In 1858, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision, Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech (“A House Divided”) that would surely be ridiculed and dismissed these days as evidence that he was some kind of conspiracy theory kook. After placing the Court’s decision in the context of actions and statements of various pro-slavery politicians and their fellow travelers, he offered the following observation:
We cannot absolutely know that these exact adaptations are the result of preconcert. But when we see a lot of framed timbers, which we know different portions of which have been gotten out at different times and in different places by different workmen – Stephen, Franklin, Roger, James, for instance – and when we see these timbers joined together, and see that they exactly frame a house or a mill, all the tenons and mortices fitting exactly together, all the lengths and proportions of the different pieces exactly adapted to their respective places, and not a piece too many or a piece too few – not omitting even scaffolding – or, if a single piece be lacking, we can see the place in the frame where it is fitted and prepared yet to be put in. In such a case, we find it impossible not to believe that Stephen and Franklin and Roger and James all understood one another from the beginning; all worked on a common plan or draft drawn before the first lick was struck.
For months now, Americans have been bombarded with stories about different proposals and actions emanating from the members and fellow travelers of the Obama faction. There was, for example, the effort to remove control of the 2010 Census from the Congress (where it is placed by constitutional provision) to the White House. There was the move to give the District of Columbia a vote in the House of Representatives (in clear violation of constitutional provision). There is Obama’s persistent refusal to release evidence that might prove or contradict his unsubstantiated claim to satisfy the Constitution’s requirements as to eligibility for the office of president of the United States.
In the context of the bank rescue effort enormous outlays of money, raised on the good faith and credit of the United States, have occurred without specific authorization or oversight from the U.S. Congress. Without constitutional warrant, and in clear violation of the constitutional protections for private property rights, the so-called bank rescue effort has resulted in a government takeover of private-sector entities, including hiring, firing and the dictation of remuneration.
The so-called stimulus package allocated billions of dollars from the public coffers for ACORN, an organization that has clearly served as one of the partisan and political tools of the Obama faction. In the same vein, ACORN has been marked for use as part of the team collecting information for the 2010 census.
Meanwhile, statements by Obama faction government appointees, as well as official documents of U.S. government departments and agencies, have suggested or flatly declared that people taking positions contrary to the Obama faction’s party line are to be labeled terrorists and considered a threat to national security.
Meanwhile, on the supposed excuse of assuring access to health care for the 10 percent or so of Americans ostensibly left without it as things stand, the Obama faction proposes the establishment of a government-controlled health insurance option, with some provisions that would implicate the whole people of the United States in support for abortion; and others that could easily be used to extend government intrusion and control into every facet of people’s lives – from unwarranted access to personal financial information to child rearing to life-and-death decisions about care for the elderly and disabled.
Taken in isolation, each of these actions and issues has its own rationale and explanation. But if, following the example of Lincoln’s statesmanship, we use common sense to envisage the whole that results when all these elements are taken together, what we see is a society transformed from a place with a large area of freedom from government domination and control into a place where the mechanisms of government control are strategically placed so as to make fear of government decision and intervention the pervasive reality of life in every respect.
I have posted on my blog (Loyal to Liberty) a recording of a speech by another statesman, President Ronald Reagan, in which he warns against the abuse of the health care issue as an excuse for the imposition of totalitarian government control. Though even some of the critics of the Obama faction’s health sector proposals speak as if the problem with it lies in the fact that they are reaching for too much too quickly, this criticism begs the most important question: What are they reaching for? It defies logic to think that an effort to improve access for 10 percent of our people in any sense justifies paving the way for a government takeover of 100 percent of our lives. The problem isn’t that they are overreaching. It is quite simply that what they are reaching for is wrong – wrong for the quality of health care, wrong for the individual liberties of Americans, wrong for the preservation of constitutional government that secures the liberty of the American people.
Given the mounting and consistent evidence that the goal of totalitarian government control shapes the strategy and indeed defines the identity of the Obama faction and all its fellow travelers, it is not enough to oppose and defeat the actions and proposals they continually devise. We must reject their strategy. We must reject them.
All Americans who wish to remain free must stand as one against the national socialist agenda – for God, for Liberty and the Constitution.