Worth Defending At All Hazards
It wasn’t that long ago that most of us were happily oblivious to the world beyond our families and our jobs. Others of us were involved in politics by being loyal to a political party. A few of us were involved in the battle against the tyranny lurking beneath the surface anxiously awaiting its invitation.
In an ideal world, most people should be able to spend their lives in the first group, blissfully ignorant of what the government is doing. In fact, for most of our history, the government was not a factor in the average citizen’s life. That time has passed though. It is unlikely that we will ever again be able to take leave from our vigilance in defense of our liberties.
We are drawn into this cause of liberty because of a sense of responsibility to our ancestors who, as Sam Adams said, “purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood”. More importantly though, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and future generations.
We are blessed that we can fight this cause without the violence that our ancestors needed to use. Our opponents are not taking arms against us, but they have cheated us of our liberties “by the artifices of designing men.”
Our opponents cannot use reason and logic against us. They have no principles upon which their beliefs are based. They are materialistic people only value envy, greed, and power over equality under the law, honesty, and the American Dream. In desperation, they use vile words, nasty rhetoric, and outright lies.
We have proven to be better equipped than our opponents. We have the words and actions of our Founders. We have the logic of natural rights. We have the greatest documents ever know to the human race which codify the proper moral society and the subsequent case for freedom; our Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
Our opponents will continue to attack each of these. In fact, they have already done much damage to the Constitution and rendered the Declaration of Independence insignificant in our public discourse. Yet in the march of history, liberty always advances.
We need your help, not only to defend against the attacks from our opponents, but also to spread the message of liberty. It’s not enough to just respond to those who may never understand. We need to win the hearts and minds of our friends and neighbors by showing them that they are being cheated out of the fruits of their labor and of the rights that they were born exercise.
Please consider getting more active in our cause, whether it is through our organization or one of the many that are allied with us.
“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”
An Irish Democracy?
We are fast approaching the 5th Anniversary of the first Tax Day Tea Parties. In the spring of 2009, Americans had become deeply suspicious of the institutions that defined our society. The government, large corporations, banks, legislatures, Congress, and political parties had betrayed the American public. We were fed up and decided to let our leaders know that we were mad as hell and we weren’t taking it anymore.
Five years later, we’ve become what is one of the greatest and longest lasting political movements in US history. To many, it is unclear whether our mission will be successful, but many more of us have no doubt that we will eventually free America from the oppression of a bloated government and the crony-capitalists that control it.
We have changed from an angry movement lacking direction into thousands of very effective small groups and individuals doing the daily tasks of restoring liberty. Whether it is aiding a campaign, being a candidate or educating and rallying citizens to an important cause, each action is a step in the right direction. There is one tactic that has not been sufficiently used until recently. It is called “Irish Democracy.”
Professor Glenn Reynolds recently quoted Professor James Scott in USA Today:
“More regimes have been brought piecemeal to their knees by what was once called ‘Irish Democracy,’ the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people, than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.”
Whether it is refusal to sign up for Obamacare, gun owners avoiding registering their guns in Connecticut, willful disobedience of immoral laws or entire states nullifying drug laws, we as citizens are learning to exert authority over their own lives. In this mixed up and confusing political paradigm, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, and even Democrats, are finding common ground with those of us willing to stand opposed to a growing and intrusive tyranny. After 5 years of the Tea Party movement, many Americans are finding the truth in our message, even while they voice hesitancy about us.
Anthony Codevilla, a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute, recently wrote:
“The principal feature of today’s ruling class is precisely that it reigns in open contempt of the Constitution of 1787 and of their fellow Americans who wave copies of it in forlorn attempts to limit the ruling class’ pretensions. History is univocal: any ruling class self-referential to the point of defaulting on its obligations leaves the ruled no alternative but to turn their backs on it, and eventually to revolt.”
We are still learning how to resist their betrayal of our Constitution and our values and we are still learning how to revolt. We are running for office, calling talk radio, writing letters, picketing, voting, and, when we can, withdrawing.
In the words of Professor Reynolds,
“As we struggle, mostly in vain, to rein in the metastasizing power of a federal government that has grown out of control, perhaps Irish Democracy offers a solution. Sometimes it seems like that’s the only kind of democracy that’s likely to
make a difference.”
The late 20th century showed us many times that peaceful resistance to tyranny is one of the most effective tools available to liberty seekers. It is only one tool of many that we have available, but in this time of crisis, we need to use every tool possible.
Think about opportunities to practice Irish Democracy as we move into the 5th year of the Tea Party movement.
A Battle Won
“There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to slavery and to the war, who yet in effect do nothing to put an end to them; who, esteeming themselves children of Washington and Franklin, sit down with their hands in their pockets, and say that they know not what to do, and do nothing.”
In the summer of 1776, when our Founders committed treason against England and King George, they righteously justified their actions by citing the moral purpose of government: To secure our rights. While we have expanded immensely the scope and purpose of government over the past 238 years, the only moral purpose of government remains the same.
If I were to point to the most important achievement of the Tea Party movement, it would be the success in exposing the damage that our government has done to the ends for which it was created. The US government has lost its legitimacy as the protector of individual rights.
A Rasmussen Poll released on Friday found:
- 54% of Americans think that their government is a threat to individual liberty, rather than a protector
- 67% believe that the government is a special interest group that looks out for its own interests rather than those of citizens
These are startling numbers
After 5 years, a majority of the American public have sided with the Tea Party on its primary message. To say that our government is a threat to our rights would be an understatement. It has destroyed those rights.
Last week’s standoff at the Bundy Ranch wasn’t only about cattle and land, it was about a militarized police force threatening private citizens.
The NSA spying story wasn’t about national security. It was about a government that treats its citizens as suspects.
The ACA is not a law that guarantees us health care. It codifies the denial of an individual’s free choice.
The stimulus and bailouts that sparked our movement were not just more government waste and corruption.
They were acts all of aggression against our right to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
When the Tea Party movement started five years ago, we knew we needed to get the American people on our side first. It took five years, and we have suffered defeats, but we can take heart at the new attitude of the American people. Their eyes are open to the evil of big government. This is a major victory for our cause. Now, let’s hold onto this victory and destroy the ideology that sets the state above the individual.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
The Declaration of Independence