By Jay Clarke
(note: this article was written in late July 2011 but was not published at the time)
Barack Obama believes it. Michelle Obama complains about it. And recently, Steve Wynn, builder of Las Vegas casinos and creator of thousands of jobs laid it out in plain and simple terms during a company conference call. America is scared. Not because of wars or epidemics. Not because of economic hard times or political scandals. We’ve endured those things before. Our parents and grandparents lived through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, while facing down despots abroad. They whipped Hitler, Hirohito and ended American hunger. We’ve survived wars, assassinations (both attempted and successful), a presidential resignation, high inflation, food and gas rationing, political turmoil and Islamic terrorists.
This time, it’s different.
This time the danger is more profound than at any time in anyone’s living memory. A national sense of foreboding lies just beneath the surface of everyday life. Honest, hard-working, law-abiding and God-fearing, the majority plays by the rules. But, the rules are under assault. Americans go to work, come home, feed their families and pay their bills. And then they pray. Across the nation, a deep, gnawing fear has taken hold of America. Most have never known it before and many thought it was impossible. Spoken quietly at dinner tables and in hushed conversations, Americans fear for the very existence of America. Americans are afraid. Of President Barack Hussein Obama.
Bent on “fundamentally transforming America” Barack Obama raised alarm bells across the nation as he quickly sought to implement far left/progressive ideology. Nationalized healthcare, nationalized industry, increased taxation, control of the internet, social justice, wealth redistribution and “fairness in media” (ie: media control) became hotly debated issues. In response, center-right America woke up and spoke up, writing and calling their representatives in Congress and pressing for free market solutions, fair taxation, freedom of speech and business friendly legislation. Obama’s answer was the thug politics of a two-bit tyrant. Arm twisting, law bending and brow beating, Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democratic party in Congress told America to sit back, shut up and say “ahh” while they force-fed America the $2 Trillion takeover of healthcare dubbed “Obamacare.” America didn’t want it, but America got it, courtesy of the strong-armed tactics of the progressive left.
Membership swelled in the grass-roots citizen groups known as “the TEA Party” as millions of Americans organized nationwide. In November 2010, many TEA Party-supported candidates were elected with a mandate to get America’s financial house in order and stem the tide of Obama’s radical agenda. It seemed America had turned a corner and had begun to push back the intrusive, federal fantasies of Barack Obama.
Yet, the fear in America remains palpable, persistent and it’s growing. Destructive, anti-American policies have been introduced on a massive and rapid scale into our economic system. Small businesses, the backbone of the U.S. economy, face threats of increased taxation and burdensome regulation. Combined with the gargantuan Obamacare healthcare takeover, small businesses have been scared into inactivity. Businesses that could invest will not. Companies who might hire new employees are holding off. Obama’s clear and present danger to the American business community has entrepreneurs and CEO’s folding their arms and sitting tight . Steve Wynn said it best, “Until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs…” Atlas, may well have shrugged.
The liberal/progressive left is no fan of free enterprise. Progressives believe in equality. Not just equal opportunity, equal rights or equal protection under the law. All Americans believe in those ideals. Progressives believe in equality of outcome. In her expose` entitled “What Do ‘Progressives’ Believe”, written for the Commonweal Institute, Jessica Trounstine, Ph.d. reported that “When asked to choose between equality and freedom a majority of progressives say that equality is more important.” Progressives have more in common with Marx and Lenin than with American values. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Dead for almost 130 years, Karl Marx reads prophetically as his words aptly describe modern, liberal/progressive thought in America.
Barack Obama is a true believer in the progressive vision for America. As the world’s most powerful progressive and staunch advocate of social justice and wealth redistribution, President Obama has become the avowed enemy of all freedom loving people the world over. Here’s why.
The lynch pin of any free nation is its economic system. A free economy is the driving force of a free nation. Our freedoms depend upon maintaining a free market economy. Free enterprise. Capitalism. Economic freedom is the doorway to political freedom. To deposing dictators. To human and civil rights. To charity and philanthropy. To science, medicine, technology and invention. To art and music. To helping the poor, old, infirm and destitute.
Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman made this case in his 1962 book, “Capitalism and Freedom“. On page 16 he tell us: “Historical evidence speaks with a single voice on the relation between political freedom and a free market. I know of no example in time or place of a society that has been marked by a large measure of political freedom, and that has not also used something comparable to a free market to organize the bulk of economic activity. ”
With wealth redistribution and social justice as his tools, Obama and his liberal/progressives are plundering Americans’ birthright in broad daylight. If capitalism dies in America, America will no longer exist as a free nation. Americans will become slaves to the state. Serfs. The American experiment of freedom will be over. And America will be gone.
In 1978, documentary filmmaker Arnold Shapiro profiled a controversial juvenile awareness program at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, New Jersey. Aired on network TV, Americans watched as hardened convicts confronted cocky teen offenders with profanity-laced tirades. The program was a shocking reality check to its participants and to those watching at home. Adolescent bravado gave way. Teenaged tears flowed and lives were changed. The documentary was called “Scared Straight.” And it worked. By showing these teenagers where their lives were headed, disaster was averted.
Americans today face a shocking, national reality check. The American people are witnessing first-hand the overthrow of freedom and the establishment of an American tyranny. In the name of equality and social justice, Barack Obama, with the assistance of liberal/progressives in government, business and the media, is legislating, bullying and imposing the economic and political theories of Marx. Capitalism, and freedom itself, are under a direct and unrelenting assault from the President of the United States.
Americans see Barack Obama for who he really is. His future for America is clear. And it’s scaring the hell out of the America. As it should. It should scare us all. Right back to the beginning.
Straight back to the Founders. To The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. To Free enterprise. Free speech. To the free exercise of religion privately and publicly. To freedom of the press. Freedom to bear arms in our own self-defense. Freedom against unreasonable search and seizure. Free markets. Free thinking vs Political Correctness. Freedom from an intrusive, overbearing and centralized federal government. Freedom from excessive taxation and regulation. Freedom to choose our own health care or none at all. Freedom to protect our citizens from criminal illegal aliens crossing our borders. Freedom to school our children as we see fit. Freedom to earn as high an income as our talents and abilities will allow without being threatened, chastised and belittled by our own government. Freedom to own property and determine its usage. Freedom to alter or abolish any laws or government that are destructive to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
America, scared straight back to the freedoms granted by God and protected by our Constitution is an America worth fighting for. In 2001 almost 3,000 American souls died when freedom was attacked. Today, as then, we are under assault. This time by the very government that is charged with the protection of our God-given rights. In 2001, the response was clear and unequivocal. “Freedom itself was attacked this morning by faceless cowards. And freedom will be defended.”
This time, America’s enemy is not faceless. He is known. As are his accomplices. For America’s children and grandchildren and for the nearly 1 million souls who gave their last full measure of devotion to ensure that a free nation would continue to exist on the face of the earth. Freedom must be defended.
“Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom — the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time — now depends on us. Our nation, this generation will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.” “… assured of the rightness of our cause, and confident of the victories to come. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom, and may He watch over the United States of America.”
–President George W. Bush address to a joint session of Congress, September 20, 2001
Jay Clarke is a businessman and lifelong conservative from Southern California. Write him at email@example.com