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Travis Rowley: Democrats Fear Freedom

Saturday, June 23, 2012


“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political Left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the Left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.” – Thomas Sowell

Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman made some headlines this week when he appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, offering praise for President Obama and putting down his political opposition. “We’re going to be in a lot of trouble if we don't re-elect [Obama],” Freeman explained, “because people on the other side of the fence scare me.”

Not that it’s surprising to witness a sheltered Hollywood star express admiration for a leftist politician, but Freeman’s concerns are hardly confined to Hollywood. Many Americans actually fear the concept of limited government – “the other side.”

But what exactly frightens modern-day Democrats? A scenario in which government has less control over their lives? Is it the ability to start a business without the government regulating its operations? Is it the ability of someone to keep and control as much of his own wealth as possible?

While listening to Freeman’s remarks I was reminded of a humorous Facebook post I saw recently that mocked those who fear the conservative philosophy and vision: “Have you heard about the libertarian conspiracy? We want to take over the government, and then leave you alone.”

Is freedom what government-loving leftists fear the most?

Without a doubt, many Democratic voters are “on the take.” They vote for Democrats in order to safeguard their government handouts. And even more vote for Democrats because they think Republicans are evil. Many have been led to believe that conservatives represent the worst of humanity – extremism, greed, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Morgan Freeman himself once accused the Tea Party of being “motivated by racism.” And early into this presidential election season we’ve already seen a concerted effort by the Left to paint the Republican nominee as an out-of-touch Wall Streeter who used to beat up his gay classmates as a teenager – and who is happily piloting his party’s “war on women.”

But it seems difficult to deny that Democratic activists have also convinced millions to embrace the un-American notion that government is a saving grace – licensed to involve itself in every aspect of people’s lives. And it seems difficult to deny that they have convinced millions of Americans that allowing people to keep more of what they earn – a crucial component of individual liberty – is somehow harmful to others.

Sadly, yes, it is the concept of individual freedom that most Democrats have learned to despise.

Results Matter Not

One would think that the results of big-government policies and big-government parties would be enough to highlight the people who are truly deserving of Democrats’ angst. Think Cuba. Think Soviet Union. Think Nazi Germany.

For some reason, however, modern Democrats shudder at what it might be like to live under the policies of limited government – a deranged horror that occurs amidst a century of outcomes that entirely contradict their core ideals.

One doesn’t even have to gaze into the past, or overseas. Most major US cities – for decades, almost exclusively run by progressive Democrats – are watching their public finances and public schools collapse under their own socialist weight.

Isn’t it a wonder that Morgan Freeman is “scared” of the Tea Party, but not of the union-Democrats who control cities such as Providence?

Providence, where “more than one in three children…live in poverty.”

Detroit? Exclusively run by unions and Democrats.

Central Falls? Democratic voters gasp in agreement whenever left-wing spokesmen refer to the Tea Party as “ultra-conservative” and “extreme.” But perhaps a more balanced perspective just might cause someone to decide that bankrupting an entire city is as “extreme” as it gets.

And that America, as founded, was as “ultra-conservative” as it gets; that perhaps conservatism to the “extreme” is a good thing; that perhaps things are just as Rep. Steve King’s (R – Iowa) organization declares right there in its name – Freedom Works.

Instead we find Democrats issuing warnings over the overwhelmingly peaceful Tea Party movement while embracing Occupy Wall Street, whose participants have wreaked havoc across the nation – making calls for violent overthrows of the government, expressing a torrent of anti-Semitism, committing rapes and murders, masturbating in public, flinging condoms on Catholic school girls, defecating on police cars, spitting on members of the Coast Guard, burning American flags, lauding communism, attacking police officers, and turning their encampments into drug orgies as they incite millions of dollars worth of radical mayhem.

Oh, yes. The Tea Party offers much to fear.

But Tea Party conservatives consistently invoke the wisdom of the nation’s founders. One might think that, upon further investigation, even Democrats would remember that the most prosperous nation on Earth was grounded in the founders’ belief in limited government – and then decide that certain ideas and institutions might be worth preserving.

But if the world made sense, Morgan Freeman would fear the people who have caused the current fate of Europe, Los Angeles, California and Rhode Island as a whole – rather than those who summon the intelligence and experience of the Framers.

Instead, Freeman celebrates an arrogant politician who openly regrets the limitations placed on him by the US Constitution – a man whose own political party recently received the endorsement of the Communist Party USA.

Witness your modern-day Democrat. Certainly, someone to fear.

Travis Rowley is the chairman of the RI Young Republicans and author of the RI Republican: An Indictment of the Rhode Island Left.


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Travis, this is an important observation. Good work!

" And that America, as founded, was as “ultra-conservative” as it gets; that perhaps conservatism to the “extreme” is a good thing; that perhaps things are just as Rep. Steve King’s (R – Iowa) organization declares right there in its name – Freedom Works. "

Comment #1 by Drew M on 2012 06 23

Excellent column, Travis. You are correct, the willingness of people to accept their individual responsibility for their lives is the key. To the extent that people settle for what they are given, the government controls whatever they do.

Keep up the good work. It is tough to do, particularly in Rhode Island, which has been the foster child for democracy for the 70+ years a combination of Democrat leadership and Unioin dominated legislature has been the anointed foster parent. They have indoctrinated a series of generations to believe that they have the answer. The result is what we are living with today: a pending economic disaster, to say nothing of the loss of freedom it generates. While I think a number of people are waking up at last, they are not a majority by any means,and it may be that only a total economic failure will wake them up. There is not much time left to turn things around.

Comment #2 by Harry Staleyu on 2012 06 24

"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political Left is that they do not work."

I'm an unapologetic leftist. I'm currently at my job at a large health care company. I've worked at Fortune 500 firms, even started a couple companies of my own.... say where does Travis work? Ha!

Comment #3 by Russ C on 2012 06 29

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