L. Neil Smith's
Number 359, March 19, 2006


The Enablers
by L. Neil Smith

Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise

I saw an interesting story a couple weeks ago, from Associated Press Online, about Republican governors gathered for their annual whimperfest.

What they were whimpering about this year, apparently—aside from Hurricane Katrina demonstrating that the federal welfare sow has very nearly gone dry—is that certain "missteps" taken by the George Bush Administration over the past several years are going to make it a lot harder for Republican candidates to get elected in this year's midterms.

"What missteps?" I pretend to hear you ask.

Well, the first three mentioned in this particular article, based on interviews with "more than a dozen governors ... including nearly half of the Republicans attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association", are the hurricane itself (I guess the Bushies should have known better than to get themselves elected in a year when there might be hurricanes), failures in the prescription giveaway system recently implemented, and an issue that was being termed "port security".

Never forget that the more localized politics become—believe me, it's even worse at the county and municipal levels—the more detailed they become, and that, ultimately, the politics of detail is socialism.

In all three cases, what Republican governors worried about was not that Bush Administration policies and practices have turned this country into a fascist dictatorship, but that it's been insufficiently socialistic. The feds were too late with too little loot in the case of New Orleans; they've made it too complicated to get Grandpa his Viagra for free; and the seaport deal the Chimp tried to make with his middle eastern petropals threatened all his other mercantilist cronies in more deservingly white countries like that sycophantic toadyocracy, Blairtopia.

Otherwise known as "Airstrip One".

There's also a lot of whining about cutbacks in the military—especially the state-run (but federally funded) National Guard—as if a gigantic, bloated standing army, carefully kept ignorant of their actual duties and obligations under the highest law of the land, the Bill of Rights, and supporting the most viciously anti-Constitutional establishment America has suffered since the Lincoln Administration, were exactly what the Founding Fathers dreamed their wettest dreams about.

"You've got solid conservatives coming up speaking like they haven't before," Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina, is quoted saying ominously. "It's likely that something's going on at the grass roots."

If only it were true.

Pundits once observed that "Only Nixon could go to China," meaning that, if anyone to Tricky Dick Milhous's left had tried improving relations with that gigantic communist lockdownocracy, Republicans would have made life impossible for them. But—as we understand from decades of watching the National Rifle Association meekly accept one humiliating infringement of the right to own and carry weapons after another—it never seems to hurt as much when we're doing it to ourselves.

In exactly the same spirit, given a population braced for more than a century against one savage assault after another on their life, liberty, and property by the radical left, only George W. Bush (the vile spawn of a Republican "revolution" that deteriorated, almost at once, into a neofascist coup) could rape and murder the Bill of Rights.

And that is what Republican governors should be complaining about, not historically trivial issues like pork and pills and ports. It is the curse of their party, a curse it is up to them to overcome. Otherwise, they're nothing more than living proof that it can happen here.

They're nothing more than dinosaurs, too dumb to understand that they're extinct, bound for the same trash heap as the Whigs and the Prohibitionists.

"Republican"? What's that? In this already sad and sorry century—and in every century to come until the end of time—it will carry precisely the same connotation as the epithet "Nazi" does now, not because of anything George Bush has done, but because they let him do it.

Four-time Prometheus Award-winner L. Neil Smith has been called one of the world's foremost authorities on the ethics of self-defense. He is the author of 25 books, including The American Zone, Forge of the Elders, Pallas, The Probability Broach, Hope (with Aaron Zelman), and his collected articles and speeches, Lever Action, all of which may be purchased through his website "The Webley Page" at lneilsmith.org.

Ceres, an exciting sequel to Neil's 1993 Ngu family novel Pallas was recently completed and is presently looking for a literary home.

A decensored, e-published version of Neil's 1984 novel, TOM PAINE MARU is available at: http://payloadz.com/go/sip?id=137991. Neil is presently working on Ares, the middle volume of the epic Ngu Family Cycle, and on Roswell, Texas, with Rex F. "Baloo" May.

The stunning 185-page full-color graphic-novelized version of The Probability Broach, which features the art of Scott Bieser and was published by BigHead Press www.bigheadpress.com has recently won a Special Prometheus Award. It may be had through the publisher, at www.Amazon.com, or at BillOfRightsPress.com.

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