“The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last, the great battle of our time,” J.R.R. Tolkien wrote. In America, in 2012, the board is set, but do we realize where the battle lines are?
In our political discussions, we talk a lot about the public sector and the private sector. But are these terms really accurate? Calling each one a sector seems to give them parity, as though one’s the yang and the other’s the yin of a thriving democratic republic, split 50-50, as though both produce economic prosperity.
But it would be more accurate to speak of the Government, or the Government Sector, and the Free Economy. The free economy is America; the Government simply represents the American people, but it is not synonymous with the nation. Those in the Government are accorded a sacred trust by the voters, to protect that free society, the free economy, and help it prosper.
Yet our President, sounding like Marie Antoinette, has dismissively said the free economy is doing just fine and that the Government sector needs more bailouts, as though it is something that should be growing and thriving in its own right.
In the 2012 election, the battle is between the Government Party, which believes that our rights come from bureaucrats and politicians, which sees regulation as a higher good than enterprise (rather than regulation as a way to facilitate and improve enterprise), and which seeks to have all of us beholden to it; and the Free Economy Party, which believes our rights come from outside of our particular political system (that is, from God); which sees human enterprise as good and not an evil to be curtailed; and which seeks to keep the Government beholden and accountable to the people.