As modern examples, consider the American left's refusal to accept that the welfare state has failed despite $5 trillion being thrown at it, that federal money and control are not a panacea for education (there will never be enough to satisfy leftists), that our health care system has been severely damaged by federal intermeddlers and enemies of the market, and that the colossally wasteful trillion-dollar stimulus package wasn't big enough.
As Plato argued in his "Republic," utopians believe the individual must subordinate his will to the state. They must destroy individuality and individual liberty because those stand in opposition to the conformity their utopian vision demands.
Standing in stark contrast are America's constitutional framers, who rejected the folly that certain superior representatives of the species could change the entire species' intrinsic nature. They believed in man's natural rights and cherished the individual liberty flowing from those rights. As students of history, philosophy and human nature, they refused to follow the path of utopians who rejected the realities not only of human nature but also of the evidence of its outworkings in history, especially in man's endless experiments in statecraft. With wide-eyed recognition of human nature, they crafted the American Constitution to maximize individual liberties, despite the natural tendency of man toward absolutism.
As the Constitution established that essential balance between governmental power and individual liberties by sufficiently empowering but also limiting governmental power, it is essential that its structure be maintained if our freedom is to be preserved.
Utopian leftists view the Constitution not as a structural safeguard for our liberties, but as an obstacle to their utopian goal of concentrating power in the central government to empower them to implement their grand vision. They only champion the Constitution as a matter of political expedience, when it serves their larger ends. In Levin's words: "For the mastermind, the Constitution's words are undeserving of respect as the rest of history. They will be used to muddle and disarrange, not inform and clarify."
The left has succeeded in dismantling much of the American freedom tradition -- through legislative, executive and judicial assaults on the Constitution -- all in the name of advancing a seductive form of equality that denies and seeks to neutralize human nature and leaves tyranny in its wake.
We are in a war for the survival of the republic, and no modern writer has better articulated what is at stake or laid out with such accessible clarity the competing visions and their respective consequences for America.
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "Crimes Against Liberty," was No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction for its first two weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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