(c) 2013 by Tom King
|Dictators are what you get when you replace God.with a man.|
These kinds of historical laundry lists always bring out all kinds of garbled nonsense from all the wonderful leftist trolls that inhabit cyberspace. You have to know that when you list the sins of truly evil people, you are going to catch hell from the left. These lists of mass murderers, especially if you include facts to back your list up, they inevitably highlight the preponderance of socialists that make your top ten.
Inevitably when socialism goes off the rails, the only way the socialist leaders can preserve their power is to kill anyone who objects to them continuing to wreck the country. There are no US presidents on this list because every single one stood down willingly at the end of their terms. None had a strong enough need to hold on to power, so none had to kill to keep it. Every American president has understood that power is only lent to him for a time. So far every president has accepted the office as a privilege to serve, granted for a short time only. Each president does his best to execute his duties well and then stands down when his time is done.
America's system of minimal government, balanced between legislative, administrative and judicial branches has proved a powerful stabilizer in the United States. It has created a nation that, while it has risen to be the most powerful nation-state in the world, has felt no need to establish an empire. As much as you may disagree with the wars America has fought in the past century, we left every country we have fought with in the hands of its own people when it was over and paid for its rebuilding to boot. You may hate the gulf wars, but we are gone from Iraq and extricating ourselves from Afghanistan as quickly as possible. That is not the act of despots or empire builders.
In the end we're businessmen. What America wants is what's good for business. When we can establish open trade between our nations, we all make a little money and the people of our nations are a little better off for it. Is there corruption? Sure. But isn't it better for the government to be in the business of rooting out corruption in business than it is for all of us to try and root out corruption in a too-powerful government. Power corrupts and, as the saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Centrally planned, centrally controlled socialist nations seldom last long. Once all the wealth is taken from the rich and distributed to the "people" through the government, then the government has to turn back to the people and take back from them. The only problem is that the people have by then used up what was redistributed from the wealthy and nothing was produced as a result (except maybe some votes for the people in power).
There is nothing more ravenous and destructive than a powerful central government that can't get its hands on enough wealth to keep it strong. Soon it beginst to either cannabalize its own economy or it attacks its neighbors. Placing the record of history where socialists and others can see it always makes the socialist true-believers incoherent with anger. You can read it in some of the comments on the article linked above. The sociology ideology must be right whatever history reveals and if the facts don't quite support the ideology, they become downright frantic. One commentator screams, "STOP SAYING STALIN WAS A “COMMUNIST”!! He wasn’t a communist at all." The last resort of socialists, when confronted with the massive failures of socialism, is to simply claim whatever dictator we're talking about wasn't a "real" socialist. They are always certain that someone more pure could have done it right.
And there's the fallacy. Only God could pull off socialism. The almost absolute power, inevitably given to the leadership of socialist movements, corrupts absolutely. Humans have not the capacity to engineer something as complex as an economy or a culture. Nobody's smart enough. It's a mistake to try. It's not an accident that atheism almost always comes hand-in-hand with socialist movements. It's because socialism is little more than an attempt to build a political Tower of Babel.
The Tower of Babel was meant to create a place for man above the level of the flood so that God could no longer interfere with man's behavior. Socialism is nothing more than an attempt by man to create Heaven here on Earth. If we can do that, men reason, then we have no need for God.
If we can just eliminate God, the atheist/socialist reasons, then I no longer have to feel guilty about my naughty behavior and if I no longer feel guilty, I can do anything I want to and.................it begins. The long slide toward misery, war and mass murder. It happens time and time again and we can see it in history.
But we don't want to see the evidence of history, because, if we can't create Heaven on Earth, then our only hope is God and if we serve Him, we cannot serve ourselves and we cannot be naughty without guilt. So, in order to support the illusion of socialism, we simply ignore the actual results and stick to the ideology.
And it gives us delightful characters like Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Fidel Castro.
I'm just saying,
You may now continue foaming and ranting.....