In "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver, the enterprising, liberty-loving traveler, finds himself washed ashore in the land of Lilliput. Tiny people that they are, the Lilliputians manage to peg Gulliver to the ground and bind him with strings.
Today's Lilliputian Congress in Washington, D.C., shrunken in spirit by power's corruption, plans to convert all of America into Gulliver's bondage.
These insignificant creatures have passed a pork-larded "stimulus" bill guaranteed to enslave future taxpayers. They want to freeze development of U.S. natural resources in favor of Don Quixote's windmills, thereby boosting energy costs that will break the "little guy" whom the Lilliputians claim to love best. We inevitably will confront rationed, wait-in-line nationalized health care.
The itty-bitty Congress plots elimination of the First Amendment's free-speech provision and the Second Amendment, too. School voucher choice will be banned so that students are chained to under-performing urban schools. The citizen who prizes self-reliance combined with personal freedom and the pursuit of happiness faces Gulliver's plight.
As the man of liberty finally escaped the Lilliputians, let's pop our pegs and spring our strings. Let's fight those little people, folks, however we can now and with the next election.
PATRICIA F. HETRICK