Thursday, October 8, 2009

Obama the Statist: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

The temperature today at the lake hit almost 70 degrees, which for October in the Sierra Nevadas is pretty nice weather. Since the weather was so gorgeous, I decided to pack up my beach bag with a variety of necessities, like Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny," my blackberry and sunscreen and head down to sit by the beautiful, crystal clear lake. It is so amazing how great it can be to just get away from all the craziness of the city and just relax and take in nature. As I began reading Levin's bestseller, I immediately started to see so many similarities between his description of Statists and the current administration. While it is clear that President Obama is on the fast track to socialism, it was interesting see the parallels between Statists and this administration as well. Statists are what are classified as today's Modern Liberals, and it is scary to know that we are being led by this group. Levin describes Statists' pursuits:

"The Statist veils his pursuits in moral indignation, intoning in high dungeon the injustices and inequities of liberty and life itself, for which only he can provide justice and bring a righteous resolution. And when the resolution proves elusive, as it undoubtedly does- whether the Marxist promise of 'the workers paradise' or the Great Society's 'war on poverty'- the Statist demands ever more authority to wring out the imperfections of mankind's existence." (8)

This is exactly what President Obama and his liberal administration are doing. They are doing what they believe is the "common good" for all. This message is what is destroying America as we know it, and this message is destroying the America our founding fathers worked so hard to establish. Instead of allowing citizens to lead their own lives to the best of their abilities, the members of the Obama administration feel as if they are the ones who know us best; therefore, the Obama Administration feels it is justified in telling us how we should live. This idea of moral indignation that Levin discusses is what so many fall prey to. Those who support President Obama believe in him to the point in which they seem to think he can save them, or worse yet, help them lead their lives. While individuals like you and me know that we must work hard and rely on ourselves, the liberal left rely on the government as the be all and end all of solving life's problems. This is what Statists like Obama want.

Another interesting point Levin makes regarding Statists is their belief in citizens' service to the state. As I discussed in a previous post, "The Cancer that is Progressivism," Progressives aim for this as well. This idea of the country working together for the "common good" of all is very important to Statists. This very notion goes against everything our founders worked so hard to establish. Levin writes:

"When living freely and pursuing his own legitimate interests, the individual displays qualities that are antithetical to the Statist's- initiative, self-reliance, and independence. As the Statist is building a culture of conformity and dependency, where the ideal citizen takes on dronelike qualities in service to the state, the individual must be drained of uniqueness and self-worth, and deterred from independent thought or behavior. This is achieved through varying methods of economic punishment and political suppression." (9)

This is so apparent in today's society and with this Administration. We saw it during the campaign with Obama's "Redistribution of Wealth" comments and in his conversation with Joe the Plumber. We continue to see it today, and it will only get worse. Gone are the days of doing hard work and living the "American dream." Gone are the days when a successful individual is unpunished for being a success. Instead of telling our children that hard work can pay off, it seems that the new saying will be hard work only will make you pay more. This is not only ridiculous, but a sad state of affairs. The members of the Obama Administration are so hell-bent on leveling the playing field that they are forgetting that by doing so, they are destroying what makes America so great! Then again, maybe this is what they are aiming to do. I really believe this to be the case.

Just as Progressives realize that they cannot get everything they want overnight, Statists realize this as well. Levin makes an excellent point when he writes:

"The Statist also knows that despite his successful usurpations, enough citizens are still skeptical and even distrustful of politicians and government that he cannot force his will all at once. Thus he marches in incremental steps, adjusting his pace as circumstances dictate. Today his pace is more rapid, for resistance has slowed. And at no time does the Statist do an about-face." (9)

This is why it is so critical that we do not back down, but persevere onward. As soon as we wave the white flag of surrender, the Statists have won. Obama would like nothing more than to see us give up. Continue the good fight, for we are a powerful opposition. There is proof that our resistance is already beginning to work. Look at the health care debate as an example. Approval is at an all-time low, so it is important, now more than ever, that we keep the pressure on. Levin's book is a powerful tool in foreshadowing so much of what is happening in America today. Not only is it important to read and study up on the liberal left's assault on America, but it is also important to keep steadfast to the principles our founding fathers put into place. What I have decided to do over the next couple of weeks while on vacation is share with you some of the important aspects of Levin's book as I read it. If you haven't already read it, I strongly encourage you to get yourself a copy and begin reading it too. The more we educate ourselves and our friends and family, the better prepared we will be to fight against the agenda being shoved down our throats by members of the far left. We cannot and will not let them win, for we are a strong army united in our cause for freedom and liberty.

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