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Thursday, June 18, 2009

If Sam Adams Had a Bulldozer

By Rick Pearcey • June 18, 2009, 02:21 PM

Brothers of "GM-abandoned" and about-to-be-plowed-under Flint, Michigan -- Can you spare a bulldozer for your progressive federal comrades?

As J. Robert Smith writes at American Thinker:

Progress to a Progressive, like President Obama, has come to mean something entirely different these days. It's now about bulldozing blighted areas of cities rather than revitalizing them. It's actually a big white flag raised over the bloated corpse of liberal tax, regulation and urban policies.

It's called "Shrink to Survive." The Left is billing the failure and decline of town and cities, principally in the Northeast and Rust Belt, as inevitable. Nothing can be done to reverse the trend, they say, so go with it. Manage it smartly. And, oh, by the way, don't blame us.

Likely, more than a few emperors and senators said the same thing as ancient Rome crumbled.

As long as bulldozers and "Shrink to Survive" are on the table, let's brainstorm outside the federal box. Let's re-imagine the possibility of a brighter, more-humane destiny. 

Expand your mind: Might there be better candidates for an extreme makeover if constitutionally based freedom and dignity in America are to make it through the 21st century?

Further expand your mind: Imagine if the signers of the Declaration of Independence had bulldozers. Imagine the likes of Sam Adams, John Hancock, Ben Franklin, and John Witherspoon alive today, revved up and ready to go. One wonders where they would go. 

I have two hunches.

Hunch No. 1: Flint, Michigan, would not be at the top of the list. 

Hunch No. 2: When the dust finally clears, we'd be more free than we were before.

You'd hear singing by day rather than screams in the night.