The Bare Bodkin

Calling Dr. Johnson

The Dear Leader of the United States reminds me of Robert Frost’s quip that a liberal is a man who won’t take his own side in a fight.  More precisely, his own country’s side.

Barack Obama seems to hate calling anyone our enemy.  It isn’t nice.  It’s not Christian, as he understands Christianity.  Well, Christ enjoins us to love our enemies.  But that presupposes that we can know who our enemies are.  He doesn’t tell us to have no enemies, which is hardly possible.

Some people will choose to be our enemies and will often tell us so.  The ancient Romans didn’t pretend to be friends of the early Christians.

Christians are told to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”  The founders of the American Republic had few illusions about man and government.

Freedom, they insisted, depended on “jealousy,” not “confidence” or faith in rulers.  They would have thought Obama foolish or cynical for demanding that we give our rulers the benefit of the doubt for good motives.  Government, as they knew, is the natural enemy of liberty.  They weren’t hypnotized, as later generations would be, by the word democracy.  Nor were they terribly shocked by evidence of Original Sin.

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