Richard Fernandez had an interesting post at the beginning of this week that discussed what I’ve long thought is the fundamental problem with preserving liberty:
Paradoxically, maybe Barack Obama is right about one thing. Capitalism is too preoccupied with doing things. It leaves governance as an afterthought. It puts the â€œpursuit of happinessâ€ front and center and goes about its business trusting to the existence of a civil society or the continued maintenance of a social contract. People working one hundred hour weeks have no time to think about Roland Burris II. But the problem is that people like Roland Burris II have lots of time to think about them.Â People like Blag probably think of nothing but. And therein lies the rub.Â Capitalism has this blind spot. Obama is right about that. While government was small and largely charged with keeping the bandidos at bay and collecting the garbage it was possible to leave governance to take care of itself, except for the time just before and after elections. But with the increasing power of the state and its growing propensity to tax, perhaps it is no longer possible for the productive people in America to simply go about their tasks while leaving Washington to amuse itself.
Read the whole thing.Â It’s excellent.Â Activism is very time consuming.Â During the run up to the 2008 election, it was like having a second full time job.Â My weekends were spent working gun shows, and weeknights talking to gun clubs and gun owners.Â If not that, then making calls for the local pro-gun politicians.Â If it were not for the fact that Bitter was not employed, I doubt I could have dedicated as much to it as I did.Â The 2010 elections will be much harder on our time if, God willing, we’re both employed.
Activism is difficult for the productive, and people with families.Â It’s easy for those who make their careers as community organizers.Â We on the right need to start thinking about better ways to organize, that reflect the reality that most of us have jobs and families.Â Richard is right.Â We can’t afford any longer to leave Washington and the left to their own devices.