Outrage is mounting against Nevada Republican Jim Wheeler after he reiterated in an interview that he would “vote for slavery” if that’s what his constituency wanted him to do. Wheeler responded later to the inevitable outcry with an explanation that his comments were to prove a point—that he is elected to represent his constituency, no questions asked. He further explained that he is not personally in favor of slavery, but of course, in the eyes of leftists worldwide, every white man in a cowboy hat is for re-instituting slavery, so no “reasonable” person has been willing to let his gaff slide. According to the outrage-fueled media, Wheeler just aired his true feelings about slavery. He apparently said what all Tea Party Republicans would say if they were honest.
Beyond the most obvious point here—that Wheeler should have avoided making such a stupid public statement—the fact is that no one on the left side of the aisle in reality actually disagrees with him. Most of them have voted for slavery due to popular demand. In fact, most of them have voted for slavery even when most everyone in their constituency, and the country, told them not to. The plain fact is that we have more slavery now than we ever had in 1861, and the reason for this slavery, ironically enough, is that the American majority—the liberal constituency, in other words—has clamored for it. American parasites asked for slavery, and their representatives dutifully complied. Let me explain.
Just what is slavery? Let’s not think of slavery strictly in the connotative context of race and American history—that form of slavery died, though leftists love to dig up its bones and burn it in effigy when it suits their purposes. But no, let’s let that dog lie for now. Let’s think about what slavery actually is: a nearly absolute restriction of one’s ability to make choices for one’s own life, usually in return for security. What then is cradle to grave civil welfare, also known as socialism, but—slavery? In other words, what is the current American system but a system of slavery? Does the exchange of a private master for a civil one make slavery any less immoral? Most of us are slaves even now—especially the majority of voters for the leftist machine. They do the heavy lifting for the totalitarian government, and in return, the civil government takes care of them.
Slavery is the governmental norm now. Most of us aren’t allowed to make choices for ourselves in most areas of our lives, whether it’s healthcare, parenting, employment, etc., because our slave masters in Washington make those choices for us. They know what’s good for us, and we exchanged freedom for security. That’s slavery. We voted for it, so we got it. Not all of us have voted for it, of course. But the self-sufficient American minority still has to suffer under the system nonetheless. And let’s make no bones about it: The current system is worse in many ways than the antebellum American institution of slavery.
Whereas antebellum slaveholders had a private interest in the happiness and health of their slaves, civil slaveholders in the new slavery system have neither the paternal fondness, financial incentive, managerial competence, or personal involvement to make sure their slaves are truly taken care of. So, in many ways, the current system of slavery is more onerous and even less just than the old one. Does that mean I want the old system back? Of course not! I don’t want either form of slavery. But I’m also not going to sit here pretending that what we’ve got now is somehow better. The new institution of slavery is not morally superior to the old one just because it isn’t willing to call itself what it is.
I cry foul. Wheeler is none too smart for saying what he said, no doubt. And, on a side note, his job actually isn’t to do whatever his constituency wants. His job is to uphold the laws of the land based on the interpretation of those laws which he shares with the people that voted for him. He cannot break the law of the land even if everyone in his district asks him to. In both its former and current instantiations, slavery is illegal and unconstitutional. If Wheeler voted for slavery, he would be breaking his oath of office. And his colleagues already are breaking their oaths of office by upholding the current socialistic system. Slavery may be what the majority of Americans really want. Slavery is certainly what they’ve gotten. But that doesn’t make it right.
But how do we get rid of it? A nearly total collapse of American civilization was necessary to rid us of the former slavery; I can’t imagine the current slavery will end any differently.
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