Here, apparently, is our President’s dyslexic interpretation of the 4th amendment: it is unconstitutional for an Arizona cop with probable cause to ask for ID from a guy who just knocked off a liquor store, but it is ok for the TSA at Phoenix airport to reach under a nun’s skirt to see if there is anything interesting up there.
Exactly wrong. The 4th amendment to the Constitution protects citizens (that would be American citizens) from unwarranted searches (that would be searches without probable cause) by government officials (that would be employees of the government, like TSA). It does not protect the federal government (that would be INS and ICE) from states (say, Arizona) or the people (that would be us clingers, tea partiers, and voters).
And it is not just the 4th amendment that liberals have stood on end; the 2nd, 1st, 9th, 10th and the enumerated powers in Article I, Section 8 have all been beaten, twisted, hacked and tortured until their original meanings have been turned upside down. The current outrageous TSA fondling episodes are not the most egregious of the left’s bold tyrannies; they are simply the hardest to ignore.
For decades, the left has made an industry of fabricating victims, inventing oppressors, and exaggerating the consequences of fictional injustices. Maybe they have played make-believe for so long that they can no longer distinguish between real and imagined rights. Perhaps they have water-boarded the language for so long the can no longer discern the plain meaning of words. Maybe they have lost the ability to recognize tyranny, even when it tweaks their nards or microwaves their inner organs.
Or maybe, just maybe, they have a learning disability - Constitutional Dyslexia – that drives otherwise bright people to get our nation’s founding principles back-asswards. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume they are not evil, just dyslexic. If you or someone you love is suffering from CD, simply repeat after me:
We are not free because we are rich; we are rich because we are free.
We do not need government’s permission to act; it needs ours.
We do not receive our rights from government; it receives its authorities from us.
Individual persons create wealth; government can only create money.
We are not created equally; we are created equal.
These are not difficult concepts to grasp; most of us got the drift in high school civics class, despite the distractions of sports, girls, and cars. Yet the statists who run our government and teach in our public schools clearly don’t get the drift. They have an inverted understanding of the unique relationship ordained between Americans and our government; they confuse the private right to pursue our happiness with the public obligation to purchase theirs.
They do not appreciate the reason that we rose from obscurity to become the greatest nation in the history of the world - freedom. It was freedom that did that. A collection of ordinary persons became an extraordinary people when they were liberated from government interference in economic and personal exchange. How can such a simple truth be so difficult for each generation to accept?
Freedom is the natural state of mankind. Our Creator did not endow us with free will - a gift so precious it was denied to the angels – to have us surrender it to the petty demands of a servant government run amok; a government whose sole purpose is to protect our natural and inalienable rights.
Our government derives its legitimacy from the Constitution by which it came into being; it has no moral authority when it colors outside the lines. And our political dyslexics in both parties have been coloring way outside the lines for many decades now; taking us to the brink of ruin with their social engineering experiments, foreign policy adventurism, and unsound economic theories.
The government they have laid upon us can not realistically be reformed; it must be dismantled, shrunk to size, reduced in scope, de-funded and de-fanged, and returned to its constitutional mission of protecting individual rights and property against force and fraud. We will not return to prosperity until we have tamed the beast that is devouring us.
Returning government to its rightful place is the non-negotiable demand of the liberty movement - the coalition of purpose that has unified conservatives, libertarians, constitutionalists, tea partiers, and sovereign individuals from across the political spectrum to speak with one voice.
A voice whose clear and powerful message is: “leave us alone”.
“Moment Of Clarity” is a weekly commentary by Libertarian writer and speaker Tim Nerenz, Ph.D. Visit Tim’s website www.timnerenz.com to find your moment and order his new book, “Tooth Fairy Government.”