Alexander's Column

Restoration or Revolution?

By Mark Alexander · Apr. 8, 2010
“…with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” –Declaration of Independence
American Patriot

With those words, our Founders codified by signature their intent to establish liberty over tyranny at the great cost of their fortunes and, indeed, their lives. Since that July day in 1776, generations of Patriots have, likewise, committed by oath to Support and Defend the Constitution to which that Declaration gave rise.

As we approach the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the opening salvo of the American Revolution, I am acutely aware that today, too many Americans have grown complacent in comfort; too many are loath to defend the legacy of liberty bequeathed to us by the giants on whose shoulders we rest.

Consequently, we find ourselves in a situation not unlike our Founders, where the equivalent of kings and potentates in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of our central government have treaded willfully upon the most fundamental of rights endowed by our Creator, foremost among these being Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Years before signing the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “They that can give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Today, many Americans either unwittingly or even willingly trade Essential Liberty for some measure of safety and comfort. (Note that Franklin, that most erudite of sages, also added the word “temporary” when referring to safety.)

As a nation, as a people, we are at a crossroads, where we must endure a lack of safety to ensure Liberty.

Five decades ago, at another historic intersection, a young conservative who had recently departed the once-noble Democratic Party, issued an enduring challenge to his countrymen.

In his famous 1964 speech, A Time for Choosing, Ronald Reagan declared, “You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ash heap of totalitarianism.”

I submit to you that we are now at a far more critical juncture in our nation’s history, a juncture that calls for another Patriot Declaration (sign it here), whereby we once again pledge to each other our lives and our fortunes in order to extend Liberty to the next generation.

President Reagan also left us an excellent template for restoring Liberty through the political process – one based on First Principles.

The time has come again to choose between liberty and tyranny, to sustain Essential Liberty in opposition to statism.

Upon signing the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin proclaimed, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

That is equally true today.

If we are to restore Liberty and the integrity of our Constitution, we must do so from the bottom up, a groundswell from the grassroots. Indeed, nothing great and enduring has ever been built from the top down. We must therefore start at the foundation, speaking with one disciplined, determined and unified voice toward one primary objective: the re-establishment of the Rule of Law.

When debating the role of government, we must begin with the First Principles of Liberty.

If we are to succeed, we must understand the principles of Essential Liberty.

I have spent my adult life in defense of, and in humble service to, the cause of freedom, and I have gained a great appreciation for Liberty, primarily as a result of having been in many places where there was no acknowledgement of basic rights to self-determination.

Perhaps the experience that imprinted the greatest appreciation upon me was being arrested in the Soviet Union – twice. (Call me a slow learner.) There is something about walking through seven heavy doors on the way to a deep pit in the bowels of the Evil Empire that heightens one’s love for Liberty.

Of course, that experience pales in comparison to the enormous and moreover, sometimes ultimate sacrifices of other Patriots, but it influenced my perspective nonetheless.

In 2008, Barack Hussein Obama promised his constituents, “This is our moment, this is our time to turn the page on the policies of the past, to offer a new direction. We are fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Obama has clearly delivered on this promise.

If we are to turn back this tide of tyranny, it is important that every American Patriot, every American citizen committed to preserving our constitutional heritage and extending our legacy of Liberty to future generations, understand the difference between Rule of Law and rule of men, and be able to articulate that difference.

Today, I take the unusual step of asking you to support the best means of fostering that understanding for millions of grassroots Patriots.

I ask you first to become part of the Essential Liberty Project and support The Patriot Foundation Trust and its mission to distribute Essential Liberty Guides to millions of American Patriots across the nation.

Today, in addition to the many ways you already support liberty, please make a tax-deductible contribution to:

Patriot Foundation Trust
PO Box 407
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37401-0407

Or you can support Essential Liberty online: Click Here

(Note: The PFT pays no salaries or wages. Every dime of donor revenue is used to further its mission – the production and distribution of Essential Liberty Guides.)

Second, I ask you to join the 11,000 Patriots who have already signed The Patriot Declaration in the last week.

Fellow Patriots, the time is now for us to restore constitutional integrity and re-secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

Thomas Jefferson once declared, “Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”

Indeed, but too many Americans have become complacent in comfort, unable or unwilling to comprehend that the consequences of foregoing Liberty for refuge are dire.

Jefferson asserted, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Absent a unified front to restore constitutional Rule of Law, that outcome may be inevitable, perhaps through measures of civil disobedience.

Such inevitability is just over the horizon so its form is not clear, but it may be reminiscent of the first tax protest, the Boston Tea Party back in 1773. Given that the central government in this day has no constitutional authority to spend most of the revenue it taxes from us, perhaps a unified peaceful protest would include millions of tax forms being dumped into the nearest harbor – refusal to pay taxes on constitutional principle.

Those who find the notion of civil disobedience disquieting have already traded Essential Liberty for a little temporary safety, and will most certainly end up with neither. Of such capitulation, one of the original Sons of Liberty, Samuel Adams, had this to say: “Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say ‘what should be the reward of such sacrifices?’ … If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”

Of course, if you are reading this message, you are not likely among the latter.

The seeds of a new American Revolution are sprouting, but, in the words of John Adams, “What do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.”

And so it is, today.

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Ken Brown said:

The problems true conservatives have with our political system are not with Democrats, but with pseudo-conservatives who lead us down the same path as liberals. I do not think that most Republicans understand what they believe or promote. Ever person claiming to be a conservative Constitutionalist should read, “The Ten Planks of Communism,” by Marx and Engels. An example is Glenn Beck who supports a flat tax on income of 12%. A tax on income is a Marxist principle (see #2 Plank in, “The Ten Planks of Communism), and a method of wealth redistribution. Phony conservatives consist of most “media talking-heads,” Newt Gingrich (member of CFR and Bilderberg Group), and the so called conservative icon, Ronald Reagan (check his record – raised taxes 6 times while reducing them once, increased deficits, and debt, and closed many S&L because of phony tax reform legislation; and much more).What do you represent? Are you fooled into thinking you are anti-Marxist, but really support Marxist principles without knowing it?

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Speak2Truth in USA replied:

The Federal Government has authority to tax as needed - but only to fund Constitutionally permitted activities. They are explicitly spelled out.

If an income tax is deemed necessary to finance military spending, that's constitutional and is the primary duty of the Federal Government. I would much rather see tariffs on foreign imports.

An income tax is not a Marxist principle. Redistributing that loot to a union that was handed ownership of a nationalized GM corporation is.

A truly conservative candidate will campaign on the simple question, "Is it legally permitted by the Constitution?" That candidate has no chance of getting elected, since the general public has been re-educated with all sorts of crazy notions, conditioned to rebel against constitutional restraint in government. That's the true "fundamental transformation" - reprogramming the masses to hate American principles, then to exterminate them.

"He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future... When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already.’ … What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community." - Adolf Hitler

"The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense." - Karl Marx

"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." - Vladimir Lenin

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Lady Val said:

According to verified sources, the GOP is already well along in reneging on its plan to repeal Obamacare. Just as the Democrats swore to repeat the Patriot Act - and left it in place for the power it generates to government - the GOP will follow suit with "healthcare reform" so even if we "vote the bums out" in 2010, there will just be new bums taking their place. The system is broken beyond repair.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Les Lennox said:

Has Obama never heard of Neville Chamberlain??

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Wally Roderick said:

As concerned as I am for the issues that you raise and as committed as I am as a US citizen (served 10 years in US Naval Submarine Force), I cannot sign because as a Christian, the word of God differs in certain areas that you advocate we stand against. In particular, "that to secure these Rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, and that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it." Governments have been instituted among men by God, according to Scripture, and they derive their power, according to Scripture, from God, not from the consent of the governed (Romans Chapter 13). In that same chapter we are only given one recommendation: be obedient. I realize that you are a Christian and that many Christians struggle in this area, but my friend, the only allowance that Scripture gives for disobedience to ruling governments is if they try to stop you from preaching (Acts 4:19-20). Then your only recourse is to continue preaching and suffer the punishment, not to rebel.I am red-blooded, mad and at the point of armed revolt myself, but the admonition of the Word of God doesn't leave me an option to rebel. I leave you to consider my words of encouragement, friend. I enjoy your writing and understand your passion. God bless you as follow His will for your life.Wally Roderick

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Donald Borsch Jr. said:

Mr. Alexander,I am never disappointed in your Thursday essays. As always, you have delivered a home-run here!You are one of the few Conservative writers I highly recommend to my friends and also to my enemies.Long Live the Republic.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Neal Rudin said:

-The Supreme Court ruled that First Amendment rights meant to protect the free speech of people also apply to corporations like Exxon($40,000,000,000 profit last year), one of many multi-national corporations that can now spend as much they want attacking or promoting candidates in our elections.(A share holder like a Saudi prince can infuence our political system) "We "were" a country of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE and for the PEOPLE!" Now we have lost what Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, had secured for us 100 years ago. Your SUPREMIST COURT gave away the farm to the land barrons and unless there is an amendment, America is to become a PLUTOCRTACY! We are no longer a Democratic Republic! Your vote will be over ridden by multi-nationalistic interests! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Speak2Truth in USA replied:

The Federal Government cannot impose prior restraint on free speech and that includes people who work for corporations. The Supreme Court is correct in asserting that it is unconstitutional to prohibit corporate employees from spending their income on supporting their political viewpoints.

If anything, that restoration of Right balances the Leftist Unions that require union membership to hold certain jobs (auto worker, teacher, etc) and require members to pay dues - then the union bosses dump the dues money into Democrat political operations often against the wishes of the union member whose membership was compulsory in the first place.

And many of those unions are funded by compulsory taxation, creating the perfect, compulsory money flow from your paycheck into Democrat coffers.

Are you still upset that non-union people working in the private sector are now allowed to participate in political contributions as well?

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Moe KIng said:

We are now being reduced to just a few options as freemen on the land. Either submit to the ever-growing Socialist regime, or.....what?I hesitate to mention the obvious. The only OTHER alternative is to prosecute Obama, his Czars, and the leaders of Congress under Constitutional law as being outlaws or traitors. 3 options- I prefer the 3rd, but where, who, and WHEN will Constitutional law be applied?

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Speak2Truth in USA replied:

"[T]he crisis is arrived when we must assert our rights, or submit to every imposition, that can be heaped upon us, till custom and use shall make us as tame and abject slaves." --George Washington (1774)

It's a bad rerun. Remember, the Founders did their very best to work within the system to come to a peaceful restoration of their liberty and their own constitution. But, their own government was not interested in relinquishing arbitrary power over them. People in government power never are.

You will never be granted your freedom by those who control our Government. Your liberty does not fill their pockets or give them the power to buy voters with handouts at your expense.

That's why there are secession petitions in most States now. Not that they'll ever be honored but they are an indicator of how bad things are getting. People are putting their names on the dotted line and getting themselves on "the list".

William Ayers, who launched Obama's political career, was a member of a communist terrorist group, the Weather Underground. In the 1970s, his group estimated they'd have to murder about 25 million Americans who would not go along with "fundamental transformation". The estimate is probably higher today.

FBI on Weather Underground.
Larry Grathwohl interview about William Ayers, Obama's Mentor

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Jim O'Brien said:

A possible petition template:Affirmation of Constitutional AuthorityWhen the government of the United States of America fails to meet its constitutional obligations and duties, or resolves to function beyond the domain of its defined powers and authority, it is essential that the governed use their authority to correct and constrain misappropriations of such power. Whether by birth or naturalization citizens are bound to protect and defend the Constitution, and thus citizens must exercise given rights and responsibilities to identify breaches of constitutional authority should they arise. If any element of the federal government operates outside the restrictions imposed by the Constitution the people have an obligation to pursue corrective measures.Experience has shown, as the writers of the Declaration of Independence clearly understood, that people are willing to suffer abuses rather than disrupt the routines to which they are accustomed. Prosperity and a multitude of distractions may create the illusion that the people are indifferent regarding pursuits of control, power and self-preservation by those who govern. Acknowledgement of abuse may not occur until such time individuals are personally impacted, and even then conscious recognition of a relationship between abuses and government excesses may not be identified.There is a threshold to which people will endure the deaf ears of those elected. The people may reasonably expect their servants to uphold the precepts of the document that defines the limits and rights for the government and the people. However, the temptations of power can whet appetites leading to a disregard for the rules and rights codified in the Constitution. Neglect of the Constitution is neglect of the people. A trust lost is not easily redeemed. Compromised boundaries of power and authority cannot be ignored.Gradual assumption of powers not delegated to the legislative, executive, or judicial branches of the United States government occur through implementing laws, invoking orders, or crafting judgments contrary to what is in fact allowed by the Constitution. The corruptive nature of power may lead those elected to believe that altruistic motives drive their actions. Selfish tendencies are reinforced when a party becomes the majority in any branch or level of local, state, or national governmental bodies. When one party finds itself in control both houses of Congress and the Executive branch that party will be predisposed to define their fortunes as a mandate of the electorate, but this does not give that party license to reinterpret or bend the meaning of the Constitution to suit their passions. A mandate, even if based on the will of the people, does not supersede the Constitution.We now find the United States of America under the circumstances just describe; that is, a federal government with power concentrated in one party. In his farewell address George Washington warned posterity of the dangers inherent in the “sprit of party.” Regrettably neglect of his warnings has now produced governance taking the form of autocratic rule. Fortunately the people have within their power the means to change course.In their wisdom the Framers made provisions for altering and instituting new government through amendments and elections, thus reducing the potential to abolish or replace the institutions as originally designed. Their insight also resulted in the first amendment to the Constitution, a statement that remains provocative in its content and in its placement as the preeminent amendment. The final clause of this amendment grants the right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances.The Constitution is an instrument of the people and of the states, and the states necessarily have a vested interest in petitions directed to the federal government, especially if grievances expose violations pertaining to issues of state sovereignty. State legislative entities should be party to any grievances directed at the federal government since the federal government’s powers and authorities are granted and ratified by the states. Therefore any petition should also be directed to legislatures of the States.We the people of the United States of America reaffirm that the Constitution is the law of our nation. The Constitution remains the sole document that defines and authorizes the rights and restrictions of the federal government of the United States of America, and of the people. It is not a living document subject to whims of interpretation by any branch of the federal government. The states and the people remain the ultimate arbiters of implementation. Ultimately the states hold the right of approval for the Constitution and amendments to the same, but it is up to the people to recognize an infringement of their liberties. We the people must exercise our rights to remind those who serve in the federal government that they do so at the will of the people.The hour has arrived for the people to submit a petition of grievances to be redressed by the government of the United States of America. We the people, do hereby submit the following list of acts and actions we deem as contrary to the purpose and content of the Constitution of the United States of America that have been implemented and/or enforced by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the government these United States. Failure to respond and address said grievances may be stipulated as a violation of the oath of office and subject offending executive, legislative, and/or judicial representatives to public legal and/or disciplinary actions, including removal from office as allowed for by the Constitution of the United States of America.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Keith Hamilton said:

I loathe to be as defeatest as Lady Val, above, no criticism intended. For the sake of ourselves and future generations, the Obamacrats must be defeated, and we must all steadfastly maintain that mindset.Remember that as the Obamacrats' process of socializing the country continues, more and more Americans will be included in the roles of government dependents, via entitlements, for that is how socialists gain their majorities. The deadbeats among us will typically keep voting for those who promise more handouts. But ultimately, history shows that this results in an overall degradation of society, lack of productivity, and sharply restricted liberties, for all, including the dependents but except the ruling class. The dependents must be made to understand this and conservatives must move to legislatively abolish the original mistake of government instituted entitlements. All entitlements must go.It is in acknowledging this, that I realize that Mark Alexander's goal to educate the people is a noble and potentially fruitful one. People need to know what's in store for them on the Obamacrats' path.And, adding to Mark's goal, people need the up-front perspective of just what has happened. THE OBAMACRATS ARE INSUBORDINATE TO THE PEOPLE. This is not the year 1800, in which, due to crude communication methods by today's standards, our leaders could claim that they didn't fully know the will of the people. No. This is now, when all the major polls show that the majority of Americans reject Obamacrat policies. And the Obamacrats know this! Yet they continue to violate our will. This is undeniable and intolerable.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Matt Genser said:

My family survived the depression, WW 2, and all my siblings are mesmerized by Obama. I am the family outcast because i am conservative. I weep for my family...they trade freedom for the oeace of "slavery" Wisdom, understanding and knowledge are critical for an informed citizenry. Obama and my siblings lack wisdom and understanding.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Christian Aswell said:

Wally,I also believe that all authority comes from God. However I believe there is no authority for most the recent actions of our federal government and therefore nothing to respect. My boss can tell me all manner of things related to how I go about my bussiness and I will abide to the best of my ability as unto the Lord. However, if he directs me to do something illegal or immoral I will refuse based on the grounds that he doesn't have the authority to do so. Same as the federal government does not have the authority to take from one to give to another. I too pray for peaceful restoration earnestly but would not consider it sinful to reject unauthorized intrusions to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Your Brother.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Rick said:

On the issue of civil disobedience; what would happen if all conservatives, libertarians and anyone else who wanted to participate, increased their W4 dependents to say, 10? What if we were so unified that we defunded the tyrants in DC and at least temporarily prevented them from financing their leftist agenda? I'm sure they would simply borrow more money and even dream up some new social programs, but wouldn't it give them a wake up call? Then, with all of the extra money in our paychecks, we could implement phase 2 of our unified plan. Buy guns and ammo.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Robert, USN, Ret said:

Your permission, Sir?; "I have spent my adult life in defense of, and in humble service to, the cause of freedom, and I have gained a great appreciation for liberty; primarily as a result of having been in many places where there was no acknowledgement of basic rights to self-determination."Thank you. You have said exsctly my own experience. I keep my battalion informed, and we continue to support your effort.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:23 PM

JtC in TX said:

I stand and applaud you Wally Roderick on your grasp of sound doctrine. I only hope I have the spiritual maturity and self control to hold fast. Hebrews 4:12!

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Ruth Ann Wilson said:

Mr. Roderick,Romans 13 must be read is context or you will have "doctrine" that is "fragmented".Romans 13:3,4, "For rulers are not a terror to GOOD works, but to the EVIL. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is GOOD, and thou shalt have praise of the same:For he is a minister of God to thee for GOOD. But if thou do that which is EVIL, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth EVIL." The principle is clear. Government was to be"a Terror to evil" and " a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth EVIL".I read your post closely and I think you are wanting to be "conscientious" and I think you are serious about your Christian testimony. But the interpretation of Romans 13 has had such "violence done to it" that it is appalling.You might want to read the glorious testimony of WWI Soldier, Alvin York, he struggled with this and was valiant for God and his Beloved Country. He had to "overcome" but the Lord settled his mind after an "all night prayer meeting." Once, Mr. York was turned loose, well, most folks "know the rest of the story" All Glory to God and that is who Sgt. York gave the Glory to. God gave him name which has been written down in annuals of History, because Sgt. York obeyed God.The "OLD Testament" proves Exodus 15:3, "The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name." God is a mighty Warrior against the wicked, yesterday, today, and forever.You are free to "preach" because Valiant Soldiers were willing to pay a price. You say you are a Veteran, "Well Done, Sir". May I suggest to you a small book, "They Preached Liberty". The Preachers of the Founding Fathers were not "pacifists". You will never find this "strange interpretation of Romans 13" in their sermons. Liberty is God-given and that's why such noble State mottoes such as New Hampshire's, "Live Free or Die" were assigned."Be not weary in well doing, for due time You shall reap." That's a Promise from God.For God & CountryRuth Ann Wilson

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:42 PM