The Hope for America

Ron Paul has already given America what it needs to return this country to a Constitutional Republic. His candidacy has opened the eyes of many and confirmed to those whose eyes were never shut that America still has reason to hope. The question is will we realize this gift in time? Win or lose for Ron Paul, he has given us what we need to succeed. He is the hope for America and so are we!

The Power of Unity
The gift that we have been given is the massive coordinated effort to communicate with like-minded people. Ron Paul brought together and exposed those people who still believe in the founding principles of this country, people who believe in the cause of Liberty. He brought people together under one battle cry and when we got together we realized we were from all parties, all faiths, and all ages.

The popular saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” has been attributed to the Englishman Edmund Burke. To be more truthful the quote should read, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for INTELLIGENT UNIFIED good men to do nothing.”

You may say that you have been gradually losing faith in the Republican Party. The Republican Party can keep the name and subscribe to the principles of the Constitution, as Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” We have the power to do this. Regardless the outcome of this election we have the numbers to make a huge impact in every state. And when the state governments change – the federal government inevitably follows.

Let us begin again the dialogue of our founding. It is the same conversation that has continued throughout history. Our benefit being that we have the fruits (the Constitution) of a moral, virtuous generation and the hindsight that they never had.

One Standard
One might ask how does a group that is so diverse stay united? We can be divided by lifestyle, religion, race or socioeconomics, but we cannot be divided by the one standard that matters most – the Constitution.

An LDS prophet, President David O. McKay said,

“Next to being one in worshipping God, there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States.”

There is no group that owns my allegiance. No party controls my vote. My symbol is not the donkey or the elephant. I am controlled by an internal belief that I, too, should love liberty so much that the ceremonious taking of the oath of office should be an internal commitment made by every American. I already affirm in my heart a binding oath between me and my Creator that I will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

No party sets my standards. My loyalty lies with that timeless document that was created when, for a small window in history, the natural man was subdued, public virtue reigned and the benefit of mankind was their unified goal. We have been given the rule book of good government and for generations we have chosen not to read it.

“Put not your faith in men, but bind them down with the chains of the constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson

Human nature has not changed! It is the same throughout history. Just because our representatives travel to their meetings by use of the combustion engine and not horse; does not mean that we have evolved so much as not to be susceptible to the usurpation of power.

“I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, ‘Give, give.” – Abigail Adams

To win my vote, don’t tell me what programs will be created by stealing my fellow countrymen’s money. If we were reading the rule book, our reply should be, “I am sorry, but you do not have the power to create such a program.”

As Bastiat states it in The Law, “The law has been perverted by the influence of two entirely different causes: stupid greed and false philanthropy.” He goes on to ask, “But how is legal plunder (illegal taxes) to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.” The only legal taxes are those where everyone contributes and everyone directly benefits.

And to address false philanthropy he calls it Socialism.

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all…………It is as if the Socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”

All this confusion as to what is and is not the responsibility of government can be answered in the principles layed out in the Constitution. Ezra Taft Benson explains what to look for in choosing a representative.

“Men in the public spotlight constantly are asked to express an opinion on a myriad of government proposals and projects. “What do you think of TVA?” “What is your opinion of Medicare?” How do you feel about Urban Renewal?” The list is endless. All too often, answers to these questions seem to be based, not upon any solid principle, but upon the popularity of the specific government program in question. Seldom are men willing to oppose a popular program if they, themselves, wish to be popular – especially if they seek public office…….Unlike the political opportunist, the true statesman values principle above popularity, and works to create popularity for those political principles which are wise and just.”

We would never play Monopoly and take the banker’s word for the rules. So why do we not check those who control the money by reelecting them based on their ability to follow the rules?

We should say to our representative, “To win my vote, tell me you understand the rule book; that you know where your power ends. Tell me that your allegiance lies with the rules, and not with a waning political party. Show me that when you say, “So help me God,” you believe it. Tell me that it is the only standard that you hold yourself to. Tell me that you will honor your oath to UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and then, as Congressman Ron Paul does, you will have my vote.”

The Ripple Effect
One can see that the latest atrocious encroachments of freedom such as: The Patriot Act (HR 3162), The Real ID Act (HR1268), The Protect America Act (SB 1927) and The Military Commissions Act (SB 3930), which has rid us our of our Bill of Rights, and many more can be overwhelming. But I am just one, what can I do?

  • First, make sure you begin with governmental principles. Knowledge is the key. Sometimes you have to say, “I don’t know, let’s find the truth.” Every law, no matter how complex, is either constitutional or unconstitutional.
  • Secondly, if you belong to a like-minded group, communicate with them. If you don’t belong to one; find one or start one. Unity is power. If it is true that evil is organized for the achievement of their cause, then would it not be reasonable to assume that good, too, should be organized?
  • And lastly, make a plan. Find people who understand where the corruption in your state exists and have the knowledge to change it. Continue to search for like-minded people along the way. One by one, support those who already honor their oath to the Constitution or find those who will and associate with them. Most importantly, it is a little known fact that the power is in those who hold office in your local and state caucus. Attend your caucus meeting and run for office there. Your vote matters there more than anywhere, especially if you live in a state which leans completely one way. Flood your caucus meeting with individuals who may only be united in the only standard that matters…..the Constitution.

You may say, why focus on my state when the federal government seems to be the bigger violator of usurpation? Because of the ripple effect….If you can change yourself, you can change your family. If you change your family, you can change your community and then your state and then your country. Our representatives are a reflection of our society’s apathy and ignorance. If we want to change the country we first have to change ourselves and then the representatives we send to reflect us.

Hope for America
If it is a principle of truth that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom then we have a lot of ground to take. I believe we are at a time in our history where the cause of liberty is starting to stir again in the souls of mankind as it did in the great men we call our Founding Fathers; men who relied on public virtue and who set aside personal gain for the betterment of their posterity. We are beginning to see the genius of the document they brought forth. A document that has created more free men and greater prosperity than the world had ever seen. We are beginning to realize that this story did not end with Washington taking office. And we are beginning to realize that we must turn the finger around; not wholly pointing the blame of our plight on those we send to represent us. We are beginning to see that we are the cause and the cure. We are beginning to realize that our Founders’ genius can be our salvation. We are finally beginning to see that the answer lies boldly at the beginning of the document they created for us. The answer to our future is in…..WE THE PEOPLE.

By our united organized effort we stand to regain everything; by our apathy and complacency we stand to lose everything. In the words of the great statesman, Ron Paul, “Let it not be said that we did nothing.”

(Also explained by Gary North in this article

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