WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 —“Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men,” wrote H.L. Mencken in a 1922 piece for the Baltimore Sun. “It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.”
Radiologist turned Tea Party GOP insurgent Dr. Milton Wolf is one such outlaw. He failed in his attempt to unseat 47-year Washington, D.C., resident and incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts, allegedly of Kansas.
“I don’t think Moses himself should be in Washington for 47 years,” Wolf told supporters at a recent campaign stop. “God expected him to have things straightened out in 40.”
Sen. Roberts loves his adopted home that sits among the marbled monuments in our nation’s capital. And so, emulating the saddle tramps of the old cattle drives, Roberts occasionally returns to his room at a boarding house in Dodge City. It serves as his “official residence” when filing election papers “every time I get an opponent,” he admitted in a radio interview.
Roberts told the New York Times his modest Kansas abode is nothing more than a recliner in the home of a campaign contributor. Roberts is more comfortable talking frankly to big city scribes than members of his less familiar herd of constituents.
Kansas Republican voters, however, love the78-year-old man of mystery and are content to nominate the ancient cowpuncher for another run at the U.S. Senate, likely sending him back to his old homestead along the banks of the Rio Potomac this November.
“They build a wall round themselves,” Wolf said of establishment Republicans when announcing his candidacy last October. “They fear new people and new ideas… Every Goliath story seeks its David, but this is something so much more… you are the army of Davids. And we will not go silently in the night. We will not back down. We can change this Congress. We can change Washington. And with the righteous winds of liberty at our backs, we can change the world.”
A movement is building in America. Some call it the Tea Party, but that is far too narrow a description. It is composed of a growing number of Americans who reject the tired left-right paradigm. Libertarians, conservatives and even some Progressives feel their civil liberties slipping away.
No one can escape NSA spying; no one can escape the punitive actions of the IRS, which selectively audits opponents of our imperial community organizer-in-chief; and no one can escape the government mandate forcing a once free people to purchase low-quality, high-priced Obamacare plans.
In 1964, Ronald Reagan said, “There is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down… man’s old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.”
Today, America’s “downward course” accelerates at breakneck speed. And the leaders of our two major political parties hold their feet firmly pressed against the gas pedal. Neither represents the growing coalition of the politically disaffected.
Our nation’s Founders, the philosophical geneticists of their day, believed individual liberty to be inextricably bound to the double helix of our DNA. They named it “unalienable rights.”
Every political victory propping up Washington’s freedom-crushing status quo only serves to expand the ranks of Mencken’s “special sort of man.” Those that “understand and enjoy liberty.”