Mark Levin shares the Epilogue of his book, Ameritopia
Conservatives who allow temporary polls, good and bad, to affect their mood and outlook on the election would be well-served to read Mark Levin’s Ameritopia, or at least read the epilogue, which Mark linked to last night via his facebook and twitter accounts. He’s giving it away to share his thoughtful and prescient answers to the questions swirling in our minds. Is America over? Can we overcome and correct this decline? Are there more takers than makers who will vote this election? Will America choose utopianism or individualism?
These are just some of the passages I have highlighted in my book at home.
“Tyranny, broadly deﬁned, is the use of power to
dehumanize the individual and delegitimize his nature. Political
utopianism is tyranny disguised as a desirable, workable, and even
paradisiacal governing ideology.”
“To condemn individualism as the utopians do is to condemn the very foundation
of the civil society and the American founding and endorse, wittingly or unwittingly, oppression.”
“It seems unimaginable that a people so endowed by Providence, and the beneﬁciaries of such unparalleled human excellence, would choose or
tolerate a course that ensures their own decline and enslavement,
for a government unleashed on the civil society is a government
that destroys the nature of man.”
“”Franklin said that the Constitution “is likely to be well administered for a
Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms
have done before it, when the People shall become corrupt as to
need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other. . . .”
Have we “become corrupt”? Are we in need of “despotic government”?”
“Lest we ignore history, the no-less-eminent American revolutionary and founder Thomas Jefferson explained, “On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out
of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.””
“It is neither prudential nor virtuous to downplay or dismiss the
obvious—that America has already transformed into Ameritopia.
The centralization and consolidation of power in a political class
that insulates its agenda in entrenched experts and administrators,
whose authority is also self-perpetuating, is apparent all around us
and growing more formidable. The issue is whether the ongoing
transformation can be restrained and then reversed, or whether it
will continue with increasing zeal, passing from a soft tyranny to
something more oppressive.”
“The best that can be said is that all that really stands between the individual
and tyranny is a resolute and sober people. It is the people, after
all, around whom the civil society has grown and governmental
institutions have been established. At last, the people are responsible for upholding the civil society and republican government, to which their fate is moored.”
“The essential question is whether, in America, the people’s
psychology has been so successfully warped, the individual’s spirit
so thoroughly trounced, and the civil society’s institutions so effectively overwhelmed that revival is possible.”
“No society is guaranteed perpetual existence. But I have to believe that the American people are not ready for servitude, for if this is our destiny, and the destiny of our children, I cannot conceive that any people, now or in the future, will successfully resist it for long. I have to believe that this generation of Americans will not condemn future generations to centuries of misery and darkness.”
Levin’s bottom line is that there are many questions as to the outcome of this election, and if you have enough knowledge of history, it cuts both ways. On the one hand, the founders knew that the new government would ultimately turn into despotism if the people lost sight of the founding. On the other hand, the history of America is that we are a firm and resilient people, strong and powerful, and are to this day as evidenced by the tea party movement. All complicated by the question of whether or not we have too many people who are willing to hand their lives over to a despotic government.
Yet polls taken by outfits, one against another, all different, can put us on a path of manic depression. Knowing the history of other societies, and the beauty of the founding, we depend on ourselves to do what we can to win the election, no matter what the snapshots of time tell us.
And then, to realize that winning this election is just the start to “restrain and reverse” the course our nation has taken.
Only the people can do this. Politicians are what they are, Republicans and Democrats swear to uphold the Constitution, and must be held to account. Nothing should stand in our way of our main focus, which is a long, arduous, daunting task. Taking control of those who would, if left to their own lust for power, control us.
Levin commented last night on these matters in the opening of his show. Here is some of that monologue.
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MARK LEVIN: We conservatives, we do not accept bipartisanship in the pursuit of tyranny. Period. We will not negotiate the terms of our economic and political servitude. Period. We will not abandon our child to a dark and bleak future. We will not accept a fate that is alien to the legacy we inherited from every single future generation in this country. We will not accept social engineering by politicians and bureaucrats who treat us like lab rats, rather than self-sufficient human beings. There are those in this country who choose tyranny over liberty. They do not speak for us, 57 million of us who voted against this yesterday, and they do not get to dictate to us under our Constitution.
We are the alternative. We will resist. We're not going to surrender to this. We will not be passive, we will not be compliant in our demise. We're not good losers, you better believe we're sore losers! A good loser is a loser forever. Now I hear we're called 'purists.' Conservatives are called purists. The very people who keep nominating moderates, now call us purists the way the left calls us purists. Yeah, things like liberty, and property rights, individual sovereignty, and the Constitution, and capitalism. We're purists now. And we have to hear this crap from conservatives, or pseudo-conservatives, Republicans."It always amazes me the sheer number of women who defend abortion. Legal abortion has killed 52 million innocents since '73, that means 26 million roughly, were women. Sick." -Jen KuznickiAny woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. -Margaret ThatcherEntrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. -Ronald ReaganI am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. -Margaret ThatcherBroadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. -Winston ChurchillCriticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. -Winston Churchill
I Don’t Deny Global Warming ExistsI don't deny that global warming exists. It does not exist. There is not a pink elephant in my kitchen. I'm not denying it. It is not there. If I denied that there was a pink elephant in my kitchen, it would have to be there, but I would be lying to myself and everyone and walk around it to cook. But it is not there, therefore, I am not denying that it is.
Snyder said Wednesday that he unconditionally supports expanding the state's Medicaid rolls by roughly 470,000 people. There are 1.9 million people receiving benefits now.
"We're all here to support expanding Medicaid," Snyder said at a news conference called by a large coalition of groups that support the expansion. "We're moving forward with care for people who need it."
The ever-illogical argument that insuring more people will actually cost less. "But health care providers and advocates for the uninsured argue that the state will actually save money -- as much as $1 billion in the first decade -- if fewer residents have to rely on expensive emergency room facilities to address non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries."
Susan Dumass is really quite pedestrian. "The only thing standing in between 450,000 low-income Michiganders and health insurance is Tea Party Republicans' deep-seated hatred of Obamacare."
This week, Michigan’s Rick Snyder became the sixth GOP governor to propose expanding his state’s health insurance program to cover more low-income residents, in line with the Democratic administration’s strong recommendation.
Now that he's made the decision, Snyder must sell the plan to the state legislature, where some members of his own party have repeatedly attempted to distance themselves from the faintest whiff of "Obamacare."
- I can find neither solace or comfort in government. I cannot find hope nor light among those pretending to take my best interest to heart. I cannot worship or revere another human being because there are none alive that can instill my faith. Give me the One God; the One Who had created the heavens and earth and had purposefully breathed life into me. The One Who dwells in the secret place and watches over me and always keeps me company when all others abandoned me. But for Him I would have no purpose in this life; thank you Dear God.