“All you need is love.”
The Beatles’ lyrics have been invoked in movies, advertisements, and inspirational Facebook posts as a way of signaling the most important aspect of the human condition is willingness to work from the heart first. In many ways, this concept works well in our lives; even Jesus said loving God and loving our fellow man are the two greatest commandments.
Unfortunately, the saying doesn’t apply to institutions. The most conspicuous failed application of love comes from government in general and the Democratic Party in particular. Their incessant cries that manifest in human feelings such as love are the driving force behind the growing popularity of ideas such as socialism. On the surface, nothing can be more loving. In every way below the surface, nothing can be more harmful to the people.
National Review’s Jonah Goldberg had a quote that should act as a reminder to everyone to be skeptical when politicians speak with flowery words and loving intent. There is no love in politics. There cannot be. The difference between love and desire for well-being is a thin line, but it’s a very clear separation when we look at results. “Loving” ideas such as socialism invariably cause harm, while concepts that promote well-being such as Natural Rights and personal freedom are better at surfacing positive change in society.
“The government cannot love you, and any politics that works on a different assumption is destined for no good.”