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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

The Belmont Club has a very interesting discussion of an article in the American Spectator by Angelo de Codavilla of Boston University, and a similar article in the UK Daily Telegraph by Janet Daley, in which both argue that the class struggle has come to America, not in the traditional sense of poor against rich, but of the self-anointed intellectual elites against the middle class. The object is what it has always been, power. Power to run the lives of people the elite deem unwashed and ignorant, and therefore in need of guidance and rule from people like them. Our new elites scoff at the Constitution and scoff at the notion that people have natural rights given by God. Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Supreme Court justice, was asked, at her confirmation hearing, if she believed men had natural rights independent of the Constitution, and she replied, in her non-reply, that the only rights men had were rights granted by government, and by government she meant intelligent, sophisticated people like herself. The self-anointed intellectual elites have resumed the power taken from them by the Declaration of Independence, and mean not to relinguish it again. When asked what sort of nation had the founders created, Benjamin Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”  Obama and his Marxist friends are determined to destroy the middle class, change the United States to a European style socialist state, and remain in power forever with the votes of the people who owe their lives and livelihood to the government, and to them.     



I find this crying, mewling crowd

Distasteful in extreme

Their cries of liberty are loud

But they don’t see the dream

The middle class has had its day

They’ve set the country’s tone

But now it’s us that has the say

We’ve taken back the loan

We gave to you so many years

Ago on 4 July

And now we have, I and my peers

Reclaimed the right to buy

Your vote and rule you as we please

The right to set the laws

To make you work while we at ease

Change everything, because

We are your betters, born to be

We know what’s best for you

We look about and scorn to see

Your middle classist view

That every man is equal ‘fore

The law and free to make

What of his life he can and more

With rights no one can take

But that is gone, gone with the wind

You’ll do what now we say

We’ll punish you, for you have sinned

That Independence Day