Animal Farm on Capitol Hill

The recent flu scare is a classic and amusingly blatant case of how government and the mainstream media use fear and panic to control the population.  Such tactics are the best tool in the box for any government official with an agenda to push: the best justification for government power, says the fear-monger, is a situation which is completely out of the control of private citizens.  This attitude has lately been expressed best by Rahm Emanuel, and his disgusting “never waste a crisis” axiom.

Today we are expected to live in constant fear, to hand over our civil and economic liberties…for what exactly?  What are these unthinkable horrors with which we cannot possibly deal on our own? The fumes produced by our automobiles. The importation of sugar. An elderly Muslim man living in a cave in Pakistan, hooked up to a dialysis machine, or perhaps not living at all.

And now the government has declared a public health emergency for 20 admittedly mild cases of the flu. This is apparently a routine procedure, which allows the federal government to ship 12 million stockpiled influenza vaccines to the various states affected by the “outbreak” (presumably purchased with your dollars for just such an emergency).  The 24-hour fear cycle seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel.

All this talk about pigs reminds me of the similarities between the ones we have in Washington and the fabled swine of George Orwell’s excellent Animal Farm. On the subject of the individual’s ability to take care of his own problems, our leaders seem to take a page straight from Squealer’s book:

Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. [We] would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

Where would we be, comrades? Presumably we would live in a nation of self-sufficient adults, people who wouldn’t run crying to a government official every time they stubbed a toe, or got a tummy ache.

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