August 2, 2011
While the Democrat commissars and their Republican servants do their level best to turn America into a third-world basket case, a few of the shadier characters in our government aim to give us a new, “progressive” Constitution by the year 2020.
The principals in this scheme are Cass Sunstein; his wife, Samantha Power; and Attorney General Eric Holder: the whole thing funded by, of course, George Soros. (See Aaron Klein’s article.)
Sunstein is the president’s “regulatory czar”—betcha can’t find that title in the Constitution! Samantha Power is on the National Security Council, and the brains, if that’s the word for it, behind the kinda-sorta war in Libya. Holder’s most notable contribution to the republic is his decision not to prosecute Black Panther Party thugs for scaring white voters away from several polling places.
Since 2005 this trio has been advocating for a new Constitution, to be stealthily imposed, piece by piece, not by any Constitutional convention, or elections, but by a series of rulings by wacko judges. To make it palatable to the American people, Czar Sunstein has proposed a new Bill of Rights. Out with the old, in with the new!
Examining the czar’s new Bill of Rights is instructive. Let’s have a look at it, item by item.
One, “The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation.” Sounds nice! Everybody gets a good job, guaranteed.
From who? Who is going to do all that hiring? Try to guess.
Two, “The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.” I can see it now. What “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” was to the French Revolution, “Food, Clothing, Recreation” will be to Mr. Sunstein’s. How could the critical human need for recreation, equal to the need for food or clothing, have eluded us for all those centuries? We’ll have to rewrite the Holy Scriptures. “I was hungry, and you fed me; naked, and you clothed me; just kinda hangin’ around, and you took me to the movies.”
We all have a right to “earn enough”—from who? Who is going to be this universal paymaster? And who’s going to decide what is “enough”?
Three, “The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return that will give him and his family a decent living.” By “return” they mean “price”; and they are proposing that the government, not the market, set prices for everything produced by farmers. That worked really well in the old Soviet Union, didn’t it? I mean, how can you possibly go wrong with a couple of party hacks in a cellar of the White House setting millions of different prices?
Four, “The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home and abroad.” It’s always so much nicer to be dominated by the government. Let some unelected czar decided what competition is fair or unfair.
Five, “The right of every family”—don’t even ask him what a “family” is!—“to a decent home.” Hey! Didn’t we already try this, not too long ago? And didn’t it lead to the implosion of the housing market, and bank failures all over the place? Didn’t those banks have to be bailed out, contributing massively to the debt crisis in which we’re mired today? But of course it’s bound to work much better the second time around. You have Cass Sunstein’s word on it.
Six, “The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to enjoy good health.” Is anybody keeping track of the cost of this so far?
Seven, “The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.” Is this a political program, or a lullaby? Seriously—who’s going to protect us from the slings and arrows of what used to be called “life”? Is there enough money in the whole world to pay for such all-encompassing security?
Well, they can always smack us with a 100% tax rate. But even that might not do the trick.
Eight, “The right to a good education,” as provided by the teachers’ unions. Don’t expect this “good education” to confer upon its recipients the ability to recognize pure B.S. shoveled at them by the government. By “good education” they mean, in fact, a bad education.
What we are talking about here is a proposal that the government remove all uncertainty from life. The government will guarantee your job, your food, clothing, and recreation, a good price for your crops if you’re a farmer, a wonderful business climate so you don’t have to worry about “unfair competition” from anyone who’s better at it than you, a home of your own, your health, your education, and your protection from the vicissitudes of ordinary life. That’s all. Note they don’t promise you sweet dreams and an attractive personality. There’s only so much a government can do.
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In this we peer into the chaotic depths of the progressive mind, and find there a determination to consign the American people to eternal infancy. All the things we used to do for ourselves, in the normal course of life, sometimes with help from our families or churches, Czar Sunstein proposes that the state do for us. This is a bill of rights for idiots: for those idiotic enough to believe in such drivel, and for those who will turn into idiots if they are ever compelled to live under such a system. But they’ll all turn into paupers first.
Maybe, come 2020, we’ll have to change the words of America the Beautiful: “And crown thy good with toddlerhood, from sea to shining sea.”
For toddlers is what they propose to make of us.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com