cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center
We can be moving towards tyranny or away from it. No other choice exists.
|Afghanistan, Iraq||Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya|
|No Child Left Behind||Race to the Top|
|Medicare Part-D||Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act|
|Guantanamo Bay with indefinite detention||Guantanamo Bay with indefinite detention, even after a not-guilty verdict.|
|Patriot Act||Patriot Act|
|No action on Social Security Reform||No action on Social Security Reform|
|Out of control spending||3 times the deficit from Bush’s out of control spending.|
|TSA Guilty until proven innocent security theater, shampoo, nail-clipper and shoe removal||TSA Guilty until proven innocent security theater, virtual strip-search and sexually inappropriate pat-downs.|
In, “The Road to Serfdom”, Hayek wrote,
“The Germans know that what they still regard as the British and American traditions and their own new ideals are fundamentally opposed and irreconcilable views of life. They might be convinced that the way they have chosen was wrong —- but nothing will ever convince them that the British or Americans will be better guides on the German path”
By the “German path”, Hayek was referring to the nationalist, collective form of government. By the American and British traditions, he meant individual liberty. His point was that you can’t straddle the fence between freedom and collectivism. In for a penny, in for a pound, as they say. Today in America, we are faced with a choice between two parties who both offer fundamentally indistinguishable versions of Hayek’s “German path”. As Hayek showed through his writing, and as the Soviet Union revealed in practice, that path has always… always… led to the same destination. Our own experience over the last 11 years should convince us that nothing is different this time.
So where is the party who will stand up for the Constitution — Hayek’s American path — and is it too late?