No, We Can't: A Response to Governor Jindal
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 7:33PM
John Prothro

All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest

-Paul Simon

 

Governor Jindal’s response after Obama’s first speech to Congress early this year got mixed but mostly poor reviews.   And while the critics have had their say about Jindal’s delivery, the philosophy espoused deserves more attention.

It is with Governor Jindal’s tag line we have an issue.  In response to the liberal assumption that government is the answer, Jindal offered his retort:  It is not government that can save us, it is man.  Or in his words, “Americans… can do anything”.

“A clear distinction!” Republicans cheer, “We trust the average Joe, not the bureaucrats in D.C.!”  One can almost hear Republicans responding with roars of  “Yes we can!”  But after a little consideration, isn’t it time we started chanting, “No, we can’t”?

We have become a nation, as Richard Weaver understood, of spoiled children.  We believe mankind with the aid of science has overcome the limits of God and nature. Who hasn’t heard an American start a sentence with, “If we can land on the moon, we can certainly . . . (fill in the blank with any number of utopian visions).  We stand at the base of the Tower of Babel, looking up and believing we really are without limit.

But we are limited.  And the idea we are not has for decades been slowly draining our real wealth, our liberty, and our national spirit.  We have been told for decades we have the ability to ensure each American has a home, a high paying job, loose credit, college education, freedom from want and sadness.  Not to mention, those who would believe we can provide these things to illegal immigrants as well.  Every major politician of our time has encouraged our slow destruction with bankrupt promises he or she cannot possibly deliver. 

We want so badly to believe the man who tells us change is coming.  We want to believe that somehow fallen man will rise up and war, disease, hunger, poverty, and toil will be defeated. 

 

We believe in cheap credit, and we have a housing crisis.

We believe in limitless money, and we burden our children with debt. 

We believe humans should be free from want, and we drown in materialism.

We believe in wars to end all wars, and we become complacent in the face of evil.

 

“You might say I’m a dreamer,” the songwriter proclaims, “but I’m not the only one…”

Lennon was right.  He was a dreamer.  But all the dreaming, instead of making us a better people, has contributed to corrosion of our national will and existence.  What the dreamers blindly regard as a progression toward a postmodern, limitless existence is only a slow slide backwards to a hollow and pudgy existence.

 

- The Editors

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