Ronald Reagan, C.S. Lewis and Abraham Lincoln Comment On Our Times

Friday, March 30, AD 2012

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

                                                                                             C.S. Lewis

You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden.

                                                                                               Abraham Lincoln

3 Responses to Ronald Reagan, C.S. Lewis and Abraham Lincoln Comment On Our Times

  • The proven cures for poverty are freedom, personal responsibility, and a private property based economy, er, “capitalism.”

    The massive peace and social justice fabrication is nothing more but the alibi for tyrants.

    Case in point the health care reform monstrosity. From Investors Business Daily: “For too long, Democrats have defined the health care issue, depicting the U.S. system as an unfettered market where costs run wild, insurers rip off consumers and deny coverage to tens of millions, and big-government ‘reforms’ are desperately needed. None of it is true.”

    And, Walter Russell Mead: “The Health Care Disaster and the Miseries of the Blue Model”: “This is a horrible piece of legislation — as misbegotten and useless to its friends as it is menacing to its enemies. The question is: why? Why did the blues write such a bad law? Why, given a once in a lifetime chance to pass a program that Dems have longed to achieve ever since the New Deal, did they craft a sloppy mess that nobody understands and few admire, and then leave their law so unnecessarily vulnerable to constitutional challenge? The answers tell us much about why blue progressive thinking is losing its hold on the body politic — and why blue methods generally aren’t working as well as they used to.”

  • Excellent series of posts, Donald – shared at Google blogger and at Facebook. Good work!