Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Not-Obama

Now that Rick Santorum, the last viable "Not-Romney" candidate has suspended his campaign, it is now clear that conservatives must unify behind the last viable "Not-Obama" candidate: Mitt Romney.

After a rough, but still on-going primary, Romney seems to be "moving right" to secure the support of the Tea Party movement. He spoke recently at a Tea Party rally in Philadelphia.

Perhaps now might be an opportune time to develop a campaign theme. Although I doubt Romney will ever stumble upon this blog, I would like to suggest one that ties in very well with the ideology of the Tea Party:

Liberty versus Power

This best describe the Obama administration. No administration, in conjunction with its party's representatives in Congress, has ever attempted to sacrifice liberty in the exercise of power to the degree that this one has. And as might be expected, this exercise of power has led to widespread corruption.

This theme resonates with the Tea Party because it resonated so well with our nation's Founders. In his classic book, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, historian Bernard Bailyn surveyed the polemical literature consumed by the revolutionary generation. He summarized the theme of these writings as "liberty versus power." Our founders so imbibed the theme of those writings that one sympathetic British MP described the Americans as able to "auger misgovernment at a distance and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze."

Does this not describe our current state of affairs?

The next several posts at Right Detour will feature some of those writings on liberty, power, and corruption as published in Cato's Letters.

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