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Tyranny? What Tyranny?

Liberty Lesson 101 for the Class of 2013

By Mark Alexander · May 9, 2013
“The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold on us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.” –Thomas Jefferson (1781)

In commencement remarks to graduates sparsely convened in the Ohio State University football stadium in Columbus last weekend, Barack Hussein Obama offered the following observations and advice:

“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted. We don’t think the government is the source of all our problems … we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.”

Clearly, Obama’s absurd and overtly partisan assertions were aimed at young constituents whom he hopes embody the future of his Socialist Democratic Party. After all, an effective speechmaker knows his audience, and Obama knows that most of these youthful citizens are indoctrinated in government institutions since they were weaned.

Indeed, the socialist protagonist, Karl Marx, wrote, “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.” Marx’s disciple, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, concurred: “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

From the days of Woodrow Wilson to those of Barack Obama, and encompassing all the “progressives” in between, taxpayer-funded academic institutions have been the breeding ground for generations of socialists. For most leftists, the crucial years that cemented their worldview were the ones they spent in our nation’s colleges and universities.

Given that some substantial number of the adoring, bright-eyed beneficiaries of Obama’s rhetoric have no concept of Essential Liberty and its antithesis, tyranny, let me take apart the selected excerpt of Obama’s oration and provide those graduates with an introductory lesson in Liberty.

After all, most of the class of 2013 will have plenty of time to contemplate this lesson, as more than half of college and university graduates entering the “Obamanomic” job market will be either underemployed or unemployed until the primacy of free enterprise is restored.

Obama claimed, “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.”

I’m not sure what incessant voices those might be – certainly not those of our Founders – because a growing number of college graduates can’t name but a few if any. And they’re certainly not the voices of a majority of government schoolteachers and professors, who are little more than useful idiots in the service of socialism.

Obama might be talking about the handful of courageous young American Patriots on campuses across the nation – those who stand in the face of peer and professorial ridicule in order to speak in defense of Liberty. Or maybe he’s referring to that rarest of creatures, the conservative professor whose lone voice extols the virtues of Liberty amid the academic statism desert.

Or perhaps the voices Obama alludes to are those of the current generation of grassroots Patriots, who gave rise to the Tea Party movement a couple of years back. They fortunately “gummed up the works” in the 2010 midterm elections when they sent more than 70 Democrats packing and replaced them with grassroots conservatives to retake the House of Representatives. That provided a gauntlet to Obama’s socialist agenda, one that notably crushed the crown jewel of that agenda last month – his so-called “assault weapons” ban (known in our humble shop as the defensive weapons ban.)

Obama continued, “You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”

Well, not quite. It is Obama and his statist cadres who believe that “we, the people” can’t be trusted, and thus he has perpetually campaigned since 2006 to implement his plan of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Obama’s objective is to reject the voices of those who support Liberty and the Rule of Law over the rule of men, the terminus of which is always tyranny. As Lord Acton famously wrote, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Finally, Obama said, “We don’t think the government is the source of all our problems … we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together…”

This is just a heap of unadulterated double-speak.

First, in regard to “the source of our problems,” I remind you of the inimitable words of Ronald Reagan, which are truer today than when he spoke them in 1981: “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” As his colleague Margaret Thatcher once said, “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. … They then start to nationalise everything and … control everything by other means.”

Sound familiar, class?

Second, we are not a “democracy,” but a Constitutional Republic. Of course, a “community organizer” wouldn’t know the difference, but someone who bills himself a “constitutional scholar” should!

Third, “it’s not about what America can do for us”? This is clearly some kind of cheap JFK knockoff. John Kennedy, of course, said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” But Obama has built his constituent voter blocs on the exact opposite theme, “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.”

And, when Obama says, “it’s about what can be done by us, together,” he’s not talking about equal partners, but about government dominion over people. This is in keeping with the socialist theme trumpeted at the grand opening of his 2012 Demo Confab: “Government is the only thing we all belong to!”

To summarize, here is the shorter catechism of Obama’s message to graduates of The Ohio State University, and, of course, to college graduates everywhere: “Government is great, Government is good, you should thank us for your food. By its hands we all are fed, government provides our daily bread.”

For those in the class of 2013 who really want to impact the world for good, they must arm themselves with the right intellectual perspective on Liberty and tyranny. Here is the syllabus for Liberty Lesson 101:

1. Read Essential Liberty, a brief but comprehensive essay on the origins of Liberty. Learn the difference between Rule of Law and rule of men.

2. Read A “Living Constitution” for a Dying Republic. Learn the difference between our authentic Constitution and the so-called “living constitution.”

3. Read Our Sacred Honor … to Support and Defend. Learn about the oaths all elected officials take to “support and defend” our Constitution. Generations of uniformed American Patriots have given their lives defending our Constitution. Honor their sacrifice.

4. Read On American Patriotism. Learn about your obligation to extend Liberty to the next generation.

Finally, visit The Patriot Post’s outstanding Historic Documents repository for the complete texts of our nation’s most significant formative documents.

I leave you with these words from President Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”

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28 Comments

wjm in Colorado said:

We are now living the nightmare, telling our children what it was like to live free. From the time you wake until you retire at night, you are subject to government tyranny in everything you do. We now live under constant opression of a police state. And the Democrats are just getting started with their treason.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Laird in SC said:

A fine essay, but I wish you had begun the quote one sentence earlier in Obama's speech. I found that sentence to be very interesting: “This country cannot accomplish great things if we pursue nothing greater than our own individual ambitions.” More than anything else among all that blather, this seems to be the core of Obama’s philosophy. He thinks it is “the country” which achieves things (great or otherwise), rather than the individuals who comprise it. He doesn’t understand that it is the sum of all our “individual ambitions” which is the cause of whatever the country has accomplished. And, most telling, he clearly thinks that “the country” is somehow separate from, and greater than, its people, and that our “individual ambitions” are merely obstacles to its “success” (as he would define it). He is, of course, wrong on all counts, just as he is wrong about almost everything else.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Retired Vet from Missouri in Missouri replied:

I am going to send part of your reply to the website of obamer. I don't know if he will understand the subject mater but I will send it just the same. I will not mention you name or where I got it. I would like to see the yo-yo who reads it as to his/her reaction.

Great to be alive in United States of America....

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

MAJ USA Ret in Saint Louis replied:

The POTUS sincerely believes the best course is to organize the USA into a community. "Communi - ty" is very closely related to "Communi -sm". However, our POTUS is no longer the community organizer. Now he is the great “country organizer.”
Our POTUS sees the USA as one mega-community? Probably sees the world as one mega-mega-community? That would explain his incompetence in preparing for or responding to clear and present dangers to our national sovereignty.
He imagines himself as a very powerful Rodney King begging “Can’t we all just get along?”
All together now, sing: “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony …”
However, he he was very deliberate and explicit when he declared his intentions to fundamentally transform America.
This makes our POTUS is insidiously diabolical, a sociopath on the level of the Marquis de Sade with megalomaniac idealizations like Idi Amin, Pol Pot or Adolph Hitler.
How do you judge: Moronically insane or manically evil?
Either way it’s hard to imagine a worse POTUS.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

MAJ USA Ret,

I believe that all of your criticisms of Obama apply. I also believe that your comparisons between him and notorious despots of world history also apply. I believe this because I know that evil is genetic, just like you can have a large litter of adorable kittens except for the one of them that will grow up with the disposition to scratch and bite the hell out any person it so chooses. I believe that the gene pool turns up despots and psychopaths every once in awhile, and that their characteristics oftentimes enable them to seek and attain power. I believe Obama is such a man. So he is indeed a big problem.

But I think we also have a paradigm problem in America. Unfortunately, we seem to look upon our POTUS as a savior, akin to royalty - someone with the breeding and lineage that assures perfection - WHEN NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

In a country founded as a Constitutional Republic, where the rule of law is of paramount importance, it is patently absurd for the People to look upon our POTUS as the singular entity to save us from our current woes and to establish a new direction every 4 years. What is the sense of having a Constitution and laws if we're going to allow our POTUS autocratic power? And how can we maintain our way of life with a new direction from any new leader?

In my opinion, we need to lose that childish, destructive paradigm right now.

Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Lance in Minnesota replied:

"Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all." - Nikita Kruschev

"The main plank in the National Socialist program is to abolish the liberalistic concept of the individual." - Adolph Hitler

"All our lives we fought against exalting the individual." - Vladimir Lenin

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, ...."
How do you fight when the Media is the propaganda arms of a tyrannical government? How do you fight when you are an unheard voice in the wilderness of sheeple? Giving voice in conservative web sites does little to change the assault on our freedom. Are we all really lone wolfs?

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

Grass roots, Anton...grass roots.

Convert a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor. If all of us could convert just one liberal, left-leaning, panty-waste to see the error of their ways, we'd double our size and voice.

Keep pounding on your media to be heard. They can't ignore you forever. Their strategy and their goal is to wear you down to the point that you throw in the towel and quit. As long as we have not quit, they have not won.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Retired Sarge in Rockville, IN said:

Those "voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems" would be THE VOICES OF REASON!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

revivevirtue in Iowa said:

Mr. Obama is reminding us of something we often forget. The government isn't as seperate from the people as we'd like to think it is. If the government is trampling our rights, its because the people as a whole allow it. If the government ignores the rule of law, it is because the people do not wish to submit to a higher law. If the government is corrupt, it exposes the corruption within the hearts of the people. Governmets rarely rise above their people in virtue.
When we miss the fact that so much of the nation no longer holds to the "eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained" it causes 2 things:
1. We mis-alocate our resources. We direct too much attention to the result (government) and too little to the foundation (the people).
2. Because we don't focus on the root cause, we look like the tyrannical ones, raining on the parade of giving the people what they want. Notice how he essentially says "What, we can be trusted to know what we should want for ourselves?"
You see, it all comes down to submission to the rule of law. If persons will not do it, the government never will. Without rule of law, you have undirected self-government. And Obama's comments are absolutely correct under a secular democracy (undrected self-government).
"There exists…an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage…the…smiles of heavan can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”-George Washingon, First Inaugural Address, 1789
"While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” Samuel Adams, 1779
Individual Virtue is the only way back to Individual Liberty

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

JtC in TX replied:

Nice J.E. Vos

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

MAJ USA Ret in Saint Louis replied:

No person, people, culture or nation can ever rise above its highest aspirations. If those aspirations are to be best among mere mortals, or even among the history of mortals, that nation’s aspirations and history will die the death of mortals.

The nation which hopes to endure must aspire to eternal verities that exceed the capricious whims of current political fads, and exceeds all mortal history. That aspiration will cost more than toil, sweat, and pain. His Word concurs with His story that such effort will always require the shedding of blood. Though often forgotten and commonly misunderstood, it is for this reason our national motto must ever remain: “In God we trust”.

Dare we trust in ourselves alone? FAILURE!

Dare we trust in our neighbor too? FAILURE!

Dare we trust in our government too? FAILURE!

IF

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!

THEN

We have no choice: we must IN GOD WE TRUST.

His grace is enough.

His army advances on its knees.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

JtC in TX replied:

Amen Major!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM

John Q Citizen in Colorado replied:

It is abundantly clear that this nation, it's citizens, have lost it's virtue. A very small minority have voted of which the larger portion voted for this outcome, their voice has been heard and we shall all suffer it's consequences. Until we become a virtuous nation again we will suffer under kings.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

jj in Texas said:

Isn't there some famous quote to the effect that we should fear most someone who tells us not to fear him.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Lisa in Alaska said:

Excellent article. Thank you for pointing out that we are a Republic.
And, thanks to Laird of South Carolina who noticed that a very important part of Obama's speech was left out - the part which declares that he believes the government is greater than people.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Dorothy Briggs in Corinth, Ms. said:

The Goverment did not give Life GOD did and GOD gives us the truth and certen rights of life liberty and lets us persue happiness !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Catherine in Belle Vernon, Pa said:

An excellent article! I wish it was required reading for all 2013 graduates.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Brendon in MN said:

This was taken from the Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

I think we are being deceived more than any of the population believes. We see polls that say 50 percent or 51 percent of Americans want bigger government, 53 percent support Obama or whatever the manipulating propaganda is of the week tells us. These numbers setup the freedom embracing people to accept what is proclaimed a close race. The people have spoken, we are a collective, individual rights have been voted out! But that is a very big lie. I would venture to say that the elections are not close, if they were in fact free elections Obama would not be President, tyranny would not be staring us in the face. What we have are elections that are rigged, not so the winner gets 90 percent of the vote, they are rigged so the winner gets 51.1 percent of the vote so the losers will believe it was a close race, even when the election was predetermined by the likes of Obama et al that has all powerful government as the goal.
The final step is to disarm the population and the plan will be complete. In fact, even though we are armed to the teeth, few have the temperament to use arms to fight to recover Liberty and Rights lost, so in fact even though we are armed to the teeth, few will fire one shot in defense of freedom unless they are supported by a group and a leader. When they come for your guns they will get them in spite of the declarations of those who possess them as life is something most will cower to preserve.
The most valuable commodity we all possess is life itself, few are willing to sacrifice that willingly unless they are commanded by government to fight for whatever war is dictated to preserve the so called safety of our nation. Few people will leave a life time of work to acquire possessions to regain the concept of individual rights, individual Liberty and limited government. We will go day after day and accept what government is giving and give what government is asking.
Those who would in fact fight for freedom need a leader to draw the line and command the first shot? If anyone acts alone to begin, the only guaranteed result would be the death and criminalization of that individual. Those who would be on the line to take up arms would be discouraged from that and most would be cowed into resignation of their fate as subject of despots.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

I think we are being deceived more than any of the population believes. We see polls that say 50 percent or 51 percent of Americans want bigger government, 53 percent support Obama or whatever the manipulating propaganda is of the week tells us. These numbers setup the freedom embracing people to accept what is proclaimed a close race. The people have spoken, we are a collective, individual rights have been voted out! But that is a very big lie. I would venture to say that the elections are not close, if they were in fact free elections Obama would not be President, tyranny would not be staring us in the face. What we have are elections that are rigged, not so the winner gets 90 percent of the vote, they are rigged so the winner gets 51.1 percent of the vote so the losers will believe it was a close race, even when the election was predetermined by the likes of Obama et al that has all powerful government as the goal.

The final step is to disarm the population and the plan will be complete. In fact, even though we are armed to the teeth, few have the temperament to use arms to fight to recover Liberty and Rights lost, so in fact even though we are armed to the teeth, few will fire one shot in defense of freedom unless they are supported by a group and a leader. When they come for your guns they will get them in spite of the declarations of those who possess them as life is something most will cower to preserve.

The most valuable commodity we all possess is life itself, few are willing to sacrifice that willingly unless they are commanded by government to fight for whatever war is dictated to preserve the so called safety of our nation. Few people will leave a life time of work to acquire possessions to regain the concept of individual rights, individual Liberty and limited government. We will go day after day and accept what government is giving and give what government is asking.

Those who would in fact fight for freedom need a leader to draw the line and command the first shot? If anyone acts alone to begin, the only guaranteed result would be the death and criminalization of that individual. Those who would be on the line to take up arms would be discouraged from that and most would be cowed into resignation of their fate as subject of despots.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Rosabel Baldwin in Kodiak, Alaska said:

Not to be belitting anyone, but the quote "Ask not what your country can do for you..etc." is from Robert Frost whom Jackie Kennedy was close friends with and he gave many quotes and thoughts to her for JFK to use in his speeches.
Thank you.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Ervin in Bangkok said:

Should not surprise anyone. Obozo reaches new depths of falsehood with every speech he makes. What is frightening about it is the growing number of mindless idiots being seduced by his BS. Higher education no longer is proof of better intelligence. Cheating, lying and taking credit for others' work seems to be the norm these days even in the Ivy League circle.

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:25 AM

JTG in Indiana said:

Many view Obama as the epitomy of intelligence but I find him below average. He's mastered being the Pied Piper and that is his attraction. His leadership is limited to those who don't know better, don't care and/or believe that his "free stuff" can be sustained forever at the expense of those who contribute. Get rid of the free stuff and Obama is a distant memory.

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM