False Alternatives

Last week, the Chronicle lamented the death of the Democratic Caucus of the Texas Senate. Because Democrats accepted the budget put forth by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the paper believes that Democrats have become irrelevant.

The editorial notes that Texas has fallen from the state with the nation’s lowest unemployment to 26th earlier this year. Claiming that Gov. Gregg Abbott is more concerned about a constitutional convention and Patrick is busy pushing his bathroom bill, the paper thinks that Democrats are squandering an opportunity.

Democrats should be working to fill this void left by Republicans. Iron sharpens iron, and Texas would benefit from an alternative vision beyond budget cuts and ending local control. But the once-proud Yellow Dog Democrats have neutered themselves. They can’t even imagine what our state would look like with a different party in charge, and how that would make life better for Texas families.

To the Chronicle, the alternative to the Republicans’ theocratic inclinations is the Democrats’ socialism. But this is a false alternative.

Republicans want to control what we do in the bedroom; Democrats want to control what we do in the boardroom. Both want to control our lives, and they simply differ on which aspects they want to control–for today. Control over one area of our lives will eventually expand, no matter who dominates Austin.

The choice we face isn’t the destruction of liberty in the name of God or the destruction of liberty in the name of society. Our choice is liberty or statism. Our choice is freedom or servitude to government.

Both conservatives and Regressives embrace altruism. Conservatives believe that we have a moral duty to serve God. Regressives believe that we have a moral duty to serve the poor and needy. They agree that we have a moral duty to serve others.

Conservatism and Regressivism are not alternatives. They are flip sides of the same statist coin. Heads they win, and tails we lose.

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