'Politician' is Another Name for Crook, Hustler and Tyrant

Walter E. Williams

Ask the average person his opin- ion of politicians. You'll hear words like crooks, hustlers and tyrants.

The reason for this dim assess- ment of politicians is that in all societies, the scum, with few excep- tions, tends to rise to the top. Let's look at it.

People want government to do all manner of things, things that if done privately would lead to con- demnation and jail sentences. Some want government to give money to farmers, poor folk, col- lege students, senior citizens and businesses.

There's no Santa Claus or tooth fairy. The only way government can give money to one person is to forcibly take it from another per- son. If I privately used the same method to raise money for a "deserving" college student, home- less person or businessman, I'd face theft charges.

Others among us want govern- ment to protect wild wolves, bears and the Stephens kangaroo rat even if it results in gross violations of private property and loss of lives.

The problem is that some people disagree with having their earn- ings taken to satisfy someone else's wishes. They don't want the Corps of Engineers and the Fish and Wildlife Service dictating to them what they can and cannot do with their property to ensure a habitat for the kangaroo rat. Force and threats must be used.

Here's the question: Could the average American kill a person who resolutely refuses to give up his earnings so Congress can give it to farmers? Could you kill a per- son who insists on using all of his property, even though some wolves have set up a den on it?

You say, "What do you mean, Williams-kill?"

Here s a scenario: The Corps of engineers commands me not to remove debris from a drainage ditch on my property, placed there by beavers building a dam, because the debris creates a wetland. I remove it anyway.

The Corps of Engineers fines me. I refuse to pay the unjust fine. The Corps of Engineers threatens to seize my land. I say no, you won't; it's my land, and I'll protect it.

A politician sends marshals to take it, and I get killed defending it.

Few Americans have the stom- ach or ruthlessness to do what is necessary to make their govern- mental wishes come true. But they are willing to abandon constitu- tional principles and rule of law so that those with the stomach for ruthlessness have the tools of mas- sive central government power to achieve those wishes.

The path we're embarked upon, in the name of good, is a familiar one. The unspeakable horrors of Nazism, Stalinism and Maoism did not begin in the '30s and '40s with the men usually associated with- those names.

Those horrors were simply the end result of a long evolution of ideas leading to the consolidation of power in central government in the name of "social justice."

It was decent but misguided Ger- mans, who would have cringed at the thought of extermination and genocide, who built the Trojan Horse for Hitler to take over.

We Americans promote disre- spect for our Constitution, rule of law and private property in our pursuit of "social justice." But the scum that rises to the top has an agenda of control that's leading toward totalitarianism.

Incidentally, it's no coincidence that most of those at the top are lawyers people with a special, seemingly tutored contempt for our Constitution and rule of law.