Our Wise Overlords Are Just Here to Serve Us

Our Wise Overlords Are Just Here to Serve Us

An Op/Ed by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

In some ways the budget is the easy part.

There’s nothing complicated about the fiscal crisis on the horizon.  Even assuming the rosiest scenario – a robust recovery from our current malaise, along with interest rates holding at historic lows – the government’s own numbers tell us that by 2020 we’ll be paying nearly $1 trillion per year just in interest payments on the national debt.   That’s quite a brick wall we’re about to hit.

But it’s not as bad as the coming collapse of the major entitlement programs.  Social Security and Medicare are underfunded by an astonishing $111 trillion.  (The one consolation here is that this figure makes the national debt seem not so bad.)  It is not possible to tax, borrow, or print our way out of that.  That’s why persuading people that the numbers simply don’t add up isn’t our greatest challenge.

Instead, the hard part is overcoming the comic-book version of government all of us were taught in sixth grade.  We know the drill.  Government is composed of wise public servants selflessly devoted to the public good.  Why, without them we’d have no art and no science, only the wealthy few would be educated, and most of us would be getting our limbs blown off by exploding consumer products or working in mines for a dollar a day.  What ingrates these Tea Partiers are!  Wherever would we be without the wise, paternal custodianship of Joe Biden?

It is this cartoon version of government at which we must take relentless aim. It is beneath the dignity of Americans to believe they’d be a heap of helpless and pathetic nobodies without the constant supervision of the political class.  But that is the subtext of all the debates over the federal budget.  If the federal government were to return even to the budget of 2008, why, we would be stepping over corpses on our way to work.  There would be no one to “invest” in “our future.” The earth would likely break free of its axis and go tumbling toward the sun.

This description of life without the constant supervision of our wise overlords is superficially plausible, to be sure.  But it is false – and grotesquely so – in every particular, as I argue in my new book, Rollback.  The elites who look down their noses at the Tea Partiers demanding cutbacks pull this trick all the time: if we listened to the Tea Party, they warn, it would be the end of America.

To the contrary, it would be a new beginning.

We literally can’t afford to believe the comic-book version of government any longer, or allow it to go unchallenged.  The federal government and the weight of its impossible promises are sucking the life out of the American economy.  We would not die instantly if this albatross were removed from our necks.  We would flourish.  If we’re going to have any success, we need to make this case.  Rollback is my contribution.

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., who holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including the just-released Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse.  Read a free chapter.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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