Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's about Liberty

Here's a news flash: opposing the president's re-election won't save our nation. Considering the current crop of GOP hopefuls, hell, replacing Pres. Obama won't even move us in the right direction.

Campaign season litters the landscape with canards. Candidates exhort us to reclaim "family values," restore capitalism or fight for religious freedom. Most of that rhetoric is nothing but pandering; all of it distracts us from what threatens the future of our country.

What we're losing, fundamentally and insidiously, is individual Liberty. A handful of examples:

Obama's Executive Order Authorizes Peacetime Martial Law
(The New American)

Holder 1995: We Must 'Brainwash' People on Guns

No Kugel for you!
(The New York Post)

New laws: No caffeine in beer, shark fins in soup
(The Washington Times)

Obama's Most Fateful Decision
(The Huffington Post)

Throw a Football or Frisbee on an L.A. Beach, Pay a Thousand-Dollar Fine

The Nanny State Owns Your Kids: 'Educators,' Not Parents, 'Know Best,' Insists Michigan Bureaucrat
(Republic Magazine)
This is the government we deserve. As citizens we've abdicated our duty to preserve, protect and defend the freedoms we crow about only on national holidays.

Nothing personal -- I mean, if you're reading this there's a good chance that you're not part of the problem. You love this country. You chart your own course, independent of prevailing winds, and you earn your keep. You cherish Liberty -- every moment, above all.

And you join me in the minority.

In this moment of frustration I'm recalling an old Remington ad I posted here last year:

"No poison-pollen of Old World imperialism gone to seed can contaminate -- nor any attempt of crowd-sickened collectivism undermine -- the priceless individualism of the American who truly keeps his feet on the earth."
The antitheses -- "crowd-sickened collectivism" versus "priceless individualism" -- stand out, don't they?

This stark contrast captures our challenge. It reminds us what's at stake: Liberty.