Yet another taxpayer-funded professor is assaulting the Bill of Rights. In an op-ed in his local Portland newspaper, professor Tom Hastings of Portland State University actually called for the “repeal” of the Second Amendment.
Now before we even get into the constitutional ignorance it would require to make such an emotional, nonsensical statement, I want to address what many in media are overlooking with regard to these so-called academics.
I spent a lot of time in academia – years as both a student and a university instructor. I know guys like Hastings from a student perspective and from a colleague perspective. Some may think that it is a ridiculous statement by a college professor who has never set foot in the real world outside of his ivory tower. I contend that there is something far more insidious lurking at the surface of Hastings’ statements. I went on “Fox & Friends” this weekend to discuss the flaw in his argument, but there wasn’t time to address what I think is a far more dangerous scenario behind his propaganda.
In his editorial, Hastings accidentally revealed the cards of the statists’ latest, and truly Orwellian, New Speak efforts. He referred to the Supreme Court’s decisions to uphold the Second Amendment as supporting “Big Brother.” Many glossed right over his words that somehow the Bill of Rights is Big Brother, as some sort of misstatement or sheer ignorance. It isn’t. I recognize this line of propaganda for what it is: a deliberate insinuation that the Bill of Rights actually is Big Brother – a critical spin on a conservative line that attracts freedom-loving students on college campuses.
This is the cultivation of a very dangerous twist of truth that statists are busily evangelizing in our universities. They take the natural independence/ invincibility bent of young, inexperienced (pre-wise) youth at the college level and teach them that Big Brother is not the overreaching bureaucracy of regimes like the Obama administration, or other socialist governments. They say instead that Big Brother is somehow our Founding Fathers, and their documents like the U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights. They give their fable the ominous twist of the archaic haunting of dead, white men who lived more than 200 years ago, trying to control our lives today. Then they ask the obvious question that culminates from such a scenario: Why would you want to live under the rule of “Big Brother” (200-year dead, old, white men who can’t possibly understand society today)?
Like so many words today, they have redefined the word “Big Brother” to mean American traditions and founding documents like the Bill of Rights. They seek to confuse, making the pillar of individual liberty into something to be feared and big government to be the source of true liberty. This is pure Marxist propaganda. Hastings’ goal is not only to attack gun rights but also to undermine the foundation of American liberty.
The Millennial generation has grown up hearing stories from their parents and grandparents of a simpler time. They have heard tales of a time before the government was spying on emails, phone calls and text messages. They know there was a day when traffic cameras weren’t recording your every movement around your town, and you could choose whether or not to have insurance and it was none of the government’s business. They want that independence, but they are increasingly misidentifying the thief who actually stole their freedom, because of this new definition statists are using to redefine Big Brother.
Today, the real Big Brother is everywhere, and young people feel repressed. They are pushing back. The trend these days is to be libertarian leaning on anarchist. The left sees this trend. These young people are either going to grow up to be extreme leftists, or conservatives who want to limit the size and scope of government. If they misidentify the repressor as the Founding Fathers, then they mistakenly exchange their own liberty for a lie and destroy the very fabric of freedom by fighting against the only things that guarantee it. They start with founding documents and basic liberties essential to a free people, like the right to bear arms and free speech.
It’s obvious, you’d think, for young people who are growing up to detest big government to naturally gravitate toward conservatism and small government. Statists have been growing government every time they’ve gained an ounce of power, but if they can warp the message, they may be able to convince some of these young, impressionable, small-government-loving Millennials to believe their lie – that Big Brother is tradition and Founding Fathers and their documents. The cool, hip guys must then be the “progressive” statists (who, indeed are not progressive at all), because they will fight the conservative oppressors who are, in fact, the actual liberators.
If you can teach young people that Big Brother started more than 200 years ago with some white slave-owning elitists who drafted a Constitution to form a tyrannical government, then you can convince them that the Constitution is the enemy.
This is a historic time where people are taking to the streets essentially to protest what is an all-too-powerful government. Take Ferguson, or even the tea party, or Occupy Wall Street – they all decry an overreaching government. It is natural for young people to desire independence, before they have a chance to realize the world can be cruel, and they then have to choose a bootstrap or entitlement mentality.
This next generation of up-and-coming voters will be proponents of smaller government. As they mature into young adults, they will choose a political orientation. Will the left be able to convince young people that Democrats are the anti-Big-Brother party? Or will Republicans get their act together, listen to the conservatives in the party who understand the intricacies of liberty, and start offensively touting their small-government street cred to win the minds of the most impressionable before it’s too late for freedom?