The Danger of Taking Freedom For Granted

The most disturbing part of liberalism is the willingness of liberals to endorse a philosophy of “the ends justify the means.” No liberal admits to believing any such thing, but if we know people more by their actions than their words liberals stand convicted, beyond a reasonable doubt. No other explanation exists for why liberals lie about nearly everything when it serves the purpose of advancing some liberal cause they fervently believe in.

The liberal cause of gun control might be one of the best examples to cite for proof of bald-faced lying to advance a cause. I once sat in a Denver City Council meeting and listened to the then chief of police tell the Denver City Council that the firearm most used by criminals in Denver, and most confiscated from crime scenes, is the AR-15 rifle which liberals call “assault weapons.” The fact is that the AR-15 rifle is seldom used to commit crimes because most criminals want an easily concealable gun and the Raven .25 auto fills the bill better than just about anything. Sure enough, when police chiefs aren’t lying they’ll tell you that small pocket pistols are the favorites of street criminals. Also, since most criminals obtain their guns in illegal back-alley transactions they want a gun that can be transferred from seller to buyer on the street without being conspicuous. But getting an “assault weapon” ban in Denver was more important than being truthful. The end justifies the means.

Other examples abound. Obama recently told the world his moratorium on offshore drilling was supported by a panel of “experts.” Now those experts say they were never consulted on that. The ends justify the means. Bill Clinton looked into the camera and warbled “I never had sex with that woman, not a single time. Now I have to go back to work for the American people.” And were it not for a blue dress with a semen stain the American people might never have known they had been played for suckers.

This is not to say conservatives never lie. But it is to say that conservatism does not support them when they do. It is not a tenant of conservatism to get what you want by lying. When conservatives lie they are not supported by other conservatives. They are castigated and fired, or forced to resign their post. Liberals circle the wagons when one of the their own is caught red-handed.

I thought of these events when I read this from Degeneration of Democracy, Thomas Sowell’s latest column:

If you believe that the end justifies the means, then you don’t believe in Constitutional government. And, without Constitutional government, freedom cannot endure. There will always be a “crisis”– which, as the president’s chief of staff has said, cannot be allowed to “go to waste” as an opportunity to expand the government’s power

Liberals do believe the end justifies the means, and they apparently don’t believe in Constitutional government or they could not so willy nilly slough off Obama’s endless assaults on the American Constitution.

Read the whole thing, here.

UPDATE: Republican Arizona Senator John Kyl, a conservative, says that Obama told him over the weekend that he (Obama) will not secure the border with Mexico until Republicans agree to amnesty for all illegals. Obama, more than a liberal and in fact a radical leftist, denies it. Obama says it never happened and Kyl is lying. One of them is lying for sure. You may dismiss this as a he said-he said, or you may want to think about which one is most likely to be telling the truth. We may find out. Stay tuned. UPDATE TO THIS UPDATE: Kyl blinks. It’s not clear that he was lying, but he has opened himself to that accusation. What an idiot.

UPDATE II: With regard to Obama’s claim that his panel of experts agreed to the six-month moratorium on off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the opinion issued today by Federal Judge Martin Feldman halting the moratorium, states the following:

    A thirty-day examination was conducted in consultation with respected experts from state and federal governments, academic institutions, and industry and advocacy organizations. On May 27, 2010 the Secretary issued a Report, which reviews all aspects of drilling operations and recommends immediate and long term reforms to improve drilling safety.

    In the Executive Summary to the Report, the Secretary recommends “a six-month moratorium on permits for new wells being drilled using floating rigs.” He also recommends “an immediate halt to drilling operations on the 33 permitted wells, not including relief wells currently being drilled by BP, that are currently being drilled using floating rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.”

    Much to the government’s discomfort and this Court’s uneasiness, the Summary also states that “the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.” As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading. The experts charge it was a “misrepresentation.”

    It was factually incorrect. Although the experts agreed with the safety recommendations contained in the body of the main Report, five of the National Academy experts and three of the other experts have publicly stated that they “do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium” on floating drilling. They envisioned a more limited kind of moratorium, but a blanket moratorium was added after their final review, they complain, and was never agreed to by them. A factor that might cause some apprehension about the probity of the process that led to the Report.

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