On Thursday, October 17, the Heartland Institute hosted Donald J. Devine, who was promoting his new book entitled, “America’s Way Back.” Devine, a former Reagan administrative official, is best known for having cut 100,000 non-defense government employees, which saved tax payers 6 billion dollars.
In Devine’s new book, he revitalizes the Founding Father’s vision by highlighting a solution to today’s problems in Washington. His solution exemplifies the imperative for a return to the morally founded Constitution which encompasses the synthesis of freedom and tradition. In order to revitalize the entity of Western Tradition, we must use our freedom which is inherent in the Constitution. Devine asserts one of the most distorted traditions is vested in the present Federal power relations. A return to the 10th Amendment would partially restore power and freedom to the American people by placing emphasis on States’ rights.
During Devine’s presentation, he highlighted the philosophy in Friedrich Hayeck’s work, “Road to Serfdom.” The work states that central planning and increase of power in Federal Government leads to the loss of freedom and the eventual serfdom of the individual. Americans are increasingly losing their freedom during the Obama Administration as he paves the way for the decent to Stateism and serfdom. In order for this to be reversed, America is in desperate need for the increasingly polarized Republican Party to unite on the foundation created by the Founding Fathers to promote the morality of the Constitution.
This polarization is crippling the Republican Party’s ability to promote freedom and liberty, the constituents which make us Republicans in the first place. Our increasing decent to Stateism is prevailing. We can not be led by shackles to Hayek’s proposed serfdom, but Devine asserts Americans can reverse this by uniting on the Founding Father’s vision of constitutional tradition and freedom.
Watch the presentation below: