I bought Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny a handful of years ago and read the first few chapters. It was as far as I went until recently. Liberty and Tyranny is essentially ten essays on the topics of tyrannical Statist Progressivism and its assaults on Liberty. It’s a great book and I just want to share a few key points of interest.
- Levin cites (p9) Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for George Dubya Bush. Gerson says, “if Republicans run in the future elections with a simplistic anti-government message, ignoring the poor, the addicted and the children at risk, they will lose, and they will deserve to lose.” McCain lost. Romney lost. Whatever wishy-washy, flip-flopping banana they run in 2016 will lose, too. Republicans will completely destroy the Republic by remaining the Democrate Lite Party. They might even lose if they become the Party of Liberty; but the questions they have to ask themselves are:
Is carrying the burden of the socialist mantle worth winning elections, or do we continue to lose a country that’s already lost to the ideals of socialism by becoming the Party of Liberty?
Do we acquiesce to the demands of the socialists of America by moderating our social and fiscal positions or do we sleep at night?
- Levin writes (p13), “The Founders were very careful to explain that the revolution is a last resort compelled only by the imposition of an absolute despotism.” Any future conflict must be precipitated by similar despotism, unfortunately. When is too much and how far is too far? If you’re not willing to die for it right now then you shouldn’t fight for it today.
- Levin writes (p24) about “Faith and the Founding”. Those two events are married and even Americans lacking any modicum of faith or religion must concede. Any future conflict, restoration, or rebirth must be built on the same principles of faith and moral authority. Liberty is morally superior to tyranny.
- Levin quotes (p51) former Associate justice Louis Brandeis as saying, “A single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Wiser words are rarely spoken but we have a federal government willing to impose nation-wide bans, regulations, and legislation against the will of regional sentiment. Less and less are we 50 experiments in governance; and more and more we are becoming the one-size-fits-all political discourse our Founders rebelled against in the 18th century.
- Levin quotes (p177) George Washington as saying, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” Join your local militia. Train for war as if you had to fight it. Learn how to fight a guerrilla war. Learn the employment of small unit tactics. You may avoid fighting a war if the costs are perceived as too high for your adversary.
All said and done, it does an amazing job at ruffling feathers by pointing out the problems of our nation. Rebirth or Restoration; either way, we have a lot of work to do.