Terence P. Jeffrey has written a new book. It is required reading for any conservative worried about, but perhaps not understanding, exactly what the Obama regime is trying to do to America. That demographic includes every conservative who hasn't yet read Jeffrey's new book.
First, there are disclaimers. Jeffrey is a friend and a colleague, and editor-in-chief of CNSNews.com, a division of the Media Research Center, which I head.
The second disclaimer is more an admission: When I read the title of Terry's new book, "Control Freaks: 7 Ways Liberals Plan to Ruin Your Life," I didn't much care for the title. Control Freaks -- a little too hyperbolic, maybe? Then I read it. There is no hyperbole here. If anything, the problem's with the subtitle. Liberals aren't planning to ruin our lives. They're well on their way.
"Control Freaks" is a book a serious conservative will have a hard time putting down. It's a book that will make a serious liberal rethink his worldview.
Jeffrey's formula is simple. His interest is not in a discussion of the what or even the how. He is interested in the why. He takes seven broad themes -- movement, retirement, health care, property, speech, life and conscience -- and explores the left's desire to control each one.
Each theme undergoes etiological triage. He delves deep into the Federalist Papers and countless other historical artifacts (he has some 50 pages of "notes" attached) to explain exactly why the Founders believed each issue to be one of supreme -- and here's the rub -- personal importance.
Then Jeffrey fast-forwards to present times and performs the same exercise. By studying the writings and speeches of today's leftist leaders (most prominently President Obama, of course), he paints a most disturbing portrait of a movement seeking total federal control over the individual.
Jeffrey begins with the simple idea of movement. How important was this to the Founders? When King George III declared that the colonists could not settle west of the Appalachians, it became one of the reasons the colonists went to war, such was their desire for the freedom to move and settle in the place of their choosing.
Today the president gives speeches proclaiming that the federal government should plan the neighborhood in which you'll live; and the state, for purely pecuniary reasons, now has the right through the Kelo decision to take away your home.
Jeffrey quotes a legal opinion from Thomas Jefferson that cites the 10th Amendment as the cornerstone of the Constitution: