Peter Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend, Ind. and latest entrant in the ever-more crowded field of candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination (who’s next, the dog-catcher of Walla Walla, WA.?) gave a speech in Des Moines which was a classic example of the way the left has distorted the concept of freedom.
Explaining how conservatives don’t really understand what freedom means, Mayor Butt told the audience, “Freedom has been a Democratic bedrock ever since the New Deal.” Freedom to what – pick your pockets?
Expanding on his argument, the Mayor declared that conservatives “only see freedom from. But that’s not true. Your neighbor can make you unfree. Your cable company can make you unfree. There’s a lot more to your freedom than the size of your government.”
How exactly does your neighbor make you unfree? By owning guns? By using words the left classifies as “hate speech”? By refusing to venerate the fraud of death by carbon-emission.
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FDR, whose New Deal the Mayor says is a bedrock of his party, identified Four Freedoms in his famous speech – freedom from want, freedom from fear, freedom of speech and freedom of worship.
Only the last two are authentic rights – and it’s those the left has targeted for extinction.
Freedom of religion? Not for faiths that don’t condone abortion and unnatural marriage. Freedom speech? Not for conservatives. What about the aforesaid hate crime laws, campus speech codes etc.? Academia, where the left reigns supreme, is the least free place in America for expressing unpopular views.
Freedom from want. I want a Lexus. I want a vacation home in St. Thomas. But at whose expense?
Freedom from fear? Democrats fear gun ownership, MAGA hats and words they find offensive. What’s the solution – repeal the First and Second Amendments?
Conservatives have it right. Freedom is freedom from government, the only entity that can make you unfree.
Democrats support your “right” to health care and a guaranteed wage – which can only be provided at taxpayer-expense.
Conservatives support your right to the property you’ve earned, to the means of self-defense, to express yourself freely, to believe in the Bible, even when it’s politically incorrect. The right supports America’s right to secure borders. The left supports the equivalent of a horde of home invaders.
Democrats support your 15-year daughter’s right to an abortion without your knowledge or consent (a violation of parental rights), the right of a mooch to your income, the right of a snowflake not to be offended and so on.
The Democrats’ definition of freedom is a danger to the rights concept, which undergirds a free society.
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