False Dilemma Fallacy and the Religion of Goverment

In the last few days I have seen two political cartoons criticizing the people of Texas by absolutely terrible media shit weasels.

After that I saw New York Congressman and totally corrupt fuck-shit Joe Crowley open his stupid lie hole on Morning Joe blathering on about the same crap.  (You can tell this subject doesn’t put me in a good mood)

Yep, you head that right.  Hurricane Harvey is reason to support Nancy Pelosi … because “all politics is local” Texas and Kentucky have to support a Representative from California who is becoming hated by her own party.

This is more proselytization by worshipers of the religion of the Church of State.  There is nothing that doesn’t require more big goverment intervention.

Was the response to Hurricane Katrina a cluster fuck? More goverment!

Was the response to Hurricane Sandy politics gone awry with everybody trying to stick their hands in the government cookie jar at once?  More Government?

Was the response to Hurricane Harvey a heartwarming reality show of neighbors helping neighbors?  Texas rednecks in mud boggers dubbed the “Diesel Army” driving through flood waters to rescue people and turn down offers of money.  Guys in punts and airboats known as the “Cajun Navy” driving in to rescue people.  A successful businessman known as “Mattress Mack” turned his stores into emergency shelters, which other local businesses dropping off food and other supplies to help the survivors there?  More fucking government.

There is no end for these people.

Hence the cartoons mocking the people of Texas.

There are crazy Christians who are bible literalists.  They believe the world is 6,000 years old and the Grand Canyon and dinosaur fossils are evidence of Noah’s flood.  Their faith seems strong but it is really a house of cards.  If the world is really 4.54 billion years old, how can anything else in the bible be true

The cartoons above are the big government equivalent to that.  Their is no room in their faith to incorporate the idea that independence and self reliance are good too.  It’s all big government all the time, or nothing.

I am one of these small goverment types.  I believe in independence and self reliance.  I still believe in the need for good goverment.  Those are not mutually independent.

I remember the words of the Preamble “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Note both the “promote the general Welfare” and “secure the Blessings of Liberty” clauses.

These Statists would have you believe that the opposite of big goverment is anarchy.  Either you want a cradle to grave welfare state with massive economic redistribution and social engineering schemes OR you die in a flood because the Coast Guard doesn’t exist.

There is an enormous gap between those two positions.  The moderate, reasonable, and dare I say the intent of our Founding Fathers, was to put government between those two points.  We (that includes the small government types in Texas) pay taxes with the expectation that emergency services are available to use.  We pay for an Army to defend us, police to protect us, and other programs to provide aid in a time of crisis.

That doesn’t mean when there is no emergency we want you meddling in our daily lives, over regulate the economy to death, bailout the banks in such a way that the executives whose decisions crashed the economy ended up with bonuses instead of prison sentences, create a surveillance state, and all the other skeezy shit that the government does on a regular basement.

If you want me to summarize my attitude, and if I may be so bold as to speak for many people in Texas and around the country:

“Leave me the fuck alone UNTIL I ask for your help, and then ONLY provide the help I ASK YOU FOR, until i tell you to fuck off again.”

I am happy to take care of myself until I am in over my head (for the people in Texas, quite literally) and then I’ll call emergency services.

Big goverment is not the answer.  The good people of Texas showed that.

That doesn’t mean they don’t want any government either.  They showed that too.

There is a healthy balance of self reliance and civil service that occurs that is optimal for society.

New Orleans was a city with a culture of government dependence.  When the city flooded and the local and state government fucked the dog on that response, people were unable to help themselves.  It was chaos.

Houston showed how well an independent people and responsible government can come together for everybody’s benefit.

These statistics can’t have people seeing that, they can’t have people learning that lesson.  If the do they might not want to give into big government so quickly.

5 Replies to “False Dilemma Fallacy and the Religion of Goverment”

  1. Jk.B,
    I was with you until your back handed slap at Christianity. That was completely unworthy of you, off topic and uncalled for. Shame on you.

    1. I’m sorry you feel that way. I have and will criticize religious extremism of all types. The people who believe that the world is 6000 years old are extremists. Certainly not violent like Muslim Extremists. But never the less they use their beliefs to close off their minds to facts. I don’t believe they represent all let alone most Christians. If you see it that way, that is your interpretation not my intent.

      1. It is not my “interpretation”, rather it is what you said. I fail to understand why someone that takes the Bible literally ruffles your feathers so? What is it to you? And why the need to slap them in the face? You are normally a powerful and well reasoned individual particularly as it relates to your Jewish heritage. Kudos to you for that. But I see no linkage between the hurricane and the Lefturds attacking Texas for being a “red state” and Christianity. None. As a Christian that fully supports my Jewish brothers and their right to exist individually and as a nation (Israel), your position is a bridge too far.

  2. Believing in smaller government AND recognizing that government is necessary for certain services/endeavors is not mutually exclusive. I believe that smaller government is better, but also understand that national government programs are necessary for things like defense, international relations, infrastructure, and disaster relief.

    Memes like the one that say “Everyone OK with using socialism to clean up after Harvey?” are absurd. Just because a *government* is doing something doesn’t make it “socialism.”

  3. Disasters tend to bring out the best and worst in humanity. Luckily, Harvey was/is overwhelmingly on the best side of humanity even if there are still sanctimonious ass clowns spouting their divisive political rehtoric in the MSM.

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