Well the election is over and none to soon. The morning after the election; the president-elect made speeches stating how he would put the country and world back in order. As I stepped outside my house to leave for work, a distinct chill ran through my body, and I silently apologized to my two year old boy for the world he would grow up in. Latter that morning the sun rose, just as it has for millennia.
It seems to me very unfortunate that for many in the U.S. the election came down to race. If you didn’t vote for the democratic nominee you were a racist, if you voted against him, for any reason, you were considered a racist. I believe many white people fell into the trap of wanting to seem progressive, and show how much race didn’t matter to them by voting for the democratic nominee.
For me the election came down to one thing, the role of government. Senator McCain didn’t have the answer I was looking for, but he had a better policy than the democratic nominee. As a country we have left behind the philosophy of our founding fathers, and are beginning to resemble the founding philosophy of communist Russian and China.
Thomas Paine said, "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." Government has become huge, over-reaching, and too involved in all levels of society to be the limited government envisioned by the founding fathers. What has happened? Will we, as a nation, recover? Yes we will, but the road will be long and hard.
What I fear most from our president-elect is a further increase in the government, more spending on social programs, more regulation, more laws, a bigger and bigger government that attempts to take care of everyone, whether they work or not, regulate everyone, oversee what everyone says or does. And worse of all is the idea of spreading the wealth, although on a gut level it sounds great, a piece of the reward that is enjoyed by only a few given to all, after all they have lots let’s give a little to everyone. But that way of thinking is scary and dangerous, for this reason; why would anyone want to work and exceed if they know that their reward that they were working for by their own individual effort will be distributed to everyone? The answer is simple they wouldn’t. The idea of opening a business in order to improve your life to make more money than one does presently would be replaced with the idea of “no it’s not worth it.” In fact if you are working at that small job, and your wage is going to be taxed so that others that don’t work can be raised to the same level as you, why work?
My plan for writing? Look for grants from the government to start rolling out, and go out and get my undeserved share of the wealth.
This is the fear I have from what I hear coming from the democratic agenda. This is what will make the road back to a successful country a hard and long one.
But what does this have to do with science and science fiction? I don’t know. I’m sure I could go back look at statistics and determine if there is a decrease or increase in science and science fiction under a democratic party rule, but at the present time, I don’t have the time or inclination. I’m sure I will survive in this new foreign administration, science will progress, and people will continue to read science fiction. But will it be the science fiction of hope, or the dark dreary scifi of a bleak and forlorn scary new world
Till next time