No, Erick Erickson, We Will NOT Live In Fear

Fear. It has been the tool of the Big Government Party – particularly its “Republican” wing – for quite a while.

The entire Big Government Party uses it to subdue and subject the American people with great effect. The Democrat half tells us we should fear Republicans because they will throw our sick and infirm out on the street in a blizzard. The Republicans tell us we should fear Democrats because they will allow America’s enemies to destroy it.

Indeed, Georgia’s own Erick Erickson is one chief fearmonger (and warmonger) here. It is typified in his latest post on RedState, where he states

how many Americans are going to die because of Barack Obama’s handling of our national security?

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Swinging Pendulums

When you swing a pendulum one way, it will go a certain distance before stopping, reversing, and swinging an equal distance the other way. If energy is added on the return swing, it will actually go further on that swing, before once again reversing and swinging an equal distance the original direction. This will continue ad infinitum, until eventually the pendulum makes a complete revolution on its axis. Even then, if more energy is continually added, the swinging will continue to get faster and faster, and the revolutions will thus happen more and more frequently.

That is a basic concept of science. But why am I bringing up science on a political blog?

Because when you have only two political parties and/or only two competing ideologies in politics, you get an effect that is very much like a physical pendulum. One Party will achieve power and advance its agenda as far as it can, swinging the pendulum as far in its direction as possible. Eventually – and it could be a LONG wait for that eventually – the other Party will gain power and work to swing the pendulum as far in its own direction as possible, thus adding to the energy of the swing and advancing its agenda further than the original Party could advance theirs.

The problem is, BOTH of the two primary competing ideologies in this country seek to advance government control in our lives, whether it be in the master suite, the executive suite, or the operating suite. They seek to limit our freedoms to advance their own agendas. They fight each other, and We the People get screwed in the process.

So what can be done about this?
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Treating The Symptoms

As a child, when we have a headache, we try to fix the headache. When we have a runny nose, we try to fix it. When we have a sore throat, we try to fix it. We never realize that those separate things are actually connected, that they are symptoms of a much larger, more complex, problem within our bodies.

As we grow older, we begin to realize these things and while we may still treat a single symptom, once we experience a few symptoms at the same time, we realize we have a bigger problem and begin to work to fix it.

Late last night (in fact, roughly 4.5 hrs ago), the Senate Healthcare Bill passed a crucial procedural vote. Throughout the night and this morning, I’ve seen cries throughout the online world that we need to get the Democrats out of power. They said our Republic has died.

These same people have been saying the same thing after every vote in Congress that doesn’t go their way over the past year and a half or so, and for 6 years or so before that, it was the people defending the current actions who were making the same claims about the things they disagreed with.

The problem is, these people tend to try to treat single symptoms without ever realizing that there is actually a much larger, more complex problem that is causing this.
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