Quote from C.S. Lewis

From C.S. Lewis’s essay anthology “God in the Dock” (1948):


My contention is that good men (not bad men) consistently acting upon that position would act as cruelly and unjustly as the greatest tyrants. They might in some respects act even worse. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.


3 responses to “Quote from C.S. Lewis

  1. I guess the point of this is to state that had Romney won in 2012, we would have gotten a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Certainly, you can’t be inferring that his majesty Barack H. Obama, beloved ruler of statist America and savior of those who can’t afford healthcare and thus die by the thousands each day in the streets of every city, is the individual at whom the article is directed . . . can you?

    • In the big picture, Romney would have done a better job with Romneycare and that’s about it. I see great value in Obama’s ineptitude. Much like the draft board never contacting me when my number was up, an indicator that, thankfully, their ineptitude saves lives. The focus on Obama is misplaced and counterproductive in the long run because Obama is a mere figurehead of a much greater evil represented by FDR, TR, LBJ and yes, GW Bush. Many apologists for Bush dismiss the Patriot Act and the Medicare Part D increase and NCLB. Obama and Bush are both leaves swept down a rushing river.

      • Half of the cost of Romneycare is a transfer of responsibility from Massachusetts to the Federal Government – that accounts a great deal toward justifying what some folks claim is a healthcare insurance success. That means you and I help pay for Romneycare. It would be like the U.S. having the taxpayers in Germany and Great Britain pay for half our (No-PP)ACA costs. It’s absurd!

        And as to Woodrow Wilson (who really started the statist focus), FDR, TR, LBJ, and G.W. Bush, all but Bush are dead presidents – not much that can be done to make them have different viewpoints. Obama is the only one toward whom one should place the focus. And I disagree that he is inept and a failure. That assumes that what he wants is a better America. Far from it! What he wants is being accomplished in a very directed manner. Like the frog sitting in a pot of water that’s slowly heating-up, the great majority of the populace doesn’t have any appreciation of what is occurring and how their liberties are being slowly cast to the side of the road. Obama has been very successful in demonizing America to Americans and in “fundamentally changing the United States of America.” If one wants to stop the march to a dystopian America, where else should one place his/her focus other than the most visible agent of that destruction, one Barack H. Obama?

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