No matter your views on gun control, we have to give gun owners credit. When they saw where the White House was headed they took action. They bought guns, if we can believe reports from the media. Perhaps gun owners are our keenest observers of how many freedoms Democrats have taken away.
How many American freedoms have disappeared since 2009 while the Democratic Party used our representative government against us? The Recovery Act handed Americans a massive deficit as record unemployment persisted, stripping millions of their freedom from want. Strong rhetoric and a pledge from Republicans to repeal Obamacare went nowhere, leaving our freedom of choice for our health care to the government. Tax rates have gone up for middle class and wealthy taxpayers alike. Threats from nuclear proliferation and violence against Americans have escalated. How did the country respond? We put the same man back in the White House and kept Democrats in charge of the Senate.
American freedoms are not confined to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Not all of our freedoms and rights are spelled out in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We expect the freedom to educate our kids with our tax dollars as we see fit. The right to choose our health care provider is something many will kiss goodbye as employers drop health insurance plans because of Obamacare.
We expect the freedom from harm, a not unreasonable demand, given the amount we pay for defense. Franklin Roosevelt has been used as a Democratic excuse for whacking the 22nd Amendment.¹ Did Democrats forget that freedom from fear was one of his fundamental four freedoms? We lost that one, too, holding ourselves powerless in the face of a nuclear North Korea, threats of a nuclear Iran, and the killing of Americans in the Muslim world.
Knee-jerk partisanship does not imply vision.
Barack Obama is no FDR. One wonders if he could articulate four freedoms he would guarantee to Americans. He is no Ronald Reagan or JFK, either. Regardless of your partisan leanings, there is no vision in this White House. Instead, we have knee-jerk partisanship masquerading as a long-range plan.
In the wake of an ugly December 2010 congressional spending battle and the shootings that injured Gabrielle Giffords, Democrats tried to stifle freedom of speech by demanding that political rhetoric be toned down (see: Arizona Tragedy: Only Fools Make Sense of Crazy), threatening a constitutional guarantee and another of FDR’s four freedoms while they blamed partisanship for bloodshed. Will the newest government tyranny come as an overreaching effort to control guns and violence in our society?
This is what government tyranny does to our freedoms.
We lost our freedom for our kids to participate in an education system that uses public money to nurture learning. Instead, Democrats subordinated children’s needs to spending on pensions and benefits for teachers, appeasing unions, and making sure that resources are spread thin enough to provide free education for the children of illegal immigrants.
We lost our freedom to protect our democracy when the government decided that states should be sued for checking identification to determine whether citizens or illegals were entering our voting booths (see: Seven Reasons to Endorse the Idea of Illegal Immigrants Voting).
We lost our freedom to choose our health care system by putting the government in the driver’s seat. At least when the private sector determined our health care costs we had the freedom to say no. Now we have threats of fines and penalties.
We lost our freedom from unreasonable taxation as demands to tax the wealthy turned into a tax increase on everyone. What makes the Obama tax rates so unreasonable? Not only are they based on the lie of no middle class tax hike, the money will be spent as quickly as it is collected.
We lost our freedom to decide what our kids eat in school as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act imposed the government’s views on childhood nutrition, baiting school districts with education funds (see: Legislating Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids. Did Everyone Miss the Point?).
Many Americans are still searching for their freedom from want, another of FDR’s four freedoms, as the president and his advisors demonstrate their appalling ignorance of how capitalism works and what makes a free market economy prosper.
Nuclear legislation is government tyranny, too.
No, not nuclear as in North Korea and Iran. Nuclear as in blowing up the barn to let the horse out.
In the predictable partisan aftermath of the Newtown tragedy there has been some heavy maneuvering by the White House. When you hear phrases like “serious and complex”² coming out of Washington, you can bet we are headed for trouble. What started as calls for an assault weapons ban has turned into this:
If we’re going to change things, it’s going to take a wave of Americans — mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals — and, yes, gun owners — standing up and saying ‘enough’ on behalf of our kids.”³
A White House blog post talks about Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius getting in on the action, about community organizations, business owners, medical groups, and the entertainment and video game industries.4 Democrats are likely swooning at the thought of the grants and giveaways this opportunity presents, all in the name of saving children whose future is already on shaky ground, thanks to the spending cuts that will fall by the wayside as Congress diverts the nation’s attention with a hot button issue like gun control. Like prosperity, it could be a long time before the freedoms Democrats have taken away return. If they ever get their hands on the 22nd Amendment, those American freedoms will be gone for good.