Federal Behemoth Should Make Americans Wonder If Secessionists Were Right

By West, Woody | Insight on the News, August 22, 1994 | Go to article overview

Federal Behemoth Should Make Americans Wonder If Secessionists Were Right


West, Woody, Insight on the News


There are increasing moments of despondency as Bill and Hill and the statists of the Democratic Party on Capitol Hill accelerate their rummaging in American lives. As this century wanes, it gets harder by the congressional session not to sympathize with the secessionists who kicked over the stove at Fort Sumter. Perhaps Jeff Davis and Bobby Lee weren't just whistling Dixie. Dark thoughts won't stay suppressed.

For a start, I'm thinking of trading in the compact for a pickup truck (a full-size brute, not one of the bite-size models) and flying a rebel flag from the antenna. Might put a gun rack in the cab, too, and dust off the 12-gauge pump. In case the groundhogs are federalized.

Such drastic tactics may not be necessary, however, if a significant slice of the citizenry feels similarly cranky. Currently, many Americans seem sullen rather than mutinous. Disenchantment with government still is pretty much in the verbal phase - and Rush Limbaugh sounds wildly sensible on every topic.

A thoughtful friend, not ideologically itchy during the many years we've worked together, nevertheless declared recently, There's only one issue in this country now - government intrusion!"

The Clintons cannot be blamed altogether for this, any more than a pup can be blamed for piddling. Children of the 1960s, they indelibly reflect that arrogantly careless decade and its disdain for a critical axiom - means determine ends.

Indeed, those who group under the banner of traditionalism may decide, in 1996 possibly, that a debt is owed to the first couple and their cheerleaders in the media and academy - for enlightening us, finally, on how corrupting a rigidly centralized, zealously "caring" government is.

Robert Louis Stevenson was in a distinctly ironic frame of mind in an 1880s essay written at the twilight o High Victorianism: A little while ago, and we were still for liberty . . . This is over. Our legislation grows authoritative, grows philanthropical bristles with new duties and new penalties, and casts a spawn of inspectors, who now begin, notebook in hand, to darken the face of England. It may be right or wrong, we are not trying that; but one thing is beyond doubt; it is Socialism in action, and the strange thing is that we scarcely know it. Liberty has served us a long while, and it may be time to seek new altars."

Here in the New World, we are where England was 50 years ago. The bureaucratic dominance Stevenson feared is again grasping the levers of power and speeding this nation's descent into mediocrity. …

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