Attending a Meeting of “Conspirators”
What is important in politics starts at the grassroots. Yesterday I found myself reminded of that fact once again.
I attended a meeting called by the Brentsville District Chair of the Prince William County Republican Committee (see here). It was only a small group, but these are purpose driven people. Each realizes they are doing something important, and they delight in the opportunity to work with like-minded souls.
How did the meeting begin? There was chit-chat and munching on finger food — the customary “icebreaker,” and then the meeting began. The Chair took a moment to remind everyone how a small group of people can make a huge difference. He provided a few examples.
- In the presidential election of 1960, John F. Kennedy beat Richard M. Nixon by just one tenth of one percentage point (0.1%). What followed Kennedy’s election? The Bay of Pigs, the Great Society, Medicare and the Vietnam War. What if Nixon had won?
- After months of dispute, Al Franken was declared the winner of Minnesota’s Senate election. Franken beat Senator Norm Coleman by only “312” votes. Franken’s election provided Democrats their 60-vote, filibuster proof, Democrat majority. Franken’s election ultimately enabled passage of the “Health Care” bill. The Democrats 60-vote majority also facilitated TARP, the ‘Stimulus” Bill, never-ending unemployment benefits, and a ballooning Federal Government deficit.
The Chair then explained how we can change the course of history. Because of reckless government spending and arrogant leadership, the American public wants to change the “change.”
The time is now to maximize our constituencies; increase awareness, energy, and interest; to vote and oust our political enemy from office.
We can offer the American People a realistic alternative, a return to America’s traditions of constitutional government and a free market economy.
Does the expression “political enemy” seem harsh? If you think so — if you have any doubt of the appropriateness of the expression — then you need to educate yourself. I suggest Senator Jim Demint‘s book, Saving Freedom. What is Saving Freedom about? Demint’s book has a very specific purpose. To provide a succinct explanation, Demint gave his book this subtitle, We Can Stop America’s Slide Into Socialism.
What concerns Demint is that too many no longer understand what it means to have a free society. Consider this excerpt from page 176.
One the great ironies of freedom is that you can only have it if you are willing to obey the rules. Rules restrict your freedom, but real freedom can only exist within a framework of rules. In a free society the rules (laws and regulations) must be knowable and minimally restrictive. The people must also have the willingness and self-control to voluntarily follow the rules without the use of force.
Voluntary compliance to laws requires a respect for the law and a self-disciplined citizenry. Laws will be respected only when they are derived from a fixed set of consensus principles governing the lawmakers. Fixed principles (i.e., a constitution) give the law a moral authority that elicits respect and voluntary compliance by citizens. Reactive, arbitrary, lawmaking undermines constitutional government and the “rule of law.”
Many Americans still understand freedom. Attend a Tea Party rally, and you can see that understanding in action. At a Tea Party, you can participate in an orderly demonstration with thousands of people. And when the demonstration is over, the ground will be clean. Oh, there will be wreckage. That wreakage will be in the dreams of politicians made nervous by the sight of so many citizens discontented with their leadership.
Yet because we have allowed our government to educate us and our children, many of us no longer understand or appreciate freedom. Instead, too many expect government to take care of them with “investments” contributed by the “rich.” Thus, politicians proliferate taxing and spending programs and bind our choices with ever increasing laws and regulations. Like slaves of old, too many have come to depend on government “protection” and “giveaways.” Some poorly educated souls have actually learned to fear the alternative — Freedom.
What it is about are the last words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
The Business Portion
So what were Republicans in the Brentsville District deviously plotting? We were planning our participation in Nokesville Day (see here, here, here, and here). On May 15, 2010, the Prince William County Republican Committee will participate in Nokesville Day. We will have a booth, and we will be in the parade. Our object? We want to inform the residents of Prince William about the Republican Party’s political philosophy and the honorable candidates we support. Note that we will be led in this effort by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli will participate in the Parade (see here).
With Cuccinelli’s able leadership, we will invite the People of Prince William to help us confine our government to its traditional role, one that respects constitutional limits on government authority and the rights of individual Americans to life, liberty, and property. Please join with us and assist us. It is your country too.
Other Views From Virginia Blogs
In Once Again, Republicans Trot Out The Nazi Analogies, Below The Beltway makes Saving Freedom sound like its is full of extreme Nazi analogies. Actually, there is very little of that. What Demint is driving at is that we are not practicing or teaching the next generation the traditions that have kept us free. It is not government power that keeps us free; it is how we operate our government that keeps us free.