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November 10, 2012

Column: Resistance is the answer to Democrats’ statist agenda

High marks to the authoritarian statists for their victory this past Tuesday.

Whatever else one may say about the Democratic Party, it is a cunning operation. Its representatives, apologists, and courtiers managed to identify and convince just over half of the electorate that top-down government intervention in nearly aspect of economic and personal life is forward progress, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. That electorate has embraced that against which our forefathers rebelled.

Perhaps nothing better encapsulates our future of federal government-managed life as the New York City office of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Despite not being able to solve the basic problems that are afflicting our countrymen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a sign last week hung on its door reading “Closed for the Weather.” This is the type of institution to which we wish to transfer power and authority? Can you imagine a sign on the door of the barracks at Valley Forge reading “Closed for the Weather”? What have we become? We have become lazy, dependent, and meek. Well, some of us have.

If those cheering the election of the likes of Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren as if the Patriots had won another Super Bowl believe that constitutional conservatives will go meekly into the night in the face of such sloth and powermongering, they have another thing coming.

The statist agenda relies and depends upon the compliance of the citizenry and state and local governments. Governors and legislators must protect themselves from the encroachment of the federal government as the 10th Amendment permits them to do. The individual states must, for example, resist the creation of exchanges to implement the all-encompassing and devastating health care legislation rammed down the country’s throat by Obama and a Congress that was booted out in 2010. Otherwise, as Justice Anthony Kennedy correctly warned in June, the fundamental relationship between the citizen and the government will become inalterably changed – and not for the good. Dictated regulations and judge-made law should not be respected. Do not comply.

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