Defeating the Ideology of “Can’t”
Liberalism as a whole is the ultimate in helicopter parenting. You know the type I’m talking about; those parents who are perpetually hovering around while insisting on doing everything for the child without ever entrusting the child to their own decision making skills. In their pessimistic minds they are trying to do what they think is best for us simply because they believe we lack the cognitive skills to do for ourselves. Their real message of condescension is that they think we are all too stupid and irresponsible to make sound decisions on our own. Therefore, they must control every aspect of our lives for our own good.
The Left’s view is that we are all just victims of our own ignorance. We shouldn’t be held accountable for our poor choices, but we also shouldn’t be trusted either. Social Security was created by FDR because he didn’t trust that the average American could look out for their own retirement well being. Medicare was created by LBJ based on the same reasoning. We can’t have school voucher systems because we can’t be entrusted with making good decisions about our children’s education. We need to entrust our compensation bargaining to unions because we aren’t capable of bargaining our own employment deals. In their minds our role as good little children is to simply shut up and do as we’re told and everything will be taken care of for us.
Our Forefathers envisioned a government whose sole responsibility was to provide essential government services of commonality such as roads, bridges, currency, and a standing military. What they never envisioned was a government of perpetual parents whose role was to hold our hands and protect us from every possible danger we might encounter while bandaging every booboo we might get. Instead, they envisioned a country built not just on self-reliance, but also self-determination. Our Forefathers were men who embraced the optimistic ideology that sought the freedom for each of us to prove our worth by creating our own destinies. Their goal wasn’t one of equality of possessions, but freedom of opportunity. Let’s face it. Poor people don’t become rich by having a government that supports them. The poor become rich by having a government that doesn’t interfere with their ability to move forward on their own.
Part of growing has to do with encountering the scrapes of life and overcoming them, not from being kept protected from the harsh realities of life. Bumps and bruises are what aids us in determining what’s good versus bad; what is right versus wrong; what works versus what doesn’t. We grow in knowledge through experimentation, not just through memorization. Reality is that experiments don’t always work as planned. However, it’s our failures that eventually lead to our successes. Complacency only leads to stagnation and irrelevance. Therefore, we must always be free to strive forward through experimentation, but also free to experience the frustration of failure. It’s time to cut the umbilical cord of government and let the children run free. It’s time to ground helicoptering politicians like Mayor Bloomberg and let the people experience both the bumps, but also the joys of a self-fulfilling life. It’s time to experience the ideology of “Can”.