During the brouhaha over the "domestic wiretaps" and "secret spying", I often heard:
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety". -Benjamin Franklin
Those on the Left wailed that the Bush Administration was the harbinger of fascism, that the Constitution was being rent asunder by an intrusive government. Yet, the target audience for these wiretaps were terrorists on foreign soil. So, where’s the hue and cry as another President (thankfully, still a wannabe) is issuing utterances that would go FAR beyond what the wiretaps do and affect all US citizens. And the effect is not just materially, not just financial, but in that most intangible (yet most important) right of all – freedom.
Pray tell, how would these statements, if enacted, increase my sense of freedom, for I only see decreases?
- "We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
- "We can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
- "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground."
- "I certainly think the free market has failed."
- "I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in the entire economy, that they are being watched."
- "What I want to do is take those profits and apply them to alternative energy."
- "It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, for the few, and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."
The candidate is effectively espousing socialistic, nay, communistic principles here that would make Marx and Lenin proud. That candidate is Hillary Clinton. She is espousing the right of government to TAKE from citizens as if it is the government’s absolute right to do so. She will abrogate one of our country’s most basic rights – the right of private property. She is all about dismantling our capitalistic system in the vein of "we know better than you; government is better than the private sector".
Worst of all…
…is the shift from a government of and for individuals to one where my prosperity is solely a function of other people.
Freedom vs socialism.