We are seditious…
Webster defines “sedition” as: “the crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government.”
So, yeah – I guess I am.
But what that petition Moveon.org calling for the arrest of Republicans for sedition, the various pronouncements by the liberal media members of the Palace Guard regarding opposition to the president, the libelous and slanderous statements by elected Democrats (Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee called Tea Party Republicans “domestic enemies”) and the “civil” discourse issued forth by celebutards like Robert Redford and Chris Noth indicate is not a defense of the American people – but an angry defense of the American GOVERNMENT. Note this from liberal radio host Thom Hartmann:
“Ronald Reagan came along and, in his first inaugural address, said the government is the problem, and ever since then there’s been this small group of anti-American crazies who hate our government, our government that all these people over all these years, the people who fought in World War II; the people who fought in World War I; the people who fought in the Civil War, at least for the North; the people who fought in the Revolutionary War; the people who fought in the War of 1812; our government that they fought to keep, and many of them died.
Our government, according to these teabaggers, has become an evil thing, or was all along, actually. I mean, it was George Washington who signed the first legislation that provided housing, food, medical care, and clothing to poor people in Washington, D.C.”
We didn’t fight for the preservation of a government in any of these – we fought for the people. In the Civil War we fought to preserve the country, not the country’s government. We didn’t fight to maintain the US government in WWI or WWII, we fought to free people abroad so that they not be subjected to governments that oppressed and subjugated them…and George Washington never signed into law anything that created a welfare state.
These people are no better than communist party apparatchiks, defending the institution of government and in that process, elevating it above the people.
The Founders were clear, Jefferson writing in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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…”
Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…a concept that eludes the liberal intelligentsia – their view is more like the leaders of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 than the American Revolutionaries of 1776. The former fought to install a government to rule over people, the second sought liberty from just such a system. Polar opposites, they are.
As far as “sedition”, I count myself in good company. Jefferson also wrote:
“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.”
In 1775, Patrick Henry said, in language that today’s Democrats would undoubtedly consider “seditious”:
“They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Several have noted that flowery, lofty quotes are of little value, but I must disagree. These words exist to remind us of the actions of men at a time in our history when liberty was threatened by an overweening, monarchical government that taxed without representation, confiscated property and unevenly and capriciously applied the law. Forget these words and we forget these men and their actions. In every case, it is that weakness of memory that demands history repeat itself.
“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”
– John Philpot Curran