Speaking to students at Ohio State University on May 5, President Obama said:
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 do 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.
Obama said, in effect: Disregard people who worry about tyranny. We can have government do the things that they warn against, without it being tyranny, because we are such wonderful people – so well-intentioned – that it isn’t tyranny, when we do it.
Get it? So, when Obama has his administration lie to Americans so he can win re-election, or when he takes an increasing share of people’s incomes, or requires people to engage in private commerce that he happens to want (Obamacare mandate), or eliminates their rightful choices in the free market, or uses the IRS to obstruct his opponents and violate their privacy, or uses the Justice Department to snoop on reporters, or uses the EPA to extort fees from opponents (that progressive groups don’t have to pay – hat tip V the K), it’s not tyranny. Because it’s Obama doing it, and by his account, he can be trusted.
But the Framers of the constitution thought otherwise. They believed in checks and balances. They *were* those people who “warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.” They founded America, by “gumming up the works.”
Perhaps Obama doesn’t know that the Framers set up the United States as a republic under a limited government, precisely because they knew that all governments tend to degenerate into tyranny. Or perhaps Obama is unaware of his own party’s President Andrew Jackson, who said that “eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty.”
Obama implies that people who warn us of tyranny are distrustful nihilists. Our only choice, Obama implies, is between continuing the crony-social-fascist gargoyle of a government that he now leads – and harmful anarchy. A typical Obama false choice (flowing from a typical Obama straw man), I’m pretty sure it has the Framers rolling in their graves.
So much for Obama. But there’s more! Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee recently said:
…although health care [is] not listed per se in the Constitution, it should be a constitutional right, and if you quote the words of the Declaration of Independence, ‘We hold these truth to be self-evident, that we have certain inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’, one might argue that education and health care fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
To give her credit: She got it right, that health care is not guaranteed by the Constitution. But from there, she goes downhill.
Where does she think that education and health care come from? Do they grow on trees? Of course not. They must be provided – that is, paid for – by somebody.
But government doesn’t produce wealth; it only takes from what the citizenry have produced. Government can only ever ‘guarantee’ benefits by raping the earnings of citizens – those among them, that is, who have chosen to be productive. And government will need to do it a lot in order to guarantee education or health care, since, when under the hand of government, those things become ever more inefficient and costly.
Jackson Lee believes that citizens should be guaranteed that the government will, on their behalf, extort huge percentages of the earnings of their productive neighbors. That is tyranny, and the opposite of what the Framers of the constitution had in mind.
In the olden days, forcing people to work for you (or requiring them to turn huge percentages of their produce over to you) was known as “slavery”. Jackson Lee is, in effect and tragically, a modern-day advocate of slavery.