"We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth". - Abraham Lincoln
This quote from the Gettysburg Address is probably one of the most famous quotes in history, which heralded the birth of a new nation in which governments i.e. politicians, are selected from the people, govern with the consent of the people and in the interests of people.
This worked well until the advent of the professional political class who infiltrated the established political parties, taught themselves how to manipulate the electoral systems using bribery and corruption, go on to usurp power and then use it to impose their own ideological agenda.
The whole process has now reached a stage where the political class have become so arrogant and dictatorial that they openly treat the people they are meant to serve with utter contempt.
Abraham Lincoln will be spinning in his grave at the thought of such tools as 'Nudge Units', or Behavioral Insight Teams as they like to call themselves, which are instituted to manipulate people into behaving in a manner acceptable to the political class.
To describe this sort of authoritarian behavior by the professional political class as Fascist would appear at first sight to be an exaggeration, but one only has to look at the 'Nudge Units' inventor to be enlightened.
Cass Sunstein, a paid up member of the American loony left is a believer in authoritarian government over the people and the advocate of measures to bring this end about. This dangerous nutcase suggests that the US government employ teams of covert agents to 'cognitively infiltrate' online groups, websites and other activist groups that monitor the government and its actions. This is designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of their opponents.
This is the sort of behavior that was instrumental in bringing the National Socialist German Workers Party to power in prewar Germany.
It would be a relief to know that totalitarian statists such as Sunstein would not be allowed anywhere near the levers of power in a democracy but unfortunately he has been appointed by President Obama into his government with the grand title of 'Head of The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs'.
It would appear that the 'Progressive in Chief' and his unelected White House czars know what's best for the American people therefore the Gettysburg Address along with the Constitution can be confined to history......... at least until the American people wake up from their slumber and take their country back from those who are committed to its destruction.
It must be noted that people such Sunstein are always appointed, they never use the democratic electoral process as a legitimate route to political power. The House of Lords, the second chamber of the British legislature is by appointment as are the power wielders of the authoritarian and corrupt European Union.
If the long suffering British people thought that their Mother of Parliaments would keep them safe from this kind of Fascist behavior then they will be disappointed to know that their Prime Minister, the media created David Cameron, is a disciple of Sunstein and his Nudge Units.
In the not too distant past the Conservative Party, of which he is the leader, was the custodian of the values which were considered sacred by the many, such as patriotism, individual liberty and democracy. Under the leadership of Cameron the party has been purged of these traditional values and it is now indulging in some not very Conservative behavior.
The descent into authoritarianism began in earnest during the Blair years post 1997 and Cameron, being the self styled 'Heir to Blair', has carried on the descent where Phony Tony left off.
Democracy and government of the people, by the people for the people has been replaced by government by the elite, for the elite, in the total interests of the elite. Cameron and his remote band of trendy, metropolitan 'progressives' know what's best for the people who they deem to be incapable of making the decisions that affect their lives.
Cameron's use of Sunstein's Nudge Units demonstrates not only his insufferable arrogance but his personal contempt for the British people as well. He is going to nudge the people into behaving in manner acceptable to him and his fellow believers. He is going to nudge the people into habits which are conducive to the sort of society he prefers.
He is going to nudge people into eating the type of foods he approves of and in the opinion of the elites, the people must be nudged into changing their drinking habits.
Cameron and the 'progressives' disapprove of Great Britain's pub and drinking culture and they have been trying to destroy it for years with the usual combination of regulations and taxation. Alcoholic beverages prices are kept artificially high by onerous levels of taxation, pubs are closing and jobs are being lost because Cameron and his fellows want to nudge the people into more acceptable habits.
There is no better example of the arrogance and contempt these charlatans have for the people than the attempt to water down wine in order to protect the middle classes from themselves.
The unelected Earl Howe is spending his time patronizing the British people by demanding the EU and the British government water down wine to protect the health of the middle class who are obviously too stupid to decide for themselves what or how much they drink.
This behavior by Earl Howe is not only an indication of his authoritarian frame of mind but the state of British democracy whereby an unelected nobody can use unearned political power against the people he is supposed to represent and who are unable to remove him other than by force.
As has been pointed out ad nauseum on this site, people of Earl Howe's ilk are not only some of the most obnoxious people on the planet but they are also the most appalling hypocrites. The laws, rules and regulations apply to the little people only and not themselves.
The noble Earl's words would carry more weight if he started his crusade with himself and his fellow Fascists by curtailing the taxpayer subsidised food and wine available to themselves in the House of Lords.
It cannot be good for the old fools health to be indulging in wine drinking when he should be earning his three hundred pounds per day attendance allowance helping the hard pressed British people.
Due to the actions of Earl Howe and David Cameron the British people have had to cut back on their pub visits and wine drinking but they are forced to fork out a quarter of a million pounds to subsidise wine and champagne for the noble Lords imbibing habits.
In conclusion I would add that if nudging is a legitimate way to get things done then I would like to nudge the political class into acceding to the wishes of the British people:
Close the borders
Scrap the Human Rights Act
Leave the European Union
Balance the Budget
Slash red tape
Privatise the BBC