Yes, it really is that simple
By J.J. Jackson
You can tell when someone has a political agenda that doesn't mesh with common sense. How you ask? It's easy to do because one of the first comments to come out of their mouth is to claim "it's not that simple" when you give a simple, common sense solution to the problem that they are looking to defend. They then tear off into long winded diatribes trying to explain why things are not "that simple".
It doesn't matter whether they are hard core liberals that would prefer the former Soviet Union to America, soft core liberals who are unable to fully commit to the communist nanny state and are content to give socialism a whirl, pseudo-conservatives, wanna-be libertarians or anarchists. They all use the same excuse.
But I am here to tell you that nine times out of ten yes, it really is "that simple". That one time out of ten where something isn't "simple" is like when you are trying to explain to a wacko-environmentalist, without any idea about how complicated the Earth is, that when you take into account the sun and all the normal activities on the planet that release things like CO2 into the atmosphere how it is idiotic to blame man for global warming.
As an author published on a myriad of sites around the internet, every week the "it's not that simple" crowd comes out of the woodwork trying to complain that topics I discuss in 1500 words or less simply do not address the "real depth of the problem". You can insert whatever "problem" you want. But the fact is that even if I were to write an entire 300 page book on the "problem" they still wouldn't be satisfied.
This is all because they think that they, and only they, understand the "real depth of the problem". But what you find when going through their rants and wails is that such complaints are little more than rambling excuse making designed to do nothing more than promote inaction on whatever the issue is. Then maybe they even put themselves or one of their like thinkers up as a potential arbiter and to accrue power.
The examples are numerous of this type of action.
For example, take an issue like illegal immigration. Why that's not as simple as simply holding people that violate U.S. Immigration law accountable for their actions they say. They scream about "the children" that these illegals put in a bind by choice, moan about how these criminals are really hard workers, that we should look the other way, that we need them and claim that they aren't really criminals even though they have already broken the law. I'm here to tell you that yes, it is simple to solve the problem. You deport them and enforce the border and the law.
What about Social Security and Medicare that people have paid into under threat of going to jail? Why, that's not so simple either! So many people depend on it! People would suffer if we tinkered with the Holy Grails of American socialism! I'm here to tell you that yes it is "that simple" to fix. You stop collecting the taxes and repay the money that is owed (more correctly stolen at gun point) by cutting back on bridges to nowhere, government subsidies to shrimp farmers, and any number of other unconstitutional pork expenditures. You tell people to embrace their liberty and save for their own retirement instead of taking the money out of other people's pockets.
What about Welfare, Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs which are nothing more than devious wealth redistribution schemes? Why, there are so many that would suffer because only the nanny state must be their savior! Oh no, that's definitely not that simple! And you might even hear cries again of "the children" that will suffer. Nope, still simple. Sorry. You stop spending the money on the federal level and let the power for such programs and charity return to where it belongs; the people and the States.
Ok, the "it's not that simple crowd" scowls, what about foreign countries run by piss ant dictators that continue to fund and harbor terrorists and make military threats openly to the United States? "Oh my!" the hand wringers shout, "We've made them hate us so!". These international confrontations are so complex! Sorry, simple again. These people have never liked us and never will. Look at history. In the immortal words of the late Ronald Wilson Reagan "We begin bombing in five minutes".
How about energy independence from many of these same tin horned, third world despots? "Oh!", the naysayers moan, "it's not possible". I'm telling you that it is possible and it is easy. You simply get back to the concept of private property, return to the limited powers of the federal government defined in the Constitution and let states decide how to lease their own oil rich land instead of letting nebby do gooders in Maine, Pennsylvania and California tell Alaska what they can and cannot do. And you let private citizens invent better and cheaper ways of powering our lives. It worked before and it will work again.
"Ok Mr. Smarty Pants!" they cry. Tackle budget deficits! Sigh. This is just as simple as all the problems discussed so far. Stop spending so darn much! Don't spend more than you bring in and stop the pork barrel spending and vote buying so prevalent in government. But again, they don't like to hear that because of that whole personal responsibility thing again.
"Harrumph!" they call out, "Well, what about all these poor people that signed mortgages that they couldn't afford and are now facing foreclosure and the loss of their homes by the evil banks!" What is it with you people? Don't you believe in the freedom to contract and any sort of responsibility by people for their own actions? This is again so simple. You let people deal with their own inability to read a piece of paper before signing it and figuring out whether they have enough money each month to pay the bill rather than creating a boogey man to blame and sue.
But what about eliminating confiscatory taxes and a progressive income tax system that would be the wet dream of Karl Marx? No, no, no the whiney babies pound and stomp. "We need those taxes!" they shout, "And besides the rich don't pay their ‘fair share'! That's why we don't have enough money!" Still yet a simple solution. You institute a constitutional tax system and live within your means like us regular Americans are forced to do unless we want the bank to come and take our houses, cars, and other such stuff.
I could go on and on, but you get the point. And right now the "it's not that simple" excuse makers are foaming at the mouth and their vision is blurry because I have dared to speak the truth. Some of them are probably even now stumbling in rage over to their keyboards right now to tell me that "it's not that simple".
But like I said, I rarely talk about an issue that doesn't have a "simple" solution to it. The real problem is that the "simple" solution does one thing that all the pretenders who claim to believe in liberty and true believers of left wing ideologies I mentioned at the start of this article don't like; it takes away power from them. If situations are beyond your comprehension and complex, then someone "smarter" than you (i.e. the "it's not that simple" crowd) has to be in charge. And without being in charge and having power somehow their lives become empty and meaningless.
As for me however, I will continue to talk about the problems and the oh so simple solutions. You know, solutions that are found when we, as Americans, stop trying to make excuses and expand government beyond its legitimate functions in order to control each and every one of us and force compliance with ideologies that, more often than not, violate even basic common sense.
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the lead editor of Conservative News & Opinion – The Land of the Free and also the owner of The Right Things – Conservative T-shirts & Gifts. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at http://www.libertyreborn.com.
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