Arrogance is like a cancer. Once it lodges itself in the heart and mind, there’s not much you can do as it begins to permeate the entire body with an inordinate sense of self-worth, significance, and position.
Lucifer understood this firsthand after becoming so enamored with himself he believed he was co-equal with the Creator. He lost his grandiose gig and earned a one-way ticket south to spend the rest of his days slithering around trying to entice mankind to join him in his misery.
Contemporary Liberalism is headed for the same fate as it elevates itself to unnatural heights, having nowhere but downward to fall. Policies like the Affordable Care Act (Seriously?), i.e. ObamaCare, highlight the arrogance of liberals who promote themselves to a place of superiority, telling us what we need and then redefining those needs as a “right.” Life is a right. Liberty is a right. Pursuit of happiness is a right. Healthcare is not a right.
ObamaCare teaches us that liberals don’t believe in true freedom or unalienable rights. Nor do they think we are smart enough to make personal decisions. Instead, they pervert the Constitution and misuse governmental authority to coerce us to do what they say is good for us. And then exempt themselves from their own laws.
They tell us to “move on, it’s the law of the land.” From lofty thrones they call those who speak out against ObamaCare “anarchists.” With that logic, those who opposed once-legal slavery were also anarchists. Legality is not license for stupidity — unless you are a liberal.
Is it not the height of arrogance that liberals do not label as “anarchists” the crybabies attempting to repeal another law of the land, Citizens United? Their actions condemn them.
A trip down Memory Lane: Remember when global warming soothsayer and former V.P. Al Gore was caught with his lights on in 2006 when his 10,000-square-foot Nashville home used 191,000 kilowatt-hours of energy? According to Nashville’s News Channel 5, that same year the average Nashville household used about 15,600 kilowatt-hours.
Hypocrisy incarnate: Liberals love to spend time demonizing rich people and calculating how to spread their money around. That is, unless you’re talking about their money. According to Roll Call, seven of the ten richest members of the 112th Congress are Democrats.
Number 13, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), badgered 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his tax returns, but refused to do the same when McClatchy News asked members of Congress to release returns the same year. Incidentally, Romney had a higher tax rate than John Kerry did the year before Kerry ran for president. Secretary of State Kerry is Number 2 on the “rich” list.
Wasn’t it Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who said during the 2009 Baucus-Grassley jobs bill fight that it was her belief “that tax credits only go to people who are making money, and they generally keep it”? As Number 9 on the list, Feinstein didn’t get there giving all her money away.
As surely as the sun rose and fell today over the white-capped Alaskan mountains I now call home, liberalism will fail. In the meantime the rest of us are charged with spreading truth and speaking with our vote in 2014 and 2016. Anything less is arrogance.
Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist who writes about politics, the economy and culture. Email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or her website at susanstamperbrown.com. Be the first to join the conversation at her newly created and not yet hacked into Facebook page.
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