“…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
~Declaration of Independence
The year 2009 in America marked the beginning of a counter-revolution against the 100-year revolution launched by the socialists during the progressive era. After a century of creeping socialism and dwindling liberty, the American people have finally had enough. They are expressing themselves in a “grassroots” patriot uprising unmatched in modern American history. The 2010 counter-revolution is not taking place with guns and bullets, but with signs, e-mails, faxes, and telephones. It is taking place in the cities and towns of America, not with rioting and violence, but with peaceful patriot protests at town hall meetings, tea parties, and at the polls in one election after another.
There is no doubt the patriots are winning. However, there is a chance that they will also succeed in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. How? By splitting into competing factions and allowing their leaders to do their thinking for them. In the quote above from the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson reminds us that it is “the right of the people” to abolish or alter their government and to reorganize it “as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness”.
The genius of America is its system of self-government. Our system differs from the systems used elsewhere in the People’s Republics of Socialistic Fantasylands. Here, the system works when citizens, knowlegable in our founding principles, thinking for themselves, and following the dictates of their own informed self-interest, demand of those to whom they have delegated the responsibility of managing the affairs of government, that they stay true to the job description set forth in our governing plan, the Constitution. The system breaks down when we begin to form into factions and start blindly following the dictates of our leaders.
The “Tea Party Movement” (I prefer to call it a Patriot Movement) is a true spontaneous, grassroots movement. That is the basis of its strength. As with any mass movement, there will be those who, for monetary or egoistic reasons, attempt to “get in front of the parade” and declare themselves “leader”. George Washington warned us of this tendency in political affairs in his Farewell Address.
There is strength in numbers; therefore, membership is valuable to any organization. However, when organizations become too big they sometimes loose sight of their purpose and begin to view their sister organizations as competitors rather than fellow laborers in a common cause; the membership becomes complacent and depends on others to “carry the load”. Occasionally leaders of these groups, in their quest for fame and power, will demonize their competitors in order to build their own membership and discourage others.
We are starting to see patriot groups coalescing into national organizations. There is even some talk about becoming a third party and fielding candidates in competition with the established parties. If we go down that road we stand to lose our effectiveness as opposition groups and strengthen the influence of those who wish to destroy our historical system of government and take away our liberty. It is up to each of us as individuals to maintain our own independence of thought and conscience as we work cooperatively with other patriots to take back our party and our country.
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