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Rep. Jerry Nadler is a perfect spokesman for the contemporary Democrat Party. As he oversaw what can only be described as Stalinist impeachment hearings against President Trump, Nadler told us the following: “We cannot rely on an election to solve our problems.” In plain language, Nadler does not believe in the election process or the US Constitution.
This sudden moment of candor should be a wake-up call. Nadler and his Democrat colleagues, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi, would prefer that important decisions be made by the Washington elite and the voters be damned. Their position was endorsed by a recent op/ed piece in the ultra-liberal New York Times (Aug. 21, 2023): “If we want public office to have integrity,” said Dr. Adam Grant, “we might be better off eliminating elections altogether.”
We are at a dangerous moment in American history in which political freedom is under attack. Our country is based on the notion that individual rights take precedence over unlimited governmental power. The American Left and its senior partners, the Democrat Party and the mainstream media, want to destroy that notion, replacing our government with a totalitarian socialist state run by unaccountable bureaucrats. Don’t laugh. It could happen faster than you think.
For many years, Democrats have been allowing the federal government to insinuate itself into every facet of our lives. “Every single one of [Obama’s] initiatives,” says American Thinker, was “directed at increasing government control in every area, with a corresponding decrease in individual liberty.”
An inverse relationship exists between size/scope of government and respect for individual rights. Where there is more of one, there will be less of the other. As we allow the government to be responsible for more and more of our needs, we surrender our independence. The American Left’s ultimate alternative to democracy is socialism, where the government takes care of everything. Socialism is a form of big government that despises the individual and has been accompanied in every case by totalitarianism.
Today’s Democrat is notable for advocating socialist policies, from redistribution of income and government control over healthcare to the “Green New Deal.” As part of its campaign to impose socialism on America, the Democrat Party wants to eviscerate the First Amendment. Any speech that contradicts Democrat Party talking points is considered “hate speech.” With their endorsement of identity politics—where you take sides based on your race, religion, sex, ethnicity, and social background—Democrats are hoping to divide and conquer. “Emphasis on group identities and group rights and progressives clamoring for social justice will lead inexorably to a collectivist tyranny,” wrote David Horowitz in Big Agenda.
Another Democrat mouthpiece, in his moment of transparency, has shown us what we can expect from the Democrats if they succeed in creating a one-party state. Entrepreneur and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said that he thinks “there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.” As with Nadler’s comment regarding elections, Bloomberg is giving us an important clue about Democrat Party political philosophy. “Bloomberg is the archetype of the ‘Nanny knows best’ authoritarian who will happily deprive you of your rights and your freedoms in the name of protecting you,” wrote Scott Shackford in Reason Magazine.
As mayor of New York City, said Jeff Dunetz in The Jewish Press, “Michael Bloomberg was a tyrant who tried to control almost every aspect of people’s lives.” He supported secret surveillance of US citizens. He was against Second Amendment rights. He attempted to control what people eat and drink. It is only one short step from there to controlling what people say and think, how they behave, and where and when they can travel. “Bloomberg has decided that his destiny is to lead our nation out of the burden of individual liberty and personal responsibility,” said Jeff Knox at lewrockwell.com, “and into the peace of conformity, subjugation, and dependency.”
“Bloomberg’s attitude is dangerous,” said Investor’s Business Daily. “If the state can infringe on freedom at ‘certain times,’ then it can do it at any time. Once that wall has been breached, it’s only a matter of how far government goes.” Investor’s Business Daily reminds us that the infringements have occurred at a startling pace: the massive welfare state, weaponization of the Justice Department and IRS, Obamacare, subsidies for politically favored groups, First Amendment violations, unequal protection under the law, FBI surveillance of American citizens.
The Democrats want to take away your right of free expression, redistribute your income, and reduce you to a member of an alienated special interest group. They want power to reside in the Deep State, the cadre of unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC. If they succeed in supplanting capitalism with socialism, the middle class will be taxed out of existence. The incentive to achieve will disappear, as it has in parts of Europe. When the productive segment of our population has had enough, they will pack up and leave and America will turn into Venezuela.
Ward Clark reports in Red State (Aug. 21, 2023) that 14 American cities— Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Seattle—are part of a globalist organization known as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group that advocates banning meat and dairy consumption and the use of private automobiles, limiting each person to three new clothing items per year, and one “short-haul” round-trip flight every three years per person. “It is, of course, the grossest of understatements,” said Clark, “to say that all of these proposals are anathema to the concept of personal liberty.”
The left-leaning elite who are pushing for limitations on personal freedom include the mega-wealthy entrepreneurs at the head of Big Tech. These people have so much money they feel they can tell the rest of us what is best for us, says historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson. “They have nothing but disdain and hatred for the middle class. They hate us,” Hanson says. “They are very dangerous people,” he adds. “The mindset is, I’m doing it all for you. I’m using all my money for you. That’s Orwell’s Animal Farm or 1984.”
The antidote: electing a Republican in 2024.
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