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Van Jones and the American Dream

As I watch events unfolding in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, et al., I wonder how many Americans realize that government employees are demanding rights that exist only in their progressive minds. They have been led to believe that their desires are rights, and that includes the right to have the government take someone else’s property and give it to them simply because they want it.

In Wisconsin, the protesters keep insisting that Gov. Walker is trying to destroy their “collective bargaining rights.” I give Walker an “A” thus far for his courageous stand on this issue. But I stop short of giving him an “A+” because he has not made it clear that there is no such thing as a right to collectively bargain. Only individuals have rights, and, whether a religionist or atheist, any honest, rational person knows that these are rights that are self-evident and inherited at birth.

In fact, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness really comes down to a single right: the right to liberty – to be free to live your life as you please, so long as you do not violate anyone else’s right to do the same.

Statism’s illogic exposed for all to see in F.A. Hayek’s “The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism”

If one truly believes in the fundamental right to be free, then he is obliged to agree that an employer has a right to establish the rules regarding anything he owns, which includes banishing unions from his premises.

The problem with public-sector unions is that the employer is the government, so there’s an inherent conflict of interest. As Democrats have realized for decades, agreeing to the suicidal demands of public-sector unions can keep them in power.

The raucous protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere have emboldened the 30 percenters – the loud and foul left that has fundamentally changed America from the land of the free to the land of soft socialism over the past 100-plus years.

A good example of this was a column in The Huffington Post last week by that paragon of social justice, Van Jones. What got my attention was the title of the article: “Introducing the ‘American Dream’ Movement.”

Below is a reprint of a part of that article where Comrade Jones listed “the steps needed to renew and redeem the American Dream” – along with my comments.

Honesty compels me to admit that if communism is the American Dream to Van Jones, he has a right to define it that way. However, my own definition of the American Dream gets back to that one unalienable right I mentioned earlier – liberty – nothing more and nothing less. The problem with the Van Jones American Dream is that it requires that the liberty of some people must be violated to satisfy the desires of others. By contrast, in my American Dream, liberty must always be given a higher priority than all other objectives.

It is impossible to reconcile these two philosophical views, which is why it is imperative that the state governors and the 70 percent majority of citizens not compromise in the showdown that is now playing out across our nation. It is the first of many showdowns to come over the next two years, and, from a psychological standpoint, I believe that winning the first one is extremely important.