Many years ago, a singing-acting group came forward with a play called The Land of Point. In it, one of the characters made this profound statement: “You see what you want to see, and you hear what you want to hear.” This is to say that people tend to interpret according to their own views only discerning what they have already pre-determined to be the case.
When Morgan Liddick stated that “this nation was founded to protect human freedom, not to provide health care, food or shelter paid for by others,” one could agree with that remark from a superficial perspective. However, it would take only a slight bit of interpretation to deduce from this that the United States government wasn’t dedicated to create laws that involved the greatest good for the greatest number. This principle of utilitarianism was formulated by John Stuart Mill and was promulgated by political philosophers, John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau. What Liddick repeatedly professes in his articles is a form of Social Darwinism that supports the notion that we aren’t responsible for what happens to the least of us but that we should celebrate, in an Ayn Rand fashion, the supremacy of the rugged individualist who has succeeded over and above everyone else.
It is clearly a Conservative idea to have the smallest government possible, although, given the exigencies and demands of our times, such a scaled back federal system is difficult to achieve unless one is willing to create an “each against all,” Hobbesian world.
Again, when Liddick rails against politicians who currently people our government, it is hard not to extrapolate as to what he ultimately might be recommending. But taken to a logical conclusion and understanding human nature, any appeal to politicians to either reconnect with American ideals or to get out of the job, leaves one wondering just how this appeal might be enforced.
There is, indeed, such a thing as creating straw-men just so one can knock them down. It is something else entirely to use deduction to arrive at just what someone might be saying or pointing toward. After all, we too often, these days, hear what we want to hear and see what we want to see. Therein, I stand by what I wrote.