Thursday, June 25, 2009

Feedback on "They Don't Hate Our Guns, They Hate Us."

Michael Jackson's dead. Francisco Franco's STILL dead. And the world spins on.

Here's an excellent item of feedback from my recent post, "They don't hate our guns, they hate us." I do not have time at the moment to respond to David's excellent points. Perhaps one of my readers would be so kind?


Dear Mr. Vanderboegh...

Your latest article, "They don't hate our guns, they hate us," was, as always, incisive and thoughtful. I wanted to share a theory about why so many politicians hate and fear gun owners.

As you point out in your article, gun owners have the potential to stop the politicians' petty schemes. But I think there are also deeper, darker reasons they hate and fear us.

I believe that the most politicians suffer from a pathological need to have other people be dependent on them. Of course, we all want to be important in the lives of others; this is natural and healthy, and most of us recognize that, although our relationships are important, we can't live through other people. But a typical
politician's sense of self is so shallow that his idea of who he is depends largely on what they fantasize is their indispensable role in the lives of millions of others.

Therefore, to a politician, a self-reliant individual is a threat to his very sense of identity.

This theory explains some things that are hard to make sense of otherwise. For example, many politicians are viciously opposed to over-the-counter availability of vitamin supplements. This seems absurd, but consider: whatever the merits of vitamin supplements, their availability allows people to take control of their own
health care, which implies they don't want or need the politician's "help" in making health care decisions. Or look at the hysterical opposition most politicians show toward placing retirement planning back in the hands of the individual. "Social Security" is widely acknowledged to be unsustainable; one would think any plausible
solution would get serious consideration, but few politicians will entertain any idea that would allow people to take substantial control of their own retirement planning. As another example, observe the bizarre hostility many politicians show toward home-schoolers. Since most government schools ostensibly suffer a lack
of funding and overcrowding, shouldn't politicians applaud home-schoolers for reducing the burden on the system? Instead, they interfere with them at every turn, since the home-schooler is saying, implicity but unmistakably, that they don't want or need government "help" in teaching their children.

And, finally, if the self-reliant individual threatens the politician's sense of self, who could pose more of a threat than a gun owner? The gun owner says to the politician, in effect, "I don't need you for anything, not even protecting my life and property." I think this implicit message is such a profound threat to the politician's identity that he would stop at nothing--even genocide--to eliminate the source.

This theory also explains the opposition individual politicians show toward widely disparate and apparently unconnected activities. Why, for example, would a politician such as Ted Kennedy oppose over-the-counter sales of vitamin C, self-directed retirement planning, home-schooling, and the right to keep and bear arms?
What to all these things have in common, except their ability to reduce the dependence of the individual on the government?

If my theory is correct, it implies that politicians will always hate us, not because of what we own, or even because of what we do, but because of who we are. Our very existence is a constant threat to their world view, and a continual reminder that their imagined indispensibility to the lives and welfare of millions is really nothing more than hubris and delusion.

If you have the time and are so inclined, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

Best Regards,

David Schmidt
"Manus haec inimica tyrannis"--motto of Algernon Sidney


Anonymous said...

Mr. Schmidt nails it.

"...politicians will always hate us, not because of what we own, or even because of what we do, but because of who we are. Our very existence is a constant threat to their world view,..."

The collectivist world-view of the ruling elites, of whatever party, and their hangers-on and water-carriers (media, education, and government-service lackeys) cannot abide the focus on free, independent, self-sufficient, individuals which characterizes traditional Western Civilization and the American Tradition.

They hate us.

So be it.

Let us win.

The Wretched Dog

ScottJ said...

Rather than a sick need to have dependents I actually think they're driven by a sick need for equality.

In retirement planning for example they hate the idea of self-driven because some might be better at it than others leading to a disparity of wealth.

It has been my observation that the political class loathes indvidual excellence most of all.

Dan said...

Hate is, perhaps, an overstatement. Know us (not believe, but know) to be inferior on every facet of our being comes a bit closer, me thinks.

What is politics if not a popularity contest? If that be true then... the winning policitian is the newly crowned homecoming king... or reality star... or next food network star... or councilman/woman. And, it has been my experience that those who seek to win popularity contests, after winning, end up knowing that they are better than the rest of us. Afterall, they won.

So, since we are inferior, they have no reason for restraint of their plans to "help" us. And, they have no reason to listen to the unwashed masses in disagreement with them, because we just don't know any better.

Whether the plan be to take care of us, to lift us up to be more like them or just to ensure that we deify them... is of no real importance across the spectrum of politicians.

By the way, there is no end of people who are willing to step up to the popularity contest wheel and give it a spin. Just look at the spawning of reality shows for evidence.

Anonymous said...

"...It has been my observation that the political class loathes individual excellence most of all..."

'the political class' is a phrase that is somewhat new to me.

And every time I hear it, I wind up thinking we need a better class of political class.

Ymarsakar said...

I remember how Rome eventually came up with a Senate class.

Boy that worked out well. (not)