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Letter #1 to Conservatives


Dear Conservatives,

Since you have chosen to enter this web site, you have acknowledged that you suffer from the dread disease known as hypocrisitus. This is a good sign. Admission and confession are important first steps in the treatment of this dreadful disease. We cannot help you if you continue to remain in denial.

For decades, you have preached your ardent commitment to “America’s free-enterprise system, private property, and limited government.” It’s on your stationery, in your articles, and in your brochures. It’s even in your Republican Party platform.

Yet, as you know, you support such socialistic and fascistic schemes as public schooling, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, drug laws, welfare, foreign aid, government-business partnerships, economic regulations, and trade and immigration controls.

The truth is that when all is said and done, there is no difference in principle between conservatives and leftists. For example, you declaim against “Big Government” in your political campaigns, “free-market” conferences, speeches, and articles. Yet, you are always prepared to have “Big Government” enter into people’s bedrooms to see what they are doing and to have your “Big Government” punish them for engaging in conduct that you consider immoral.

Moreover, by supporting the socialistic welfare state and the regulated society, you conservatives are engaging in a horrendous form of wrongfulness and immorality: stealing! Yes, it isn’t comfortable to hear. I know it’s painful. But that’s what you are doing and have been doing for decades — ardently supporting a direct violation of God’s commandment “Thou Shalt Not Steal” by supporting government’s use of force to take money from one person in order to give it to another person. The wrongfulness is manifest in whatever welfare program conservatives currently support — public schooling, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the National Endowment for the Arts, education grants, and the like.

Look at your beloved war on drugs and all the people that it has destroyed in societies all over the world. Gang wars, killings, corruption, deaths from black-market drugs, asset confiscation by police, burglaries, thefts, privacy violations, and denigration of the Fourth Amendment.

But do conservatives take individual responsibility for any of this? Of course not. The conservative instead exclaims just what the leftist exclaims with respect to the failures of his beloved welfare programs: “Please, please, please judge me by my good intentions rather than the actual results of what I support.”

And reflecting how deeply imbedded hypocrisitus is in conservatives, they spend much of their lives talking about the importance of “individual responsibility.”

We can help you. But you must also be willing to help yourself. A 12-step program for recovering conservatives would be useful but only if you would be willing to abandon the state as your higher authority, not a small task for any conservative.

Welcome, conservatives, to this section of our web site. The treatment will not be easy. But you can do it. Just stick with it. Working together, we can rid you of this dread disease from which you suffer. And who knows, once you’re cured of hypocrisitus, you might even become a libertarian!

Jacob G. Hornberger

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    Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.