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A Confederacy of Fools

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A dear friend recently sent me a copy of the quote this Posting discusses. I hope you find it as profound as I did

Quote of the Century:

Some possess the vocabulary to sum things up in a way we can understand. This is a quote from the former Premier of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus.

Václav Klaus is a distinguished senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

From 2003 until March 2013, Klaus was the President of the Czech Republic. Earlier, in 1987, he was a researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He became Czechoslovakia’s Minister of Finance in the “government of national unity” in 1989. In 1990, he co-founded the Civic Democratic Party in Czechoslovakia. In 1992, he became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.

Václav Klaus studied at the Prague School of Economics, where he currently holds professorship in finance.

The interesting thing about this quote is the clarity of thought from the eyes of an unbiased view of an “outsider”. We Americans often exhibit the trait that we are superior to the rest of the world and their views and opinions don’t count. Nothing  could be more false.

It is refreshing that intelligent outsiders thoughtfully watch America and its condition and have the prescience to see what’s happening in our decline as the most powerful nation on earth.

Here is Klaus’ quote.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”


Let’s examine the factors behind Václav Klaus’ observation.

The truth of old statements. We have met the enemy and he is us. The basis of modern progressive or new liberal philosophy is a strong, welfare-oriented, and interventionist state. Government and those empowered to run it are the source of all power.  Entitlements are the largess to control the people. Initiative of individuals is discriminatory and fosters inequality. Private enterprise, outside the control of the government, cannot be tolerated so it is regulated and taxed to the point that it is not free, but rather merely a part of the apparatchik with the appearance of being free.

Since a thinking electorate, one that analyzes and evaluates conditions, is a danger to the welfare state, the system of education must be controlled to assure that the people acquiesce to welfare. The state of education in America has long evinced the success the destruction of education in America. The Obama administration recently announced an initiative to extend the purview of the Department of Education from K through 12 to add pre-school programs to their authority. This further divorces parental control and the ability to inculcate foundational values of the family and assures the indoctrination of the values of the state to our children and voters of the future.

What Klaus referred to as the “confederacy of fools” is the entitlement class and those that are willing to sell their future for the various “entitlements” which are like the sirens of Homer’s Odyssey. Just welfare and unemployment alone constitutes approximately 48% of the electorate. Add to this the crush of illegal aliens and the necessity of their acceptance of all kinds of government “aid” and laughably loose government sponsored voter laws and the future of socialism in America is assured. Anyone that believes that welfare entitlements, the control of education, most of the so-called environmental protection initiatives, emigration policy, and the theft of health care in the United States is about compassion and increasing the economic and personal condition of the individual properly belongs to the “Confederacy of Fools”.

This essay will be posted on my website and will be further elaborated upon it in the near future.

My thanks to Václav Klaus for the great service to America he has rendered with his comment on our sorry state of affairs. I personally believe that we have passed the point of no return but will resist the destruction of this great nation with every fiber of my existence.