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After three days watching the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, I’m thinking that America is in serious trouble. Not so much because we’re in some sort of inevitable financial decline, nor even because we lack the entrepreneurial spirit that has always been associated with American greatness.
America is in trouble because so many Americans are willfully blinding themselves to obvious truths, moral and economic.
The great clarifying moment of the convention came for me as I was leaving. I walked down the street outside the convention arena, past a sand statue of President Obama, grinning toothily. Fans snapped photos of Obama Ozymandias. Past thousands of conventioneers, all clad in Obama gear – not Democratic Party gear, but Obama gear. Past illegal street vendors who would never pay a dime in taxes, but who were happily selling t-shirts for a redistributionist president.
All of this had no effect on me. But then I walked past a group of pro-life protesters. These weren’t exactly the rational type – they were carrying around placards with Bible verses and blowing on ram’s horns. But they were carrying massive posters with pictures of aborted babies on them.
And past those pictures, smiling blithely, strode men wearing pins they had just picked up from Planned Parenthood. The pins read, “I Love Pro-Choice Girls.”
This was a stunning juxtaposition. These men were celebrating pro-choice women for a simple reason: they knew that if they had unprotected sex with these women, and the women got pregnant, the women would kill their unborn children.
None of them even glanced at the abortion pictures. There’s a reason for that: doing so would have ruined their day. That’s a simple truth of human nature: people will blind themselves to facts that ruin their day. If they like abortion in principle, they don’t want to be shown pictures of the results.
It was the entire convention in microcosm. I spent a fair bit of time walking around and asking delegates to the DNC three questions: what was the deficit? What was the unemployment rate? And how many net jobs had President Obama created? Not a single delegate got all three questions right. Most couldn’t even answer a single question correctly. But they cheered wildly when President Obama entered the arena, because knowing the facts would have ruined their day.
The same held true when asked about taxes. Most of the delegates at the convention weren’t fans of theft. They believed in private property. But they didn’t want to acknowledge that government confiscation of private property is legalized theft. And President Obama wasn’t about to disabuse them of that notion. Instead, he told them that he wanted to change the tax code so it would “ask” people earning over $250,000 to pay higher taxes. Of course, Obama wouldn’t be asking. He’d be telling. But Democrats didn’t care about that – it felt so nice to think that taxes were optional, and that they were more patriotic because they were volunteering the cash of others.
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