Recently the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Charity announced their decision to sever Komen’s ties with Planned Parenthood only within twenty-four hours to reverse their decision. The actions of the Komen Charity’s Board are a mirror image of what we are witnessing in both the Republican/Tea Party Presidential Primary; The Komen Board opting for possible financial considerations over principle, the GOP/Tea Party supporting electable candidates in lieu of principle; with neither turning our well for either organization. Principle, or more appropriately the lack thereof, is rampant in America today. We claim deeply held principles until the time comes that cost is associated with standing on principle; Unwilling to pay the piper of principle his due, principal is abandoned in an effort to please the socialists/collectivists/fascists/statists (pick a major party) and we are dragging our republic down with it. Our country finds itself in this predicament because it has forgotten John Quincy Adams admonition, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”; because we have ignored Noah Webster’s certainty, “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character….”, we choose leaders devoid of character, and are then shocked and amazed that their leadership lacks character and honor.
The core founding principle of this country is the freedom of the individual over the power and security of the state and the wants of the group. No major party espouses this principle. No candidate even talks of this, much less pledge it. We see before us today the result of the two major parties in this country subverting our Constitution and hijacking our elections. The Republicans and Democrats have colluded together to write restrictive ballot access legislation, both at the state and national level, which make it all but impossible for other voices and ideas to be heard on the ballot. Our election commissions, at all levels, and those who oversee our elections represent their particular party, not the people. Guess who they look after! The two major parties consider the ballot to be theirs, not the people’s! The two major parties tell us that we must sell them our vote; that to vote for anyone else, for any other ideas is to waste one’s vote; that the only way to access the political system is via the mechanism of their particular party. To The Republic’s detriment, the majority of Americans fall for this lie.
What we have learned, sadly at the cost of freedom and liberty is that this only leads to one of the two major political parties wielding the reins of a despotic government. The argument between Republicans and Democrats is not whether the Federal Government should grow; the argument between them is what rate it shall grow at and what the funds are spent on. There is no talk of limited constitutional government, from either side of the aisle, a small minority excepted. In 2008, sick of the Republicans, this country, like suicidal lemmings to the sea, ran in a panic over the cliff provided by the Democrats; now, four short years later, like suicidal lemmings to the sea once again, our country is prepared to run over the cliff conveniently provided this time by–the Republicans. And we expect a different result??? Albert Einstein said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
It is easy to be a champion of liberty for those who say the things we like to hear and do the things we agree with, that fit neatly where we want them to fit. But, freedom does not allow one this luxury. The cost of freedom is not only paid by brave young Americans on foreign soil; freedom asks her due from us, right here at home, whether we like it or not. Passing laws to shun this duty has not only weakened The Constitution and The Republic; it has rung the death knell of liberty in America. This is the test! This is where we pass or fail for individual freedom. This is the price of liberty! Allowing an individual to do (as long as they are doing it in private or in the company of other consenting adults) the activities they desire to do and say things they want to say; words and activities that absolutely turn one’s stomach.
Does anyone else remember the first video game Pong? How excited we all were when the home edition was released and we play at home rather than drop quarters in the machine at the arcade (or bowling alley, or wherever)? There was something unique about that game. Just as you could do with the arcade edition, with the home edition you could get the “paddles” lined up just right on the left and right side of the TV screen and the “ball” would just bounce back and forth and back and forth and back and forth endlessly, mindlessly, in a straight line with no effort required; just surrender to the machine. As long as no one touched the “paddle” controller the “ball” would endlessly bounce back and forth, never deviating from its path; precisely where the socialist/collectivist Democrats and fascist/statist Republicans and their servants in the media have positioned Americans and we obligingly, mindlessly bounce back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth as they destroy the republic; And all but forgotten, the simple solution to end the mindless back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth and the tyranny of the machine. Just simply move the “paddle”, just barely and the “ball” would begin to move in random patterns, the life blood of the freedom and liberty of the individual, the death knell of tyranny.