Sometimes the Left just baffles me. I think it comes from the years they have invested in not thinking. As Evan Sayet says:
If nobody ever thought they were right, what would we disagree about? If we didn’t disagree, surely we wouldn’t fight. If we didn’t fight, of course we wouldn’t go to war. Without war, there would be no poverty; without poverty, there would be no crime; without crime, there would be no injustice. It’s a utopian vision, and all that’s required to usher in this utopia is the rejection of all fact, reason, evidence, logic, truth, morality, and decency–all the tools that you and I use in our attempts to be better people, to make the world more right by trying to be right, by siding with right, by recognizing what is right and moving toward it.
So let’s look at a case in point. The breathless reporting from North Carolina’s very own far Left “Think Tank” NC Policy Watch. In their recurring report “The Follies,” they get all weirded out that the Henderson Sheriff is thinking about building a sort of Emergency Preparedness group. Naturally it means the Republican Sheriff is going all Reich Wing Fascist on the poor unsuspecting residents of NC.
That’s right, a posse. The paper reports that Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald has created a Citizens Preparedness Division “in keeping with the right that a sheriff has to deputize a posse.”
Seriously? The Sheriff wants to raise and train himself a group of emergency volunteers to help out in emergencies and the Leftist loons at a “Think Tank” go all Black Helicopter Crowd?
Let’s specify that I’ve certainly learned my lesson from the George Zimmerman trial. I will never be party to a neighborhood watch. I’ll cheerfully call the cops if I see someone robbing my neighbor’s house, but I’ll never give our political enemies the chance to scream “WANNABE COP!” when they’re trying to hang me for defending myself. So the chances of me being party to a Sheriff’s “Citizen’s Preparedness Division” is about nil. But why is the Left so bent out of shape that he’s trying to involve citizens in their own disaster preparedness?
I tracked down the Asheville Citizen-Times story they were referring to.
Ahh, I see. In addition to defaulting to their basic assumptions of “Government employee: Good, Citizen: Bad” they are attacking the currently appointed Sheriff as a way to help out the Democrat challenger. It’s like a Leftist perfect storm.
The Left hates the idea that you might be competent to take care of yourself. They want you to be dependent upon government services at all times and especially reliant on government in a crisis. If you know that you can handle yourself for a couple of weeks in an emergency, you are less likely to willingly hand over more of your rights to a government that likes to scare you with disaster fear-mongering. If you worry that the least little disruption to normal life will kill you, you’re willing to hand over all your rights.
They hate you. They hate that you might just be willing to step up and help your neighbor instead of waiting for the government teat to come by your house and give you a little taste.