Absolutism: What Is It?
President Barack Obama gave an interview to the liberal New Republic Magazine that is being published in the February 11th issue. In it, the president maintains that Republicans have little or no interest in working with him on gun control measures. According to him, as long as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News punish House Republicans for working with Democrats, then they have no inclination to do anything.
Rush Limbaugh is a polemicist to the same degree that Michael Moore is. His job is to appeal to Republican and like minded voters. There are often times where he, like Moore, speaks without knowing what he is talking about, but as a member of the right wing media (of which there are not many members), his job is to frame the debate. His job, along with several other members of the media (Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity among them) is to sell books and enrich themselves.
In the same breath that he denigrated the right wing media, he exonerates the left wing media, and far left Congressional leadership. “The more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word” and that party leaders, including Senate Majority Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are “willing to buck the more absolutist-wing elements in our party to try to get stuff done.”
Really? The why does the Huffington Post and MSNBC constantly rail against the Republicans for any attempt at compromise? For example, during the Fiscal Cliff negotiations, the Republicans offered tax increases on anyone making more than $1 million. It was an offer. I didn’t say it was a good offer, but it was an offer. Instead of rejecting it out of hand, you negotiate, but that’s something this president refuses to do. In order to compromise, Mr. President, you have to negotiate.
The final agreement hammered out by Reid and McConnell was a negotiated compromise. It shows that it can be done, if they sit down to do it. You didn’t do that Mr. President, no matter how much you claim credit. However, neither Reid nor McConnell acted until they absolutely had to.
Look at the president’s wording. “Absolutist”. What is an absolutist?
In his inaugural address last week, the president said this:
“For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”
We cannot mistake absolutism for principle.
The Random House dictionary defines absolutism as:
any theory holding that values, principles, etc., are absolute
and not relative, dependent, or changeable.
So, absolutism isn’t principle itself, but the idea that principles are not changeable. There are many people whose principles are unchanging, whose principles are not for sale.
There’s another definition for absolutism.
Totalitarianism. Fascism. The unrestricted power of the government.
Look it up.
This is Obama’s M.O. He takes his “principles”, and projects them off onto others. It isn’t him, it is the Republicans who are acting like fascists by opposing his agenda.
Those of us who believe that our rights are unalienable, not given to us by man or government are being painted as extremists, as people who cling to outdated ideas, such as due process, the right to defend ourselves, the right to speak freely. Those who say that our civil liberties are being stripped from us by the government demand more government.
I once wrote about a Constitutional law professor who, after 40 years as such, has finally decided that we must free ourselves from the tyranny of the Constitution. (That story appears to have disappeared off Facebook) He’s allowed his opinion, of course, but he is so wrong, I’m almost at a loss for words (a condition that doesn’t tend to last very long).
There is no greater example of a president who believes in the unrestricted power of the government, or at least his office than Barack Obama. After all, the man has had an American citizen in Yemen assassinated. Two weeks later, al-Awlaki’s American son, 16 year old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was also killed in a separate drone strike. Former Press Secretary Robert Gibb’s response? “He should have had a more responsible father.”
Were the actions of al-Awlaki treasonous? They were without a doubt. However, both were still American citizens and both had the right to due process, more so than any enemy combatant captured on foreign shores.
We also have the NDAA of 2012 (section 1021 and 1022), which holds the provision that Habeas Corpus has been suspended, without the required rebellion as called for in the Constitution. It is now legal for the government to indefinitely detain American citizens without due process. Lawsuits before the Supreme Court are pending.
Taxes are another way that governments use to suppress the people. In 1913, the controversial 16th Amendment was ratified, although there are those who maintain that it was ratified improperly. Ever since, the Federal government has, at one time, raised them to astronomic levels (up to 94%), and has used the revenue to threaten and cajole states to its will by threatening to cut off funds for highway projects, Medicare and other programs.
When the debt ceiling debate was taking place, Obama could not guarantee social security checks, food stamps, or military pay if the debt ceiling was not raised.
Why is it that whenever governments start running short of cash, they immediately threaten the military, police, fire, prisons, social security, infrastructure and Medicare instead of funding for foreign nations like Saudi Arabia and Egypt? Why is it that we are made to suffer?
The recent tax hikes caught a lot of lower income people by surprise. A lot of people who voted for Obama were impacted by the end of the payroll tax holiday, the same “tax cut” he kept touting he had made for “98% of all Americans” during his campaign. A lot of them are complaining that they can’t make it now. And maybe that’s the point. Maybe they aren’t supposed to be able to make it so they are forced to sign up for government assistance.
There was a reason that the Founding Fathers limited how the Federal government collected taxes. It goes beyond taxation without representation. There is also a reason that the debt is run higher and higher, year after year. It enslaves us, and makes us the subjects. It enslaves our children, our grandchildren, on into perpetuity. I’ve been hearing people complain about the debt since Reagan, and how we need to pay it down and not leave it to our children. I’m one of those children now grown up, and it is worse than it has ever been.
The president also said, in his 2008 campaign, that he would bankrupt coal plants, and that energy prices would skyrocket. The EPA is now forcing Georgia Power to close 15 coal and oil fired plants, due to their stricter regulations, which will result in the loss of 2 MegaWatts of power capacity, and who knows how many jobs. The closures will come in 2015.
The current administration has declared war on our power infrastructure. It is intent on forcing us to solar (which is too expensive, and most people still don’t want it) and wind power, which is useless when the wind stops blowing.
We now have government sponsored healthcare, and instead of keeping rates low, as it was stated that it would, it has caused rates to go up. It is also causing lower skilled and lower wage people to lose money due to their hours being cut back, or losing their jobs outright. Then they are required to purchase health insurance on top of that.
Everything the government does puts we, the people under a greater burden. Is the government trying to break us, break our will?
As the government grows larger, it infringes more and more on our civil liberties. Slowly, as not to be recognized, but it creeps forward.
Rahm Emmanuel once said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” The government is now taking action to take our guns away from us, to abolish our Second Amendment rights. Not overtly, but it is trying to get its foot in the door.
And to set us on the path to Obama’s Absolutism.