Liberty or tyranny: which one in 2016?

Theatrics obscures the real issues in this year's presidential contest, which are quite serious—even existential.

A "presidential race" entertainment at a Washington baseball game.

COLORADO SPRINGS, February 7, 2016 — The Donald Trump media circus this week sought to obscure Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa caucuses. It has done more than that, however: it has taken the focus off the serious issues that face this country and put it back on superficiality and personalities.

Shame on the press for leading the charge, which continues in New Hampshire.

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The mostly left-wing media treats the process of choosing a president as a game. They always use the same words to describe it: contest, race, matchup. Who’s ahead in the polls? The race is neck-and-neck. A candidate is “tacking” to the center.

The sports analogies abound. Cruz called them out during one debate, saying the press was encouraging a cage match.

Even a debate is a contest.

If the decision as to who will be our next president is a contest, what is the state of play going into the New Hampshire primary?

Trump is trying to reestablish the idea that he is really the front runner—another sports-inspired analogy—by casting doubt on Cruz’s Iowa victory. His trumped-up charges of cheating in Iowa are groundless, but the press, always willing to dump on Republicans, have lapped it up and amplified it.

If the presidential contest is a game, the game is really King of the Hill.

In the kid’s game, you claw your way to the top and once there, stomp on everyone trying to take you down.

Politics is a lot like that.

Trump channeled the anger of the country to get to the top and his goal now is to stomp anyone getting close. That’s Cruz and Rubio. The press loves it. They’ve taken a sudden liking to third-place Rubio, seeking to propel him past Cruz.

A three-way, neck-and-neck race is far more exciting. It generates more page views, brings in more revenue—and distracts from the real issues.

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The three Republican governors in the race haven’t been silent, either. In an interview with Fox’s Megyn Kelly, Jeb Bush contrasted “the governors” with “the senators.” Looks like the Bush and Christie campaigns are trying to claw their up from the bottom of the hill by tugging on Rubio.

On the Democratic side the contest is a bit different, and weirder. With Martin O’Malley dropping out, the two socialists left in the game are trying to out-do each other to see who’s the most radical redistributionist. The party that claims to be “of the people” and for diversity and inclusion can only find two rich, old, white people to represent them, one an unindicted felon.

All the diversity of thought and of ethnicity are on the Republican side.

All of this obscures the very serious issues that face this nation.

The big question facing voters in the fall is this: Will the United States return to its constitutional roots and be a nation of laws, or will it continue down the road to socialist serfdom and the rule of the strong man?

After seven years of fighting the fundamental transformation of America, the prospects are scary.

The scales are weighted on the side of tyranny.

The election of either Sanders or Clinton would end the Republic as we know it. The Roman Emperors ruled in the name of the People and Senate of Rome; these socialists would rule in the name of the Constitution and the People.

But like emperors, it would be in name only.

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At the top of the other party stands Trump. He will not reduce the size or scope of the federal government. People believe he will use his powers for good, not for evil. That’s the meme, but the result would be a tyranny of the right.

The three governors are also-rans. There is so little popular support for them, one wonders why they’re still in the race. The real hopes of the governor class, Walker and Perry, dropped out a long time ago.

Who stands for liberty and the Constitution? The three senator we elected since 2010 who have become the face of the liberty movement in the Senate.

Unfortunately, Rand Paul dropped out this week. He was perhaps liberty’s best candidate, especially in terms of civil liberties but also in terms of a reasoned foreign policy. That leaves just Cruz and Rubio.

Rubio is highly suspect for his pro-amnesty stand on the Gang of Eight bill. What else has he accomplished? Even though Santorum endorsed him, he couldn’t name anything.

That leaves freshman senator Ted Cruz as liberty’s sole champion, just as freshman senator Barack Obama has become its greatest enemy.

Americans will have to get past the circus being offered up to us and decide the serious question of what kind of country we want to be.

This fall, We the People either vote to restore our liberties or to surrender them.

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