John Hinderaker over at Powerline thinks so.

He documents the totalitarian impulse on display at the recent climate march in NYC, which contained strong anti-capitalist themes and messages. I always find it interesting when people choose to protest against freedom, it seems like a very anti-historical position to take. Especially because in those societies, like China, that closely resemble the end state for which many of these protestors are advocating, freedom of assembly – among other freedoms – is severely limited. They’re marching, in essence, to help the government prohibit them from marching in the future.
Hinderaker quotes at length from a story about Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who in discussing the Koch brothers declared: “They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail, I think they should be enjoying three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals.”
Were his last name not Kennedy, no one would be paying any attention to him. The left likes to keep the Camelot myth alive so he maintains a relatively prominent place in our political discourse. If he were a conservative, he’d be branded an extremist, ridiculed by late night comedians, and skewered on The Daily Show. See their treatment of Sarah Palin as an example (this line from Animal House comes to mind).
One kooky Kennedy parading around NYC doesn’t mean we’re living in perilous times, but Hinderaker comes closer to the mark with the Democrat’s vote on the Udall Amendment. Every single Democrat in the Senate voted to repeal the First Amendment in an effort to regulate campaign spending and create a more favorable political climate for incumbents.
Luckily the amendment has no chance of passing the House – or being ratified by the states – because of conservative opposition and the genius of our founders.
As I’ve written before, as long as the Constitution, as currently written and interpreted, remains the foundation of our social contract I don’t believe the United States is in peril. No matter what totalitarian impulses the left has, they’re always blocked by the law contained in that document. This is why, dating back at least to Wilson, the left has made a concerted effort to change the way that document is written and interpreted.
Progressives often claim to be “on the right side of history” or that the right is asymmetrically stupid, but efforts like the climate march and the Udall Amendment show that’s simply not true. Climate change is such a complex question I’m not confident anyone – right or left – has anything resembling an answer right now. And wasn’t the entirety of the 20th century a victory for freedom over Communism, Nazism, Socialism, and a couple other -isms?
Although there is no evidence he did so, Thomas Jefferson is often quoted as saying “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” The quote likely derives from the revolutionary period, and it is as apt today. I don’t think we live in perilous times, but as long as the progressive left continues their assault on our founding document and social contract, we will live in eternally vigilant times.
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