IT’S ALL ABOUT TAKING …
By BILL WILSON || The modus operandi of America’s far left isn’t subtle: It’s all about “taking.” Money, property, privacy, speech, guns — you name it. Everywhere we look, the foundational underpinnings of our once-free, once-prosperous society are being encroached upon by government’s emboldened totalitarian impulses.
Which brings us to the No. 1 thing they are taking from us: Control — over our lives, our livelihoods and our children.
For the American people the arc toward totalitarianism has been accompanied by unsustainable government debt, soaring dependency, economic stagnation and the steady decline of individual liberty. For those in charge, though, it’s meant more money, more power and more patronage.
Author Jason Mattera had the audacity to walk into a public building in Washington, D.C. recently and ask one of the architects/ profiteers of this totalitarianism — Senate majority leader Harry Reid — how he managed to become a multimillionaire in the service of the public. Reid refused to respond to Mattera’s questions, but one of his henchmen did — grabbing the author and violently pinning him up against a wall.
When Mattera protested that he was a member of the media, the henchman replied “I don’t care if you’re press or not.”
Sadly, this sort of thuggish, third world behavior shouldn’t surprise us. After all Barack Obama’s Justice Department didn’t care that Fox News reporter James Rosen was a reporter when it decided to spy on him — just like it spied on reporters and editors at three Associated Press bureaus in an effort to identify the outlet’s sources. Far from representing a living, breathing set of principles that government is sworn to uphold, the First Amendment has become an obstacle to surmount. Not just a relic, a nuisance.
Just ask U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, who in the aftermath of the 2011 shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remarked that America needed to “rethink parameters on free speech.”
The left never lets a crisis go to waste — especially if that crisis involves guns. In Connecticut, for example, Gov. Daniel Malloy wants to require parents who homeschool their children to periodically present them before government panels so their “social and emotional learning needs” can be assessed. The stated excuse for such an invasive policy? The perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was briefly homeschooled by his parents.
(To continue reading this piece, press the “Read More …” icon below).
Bill Wilson is a board member of Americans for Limited Government. This column – which originally appeared on NetRightDaily – is reprinted with permission.