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Liberalism: A Perpetual State Of Childhood

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The general rule is that nothing must be accepted on any ancient or admitted authority, but everything must be accepted on any new or nameless authority, or accepted even more eagerly on no authority at all. – G.K. Chesterton

The Congressional Budget Office released a report early last week which stated that by 2024 the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers will be missing from the United States economy because of the effect of Obamacare. The spin chosen by defenders of the law is that 2.5 million Americans will now be “liberated” from the confines of employment sought, apparently, for the primary purpose of having health insurance.

While this argument is, in America, largely unprecedented on such a scale, it is but one more step down the bottomless rabbit hole that is the perpetual childhood that liberalism pursues.

Like an adolescent on a weekly allowance supplied by a parent, the liberal subject is to live a blissful life, free of responsibility.

While such a system can surely be desirable up to a certain age, when extended too long, the adolescent in question is never given the opportunity to appreciate what it takes to provide the money comes from that enables his carefree existence. Such detachment doesn’t create innovations that prolong our lives: It gives birth to occupiers who tweet inanely about their protests from their iPhones.

The so-called (and increasingly misleadingly-titled) Affordable Care Act offers another example: the requirement that plans allow young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26.

At that age, the Americans who built this country would have been married for five, maybe eight years. According to average expectancy, their lives would have been half over. It is a good thing that no one today has to travel the Oregon Trail to make a life for himself and his family, but it is not because of a government-prolonged childhood that America became the greatest nation on the face of the Earth.

It is this mentality that breeds the man-boys that women complain are increasingly common in comparison to the desirable grown, mature man. I mean the type that in his mid-twenties sits in the basement and plays video games writes poetry, instead of getting a job, going to school or getting a career together.

The divorce rate, not to mention the amount of co-habitating relationships that don’t last, put forward the question of how much adults outgrow the dating adolescent’s penchant for breaking things off when the going gets tough. Liberals of yesteryear, decrying the probably overly-strict and male-dominated culture that almost never allowed for divorce, insisted on relaxing the laws.

The resulting legal over-compensation, along with our online dating culture, has created a mentality that when times get hard, we must remove the “incompatibility” from our lives, since it no longer makes us happy, rather than choose to work through it like grown men and women.

But isn’t this what liberalism is? The mentality of someone with too little experience to appreciate what it took to get here?

The lack of perspective to realize what must be pulled down to make room for a new liberal edifice?  The naïve rejection of “any ancient or admitted authority?” History began before each of us was born. To put it another way: you didn’t create the free and prosperous nation in which you live. Someone else made that happen.

Perhaps I am being too harsh. Perhaps it is too much to expect most Americans to make something of themselves while avoiding abject poverty in the period of the greatest prosperity the world has ever known (an outcome largely the result of a virtuous independence, responsibility and reliance on institutions besides government, but I digress…).

But don’t worry. If you can’t, Daddy Government will help you live your carefree lives on the backs of those who built America.

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J. Cal Davenport graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. He has worked in political consulting and as an intern at the American Enterprise Institute. He has contributed political and economic analysis to Conservative Intel, Do It Yourself Capitalism and Doublethink Magazine. He has most recently worked in the U.S. House of Representatives. In his spare time, Cal enjoys reading Edmund Burke, condescending to those who do not share his superior taste in film, trying craft beers and helping Jacob Perry bolster his RINO credentials.


  1. Montgomery Draxel

    February 11, 2014

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    Civilization does not occur in a vacuum.

    Secularism and civilization are incompatible in the long term. There must be a foundation greater than a man for that man to want to participate in building a better community. That used to be religion, now continually pushed aside for multiculturalism, feminism and whatever ism is currently all the rage. While this happens, the family continuously breaks down, unleashing broken children into our streets and schools, breaking them.

    I’m not advocating a return to the Christian values that made this nation strong (although that would be a massive improvement). But we must remove the craziness of multiculturalism and start upholding a strong credo of what American values are: self-reliance, hard work and allowing one to be rewarded for that hard work. It must go beyond the bill of rights to something that transcends us. We can not trust a government with this, as we see what the powerful elites have done to create “rights” of living wages and abortion.

    Millions are unemployed and underemployed, and a good amount of those are unemployable (no skills to cope in modern society). Many more are in prison. The “moderates” in D.C. think we should import even more poverty to help build our economy that already can’t get people jobs.

    We can continue to tinker with the foundations that brought us civilization (and civilized people), and watch as it all unravels. People wonder why things are so bad, and don’t stop to think “well maybe even more laws and rules and burdens on the working class to prop up the underclass and ultra-rich are a bad idea.”

    We’ve been saved by the many technological advances our engineers and scientists and entrepreneurs have delivered to us. But even all those Ipads and Xboxes can not pacify the mobs that will form once the debt gets too big and the government checks stop arriving.

    Diversity is not our strength. It is a stupid buzzword idea based on meaningless academic drivel. Multiculturalism is what will bring down America. White Males are not the economy. We’re the only thing keeping this barge floating. Once enough of us get the message, its going to get serious.

    It will not be pretty. Take stock of what you’ll need in the coming years as the parasites kill off the host. Teach your children the skills they’ll need. Exercise your right to arm yourself while you still can. It might not happen soon, but gravity always wins in the end. I wish we could close Pandora’s box but that ship sailed a long time ago.

      • Lisa

        February 12, 2014

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        As uncomfortable as your comment will be for some to hear; it’s reality. The one’s with the most responsibility are usually the strongest.

    • Pam

      August 3, 2017

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      I was looking for another article (can’t remember who wrote it) but yours is even better than the one I sought. Thank you.

  2. K T Cat

    February 12, 2014

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    I agree with your assessment of childishness.

    I’d go farther and say that the tendency to sloth and childish behavior has always been there, but never enabled by massive borrowing like it is today. Fear not, however, it is all coming to an end. Within our lifetimes, the book of progressive nursery rhymes will close as we face either deliberate budget cuts or default.

  3. Lee Reynolds

    February 12, 2014

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    Civilization trumps natural selection…for a time. It protects fools from the consequences of their foolishness and foists the cost of that protection onto the rest of us…for a time.

  4. Dusty Thompson

    February 12, 2014

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    Democrats lost America’s first Civil War because they enslaved Black people. Democrats are going to lose the second one because they attempted to enslave everyone else…

  5. crazywalt

    February 12, 2014

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    The reason why some 20 and 30 somethings are growing up childish is because their parents never grew up either. The people of the 60′s wanted free everything, and that’s what they taught their children. You reap what you sow.

  6. Amy

    February 12, 2014

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    the left scorns “ideology” since it would require some inherent consistency to their thinking. Their preference is for whimsy(their own of course) to reign supreme. Infant overlords

  7. Herb Borkland

    February 12, 2014

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    The European name for this phenomenon — and it is very much the European post-WW II playbook which is taking us down — is “deep play.” Striving, acquiring, saving, and getting ahead are ugly and capitalist. What’s required to bring down the West is for young people to fritter away a government-subsidized life by, say, dressing up like a Star Fleet Captain every single day for the rest of your life — or until the death panel puts you on the Liverpool Path, which is no food or water to speed your last illness unto death (the state needs your hospital bed). The good news? You can be buried in your uniform.

  8. muslimmustgo

    February 13, 2014

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    What we are seeing with all of this “multiculturalism and diversity’ is the 3rd world bringing their failed economical policies and immoral lifestyles here to America! Granted the LEGAL immigrants have added much to the American way!


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