It's about freedom, stupid!
By Frank Salvato
"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." – John Adams
As I listened to the conversation and how they chronicled the abdication of personal freedoms over the years, I couldn't help but begin to feel sympathetic to the caller's exasperation. Indeed, under the guise of creating "safety net" entitlement programs, we, the people from which the power to be governed is derived, in almost every instance, have ceded personal freedoms to the government. We have ceded them through a litany of never-ending regulation and taxation. Today, that excessive regulation has grown to literally suffocate the American free market, while disproportionate taxation is killing off the middle and upper classes; killing off Ayn Rand's "producers."
To say that our American free market system has been compromised by government regulation is perhaps the understatement of the decade. From the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to the Dodd-Frank Act, from the NCLB to the EPA and, of course, Obamacare, the American free market Capitalist system is under siege by the federal government gone wild.
And if over-regulation weren't stifling enough, now comes word that Pres. Obama and his team of "free trade" negotiators are currently working on an agreement with eight Pacific nations that will heavily favor foreign corporations and governments in the global markets, even as we hear Mr. Obama and his communications team declare, ad nauseum, that the United States exists in a "global economy."
According to, of all publications, The Huffington Post:
It's sad to have to state this for the record, but the idea of "free trade"; the concept of "free trade"; the definition of "free trade" is this: "International business not restrained by government interference or regulation."
It doesn't get any simpler than that...and with government interfering and regulating business and the marketplace beyond any reasonable degree – and with a free market being one of the critical elements in a free society – we must conclude that we are not a free market nation and, thus, not a free nation.
If that weren't enough to argue that the United States has ceased being a free nation, levels of inequitable taxation have reached a critical juncture. Even as 47 percent of the American people escape paying federal income taxes, elected Progressives insist that those who currently shoulder the burden of financing the "safety net" entitlement programs and spendthrift policies of the federal government are somehow "not paying their far share."
Even a C-student second-grader could do the math; when the very few are flipping the bill for the overwhelming and still growing majority of people receiving entitlement benefits from the federal government the stage is set for economic catastrophe.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
If I didn't know any better I would have to say that Progressives, even as they protest anyone who suggests the idea as conspiracy theorists, are in the final stages of the Cloward-Piven Strategy. And when you couple the domestic entitlement and tax statistics with the Obama Administration's "free trade" foreign favoritism, it would be hard to argue against the notion.
I wrote recently, in an article titled, The Dominoes of Cloward-Piven:
Perhaps the most stunning thing to me, in all of this, is that the American citizenry hasn't been bright enough to contemplate what it means to allow government to encroach on personal freedom; what the antithesis of freedom is. Even more stunning is that the very demographic that suffered the most under slavery – the Black demographic – is, this time, freely abdicating their hard-fought-for freedom for the promise of entitlement; for the promise of "something for nothing." And to think that 364,511 souls from the Union Army fought and died to right the wrongs of slavery only to have the very people they freed acquiesce to slavery, once again, voluntarily through the ballot box, just 150 years later. An argument could be made about whether today's American Liberal and Progressive Black demographic is worthy of the price paid by those who fought for their freedom.
All in all, this coming election is not about singular issues, although each and every one of them is important. It is about the soul of our country; the direction we choose for our nation as we stand at this very important and historical fork in the road. Honestly, the question facing our nation, the question we will answer at the ballot box on November 6, 2012, is not whether we want Obamacare or not, and it isn't whether we want fiscal responsibility and limited government or not. The question facing our nation this election cycle is this: Do we want to remain a nation of free peoples, or do we want to revert to the tyranny of being a kept people. It is the most important question you will ever ask yourself. It is the most important question you will ever answer.
The Rev. William John Henry Boetcker, a Conservative political philosopher, is perhaps best known for his authorship of a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots, which emphasizes freedom and responsibility of the individual on himself. Ronald Reagan quoted Boetcker's writing in his address to the 1992 Republican Convention in Houston.
Rev. Boetcker's text states:
What say you?
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director for BasicsProject.org a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative focusing on Constitutional Literacy and the threats of Islamic jihadism and Progressive neo-Marxism. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the International Analyst Network and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's Listening Post and on Russia Today. He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and was featured in the documentary, "Ezekiel and the MidEast 'Piece' Process: Israel's Neighbor States." He is the author of the series Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam, an educational pamphlet series. Mr. Salvato is a regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show, nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting and ABC Starguide Satellite Networks, catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. He is also heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the IRN-USA Radio Network. Mr. Salvato has been interviewed on Radio Belgrade One. His opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, Accuracy in Media, Human Events, and are syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for EducationNews.org, BigGovernment.com and Examiner.com and is occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at email@example.com.