The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Emergency" and "Crisis" Losing their Meaning

If the Democrats have their way, expect every single bill to appear on the Hill for next four years to be either an "emergency" or else a solution to a "crisis":
Is the new Obama administration taking cues from the Bush administration to get Congress to act? It certainly seemed that way to, South Carolina’s junior Republican senator, Jim DeMint.

DeMint, speaking Jan. 27 at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., explained the Obama administration will “create crisis and widespread panic” just like its predecessor in order to get Congress to act expeditiously.

“I’ve been around long enough to know whenever someone tells me I have to make a decision right now, my response is no,” DeMint said. “That clears it up right away and I think more and more the Bush administration and now this administration knows that they’re not going to get a quick reaction out of Congress unless they create crisis and widespread panic. And that’s going to be their M.O. to get Congress to act.”
He has a point; we've already had over two years of "emergency stimulus" packages with very little apparent effect, and there seems to be no end in sight. It's pretty clear that the only thing that current "stimulus" package being debated is likely to stimulate is the sense that we are in a "crisis". Of course, eventually--if someone doesn't stop the madness--it will become a self-fulfulling prophecy; we will be in a genuine existential crisis...

A perfect example of this genre is the haste which the Left is telling us we must act in order to solve the so-called "threat to our Planet" from man-made Global Warning (Hoax of the century? Yes.)--which of course will require hundreds of billions of YOUR dollars to address the problem "before it's too late" and we all melt... (personally I could use an extra coat right now...).

And the beat goes on.

After enough doom and gloom; after much more of this we-are-in-a-crisis-and-the-sky-will-fall-if-we-don't-act-now meme--as any child who has read The Boy Who Cried Wolf understands--then if and when our country encounters a genuine National crisis (i.e. a REAL emergency), the public will be largely apathetic to the appeal for action now "or else". The result could be a too-slow reaction with Katrina-like consequences. But it won't be the people's fault; it will be the fault of our so-called "leaders". We will have been numbed into complacency by non-stop "emergency" responses that have had little effect other than to deepen our economic woes, our sense of helplessness and our strenghtening conviction that our Government is not only inefficient and inept; it has been lying to us for a long, long time.

That seems like a long and difficult road to the truth.
DiscerningTexan, 1/27/2009 08:34:00 PM |