Derek Hunter

At the end of King Kong, the character who captured Kong and brought him to New York is seen staring at the dead giant. After being told the airplanes got him, he says, “It wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.”

But it wasn’t beauty; it was the man blaming beauty. Were it not for that man, King Kong would still be on that tropical island living how he’d lived till everything was changed on him.

That character was Carl Denham, but it might as well have been any progressives politician, and Kong could just as easily be the United States.

We are a compassionate nation and a compassionate people. No one revels in the suffering of others. But what progressives do and advocate for in the name of “compassion” not only perpetuates and exacerbates what they say they want to eliminate, it destroys what Abraham Lincoln called mankind’s “last best hope of earth,” our freedom, our liberty.

President Obama swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” as did every member of Congress. But the Constitution has no place in today’s government.

Perhaps the most fundamental misconception Americans have about the Constitution is that it “grants them rights.” You hear this every time someone refers to their “Constitutional right to free speech.” What is says is we are endowed by our Creator (however and whether we view Creators) with certain unalieanable rights – which means we can’t be ‘alienated,’ or separated, from them, even by Congress.

It’s not the Constitution or government that grants you, say, the right to free speech. Those rights come from beyond government, beyond man even. The point of the Constitution is that since man – or man acting collectively through government – does not control those rights, it can neither convey nor remove them. The Bill of Rights merely acknowledges you have these rights, from birth, and forbids Congress from doing anything to infringe them.

At least it used to be that way. Just like the Chicago River, that flow has been reversed in the minds of too many Americans.

More people than ever before depend on government for their existence. It’s now possible for people to live their entire lives at the expense, and therefore the whim, of the state.

Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.