Hidden Agendas by Tom Reynolds
NY City radical lefties (but I repeat myself) are removing a statue of Thomas Jefferson from city hall. It’s not hard to figure out why the left hates Jefferson. He wrote: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
Jefferson was also the primary author of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, which said: “…all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion…” Since the left believes the only religion is their politics, they are greatly offended by Jefferson’s beliefs.
Jefferson also wrote: "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." I wonder how Jefferson would react to the FBI investigating parents as domestic terrorists if they speak out at school board meetings. (By-the-way, the FBI is not investigating New York City-based Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome who met with Mayor-elect Eric Adams and afterwards vowed "riots," "fire," and "bloodshed" if Adams does not meet BLM’s demands.)
Oh yeah, and then there is the issue of Jefferson being the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, which established the United States of America. Nothing is more offensive to a radical leftist’s sensibilities than the USA.
Of course, none of the leftists think they are radical. They think believing in the U.S. Constitution is radical. They’re right! It puts the people and not the government in charge.
The left also wants to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. What might be their hidden agendas there?
Jackson was the last president to pay off the national debt; when he left office, the national debt was $0. Jackson also said: “I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic…”. Since the current national debt is over $28 Trillion. Jackson’s example is not one the left wants to see honored.
The social media giants can’t be happy about this Jackson quote: “Unless you…check the spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that... the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations”.
Jackson was also against higher taxation, which put him in opposition to one of the Holy Grails of current leftists. “Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power…”
Nancy Pelosi led the effort to disenfranchise Jackson from the $20. Could Jackson have anticipated her and her House when he said: “I weep for the liberty of my country when I see…that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office”.
The left is never a fan of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Might his statement on New York’s restrictive gun laws have contributed to their being triggered? “There is the right to self-defense for celebrities and state judges and retired police officers, but pretty much not for the ordinary kind of people who have a real, felt need to carry a gun to protect themselves.”(The left feels the same way about firearms as they do about wealth. It’s okay for them but not for us.)
William Barr was an enemy of the left for two reasons: he was Donald Trump’s Attorney General and in 2019 he said "…the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion. Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the State to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection. Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursing a deific end”. Jefferson, Jackson and Alito would certainly agree with Barr.
Lots of reasons and excuses are given why the left-wing media lied about Kyle Rittenhouse. But the real reason was that he showed the world why someone would need an AR15 with 30 rounds.
On the other hand, our forefathers had never kept a hidden agenda about their motives. In his book, The Indispensables, Patrick O’Donnell writes of an interview with Captain Levi Preston, a Revolutionary War veteran. It sheds light on why Americans fought and what it means to be an American.
Was it about the Stamp Act?
Preston: ‘I never saw one of those stamps.’
Was it about the Tea Tax?
Preston: ‘I never drank a drop of that stuff; the boys threw it all overboard.’
Preston: ‘What we meant in going for those red-coats was this: we always had governed ourselves and we always meant to.’
Remember that, as Americans: “we always had governed ourselves and we always meant to”. Words to chill the heart of every leftist politician.
Words to give us another reason to be thankful on Thursday.