…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Okay, government is a necessary evil. That's been established. However…
That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to 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.
It sounds as though now is a good time to start thinking about just that.
Really? Have you not been paying attention? Scandal after scandal dogging this administration, and no one inside the Beltway doing a damn thing to right it? The economy still tanking, our national security and readiness gutted, social radicals running roughshod over the majority in the interest of gettting more free stuff and no one gives a damn?
I don't just blame the Anointed One and his cronies; there are 535 congressional representatives who have forgotten their place and 9 court justices without a clue or a quarter to buy one who need replacement. All they can see as "solution" is further tying the hands of the average citizen. All the easier to rifle their pockets for loose change.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown 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.
It is our duty. I no longer trust the average citizen (read: low-information voter) to know enough to do so through the electoral process; I certainly don't trust the courts to neutralize bad legislation. Nor am I suggesting that armed insurrection is necessary or desirable.
Inevitable, perhaps, but certainly not desirable.
I am suggesting – nay, demanding – that grassroots organizations stop sulking, get off their collective kiesters, band together instead of infighting with their single-plank mentalities, and develop whatever sort of campaign is necessary to inflict major damage on the incumbency of our federal and state governments.
In order to accomplish this, YOU, my dear reader, have to do more than piss and moan about it on the internet. We all have to get active. Stick your nose in town hall meetings. Meet up with like-minded people and form your own Camellia sinensis Party groups, or join an existing one. Be loud and forceful with your elected representatives. Talk to everyone you can and don't worry about who you offend.
Stand up for what you believe now, before it's taken from you later.
This Independence Day, I've read HSH Limbaugh the Elder's excellent essay on the founding fathers and what they got for standing up for right against might. It's sobering. It could happen to us for standing up today against abuses in government. Who am I kidding – it already is (click here and here for only two examples). Police action against citizens is becoming more common through the auspices of the TSA and Homeland Security. You don't have to be wearing a tinfoil hat to see what's going on.
We might have a lot to lose, but how much more has to happen before we wake up? How much more will a lazy and indolent society let pass before saying, "enough?"
I'm done with waiting. You should be, too.