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Approaching the Tipping Point

Tyranny v Liberty

By Mark Alexander · Nov. 1, 2012
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” –Samuel Adams (1781)

(This essay was revised to provide post-election narrative and assessment.)

As a student of history, I would assert that in no election since 1860 has our nation been more viscerally divided along clearer battle lines than it was in the contest between Romney/Ryan and Obama/Biden.

The contentious contrast in this campaign cycle was not so much about political policies as about the overarching themes of tyranny versus LibertyRule of Law versus rule of men.

Unfortunately, Barack Hussein Obama’s propaganda machine prevailed in the 2012 election, which will fast-track our nation down the road to Democratic Socialism.

As has been the case since the dawn of American Liberty, today’s Patriots do not set our course on contemporaneous trends defined by polling and focus groups. Instead, we set our compass on true north, on eternal truths “endowed by our Creator” as outlined in what Thomas Jefferson called the “the declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.” Those rights are codified in our Constitution, which many of us have sworn to “support and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

This eternal bearing is central to our Patriot mission, and it will not change with the outcome of any election – though the task before us will be much, much more difficult if enough of our countrymen lack the wisdom to vote for Liberty over tyranny.

In addition to the written records from our Founders of wisdom in support of Liberty and eternal truths, our team here at The Patriot Post is also blessed and humbled to count among the ranks of our readers hundreds of men and women from the Greatest Generation – a generation that possesses wisdom that only comes with age. They have lived through presidential administrations from Wilson to Obama, and their wisdom has been forged in the fires of the Great Depression and World War II. They have witnessed the proliferation of socialist tyranny through Eastern Europe and Asia and the resulting slaughter of hundreds of millions of innocents. They have witnessed the grotesque tribal carnage in Africa and the Middle East.

They are also the generation who, through hard work and innovation in the context of a free-enterprise economy, built the strongest manufacturing operations in history; an economy based on tangible products “Made in the USA” by skilled workers and managers.

I receive letters almost every day from these elder Patriots, many of them expressing grief for the state of affairs they’re leaving behind. Many of them bear a burden that they have somehow failed their posterity because the generations after them have not been instilled with a spirit of Liberty and civic duty sufficient to discern between candidates like Romney, who promote American Liberty, and those like Obama, who seek to undermine Liberty in their relentless pursuit of statist power.

One of these letters arrived Tuesday from one of my heroes – my father. He was born in 1923 and remembers well the hardship of the Depression. He became a Naval Aviator in World War II, came home to start a family, and over three decades built a small manufacturing operation into a company with hundreds of employees. That company was dealt a deathblow during the last Great Recession under Jimmy Carter.

On the eve of his 90th birthday, my father is very concerned about the future of Liberty, and his concern has the bold bona-fide stamp of the wisdom of age.

His generation created great abundance, with the unintended consequence that following generations became progressively complacent, apathetic and dependent. This progression follows the fatal “Cycle of Democracy”: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to Liberty (Rule of Law); From Liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage (rule of men).

Our nation is now suffering under another Great Recession. Like the last one, this recession is the direct result of statist interventionist policies. These policies led to the collapse of real estate values, which cascaded into the banking collapse, which nearly took down the entire economy. (For the record, I outlined this sequence of our current economic decline a month before Obama was elected in 2008.)

John Adams wrote, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” But it’s certainly easier to accept Obama’s recurring premise: “It’s George Bush’s fault.”

Just prior to the 2008 election, Obama said his objective was “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” and he called on his adherents to join him in “remaking this nation, block by block.” Four years later and that transformation is well underway.

Since his first election, Obama has undertaken measures in the name of “economic recovery” that will ultimately, by design, break the back of free enterprise. His “stimulus plan” is modeled on the Cloward-Piven strategy for economic transition, which he studied in depth as a student at Columbia University. This socialist stratagem calls for overloading the government welfare system to the point of crisis, requiring the replacement of that system with a national system of “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” This collapse is written into the genes of our nation’s projected debt load, a burden that will crush free enterprise in the coming decade, without dramatic intervention.

So, how is Obama’s strategy working thus far?

There are 23 million unemployed or underemployed Americans. Tens of millions who are working have not received sufficient pay increases to even keep up with inflation. On Obama’s watch, we have record spending on welfare – households considered impoverished have grown to one in six, and 47 million are on food stamps – up 50 percent since Obama’s election. Obama has also amassed $5 trillion in new debt, and our national debt now totals $16 trillion, which for the first time in history now exceeds U.S. annual economic output. On top of that, energy prices have doubled because of Obama’s restrictions on exploration, and economic growth has slowed to an anemic 1.3 percent.

Mitt Romney failed to mention the real “Obama tax” on the middle class is the fact that median household income has declined by $4,520 (8.2 percent) since Obama took office.

As more Obama supporters removed their heads from their, uh, sandboxes, Obama’s propaganda machine was running full steam, endeavoring to complete the colossal makeover to his “jobs president” façade in the remaining days of the campaign.

As you recall, a few weeks before the Republican Confab in Tampa, Obama declared, “The private sector is doing fine,” and insisted that we really need more government [read “union”] jobs. His Senate lap dog, Harry Reid reiterated, “It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine. It’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers…” Both of these remarks unveil Obama’s real “jobs” agenda.

Just before the 2012 election, as part of his “jobs” charade, Obama unveiled his phony “The New Economic Patriotism” brochure, a “plan” for jobs that will most assuredly seal the fate of our economy if he is re-elected. He’s calling on Americans to “embrace a new economic patriotism,” while his lapdog Joe Biden has declared paying higher taxes to be our “patriotic duty.”

Ah yes, I recall some other socialists in Germany and Russia, early in the last century, who equated “patriotism” with “statism.”

So, we found ourselves in quite a quandary on the eve of the 2012 election: We had a committed socialist president who has won the allegiance of an electorate so dumbed-down by apathy and dependence that it views the state as a benevolent master.

Obama can depend on two principle constituencies who are irrevocably tied to the Left. About 30 percent of voters (60 percent of Obama’s support) are primarily urbanites, whose allegiance has been co-opted by the state in return for redistributed wealth. Another 10 percent of voters (20 percent of Obama’s support) are ideological socialists, from Leftist academicians to Hollywood glitterati, and all the Marxists in between.

It’s not that independent voters who supported Obama are ignorant; it’s simply that, as Ronald Reagan once said of Democrats, “they know so much that isn’t so.” Indeed, they were enticed in the last election to support a candidate Joe Biden described as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

In this election year, there was a much clearer distinction between the candidate’s ideologies and, fortunately, some of Obama’s ‘08 supporters came to their senses, as typified in this Grassroots Commentary letter from “Karen,” expressing the buyer’s remorse of an ill-informed vote.

But Mitt Romney failed to close the deal with grassroots independent voters – not because he didn’t genuinely care about Americans from all walks of life, but because his staff was top-heavy with folks who, themselves, have little or no grassroots grounding. Though we know our “Memo to Mitt From Grassroots Americans” was delivered to his communications director, these critical talking points never made it to his debate strategists.

In the election of 2012, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, we made “our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.” By a narrow margin, the latter won.

Obama is now determined to fulfill his promise of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

There will be a new morning in America, another Sunrise on Liberty, but in the meantime, we face some very dark years ahead.

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95 Comments

Marcus Brown in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia said:

The scary part is the civil disorder that would result from an executive branch and legislatures closely adhering to the letter and spirit of the Constitution. The parasites will riot, steal, and destroy. Legitimate, needy welfare recipients will suffer by the overwhelming whining of the “Yes, but not in my backyard” crowd. Our now national yellow journalism will thrive — uncaring that factual journalists [Oxymoron?] are the first to go if the Fascists gain power. Perhaps the evil that Obama has laid on the country cannot be overcome. But we have to try.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Roger N. Brooks in Richmond, NH said:

We have the choice this election between a liar and a crook and a really smart guy who evidences morals and values and a real free-market intellect. I'm voting for Romney over the crook and can't do Ron Paul or Gary Johnson laments while Barack sweeps to victory amidst our moral posturing. Get Romney elected and then seek to be his primary influence... or just waste your vote and get 'four more years'! To all who understand, Semper Fi! RNB

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

c graviss in st louis, mo said:

Viscerally divided maybe, but clear battle lines, hardly. Don't be fooled again by a big govt warmongering neo-con republican, who clearly has little of his own philisophical grounding. He is a Statist, political pragmatist, who wants to substitute his own cronies for Obamas. If you people voting for him get want you want you may end up more disappointed than the liberals are who voted for Obama last time.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Who are you talking about, you seem to descibe only Obmao. I would say Romney is fully grounded in his faith and ideology, but you, on the other hand, seem unhinged and delusional in your lack of rational thought.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Todd Kreigh in Skiatook, OK said:

The usual prattle that freely flows from the mouths of Obama/Biden about the magic of government and the inequity and incompetence of unfettered capitalism simply echoes their Party's generalized talking points. That's not a surprise.

The shock is that roughly half of the electorate buy into it.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

William in Colorado said:

If you think that there is no real difference in these two candidates consider the Kagan and Sotomayor appointments to the Supreme Court. If you would like these appointments, vote Obama. If you would like to see conservative Justices in our court, vote Romney. This election is a lot larger than just the two candidates with a legacy that lasts for a very long time.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

omar in cleveland, ohio replied:

William, You are right, but it's not that simple. People also need to see the executive orders Obama has implemented for his use. He now has his chosen few in the Court, and because of his appointments, our system of checks and balances is really becoming very skewed. The addition of another liberal judge can be catastrophic to all of us.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

omar in cleveland, ohio said:

I am in total agreement that the WWII generation of Americans are truly the greatest generation. My Dad passed five years ago and the selfless and compassionate legacy he left behind still makes me choke up. My Mom, God Bless Her, is 94 and is quite sharp for her age. She listens and pays attention to what she hears and sees and she, too, is gravely concerned at the direction this country is heading. Hopefully there are others like me who were raised with the same values and character as our parents and we will make a difference in getting this country back in gear. This socialistic agenda Obama is implementing into our daily lives is a tragedy. Obama has lied his way through office with the help of the mainstream media and it's up to us to put a stop to this "reign of terror". All people have to do is go to a legislative site and check the executive orders he has implemented to see what he's planning for the next four! We can't allow this to happen. He has superseded Congress to implement the potential for these executive orders, and thereby, supersedes our rights as American Citizens. This is too important to ignore. Our parents fought for the American Dream and it's up to us to continue fighting for our kids as well!

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Mr. Lloyd in Colton, Ca. replied:

Quoting Tennyson:

Come, my friends.
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die....
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Bethel Bennett in Miami, AZ said:

It's such a shame that once a nation wallows in excessive luxury, for such a long time, then following that is loss of freedom and disdain for all that is good and honorable. God help us!

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Wayne Stanton in Anderson SC said:

Mr. Alexander, I enjoy your thoughts and expressions, but there has been a trend in them recently to wheedle a bit because Mr. Romney hasn't adhered to your own specific debate game plan often enough. You make frequent mention of your disappointment over this. It begins to smell of whining, frnakly. As to Romney v. Obama, in my opinion, and despite my own wishes for a more conservative direction by the Republican ticket, anyone who wastes a vote on a candidate who cannot possibly win is committing an act of selfishness, if not treason. VOTE NOV.6 - Romney/Ryan

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Frank Champagne in Ferndale, Wa said:

Having seen and experienced the exact same decline in Britain, and having escaped at age eighteen when I emmigrated alone to avoid the unemployment that was imminent in the mid-sixties, I am appalled when I see free-born Americans embrace the same ideology that sank the UK.
Socialism is the most insidious and dangerous threat to liberty. In it's more overt forms, fasciosm and comunism, it is more obviuous and therefore easy to recognize. The more passive and covert form we see throughout the modern world is harder to define as an imminent threat. IT takes a more eduated mind to see it's pitfalls and hidden traps. Sadly, by the time they are obvious, they also deeply embedded into the threads of the culture. Witness the Europeans, Canadians, Australians and others who have succumbed to this disease. Fearful of "losing their benefits" they cling to the government and defend the system, unaware of the cost in liberty. They prefer to be well fed serfs than self determined free people.
This is ourt last chance to thwart the ambitions of the global socialists and define the barrier between serfdom and liberty. If we fail now, liberty is lost for another two hundred years until the cycle comes around again. By then, who will remember what liberty looked like?

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Kirby Killian in Vancouver, WA said:

Many have stated that this election is the most important since …… mainly sighting the radical difference in direction the two sides are taking. I would contend that the real significance of this election is a check point on the character of the American Citizen. For over 4 centuries (as colonies and states) the American has been characterized as hard working, diligent, determined, innovative, ingenious, independent and dedicated to freedom. Some politicians believe that times have changed, and that Americans in general no longer have that character and now want to clock in at 9, clock out at 5 and put in minimal effort, willing to surrender their freedom to a government that will take care of them. It was clear from the first presidential debate that one candidate, though short on specifics of how to get the economy back on track was counting on the traditional character of the American people to make it happen. The other candidate clear thinks that a big, powerful, invasive government is the only solution because the American people are no longer hard working, diligent, determined, innovative, ingenious, independent and dedicated to freedom.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

rippedchef in sc replied:

absolutely correct,I might add Christian family values,honor and integrity to your list of adjectives

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Patriot in West Texas said:

Great Jablonski,this is your right,but why didn't you just vote for Obama,that stupid protest vote was the same thing. If Obama is re-elected you will have four long miserble years to think about your actions. And when your liberties start disappearing think about it again, better still ask Gary Johnson.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

J B Hoffman in Austin TX said:

I was born in 1929. Since then (since I came of age) I felt that Carter was our worst president. However, I now feel that O is by far the worst when it comes to our nation's welfare and survival! Come Lord Jesus!

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Political Trendsetters in Oklahoma said:

The reason that many voting citizens today cannot discern between liberty and tyranny is because our public government school systems have churned out several generations of graduates who are ignorant of the history, politics, science, literature, and economics that made our country great.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Marianne Hart in Earlysville, VA said:

At 82, I am as worried about the future of this nation as is your father. If Obama is reelected, we stand only the slimmest of chances that America will ever again be a free land. Socialism is anything but free; our children and all our descendants will be slaves to the government. This must not be allowed to happen -- but my knowing that is no help. I pray that our nation will be saved and will return to its original status as a nation; that our descendants will be free to worship -- that, I believe, is threatened now, along with all our other freedoms. Freedom of speech, once lost, will take all the other freedoms with it.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

James Ayars Bateman in Tool, Texas said:

Mark Alexander, You are once more absolutely correct in your comments. This nation, in certain fact, stands at the threshold of making quite literally a decisive choice in the 2012 presidential election which extends far beyond individual candidates for office. Those among us who would sacrifice any portion of our Liberty and Freedom would therefore at the same time embrace tyranny and national failure of this republic whether wittingly or, I would surmise, quite ignorantly. No observant student of our long history could help but recognize the critical and sure dangers of tyrannical statism and its "from the top down" form of ruling as opposed to the absolute sovereignty of We the People who elect to govern us only those whose unswerving allegiance is to uphold the Constitution which embodies the values and realities as stated in our Declaration of Independence. To "rule" and to "govern" are two very different conceptual constructs. Americans know instinctively the difference between the two and must vote in this election in such manner so as to uphold our hard won Liberty and Freedom. That we have a perfect living example of what we face by having a President who wishes to blur or even obliterate the distinction between ruling and governing must be reason enough to put a stop to the already revealed use of rule by men as opposed to governance by laws. Liberty and Freedom can be lost in a mere short period of time if our people do not once again demand by their enlightened self-interests that this nation shall remain free and independent with Liberty and Justice for all as the only valid standards by which we judge all actions taken by those in authority.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM