While it’s hard not to agree with Milton Friedman and Preston, it would be an act of wanton neglect not to comment on the revolution and counter-revolution at hand and the trivial sideshows anti-liberty statists (redundant) are creating. I say “revolution” because we are in the midst of the the Obama Revolution, which is but the latest and most flagrant episode in the history of this republic’s fight against progressive statism — the American war for independence was fought against statism embodied by the king and parliament of 18th century Britian. And “counter-revolution” because, as Daniel Larison rightly noted in 2004:
In a struggle against a revolutionary idea, it is only possible to use ideological elements which are a thousand times more radical, or adapt principles which represent a total reaction against them.
~ Francis Stuart Campbell (a.k.a., Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn), The Menace of the Herd
The revolutionary idea today is easily identified in a progressive statist character assassin like Rachel Maddow, who has herself said “So much of my political involvement is tied up in being a big dyke.”
Jeff Frazee says of the attacks on Rand Paul: “This is a BIG deal. Being under attack by MSNBC, liberal blogs, and well… ALL other news outlets is a good thing for our cause. We’re making progress.” Considering what I’m about to write, I wonder if the progress we’re making is in the right direction. After all, William F. Buckley Jr. was in the right when he wrote in God and Man at Yale: “The truth does not always vanquish and can never win unless it is promulgated.” But Frazee is correct, as is Don Rasmussen, when they point out that this is a campaign for a Senate seat in Kentucky. Philosophy should never be debated on the oponent’s terms. Too bad the libertarian/conservative “movement” doesn’t have a modern day equivalent to Firing Line… yet.
While considering the following please recall what Albert Jay Nock taught: the State is the enemy of liberty, justice, the Republic and us.
2. As John Feehery writes at the Hill, “Rand Paul will be more than the skunk at the garden party in the United States Senate. He will be subversive when it comes to critical Republican orthodoxies.” If Rand Paul is elected to the Senate, he will be the most dangerous Senator the State has faced since Barry Goldwater.
3. He’s also a danger to the GOP. I understand Michael Steele is known to be buffoonish, but why would he say things like, “I think his philosophy is misplaced in these times” and “Rand Paul’s philosophy got in the way of reality“?
4. Ken Blackwell (who was in the running for the top spot at the RNC but was deemed “too conservative”) rightly adopts the “high tech lynching” language associated with Clarence Thomas’ grillings from the Democratic US Senators.
5. But Blackwell says that Dr. Paul “needs to bone up on his history.” Blackwell continues with this doozy:
The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one of the three post-Civil War amendments (along with the Thirteenth and Fifteenth) that deserve to be regarded as a Magna Carta for black Americans. The Fourteenth Amendment says that all persons “born in the United States” are citizens of the United States and of the states in which they reside.
Unfortunately, Mr. Blackwell has yet to understand that the 14th Amendement to the Constitution has been used by the Federal Government for the last 100 years to abrogate federalism, states’ rights and the checks and balances against the national government. For more on the poorly worded and toolish 14th Amendment, see Austin Bramwell’s evisceration of Kevin Gutzman’s pro-Constitution and seemingly pro-liberty positions. Maybe so-called conservatives and liberty-minded big mouths are the ones who need to “bone up on” history and analyze the fruits of the state’s labor.
6. Is Rand Paul, in the words of Sam Francis, just another “beautiful loser”? The so-called conservative at the Times seems to think so.
7. Michael Steele will chide Rand Paul but wholeheartedly support and promote Sen. Scott Brown, the turncoat wannabe Arlen Specter from MA. Sen. Brown has proven to be more than willing to carry water for Harry Reid and Barack Obama, but the GOP continues to use his “star power” to campaign for Republican candidates regardless of his lack of “principle” or efficacy. The GOP has “lost its way” indeed.
8. Let’s look back at the the liberty-minded reaction to the “Civil Rights Act.” J.E. Dyer from Hotair.com writes:
The funny thing is that in the 1960s, men like William F. Buckley, Jr., Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan opposed the title of the Civil Rights Act that constituted federal overreach: that is, the assumption of federal authority to regulate local business practices. Goldwater ultimately voted against the Act precisely because of that one concern. All of these men – unlike, say, George Wallace – were relentless opponents of state-level racist policies. Few on the right today consider them to have been extremists.
As I’ve written before, the GOP needs to acknowledge the real domestic terrorist: the state.
I should say something about the Tea Party movement which, after lying dormant in the US for years, was reborn on Dec. 16, 2007.
Since the liberty movement and the tea parties share a common enemy (the state), let’s figure out a way to change more than just the makeup of Washington, DC. Let’s make repealing bills more common than passing bills — especially bills which overreach the constitutional and moral role of government.
Now that the Civil War is over and Jim Crow is dead, let’s find a way to get back to the American ideals enshrined in the Bill of Rights, Preamble to the Constitution, the independent Supreme Court, and the Declaration of Independence. Let’s truly become a nation of free men. Let’s focus on winning hearts, minds and elections for liberty instead of winning ego points from empty-suits on cable news television.
All of this is happening while the Obama Revolution is stabbing liberty in the back in the name of reducing “income inequality.” The progressive agenda to remake America is here. As Reid Buckley writes in one of his articles at the American Conservative magazine:
The implications of the Obama Revolution, which has come upon this Republic so suddenly, are scaring not only middle-class Americans but professional observers. In commenting on the Obama national healthcare plan, for example, urbane political analyst Mark Steyn writes, “More than any other factor, it dramatically advances the statist logic for remorseless encroachments on self-determination. It’s incompatible with a republic of self-governing citizens. The state cannot guarantee against every adversity and, if it attempts to, it can do so only at an enormous cost to liberty.” He concludes, “Big government becomes a kind of religion: the church as state.” St. Augustine popped that bubble 1,700 years ago, but who among our graduates from colleges of the liberal arts reads him? This second decade of the 21st century may be tabbed by historians as La Deuxième Republique Americaine, because the Republic founded in Philadelphia will be henceforth unrecognizable. Our founding perception of what is desirable in the role of government and our governing institutions—restraint—will have been changed irreversibly.