Addendum to the Revolution: An Open Letter to Ron Paul Supporters
Robert F. Hawes Jr.
by Robert F. Hawes Jr.
presidency of George W. Bush is to the cause of government reform
what the sinking of the Titanic must have been to lifeboat manufacturers:
a colossal case-in-point. But as much as Bush, Cheney, and the whole
motley executive branch crew have rankled our sensibilities, I think
we give them too much credit.
The truth of
the matter is that Congress bears far more responsibility for the
overthrow of our constitutional Republic than George W. Bush, or
even the worst of our former presidents. It is Congress that has
passed the laws and created the meddlesome agencies that the friends
of freedom so despise. Congress gave us the Federal Reserve, the
16th Amendment and the IRS, the Department of Education, the PATRIOT
ACT, the REAL ID Act, the Military Commissions Act, and so forth.
It is Congress that has steadily built our national debt into a
financial Tower of Babel. It is Congress that has allowed George
W. Bush to get away with waging undeclared wars, ignoring the laws,
and trampling the Constitution, just as it has allowed past presidents
to get away with various acts of usurpation (bear in mind that George
W. Bush is basing his actions on the examples of men like Abraham
Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt). Congress also approved the
Supreme Court and lower federal court judges that are providing
the pseudo-constitutional authority for these excesses and abuses
have considerable power and influence, and sending Ron Paul to the
Oval Office could certainly do much to put the brakes on our runaway
federal system; but make no mistake: there will be no real or lasting
revolution unless we send the authoritarian establishment in Congress
on a permanent vacation. For one thing, they've richly earned their
pink slips (I'm being overly polite here actually they've earned
a one-way trip into deep space); for another, they could, and I
believe would, present an enormous obstruction to Ron Paul's agenda.
President Paul will be able to accomplish much, I'm sure, especially
during his first 100 days, and by virtue of the powerful statement
that his election will send; but big government Democrats and Republicans,
ably assisted by powerful media and special interest friends, are
not going to stand idly by while he tears down their treehouse.
They understand that the American public is fickle, and they are
nothing if not masters of the political dark arts. Like wounded
animals, they will bide their time in the aftermath of a Ron Paul
victory, but rest assured that they will do their best to hamstring
and humiliate him at the first available opportunity. And after
that first round, it will be open season on the Paul Administration
and the ideals it champions.
This may sound
rather doom-and-gloomy in these heady days where America is discovering
Ron Paul and re-discovering the traditional ideals for which he
stands; but if we are serious in our intention to turn America around,
we are going to have to take on the legislative branch in addition
to the executive. We are going to have to give Ron Paul a Congress
that he can work with. And with both the legislative and executive
branches in our corner, we will be able to reform the judiciary
as well (via impeachment, if by no other means).
In short, throw
the bums out!
Let the word
go out through the Ron Paul revolution camp: vote for no congressman
or senator who has supported the neoconservative big government,
police-state agenda. Support only those candidates who will pledge
(in writing, preferably) to support constitutional liberty at home
and non-intervention abroad. And if there are no suitable candidates
currently running in your area, work with other Ron Paul revolutionaries to
recruit them. We can help one another with filing fees and
publicity, just as surely as we have helped the Paul campaign to
raise millions of dollars and to get the word out, and we don't
have to hurt the Paul campaign in the process. Also, bear in mind
that, while it would be ideal to see all of the bums thrown out,
we don't necessarily have to achieve that in order to be effective.
Even a few congressmen or one or two senators could block the passage
of harmful legislation, or help ensure the passage of helpful legislation.
At the very
least we could bring the sort of pressure to bear on Congress that
we have been so effectively exerting against those who have
been ridiculing Ron Paul and trying to exclude him from
the process. A good place to start with this would be pressuring
the United States Senate to reject the Violent
Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act (S. 1959),
which, if passed, will pave the way for the federal government to
intimidate and ultimately silence pro-freedom organizations.
Let's not let that happen. Let's band together to defeat this legislation,
to repeal the PATRIOT ACT and other harmful laws that have already
been passed, and to rein in George W. Bush before he starts posing
for the cameras with his hand in his shirt. Let's bring the full
weight of this movement's energy to bear on the enemies of freedom.
If we can do this, we can not only begin to halt the march toward
fascism, but we can convince many fence-sitters that Ron Paul and
his revolution are for real, that we are not going away, that we
are a force to be reckoned with, that we will not surrender our
Republic without a struggle, and that we can win this
a great day to be a Ron Paul revolutionary, and there's nothing
wrong with celebrating the successes we've seen lately. But let's
not overlook the larger picture. Putting a good president in the
White House is not enough to restore the Republic. Firing the captain
of a mutinous ship is not going to turn it around if the crew is
as mutinous as the captain. We need both a new captain and a new
crew if we're going to plot a new course.
Let's not settle
for a partial victory next November. Let's take this revolution
all the way, starting now.
is the author of One
Nation, Indivisible? A Study of Secession and the Constitution.
This article, along with his past writings, can be found on his
blog. He lives in South Carolina with his family, and is working
on a career as a freelance writer.
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