The Tyranny of Mark Levin’s Liberty
Like the first Tea Party events, the 4th of July protesters primary criticism was government spending, and yet they were circulating flyers written by a man who thought spending three trillion dollars on Iraq was not only a good idea, but would be enthusiastic about doing it again in Iran or elsewhere. I wondered what the protesters holding “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and screaming “liberty” at the tea party think the Founding Fathers would have thought of Levin’s support for preemptive war, torture, and government surveillance. According to “the great one,” the Founders would have been enthusiastically for each. Levin’s warnings about the dangers of “utopianism” in foreign policy are almost laughable, when you consider his closest radio comrade Sean Hannity, still praises Bush for “liberating” Iraqis.
“Hey Jack!” said one man at the tea party, “you read Liberty and Tyranny? It’s great, man!” I just nodded. “I like a lot of what you say Jack” he added, “but you’re so wrong about the war. America is doing so much good for so many people over there.” A few minutes later, another man, older, smiling and with a Southern accent even thicker than mine said, “You read Mark Levin’s book, Jack?” When I told him I had, the gentleman said “He had a lot of good things to say, but something about him, I don’t know… he doesn’t seem to get everything as much as he should.” I smiled and replied “Sir, that’s the best review of Levin’s book I’ve heard all day.”