THE DISABLING POWER OF FEAR
The politics of fear disables people, permitting the enemies of freedom to take rights away with the complicity of those disabled and without so much as a fight. Whether the fear arises from acts of terrorism or industry leaders who demand that government regulators be appeased in the government’s quest to exercise control, the result is the same, freedom gives way to tyranny. There is an alternative to fear and defeatism and that is hope and courage. When a depraved world closes around a free people, their future depends on their hope and courage.
The war against terror depends on the insistence of free people to keep their nations free while hunting down and destroying those who would have us recoil in fear and enslave our own people. If we enslave our own people on the notion that doing so is necessary to protect them from terror, we have conceded the ultimate battle without a true fight. Rather, the goal must be to protect and expand freedom. We must reject the notion that to be free we must be deprived of liberty for a time. History teaches that almost every liberty lost takes generations to regain; no liberty must be conceded and each must be defended at all cost.
Al Qaeda and other sympathetic groups are relatively small bands of thugs whose infamy comes from their willingness to do anything to kill. While murderous, they are no more cohesive than organized crime in other sectors, the mob, drug cartels, pirates, and street gangs. To prevail against them we have to infiltrate their ranks, identify their whereabouts, and arrest or destroy them. We should not become distracted in this quest but should be singular of mind, aggressive, and relentless. We should also appreciate that those who from low self-esteem or from religious fanaticism can be led to suicide bombing will always be a small subset of the entire group and depend on those who will direct their acts of terror.
Success against the terrorists depends on proving the utter futility of their quest. We must not only destroy those who organize and direct operations against us but also destroy or arrest all who give them aid and comfort. A defensive battle against those dedicated to kill you entails far greater risk of loss than an offensive battle against those same people. We must never wait for injury but must turn the tables on the attackers and make the terrorists devote their time and resources to survival against an endless and inescapable quest by our overt and covert forces to eradicate them. We must never be the hapless hunted but always the noble hunter; freedom is inevitably lost by the former and just as inevitably won by the latter.
The threat to freedom from terrorism is mimicked in a more subtle but no less threatening way by those who, for self-interest, counsel against waging court battles against government actions that deprive liberty. There are many domestic threats to liberty that pose a greater threat to freedom than terrorists do. Those threats come from trade associations that counsel their members not to sue the government because doing so will offend regulators but, rather, to accept a loss of liberty as the price of cooperation. Those threats come from President Obama and the leadership of the Congress who counsel that forcing all uninsured Americans to buy health insurance by 2014 (Obamacare) entails a loss of freedom and an expansion of government control essential to give the uninsured access to health care. The argument falters because it rests on the false premise that you must control the entire health care industry and deny all consumers freedom of choice to provide those who are presently uninsured health coverage.
The fact is the government already provides the uninsured health coverage through various means. Moreover, even were you to establish funded health savings accounts for those who cannot afford but want health coverage, the price would be a fraction of the cost of the takeover of the American medical establishment; but the politics of fear have brought us to the point where forty million Americans will be forced by their government to buy private health insurance at a cost to them of between $3,000 and $15,000 per year. Freedom of choice is thus vanquished.
As we must be relentless in the quest to eradicate those who would kill our people or scare them into enslaving themselves, so too we must be relentless in our insistence that those who govern us refrain from enslaving us and protect, not disparage, our economic and civil liberties.
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On November 2, every U.S. Congressional seat and 37 U.S. Senate seats will be up for election. We have an enormous opportunity to make liberty central to the American republic. Without question, few if any candidates running are of the stature, integrity, or ability of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, or Ronald Reagan, but if you vote against every one that voted for Obamacare and vote in favor of those who have pledged to repeal that awful law, you will help derail the movement to enslave us and you will do much to restore liberty and hope.
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