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The Tragedy of Our Electoral Commons

Every conservative and libertarian who has any education at all has heard of the tragedy of the commons. It’s even been co-opted by the left to claim that climate is suffering a tragedy of the commons, and we must act right now. (Act now. Double the oppression. Be the first on your block to have a jackboot on your face!) But then again, what precisely doesn’t the left co-opt to serve their ruthless drive for total power? They’d even co-opt (two) Mom(s) and (fat-free) apple pie if they thought that would help them. They’ve even tried to claim patriotism. (Because open borders are the best way to be a patriot. Or something.)

And yet, the left is enacting a tragedy of the commons right here, in our polity, and doesn’t see how and why it’s happening.

And yes, that tragedy is our fault too, the fault of everyone who doesn’t push back and smack the left on the snout. But it is more so the tragedy of everyone who didn't do it long before we were born. Not that we can do anything about that. Not that they could imagine how blatant and crazy the left would get. The question now is how we stop that train before the buckets of blood station, and it starts with knowing where we are and looking it unflinchingly in the eye.

First, let me start at the beginning of my reasoning.

It has been said that the U.S. is a country of laws. To an extent, this is true, though it would be more accurate to say the U.S. is a country of belief. Belief in the document on which our laws are built. Belief in those laws. And the willingness to follow those laws.

We’ve had centuries of peaceful transitions of power, with a few minor glitches and one major glitch, but nothing to compare to any other country welded together from disparate peoples and traditions. What holds us together is those laws and the respect for them.

The respect for them is important. I’ve talked before about my greatest shock, as an exchange student, when I figured out that my host parents put Christmas decorations on the outside of the house. It would never happen in Portugal. (Might now, but I bet you still not in gardens with no gates or security.) Ever. Those lights and shiny balls would be gone before you could blink. And it isn’t a case of need or even having a use for the stuff. No. In Portugal, you have to put in a deposit to pull out a supermarket cart, and you only get the money back if you return it because otherwise, people would take them home “to find a use for them.” Air quality stations are practically welded into the concrete by the roadside, otherwise, people would take them home to “find a use for them.”