Via Bubba, words of encouragement from one of our cousins across the pond:
To all of my dear and beloved American friends;
Tomorrow (today, that is – M) is a day which shall be remembered as the day when Americans decided to retake their country from the left, from Marxism, from appeasement and cowardice. It especially should be a day when Americans finally stand up and take back their country from the thieves who sought not only their money, but their freedom as well. I expect nothing less from Americans who have proven time and time again that they cannot be beaten or intimidated.
I want to encourage all of you, young and old; this is shaping up to be probably one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. It is not only for your generation, but for countless others which follow. America was never meant to meet such a demise, at the hands of such people, as those who are currently working harder than ever to eradicate your glorious place among nations. It is totally in your hands now.
The battle against Marxism is as holy an endeavor as any that man has undertaken. This will require sacrifice and hardship; the result of which will ensure future generations enjoy the same freedom, that those who came before you bestowed upon yours. You must understand that everybody has a duty, to lay down their very lives if need be, to uphold and defend freedom. No man shall be exempt from such a task. I know in my heart that such discipline and honor are found in abundance among the men and women of the United States. It is time that you reach down inside of you and bring forth the spirit that will abolish this madness forever.
I likewise urge EVERYONE to get out there today and make your voices heard loud and clear: this far, and no further. Yeah, I know, we all have jobs and responsibilities and obligations to meet, and it may not be convenient for some. But does anyone care to try arguing that any of those responsibilities, any consideration of convenience, trumps the debt we owe, not just to the brave and good men who bequeathed us our American legacy of freedom from rapacious tyranny, but to generations yet to come? They achieved this rich legacy by means of their courage, their indomitable valiance, and their unwillingness to flinch from looking squarely at the world as it was, rather than as they might wish it to be. We owe no less, both to them and to our own posterity.
If we continue to recoil from our duty as we have done for half a century or more, allowing the Left to incrementally sap our will and defile our heritage of freedom — preferring instead to make excuses to ourselves for our disgraceful inaction, rationalizing our shameful enervation with appeals to our material comfort and relative freedom from want; telling ourselves “oh, it’s not so bad; other nations have it worse” — we will deserve to wear the yoke of slavery the Left wishes to force upon us by guileful and insidious means. We will deserve the scorn of future subjects of this grasping and never-sated leviathan, who will look back across the long years and wonder how a nation with such a noble tradition of freedom, independence, and strength could have been brought so low by such miserable, vile miscreants as those who have already taken so much from us, and whose barely-disguised contempt for us and our way of life is akin to that of any parasite for its staggering, exsanguinated host.
I’ll be dragging a couple of friends out to the Charlotte Tea Party this afternoon; I’ll try to get some pics, but my camera’s on the blink currently, so I can’t really promise anything there. No matter, let’s resolve to do our best to make this a day our enemies on the Left — yes, I said enemies, and if that’s too strong for you, you’ve wandered in here by mistake, and should probably go here instead — will remember with impotent rage and horror. As the governor of Texas — a dangerous right-wing extremist in the estimation of the Obama junta and its craven allies — said the other day: enough is enough. I’ll leave you with more of his clarion call to arms, so you can see for yourself just what it is that Obama and his evil cronies find so threatening.
The Tenth Amendment was enacted by folks who remembered what it was like to be under the thumb of a distant, all-powerful government. Unfortunately, the protections it guarantees have melted away over time.
You are probably familiar with the old adage about how to boil a frog…you just ease the heat up a little bit at a time, so the frog doesn’t realize the danger it’s in, until it’s too late.
Since the U.S. Constitution was first ratified, the federal government has slowly, steadily and successfully eroded the notion of state’s rights. The Founding Fathers understood that a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work, especially in a country the size of America, and it certainly doesn’t work for Texas.
Our economic strength, compared to the federal budget mess and other states’ troubles, is evidence that Texans know what’s best for Texas. We’re proof that good things happen when governments lower taxes, reduce spending and encourage private sector growth.
When Washington interferes with our proven approaches, experience tells us what the outcome will be, and it isn’t pretty.
Like the Constitution and the other 26 amendments, the 10th Amendment has been the subject of extended debate, by scholars and lawyers of every sort, but I come down on the side that favors state’s rights over unrestrained federal power.
I believe the Constitution does not empower the federal (government) to override state laws without restraint. I agree with Texas’ 7th governor, Sam Houston, who once said, “Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”
We didn’t like oppression then and we certainly don’t like it now.
I believe the federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state.
Texans need to ask themselves a question: do they side with those in Washington who are pursuing this unprecedented expansion of power? Or do they believe in the individual rights and responsibilities laid out in our foundational documents?
Texans need to stand up and be heard, because this state of affairs cannot continue indefinitely.
Returning to the letter and the spirit of the U.S. Constitution, and its essential Tenth Amendment, will free our state and, ultimately, strengthen our Union.
Regardless of your party affiliation, that is a goal we can all embrace.
Thank you all for being here and may God continue to bless the great state of Texas.
Amen to that. Now let’s all get out there and take the first small step towards making Governor Perry’s words count for something.