RECLAIMING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Election day, November 2, is a critical national referendum on President Obama’s big government agenda. That day across the nation Americans will enter their polling booths and cast ballots that will determine whether the regnant Democratic party retains control of the House and the Senate. America has a chance to translate its discontent over high unemployment, massive federal bailouts and takeovers, and an all-consuming national debt into action that will render President Obama a lame duck for the remaining two years of his presidency. If they pursue that course, they will be laying an essential foundation for reclaiming the American dream.
On November 2 we will either continue traversing the path the President has charted for us where no faith exists for private initiative in a free market and where the private sector is increasingly structured and controlled by a leviathan regulatory state, or we will alter that course by placing our faith once again in the private initiative that has made us a great people, move to dismantle the regulatory state, and liberate the private sector to catapult America into a new age of innovation and prosperity.
Every member of Congress is up for re-election. Thirty-seven of the 100 Senate seats are also up for grabs. It is my sincere hope that America removes the party in power in the House and Senate, but if only in the House that will do much to block President Obama’s big government agenda.
At a minimum, if 42 of the House seats and 10 of the 37 of the Senate seats up for re-election fail to go to the Democrats, the public will have rejected the President’s agenda resoundingly and will have put in place a significant barrier to more grandiose government designs from the White House. We can then hold on until 2012 when we may be blessed with a choice to act in favor of liberty again.
In a perfect world, our choices would be far better than they are. With a few notable exceptions, we will be voting against the lesser of two evils, but we will do so knowing that keeping the Democrats in power will keep the President’s big government agenda moving forward. Few people in politics come with the integrity of a Ronald Reagan. Come 2012, we will need someone approaching Reagan’s greatness to run against Obama if we are to not only defeat him but also reclaim the American dream.
Apologists for government are everywhere. We have few people of intellect who can present the many eloquent arguments against federal control and in favor of individual sovereignty. We have two years to find a presidential candidate with intellect and eloquence.
The way back to liberty and prosperity is not a secret formula. We have done it all before. We need to restore faith in freedom of choice as the best means to achieve self-fulfillment and prosperity. We need to restore constitutional limits on government by stripping the regulatory agencies of the power to make law, limiting that to Congress, and by revivifying those age-old doctrines that now form what Judge Ginsburg described many years ago in Cato’s Regulation Magazine as a “Constitution in exile,” including the separation of powers, nondelegation, unconstitutional conditions, and substantive due process doctrines along with limits on government power through a meaningful interpretation of the contracts and takings clauses and limits on congressional regulation via the commerce clause.
We need to repeal the health care reform law, which violates several of those doctrines and clauses. We need to repeal Medicare Part D, which is government largesse we can ill afford. We need to replace the prior restraint of regulatory law which forces the innocent majority to lose liberty with statutory punishments meted out after the fact, precisely at those who violate others’ rights to life, liberty, and property.
We need to eliminate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Education, and the Department of Energy. We need to deregulate to reduce the powers of the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Communications Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Bureau of Land Management, among others. We need to eliminate the individual income tax. We need to remove deposit limits on health savings accounts and individual retirement accounts. We need to replace our standing armies in Iraq and Afghanistan with an elite covert force backed by the latest drone and smart bomb technology, focusing specifically on the hunt for terrorist targets, destroying them and decapitating the leadership of governments that support them. In short, we need to restore economic and civil liberty at home and annihilate those who would enslave us abroad; we need to free Americans from the individual income tax to increase savings, investment, and spending; and we need to unleash the engine of free enterprise by eliminating barriers to entry that now fill the pages of the Federal Register.
The American people have never lost their ability to innovate, work feverishly to achieve greatness, and resolutely defend the innocent from the unjust. We have not lost those keys to excellence. It is the government that has lost its way. Our government is not living within Constitutional limits but has transformed our constitutional republic into a bureaucratic oligarchy.
Our government is presuming to dictate how free enterprise must run against the natural growth and direction of the market. Our present government now pursues a defeatist course undeserved by a great people, the failed course of history, where faith in the individual is abandoned in favor of faith in the planning capabilities of those in power, politicians who presume to know better than the individual what is in his or her own best interests. That dictatorial course has never succeeded. It may move armies to battle on their feet but it does not bring with them the heart they need to win. It may force people to perform tasks they do not want to do, but it cannot make them excel without the freedom to choose the way and the right to the full benefits of labor.
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Over the next several years, we will see whether the American people will demand of their government, as they did at the founding, that it serve rather than enslave them. The November 2 election is our first true indication of the direction America will take, of whether we will insist on an end to the immediate tyranny of excessive governance or will tragically give in to it. I strongly suspect that the President’s agenda will fail miserably at the polls on November 2. I believe in his zeal to control he has revealed himself plainly to the American people, and he is unlike those of us who still love liberty more than our own lives and who still dream of a future where our children can be free.
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