Kirkpatrick would have us all conjuring up visions of Uncle Tom and Simon Legree, of slave ships, auctions, whippings and cotton field stoop labor. Let’s take a look at some definitions of slave and slavery.
slav·er·y n. pl. slav·er·iesPay special attention to definition number 4. What Ms. Brown refers to as slaves and slavery is the condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence, in this case big socialist government.
1. The state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household.
2. The practice of owning slaves.
3. A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal work force.
4. The condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence.
5. A condition of hard work and subjection: wage slavery.
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Copyright 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Here are quotations from her most infamous speeches where she mentions slavery. In the first speech she also quoted Ayn Rand and that Russian writer’s mention of slavery.
"A Whiter Shade of Pale": Sense and Nonsense - The Pursuit of Perfection in Law and Politics
Speech of Janice Rogers Brown, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
The Federalist Society - University of Chicago Law School
April 20, 2000, Thursday, 12:15 p.m.
Ayn Rand similarly attributes the collectivist impulse to what she calls the "tribal view of man." She notes, "[t]he American philosophy of the Rights of Man was never fully grasped by European intellectuals. Europe's predominant idea of emancipation consisted of changing the concept of man as a slave to the absolute state embodied by the king, to the concept of man as the slave of the absolute state as embodied by 'the people' - i.e., switching from slavery to a tribal chieftain into slavery to the tribe."And then this one.
Writing 50 years ago, F.A. Hayek warned us that a centrally planned economy is "The Road to Serfdom."3 He was right, of course; but the intervening years have shown us that there are many other roads to serfdom. In fact, it now appears that human nature is so constituted that, as in the days of empire all roads led to Rome; in the heyday of liberal democracy, all roads lead to slavery. And we no longer find slavery abhorrent. We embrace it. We demand more. Big government is not just the opiate of the masses. It is the opiate. The drug of choice for multinational corporations and single moms; for regulated industries and rugged Midwestern farmers and militant senior citizens.
Keepers of the Faith; Defenders of the Light
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law Commencement Address
May 24, 2003
Delivered by The Honorable Janice R. Brown ,Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
The question for you will be whether the regime of freedom which they founded can survive the relentless enmity of the slave mentality. It will really be whether you want freedom to survive. The answer may be no. There are many reasons to forsake freedom.Please remember that in the first speech she was speaking to mainly lawyers who, while not having memorized the American Heritage Dictionary in its entirety, certainly were aware of how to use it. In the second speech she was speaking to law school graduates who certainly must have had at least a passing familiarity with the purposes and uses of a good dictionary, something that Sen. Kennedy apparently lacks. He did get booted out of Harvard for paying a friend to take an exam for him, if I recall correctly. Perhaps this is why.
Some will do so because they are ambitious and can only make their mark by setting out upon a new path. Abraham Lincoln described this dynamic many years before he became president. He said there will always be people among us (from the family of the Lion or the tribe of the Eagle) who "scorn to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, who thirst and burn for distinction, and who will obtain it "whether at the expense of emancipating slaves or enslaving free men."
Some may reject freedom because security has always been more comfortable than freedom and infinitely more comforting to the "herd of independent minds."
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