made a subtle point last week and it deserves a
Loving one’s country and loving one’s
government are like loving your trophy wife and the
Avon lady; it is a mutually exclusive condition.
America’s founders valued liberty and clearly
stated the only function of government was to secure
citizens’ God-given rights.
The framers quickly recognized the Articles
of Confederation so limited the power of the central
government that failure was imminent, so they took a
These wise patriots penned our
granting government specific enumerated powers and
nothing more, as America’s framers were well aware
of the natural yearning for one man to rule another.
They feared the unrestricted growth of
government disguised as being charitable or
compassionate could eventually place our republic
back under tyranny.
Once again, they had it right.
This presidential campaign cycle puts a face on the
difference between love of country and love of
government and here is how it breaks down.
All Democrats and establishment Republicans
are ruling class progressives who worship government
It is impossible to love both because
implementing even a single progressive policy
requires the destruction of individual liberty;
America’s founding principle.
Stated more directly; you cannot have free
stuff and freedom because the first exists only as
the expense of the second.
Obamacare is a perfect example.
Regardless the nobility of one’s intentions,
free healthcare to one person enslaves a second,
third or fourth to work extra hours to produce
bounty entirely consumed by others.
This truth is absolute.
Conservatives, on the other hand, passionately love
America, but do not be fooled by the label.
Every Republican reflexively adopts the
conservative moniker, yet only 30 percent are loyal
to their oath.
There was a time, long ago, when even some
Democrats loved their country and the liberty for
which she stands.
This truth was revealed to me last Saturday
as I stood quietly reading JFK’s words etched on the
walls of Arlington National Cemetery.
Kennedy was the last Democrat president to love
country over government as evidenced in his
inaugural address advising citizens to “ask not what
your country can do for you, but what you can do for
These words are toxic to Hillary Clinton and
Bernie Sanders. On
November 22, 1963 a well-placed rifle shot ended his
devotion to country and progressivism exploded to
Like Kennedy, our great American experiment
in freedom suffered a wound from which she would
never recover and there will be no second look.