“Why would you trade one tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants
less than one mile away?” – Mather Byles’ quote from colonial times used
in the movie “The Patriot”
misconception, America was never meant to be a democracy. A pure
democracy, also known as mob rule, rivals a dictatorship in its lack of
protections for its citizens. We were meant to be a constitutional
It is noteworthy that our first national document is
titled “The Declaration of Independence” and not “The Declaration of
Separation” or even “The Declaration of Revolution.” We started by
declaring ourselves independent, stating we were born free, able to
pursue life, liberty, and happiness as we individually saw fit – and we
meant to keep it that way.
238 years later, the Progressive
movement, after a century’s incubation, has manufactured the consent of
the mob into the greatest force of anti-independence our republic has
known – a stronger force of subjugation than King George ever sent.
After all, the British taxes we rebelled against were trivial compared
to the rates we pay today. He may have had his redcoats, but even in his
madness, George never dreamt punitive schemes that could rival the EPA
or the IRS.
The Progressive mob, with free cell phones in one hand
and a ballot in the other, re-elected a blatantly failed president. It
does not care if its policies have disastrous long-term effects –
maintaining independence is not its goal, not even in its top ten. It
only cares that some people have more and others have less. Its only
guiding metric is that hazy subjective target of fairness. And nothing
short of total surrender will satisfy its demands, as was demonstrated
in its response to two Supreme Court decisions last week.
case, Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations were found able to
refuse to insure what are basically abortion drugs. Hobby Lobby still
must insure 16 other birth control options. Progressives claim this
extremely limited ruling to be part of the conservative “War on Women,”
even though half of the fertilized eggs killed by the pills would
eventually turn into women. Pretended outrage ensued.
case found that a few home health care providers in Illinois don’t have
to join a union. What about the indentured servitude of all employees
forced to pay union dues contra the freedom of association guaranteed in
the First Amendment? If you want to see what a real fight against
public unions looks like, read Scott Walker’s book “Unintimidated.” This
ruling was laughably limited but again, pretended outrage ensued.
decisions were hailed as victories for conservatives. If these are what
constitute conservative victories, then the mob has already won. These
rulings are worse than nothing at all because they pretend to be
something and only serve to rally the mob. The Constitution is no longer
the safeguard against the mob that it was intended to be. Conservative
justices, in their reluctance to overturn precedent, will never
reinstate its protections. They struggle to declare even the obvious, as
they did last week, in the face of the Progressive media storms.
Liberal justices only await the discovery of the next loophole to expand
government. Brother, it’s a rigged game.
don’t know what the rest of the world does - that independence is not
the natural state of things, tyranny is. And, ironically, after all this
time, the biggest threat to American independence is its incredible
success, a success so great it has created the luxury of apathy. Even a
$17 trillion debt fails to intimidate in the face of the inescapable
inertia created through our past liberty.
Our independence is a
Catch-22. Those who appreciate the freedom for which our founders fought
tend toward just wanting to be left alone. That spells trouble for
organized movements, as the Tea Party discovered when it was hijacked by
some poor candidates and a few unapologetic racists. Freedom needs a
We all live better than King George did 238 years
ago – even the poor have cars, electricity, microwaves, and in-door
plumbing. The ultimate goal of the Progressive mob is that we forget
that independence, not entitlement, is why this is so – and they are
advancing. As thousands of illegals flow across the border, at what
point does this mob reach critical mass? At what point does apathy
deserve tyranny? Nothing says this has to last forever – Rome and
Britain each once had inescapable inertia as well.
(This and other Wolfrum columns can be read at toddwolfrum.com.)