On Wednesday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show,” Klavan talks about the most important thing that would be forfeited by the policies being proposed at the Democratic Debate — our liberty. Video and transcript below:
Man, it is good to be a Democrat. You go to a debate and who shows up to ask you the tough questions? Other Democrats — namely the media. Now Don Lemon isn’t a journalist, he’s not even a commentator, he’s just a race-baiting talking point in a suit. But Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, biased as they are, do sometimes work in something that used to look vaguely like the profession of journalism. And to their credit, they did bring up what the Democrat candidates called “conservative talking points,” and what the rest of us call reality. How are you going to pay for all that health care Bernie? What do you think the border will look like once you decriminalize criminal immigration? And hey Elizabeth Warren, if you swear not to use nuclear weapons first, won’t you have to use nuclear weapons second, after some of us have been departicalized by our enemies.
Now these mild injections of real life so shocked the rest of the Democrat press that they took the moderators to task. But conservative evil doer that I am, I felt there was a much bigger talking point left unspoken. All night long I felt there was one word missing from the debate, the word “liberty.” Adorable “Looney Tune” Marianne Williamson sent out a tweet yesterday, just before the debate, that said this: “In 1776 our founders brought forth on this planet an extraordinary new possibility. It was the idea that people no matter who they were, would simply have the possibility of thriving.”
Only not. Marianne sounds kind of like Abraham Lincoln only without the profundity and truth. What Lincoln really said was, “Our four fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal with liberty and justice equally for all.” That’s what the country is supposed to be about. That’s everything it’s supposed to be about. Everything in the Constitution is designed to protect our liberty. The separation of powers, the enumerated powers; the federal government is not supposed to go beyond. Liberty and speech, liberty and religion, and the right to bear arms — that we need to protect that liberty, [for] when the government inevitably gets hungry for more and more power.
That’s the whole problem with the Left and with leftism; every free thing they offer you costs you not only money, it costs you liberty. If the government can take your money and give it to someone else, they own and control your time and labor. If they can regulate every aspect of your life, they can pass laws without your consent. If the government runs health care, they get to decide how you treat yourself and ultimately who lives and who dies. If they can outlaw certain kinds of speech, as “hate speech” or as a campaign finance violation, they decide who you are and what you think. Every insult they throw at us is meant to distract us from this one important point.
Racism, islamophobia, climate denial, every single slur they hit us with is meant to take our minds off our real concern because it’s not racist to oppose humongous government entitlements. It’s a defense of liberty. It’s not phobic to question restrictive tenets of a religion. It’s a defense of liberty. And it’s not some kind of thought crime to question whether more government power is going to do one damn thing to help whatever troubles the climate might have.
We’re fighting for our liberty. Too often we on the right get all wonky and practical about our ideas when we point out the Democrat programs don’t work. They don’t. But even if they did, they take our liberty. We point out that capitalism beats socialism. It does. But more important, capitalism supports and incentivizes liberty. We point out that identity politics is bigotry in disguise. It is and it’s not much of a disguise. If you ask me.
But more importantly, when you reduce a person to skin color, or his is gender, or sexuality, you take away his individual spirit. The spirit for which liberty was made. So, good for the Democrats, they’ve created a media bubble in which they can hide from the L-word. That means it’s up to us to keep the word alive. To keep saying it loud and proud, no matter what they call us. No matter what they offer us. And no matter which of their gormless nuttiness tries to become president and take our liberty away.