A Look at How Democrats and Republicans Differ

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It is an absolute
fact that no matter which of the two major parties in Washington,
D.C., is in power, the freedoms and liberties of the American people
continue to be eroded. However, this does NOT mean that there are
not basic differences between the two parties. The two parties differ
greatly on HOW government will take our liberties. Where they are
similar is in the fact that neither of them has any interest in
preserving liberty. Until the American people awaken to this reality,
whatever freedoms we have left in this country are doomed.

Let me ask
you a question: does it really matter whether a free man is enslaved
by a socialist state or a fascist state? Are the prisons any more
accommodating? Are the lashes from the whip any less painful? Is
the agony of losing a loved one any less grievous? Is the persecution
any less revolting? What difference does it make to a free man if
his liberties are stolen by an Adolf Hitler or by a Joseph Stalin?

Do you want
a quick reference to the difference between how the Democrats and
Republicans in Washington, D.C., are stealing our liberties? When
the Democrats control things, America gets more socialism; when
the Republicans control things, America gets more corporatism, which
is a polite word for fascism. Socialism requires government to own
everything, while fascism requires government to control everything.
And remember, too, fascists and socialists have always hated each
other. Big deal! Fascists and socialists alike hate freedomists,
which is why inside-the-beltway Repubs and Dems can’t stand
people like Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and yours truly. (Remember the MIAC
report identifying the three of us, and our supporters, as being
potential “dangerous militia” members?) So who cares which
of these two parties happens to be in power? Our freedoms continue
to be under siege. That’s why the battle in Washington politics
has nothing to do with preserving freedom, but everything to do
with HOW government will take freedom. Will they take it by ownership
or by control? And, unfortunately, what we have right now is the
worst of both worlds: government is using a combination of both
ownership and control to steal our liberties. Why? Because except
for a very precious few elected civil magistrates (like Congressman
Ron Paul), there is no one on Capitol Hill or the White House who
remotely understands – or fights for – the principles
of liberty.

Even worse
is that when the Donkeys and the Elephants do agree, it almost always
is in an effort to point the bayonets at the American citizenry.
What does it matter whether government owns it or controls it? What
does it matter whether it more resembles socialism of corporatism?
What it doesn’t look anything like, is FREEDOM!

Take the Democrat/Republican
debate over Obamacare. Even if Mitt Romney and the GOP prevail in
the November elections, Obamacare will be replaced with Romneycare.
And Romneycare will be 85% Obamacare, with a slight shift toward
government control and a slight shift away from government ownership.
Again, I say, BIG DEAL! What neither party is talking about is that
the federal government has no business being in health care. Period!
Just like the federal government has no business being in over 90%
of everything it is involved in today. But who do you hear saying
that in Washington, D.C., except Ron Paul?

Take the issue
of the burgeoning surveillance society. What does it matter which
major party is in power in Washington, D.C.? The TSA gets more and
more obnoxiously tyrannical; abuses of civil liberties under the
guise of fighting a “war on drugs” continues unabated;
abuses of the Bill of Rights under the guise of fighting a “war
on terror” continues unabated; the federal police state continues
to grow exponentially; unconstitutional foreign entanglements continue
to proliferate; ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

In a book that
I have recommended numerous times, Hitler’s
Cross
, Erwin Lutzer writes on page 72, “Through surveillance,
wiretaps, spying, and rewarding those who betrayed their friends,
Hitler tried to control the citizens of Germany.” On page 73,
Lutzer continues the thought saying, “But Hitler did not have
the technology to bring every subject of his realm into line.”
So, given the technology that is available today, what would Hitler
do differently if he were running things in Washington, D.C.? I
ask readers to think seriously about that question. What would Hitler
do differently?

Today, the
federal government monitors virtually every piece of electronic
communication. The federal government monitors virtually every major
banking transaction. It has spies infiltrated in even harmless organizations
all over the country. It threatens people with the loss of their
jobs or freedom (or both) to betray their friends. It spies on us
with satellites; it spies on us with drones. On July 6, 2012, President
Obama signed an Executive Order authorizing the federal government
to take control of America’s entire communications industry.
In 2006, under President George W. Bush, the US military began planning
armed confrontation against the American citizenry. (I have the
document in my possession.) And, of course, we must not overlook
the Patriot Act which has been authorized and reauthorized under
both Republicans and Democrats; the Military Commission Act which
was signed by G.W. Bush; NDAA 2012 and 2013 which was signed by
President Barack Obama, and which was passed by both Republicans
and Democrats. And let’s not forget the federal attack against
the Branch Davidians under Democrats Bill Clinton and Janet Reno,
and the assault against the Randy Weaver household under Republican
President George Herbert Walker Bush.

So, again,
pick your poison. Both the socialist-leaning Democrats and the corporatist-leaning
Republicans in Washington, D.C., meet together in pointing the bayonet
against the American citizenry. And you really wonder why nothing
significant changes in this country?

And
in this regard, the platforms of the two major parties are completely
meaningless! I dare say that Barack Obama has never read the Democrat
platform and doesn’t care one iota what it says. I also guarantee
you that Mitt Romney hasn’t read the Republican platform and
doesn’t care one iota what it says either. Can anyone remember
when Republican Presidential candidate, Bob Dole, in a rare moment
of candor, publicly admitted that he had not read his party’s
platform and didn’t care what it said? Party platforms are
for the benefit of rank and file party members to make them feel
like their ideas count for something to the party leadership. They
don’t!

So, do the
Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., differ? Yes! They
differ on how our freedoms will be taken from us. They differ on
the degree of government ownership and control. They differ on the
nuances of political tyranny. Where they are twins is in their lust
and ambition for power, in their approval of stripping more and
more freedoms from the American people, and in their absolute and
total disregard for constitutional government.

Without some
sort of “Great Awakening” both politically and spiritually,
whatever is left of our liberties is doomed – and both major
parties in Washington, D.C., are equally culpable.

July
13, 2012

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