“If I had to simplify by categorizing the ideologues into two basic groups, there would first of all be those who believe in the state – government control, management of human affairs – and see themselves as the executors of the programs and policies to regulate human behavior.
The other group believes in personal and economic freedom for the individual, with government playing only a minor role as the peacekeeper, and the protector of individual rights.
“There is a third group who naively believe that somewhere between the two, statism and personal freedom, lies the euphoric philosophical middle ground, a mecca of moderation where one can pick and choose what he likes from both extremes. Those in this group rarely originate ideas or leadership because their intellectual neutrality precludes them from doing so. They gravitate to the pragmatic and become the pawns of the most effective and organized of the two other groups. To date, that has been the left.
“The statists have the upper hand with the legislatures of America and are pushing this country closer and closer to a regulatory and redistributive system of government. Most of the actors in this social drama are reciting the lines prepared for them, happy enough to be on the stage, yet lacking the intellectual inquisitiveness to inquire about the author of the play.”
Senator H.L. Richardson (ret.)