The principles of politics 4

This quotation from the Dear Leader has just caught our eye:

“Consistency is the hobgoblin of narrow minds.”

Obama expressed this opinion yesterday – April 11, 2015.

Now under our recent post An informed choice (April 10, 2015), a commenter who names himself/herself “Non-ideologue” recommends that each separate political issue should be considered on its own merits.

But consistency is absolutely vital. A politics that is not consistent is simply unprincipled.

If one values freedom, one will judge policies in the light of whether they preserve or abridge freedom. One will judge the agendas of political parties according to those criteria too.

Political parties are formed round, or arise out of, shared interests and aims. Their values are embodied in their principles, and their principles guide their policies.

If one puts security above liberty, or thinks justice is the same thing as economic equality, then one is a socialist, whether one sticks the word on one’s forehead or not. The only way there can be that sort of equality (entirely different from equality under the law) is for a central agency with a monopoly of force – ie. a government – to impose it. Government alone can force those who have property to give it up, can forcibly divide it, and forcibly bestow it as it chooses. That is one big powerful government. It  can bestow benefits on you – and it can withhold them. It has power over every aspect of your life. Its thousands of government-obedient bureaucrats will decide what is good for you, regardless of what you want for yourself. It is also called statism, and collectivism. It is plainly tyranny. If you are a voter, it is necessary to recognize that the party in the US which stands for these values and so will enact such policies as are consistent with them, is the Democratic Party.

The Republican Party, disappointing as it is, at least in theory stands now for the great idea on which the United States of America was founded. At present there are Republicans who would like to make the Party live up to its principles. Those principles are individual freedom, small government, low taxes, a free market economy – all CONSISTENT with each other. If those are your principles, you will prefer the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. You will try to keep the Republicans true to their values and principles. And you will be right to call yourself a conservative. (The fact that there are conservatives who hold the same principles and are also religious, makes no difference to your adherence to them if you are not religious. No compelling logic sticks religion on to them.)

Obama often makes statements that contradict each other or are contradicted by his actions. He says you can keep your doctor under Obamacare, when you cannot. He says his administration will be the most transparent in history, when in fact it is the least transparent in history. He says that Iran must not be allowed to have nukes, and then he makes it easy for Iran to have nukes. There are many more examples we could give, but those will do to prove the case. He may see this as “inconsistency” and think only hobgoblin-haunted minds can object to it.  But in fact it is lying and deception. His entire presidency is a lie and a deception. He is ostensibly the leader of the US; leader of a government whose first duty is to protect Americans from tyranny at home and enemies abroad. In fact his agenda has been and continues ever more blatantly to be against the interests of this country.

Obama is not unprincipled, it’s just that his principles are opposed to those which have inspired and sustained the United States of America. He is not inconsistent; he is misleading. Throughout his presidency, no matter what he has said, he has consistently advanced the subversive agenda of the far Left, and the savage interests of Islam.

  • Don L

    Brilliant! You are absolutely right. One is either for freedom or one is not. One is either liberal or one is conservative qua conservative (too many establishement repubs are merely leberal-lite). There are those who contrived the 3rd-way notion that was supposedly a mix of socialism and capitalism…a faikled fallacy. It is all socialism and degenerates to tyranny…camel’s nose under the tent idea. The traitorous Alexander Hamilton was the first to start the process of breaking the chains of the constitution:

    “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” – Thomas Jefferson

    Obama is a criminal. In fact, whether intentional or through ineptness…he is the Domestic Enemy and ought be impeached and removed from office for high crimes and misdemeanors. His “phone and pen” constitutional violations are sufficien in of by themselves.

    I have attempted peace with the non-ideology person on the other post. I’m still interested in learning what a non-left and non-right ideology is repective of principles and application to just one issue for comparison: minimum wage.

    • liz

      That calls for another Ayn Rand quote!
      “There are two potential violators of man’s rights: the criminals and the government. The great achievement of the U.S. was to draw a distinction between these two – by forbidding the second the legalized version of the activities of the first. The Declaration of Independence laid down the principle that “to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.” This provided the only valid justification of a government and defined its only proper purpose: to protect man’s rights by protecting him from physical violence.”
      The purpose of government is NOT, as Hamilton and his heirs all the way down to our current President have claimed, to interfere in citizens lives and livelihoods “for the public good”.

      • Don L

        Excellent…Very Good. Just proves, the truth is the truth is the truth!

  • liz

    That quote by Obama about consistency is a classic.
    He is, in fact, the most consistent, and narrow minded, President in our history!
    He is a very consistent and narrow minded communist/islamist.
    And his statement is a classic example of his consistent lying to cover up his consistently subversive agenda.