|Steve, I wasn't trying to be funny.|
Consider though: people are always looking to what they refer to as a "higher power" for the answers they so desperately seek, as they don't see those answers themselves.
They don't see the faith in themselves to find those answers, so they look to a "higher" power for it, whether it be government or religion.
The answers are already there--we have them, and we know what works, if only from a few assorted examples here and there where it's worked.
Leonard Peikoff himself I believe even referred to humans as very pragmatic beings; well, I'd like to throw in emotion-based over logical to that description. Whether you like hearing it or not, all you need to do is read plenty of history; it's all there, pleasant to hear or not.
Another thing to consider is humans attempt to avoid accountability as much as possible, which is another reason religion and the "current" state of politics are both so popular, and pretty much always have been. Need a perfect recent example? How about when everyone started freaking out about President Obama's announcements to implement the very programs he campaigned on during the '08 election? All I keep hearing now is how "he lied to us"..which is funny because I was still completely focused on politics then, and I don't remember any point where he lied; he pretty much said exactly what he planned to do. The point is..humans find it easier just to "pass the buck", and blame someone else when what they want but never works...well, doesn't work rather than up and admitting "my ideas failed; let me try something else".
Yes, the Tea Party now has momentum, but once again...even if they do manage to successfully push for any reforms, or get a free-market Capitalist elected in '12, let's see how long it lasts before that politician pushes for a major free-market/deregulating initiative, only for the people to freak out and demand that that things "stay as they are".
Much as you, I too shall always keep pushing for freedom. I love it, and whether or not most of humanity prefers it, I at least think they deserve the choice in any situation.
Again..it is not my place to decide for them which route they shall take. I can hope that they will eventually choose the path that will lead to success and prosperity.
However, they can keep screwing it up all they please, but I will not be there to bail them out of their own destruction.
As Rorschach said it best in Watchmen: "and the world will look up, and shout 'Save us!', and I will whisper 'no"
(Edited by R Kay on 2/09, 12:12am)