Paul, After the Convention
by Terry Hulsey: What
Is To Be Done?
I stand before
you on this beautiful September day in the shadow of one of the
great icons of the American story, the Alamo. Like the hearts of
those immortal patriots before the final assault, my heart is heavy.
But like theirs also, my heart is inspired by ideals that will outlive
the frail, perishable self.
of history often distills and sharpens the contradictory elements
of a nation. America was born of the irresistible principles of
liberty implicit in our English past. Less than a century after
its birth, America fought a second revolution. In its refining fire
the chaff of slavery was burned away forever. But in this same fire
elements contradictory to the American essence survived, shielded
by the power and magic of a word – by the power and magic of democracy,
as stated by our 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,
– 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.
For a time
America had a limited government consecrated to these few purposes.
As a result, our nation stood as a beacon to the world that a free
people could govern themselves and allow each of its citizens to
freely direct his own destiny and to earn a golden prosperity unknown
even to the kings of just a few generations before. Few can fail
to be moved by the principle of democracy, so defined and so consecrated.
I and my generation took up arms in a global war to defend it. But
what we did not undertake to defend were the principles of unlimited
democracy and unlimited government, alien elements feared by all
of the Founders of our sacred republic.
In this hour
America faces another purifying fire. This fire will burn away like
chaff the alien notion that a majority can vote itself unlimited
riches through the power of an unlimited government; it will make
kindling of the worthless paper that power has pronounced as equal
to money; it will turn to smoke the notion that the longstanding
factions that we call political parties can produce any wealth whatsoever;
it will leave as a bed of ashes the notion that a government more
and more militarized abroad can fail to be more militarized at home.
This trial by fire need not be self-consuming. It might well take
place in a free marketplace of ideas, and so pull us from the brink
of destruction. I have consecrated my whole political life to this
hope, that America would freely choose to return to its Constitutional
principles. This democratic choice still lies open to us.
I cling to
this hope in spite of the flouting of democratic principles evidenced
in this season’s nominating process. This process leaves me no honorable
alternative but to make the decision that I must make now. Today
I stand before you to announce that I will form an independent party
for my candidacy for President of the United States.
I concede that
should I fail, my candidacy will likely give power to the current
President, who is most certainly no friend of our Constitutional
republic. Yet of all the major candidates other than myself, he
has at least promised the use of caution and reason in the prospect
of yet another destructive war in the Middle East. To vote for the
nominee of the Republican Party is to vote for certain war, and
for a trial by fire that may well consume our sacred republic, that
may well have us give to our children as their legacy of freedom
a handful of ashes.
me then, especially you, the young, whose enthusiasm has lifted
my heart with every step that I have taken on this path. Let us
fight to return to America’s founding principles, that our Constitution
may rise like a phoenix from the fire that threatens to engulf us,
our children, and our memory as a free people.
Hulsey [send him mail]
is a writer living in Fort Worth, Texas.
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