The Daycare and the Sandlot

There is and always has been two Americas. Even from the very start there was a divide between two concepts of how a society should be structured and what place the government had in that. There are those that assume that power will ultimately attract those with altruistic motives who then would use that power for the betterment of society. They saw—and see—no reason to place limits on that power since any limit would only curb the governments ability to do good. There were actually a large number of people at the founding of our nation that opposed the Constitution because they felt it would restrict the effectiveness of the government. Ironically, their ideological “descendants” now use the Constitution as their own personal battering ram to restrict the rights of the people in ways the Constitution was never intended.

These are the people that feel the individual is happiest when under the most control by the state, but of course they always assume an altruistic state. They envision humanity with the individuals as cells in a body, each serving their function to benefit the collective. They long for the childlike abandonment of responsibility, allowing the state to parent their lives with a controlled environment. When they speak of freedom—and they do often—it isn’t real freedom, but merely access to whatever toys, games and pleasures they desire at the moment, regardless of the cost to others.

Then there are the others. The ones who envision a happy society as one in which the individual is free to thrive or fail on their own hard work and efforts. They are the ones who won the battle over whether or not we had a Constitution and even then they insisted on more limitations in the form of the Bill of Rights. In their vision of society some will excel, some will fail, but all will be ultimately responsible for their own lives. Government exists solely to prevent abuse by those who possess power against those who don’t. The biggest problem with that system is that failure of the individual becomes a real possibility, and for various reasons, some find the concept of society allowing that kind of failure, unsettling, especially if they are one prone to that kind of failure.

While the Constitution was put in place to limit the government, it has been turned on its head and is now used to place limits on the individual, the exact opposite purpose for which it was intended. And so we have a nation divided. One group who wants a day care, another that wants a sandlot.

In the daycare, “grownups” manage everything. In the sandlot, the kids are free to win or lose based on their own efforts.

Which do you remember more fondly, the daycare or the sandlot?

In which place did the real you emerge?

The daycare mentality (formally referred to as Socialism) produces a societal landscape resembling a parking lot.

The sandlot mentality (formally referred to as Capitalism) produces a societal landscape of peaks and valleys, full of variety.

Originally the sandlot thinkers won, and our nations grew stronger under that mindset. Eventually, though, the daycare thinkers took more and more control, and the momentum of our growth will slow because of it.

We face a future in which those two choices are crystal clear.

Do we want America to be a daycare or a sandlot.

I prefer the sandlot.