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Free Citizen

This writer espouses individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Hillary-Hussein-McCain Axis Of Evil

You're no doubt familiar with Ann Coulter... but have you read this brilliant woman?

Ms. Mercer seems to think that Obama-nation will be our next president.

by Ilana Mercer

So what do I think of the next president? I didn't like his predecessor's "New New Deal," so why would I like Barack Hussein Obama's Great Great Society?

H. L. Mencken called elections "a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." Henry Hazlitt said that "government has nothing to give to anybody that it doesn't first take from somebody else." But while robbing Peter to pay Paul is a philosophical given to the clowns competing for the commander in chief's crown, it's really much worse than that.

The nation's treasury is empty. Right now, and for the foreseeable future, the three musketeers plan on a whole lot of deficit spending. To keep running up debt on an account that is not yours is fraud by any other name. It's manifestly clear how close on the unconstitutional continuum Hillary, Hussein and McCain stand.

Benjamin Constant (1767-1830), in his treatise on the "Principles of Politics," defined liberty as the people's right to "enjoy a boundless freedom in the use of their property and the exercise of their labor, as long as in disposing of their property or exercising their labor they do not harm others who have the same rights."

This writer holds that the sole role of a legitimate government is to protect only the inalienable rights to life, liberty and property, and the pursuit of happiness. Why life, liberty and property, and not housing, food, education, health care, child benefits, emotional well-being, enriching employment, adequate vacations, ad infinitum, as promised variously by the remaining (viable) presidential contenders? Because the former impose no obligations on other free individuals; the latter enslave some in the service of others.

The Constitution is with Constant (and Mercer), with some variations. All the "giving" Hussein and Hillary plan to do is extra-constitutional. Obama's Manna From Heaven Health Care Plan and Hillary's Cuba Care – these are not inalienable rights.

The welfare clause, "and Congress will have the power … to provide for the general welfare" – Article I, Section 8 – our overlords have taken to mean that government can pick The People's pocketbooks for any possible project, even though the general clause is followed by a detailed enumeration of the limited powers so delegated.

Asks historian Thomas E. Woods...


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