Give Me Liberalism Or Give Me Death
Your right, Patrick Henry didn’t quite say it that way, now did he. However, today it seems that one can more and more hear a similar refrain across the political landscape. Proponents of liberalism have become extremely outspoken in their efforts to radically transform America. One could almost say that liberalism has become a religion.
Jonah Goldberg, in his book “Liberal Fascism”, branded all liberals as fascists and all fascists as progressives. Now, that covers a lot of territory. Take fascism for example. In my opinion, fascism is something that is generally misunderstood and exists on both sides of the political divide. Labels like this, therefore, don’t mean all that much. The bigger question is do people support the ideals of the founding fathers that this country was based on, or not?
I recently heard someone compare liberalism to radical Islam and Islamic terrorists/suicide bombers. The comparison apparently was that they both like to destroy things by blowing them up so that they can then take over. I wouldn’t go quite that far but I would say that liberalism isn’t merely about ideology; rather, it’s a means to an end.
In order to properly understand liberalism, one really shouldn’t consider it to be anything like a religion, even if the liberals due tend to be rather fanatical in their beliefs. Liberals intentionally promote agendas that are like motherhood and apple pie; that is, who could say no to them. Theoretically then if it were possible, the state could provide for all of man’s needs. The problem is that man would no longer be the engine driving the world and the center of creation – the state would.
To liberals, this would be nirvana, though. Man subjugated to nature – and the state. As for God, he would no longer exist – like so many other truths relegated to the dustbin of mythology. With respect to freedom and individual rights, they would essentially disappear; only the state, and corporations, would have rights. The Constitution would no longer be necessary either since it promulgates that man’s unalienable rights flow directly from God. Without God as the source of moral authority, the state(read, the liberals) would, in effect, become God. People like Bill Gates and Bill Maher would be absolutely ecstatic. They, and the rest of their intellectual, progressive buddies, could then proclaim the new Ten Commandments of the Georgia Guidestones to the rest of the world.
So the next time that you hear someone suggesting that the government solve all of our social ills, be wary. Free handouts don’t grow on trees and they don’t really come from the government either since “we the people” produce the nation’s wealth. First, read the fine print as there are usually conditions attached – conditions such as you have to give up your personal freedoms. Why isn’t there a Patrick Henry around when you need one?