Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Obama as the Goblin King??? Or would that be Pelosi??

I saw this blogtitle " Submission to authoritarianism is freedom!" from Classical Values and immediately flashed to the movie Labyrinth with David Bowie.  Eric has put together a great blogpost that discusses the nature of authoritarianism and the fact that it's actually the left/liberals who tend to want to pass laws against things they don't like, than those on the right, who generally just want to be left alone.

The idea of submission to authority is the thing that ties a great blogpost and a second-rate (though enjoyable) movie together.  The government and our educational system want people to be helpless, to be victims, to need to suckle at the teat of the all-benevolent government that will grant their every wish.  As Amit Ghate said in an article on PJM (referenced in the blogpost at Classical Values):
The flip side of this government growth is the shrinking of the domains in which private citizens can make their own decisions and pursue their own values. The individual’s thoughts are marginalized — primacy is given to whatever the president and his cronies happen to think. Science czars push science in directions they prefer, regulatory czars restrict affairs they deem objectionable, etc. Substituting the government’s judgment for that of private individuals is the essence of authoritarianism.

Or as Jareth the Goblin King would say: 
I ask so little. Just let me rule you, and you can have everything that you want.

I think it's time we stand up to the authoritarian government and echo Sarah's words that broke the spell of the Goblin King:

You have no power over me.

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