- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An editorial in the Jan. 20 edition of The Washington Times, “It’s the economy, stupid,” suggests that the 1992 campaign slogan of Bill Clinton might be fitting for the 2012 presidential race. But a closer look at the differences between 1992 and 2012 indicate that the economy is only a symptom. Thus, a new slogan is called for.

We are more than $15 trillion in debt and have witnessed numerous redistribution-of-wealth schemes, as well as the ideology of collectivism and the rise of dozens of opaque “czars.” We have had major laws such as Obamacare passed largely unread, an avalanche of new regulations that stifle free enterprise and restrict individual consumer choice. We have also begun seeing excessive growth of crony capitalism, a disregard for the Constitution, erosion of checks and balances in the separation of powers, and heavy-handed disrespect of domestic free enterprise, such as the sort shown in a raid on Gibson Guitar Corp. last year.

Collectivism may have appeal in communist nations, but America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. The aggregate of free, resourceful and creative individuals comprises a greater America than a collection of subjects who can no longer function as free citizens. Considering changes in the nation since 1992, a more fitting slogan for 2012 may be, “It’s the freedom, scholar.”

SIGURD A. ZOBANS


Independence, Mo.