“The BROKEN WINDOWS THEORY is a criminological theory of the norm setting and signaling effects of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that monitoring and maintaining urban environments in a well-ordered condition may prevent further vandalism as well as an escalation into more serious crime.”
I want to take a portion out of this theory, that is, how small often times insignificant actions can have a huge effect on behavior.
LIBERALS FIND THEMSELVES CONFUSED AND DAZED REGARDING THE BEHAVIOR OF THE VOTING POPULACE. They see polls where their programs are supported by solid majorities of the people yet they don’t get the support for these policies in the election. In the book, ‘WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS” the author makes the case that although the majority of people would be better off economically under the Democrats, the Republicans in an almost Svengali manner focus PEOPLE ON CULTURE ITEMS AND DIVERT THEM FROM LOOKING AT THE ECONOMIC ISSUES which the author assumes are much better under the Democrats.
You often hear liberals cry that the right is lying or making things up. The MSM tends to support the Democrats so IT ISN’T THAT THE LIBERAL MESSAGE ISN’T GETTING OUT and that the Republican “lies” are all the people hear. In fact, it is here that the “broken window phenomena” comes in. I CALL IT THE “LEMONADE STAND THEORY.”
To the left, the government is a powerful force for good. Today, liberals remember the progressives as do-gooders who cleaned up the food supply and agitated for a more generous social welfare state and better working conditions. They see government as a force that can protect the populace, insure safe food, fight monopolies, protect the environment, give healthcare to everyone, etc. They see government the opposite of what Ronald Reagan saw when he said, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” THE PROBLEM FOR THE LEFT IS THAT THE PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE THEM. AND THEY DON’T BELIEVE THEM BECAUSE OF THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH GOVERNMENT.
Look at the polls. The most liberal age group consists of those under the age of 30. They are the ones who have the least experience and are more susceptible to the ideas of the left. The young basically have a single point of experience to deal with, that is, how things are today. Through a single data point you can draw an infinite number of lines so what is possible seems infinite. They would particularly be susceptible to a campaign focusing on ‘Hope and Change.’ As you gain more life experience you not only know what is, but also what was. Your judgment is better because you are basing your views on an understanding of how things actually work.
Now for the reason I call this the “Lemonade Stand Theory.” We are periodically seeing stories of how the police come out and shut down some children who have set up a lemonade stand. The city shuts them down because they don’t have a license to sell the lemonade. Licensing food establishments has a noble cause as well as an economic benefit for the local government. These laws are designed to insure people aren’t made sick when eating at public establishments. But like the broken windows in the original theory, these little governmental actions such as shutting down a children’s lemonade stand is just another nail in the coffin of government trust. IF YOU CAN’T TRUST EVEN YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO USE A LITTLE COMMON SENSE REGARDING KIDS HAVING A LEMONADE STAND, HOW CAN YOU TRUST THE BIG IMPERSONAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RUN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM? The Lemonade Stand Theory strikes again.
I invite your comments. Do you think the Lemonade Stand Theory is legitimate?