Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 07 June 2012

Repeatedly, TTPers at the Seascape Rendezvous last weekend raved about how ravishing the setting was, on a flower-filled bluff overlooking the Pacific with gentle waves rolling onto a beach that went on for miles.

It was captivating, as was the sunny, blue-sky weather.  After the Rendezvous, Rebel and I drove down the California coast through the Big Sur - one of the world's most breathtaking coastlines - past towns and farms, cities and countryside on the way to see her folks in San Diego. 

The beauty and bounty of California was simply overwhelming.  It's called the Golden State for good reason. Not just for the 1849 Gold Rush, but for how the sunlight magically transforms the landscape into a Renaissance painting of ethereal light.  

Its 158,000 square miles has everything in spectacular abundance - snow-capped mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, an ocean coast of 840 miles with huge natural harbors, endless farmland bursting with fecundity, vast natural resources like oil, one of the world's great systems of higher education, millions of productive citizens in cities teeming with energy, plus of course, Disneyland, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and the movie star glamour of Hollywood.

Reflecting on all this as we drove through it, Rebel and I kept asking ourselves in wonderment, "How is it possible for Californians to screw their paradise of a state up so badly?"  

And so quickly.  This was the state that Ronald Reagan was Governor of for eight years (1967-1974), and he carried in 1980 (53%) and 1984 (58%).  Bush the Elder won it in 1988, but lost it to Clinton in 1992 due to Ross Perot's taking over 20% of the vote away from him.  It's gone Dem ever since.

Yesterday (6/06), flying back to the East Coast, I was transfixed looking out the window at America The Beautiful as it passed in boundless variety beneath me.  And again, it hit me.  No place on earth has been more blessed by Providence, in both natural resources and in the moral values and political principles that make freedom and prosperity possible.  

How could it be that so many Americans would choose to trash both their freedom and their prosperity?

The easy answer is the Moochers.  The Free Riders, the Gimmie-Gimmies, the Something-For Nothing Parasites. Food Stamp Nation.

TTPer Brian Kelly has this great quote he appends to his posts on the Forum:
"The food stamp program, part of the Dept of Agri, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amt of food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Dept of Agri, asks us to ‘please do not feed the animals' because the animals may grow dependent & not learn to take care of themselves!"
This brings an interesting question:  Whose fault is it then, for animals being dependent and no longer able to fend for themselves:  the animals who accept the dependence or the people who provide it?  The Park Service blames the latter, the destructive do-gooders, the misguided responsible for moocher animals.  

Of course, people are not animals (other than biologically, but in a moral sense).  Yet Brian is right, making people dependent on freebies like food stamps disenables them from being self-reliant and responsible for their well-being - and his irony is spot-on, as we have a government encouraging such dependency, for a dependent animal voter is one who votes for that government.

The goal of that government - composed primarily of Dems but with a lot of RINO Pubs following along - is a voting majority of moochers who will perpetuate their parasitism indefinitely.    Once again, whose fault is this?  The Dems and their dependents - or their providers?

The answer is what Ayn Rand calls "The Sanction of the Victim."  In her ethics of rational self-interest, the immoral is parasitical upon the moral.  As a parasite cannot survive on its own, requiring a host, so the immoral actions of people require moral people willing to be hosts; they require their victims' sanction.

Rand's magnum opus Atlas Shrugged is a thought-experiment on what would happen if this sanction were revoked.  In "Galt's Speech," the book's main hero describes what makes it possible for moochers to despoil paradise:
"Then I saw what was wrong with the world, I saw what destroyed men and nations, and where the battle for life had to be fought. I saw that the enemy was an inverted morality-and that my sanction was its only power. I saw that evil was impotent-that evil was the irrational, the blind, the anti-real-and that the only weapon of its triumph was the willingness of the good to serve it.

Just as the parasites around me were proclaiming their helpless dependence on my mind and were expecting me voluntarily to accept a slavery they had no power to enforce, just as they were counting on my self-immolation to provide them with the means of their plan-so throughout the world and throughout men's history, in every version and form, from the extortions of loafing relatives to the atrocities of collectivized countries, it is the good, the able, the men of reason, who act as their own destroyers, who transfuse to evil the blood of their virtue and let evil transmit to them the poison of destruction, thus gaining for evil the power of survival, and for their own values-the impotence of death.

I saw that there comes a point, in the defeat of any man of virtue, when his own consent is needed for evil to win-and that no manner of injury done to him by others can succeed if he chooses to withhold his consent. I saw that I could put an end to your outrages by pronouncing a single word in my mind. I pronounced it. The word was ‘No'."

The plot device for sanction revocation is a small band of the most productive individuals dropping out of society, decamping to a hidden valley in Colorado ("Galt's Gulch") while the rest of America collapses in chaos without them.  Today, in response to the predations of Zero, an increasing number of producers have chosen this option - e.g., retiring early (as have many physicians), leaving California/New York/Illinois, or even leaving the US altogether.  

So many, in fact, that "Going Galt" has almost a half-million entries in Google.

This week, however, an alternative scenario came into clearer focus.  It's a far more hopeful alternative to a few isolated individuals giving up on America.  It's regular, ordinary Americans refusing to sanction their being victims, and in numbers large enough to win elections.

The headline event of this phenomenon is the historic victory of Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin on Tuesday (6/05).  He won going away (53% to 46%), becoming the first governor in US history to win a recall election. More germane to our alternative scenario, though, is that Walker won by gaining the votes of 38% of those in union households.

Workers who belong to private company unions are getting just as sick and tired of government worker moocherism as the rest of us.

Yet even more consequential than Wisconsin is what happened in California on Election Tuesday.  In two of the state's largest cities, San Diego and San Jose, voters overwhelmingly chose to cut pension benefits to city workers.  And they did it for real, not just voting to cut just the benefits of future hires, but also those of current city workers.  

San Diego did so with two-thirds of the vote, San Jose with 70%.  That's what you call a harbinger.  More than an omen, it's a foreshadow of what's coming down the road.  When the sanction of the victim starts getting rejected in California, the halcyon days enjoyed by moochers in paradise is coming to an end.

More and more now, the November election is promising to be transformational.  The last great transformation of American politics and society was FDR's New Deal ushering in the era of government dependence and expansion of unconstitutional power.  That era has run its course.  

Zero will be lucky to carry ten states.  California will still be one of them, but Wisconsin will not.  America is on the verge of transforming itself into a culture of adulthood, of sober acceptance of reality and responsibility.  It's coming just in the nick of time, and it won't be brought about by Ayn Rand superheroes, but by plain, normal Americans choosing to live up to being American again.

America will no longer be a playground for moochers to frolic for free in.  We get to reclaim our American Paradise.