The Tree of Liberty: Nourishing Our Attachment
April 23rd, 2010
In a huge sigh of collective nationalistic relief, we have learned that as a result of Obama's Nuclear Summit, both Canada and Mexico have made the rather difficult decision to forego any nuclear proliferation ambitions by way of stockpiling excess uranium.
This was one of the major concerns of the world, as we understand how both the Canadians and the Mexicans have repeatedly threatened Global Security with their brutishness at having and distributing future nuclear weapons...for Heaven's sake.
But as our elected representatives continue their efforts at juggling an ever increasing amount of activities which formerly belonged to the Civil Society, or the Private Sector, we can begin to now see our country's brave new "temporary" heading. Our "electoral jugglers" have, indeed, shown a consistently singular aptness at immediately dropping the balls which they had so desperately yearned to control for so many years prior.
Washington...We May Have a Problem
For instance, the Congressional Research Service now states that upon the successful passage of Obamacare, our Congress unwittingly revoked their own current healthcare plan without having an alternative plan available. This understandably dredges up reams of questions as to whether Congress actually understands the implications of the health law as it applies to and affects the American People if they cannot even measure it to themselves in their limited number. Overall--this--I should point out, does not surprise us in the least.
In fact, the current Congressional Members' healthcare plan now stands outside of the law. This would seem to serve a certain poetic justice (if not appropriateness) for members of the Senate and House who seem not too terribly concerned with regard to Constitutional constraints. That being not enough, however, new information now suggests that America will very soon be treated to a severe shortage of doctors as a direct result of the passage of Obamacare. The numbers of doctors which will be required to administer the new healthcare law are currently non-existent, which is a flamboyantly recognizable salute to the collectively challenged cerebellums that are this current Congressional "braintrust."
When we then look at the number of physicians who have vowed to quit their practices altogether, rather than to become slaves to a burgeoning Government Health Bureaucracy, we can begin to see that we will soon have a whole new set of problems to deal with, in addition to a proliferation of other problems brought about by the new law. It's as if our Representation has decided to test the mettle of we Americans by legislating a staggering number of problems to heave at the American people. In fact, a recent report by the Heritage Foundation details a bevy of budgetary problems currently at play that is unprecedented in the last 50 years of American budgetary disciplinic efforts.
The current budget deficit is nearly double any previous administration's budget deficit at 7.8% of GDP. This means that every household in America will owe a budget deficit in the amount of $ 13,120 (for this year) in addition to all other federal debt from prior years. This fact leads us to wonder if perhaps the President, along with congress, has grown so distracted with the onerous duties of presiding over a Superpower, that both have decided to take the US down a number of notches in order to displace the Country outside of the Superpower ranking.
To illustrate this particular point, at the conclusion of the Nuclear Summit, an event which teemed over with a surprising lack of useful content as alluded to earlier, the President stated the following:
"It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them, and that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."
The above remarks, unremarkably, set a large number of both the media and concerned Americans into wondering if their President had the same interests at heart as the people whom he supposedly serves--while this appears to be yet another veiled, internationally targeted apology.
The President has, of late, come under significant verbal fire for his leading an "exodus" of the American people away from the established promised land of "milk and honey" and into a hellish economic maelstrom that seems to border on Socialism in its command and control facets. Whenever the subject of the President's seeming "Socialist tendencies" comes up, no matter the venue, the left-leaning ideologues can be seen to visibly bristle at the indirectly negative connotation.
We cannot help but wonder if perhaps these individuals bristle because they simply dislike the characterization of Socialism as inaccurate-- or is it that they know and understand what this negatively but accurately portends for the President's seeming lame-duck future? In a recent poll of the American people by CBSNEWS/NY Times, 52% of the American people felt as if the President was leading the Country towards Socialism. This would seem to scream confirmation of what many of we Conservatives and otherwise have been trying to say for the last 18 months. In fact, only 38% of respondents indicated that the President was not leaning the Country towards Socialism.
We cannot fail to further note the "new talking points" that have apparently been delivered to the media as it regards "sedition." Many on the Left have initiated another verbal accusatory assault on the Conservatives and Libertarians and even Democrats who now consistently disagree with those in power. Sedition, in this case, is an extreme misuse of the word in order to insidiously blunt those individuals of their First Amendment Right to peaceably gather and redress grievances with those in power by way of protests, etc.
Desperately Seeking Souciance
We have yet to see or hear of any comments which actually urge individuals towards insurrection or violence--a required ingredient for the charge of sedition to stick. But the now-consistently disingenuous Liberals repeatedly fall back into charge after charge against their opposites in a seemingly desperate attempt to try anything to quell the rising tide of fermenting dissent.
In order to understand the implications of all of this we must first look to the Tea Party as a harbinger of foreknowledge with regard to where we are as a Country today. The majority of the Liberal Democrats in Congress, having been seen to essentially rubberstamp nearly every one of the President's ill-formed autocratic epiphanies, now actually appear to be coming out of the closet as Democrats transmorphed into quasi-Socialists with hand held out.
In fact the Democrats are now legislating a bill that, upon passage, will allow the Government to intervene into a financial institution and take it over if said institution appears on the verge of failure. This increasingly places US financial companies in the rare position of being damned if they appear too successful and conversely damned if they appear on the verge of failure. Nevermind the arbitrary means that those in power might find useful as they disseminate the rules that will determine a "legislative verdict".
While the right to succeed is denigrated as a Company may grow "to large", the right to fail will be deleted by Authoritarian usurpation. But whether to fail or to succeed, the changes which will be designed to mitigate excess in either regard, Ladies and Gentlemen, will be an equation for average to below average success at best. America was not built for nominality--nor should that be Her or anyone else's goal--unless that goal seeks an unspoken political direction.
See What You See
When those members of the Media and otherwise disingenuously, if not repeatedly, take umbrage at the implication of Socialism as it applies to the current Governmental impetus, we would do well to remind them as to the exact definition of Socialism:
Socialism is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as (1): any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
Under definition (3) we find the following:
A stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.
When we look at the above definitions, and then reference them to what we have seen quite quickly (if not ominously) take place regarding various industries and manufacturers and Banks--along with Healthcare, one can begin to then see that perhaps the warnings elicited by "Right-Winged Extremists"--which today seems to mean anyone that disagrees--were not so far off. The old saying that keeps coming to mind: If it walks like a duck, if it sounds like a duck, if it looks like a duck, then it must be a duck.
Many could say that the feeling of a majority of Americans, along with what we have all seen from our Government of the past year, is nothing more than incidental to the economic morass that we find ourselves mired in. That, indeed, these changes and severe intervention by Government seems necessary at the time in order to head off a dour economic breakdown. They could say, as they comfort themselves in contrition, all sorts of feel-good panoplies and they might be correct.
The Dark Slide
But what if they are wrong? What if those in power, along with others--whether well-intentioned or not--actually mean to transform America into something that it was never designed nor intended to be? What if those who have been sounding the Liberty Bell of alarm are not extremists but rather keen observers of political history--who through both analytic and empathic means--feel the stark wrongness that flows from the unusual events that have recently shaped our perceptions? The world's political history is, in fact, littered with the tragic tales of the product of the powerful well-intentioned.
The Trusts of American Heritage that are our liberties are not warranted, nor are they guaranteed in perpetuity. Many Americans can now see that the Tree of Liberty must be warded and nourished by those who live within the safety of its protective canopy. We can no longer mindlessly go about our daily lives while totally ignoring the distant processes that makes that daily life of pursuing our happiness possible.
We can no longer be completely confident that those in power have the Nation's best interests at heart--when those interests appear so sharply divergent in the form and the shape of their intent.
It is always wiser to watch what they do rather than to listen to what they say.
Barry L. Secrest