Many of us have had a change of heart about government action when we encounter unexpected and otherwise insurmountable challenges. Consider the value that my friend, Dennis Sanders, found in Minnesota’s Medicaid program when he needed its assistance back in 1996. Or my experience, when I realized that had it not been for government action our only child, who suffers from a severe case of Tourette Syndrome, might never have had access to the medications that help him lead a reasonably normal, productive life.
Pete Abel “The Moderate Voice” ( via Daily Dish)
I have long maintained that Libertarians are in large part the angry, selfish wing of the conservative mind set for whom everything appears to be going well at that particular moment in time.
Up against the wall, many will come running for handouts from the tax payer- not the Government – the tax payer – just like their elder siblings who thrive on various corporate welfare schemes.
The excerpt above is a fascinating look into the Libertarian mind. Very often Libertarians can look far enough ahead to see the government “interfering” but not far enough to see that there may come a time when, like many of us, they are in need of that which only a community of strangers can provide. That some Libertarians are unable to see this, or see past egos which might tell them that no matter what the circumstances, they will prevail only as individuals or small groups, is also a built in justification for not wanting to contribute to the common good through taxes for vital services.
So the true prevailing attitude for this subset of Libertarians seems to be ” I will not help or pay into this now, but you should count on me and others like me attempting to cash in when we are in need.”
That this individual “realized” that had it not been for “government action” his only child might never have had access to the medications that help him lead a reasonably normal life suggests that contrary to what they would have us believe, Libertarians do not look very far ahead at all.
Some-days, and this appears to be one of them, I think Libertarianism and its attendant philosophies are a stupid fraud created by selfish tunnel vision jerks.
A Libertarian ceases to be Libertarian the moment he or she becomes pragmatic.