A Declaration of Independence
By: Dr. Robert R. Owens
It has happened just as foretold.Â The Progressive Republicans have joined with their Democrat fellow-travelers and once again sold our inheritance for a bowl of promises.Â We voted for an end to the out of control spending and what did we get?Â 3.5 trillion steps closer to the abyss.Â Â Itâ€™s time to admit that when you fall off a cliff it doesnâ€™t matter much if you were pushed or if you walked.Â The fall might not be so bad but that sudden stop at the end isnâ€™t so good.
Maybe itâ€™s just me but Iâ€™m tired of the same old same old in our politics.Â The big-box monopoly parties have morphed into two sides of the same coin.Â Today we choose between the Conservative Progressivesâ€™ policies of tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource our sovereignty or the Liberal Progressivesâ€™ policies of tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource our sovereignty.Â Weâ€™ve been caught on the horns of a dilemma trying to choose between Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and since we donâ€™t want to throw our vote away we must vote for one of the big boys after which the campaign promises dissolve and weâ€™re hung out to dry.
As a voter Iâ€™ve had my Damascus Road Experience.Â The scales have fallen from my eyes.Â Iâ€™ve reached the point where I would rather vote for someone who might actually try finding another way to operate our government besides taxing like the Sun King and spending like a drunken sailor whose credit card limit is constantly raised and who can print his own money.
Itâ€™s time to stop talking.Â Itâ€™s time to take action.Â The Founders of our nation dedicated their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to birth our state and this noble experiment.Â Itâ€™s time for us to do the same. This nation was conceived as a representative republic designed to operate on democratic principles.Â For over 100 years the Progressives have worked to transform the land of the free and the home of the brave into a Peopleâ€™s Democratic Republic.Â Whatâ€™s the difference?Â The difference between a Democracy and a Peopleâ€™s Democracy is â€œthe difference between a jacket and a straight jacket.â€
How did we arrive at the current situation?
James Madison our fourth president and the chief architect of the U.S. Constitution said, â€œThere are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.â€Â We didnâ€™t get here all in one jump.Â First the camel said, â€œCan I just stick my nose in your tent to stay warm?â€ and finally the generous man found himself out in the cold as the camel settled down for a nice warm nap, one inch at a time.
The compassion of our people built a safety net for those who needed help and the greed of the lazy turned it into a hammock.Â America, the Land of the Free is being transformed into an America that is dedicated to the unsustainable achievement of, from each according to their abilities to each according to their need.Â When you rob Peter to pay Paul eventually Peter changes his name to Paul and the house of cardsÂ tumbles down.
The willingness to share our heritage led America to welcome more immigrants each year than the rest of the world combined, and the abuse of our generosity turned into a migration invasion that threatens to overwhelm us and destroy the future of our children.Â Taxes imposed to meet the ever-swelling demands of government have turned into a blatant, wealth re-distribution program that makes most pyramid schemes look fair.Â Itâ€™s as if our predatory government looks at a productive citizen as merely a source of residual income.Â Or as the ads promise, our Progressive leaders lay on the beach of self-importance and our checks just keep pouring in.Â Weâ€™re no longer respected as Citizens.Â Instead, weâ€™re coveted as consumers or human capital.
Itâ€™s time for action.
We as citizens who love our country must to break the logjam caused by an imperial presidency, an abdicating legislature, an activist court, a suffocating bureaucracy, and the strangulation of regulation.Â The constant growth of government destroys freedom for â€œas government expands liberty contracts.â€
Itâ€™s time to actively work for Americaâ€™s acceptance of a different way.
And what might this Different way be?
Something radical, something that almost strains the bounds of the imagination, something that would immediately unleash the bent-up energy of a free people: a return to constitutionally limited government!
But how do we get there from here?Â We need to build a new party to win the reins of government from the two-headed bird of prey which has assumed perpetual power through perpetual re-election.Â What we need now are citizens willing to sacrifice their repose and enter the arena.Â We need non-professionals to clean up the mess and right the ship of state.
What we donâ€™t need is one more election where the Conservative Progressives replace the Liberal Conservatives because as Albert Einstein said, â€œInsanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.â€
We need a new party.Â We must work to unite the Tea Party Movement with the many splinter parties which hold the same basic values.Â We must reclaim our liberty from the professional politicians and professional radicals who have manipulated the system to achieve unlimited power which they use to spend us into insolvency, tax us into poverty, and regulate us into serfdom.
This new party must siphon off all the conservatives who are members of the twin party out of habit or family tradition.Â This new party must rise fast and work hard.Â It must capture the center and the right declaring boldly that it will defend what America stands for but not necessarily all that stands for America.Â The time has come to fight for the right before we are swallowed by the wrong.
Winston Churchill said, “If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. Â There may be a worse case. Â You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
We canâ€™t let divisions divide us or they will bury us.Â United we stand, divided we fall.Â None of us can do this alone but together we can.Â Keep the faith.Â Keep the peace.Â We shall overcome.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College. Â He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owensâ€™ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College. He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2011 Robert R. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens