By J.J. Jackson
Have we given the various flavors of liberalism enough chances to destroy America yet? We have entrenched big S Socialism into our society over the past century so that we know little else. I understand that. We have even dabbled with the various cousins small s socialism too such as Communism, Marxism, etc. And where has it gotten us? How many trillions of dollars in debt for how many broken promises have these foolish endeavors heaped upon both our children and us?
Well, in case you don’t know, it is fast approaching $16 trillion. That is in excess of the entire Gross Domestic Product of the United States for a whole year. Meaning what? Well, meaning that if the federal government confiscated every ounce of productivity for 2012 it would just not be able to pay off the debts liberals have brought upon us. Liberalism has turned generations of Americans into debt slaves controlled by Washington and who each have a personal share of the load hovering around $50,000 for every man, woman and child. Got the money to pay up? Probably not. The worst part is that the some Americans seem content to keep on selling their own children and grandchildren deeper into debt so that they can pretend that they are getting what the ghosts of liberals past promised.
I know that some people like to believe that we have had periods of liberty over the past few decades in between hard-core leftist Presidents named Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and even as far back as Woodrow Wilson and FDR. But the fact is that even under Presidents such as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, America has still suffered from socialism. Yes, yes, it was certainly to a lesser degree. However, it was still socialism. Remember, even Reagan, despite pledges to the contrary, kept the U.S. Department of Education in tact and allowed it to rain its centralized authority down upon America . He also allowed the federal government to continue to force Americans to have their wages garnished to pay for the old age pensions of retired workers in classic wealth redistribution fashion. President George W. Bush presided over TARP and the bailout of the banks among many other things that leftists would have had orgasms over had they been in charge of the White House at the time. Yes, he was smart enough to see the mortgage crisis coming and it was hard-core leftists like Rep. Barney Frank (D – MA ) that stood in the way of reform. I know that. But when the collapse came, Bush’s response to the failure of socialism was more socialism.
Oh yeah, and as much as President Obama and his cronies are trying to pin all that spending on President Bush, let us all recall that then Senator Obama supported and voted for TARP. It is as much his mess as anyone's despite the fallacious claims that Obama is somehow such a fiscal hawk.
No, America has not had liberty for quite some time. And, yes, honestly, when we did have it, we did stupid things with it. You know, like that whole enslave the inferior black man tripe that liberals of their own day tried to pass off as just. Again however it was liberals that were the problem, not liberty. It was liberals who bastardized the meaning of liberty to freedom for whites and not for blacks.
So maybe it is just time that we go back to liberty. You know, real liberty? Pure liberty? Personal freedom? Equal protection under the law? Limited government? The right to what one has earned by the sweat of their own brow and not what has been confiscated at the point of a gun? Huh? Maybe? What do you say?
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts The Right Things. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at Liberty Reborn.