Chains or Liberty

Old Ben Franklin could make it simple. So simple that a politician might understand. Unless he is a lawyer. He is purported to have said “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.” This is why our founders decided to give us a representative republic rather than a pure democracy. At the close of the Constitutional Convention, he was asked whether we had a Monarchy or a Republic and he responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” In doing our duty as citizens, we have not always picked the sharpest tacks from the carpenter’s pouch to represent us either in state houses or in Washington. We have reached the point of Old Ben’s cynicism. Can we keep it?”

I want every pundit that ever feigned horror over the thought of Sarah Palin being just a heartbeat away from the presidency to repeat after me. Joe Biden. I do not know of a more frightening example of buffoonery ever serving as the world’s second most powerful man. In full gasbaggery mode, the hair plug wearing product of the state of Delaware told an audience in Danville, Virginia, “They’re [Romney Ryan] are going to put ya’ll back in chains.” Being a Southern boy myself, his ya’ll was condescendingly pathetic. Yet, it got applause. Rotten produce would have been more fitting. But what else is one to expect from an audience that would actually listen to Joe Biden.

I do not know how to break it to the Vice President other than as my typical blunt self. Mr. Vice President, Americans are already in chains. Hopelessly chained to the government. Many generations of Americans are chained to Social Security. Yes, chained. For all of their working lives, they have dumped money into Washington’s coffers destined for the mythical Social Security locked box with which the likes of you built bridges to nowhere. Americans are conditioned to plan for a Social Security check to supplement their retirement. And why not, they paid for it. The representatives of our republic chained us to it. The same as they have chained us to Medicare. We are chained to practically endless unemployment benefits. Chained to government supported unions. Chained to welfare. Chained to a promise of no taxes. And possibly chained for life to government provided healthcare. Chained. Hopelessly chained. Bound so tightly that only a tiny bit of liberty can trickle out.

Rather than offering ways to un-chain Americans, you use these chains to beat them into submission. Who among them is willing to risk what little security they have left in their lives. You know that. You play on those fears. It demonstrates how little compassion you have for people. It is how clowns like you get elected. It is despicable. It is how free republics end. Mr. Franklin had another apropos quote attributed to him, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” To rephrase that just a little, when people find themselves hopelessly chained to government dependence, the republic is over. Liberty is gone. America is done. Kaput.

Dependency is not the only chain that bounds Americans. A few days ago, I had a brief conversation with a gentleman. A mature man. One who might be perceived as sensible. In the midst of our talk, he proclaimed, “I’m not voting for Romney. He’s for the one percent.” Sadly, many are bound by chains of breathtaking ignorance too. I told him there were two choices on the ballot. One was communism one was not. He never said another word, nor did I. I could have told him that the choices are chains or liberty.

There are people today who are rather concrete in their thinking. Chained to an uncompromising ideological mind set. I have been accused of that and in some cases it has probably been true for me too. They insist that they will not vote for the sitting administration even if they admit to voting that direction in 2008. They also insist that they are not going to vote for Romney. He is not politically pure, so they will cast their vote for some obscure person who they believe passes their test for political purity. My thought for them is quite simple. Elections in the United States of America are no longer about the men or women on the ballot. It is about ideals. It is about freedom crushing communism or God-given freedom. It is about free markets and free enterprise. It is about a born-again America or the death of her. It is about Chains or Liberty.

©2012