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Lions and Leftists — What Do You Expect?

By Steve Pauwels

March 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

America released a collective gasp last week with the grisly report of 24-year-old animal trainer Dianne Hanson's mauling death at the paws of 350 lb. Cous Cous, a Northern California sanctuary lion. No doubt, that reaction was followed by millions shrugging their shoulders and sadly muttering, "Well, it is a wild animal...". In other words, the feline, regrettably, behaved as expected of savage big cats

I recalled this tragedy recently when I heard the New Hampshire House of Representatives is eye-balling a dramatic increase in the state's gasoline tax. While the Granite State's gas prices, as in the rest of the nation, are inexcusably high, they stand out, comparatively, as lower than most of the Northeast. The state's at-the-pump levy hasn't been hiked since the early 1990's, which most commuters consider a good thing. So, of course, the politicians can't abide it.

Was the time New Hampshire distinguished itself as a bit of a common-sense redoubt amidst a churning sea of New England, lefty lunacy – “Live Free or Die” and all that. But that seems like a long time ago. It's been fading since the state has been saddled for years now with a nearly-unbroken, revolving cast of Democratic governors and deepening RINO (Republican in Name Only) presence.

November past, it officially ceded control of its lower legislative chamber to the party of big-governemnt-tax-and-spending. Readers with an operating cerebrum know where this story is going. Democrats and noodle-spined/noodle-headed GOP reps have hijacked NH's law-making apparatus -- and they are co-operatively playing to type (or stereotype): raise taxes, heighten state capitol activity, squeeze more from income-earning Granite-Staters, spend more “serving” them.

We're talking about statist politicians, after all; Democrats or their compliant colleagues across-the-aisle simply doing what their species are compelled to do.

The difference in this case is no shoulder-shrugging reaction can be justified: none of these elected officials, remember, are mere, instinct-driven jungle beasts. They are sentient human beings capable of making informed choices; if they are willing.

I'm reminded of another anecdote: the scorpion who wheedlingly talks a frog into allowing him to hitch a ride on his back across a swollen river. Halfway to the opposite shore, the venomous arthropod stings the hospitable amphibian, sealing their mutual dooms. "Why did you do that?" pleads the mystified froggy as they are both sinking. "I couldn't help it," answers the scorpion. "It's my nature."

Well, to the punishing detriment of the American people, the bent of Democrats and a proliferating strain of gulled, go-along Republicans is to always demand more from tax-payers, ceaselessly discovering newer or broader avenues for disbursing sacred, public dollars. For these, ever emerging are needs to be remedied by local, state or federal government, ever the Big Hand extended to extort more from hard-working citizens laboring to provide for themselves, their loved ones, their concerns.

The Senate Democrats’ just-released budget proposes, over the next decade, another trillion dollar tax-hike and a sixty-two percent increase in spending. The United States wobbles chillingly on the razor’s edge of another recession and the Progressive’s solution? Draining more from the private sector to heap on their statist schemes.

Incapable of envisioning a situation in which civic officials of one station or another should flatly butt-out, they ritualistically respond as government-uber-alles types always respond -- it's the very core of their being, the essence of what they are. Again, that's no excuse, just an explanation. We shouldn't be taken aback when, time and again, year in and out, they downshift into the more-from-others'-pockets-and-more-for-our-utopian-dreams gear. It's what Liberals, and their feckless, cowhearted abettors, do. Consistently. Reflexively.

Barack Obama's undiluted incapacity to trim any entitlement spending in any meaningful way, despite his fig-leaf, deficit-cutting boilerplate to the contrary, is a federal government case in point. He never stops impudently hectoring Americans about sacrifice and "hard decisions". He also never follows through to actually demand any of the above from himself, his worshipful Democratic underlings, his hapless Republican "opposition", or the voters.

Okay, I'll concede, he doesn't shy from shaking down "the rich" (i.e., the successful who manage to wring some reward from their efforts) -- but even that flows out of the Progressive soul: Profit? Evil. The American dream? Contemptible. Independence from Big Brother? Intolerable.

Liberals, subjected to a dose of sodium pentothal, would further come clean: they despise most things military, most things involving wood-and-metal sticks that go "boom", most things hinting at manliness or physical force. Thus: in the cartoonish sequester squabble in which our Manipulator-in-Chief just embroiled the country, our Defense Department fielded a disproportionate share of spending "cuts". Liberals don't like the military, you see: they don't sweat it when our constitutionally-authorized fighting forces take it in the neck.

Freebies for food stamp recipients? Public assistance for able-bodied but unmotivated layabouts or illegal-immigrant interlopers? Funds for Presidential vacations or White House retainers (dog handler, included)? Mandated, tax-payer-subsidized health care for everyone, including "free" contraceptives and aborto-facients? That's an altogether different matter, for our Louis XIV president and his centralizing, command-and-control cheerleaders.

LIberals, long ago, imbibed of a poisonous ideology: an inflated State and shriveled personal freedom and responsibility; not "small government, Big People", as Charles C. W. Cooke pointed out recently in National Review, but its opposite. Unaccountable libertinism? Yes. Constitutional Liberty? Meh.

Like a kernel of polonium, it has pulsed into every corner of their outlook, and thus of our society

From this embedded foundation, modern Leftists operate, without exception. Their screamingly wrong-headed policy prescriptions are, therefore, screamingly predictible.

A prudent electorate ought to recognize as much, and act appropriately, shutting Liberals away from the levers of power and influence.

We normally keep lions caged, don't we?

Image: source Transferred from en.wikipedia; author: Sumit.pamnani at English Wikipedia; public domain