Whither Liberty? by Adobe Walls
Part I [from 17 April 2010]:
At the risk of being a little wordy here’s something I’ve been meaning to get off my chest.
For the last century the left has been slowly and surely expanding the size and intrusiveness of government. While the pace of this process slows and accelerates as control of the White House and Congress passes back and forth between political parties it never stops. This is the failure of the supposed conservative party; it never repeals any of the socialist policies or entities created by the left. On occasion genuine conservatives gain temporary stewardship of the country and achieve some small progress reducing the size of our government but the decreases are small and only temporary. As soon the left regains ascendancy the inexorable growth of the state and diminishment of our personal independence and liberty begins anew.
We have now entered a new and more dangerous phase of this process. The capture of the old Democratic Party by the radical Social Democrats is now complete. Their goal is not merely to create a European style Social Democracy here in America. The Social Democrats intend to create the socialist utopia that the European socialists have always aspired to but never achieved for various reasons. One of these reasons has always been the existence of an attractive viable alternative to socialism. That would be our Republic and our free market economy. Some say we are at a fork in the road or perhaps a crossroads. I submit that we are at THE fork in the road and time is short. If we do not expel these Progressivists from our body politic and keep them out forever starting in 2010 it may be too late. If freedom and democracy fails here it will ultimately fail everywhere.
When, how and where does Liberty meet its end? I don’t know when Liberty’s demise will be complete but I am sure that the process has indeed begun. When enough of the people have traded their personal independence for dependence on Government entitlements. When enough industries and businesses are either directly controlled by government or indirectly through mandates and regulation that the regime in power can determine what the consumers of goods and services are entitled to receive. When governments determine how much profit is socially acceptable as dictated by “Social Justice” and determines what part of the fruits of our labor we deserve to keep and how much is owed to the “Aggrieved Interest Classes”. When the government determines what portion of what ”haves” have is owed to the “have-nots” by virtue of their suffering under the oppressive heel of free market capitalism’s tyranny. What but oppression could explain why some are better off than others? When government declares it’s right, indeed it’s duty to redistribute the wealth in the name of “fairness” and social justice it is at that point that rights and liberties of the individual will be sacrificed for the good of the “Collective”, for there will be those selfish individuals who refuse to embrace the needs of the many. There will be some who cling to the archaic notion that we are endowed by our Creator not only with unalienable rights but with free will and ambition to spur us to excel in our attempts to improve our material and spiritual condition. As the Social Democrat’s redistributive programs fail, as they must due to rising costs and falling revenues as more and more people are supported by fewer and fewer productive citizens the state must become more intrusive in the economic, and increasingly the social life of all citizens. The freedoms we take for granted will be deemed by the state to be socially divisive luxuries that have outlived their usefulness and are best discarded in the interest of societal cohesion. At some point we will be told by the state to shut up or else. When only some few brave souls refuse to be silent, then Liberty meets it’s end, hands bound…blindfolded in front of Adobe Walls.
Part II [from 20 January 2012]:
The problem is we have become accustomed to seeing discrete tyranny up close for generations. It has become “PROGRESSIVEly” harder and more blatant this last decade and particularly these last three years — as I type this CNN played a clip of Obama saying that he can’t wait for a minority in the Senate to do what needs to be done, referring to his recent “recess appointments”.
This ends in some form of civil war. The gulf between each side’s concept of what’s right and wrong cannot be bridged; the notion of whether or not following the constitution or doing what’s expedient is a circle that can not be squared even if the left meant well. They do not.
We and the rest of this nation would do well to remember that every tyranny of the modern era was engineered and executed for the common good — wasn’t Mussolini’s fascism an acceptable price to pay for getting the trains to run on time? Even the Neocons sincerely believe that ignoring the constitution from time to time is acceptable if done in the interest of fighting some other evil. After all, they don’t intend to use those means to infringe on OUR liberties! They are seemingly oblivious to the potential for misuse of power by their underlings or those who follow them to power, even the left means well and respects freedom above all else — right?
The bigger danger is that the great mushy middle doesn’t care enough to stay informed enough, to be aware of and see the dots along the line leading to tyranny and serfdom. It is an ill wind that blows in these times. Let us hope it will not be too late when or even if America wonders Whither Liberty?