Thousands of years ago, the Israelite people demanded a king.
At that time, God ruled his people directly and used the prophet Samuel to communicate with them. When they decided they were tired of this arrangement, the Israelites called Samuel an old man with rebellious sons (how nice) and demanded that he be replaced with a king “such as all the other nations have.”
Samuel warned the people that a king would claim their rights, take their sons and daughters and force them to serve him, take their crops and their livestock—and basically, become slaves to his ultimate and absolute will.
“NO!” the Israelites responded, “We want a king over us.”
So God told Samuel to let them have one.
Remember Samuel’s warning? That’s exactly what happened.
Let’s pivot to modern times, shall we?
We—like the Israelites who lived under God’s rule instead of an earthly king—have had it pretty good here in this country. Despite the naysayers, race baiters, and professional victimhood class, we really are an anomaly of freedom and prosperity in a world filled with poverty, oppression, and other ills.
Still, there are millions in this country that believe our system is the problem, not the solution. (American socialism’s shining star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez particularly comes to mind)
Enter Michael Moore, and his latest film “Fahrenheit 11/9:”
“F–k hope. Seriously, f–k hope. F–k despair, too. But f–k hope. Hope is passive. Hope gives you permission to let someone else do the work. Hope leads people to believe that tax returns, or a pee tape, or the FBI or an adult film star will save the country. Hope, and the passivity that comes with it, is what helped get us here to begin with. It’s the lazy way out. We don’t need hope. We need action.”
Moore, after a video preview clip filled with tape of the most radical, fringe elements he can find (think burning crosses and militant alt-right groups) then calls Donald Trump the “last president of the United States.”
Because, as Moore continued, he has “no intention of leaving the White House.”
The long and short of it is this: he thinks that unless the American people vote to curtail his power, Donald Trump will be a permanent fixture. (Which is amusing, given the fact that voting doesn’t usually stop would-be dictators—but I’ve digressed.)
His comment got me thinking.
You know what’s really ironic about all this? Moore and his ilk fear an all-powerful dictator … or so they say—and yet dictatorial rule is the only thing that would achieve the kind of vision that he and every American leftist have. Take, as Townhall’s Matt Vespa puts it, the collective cost of the proverbial Left-wing “goodie bag”: “The three-decade price tag for the Left’s goodie bag—free college, Medicare for all, etc.—lands in the neighborhood of…$218 trillion.”
To get even somewhere in the neighborhood of what it would take to fund all those freebies would require confiscation on a totalitarian scale.
So that’s the irony of this all. Moore and the American Left fear Donald Trump will become a dictator—yet it’s exactly what it would take to achieve even a third of their dreams, and it’s the way every truly collectivist nation is ruled.
Here’s the thing:
It takes absolute control to shove ideas down people’s throats; ideas like socialism that have time and again failed all around the world.
It takes absolute control to silence one’s enemies. Sure, pulling ads or content from Facebook is useful (like when Facebook pulled conservative candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign video because it showed the horrors of Communism her parents faced in Cambodia, or when Facebook cut the Blue Lives Matter page’s audience by 40%) but it’s still a free internet in this country, and people can still largely use it as they please.
It takes absolute control to do things quickly; you know, without the confines of Constitutional parameters and processes.
It takes absolute control to suppress dissent. Look what they do in Venezuela or Iran. They simply imprison their political enemies and—just like that—problem solved.
It takes absolute control to defy science—whether it’s biological gender, or climate change, or anything else.
Absolute control will give you just about anything you want … for a hefty price (on the part of the ruled, that is).
So yeah, Michael Moore needs a dictator. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs a dictator. Bernie Sanders needs a dictator. Everyone who wants a government that can give everyone everything for “free” … needs a dictator to do it.
Be careful what you wish for, America.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com (a political commentary blog), and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree