Liberal Betrayal of America and the Tea Party Firestorm HTML version

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How the Student Riots of the Sixties Generated a Civil War to Destroy A Great Nation
Copyright © 2010 William Davis Eaton
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To Richard and Arlene Heath and Renée G. Eaton
On Income Tax Day, April 15, 2009, multitudes of people across the United States from all races, creeds, and
political convictions, from cities, towns, and countryside, threw a Tea Party. This remarkable and spontaneous
cross section of America came to express anger at their betrayal, and fear around the kitchen table. They see
their American Dream dissolving into a nightmare of terrifying uncertainty. These Tea Party Americans want to
how it is that an administration of proclaimed liberalism is systematically destroying fundamental American
values and institutions. These loyal Americans have come to understand, reluctantly, and then angrily, that their
own government is waging war against their liberty and everything else their country stands for and has shown
to the world. The Tea Party firestorm is lit to shine the light of liberty on the truth of how deeply, how
profoundly, the “liberals” now in power have turned against their country and their own ideals. It is to lay the
foundation for their defeat.
Liberalism has both a political and an economic history. In both aspects liberalism has undergone a remarkable
transformation in the last half-century or so. In his book The Liberal Imagination, published in 1950, American
author and critic Lionel Trilling termed liberalism the only viable philosophical and literary tradition. Trilling,
often cited as the preeminent cultural commentator of his time, saw liberalism as “a political position that
affirmed the value of individual existence in all its variety, complexity, and difficulty.” Trilling called liberalism
so understood “not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition.”
The Scottish philosopher Adam Smith formulated the classic principles of economic liberalism in his book The
Wealth of Nations published in 1776. These principles include private property, the rule of law, limited
government, and the free market economy. Curiously, it was in the same year, 1776, that the American
Declaration of Independence proclaimed the God given rights of all men to include the right to, “Life, Liberty,
and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Two centuries later the 1976 Nobel Prize economist Milton Friedman, shows in his book Free to Choose (1980)
that the energizing elements of both kinds of classical liberalism are in steep decline. An “ever bigger
government,” he warns, threatens “to destroy both the prosperity that we owe to the free market, and the human
freedom proclaimed so eloquently in the Declaration of Independence.” Finally liberalism, in both the political
and economic sense, has behaved like a man performing a slow half-somersault who ends up standing on his
head. Turned upside down liberalism has steadily emptied its pockets of America’s founding principles of
economic freedom and individual liberty that once defined itself.
The rebellion of the new liberalism, some now call it progressivism, began the1960s riots against authority on
hundreds of college campuses. As the original rebels of the sixties graduated into society, they and their
progeny of the next generation began a radical ideological and political assault against the entire American
tradition. They entered upon what is often termed their “long march” through American institutions. One of the
more remarkable successes of this long march has been its gradual conquest of policy-making positions within
the Democratic Party. From that stronghold “progressive” liberals have been able to radicalize the Party and to
use it toward achieving their goal of power and domination.