In a follow up to yesterday's article on the Declaration, our friend and guest Blogger, Alabama Ben has written a fabulous article on the topic...
Parallels Between Liberals & George...
By: Alabama Ben
No, I don’t mean this George.
I would not dare insult our greatest President (In my opinion) that way.
And I don’t mean this George, either.
Though, I admit it would be funny to watch a lot of liberal heads explode at such a comparison.
I mean King George III of England, the man accused of the abuses against the colonists brought forth in the Declaration of Independence.
I wanted to follow up on Mike’s article revealing the Declaration of Independence as the starting point of American Conservatism by looking more closely at the King’s abuses that bear a striking resemblance to what modern day liberals attempt to accomplish whilst in office.
Let’s reach back into history again and look at the ten parallels between modern day liberalism and the abuses that led to secession from the Kingdom of England back in 1776:
1. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
This actually goes hand-in-hand with legislating from the bench, something Mike brought up in his article. If liberals get a law voted in, then to them it’s a valid law regardless of Constitutionality (Such as firearm bans), which in and of itself makes it an invalid law. If, however, a law gets enacted that liberals voted against… Well, you see their reaction to Proposition 8 and other such statewide bans on gay marriage and also abortion.
So, liberals certainly seem to be good at picking and choosing their laws to obey.
2. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
This is an override of states’ rights in favor of an overbearing central authority, something liberals typically favor. For instance, why let states decide abortion laws when you can just mandate it across the board?
3. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
Now we’re back to legislating from the bench, which liberals love to do. Thank God there were enough Constitutionalist justices on the Supreme Court when the D.C. gun ban suit came up this year. I shudder to think of the sort of gun laws local, state, and federal bodies would have been cooking up had the Second Amendment met the same crowd responsible for Roe v. Wade.
4. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
I’m sure you have all heard of the “Litmus Test” for new Supreme Court justices. That is, which way would they have sided in Roe v. Wade had it been put forth on their watch? It’s asked by liberals every single time a candidate is up. If they agree to uphold it and their record shows they would, they get a pass from the liberal community. If, however, they go against it or are seen as being too much of a Constitutionalist (In other words, they actually want to do their jobs as law interpreters and not law makers), then they’re subjected to the worst kind of slander imaginable. Anyone remember Biden’s grilling of Clarence Thomas back in the 90’s? I do, and I was a kid at the time!
Subject to their will, indeed…
5. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
Liberals and bureaucracy, an unholy combination in the extreme. From FDR’s New Deal to LBJ’s Great Society, liberal administrations have been filled with an increase in the size of government control and government spending. And the more useless it is, the more likely it’ll be enacted during a liberal administration! FDR’s wonderful make-work programs… LBJ’s War on Poverty that created the permanent welfare class… Subsidies for the arts…
If it looks like a bureaucracy, but smells like an unwashed hippy, it’s probably a useless social program!
6. For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the World. Liberals, as a rule, have long been opponents to free trade with other nations, and even within our own borders.
They opposed NAFTA back when it first came into being, and they still oppose it to this day. They prefer to shackle our own companies to unfair tax burdens and regulatory requirements that make them less competitive than foreign companies, further inhibiting the free markets and even forcing some domestic companies to move operations overseas. About the only thing foreign they want us buying is oil, and that is another can of worms altogether. They refuse to allow for drilling offshore and in ANWR, which limits companies in the U.S. from establishing operations here. Not to mention restricting or eliminating alternative energy sources, such as coal and nuclear power.
7. For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.
Liberals love to vote in new taxes. Jimmy Carter promised no new taxes in order to get elected. Guess what happened? Income tax hike. Bill Clinton promised no new taxes in order to get elected. Guess what happened? Income tax hike. See a trend here? President-elect Obama promised no new taxes on anyone making less than $250,000, $200,000, $150,000… No, wait, it was $125,000! Notice how Bill Richardson hasn’t said much of anything since he let that low-ball figure slip?
8. For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies.
To me this translates into modern times as overruling state rulings on issues at the federal level. Why let states set laws for gun ownership when you can just use Congress to make “assault weapons” illegal (The definition of which is a joke, as this video shows:
9. For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.
Attempting to abolish same-sex marriage laws, attempting to chip away at our Constitutional rights via frivolous laws and regulations (Firearm restrictions, bans on displays of a religious nature under the auspice of “separation of church and state”)
10. For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
This is a combination of states’ rights and legislating from the bench. If the states or people choose to do something that liberals are against, simply get the federal government to write a law overriding it. Or, failing that, have the courts rule against it. Can’t have the people ruling themselves, after all!
As a bonus – and to be fair to King George – let’s look at one point where he may have been ahead of his time:
11. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
It would be nice if we had someone who could do this today! We’re lucky if we can get both Houses in for a single vote, let alone an entire session. Talk about overpaid and underworked… I wish there were some uncomfortable places we could stick Congress between recesses to get them to want to stay in the Capitol Building more and do their damned jobs. And refuse to take pay raises they don’t deserve. Check out this article from just the other day to illustrate this point.
It’s rather disturbing how closely some of King George III’s actions mirror those of liberals. And it’s rather telling how the Founding Fathers felt about such actions.
Maybe that’s why Hillary Clinton said “God bless the America we’re trying to create.” She and liberals like her know the America the Founding Fathers created does not tolerate their policies, so they have to radically change it to suit their agenda.
Take from that what you will…