‘I believe freedom and prosperity are uniquely threatened at this point in our history,” says Terence P. Jeffrey, author of the new book Control Freaks: 7 Ways Liberals Plan to Ruin Your Life. He sat down with NRO’s Kathryn Lopez to discuss his new book. Be warned: There are a lot of f-words beyond the title, from fetus to freedom to foreign policy.
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Isn’t it a bit much — not to mention uncharitable! — to call liberals “freaks”?
TERENCE P. JEFFREY: And here I was worried they might take it as a compliment.
LOPEZ: Not to be difficult, but are they really planning to ruin my life?JEFFREY
: If you are an eight-month-old fetus, they plan to preserve the “right” of someone to kill you. If you are eight-year-old second-grader, they plan to preserve the “right” of your public-school teacher to instruct you that same-sex marriage is a good thing. If you are 68-year-old grandmother or grandfather getting ready to retire after decades of working hard and living within your means, they are planning to tax your savings in a last-ditch attempt to save an unsustainable welfare state that needed to find $200,000 in additional revenue for every man, woman, and child in the United States before
Obamacare became a factor. Were they to succeed in their plans, they would not only ruin the lives of Americans today but the lives of future generations.
LOPEZ: Are there Republican “freaks”?
LOPEZ: Speaking of which, how terrible a transportation secretary has former congressman Ray LaHood been?
JEFFREY: LaHood, a Republican, may be the most under-appreciated “Control Freak” in the Obama administration. In the book, I explain how and why he is pushing an agenda designed, as he once put it, “to coerce people out of their cars.”
LOPEZ: How did you get your list down to seven?
JEFFREY: I had to decide the most important things I could write about in the time that I had to write. In this case, the governing question was: Where are liberals pushing for government control of our lives? I picked four basic rights that Control Freaks are attacking (property, speech, life, and conscience), two elements of the welfare state they are using to reduce middle-class Americans to government dependency (Social Security and government-controlled health care), and one freedom that goes to the heart of the American experience and is crucial to the survival of our other freedoms: the freedom of movement.
I am sure that thoughtful people can and will point out other ways the Control Freaks want government to run our lives.