Every object continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a straight line, unless compelled to change that state by external forces acted upon it.
Internal force would be, of course, working within the political process. External force, however, would be massive – yet peaceful – civil disobedience coupled with a tax revolt by millions of rank and file Americans and State nullification of federal tyranny. I don’t mean tea party members praying on the Mall in Washington, D.C. or arguing at town hall meetings – I mean civil disobedience in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi.
The United States of America has been on a path of destruction through progressivism – liberalism – socialism since the early 20th Century and while some external forces have been applied from time to time in order to slow the velocity, sufficient force to change the direction has never been applied.
For example, progressives gave us the income tax with the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913 and nearly a century later on June 28, 2012 that power to tax was used to justify the individual healthcare mandate.
There have been many court rulings over the years wrongfully claiming the federal government can exert influence over personal and State behavior using its taxing authority even in areas it otherwise has no constitutional power to regulate, but the Obamacare ruling was the granddaddy of them all.
Of course that court philosophy flies in the face of everything our Founding Fathers stood for and gave us, but that doesn’t matter because the object was set in motion and no external force has been applied over the decades to change its course.
As President Obama himself said when debating his signature legislation, (progressive) Americans had been working on a national healthcare system since Teddy Roosevelt 100 years before. There were successes and failures and even interim half measures such as Medicare and Medicaid, but the straight-line of motion never wavered.
The elite ruling class in America know that there will be a continual ebb and flow to American politics and sometimes their velocity may be slowed but their direction – their uniform motion in a straight line – cannot be stopped because no State and no individual American since the Civil War has the intestinal fortitude to exert the external influence necessary to cause real change.
Don’t get me wrong, millions of Americans have tried to change our national direction. We elected Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Newt Gingrich and a Republican House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years and even George W. Bush. We created a national tea party movement, took the House away from the Democrats again in 2010 and diluted their Senate power and we swept Republicans into office in state legislatures and governor mansions across the country. But to what end?
As it turns out, Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed by a Republican president, was the swing vote that continued the direction and velocity of the progressive agenda. States, while they seemingly dodged the Obamacare Medicaid mandate bullet, are still under the federal thumb from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal mandates and agencies.
It is clear to me that the political force applied by conservative Americans since 1980 has been woefully lacking and insufficient to change the direction of our progressive march to the sea. Our media, schools, political institutions and society itself has become increasingly progressive to the detriment of Liberty and our founding ideals since 1980 despite our best political efforts.
Understand this; I am not advocating another civil war, violent insurrection or anything of the sort. I do not advocate the violent overthrow of our government.
What I am advocating is that amount of external force necessary to change the straight line of motion and velocity of progressivism in America. So, what is that necessary amount of force?
As I have written before, I believe it is time to resurrect the old philosophy of nullification were States nullify federal laws and actions even if it involves resisting federal courts. Remember, there is strength in numbers and we currently have 29 Republican governors.
I know, Arkansas tried it in the 1950s and of course I disagreed with Arkansas disobeying court ordered desegregation because that directly applied to a constitutional amendment that was on point. But the reason President Eisenhower was able to send federal troops to Arkansas and resolve the matter was because Arkansas was standing alone (thankfully).
There is no constitutional amendment for healthcare or for allowing the federal government regulating things through its taxing power even when they have no prior constitutional authority to regulate those things. Those are all court rulings based on erroneous precedent.
But, it is also up to rank and file Americans to exert pressure. We Americans had better get serious about our freedoms and willing to risk something real – get some skin in the game – remembering that there is safety and strength in numbers.
Why do you sit in front of your television or radio cussing and throwing things only to dutifully send in your Form 1040 and taxes every April? Is it because you fear jail or financial ruin? How much do you fear the erosion of your liberty or worse yet, the loss of Liberty for your children and grandchildren? What about our posterity?
How thankful were we yesterday on the 4th of July that our Founding Fathers considered their honor sacred and were concerned for their posterity?
We now have a nationally organized tea party movement that is ostensibly working on local, state and national elections in order to stem the tide of progressivism in America and I salute their actions. But again I ask, how well have elections worked for us in the past? Are we to put all of our eggs in the same failed basket with the hole in the bottom or could that same tea party movement convince their membership to conduct sit-ins, block some highways without a permit, spend a night in the county jail and risk a visit from the IRS?
Where are our military veterans? President Obama is trying to break another long-standing promise to our military retirees by raising rates for Tricare health insurance in order to pay for his unconstitutional redistribution of wealth and yet we stand here idle.
I think we should continue to work in the electoral process, of course, but it is also time to consider sufficient force to change the straight line of progressive motion in America. It is time to get serious.