Hiding amongst the debris of this disastrous administration and its congressional co-conspirators are a few small things that lack the general dank failure of the Obama Presidency thus far. One now obvious result of this President’s policies and his supporters’ actions is the utter destruction of some long-standing myths about liberals and liberalism. Frankly, it’s about time.
For decades liberals have gotten away with posturing themselves as having some moral authority to preach at the rest of us about any array of rights that they purported to treasure. The Age of Obama has finally put an end to that canard.
MYTH: It’s My Body
You know the line. Many proponents of abortion rights make their argument based upon the idea that our bodies are our own and that government cannot regulate them. The idea is that the baby, once born, enters the realm of government protections enjoyed by the rest of us, but up until that point it is none of its business. “My body, my choice”, the mantra goes. Over the years they have managed to position abortion rights as some sort of sacred canary in the gold mine indicator of individual liberty, even coining the oddly inapplicable phrase reproductive rights for the debate. Proponents of abortion rights always position themselves as the ones who believe in individual freedom.
But then along came ObamaCare to shatter the myth that their position on abortion was based on a general philosophy of individual freedoms. If the government can tell its subjects how and where they can get health care, that government effectively has complete control over their bodies. Given that the Left has now implicitly admitted that we in fact do NOT have control over our own bodies, they can no longer make any parallel claims of self-ownership to justify abortion rights. They gave that up in pursuit of third world socialized medicine. They simply cannot have that one both ways, though with their typical intellectual dishonesty they will certainly try.
MYTH: Liberals Revere and Defend Individual Rights
We all remember how liberals shrieked at the passage of the Patriot Act – when it was Bush, that is – they let it go when their Dear Leader renewed it. They claimed that the Bush Patriot Act was a violation of our 4th amendment rights (one of only two amendments with which most liberals are familiar) because it permitted the monitoring of foreigners who communicate with suspected overseas terror groups. However, in the new Obama Age in which people have accepted that we are not free individuals but are instead simply livestock living on the government collective, such talk is ridiculous. The freedom-loathing mindset that allows people to support ObamaCare requires that the government monitor all of us all the time. You cannot have it both ways; either we are free or we are not.
MYTH: Liberals Protect and Defend the US Constitution
Those of us who are familiar with the Constitution laugh when liberals try to refer to it because they routinely demonstrate a complete lack of familiarity with it. Thinly veiled political groups like the ACLU act like several of the clauses and amendments do not even exist. To most liberals, their grasp of the Constitution consists of a murky understanding of the first amendment and the fourth amendment but very few can speak about much of the remainder. Admittedly, they do like to wrap up their ideology in Constitutionality when it comes to baseless things like claims of civil rights violations in the new Arizona law, but they can never have an informed discussion about the Constitution nor can they ever get beyond vague claims of “rights”. Many liberals have put far more time into studying the Communist Manifesto than the Federalist Papers, and it shows.
In the Obama Age, liberals simply cannot even mention the US Constitution again. From their ignorance of the text in general, to their denial of the very existence of the 10th amendment, to their egregiously dishonest contortions of the Commerce Clause in order to seize more power over our lives, they have always thoroughly despised our founding document and typically trot it out only when they want to defend some immoral behavior. Those of us on the libertarian side of conservatism have known that for decades. But now they have shown once and for all that they view the Constitution merely as a hindrance standing in the way of implementing their immoral collectivist ideology. Most recently, Elena Kagan’s unwillingness to answer whether Congress could make a law requiring that we all eat vegetables every day is as clear a window into their demented thought processes are you are likely ever going to get. They genuinely think that government owns every one of us.
Liberals reject the Constitution and should be called on it even when they pay lip service to it. They are enemies of Constitutional government and our historical individual rights. We should never even humor them when they try to pretend otherwise.
MYTH: Liberals Are Serious About Fiscal Responsibility
In the Obama Age, we have clearly seen that liberals are willing to throw all future generations under the bus in pursuit of their agenda. The radicals running our country have no problem borrowing money from Americans not yet born in order to fund their vote-buying agenda today – after all, most of them will be dead and buried before the whole thing comes crashing down. Though no clear thinking person has ever taken liberals seriously when it comes to spending restraints, with a $13 trillion debt and a $3.7 trillion budget they have forever lost any credibility when it comes to spending. Just as important, they can never criticize anyone for over-spending, though their more likely class warfare laced insult is that we are under-taxing.
MYTH: Liberals Care About “The Children” (It Takes A Village)
One common refrain from politicians of all stripes is that we need to do something “for the children”. Though the Democrats love to tout welfare programs like SCHIP under the notion that they are compassionate and concerned about America’s children, the Democrat party and its continued supporters have shown via their out of control spending that they have absolutely no concern for today’s young people or for future generations of Americans. To compare them to drunken sailors is an unfair insult to inebriated servicemen. True to the core selfishness of liberalism, they only care about what is good for them today. It is decidedly adolescent thinking, but all too often that is par for the course for liberals.
MYTH: Liberals Protect Senior Citizens
Over the years liberals have played a dishonest but successful game involving senior citizens. They claim to be huge proponents of Medicare and Social Security, but that myth was quietly busted decades ago when they started stealing every bit of the surpluses to spend on other vote-buying schemes, all the while knowing that they have created unfunded liabilities for the future generations about whom they simply do not care.
Then along comes ObamaCare, which will not only ration care for the elderly like other countries with Soviet-style health care – several of Obama’s advisors have made past statements confirming that reality – but it steals money from Medicare in order to prop up the preposterous notion that ObamaCare is budget-neutral.
The Left has thrown America’s senior citizens under the bus, and many of them do not even know it yet. Though they will certainly not be called death panels when they arrive, such decision making panels are coming. Liberals can never again pay lip service to the idea that they give a rodent’s posterior about America’s senior citizens. Senior citizens and future generations are effectively cannon fodder for the Left’s agenda.
MYTH: Liberals Care Deeply About the Environment
One long standing liberal myth involves their concern for the environment. They all shrieked loudly when a biased and only partially truthful report about arsenic in water was used to slam the previous administration. But outside of a few liberals who hail from the Gulf region their silence on the Gulf Oil spill is truly deafening given the pathetic response and weak leadership from the White House.
President Obama intentionally dragged his feet in his initial response on the oil spill because he immediately saw it as a too-good-to-pass-up vehicle for his anti-energy agenda. He wanted the mess to get big enough to be successfully used to strong-arm domestic energy policies, but he once again showed his incompetence by letting it go too far. Adding insult to injury, he chose his allegiance to labor unions over his alleged concern for the environment when he refused to waive the Jones Act, which would have dramatically helped contain the damage from the oil spill.
The fact that the liberals are not going after Obama for his dismal performance on the oil spill shows that their alleged concern for the environment is just another political game for them. Their silence in the face of the federal government keeping the press away from the oil spill mess speaks volumes about where liberals are really coming from. They do not really care about the environment unless it can be used as a political bludgeon against their opponents.
MYTH: Liberals Are Civil Libertarians
Though it’s undeniable that the Democrat party is historically the party of racism, including Jim Crow laws and the filibuster of the Civil Rights Act, with the aid of a complicit media they have managed to construct a myth involving an opposition to race-consciousness and bigotry. But once again, their Dear Leader President has busted yet another myth.
The case against the New Black Panther Party members for voter intimidation was already won. The defendants never responded and were found guilty. After being found guilty, the Obama administration dropped the case. The only conclusion that an objective observer can draw is that they only care about bigotry and intimidation when it is a white person doing the intimidating – they do not really care about equal rights or the Voting Rights Act at all.
Thanks to President Obama, we no longer have to believe in these liberal myths.