Is the Government Santa Claus?

Trudeau won the 2015 federal election by campaigning for an ever-expanding federal government with a grab bag of promises. Among the hundreds of jaw-dropping promises the Trudeau Liberals made during the campaign were assurances that they would eliminate crime and violence by repealing the Harper government’s gun laws. Since the election, this is one of the few promises that has not been repudiated by the new government. Indeed, it was emphasized in the throne speech. We are back on the road to disarmament.

Apparently, the Liberals believe (or think the public believes) that government is akin to Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, a benevolent god, happily bringing free stuff. Government gains power by encouraging people to become dependent, much like a drug dealer who encourages a lifelong habit by giving out free samples and flattery. Will the government continue to be as generous once you have become addicted?

Governments that promise more than they can deliver eventually run out of other people’s money. Governments that run massive debts, every year, with no plan to balance the budget or pay back their debts, unsurprisingly, like Venezuela, eventually crash and burn.

Don’t be fooled by politicians’ promises. They are just fishing for votes, and, naturally, bait always hides a hook. Trudeau came to power by promising more than he can deliver, but to keep his base happy he needs to deliver something, and, unsurprisingly, that will be more gun restrictions. After the next terrorist atrocity, Trudeau will need a convenient scapegoat. Instead of cracking down on Muslim criminals, I predict he will blame peaceable gun owners and continue to disarm Canadians. As Obama’s former White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said, “never let a serious crisis go to waste.” It is reassuring to believe that genocides could never happen here.

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