by Rod D. Martin
March 22, 2010
Dear Fellow Patriots:
Tonight, we learned beyond any remaining doubt that our country has two political parties: the Socialist Party, and the American Party.
President Obama’s “health care reform” is nothing of the sort: it is entirely about concentrating unconstitutional and un-American levels of power in a central government which will now resemble nothing in our nation’s history since the tyranny of George III. The fact that it is intentionally designed to bankrupt the current health care system, forcing us into single-payer within a few short years, is the least of this, just as its unprecedented taxpayer funding of abortions is the least of its anti-life provisions. This is the enabling act of a new regime, a new era, a new socialist revolution.
In saying this, do I mean to tell you that it’s over, that the battle is lost? Not a chance. We will fight them unto victory, or we will fight them until we can’t.
Socialists — they now use the term “Progressives” — brand conservatives as backward, reactionary, even tyrannical. Perhaps that’s even true in some parts of the world; but in America, conservatives conserve something very specific: the ideals of the American Revolution. And socialists have hated our Revolution since the days of Robespierre.
We must stand for it now as we never have before.
We face what is in many respects a graver threat than an invading army, and one which is every bit as alien. The Democratic Party’s extreme left wing shares none of our values. It loathes America, and has since at least its days burning draft cards and bras. It loathes our power. It loathes our military. It loathes our churches, our gun rights, and our culture. But — however ironic it may seem for the hippies of yesteryear — what it loathes most of all is our freedom.
We come now to a pass when a significant and powerful force in our political life can no longer be trusted with power. The Socialist leadership was perfectly willing to “pass” the health care abomination without bothering to hold a vote. It openly bribed and blackmailed members of Congress in unprecedented ways, ways unsustainable by a free society. Even when it found the votes it needed, it did so against the will of the overwhelming majority of the American people, it did so refusing to allow more than a handful to even read the bill it demanded they pass, and it enacted language which bars future Congresses from even debating amendment or repeal without a virtually impossible 2/3 majority. It was not enough for the Socialists to enact their substantive agenda: they saw fit to lay waste to the process of free governance as well. And this will not be the last of it.
Is there blame to go around? Certainly. Republican leaders in past years presented America with such a watered-down feather-nesting status quo agenda that the American people were willing to flirt with disaster just to get rid of them. And likewise, countless conservative activists and voters — who should have known better — embraced the lie that “there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the parties”, and rather than working to nominate better leaders through the primary process, instead sat home and let the Socialists win.
Well, our leaders have gotten the message: the House GOP could not have been more courageous or unified, today or over the past year; the Senate GOP stood up as well (amazingly even the RINOs). We need a hundred or so more Mike Pences to be sure; but for the moment, we may be genuinely grateful for what we have, for the first time in a very long time.
So the question remains: will we, as conservative voters and activists, learn our lesson?
It is not an idle point. To turn back what in every other country has been an inexorable, irreversible slide, we must:
1. Win the White House
2. Win the House of Representatives; and
3. Win at least 60 seats in the United States Senate (and note well: these 60 will have to actually be conservatives).
This is a tall order. Ten years ago it would have been impossible.
But not today.
Why? Well, in part because Obamacare imposes restrictions, regulations and taxes immediately, but puts off its so-called benefits for several years. There’s no drug to which Americans may become addicted yet: this pill gives you its withdrawal symptoms first.
But even more important, today, thanks in large measure to the internet, American politics is more volatile than it has ever been. Don’t believe me? Well, the Democrats basically did what we must now do in just the last two election cycles. We can achieve this victory, if conservative voters and activists will act, with singleness of purpose and determination to do that which must be done.
This is it. The American Revolution lives because of what we do, or is replaced by a new socialist revolution because of what we fail to do, now.
I refuse to give up the fight. This is a fight we can win. It will take everything we have and everything we can do. But it is the least we can do, to honor our Founding Fathers who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for our sakes, and to likewise bequeath a legacy of freedom to our children and children’s children.
To the battle!
Rod D. Martin, President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)
“The Republican Wing of the Republican Party”
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility
of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your
chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen.
— Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia
State House, August 1, 1776