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Liberalism unleashed

Two recent proposals illuminate the thinking of modern liberals…and it’s not pretty.

Two recent proposals by President Obama and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), respectively, provide a valuable – and appalling – insight into the way liberals view the role of the government relative to the individual.

First, the President.  Speaking in Cleveland recently, the President mused on the influence of money in politics and, almost instinctively, reached for a draconian solution:  mandatory voting.  The first paragraph from an article on CNN.com describes it well:

““Everything which is not forbidden is compulsory."

The president whose major policy achievement is mandatory health insurance thinks maybe voting should be mandatory, too.

As is typical for this President, in floating this idea he couldn’t restrain himself from adding a cheap shot (emphasis mine).

"The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups," Obama said. "There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls."

So, those (largely Republican) lawmakers who have the temerity to think that voting should be restricted to, well, citizens, and that the simple but effective requirement that prospective voters prove who they are by showing a (free) photo-ID card isn’t the iron fist of fascism descending, are trying “keep [people] away from the polls.”  Ah, can’t you just feel the hope and change?  (And I won’t even delve into the extraordinary condescension, bordering on bigotry, required to suggest that “young, lower income, immigrant groups and minority groups” are too helpless and personally incompetent to go to a local DMV to get a free ID card.)

Senator Schumer, on the other hand, spurred many a raised eyebrow by pioneering yet another role for the federal government hitherto unknown:  defender of pet healthcare.  Along with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Schumer recently touted their efforts to enact legislation to regulate what veterinarians can charge pet owners for medical care.  BoCare, perhaps? 

The mind reels.

Now, I don’t know if these proposals are serious or not.  (It’s hard to tell with these people sometimes.)  But although seemingly unrelated, they are indicative of a common, indeed fundamental, worldview amongst most liberals: the federal government has unlimited power to use coercion to achieve any aims it deems fit at the moment, and, to borrow from T. H. White in The Once and Future King, “Everything which is not forbidden is compulsory."

It is disturbing in the extreme that a President – particularly this President, whose view of Executive power is, to say the least, less than constraining  – of a representative democracy comprised of free citizens endowed with inalienable rights by their Creator almost reflexively resorts to making something as personal and, well, inalienable as the decision to vote “mandatory.”  What does that (in addition to the reference to ObamaCare above) say about his view of liberty – the principle upon which this country was founded?

And as for “BoCare,” it really staggers the mind that Senator Schumer’s view of the role of government is so expansive as to include issuing edicts about pet healthcare.  (It should be noted that much of the derision, primarily from the right, aimed at Schumer’s proposals focus on the absurdity of legislating pet healthcare while so many legislative priorities go unmet.  While true, such derision misses the point, which is the borderline insanity of believing the federal government of the United States should involve itself with pet care.)

But these kinds of things, while seemingly trivial in the grand sweep of events, are instructive, displaying as they do the mentality of many on the left.  It is a mentality that favors coercion and mandates, and is thus antithetical to the concept of limited government enshrined in our Constitution and traditions.  That this mentality seems to dominate the Presidency and roughly half of our elected representatives is troubling. 

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Angus DuBois
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Angus DuBois is the nom de plume of an entrepreneur of 20 years who, in cowardly fashion, prefers to keep his/her business identity a secret. Comments can be forwarded to angus@nexxuspublishing.com.

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