Make Mine Freedom

Bugs Bunny MinutemanIf you watch an old Bugs Bunny cartoon you will often notice something that seems absent in today’s offerings.  It’s patriotism and pride in America.

There was a time when the creative people in America who made cartoons and movies and television programs actually used their talents for good rather than evil, a time when that flavor of individual was still proud to be American and still appreciated the principles and concepts that made America great.  I don’t know when that line was crossed, when it became fact that almost all such people pine for theoretical collectivist systems that destroy freedom.  Perhaps it coincides with that time decribed by Ronald Reagan as when the Democrat party left him as opposed to the often-suggested opposite.

This brilliant 9 minute cartoon, titled Make Mine Freedom, was produced by John Sutherland in 1948 and does a good job of demonstrating the ism’s that claim to offer a utopia but in fact only destroy freedom and prosperity.  All of the points made in this timeless video are incredibly applicable now as Americans debate, and in some cases actively work to prevent, Mr. Obama’s stated intent to “remake” America.

In the video, a snake oil salesman who could easily be Barack Obama tries to sell his tonic of “ISMs” t0 the naive representatives of labor, management, and politics.  Before they readily agree to the contract trading their freedoms for security, another character representing the regular people implores them to have some sense and shows them what the results would be.

Big Hand of the StateWarning the industrialist about the future, the image is of the big Hand of The State throwing the man out of his factory, declaring:

The State is the supreme court.  Our decision is as follows.  No more private property.  No more you.

Then a line that could be taken from today’s news describing the tactics of the Obama administration:

When anybody preaches disunity, tries to pit one against the other through class warfare, race hatred, or religious intolerance you know that person seeks to rob us of our freedoms and destroy our very lives.  And we know what to do about it.”

One year.  Let’s keep our heads on straight and fight this holding action until we can take back our government.

The video closes with this statement:

Working together to create an ever increasing abundance of material and spiritual values for all, that is the secret of American Prosperity.

Do not let yourself confuse false security with freedom.

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3 responses to “Make Mine Freedom

  1. Your post illustrates the difference between conservatives and liberals.

    Conservatives idea of love for our country is believing our country is great. Period.

    Liberals believe our country is great, but we should work to make it even better and to become the nation our forefathers envisioned. Our founding father’s vision is one of the things that makes our country great.

  2. If this comment was a response to the [arguably] humorous Liberals vs. Conservative post from a couple of weeks ago then you would have a point. But since it is not…

    This video I posted from 1948 addresses the same issues that we face today with President Obama and his hard-left supporters in Congress: statist snake oil salesmen attempting to have us trade freedom for [false] security. The reality is even truer today than it was then.

    You wrote: “Liberals believe our country is great, but we should work to make it even better and to become the nation our forefathers envisioned. Our founding father’s vision is one of the things that makes our country great.”

    Here is the test of whether you are paying lip service to the Founders or are sincere, because the problem is the method that the Left chooses to implement their “vision”.

    The founders included an amendment process that would allow a combination of the states and the Congress to modify the US Constitution, changing a delegated power or an enumerated right. Ben, you are intellectually honest enough to know that the Founding Fathers would never approve of the “living document” tactic of just pretending that the text says whatever a set of judges believes it means today.

    In short, you know that they would categorically reject the vehicle that the left has chosen to get their “vision” enacted: judicial activism. Further, they would be astounded that people who think that the text of the Constitution means something are now derogatorily labeled as “originalists”. They would consider people who reject originalism, like Sotomayor, to be completely unqualified to serve on the Court.

    The people that you support are the Big Blue Hand of the State in that cartoon. You know, you have to break some eggs to make omelettes…

  3. [In short, you know that they would categorically reject the vehicle that the left has chosen to get their “vision” enacted: judicial activism.]

    Judicial activism, as in handing the presidency to Bush in 2000? As in siding with corporate interests over individual interests?

    Judicial activism to conservatives is simply deciding in ways they don’t like. It has nothing to do with the constitution.

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