I pray everyone had a great weekend. I certainly enjoyed my Friday in Amarillo, Saturday at the Tarrant County GOP Lincoln Dinner — Gov. Greg Abbott is just awesome — and Sunday evening speaking at First Baptist Church, Dallas.
So here we are Monday, February the 1st, with the first electoral event of the critical 2016 presidential primary season, the Iowa caucuses. There just may be some surprises by the end of Monday as things get a little tighter and interesting.
Per my assessment of the last GOP debate, I see these folks as the top three, alphabetical order: Cruz, Rubio, Trump. As for the Democrat side, well, I don’t know if anything could dissuade the Hillary Clinton acolytes. Anyone else in government service who’s done what the former secretary of state has done, well, they would’ve been wearing an orange jumpsuit quite some time ago – and they do make pantsuits in orange.
But what intrigues me is this phenomenon of Senator Bernie Sanders. When Chris Matthews asked both Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to define the difference from a Democrat and a socialist, they both whiffed in responding. The obvious and apparent response is that there is no difference.
We could be one day away from witnessing the winner of the Democrat Iowa Caucus being an avowed socialist. Now, in case you’re somewhat clueless, we already did a philosophical analysis of what socialism and progressivism entails — there are several critical points. Sanders’ campaign slogan is “a future we can believe in” — all this reminds me of the euphoria of eight years ago with another Democrat Senator, Barack Obama. At least Sanders admits to his guiding principles, Obama was the chameleon who told us he was a blank slate and that we could write upon him as we wished. Obama also went by the campaign slogan of “change we can believe in” and of course the insidious blank slogan of “hope and change.”
I hate these nebulous slogans. If I were running what would be mine you ask? It would simply be “A Republic to keep” based on Benjamin Franklin’s response to Mrs. Powell outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 17, 1787 when she asked if we had a republic or a monarchy.
And there was another slogan Obama used back in 2008 which is very telling about the progressive socialist mindset: “yes we can.” Now, let us ponder, yes we can what?
You have to admire these inane empty rhetorical slogans which just inspire blind emotion, but are meaningless. Could it be “yes we can fundamentally transform America?” Doggone that sure has happened as the executive and judicial branches are doing the legislation — actually ruling by judicial decision and executive fiat…was that the whole impetus behind “yes we can?” Yes, we CAN take away your freedom and liberty?
But that’s the real kicker about “yes we can.” The progressive socialist philosophy isn’t based on what can be accomplished by the indomitable individual spirit. It’s not about the blessings of liberty and what individual sovereignty enables one to achieve.
Truthfully, what the progressive socialist left – which has taken over the Democrat Party — is saying, is “No you can’t.”
After all, do you remember the definitive statement supporting my thesis uttered by Barack Obama in Roanoke, Virginia in 2012, “if you own a business you didn’t build that.” There, my friends, was a statement antithetical to the American experience but reflective of the mindset of collectivism and dependence that is the fuel by which the engine of socialism runs. And guess what? We STILL voted for Obama. What Obama – and now Sanders — are telling us is that without government, we can’t achieve anything. Remember before Obama took office back in 2009, he gave a speech at Georgetown University where on several occasions he stated, “only government” — and because of our ignorance as a nation, we have a government we deserve.
Today’s Democrat Party doesn’t believe in the individual but rather the collective. Democrats don’t embrace the principled unalienable right of the “pursuit of happiness” but rather a collectivized government “guarantee of happiness”…which has never been successful anywhere it’s tried. The progressive socialists who’ve overtaken the Democrat Party are focused not on advancing the ideal of individuals being victors, but rather making them victims. And the past seven years is evidence, with record numbers of Americans in poverty and on food stamps. That’s not “yes we can” but no you can’t. The man behind the curtain of the Democrat Party is promoting individual dependence, not independence; subservience, not triumph; economic enslavement, not empowerment.
And so, since today’s Democrat Party doesn’t believe “you can”, they need to give you stuff, and tell you it’s free. You’ll get free college education — actually indoctrination — because you and your folks can’t plan and save to do so. You must have free healthcare because you’re incapable of taking care of yourself and planning your own medical care plans — you know, like with tax-free health savings accounts and managing your own healthcare decisions and costs. You actually don’t need to work, because the government will give you unemployment benefits and Section Eight housing, so no need to have that as a dream or a goal. Heck, remember the folly of Jimmy Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act? The progressive socialist philosophy says you can’t work to acquire your own home, “only government” can provide that to you. And how did that work out 30 years later?
As I’m writing this, a week from today will be my 55th birthday but more importantly Super Bowl 50. Why do we play that game? Because we like victors and champions – and just so you know, since I’m a Tennessee graduate I’ll be cheering for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
But imagine if Bernie Sanders were sitting in the press box as the commissioner of the NFL – well, first of all, we wouldn’t have a Super Bowl because he’d feel it was unfair and rigged. But if he were at the game, I bet ol’ Bernie would reset the scoreboard to zero after each quarter, because that’s fair, and it’s about redistribution. Who’d win at the end of the game? Easy: whomever Bernie Sanders and his hand-picked elites feel made them feel good – that’s progressive socialism; they do it to make themselves feel good. After all, they know what’s best because “no, YOU can’t.”
In closing, what are we doing America? Why don’t we want our country to win the Super Bowl?
Let me share a biblical verse that captures exactly what we’re doing in America. In Matthew Chapter 7, verse 6 (NIV), “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
There is something sacred about America, the shining city that sits upon a hill, and we’re treating it as scraps to be thrown before wild, rabid dogs. America is an amazing pure jewel, a pearl, yet we’ve thrown it into the muck before the pigs.
We’re watching this great nation, this Republic, and its Constitution being trampled as the people are torn to pieces. Churchill said it plainly, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
What is amazing to me is that no one is making this simple delineation. To those who want to follow the party of the jackass, the progressive socialists, just know you’re buying into a philosophy of governance telling you, well, you’re nothing but a pearl to be trampled upon. For them, there’s nothing you’re capable of achieving on your own, other than surrendering to them your hard earned resources — like touchdowns in a Super Bowl — to others so they may feel good…and we all equally share in misery.
The best slogan in America is “We, the People.”