A gilded cage, no matter how gilded, fancy or comfortable, is still a cage.
Maslow states that human motivation is based upon a hierarchy of needs from the most basic (food, water, air, sleep) to the highest (self-actualization). The following graphic from Wikipedia is a better visualization than what I could describe in words.
Now, I’m not a devious person, but having slept in a Holiday Inn Express a few times and watching the world around me, the way I could control people is to make them dependent upon me. In other words, for a person to eat and have a roof over their heads (i.e., survive), they would have to depend on my generosity. How many movies have been made on such a premise?
Hollywood doesn’t have a monopoly on this idea. Our government via subsidies, Welfare, grants, and so on has ingratiated itself into so many facets of our lives it is truly disturbing. For example –
Last year, during the sequestration and the various political threats being thrown back and forth, the EBT debit system mysteriously went off-line. People who depend (and some who don’t) on these EBT cards for their survival screamed loud and long, in some cases threatening riots unless the problem was fixed immediately. Not surprisingly, the system was fixed within a couple of days, but the message was clear – many people are dependent upon the government for their survival. This is power over the people.
I don’t need to tell you that this is absolutely backward from what this country was founded upon. Hard work, self-sufficiency, and achievement have given way to no work, dependency, and mediocrity. For shame…
The populace has bought into the idea that government serves the people by taking care of the people. We The People have forgotten that we are the government. We The People have allowed this to happen not overnight, but over many, many years. To illustrate, here is a story from my personal Facebook page:
There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime.
In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked:
“Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.
The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in Canada & the United States. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
The government is now in the middle of another scheme to control the People, and that scheme is the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. We all have seen the stories of people losing their coverage, losing their doctors, not being able to afford the new premiums or the deductibles, and the list goes on. ObamaCare isn’t about health or healthcare, it is about controlling yet one more facet of the lives of the citizens of this country.
The people of this country are waking up to what government is up to, although slower than what I personally would like. It’s hard to vote for a candidate that states that he will reform the government when you are dependent upon the government for your survival. And that is what Conservative and Constitutionalist candidates are up against. But these same people have to remember these two statements to put it all in perspective:
There is no free lunch – someone will have to eventually pay for it.
A government big enough to give you everything is also big enough to take everything away.
Is that how you want to live?