Alexander's Column

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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Robert E8 USN Ret in SE AZ said:

TO: Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post
SUBJ: Today's Post, Mr. Alexander, NavAir (former)
Well Done! An accolade to the senior Mr. Alexander. Highest Navy compliment. Another Well Done, for Mr. Alexander, the son.
Today's piece must go to the top of the list of those many pieces so well presented with astounding accuracy and insight. Agree, *en toto* with today's comments!
Though barely, I am of that group you describe as "The Greatest Generation". We did not know, until much later, that such a title would occur. Fifteen million men and women of the United States of America, once again pulled the European chestnuts from of the fire . At the same time it was necessary to reduce the boiling rice pot of Asia. We did it because the Republic coalesced! At that time there was a backup force of about thirty people, military and civilian, to keep one rifle on the battle line Every aspect of support was created and provided. Blinded, all the while by the events at hand, to the directions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Republic has been rotted from the inside, with one or two exceptions, since then to now and the successor to FDR, Barack Hussein Obama , Jr.
Today's piece is absolutely accurate as to the consequence of this electorate notarizing the death warrant of the Republic. In that if BHO, Jr is re-seated the electorate will have chosen his path and he will "fundamentally change (end) the Republic of America. Semper Fi!

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Skyagunsta in Missouri said:

Socialism is Slavery
We had a group of people in America in the past that were given free health care, free living quarters, free food, free clothing and their job was provided for them. They lived in the height of security with all there basic needs in life provide to them. This group of people had a name they were called by. That name was SLAVE.

The Republican Party was founded on doing away with the institution of slavery and living up to the principle in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal”. The Democrat Party divided our country and went to war to preserve the institution of slavery. After they lost the Civil War the Democrat party instituted the KKK as their terrorist wing to continue to fight the advance of freedom for the former slaves. That’s right every single member of the KKK was a Democrat.

For the next hundred years the Democrat Party and their terrorist wing the KKK fought tooth and nail to stop the advance of freedom. During the Civil Rights battles of the 50s and 60s every Governor, every Mayor, every Police Chief and every local Sherriff that turned the fire hoses on, turned the dogs lose on and orders the Billy clubs on the Civil Rights marchers was a Democrat. A higher percentage of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Democrats. Before 1960 every elected Black official in this Country was elected as a Republican.

After losing all the battles to make all Americans free and equal the Democrat Party started a slow incremental process of selling Socialism to America and particularly the Black community. It has taken them 50 years of gradually passing one government give away program after another, until now they have most of the Black community and a large group of Hispanics and Whites totally dependent on the Government the same way the former slaves where dependent on their slave masters. When the government provides your health care, your living quarters, your food, your clothes and provides you with a government job or a make work job funded by stimulus money; then they control you and you have become their SLAVE.

The only true freedom is economic freedom!


Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Mr. Lloyd in Colton, Ca. replied:


Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Tommy Parker in Macon, Ga. said:

I wish your dad a happy 90th birthday. Like him; my dad, too, was one
of The Greatest Generation. He was wounded in The Battle of the Bulge
and what was left of his company all came home on a hospital ship.
He died this past March; two days after his 88th birthday. The values of
that generation are dwindling and yet they are exactly what our country
so badly needs now. Let us pray that common sense prevails on election

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Debbie in California replied:

My condolences regarding the loss of your precious Dad. Certainly true that common sense will be needed for Mitt Romney to be elected. Sadly I think that trait is waning in our country. May all of us remain diligent in training our own children to be wise thinkers rather than blind followers.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Lloyd in Norwell, MA said:

This election is about a very clear choice between the preservation of traditional principles that have made our Country great, and the radical transformation of America that could bring us to our knees. It's a lot more than Romney versus Obama, it's Jefferson versus Marx. It's very serious, and those who throw their precious vote away reflect a severe lack of understanding the problem we face if Obama happens to be re-elected.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Dave Mather in Troy, MI said:

I hope that Romney wins election and wins by a large margin. The people need to realize that Obama is one of the worst presidents America has ever had. In over 3.5 years he has only done one thing right and that was to rid us of Osama Bin Laden. A truly good leader would not take credit for an action that he did not do but did support as he should have supported the 4 Americans in Benghazi so they did not die.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Gerald Tierney in New York,NY 10021 said:

At 87, like your father, I am appaled at where we have strayed. From my time in the Navy in WWll until now it is absolutley astonding how far along to Communizm we have come. THEY call it Socialism, progeressivism,etc., but it is just plain Communism
You asked what I think. We should not have stopped the draft, as that made Americans out of an awful lot of idiots. We should stop playing games instead of making war. As I was taughtn the Amphibs, bomb them all, let God sort them out.
In order to get our nation back it is now neccesary to hold a Constitutional Convention to get back our original Constsitution, make Senators electable by the whole nation instead of working for just one state, make all Federal and State representatives elected for one six year term and then they are out forever.
I know it will never happen, but it would be nice if we could make it illegal for lawyers and Social PHD's to vote or hold office.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Gerald Tierney in New York,NY 10021 said:

I submit that the true amount of Federal debt per person in the US is closer to $500,000.00 when the SS, Medicare and Medicaid to say nothing about Union pensions for Fed., State and City,(and that includes teachers).


Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Jill in Iowa said:

We are living in dangerous times; the present administration has, through it's 'bow, scrape and apologies' strategy, made it even more so. To continue with such an administration that would deliver up its own citizens to death, bring upon them economic destruction, and scheme to devoid them of their rights, freedoms, and liberties, is to totally turn our backs on what was so valiantly and heroically fought for by our present military and our past veterans and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice...The Land of the FREE and the Home of the BRAVE; The United States of America!

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Dennis in Richfield Springs, New York said:

Every election, all you hear is economy, economy, economy. It ain't the economy, folks. I get tears in my eyes when I read about the American Revolution, the Minutemen, the Founding Fathers, etc., and see what has happened to this country. There's a phrase I don't hear anymore. "It's a free country." The two - party system has led to the destruction of this country. Actually, there should be no political parties. When political parties start maneuvering for control, there's one thing that loses control - the Constitution. And when the people are too stupid to see what's going on, freedom goes out the window. People make fun of Ron Paul, but there's one thing about him - everything he does is in line with the Constitution. People have to be re-educated as to what the Constitution is and what a Constitutional Republic is. Obama is the greatest threat to the Constitution we have ever had in the White House. If he is re-elected, it's the end of the United States of America. Forget about the economy. Let's get our freedom back, even if we have to come out from behind the trees to do it.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Gerald Boswell in Sturgis, Michigan said:

I believe that never in the history of our country has it been more important to vote. The future of our Republic hangs in the balance. Psalm 12:8 comes to mind everytime I watch the news or read the news on Patriot Post or the other conservative sites that I frequent. Psalm 12:8 says, "The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted." Surely we have elevated some vile men and women to the highest offices in the land. It is of utmost importance that we try to remedy this situation by voting these vile people out of office. We desperately need those in office that first of all believe in the sanctity of life from conception to the grave. Without this fundamental belief, we as a society are in deep trouble. We know where the present Administration stands on this subject and it is past time to send them packing.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Debbie in California said:

I completely agree with everything that you said in this article except to ad that we need TO PRAY fervently to the God who created this great nation by giving men the wisdom to construct our remarkable Constitution. Yes we need to get people to the polls but without PRAYER we have also failed to remember Who keeps this nation GREAT!

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Thomas in Birmingham said:

I don't believe we'll set things right again until we refresh the tree.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Eugene Hough in Bryn Mawr said:

God bless your Dad and his generation.
Your work makes him proud and certainly inspires us as well.
Keeping the faith!
Now everyone go out and vote...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Michael Wells in Flagstaff, AZ said:

Just a question, How can someone, i.e. the goverment take out a loan in my name without my consent and then expect me to willingly pay it back? And yet we are currently creating debt for yet unborn generations who have never even cast a vote. I vote and fore some reason my representatives still feel that they can raise the debt limit and force me to repay that debt. Enough with the lawyers in congress already.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Frank Verano in Menifee CA said:

I too lived through the 'Great Generation,' including the attack at Pearl Harbor I am 94 now. Having lived through all of that, it makes me sad and angry at the same time that the years during WW2 while I was in my 20s may have been simply wasted in light of the current trend of this administration.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM