My intention is that this will be a short post, where I make an important point concisely, as it really should be self-evident. But…we all know how I seem to be be practically incapable of not pontificating or at the very least, indulging in tangent streams of thought as they occur to me. See? There I go again…
But the main thrust of this post is this; I find it amusing, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, that people are clamoring for the President to “do something” about the violence in our schools (and in the country in general,) some doubtlessly even going so far as to blame him for it, but the minute he makes a proposal, everyone is bitching about infringement of their rights. I’m not saying I am either for or against President Obama’s proposal. What annoys me in the reaction of an ungrateful country who shout a call to action, usually with no practical (or accurate) idea of what it takes to actually achieve success.
Rep. Paul Gosar’s statement on Obama’s proposal was the following:
I will actively fight any attempt by this Administration to undermine our Constitution and infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. With the attack on personal gun-ownership, the Second Amendment, and our God-given rights, the Obama-Biden Administration has been relentless in their pursuit of taking guns away from law-abiding Americans. (source)
Some of these “free thinkers” even go so far as to compare Obama to Hitler.
Let me explain something to you…people of questionable intellect. Hitler’s tyranny was born out of a society in disarray. At first, Hitler offered an ideal that the people wanted to believe. An article from the Scientific American Mind describes tyranny as the result of a group processes, not one individual person’s pathology. And yes, our society is in disarray, but that is due as much to the idea of entitlement that has been sewn into the fabric of our society. Now, everyone thinks they’re owed something, and that they have the right to make waves to get whatever that something is. A lot of greed, useless righteous indignation, and not enough consequences for poor behavior is what is ruining our society… not ONE man.
Groups… are ultimately about collective self-realization. They use social power to make an existence in the image of their shared beliefs and values. But when groups cannot produce such a
working order, their members become more willing to accept other social structures—even if these new systems violate their existing way of life.
In specific reference to Nazi Germany:
Moreover, when the collapse of a system wreaks such havoc that a regular and predictable social life becomes impossible,
the promise of a rigid and hierarchical order becomes more alluring. Thus, the chaotic failure of the democratic Weimar led to the rise of Nazism.
See? I have already written more than I intended, but forgive me, because it is all to support my point.
AT first glance maybe it seems like I am actually inferring that I agree with the conservative view of the President’s plan. Actually, what I am saying is that:
a) It takes more than one man to create a tyranny and
b) the very people that are criticizing the President’s every move are still looking to him to give them an answer, a solution, and berate him if it is not the answer they were hoping for.
Basically, I liken this to the smaller scale example of the society/ laws that restrict parental rights and decision-making (corporal punishment, health care and vaccinations, etc) but then blame the parent when the kid gets loosed on society as a disrespectful, anti-social mess.
You can’t have it both ways! You can’t expect someone to perform miracles with their hands tied behind their backs (or in bureaucratic red tape.)