I want to introduce you to a serious individual. His name is John Pratt. Every generation of his family, starting in the American Revolution with two fifth-great-grandfathers and one fourth-great-grandfather down to John himself, has seen service in the United States Army. He takes American freedom, liberty and exceptionalism very seriously, and while he’s an everyday father, grandfather and business owner like you and like me, I wouldn’t cross him.
I happen to like his passion and patriotism. And he’s likely also a better shot than I am. For those reasons, and for so many more, it is my pleasure to welcome him to the growing family of everyday American men and women who contribute to America’s Right. — Jeff
Yesterday, in 1765, the British Crown imposed the Stamp Act on their colonies in the New World. The Act established a tax on all printed materials, including newspapers, pamphlets, bills, legal documents, licenses, almanacs, dice and playing cards. It was the first time the Crown had posed a tax directly upon the people of the colonies. The Act so inflamed the colonists that “No Taxation Without Representation” became a rallying cry, leading to revolution.
As a direct result of the Stamp Act, the greatest nation in the history of the world was formed. It was held that the role of government was to ensure the rights of the people. That they were to be left untethered by the whims of king, prince or potentate. That they were free to engage in those pursuits, as they saw fit, to achieve their own life, liberty and happiness; without governmental interference. That the power of the government was derived from the consent of the people. And a system was established to see that these rights were ensured, and that those powers held in balance.
Two hundred and forty-five years later, almost to the day, we have learned that “Taxation With Representation” is no better.
We have acquiesced the consent of the governed to a point where our consent is no longer required. Nor is it even welcome. Through the use of bribes and coercions that would make a mafia boss blush, our representatives have effectively shredded the United States Constitution. And relegated the Declaration of Independence to the recycle bin.
And what do we do about it? We talk about the upset in the tournament. We speculate as to who will play golf next month in Georgia. We giggle about the starlet whose boobs popped out. We forget. We accept. We move on.
Two hundred and forty-five years ago, those men did not forget. And they most certainly did not accept their fate. They rose up and with a resounding “BUGGER OFF!” told the king, his ministers and his army to go to Hell.
We now stand at a crossroads. To the left lays the path to more government, more taxes, less freedom. Though, on occasion, we have ventured a short way down this path, it has been generally avoided for those two hundred and forty-five years. It is the path our government wants us now to take. It is the path that leads to their power, to their control, to our own destruction. It is the path where we forget. And the one we will be forced to take if we do not make a firm decision not to.
The right path leads to the salvation of this Republic. Less governmental control, lower taxes, the freedoms that are already ours that we need only demand and take back. This is the path that reminds us 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. That 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.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, 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.
This is not an easy path. It is rough and rugged, beset with many dangers. But, if well traveled, by people willing to make the journey together, it can once again be smoothed and paved for future generations.
So now, my friends, we have a choice to make. Do we take the path to the left, or the path to the right?