Hornberger should have added: "For Liberals, freedom entails the right of government to do anything and everything necessary to destroy the people from within."
Ah, where to begin?
The U.S. employment picture? France's response (or what happens when you addict people to social programs that the state simply cannot afford?). California's incredible (just incredible) pension liabilities? The fact that 90% of African American Children will be on food stamps? Or that 1 in 22 African American's will be HIV positive at some point in there lives?
I gotta tell you... the Left in America really should stand and take a bow, because ALL of the above is their handy work. (I am working on an Open Letter to the NAACP and any and all that consider themselves leaders in the African American community imploring them to embrace Libertarianism - we would love to have you on our team - as a means to defend themselves from what the Left has done to this community. It will be titled with a quote I borrowed from "Anonymous": "When you find yourself in a hole - STOP DIGGING".) The enemy is NOT China, nor Russia, nor radical Islam... the enemy is within, and they are doing a far better job of destroying the U.S. socio-political-economic fabric than anything a foreign power could ever even dream of.
The good news is this - They are DYING. The bad news, or really the question, is this: Will the American people have the courage, the temerity, and the fortitude to get through the deflationary wave, the de facto defaults in Social Security/Medicare/Public Pensions, and the continued decline of Oil imports into the U.S. WITHOUT pulling a 1930's Germany and giving ourselves over to a Hero, A Deliverer, or other Miscreant who promises to restore that which never was?
(BTW... Oil imports into the U.S. continue their decline, now going into their 6th year... this from the U.S. Department of Energy this morning:
U.S. crude oil imports averaged 8.1 million barrels per day last week, down by 798 thousand barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports have averaged 8.8 million barrels per day, 444 thousand barrels per day below the same four-week period last year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 708 thousand barrels per day. Distillate fuel imports averaged 188 thousand barrels per day last week.The U.S. has done a marvelous job of ameliorating the effects of Peak Oil Imports; and while Peak Oil might still be debatable, I think any statistician would be hard pressed to counter the Peak Imports circumstance.)
So let's look at some of the issues I mentioned.
California's entire tax revenue is only 1/5 of its pension liabilities??!! This is what happens when Childish "True Believers" without the benefit of numeracy convince the population that something can be had for nothing. The same folks that ran San Fran City Hall in the 1970's, put these programs and policies in place, and now DOMINATE the Democrat party (I am not suggesting for ONE MINUTE that the Republicans of the past 20 years were the slightest bit different or better - they were not).
The U.S. Employment picture simply does not get better... and is likely to get a whole lot worse before it DOES get better. No improvement in employment = no recovery. The only way to improve this situation is to ALLOW the market to do its work - unless the U.S. wants to pull a U.S.S.R. and try to employ EVERYBODY, and we all know how that worked out. There is no sugar coating how brutal this would be... it is very much like trying to take a soft, fat, overindulged American teenager and putting him through a Military style boot camp - nobody in their right mind could say they enjoyed it, yet most feel pretty good about themselves on the other side.
Good luck trying to get this generation of humpty-dumpty shaped barkalounger's to support the politicians delivering that message.
It gives me no sense of "I told you so" B.S. to see the social reaction in places like France and Greece to the reality that there is no such thing as "something-for-nothing"... even if I have had to to tolerate the Left's disingenuous exclamations of "Look, Europe does it!". No, Europe, doesn't "do it". They were living a lie of deficit and Oil surplus just like the U.S.
1 in 22 African Americans will HIV positive in their life times??!! 90% of African American children are on Food Stamps (now called SNAP)???!!!
This is the greatest failure and missed opportunity of the BHO presidency. White politicians are too afraid to take this one on (although GWB DID give it a stab). A half black president that is accepted as he is in the black/African American/people of color community that will not take this on is simply... well, unforgivable - and if I were working for BHO as a political operative he would be getting a consistent message about this because it can save his presidency ANYTIME HE DECIDES. More Black men are in prison than in college - that is, 1 in 10 black men are behind bars RIGHT NOW.
In the final analysis, it was the programs and policies of the Left that has led to the demise of the African-American family and America, so terrified of appearing racist, is diffident of taking this on. It is no secret here that I am no fan of the U.S. Prison/Industrial complex nor the U.S. War on Drugs... but you can't blame EVERYTHING on the system. I think I can say with great certainty that it is time for the Black community to embrace a different political belief system... associating with and supporting the Left has not exactly done you folks any favors. You gotta start somewhere. Today is as good as any other day.
(But at least Jenny Sanford is happy she's meeting new men and she's not embittered toward her ex, Governor Mark Sanford or his smoking hot Latina lover... so we got that going for us... HOW THE F&^&^% does this kind os sh#! make its way into the press?)
Do I really think our body politic us up to the challenge? Not even a little bit.
Best tend to your own garden.