Perfect Description of the Democratic Party

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Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

Thus it every day renders the exercise of the free agency of man less useful and less frequent; it circumscribes the will within a narrower range and gradually robs a man of all the uses of himself. The principle of equality has prepared men for these things; it has predisposed men to endure them and often to look on them as benefits.

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. (Volume 2, Section 4: Chapter VI, What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear.)

 

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P.S. NO, I don’t like the Republicans either. So don’t bring that idiot party up.

Absentee Parents?

Where did this idea of the “absentee father” (parent) come from?

We act as if this is abnormal. From what I can tell, it has always been that way. In the past, the Mother nurtured as Father worked. The Father has always been more out of the home than in the home.

When, why, how and who created this false impression of normality being the Father staying at home and raising the children?

Where did children get the idea that Daddy should stay home and cuddle with them on the couch all day?
Where did adults get the idea that they were abused or neglected if Daddy didn’t spend a minimum of 20 hours per week with them when they were children?
Was it simply the first step in conditioning us for Big Brother to take over our lives?
If anyone has an answer, feel free to leave it in the comments.