There really isn’t much difference between the Cheney-Kristol neocons of the Left and the Obama-Pelosi-Clinton leftists, when you get right down to it.
And I refer to leftists or to the Left rather than using the common term “liberals,” because they are not liberal. For me, “liberal” describes someone who advocates liberating people, someone who believes in freedom.
The Left consists of people who believe otherwise, even the opposite of genuine liberalism and liberation. They want laws and regulations which tie people down and chain them up and restrain their freedom.
With their degenerate social agenda, economic edicts, mandates and diktats, the Left have made the people prisoners of society’s meddlers, control freaks, social misfits, nanny-government bureaucrats and their armed enforcers.
And what else but a police state could describe the Left’s desired situation of a State armed to the teeth with a totally disarmed and defenseless civilian population?
In my view, deep down, many people on the Left delight in seeing S.W.A.T. teams invade a small business to “crack down” on people who do their bankingwith “suspiciously” small amounts of cash, or those who apparently didn’t send the IRS enough of their earnings.
And leftist unions seem to love seeing the S.W.A.T. teams invading and harassing a business and arresting a “rogue businessman” for hiring undocumented workers who are “stealing Americans’ jobs.”
I guess things haven’t changed much since the days of the anti-immigrant, warmongering interventionist Samuel Gompers, have they?
And the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, who wants to fine restaurants who provide large-sized sugary drinks, is the same mayor who very strongly supports the power of police to stop and frisk innocent people without any suspicion or probable cause.
So, the people on the Left are not really “liberal,” are they?
During the Blizzard of 2013, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ordered everyone in Massachusetts off the roads, or they’d be fined $500 or receive up to a year in jail. That applied even to those parts of the state not harshly affected by the blizzard but were nevertheless located under Patrick’s jurisdiction. A true dyed-in-the-wool central planner, this guy.
However, the real liberal would believe that if we are forced by law to be dependent on government-controlled roads and highways, then each and every one of us has a right to use them when we need to, blizzard or not.
In contrast to the Massachusetts governor’s mandatory travel ban, Maggie Hassan, the governor of New Hampshire — the Live Free or Die state — gave avoluntary advisory to stay off the roads. No fine, no jail time for those who continued to drive.
Another unconstitutional act of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was inflicted 2 months later on the people of Watertown: the post-Boston Marathon bombings warrantless door-to-door searches which occurred under Patrick’s authority. While police lacked the constitutionally required probable cause and written warrants signed by a judge in order to search private homes, they did so anyway.
Gov. Patrick used the term, “shelter in place” on that day for over a million people in the greater Boston area, and it supposedly was a “request.” However, public schools and courthouses were all closed down, public transportation was suspended, vehicular traffic was not allowed in or out of Watertown, over which a “no-fly zone” was imposed.
Hmmm. This sounds like a “voluntary shelter in place request,” most definitely.
Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC propagandized on behalf of this police state in Watertown imposed by a leftist governor.
And knowing New Hampshire — the Live Free or Die state — if there were a dangerous person on the loose, they probably would not have had a thousand police goons invading one small town and putting it under martial law. Why? Because the attitude of security in New Hampshire is not one of dependence on government, but one of independence and self-protection — that is why among the U.S. states New Hampshire’s gun laws are some of the most respectful to the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment.
Remember, the 2nd Amendment refers to “the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” not the “right of the government to keep and bear arms.”
Sadly, given their love for the State, the people on the Left seem to have that backwards.
In contrast to the fascists in Massachusetts, had accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev been running loose in New Hampshire, officials there probably would have had police out on patrol at high alert, but not hysterically so, as they were in Watertown.
But would the people of New Hampshire have allowed or tolerated warrantless door-to-door searches? I could be wrong, but I would guess that officials would have given residents an advisory to be on the lookout.
By inflicting door-to-door searches in Watertown, officials were really telling people that all residents themselves were suspects in harboring an escaped suspect, and they needed to be ordered out of their homes and the homes searched to prove their innocence.
In contrast, given an advisory in New Hampshire, residents would have had their weapons available, ready and waiting. Had Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attempted to invade or break into someone’s home there, the resident more likely would have fought back, or at least brandished a weapon in defense and/or shot the home invader.
Unlike in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and other strict gun control states, people in New Hampshire know that it’s much more risky to break into a New Hampshirite’s home than in those other states in which the people have been forcibly disarmed and made defenseless and vulnerable to the predations of thugs and killers by ignorant bureaucrats.
Which brings me to the dreaded gun control issue. Following the Sandy Hook School shooting, in which 20 children and 7 adults were murdered by a deranged psychopath, the push to further disarm the people in the already fifth strictest anti-gun state went into overdrive.
No matter how hard rational people attempt to get it through numbskulls — that violent criminals don’t care about gun laws just as they don’t care about laws against murder — the people on the Left continue on their legislative rampages to further disarm law-abiding people and make them defenseless.
And the gun control issue also made its way into the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare”), as per Obama Executive Order, in which doctors are being encouraged to ask patients about gun possession. And the government’s encouragement of doctors to report on patients’ probability of being “threats” (as they are now encouraged to do in the U.K.) is part of the statists’ mission to encroach into the age-old tradition of doctor-patient confidentiality, in the name of enhancing government power-grabs and further diminishing the people’s liberty and security.
The atrocious ObamaCare is the “thrill up the legs” for those passionate police statists on the Left. We already can see the excitement in the faces of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, just the thought of thousands new IRS agents and their S.W.A.T. teams going out and harassing and terrorizing innocent Americans in enforcing the tax-fine-thefts of ObamaCare’s dictatorial mandates and restrictions.
And with ObamaCare it isn’t just the bureaucratic intrusions into people’s private lives in the name of control over the people. But the police state threats against honest doctors will drive the good doctors out of the business and attract those who like the idea of being Dr. Bureaucrat.
In fact, according Dr. Elaina George, who spoke to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons in 2011, part of the framework for draconian ObamaCare measures was already set up first through Executive Order – a Bush Executive Order in 2004, believe it or not – and then legislatively enacted aspart of the 2009 Obama “stimulus” bill. As Dr. George warned in this article,
A second board created by the stimulus bill called The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology “will determine treatment at the time and place of care”. They are charged with deciding the course of treatment for the diagnosis given by the doctor. Now it becomes obvious why there has been a big push towards the implementation of universal electronic medical record use. It becomes a tool to completely control the physician and the patient. Those physicians and hospitals that choose to practice individualized patient care in consultation with their patients will be punished because they are not “meaningful users of the system over time.” Beginning January 1, 2013 penalties for doing the right thing for a patient will cost the doctor $100,000 for the first offense and jail for the second offense. This will have a chilling effect and may be the straw that completely breaks the foundation of good medicine – the doctor patient relationship.
After ObamaCare implodes as it was obviously intended to do, Dictator Obama will get the masses to beg him to get his desired “Single Payer” plan through, which will lead to what he and others on the Left really dream of, their beloved SovietCare.
But as Yuri Maltsev and Anna Ebeling have noted, in this kind of complete government control over everybody’s private medical matters the two-tier system will be GoodCare for the Ruling elites and BadCare for the rest of us schmucks.
But the enforcements of all these draconian rules will be as police state as they could be.
Alas, too many of today’s “liberals” are not really liberal. They oppose freedom and choice in medical care, they support the State’s power to invade private property without suspicion or probable cause, and just too many people now wholeheartedly condemn the thought of cutting the chains of enslavement by bureaucrats and liberating the people from the imprisonment of the State.