Current administration dangerous

Tibor Machan

It bothers me to no end that millions of Americans simply don’t get just how dangerous this current administration’s views are, especially about the nature of our basic rights.

I suppose I should not be surprised, given the utterly perverted primary and secondary education most people receive now in their government-run schools. After all, those very schools and everyone with a job in the system depend upon the flat-out rejection of the idea of our basic, natural rights spelled out in the Declaration of Independence.

For if each of us does in fact have an unalienable right to our life, our liberty, our pursuit of our happiness and the rest, then those schools exist in direct contradiction to these rights. They are built with the loot the politicians and bureaucrats confiscate from the citizenry, loot that involves the violation of those basic rights the Declaration states every human being has.

So then in order to continue the confiscation of our resources with impunity at all levels of state, it is required that the confiscators deny those rights. And that is just what has transpired — in our era the White House and its legal team, led by Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, insist that government creates our rights, that we have none based on our human nature.

This is why this utter distortion of the nature of government and our basic rights must be something to which American citizens should pay the utmost attention instead of dozing through the experience.

They do appear to be in a semi coma about it, except for a few, like Judge Napolitano at Fox-TV. But the vast majority are clueless about just how dangerous is the current administration’s legal philosophy.

Incredibly they behave like those sad peons of past centuries who tended to accept without much question that some human beings are mysteriously authorized to rule them and they have no justification to call this rule into question.

In the long haul there is still cause for some optimism — after all, the American system of government, dedicated as it was supposed to be, to the protection of the individual rights of the citizenry, is a very radical notion and its principles require a great deal of ongoing vigilance to be fully realized.

But it does appear the truly exceptional Americanism that distinguished the country from those around the globe is under full assault.

The currently fashionable European system of democratic socialism is all the rage in Washington. And this country’s exceptional standing is now scoffed at by our political thinkers and leaders.

It is time to wake up to this travesty and to do something decisive about it. And that must start in the hearts and minds of the citizenry.