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Shame and Hypocrisy from the Right


As the presidential campaign heats up, be prepared for the standard neo-con attacks against libertarians for being “unpatriotic.” The attacks will come not only from statist candidates in both major parties but also from the likes of such radio and television commentators as Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly.

These people know no shame. After all, look at where the federal policies that they support have brought our country.

Consider the out-of-control federal spending that federal officials have foisted on our country, especially to fund their overseas imperial military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. Take a wild guess at how much the U.S. dollar has depreciated against the Euro in the last four years. 50 percent! Yes, a fifty percent drop in the value of your money. That’s like a 50 percent tax on the American people, brought to you compliments of the people who say that they oppose tax increases and favor “small government.”

How in the world can the destruction of a nation’s currency be reconciled with any reasonable understanding of the word “patriotism”? Doesn’t patriotism connote love of country? How can destroying a country’s currency be reconciled with love of one’s country?

And look what the U.S. government’s world-policeman foreign policy has brought our country — the constant threat of terrorist counterstrikes. That in turn has caused the statist supporters of that foreign policy, especially the men, to live their lives with their knees a’knocking. That’s why they have been practically begging their federal masters to do whatever is necessary to protect them from those scary terrorists. “Please, please, do whatever is necessary — cancel habeas corpus, ignore due process, eradicate the lawyers, torture and sexually abuse people, set up kangaroo tribunals, detain enemy combatants — anything — just please protect me from those big, bad terrorists who are coming to get me and take me away!”

Talk about shameful! Is that what an American is now all about — a shivering, cowering adult begging his government to take away his rights and freedoms because he is terrified of being attacked by the people who have been victimized by the federal policies that he himself supports? Perish the thought!

Look, it’s one thing to have an interventionist foreign policy and to say, “Well, I fully understand that killing people overseas is going to get some people angry but I’m willing to take that risk and I’m not willing to have my rights and freedoms taken away from me to protect me from that risk.”

But that’s not the position of the cowering crowd. They want the feds to continue poking hornets’ nests overseas and then when the victims threaten to retaliate, the knees of those in the cowering crowd start to shake and quake, causing them to beg the feds to sacrifice everyone’s rights and freedom — including, unfortunately, those of us who oppose the policies and who don’t live our lives in fear of the terrorists.

Another amusing aspect of all this is who these people periodically sing the praises of America’s Founding Fathers. It doesn’t even occur to them that if they had lived in 1776, the last place they would have been found is in the camp of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Don’t forget, after all, that those brave and courageous patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence were British, not American, colonists who had the courage to oppose the wrongful policies of their own government. Those in today’s cowering crowd would themselves undoubtedly admit that they would have found themselves safely ensconced behind British lines, shaking and cowering in fear of those big bad colonists who were behaving “unpatriotically” by opposing the wrongdoing of their own government, including the out-of-control federal spending of the king to finance the out-of-control expenditures of his empire.

These people should hang their heads in shame because their lives and principles are a shame. What’s obviously making them nervous is that after decades of horrible damage that federal welfare-warfare policies have done to our country, the campaign season is reflecting that the number of people who are seeing through their empty rhetoric and shrill is growing by the day. Be prepared for more of their silliness as the presidential campaign continues to heat up. Be prepared also for ever-growing numbers of people who fail to fall for their shameful and unpatriotic diatribes.

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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.