Liberalism: The Enemy from Within

As Cicero famously noted the most dangerous enemy is not the outsider. Liberalism is destroying us from within. The liberal agenda is taking us toward economic ruin.

Government annual budget deficits are way above sustainable levels and the amount of public debt is becoming alarmingly high. Federal debt at the end of 2008 was equivalent to 40 percent of GDP, marginally above the 40 year average of 37 percent, but since then it has risen dramatically higher to about 70 percent of GDP in 2011.  Moreover, according to the Congressional Budget Office, it is possible that public debt will rise further to 101 percent by 2021 and to 187 percent by 2035. Even these projections are too rosy, as Obamacare will add significantly to both spending and the debt.

In addition, the government hides the true extent of the problem behind bad accounting. Not only is the government spending far more than it can afford, but it is lying about what it is doing. If a CEO of a business were doing this he would be thrown in jail for fraud. Unfunded liabilities of government, for example, are estimated at above $75 trillion, and these are not even included in the budget.

Despite this Obama and the Democrats continue to press for expanded spending and accumulation of more debt. National debt rose from $9 trillion in 2008 to over $15 trillion by May 2012, and is increasing at a rate of $3.96 billion per day. This increase is more than has occurred for all previous presidents combined. As President Reagan said, “they say Democrats (liberals) are spending like drunken sailors, but this does a disservice to the sailors; at least they are spending their own money.”

It is clear that these policies if left unchecked have the capacity to destroy capitalism and the bedrock of our economy, yet liberals keep pushing their destructive policies. There are two fundamental explanations for this; either they are incompetent or are deliberately trying to destroy America as we have known her. Of course they could be both, but it seems highly improbable that they could be so stupid as not to recognize what is happening. Given this it seems likely that the intent of the liberal establishment is to destroy capitalist America so that they can rebuild it on new utopian socialist foundations.

Obama certainly harbors resentment toward colonial powers given that his Kenyan father was subjected to abuse by the British. He also attended Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church in which hatred toward America as well as toward whites was preached regularly. As a constitutional law student he was very clear that he did not like the Constitution.

Another alternative is that this behavior represents a form of addiction denial. Liberals are debt junkies. Like drug addicts or alcoholics, they do not seem to recognize that they have a problem. The addiction of liberals to spending is a disease. Liberalism shares much in common with other forms of addiction.

Still another alternative is that it constitutes a rational pursuit of self-interest to the detriment of others. Perhaps liberals are pursuing goals of short-term political and personal benefit. So what if others have to pick up the tab for their prodigality and pursuit of self-interest.

Thus, there are a myriad of alternatives. I believe each may play a role. The conscious intent to destroy capitalism certainly cannot be dismissed, as frightening as it is to accept. Before taking office, Obama said “we are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming this country.”  No one bothered to ask into what. Intent was clear on Obama’s part.

President Kennedy, often lauded as a liberal, was really a conservative; in his inaugural address he said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  He lowered taxes and was strong on national defense. Today’s liberal mantra is “Ask not what you can do for your country, but what it can do for you.” The utter bankruptcy of this concept is manifest.

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Rubio for Vice President?

Rubio not only understands the importance of the American dream; he is living it. He believes in the uniqueness of America and is infused with a Reaganesque optimism which this country sorely needs now.  Moreover, being of Cuban background, he has seen the damage that socialist policies can wreak on a nation. Liberalism is a serious threat not just to America, but to the western democracies in Europe as well, so it is critically important that our leaders understand this very real existential threat. Rubio feels it in his blood and family history. Too many politicians, including many Republicans, are beguiled by the liberal rhetoric of good-intentions and the slow, but steady, creep of liberalism to see the real danger. Rubio is different.

People do not comprehend what a great country we have. Americans have not traveled enough to realize what it is that we have here. They do not understand the poverty and misery that surrounds us in the world. We are the envy of the world and our own citizens are looking down on what we have. Civilization is very tenuous. We can easily lose what we have.

The founding fathers sought to create a country protecting the rights of the citizens from the government. The Constitution was predicated on this principle. For the liberals of today, like Obama, this is anathema. They do not like the Constitution, seeing it as a constraint on what the government can do. Their interest is in expanding the rights and powers of government to the detriment of citizens. The War of Independence and the Civil War as well as the two World Wars were fought to preserve our traditions and ideals, but liberalism is now surreptitiously taking them from us from within.

Liberals, like Obama, do not like this country. They want to change it. You would think that someone like Obama who has risen from nothing to become President of the United States would see the greatness of this country. You would think that he would appreciate that we are truly the land of opportunity where anyone can achieve their dreams. But he does not. He sees only unfairness and injustice. The contrast with Rubio could not be more stark.

Unfortunately, many of our leaders as well as our citizens have lost an appreciation for the greatness of this country. Sometimes it takes a foreigner or an immigrant to understand what long-time citizens have lost sight of. This is one of the things that makes Marco Rubio such a promising new political figure. As a young, Cuban-American, he is a classic example of what hard work can do for you in this country.

He recognizes and appreciates that only in a country like America could he have risen from nowhere to be considered as a possible Vice Presidential running mate for Romney. He understands who we are as a nation. He would like to build on our strengths, not transform us into a European type socialist state.