Your Civic Duty? Monday, Aug 3 2009 

In recent months I have become more and more vocal politically, and this activism has led to some interesting conversations. Something that seems to be surfacing as an almost universal constant is an unwillingness to be civically involved at any level.

Almost everyone I speak to says that they vote. And most of them will almost simultaneously espouse the reason they cast their vote is so that they have, “the right to complain”, but those very same people refuse to become engaged, citing that, “it does no good.”

When those same people are asked, many do not really seem to know why they voted for whom they voted for to begin with, beyond party line divisions; and I have only encountered the smallest handful that has any clue how the candidate they helped elect is performing on the job.  

So tell me again…how is it that voting (alone) gives one the right to complain about anything at all in this society?

I read a very good article today that makes a strong case for abstaining from voting altogether. Here is an excerpt: “…if you decide to pull that lever…to participate and be counted, what you’re really doing is empowering a system that has tested the waters of breaking constitutional boundaries…and allowing the process to continue on its current trend of moving further and further away from being a constitutional republic to a gang of corrupt, self aggrandizing globalists who are quite comfortable having their cocktail party lifestyle funded by the shrinking middle class which loves to believe in their government and politics. They’ve gotten away with it. There was no military coup, no revolution. So like serial criminals, their confidence grows as they think, let’s see what else we can get away with.”   Cited from:  Is it Your Civic Duty Not to Vote”, by Peter Ruble: August 13, 2008

While I certainly agree that a politician is (generally speaking) – a politician. I do not agree that the situation is helpless…unless action stops at the voting booth. If it does, then Mr. Ruble is right and we may as well sit at home and not participate at all. Why? Because we live in a country that was created by the People, with a government of the People “…sufficiently strong and flexible to meet the needs of the republic …” and for the People, “…sufficiently limited and just to protect the guaranteed rights of citizens …”

As the “People”, We ARE the government (rather, we are supposed to keep it in check). We live in a country rooted in the notion that personal responsibility is the oil that allows the machine to work properly. Take away the oil, and the machine will break down…eventually. And I would argue the oil has been absent long enough that the machine is beginning to smoke. Soon the gears will seize up altogether unless we do something.  

The President is correct in his statements that we, “…must act now!”, but not to create new laws, or expand government. We have to hold our elected officials (all of them) accountable. We must provide the oversight, and keep the politicians on task. And if they fall down on the job, or if they break their oath of office then We have to remind them they serve at our pleasure, as it is the People that are to be empowered… and the government that is to be limited.

And on those days when you feel like you are trying to dig a foxhole with a plastic spoon in rocky soil, call to mind, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds…”  Samuel Adams

Plea for Action Sunday, Jun 7 2009 

Gentlemen,

I would have also included the following in the “to” line, if I would have been able to locate their email addresses: Michael Reagan, Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity, Ron Paul, Mitch McConnel, and any other articulate conservative leaders we may have… though I am by no means limiting the message to just you, or them. I believe that this question needs to go out to every Constitutionally minded citizen in the country.

Today we are seeing events unfold I never in my lifetime would have ever dreamt could possibly come to fruition…what amounts to a direct frontal assault on the foundation of our country & the socialization of ever increasing segments of our lives. And it’s transpiring fast enough that the detrimental effects of each intrusion are not being felt soon enough for any sort of a public outcry – before the next intrusion. They are coming in waves it seems. How can this be?

I have no doubt that soon enough, that public outcry will come…but at what cost? If we stopped Obama’s socialization machine TODAY, how long would it take to undo what he has managed in only a hundred and something days? We have already placed our great great grandchildren in debt. And whenever the left wing radicals espouse their malarkey about this being an inherited mess from GWB (we all know that GWB WAS in fact a very poor leader in many ways, but …), why is it no one SCREAMS that Obama has only served to not only make it better but that he has made and continues to make it exponentially worse? Even the Washington Post published data showing the graphic nature of the absurd increase our debt that Obama is incurring.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2009/03/21/GR2009032100104.html

WE the people need a voice.. WE need a UNIFYING .. MOBILIZING voice – and I really do not believe that it will ever happen with individuals… but only with a crescendo of the collective leadership in place.

And guys? Hannity was RIGHT when he said the other day that EVERY representative needed to be listening to his interview with Rush. Limbaugh.. whether you like him or not.. whether you believe him to be PC or not.. inflammatory or not.. is RIGHT. He is bloody DEAD on. And WE have GOT to STOP sugar coating it.

WE also have to STOP getting caught up in the extraneous political nonsense. We’ve got to STOP getting drawn into the political death traps the liberal media puts in our paths. And damn it, we have GOT to STOP bowing to the left wing establishment & walking on egg shells.

If we don’t all stand in unison, and scream with a single voice at the tops of our patriotic lungs that our forefathers, and brothers in arms did not die in vain… that WE WILL stand up and be counted & will NOT let our Constitution wither quietly away… then, we will deserve the socialistic fate that awaits us at the end of this dismal road.

WE can no longer afford to let politics or political correctness.. petty differences.. or fear.. separate the leaders.. YOU.. YOU are the leaders here. PLEASE WORK TOGETHER!! SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE!!! WE will. We WILL listen.

If you collectively mobilize, and call US to action.. we WILL move. Have faith in your constituents, your listeners! WORK TOGETHER. As long as YOU are fractured, WE will be fractured.

Now.. what can I do to help? I will give you my time, my resources…whatever it takes to help ignite OUR grassroots network. Please, this is not rhetorical. It is as honest and impassioned a plea as I have ever made. Blogs? Emails? Websites? Flyers? What?

Semper Fi –

Sincerely,
Chris Beall
Baton Rouge, LA
One_AmericanPatriot@yahoo.com