In 2011, Congresswoman Maxine Waters was worried about her reelection chances.
She was not concerned about an uprising from Republicans, since conservatives have not established a long-term ground game in the inner cities, where she and other Democrats have been dominant for decades. She was worried about challenges from other incumbent Democrats, including then House Rep. Laura Richardson and Karen Bass.
Because of the 2011 Citizens Redistricting Commission, Waters could have ended up in a district against two other African-American lawmakers.
To preempt any election upsets, she hosted a jobs forum in Inglewood with the other Congresswomen.
One of the features, empty dinner plates, highlighted the blight of poverty and lack of opportunities in these areas. Instead of taking responsibility for the fact that her and her President’s poor policies have created these problems, she blamed another group:
“I’m not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. As far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”
There was another part she added:
“And I intend to help them get there!”
I began wondering: what would hell be like for Rep. Maxine Waters?
One embarrassing encounter for the Congresswoman provided some insight. She experienced discomfort when Fox News reporter Jesse Watters ambushed her in the halls of Congress after her tirade.
For the first time in decades, Maxine Waters did not fight, but kept her mouth shut. Jesse Watters tried to get her to speak:
“You said that Fox News ‘chokes us and lies to us’. . .”
Congresswoman Waters said nothing, smiled, and looked straight ahead, trying to escape the reporter.
“Who’s ‘us’ and what are the ‘lies'”?
“Congresswoman, you said you weren’t afraid of anybody. You’re not afraid of me, are you?”
Silence reigned supreme with Queen Maxine.
Hell for Maxine Waters would be world free from government induce conflict and liberal activism.
“You also said the Tea Party should go straight to hell. You don’t really believe that, do you?”
Finally, Waters escapes into an elevator, but even as the door closes, Watters comments:
“That’s not very nice rhetoric.”
So, hell would be a place where politicians like her have no say, no influence, where they cannot incite conflict, where they do not get away with rude, race-baiting falsehoods.
Perhaps hell for Maxine Waters would be a world where the Tea Party’s principles of limited government, individual liberty, and Constitutional rule prevailed, instead of unfettered, immoral liberalism.
I imagine the opening scene, like Dante’s Inferno, but instead of getting lost in a Dark Wood, Waters finds herself in a wealthy suburb, like Manhattan Beach, or Central Torrance (which now belongs to her congressional district).
Then the spirit of free market economist Milton Friedman confronts her, tells her that she has lost her way.
“Let me take you on a journey through a free society.”
Waters quivers in terror: “No! I won’t go!”
But it’s too late. She must go to hell, or at least the places which she would consider hell on earth
Maxine Waters, socialist
Friedman introduces her to many successful African-American businessmen and women, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, individuals who did not depend on subsidies from the state but through faith and hard work accomplished great things.
Herman Cain: Successful businessman, Presidential candidate, told the Occupy Protestors: “Get a job!”
Friedman would force Waters to witness the impact of black business owners who improve their communities, who refuse to feel sorry for themselves or blame their failures on the past. Instead of gang-banging, Waters would witness after-school programs and mentorships where inner-city youth learn that there is more to life than the thug life, and they are not defined by their circumstances or the color of their skin.
Of course, all of this would be intolerable for Waters. She would feel the flames on the side of her face. She would meet young men and women of all colors, who start out earning a basic wage, then work their way up through education, experience, and investment.
“We are earning a minimum wage now, but we don’t intend to stay in a low-pay job. We are already on our way to getting promotions because we come to work on time and do a good job.”
US Senator Edward Brooke (R-Massachusetts), “Government should not do for a man what he can do for himself”
Then, she would got hospitals like a newly, privately-owned Drew-King Medical Center in Willowbrook. Instead of Obamacare, individuals are paying for their health care directly, but pay much less than for their insurance premiums. Because they have jobs, because they have their own wealth, they don’t worry about not having enough money to pay their health care bills.
Some of them even have Health Savings Accounts, so they get tax credits.
“What?! They don’t need government money to stay healthy?!”
Then, Friedman would take Waters to local schools in South Los Angeles, independent charter schools where parents chose to enroll their children, rather than having to settle for a local government schools just because they occupy the same zipcode.
“No! This can’t be happening. Young minority children learning the true history of their country, their God-Given rights, the power a work ethic, instead class warfare and race-baiting! I can’t stand it! Get me out of here!”
Friedman would remind her that school districts like Wiseburn School District, now unified from the irrepressibly corrupt Centinela Valley District, are thriving because of their private school model which invites children from all over the West Los Angeles area to enroll in their schools.
But Friedman is not done yet.
Then he takes her back to Hawthorne and Inglewood, shows them the power and initiative of individual entrepreneurs who have invested time and energy into their cities. Through their industry, they put away the blight and brought back the light in their cities.
Friedman would then introduce her to well-functioning city councils, where public employees make a decent wages and invest their money their own way, absorbing the consequences and reaping the benefits of wise planning, rather than depending on unsustainable, insecure government pensions. Instead of union dictating their will to city councils, representatives are making the hard decisions to cut spending and expanding opportunities.
“What? No unions?! How can I bully cities into doing what I want them to without taxpayer-funded thugs?”
“When you give people choices, when you recognize that they have talent, that they can achieve without forced subsidies from the state, individuals choose liberty over government dependence every time. Then they don’t feel the need to coerce and fight one group of people to take what they make.”
Waters would probably go into shock, then block her ears with her trembling hands. Trying to run away, she would confront visions of wealth and prosperity, American banners flying in the wind surrounding her. Patriotic songs would fill the air.
She tries to escape into a local church, where she has often gotten away with preaching faith in government instead of Christ. Instead of a warm welcome, pastors and parishioners reject her anti-authority, anti-conservative hate speech. Local churches would be preaching the Gospel according to the Bible instead of unity according to Karl Marx.
“I can’t take it any more! Get me out of here!”
Then Friedman would respond:
“What, I thought you weren’t afraid of anybody!”
Indeed, Waters is afraid.
She is afraid of a world which would not need politicians, a country established on the rule of law, based on the US Constitution and not the arbitrary will of President or a party boss, where Americans, regardless of their color or cultural background, learn the value of godly character based on Biblical principle, as opposed to government fiat.
In other words, a world where Tea Party principles reigned supreme, not Queen Maxine.
Now I’ve gone straight to hell!
Bio: Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. He is the editor of Schaper’s Corner.