to base their views, they revert to a sad whirlpool of circular thought and diversionary tactics whenever a verifiable fact is raised.

  • You’re a filthy Republican! (Not! I’m a libertarian/conservative!)
  • You want my Grandma eating cat food! (Yummm!)
  • But, but, but… Bush! (Yea, let’s complain about his spending by tripling it. Lets protest the Patriot Act by expanding it and passing the NDAA. You lose!)
  • Hey! Look at the pretty unicorn! (Utopia!)
  • Wait! You’re using Bullet Points! We must ban the use of high capacity Bullet Points!!!

And yet, even as they succumb to their feelings when justifying leftist imaginary projected outcomes, they will often cite a politician’s reported “intellect” as the reason for supporting their policies, as if the mere presence of intelligence precludes any malicious intent or illogical conclusions.

  • Bill Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar! (Yawn.)
  • Obama got a Nobel Prize! (Yawn.)
  • I wrote-in Hillary!  —  (?)
  • You’re using more bullet points!!!

This overwhelming need for hero worship, deserved or not is, I think, a confirmation of the analysis posed by Mark Levin in Ameritopia wherein he points to the Statist’s goals of a utopian world constructed for us by the educated elite. It points to a sheepish desire to not be forced to think but to blindly accept what one is allowed to do or possess simply because someone supposedly smarter said it is the right thing to do. After all, they are smarter than we are. They said so!

It is foreign to me that those who blindly follow this philosophy don’t fundamentally understand that such communal thinking is the antithesis of personal freedom. What these people have falsely been taught to believe is that utopian beliefs, aka: Socialism/Statism/Communism, can’t long exist within the same framework as the American Republic’s original form of government. The two ideas cannot be more opposed to each other. One cannot have just a bit of Statism, for Statism, like a cancer, must consume the entire host in order to succeed. And that success does not take into account the individual’s well being, only the well being of the State. Even at the end of such a progression, what does it benefit a State if, in the end it implodes to the detriment of all involved? Such is the proven outcome of any Statist government ever implemented.

And as long as I’m in rant mode…

Another fallacy I love to see ignored by my low (no) information brethren is the idea that the national debt and spending have no effect on our lives. They would love to believe that government budgets have no correlation to the household budget or corporate bank account or government’s manipulation of the value of our currency. Since government can simply print its own money doesn’t mean it is acceptable or ethical to do so. Quite the opposite, yet they continue to do so with little or no regard to what effect that has on your money’s worth, as if monetizing the debt will not lead to uncontrolled inflation or that if left unchecked has a very real chance of crashing the US and eventually the world  economy. I’m no economist but even a lowly robot can see the writing on the wall.

Why can’t they?

Why WON’T they?

I’ll tell you why.

Ostrich Syndrome, That’s why.

Because the indoctrinated leftists WANT to believe what they’ve been told is the truth. Because, hey, if those “smart” politicians and policy wonks don’t know what they are doing, then no one can possibly know or understand what to do and we are doomed because, again, the leftist sheeple don’t want to think for their selves. They’ve relinquished all decision making to the elites, remember? They CAN’T think for themselves. The elite have told them NOT to. According to the Statist, they aren’t capable of it.

This is by design.

Here is a quote I found while taking Hillsdale College’s Constitution 201. I think it speaks volumes about today’s situation.

Woodrow Wilson said of the European States in “The Study of Administration” Nov. 1886:

“They sought so to perfect their machinery as to destroy all wearing friction, so to sweeten their methods with consideration for the interests of the governed as to placate all hindering hatred, and so assiduously and opportunely to offer their aid to all classes of undertakings as to render themselves indispensable to the industrious. They did at last give the people constitutions and the franchise; but even after that they obtained leave to continue despotic by becoming paternal. They made themselves too efficient to be dispensed with, too smoothly operative to be noticed, too enlightened to be inconsiderately questioned, too benevolent to be suspected, too powerful to be coped with. All this has required study; and they have closely studied it.”

Paternal Despotism is the current condition of the American experiment.

  • proof January 23, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Paternal despotism is as good a name as any. How else could one have a goal that our government would keep our children “always safe from harm”?

    • robot January 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Proof, “Always safe…” is just the kind of impossible utopian ideal some too many people evidently buy into without a second thought. It’s also the way to sell a population into slavery. But you knew that already.

      • proof January 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        Di Fi was on some talking head program blathering on about how school children have the “right” to feel safe in their schools, therefore, the government can ride roughshod over everyone else’s rights to foster this illusion.

        Punish evil doers and lock up the deranged and school children will feel as safe as they can be. And acknowledge that just because some tragedies are more publicized than others, doesn’t make them more frequent.

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  • Frank Koza January 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Thomas Sowell recently published an easy to read column about inflation and taxing the poor that perhaps even your low (no) information brethren could understand? Of course, those with even a modicum of clue know the real rate of inflation due to seemingly endless ‘quantitative easing’ is much higher than the much manipulated ‘official’ numbers.

    • robot January 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Excellent article, Frank. Sowell is always spot on.

  • Teresa Rice January 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    The low information claims to be apolitical or not interested in politics but then they are political by choosing to believe statism over liberty. They don’t do the necessary research to understand the politics behind government policies or the human effects statism has had in the world. Or they think it will be different here in America. But for some reason the low information voter trusts those who give them handouts and sells their intelligence and souls to the statists who would give so little to them but take so much from everyone. If low information voters would only use the brains that God gave them to use. Oh yea, progressives and low information voters believe lets keep God out of everything, He has nothing to do with who I am today. He holds me down with his morality keeping me from doing as I please. I have come to find out that these people have had an issue with authority figures in their lives and that is the reason that they don’t want any moral boundaries in their lives or refuse to listen to God. Yet, these low information voters have pretty much made these statists out to be their Gods. Yet, one of God’s Commandments is to not worship false Gods or idols. The low information voters are the ones who are greedy and selfish, not the business owners in this country (at least for the most part, there are always a few bad apples in the lot). Oh my heavens I can’t believe I ranted that much. God Bless Bot.

    • robot January 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      You go Teresa. Spot on. Hope you’re doing well, my friend.

      • Teresa Rice January 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Much better physically. Emotionally its been a bit of a roller coaster ride for me. I hope you’re also doing well bot. How have you been? If okay with you I think I’m going to write a post quoting my response and linking to your post. God Bless my friend.

        • robot January 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

          Hoping your situation improves then. Link and post away. God bless you and yours as well.

  • Linda January 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Great post bot. As an aside, it seems the feminists even stole the mantle of totalitarianism from men. We didn’t even notice the conversion from paternal despotism to nanny statism! ;)

    • robot January 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, Linda. And good point about the nanny statists. A shame the feminists let their movement get hijacked.

  • The Conservative Lady January 30, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I think the low information voters are also “lazy”. They’re willing to give away their freedom to the government because it’s easier than putting their thinking caps on to find out what’s really going on in our country. They’ll swallow whatever is spoon fed to them by the lap dog media and the leftist pols, instead of taking responsibility for their own lives.

    • robot January 30, 2013 at 1:35 am

      Yes Ma’am. Lazy and apathetic they are.

  • William Stout January 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

    The leftist bent toward granular control of our lives is a natural progression for them. Indoctrinated at a young age in public schools, they are taught not to examine their political ideology too closely and to focus on emotions. As such, leftist ideology has become a de facto religion and trying to argue them out of their “religion” just will not work. We need to focus on the underpinnings of their ideology and their methods of indoctrination if we are to slow down the forward momentum of the left.

    I highly recommend a study of the Third Wave experiment conducted by a history teacher in California to see just how suggestive students can be. The teacher began an experiment in fascist indoctrination with his sophomore students and had to pull the plug by day four or risk losing control of his experiment. The experiment was conducted in 1967, long before the social rot of today’s world.

    • robot January 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

      I think I read about that experiment. Was that the one where the students began to turn on each other?

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  • Always On Watch February 5, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Paternal despotism is being actively promoted in classrooms all over America and, thereby, ensuring more votes for Democrats. **sigh**

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