Why I’m not a Democrat

I understand the suggestion of many libertarians that it might be wise to support Democratic candidates in the mid-term elections in order to split the power between the executive and legislative branches. Gridlock might improve our chances of avoiding really bad laws and regulations.

Unfortunately, whenever I see an article like this one (indicating that many Democrats will include an anti-Wal-Mart agenda in their campaigns), I remember why I find the left so despicable.

I don’t know much about Wal-Mart, but I know that it is a successful retailer, and the nation’s largest private employer. It conducts millions of transactions each day and all of these are made voluntarily by people who think that the transactions make them better off. Wal-Mart brings many products to market at very low prices and thus helps improve its customers’ quality of life.

I don’t think people hate Wal-Mart because it has the worst practices of any private company. I think they hate it because it is large, visible, and successful. They want to believe that big is bad, and success is unfair. Wal-Mart provides a convenient scapegoat to exploit people’s economic anxieties. In that sense, it reminds me of anti-Semitism. It appeals to people’s fear, and stupidity.

The Democratic leadership, which should know its constituency well, believes that this campaign will help them win elections. That’s enough to tell me that these people should not be supported, and that there’s something terribly wrong with the average Democrat.

I realize that Republicans engage in similar exploitations of people’s fears (of gays, immigrants, atheists, etc.), but they don’t seem as eager to enact widely harmful laws as Democrats are. They don’t seem to hate human success.

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