Hosts and Parasites

When I read news stories of the government’s (State and Fed) attempt to “create” jobs by funding public works and protecting the jobs of government workers, I have to shake my head in disbelief. Do they really thing that they (the government) have a back room full of jobs that they hand out to people?

The truth, of course, is that they do and they don’t. They don’t actually have jobs to hand out, but they do have the ability to encourage others to create jobs.

A Capitalist free economy, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, is the worst system for managing an economy, except for all the others.

A Free Market encourages people to innovate, take risks and is able to offer products where they are needed, at a “reasonable” price without employing unaccountable central planners. If someone in a free markets systems offers the wrong products to the wrong set of customers, at a  price they can’t afford, they lose.

The Free Market economy is the engine that makes America work.

What people seem to misunderstand is the relationship between the government and the Free Market.

The relationship is that of a parasite and the host. That is not necessarily a bad thing and it doesn’t mean that government employees are bloodsuckers. Our bodies contains many parasites, some of which are necessary for life.

The Private Sector is the host. It goes on and on, enriching some, beggaring others. The government is the parasite that is supposed to prevent the host from destroying itself with its own excesses. The government (the parasite) takes what is necessary to to do its job from the host.

The problem arises, not because the parasite exists, but because it takes too much from the host. In nature this manifests itself in anemia or other health problems. It is invariably weakens the host and can lead to death.

Think it can’t happen here?

When I was in Grade School back in the 1950’s I can remember being told (probably at one of those assemblies for Washington’s or Lincoln’s Birthday back when holidays were supposed to mean something) about the Voltaire quote that was supposed to have said  “I may disagree with what you say; but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. (Yeah, I know it is probably bogus, but that’s not the point)

The point is that we were having it smacked into our mushy impressionable brains that in America the right to free speech included speech that you didn’t like.

Now we have “Hate Speech”, which is basically speech that some victim group or politician decided that they didn’t like.

How far is that from defending to the death your right to speak? We, our parents and our teachers thought that such a thing couldn’t happen here. But it did and it has.

Think of how many things that American’s used to believe was their heritage that are now discounted and reframed as somehow illegitimate?

The parasite is now in charge and we’re being reduced from patriots to husks that still mumble the words but have been so weakened that there is little time left to react, and even if we do, the poison is in our bloodstream .

Can we be saved? Maybe…maybe not. Time will tell.

The government is getting some help in gutting the Private Sector…Unions.

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