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SENTRY JOURNAL » ACORN, economy, Founding Fathers, SEIU, Statism, Tea Party » ENEMIES OF THE STATIST


Yesterday I went to my local book store and actually found some excellent bargains.  One of the books I purchased was about the Founding Fathers and how they shaped the America we once knew.   After reading it, the main thing that caught my attention is just how anti-statist they were.  I mean they existed for the longest period self governing their society.  It was really a first in modern times.  The colonials lived and prospered under an economic “laissez-faire” philosophy.  This philosophy was based off of the concept of minimal government interference in economic matters.  With loosely assembled governmental entities, the colonials could sell, trade, and barter with little or no taxes and as they saw fit to advance the economic machine of the day.  It was a true free market system.  Free from governmental regulations, taxes, and interference.  Their success was so resounding that they eventually caught the attention of cash strapped England.  And England was more than willing to impose high taxes and regulations to spread the colonial wealth to finance their wars and pay off their debt.
This England imposed economic statism infuriated the colonists.  The seeds of liberty were already planted and for the colonists it was an absolutely unacceptable way to be governed.  They realized how successful a free market system could operate if government intervention remained minimal.  They also believed that the ownership of property was a right for all and not a privilege for the select few.  They were unwilling to revert back to the days of serfdom because the taste of liberty and freedom was sweet and desirable.  So they became “Enemies of the Statist” on that day in July when they declared the independence from forces that stood against liberty and freedom.
Today we are faced with the same struggle our Founding Fathers had to overcome.  We are witnessing government intervention in economic affairs on a scale we haven’t seen since the “New Deal.”  We see industry after industry being taken over by the government and free market capitalism being attacked on all fronts.  Statism is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as: The concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry.  This is exactly what our Founding Fathers overcame and this is what we are facing today.  With one political party consolidating their power, we are faced with a more centralized government imposing their will upon us.  Liberty and freedom are just words to the Statist.  They do not embrace or believe in the individual.  They believe they know what is best for us.  I once told someone that if Statism is the car then Progressivism is the engine.  Both work together to move forward.
So what can we do?  I mean after all we are writing senators and representatives and they’re still pushing forward with their statist agenda.  Some people have declared we should vote all the bums out.  But the reality is this is very unlikely.  These elected officials are entrenched and have access to unlimited funds to take on any newcomer.  They have the power of the Unions (SEIU) and community organizers (ACORN) to mobilize the coalitions of change.  So how can we really make a difference if it already seems like the fix is in?  I believe we are already seeing it.  The Tea Parties are an example of people coming together from all walks of life and placing our country before their individual differences.  They understand that we agree on 80% of the issues and that if we remain divided we will fall.  But this is only the first step.  We must learn to organize the way statist and progressives have organized over the past 20 years.  We must reeducate ourselves on subjects that deal with the Founding Fathers, liberty, property rights, free markets, and the Constitution.  You can beat back any argument with facts and the only way to know the facts is through research and critical thinking.  The best solutions to our current woes are within each of us.  We must not be afraid to petition our government in a peaceful manner.  This is our right.  We must never underestimate the statist or progressive.  They have never been closer than this time to passing their anti-liberty, anti-capitalist, anti-freedom, and anti-property rights agendas as they are now.  We must remain vigilant and hold our elected representatives feet to the fire and continue to voice our concerns.  Lastly we must become more involved with local politics.  States have retained a great deal of powers and authority to stop the statist agenda.
And always remember that we have temporarily delegated all this authority to Washington and that the source of anything they do is limited by “We The People.”
By standing up for freedom, the free market, liberty and following the principles set forth by our Founding Fathers you to will become an “Enemy of the Statist.”

Filed under: ACORN, economy, Founding Fathers, SEIU, Statism, Tea Party

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  • Neal December 13, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    So what you're saying is we should recolonize and hike up their taxes? 🙂

  • John Carey December 13, 2009 at 7:26 PM


  • theCL January 13, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Great post! I've talked about this theme before too, because as I like to say, I'm an old school conservative – anti-State!

    You're right about re-educating ourselves too. There's too much tit-for-tat gossip masquerading as political debate today. It's important to educate ourselves about what we think we already know, and to educate ourselves about the progressives so that we know more about what they (think) they want, than they do too.


  • John Carey January 13, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    The for the comment CL. The progressives are a cancer eating this country away. We must beat them at their own game and it starts with our educational system. We need to start teaching our children about the Founding Fathers and how great they were.