Congratulations on finding the Twilight of Liberty blog (unrelated in any way, shape or form to the several books of the same name available on Amazon of the same name. On my honor, I did not know they existed until after I bought this site).
The idea for this blog came about in June of 2012 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – constitutional. At the time, I was reading Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Annointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, a book written by the academic nearly 20 years prior to the court ruling. In it, Dr. Sowell discussed the relatively small portion of our society inhabiting government, mass media, academia, etc. (the ‘anointed’) and the undue power they hold over the course of our society as a whole through their influence on public policy. As I was in the chapter dealing with law and courts at the time of the ACA ruling, the tortured logic used by the majority to uphold the law reinforced Dr. Sowell’s assertion that
“The rule of law and the vision of the anointed are inherently at loggerheads…Only by going beyond the law as written can they impose their superior wisdom and virtue, and in the process preempt the decisions of others. Creative and adventurous ‘interpretations’ of the Constitution, statutes and contracts give judges that power” (pages 220-221).
It was at this time that I really began to pay more attention to what I consider an ‘us vs. them’ mentality at all levels of government – that both elected and unelected legislators, judges, bureaucrats, talking heads, you name ’em, know exactly what is best for the rest of us, our individual needs, wants and goals be damned. Are we rational actors, pursuing what we need and want and thereby contributing to the greater society? Of course not. We are morons, and we need our Ivy League masters to tell us what is best for us.
It is my opinion that the United States has reached a point at which the downward trajectory cannot be reversed, regardless of who takes the presidential oath of office in January 2017. History tells us that nations with severe economic debt, rising disparities between the rich and poor and a shrinking middle class, corruption at all levels of government and increased ethnic/racial strife, among other things, will not long survive. In all seriousness, what hope is there for a society that can’t even agree on what the presence (from birth, of course, not surgically added a few decades later) of a penis or vagina indicates? It is against this backdrop that we will lose our liberty (to the extent such still exists) and it will come as a result of our own poor choices. As Charles Krauthammer put it after Obama took office “Decline is a choice.” If you ask me, we’ve been living on borrowed time for a while.
However, this blog does not exist to look at the macro level of the decline of our society; rather it seeks to document the micro level, i.e. the daily incidents, large and small, that demonstrate decreasing room for freedom of individual thought or action, for the ability of cities or states to govern themselves (you know, Federalism) and instead reflect the growth of government control or coercion. When the EPA poisons waterways and faces no sanction while simultaneously leveling crushing regulations and fines on individuals and business, you’ll find it here. When, in the “land of the free and home of the brave,” the cops shut down a child’s lemonade stand because they don’t have the proper permits from the city or county health department, you’ll find it here. When American citizens, leaving a rally for a political candidate are attacked and spit on by people who broke the law to be here, and the dumbass mayor of the locality takes the lawbreaker’s side, you’ll find it here. In essence, my effort here is to create a “diary,” if you will, of the decline of one of the great cultures of history from June 2016 to whenever it all comes apart.
So stay tuned. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.