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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Jim Reese in Odessa. Texas said:

It is fascinating the most people advocate continuing to tinker around with the tax code rather than discuss a real solution....the fair tax. Already, the national sales tax legislation has been introduced in the Congress...HR #25 and S #13....but most people and the media continue ignore it.
The 141 page bill would replace the 73,000 page IRS code.... but, most candidates will not mention it. This year I have limited my contributions to candidates who promise to co-sponsor the legislation. Unfortunately, I have never heard Romney discuss it.....

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Deena in UT said:

Some of these comments are unbelievable. Refusing to vote for Romney over Obama because you think they are interchangeable. Yes, Romney is not as conservative or libertarian as you might like. I can see that. The man is electable - and Gary Johnson and Ron Paul are not. You are like starving people who won't eat because the food isn't to your liking. You'd rather see the whole country starve - which is what will happen if Obama finishes transforming this country to his taste.

I helped elect Clinton the first time by going 3rd party for Ross Perot. Never again. Romney does believe in the Constitution, even if he does have a moderate view of it. It's simply in Obama's way - as he has said explicitly more than once.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia replied:

Romney's supreme court nominees will be a lot more like Gary Johnson's than Obamas would be. Libertarians must pick the battles. We need to take over the Republican party during the primaries - but in the finale we must ride the best horse we can find. If we allow Obama to win - we will never get a chance to vote libertarian, or anything else.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:34 AM

MNIce in Minnesota said:

Should the Republicans sweep (retain the House, takeover the Senate and White House), they will face a severe test. Will they have the will to begin the rollback of the overgrown Federal government? Or will they make the same mistake they did in 2001-2002, and increase the size of the monster? If they pass the test, hundreds of businesses dependent on a massive federal government will be ruined. If they fail the test, millions of Americans will be impoverished, the liberty of the nation will continue to be threatened, and the reputation of the Republican Party will be destroyed.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Judy in FL said:

My fear for our country is that if Obama is re-elected, we will not only become a socialist country, but also a country more like the Middle East countries. I recall a conversation with my Mother in the late 40's/early 50's discussing the Cold War and Russia threats. She told me that Russia wouldn't be the problem; that is would be the Middle East. That's the only full conversation I can recall, and I've pondered how she would know this as I had no doubt that she was correct. I surmised her wisdom came from the Bible.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Howie in Omaha, NE said:

"the declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man." indeed! Jefferson has always been my favorite of the founding fathers, he knew the hearts of men. I believe Franklin, Madison and the rest were keenly aware of the temptation that could bring down this experiment of a democratic republic, but they expected the free press to keep the politicians in line. Little did they conceive that the press would make alliances within one party.

To echo a recent Patriot Post Quote, "these are the times that try men's souls.

Another quote from a couple of thousand years prior..."Beauty is a short-lived tyranny."~ Socrates

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Dave Mather in Troy, MI said:

Knowing the amount of $4520 reduction in income should be enough for anyone to realize that Obama and his ways are not 'forward' but instead backward. His results and decisions have been fundamentally terrible for all America and he should be voted out. As president he has no respect for the laws and constitution of the United States!

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Frank in Tracy, CA said:

A nation's "tipping point" is almost never perceived until after the fall. Fortunately, we have people like your father and millions like him, who have an engrained wisdom passed down from our Founders. That wisdom will prevail not because Americans are somehow to be spared the ravages of a terrible economy or deadly threats from foreign tyrannies. Rather, we have a heritage of ferociously defending our freedom and we will never give in to the marxist fools. It's true, we have a lot of people in this country who have temporarily given up on the idea of self reliance and personal responsibility. But, show them a path to prosperity and a lot of this "government will take care of me" attitude will go by the wayside. There are national leaders with a vision of creating prosperity through work and diligence. They must not give up in encouraging the despirited towards a better path. The liberals and their national media are propagandists for failure because bad news "sells". Our job is to point out that what they're selling is snake oil. Keep up the great job of pointing that out.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Gemma in NY State said:

Gosh Darn it Wikipedia is totally left slant too?? Give me a break! I am writing you this because I was looking up Ayn Rand as as a subject matter of great interest to me. Please read her books. They are related to our subject matter big time. Of course Wikipedia goes right to the negative facts of her know I should not be surprised. When you are well informed, truth, always gives you the upper hand in life.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Jim Qualls in Oroville Ca. said:

A little over two weeks ago, I lost my hero, my late wifes uncle, he was 96, we we're planning on having a big birthday bash in early December for him, but that just wasn't to be. He was a nose gunner in a B24 liberator during the Polyosti raids, and he did fly all 25 missions, I could spend hours telling of many of the good things he has done during his lifetime, May Mr. Leo G. Carroll (not the actor) rest in Gods arms.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Frank in Fredericksburg, VA said:

Mark/All, it used to be enjoyable to read some of the comments to the Post for that day. But, the back and forth between some of the commenters has made the habit of reading the comments a distasteful one. Please go back to the old way of posting comments.....

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Just Saying in Idaho replied:

Frank, so you want Mark to censure the comments? If you find them so distasteful, what/who is stopping you from not reading them?

Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:21 AM

1 old codger in Bellevue,WA said:

Did anyone but me notice that in the last debate Obama never identified terrorists as Muslims. Not only is a in economic terms seeking a regime like Mussolini's,but I believe from his admitted background that he is a closet Muslim , who joined Wrights church , in part becauae of its associations with and commonality of views with the Black Muslims and that that he holds to and has and is practicing the Muslim tenet of Takqina( variously spelled) so that when he professes daily prayers they may be those of the Muslim and not the Christian God.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

John Konrath in San Jose said:

I think Mr. Jablonski has it right about twidledee and twidledum. It's hard to reconcile voting for either. Having picked one over the other as the lesser of two evils... one has still picked an "evil". One could vote Libertarian, but then there's that "wasted vote" problem. No. In fact, nothing significant will change in the wake of the presidential election. The office of the president is not the best hope for change Instead, focus on sending a loud, clear message to congress on every single issue at every occasion possible. Use tools like downsize DC dot org so you leverage your time a little better than you can on your own. There are only two issues congress should be addressing in the foreseeable future: Protecting our homeland and reducing the debt. Everything else is second order business. Let congress know that there can be no compromise on taxation. Every marginal penny spent must come from corresponding cuts to any (gasp) government budgets other than homeland security. When I say "homeland security", I mean bring the troops home and deploy them all to protect our borders. Homeland Security - the department - is a complete boondoggle and should be immediately shut down. Aid to other countries? We have a $16 Trillion debt and we're borrowing money to send it to Pakistan. Dept. of Education? We're now spending more than anyone in the world on education and we're ranked about 40th overall. Dept of Energy? What a joke. We're nowhere on energy independence and beholden to the Arab states to a greater degree than ever. FDA? We've got Monsanto's (ex) litigation specialist in charge of our food safety! USDA? We're poisoning our crops with GMO for the sake of "feeding the world" while paying farmers not to plant! Wake up! We are on an unsustainable spending binge that ends in oblivion. Do you really think Romney is going to change any of that? Even Romney says he won't. We need a congress that is willing to focus all of their effort on the two issues that threaten to bring this country down... and it has to happen beginning with this election. Fight if you must over Obama vs Romney, but neither of these sock-dolls will have much influence on congress and it's there that all the heavy lifting needs to occur. Any member of congress who introduces a spending bill not offset by a larger budget decrease must be sacked immediately. Please join me in making it so.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Franklin in Englewood, CO. said:

Many, many people have said how much they despise Obama and his cohorts in crime. I have also heard that Obama could not win a fair election as many realize his plans to collapse America. Further rumors say that Obama will win due to rigged voting machines which are serviced by unions, dead people rising to vote, illegals and multiple votes from one person; as well as various and sundry fraudulent tactics to "win." Knowing this and assuming these statements are true, we need to demand that each vote be counted and recounted for validity even though it might take weeks to do so. It sounds like there will be a lot of fraud to wade through to get at the truth of each vote.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

J Surdy in Driftwood, TX said:

If the useful idiots of the left and the mindless, Kardashian-loving morons of this generation win this election there is but one course, and it will not. E pretty.

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM