From change to chains

By Joseph Farah

The well-known “O” logo of President Obama is combined with a play on his “Change we can believe in” slogan at a tea party protest April 15, 2009, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

Barack Obama promised change to get elected in 2008.

Now Joe Biden is threatening chains if Obama’s not re-elected.

It’s really that simple.

It’s always been that simple.

Let’s put aside, for the moment, the despicable display of racial exploitation and degradation by Biden, in speaking to a group of black supporters in Virginia.

Here’s what he said: “Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. (Pregnant pause) They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

Lie No. 1: Romney never said he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules. (That is, in fact, exactly what the Obama administration has done – particularly those banks who send his campaign cash contributions. Please tell me why Jon Corzine is not splitting rocks somewhere after misplacing $1 billion.)

Lie No. 2: Romney didn’t say anything about unchaining Wall Street. (That is, in fact, exactly what the Obama administration has done – particularly with Wall Street firms that pay ball with him, which is most of them.)

Lie No. 3: Republicans were responsible for unchaining black Americans, while Biden’s Democratic Party colleagues of the past were trying to keep them in chains. Not much has really changed from those days. Today, however, the plantation is bigger – and the chains are government dependency.

Others have made these points. That’s not really what I want to talk about. It’s shocking that any vice president could or would talk like this – so condescendingly to black Americans. It’s shameful beyond words. It’s even more shameful that his audience didn’t throw him out on his ear.

But what I want to discuss is the bigger picture of change and chains.

Truly, Obama promised change and delivered chains. This is not hyperbole. It’s not about race. It’s about placing limits on liberty in favor of expanding government power. His philosophy and his practice, his rhetoric and his actions, all suggest he detests everything that made America the greatest experiment in self-government the world has ever known.

Until America’s founders came along, world history was 6,000 years dominated by despotism. There were occasional moments of light – usually brief, usually dim. Ancient Israel didn’t have a king at first. It was run in a decentralized fashion with judges. Its moral code was meant to provide the basis for self-government – in which, quite literally – people governed themselves. But Israel wanted to be like other nations and demanded a king. They got their wish – and all that the prophet Samuel and God promised would come with it.

It wasn’t until 1776 that American colonists got the idea to follow the biblical model of liberty in a bold new experiment in self-government. Some of the founders even mentioned that their idea was to remove the shackles (or chains) from the people and place them on the government. They did this through checks and balances and a Constitution that strictly limited the power and scope of the federal government.

It took nearly another century to remove the chains from all the people, but that movement was inspired by the founders and made possible by their vision.

Ironically, it is Biden’s own administration that has done more to put the chains back on Americans than any other in my lifetime. Chains come in many forms. But the Obama administration has moved faster than any White House in history to remove the constitutional shackles from government and place them right back on the people.

They have different names for those shackles. They call it welfare. They call it a “safety net.” They call it security. Craziest of all, they call it “compassion.”

But it’s nothing more than a return to the all-too-familiar history of tyranny that has been mankind’s experience for most of his existence.

There’s an excellent little book out on this subject. It’s called, “Change to Chains: The 6,000 Year Quest for Control” by William Federer. I highly recommend it. It also comes in a DVD series of teachings by the author. It is thorough and enlightening and thought-provoking.

Whether you are white or black, male or female, Jew or Gentile, it’s time for a historical refresher course.

It’s time to choose whether you want to live free or live in bondage to government.

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