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The Second American Revolution

It is time for the Second American Revolution, a revolution of peace through law.

The following is adapted from a personal letter sent to John Allison, former CEO of BB&T, and the CATO Institute, thanking him for his most influential book The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure.

Late last year I read Capitalism: An Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand, among other books, because it hit me while watching the travesty of justice that was called an impeachment inquiry, that suddenly things did not add up; suddenly the last four years’ worth of “news” was not to be trusted. After growing up with conservative values, I was swept up in the media frenzy surrounding the current president’s election as it concurred with my own search for truth—a search that naturally began with throwing the baby out with the bathwater in all respects. It was discovering Rand’s philosophical foundations explaining the moral need for an individualistic free market and limited government that helped me reground myself in certain truths I was taught growing up.

The impeachment, which seems to have backfired on its’ orchestrators, drew me to take a second look at our Country’s state of affairs, and the proper governmental duties for a free nation—a search that then became more fueled by the latest exploitation of a crisis by our leaders.

I have grave concerns about the state of our country—the laundry list is long, so it is easy to say universally that the majority of laws and regulations are unconstitutional and then throw up my hands, hoping it’s me that doesn’t get the wrong end of the deal—or anger one of our Justice Knights in White. It is entirely different when an event such as the mass-panic surrounding a pandemic ensues in the totalitarian stripes now proudly worn by even those who represent to uphold the principle of individual freedom.

...the mass-panic surrounding a pandemic ensues in the totalitarian stripes now proudly worn by even those who represent to uphold the principle of individual freedom.

I believe that a line has been crossed. It does not serve at this moment to identify what, when, where, why, or how the line was crossed as I imagine we must retrace our steps into the 19th century. That is a petrifying reality, because since then it seems the mark of political success lies in one-upping the previous office in crossing the line of individual freedom—and responsibility.

The very fact that when Uncle Sam says jump, we do not bat an eye in asking how high, is indicative that our society has gone beyond griping about Washington’s abuse of power—we welcome it, we depend on it, and we furiously defend it!

WE THE PEOPLE are being told by those we elected not to go to work, not to run our businesses, not to enjoy nature. WE THE PEOPLE are told what we can buy, what we can do, who we can see, and during what hours. And to add insult to injury, after cutting off some thirty million people’s livelihoods (the dire effects of which have not even begun to be felt), they presume to “fix” the problem by devaluing our purchasing power even more!

The present circumstances have unmasked how simple it is, in this day and age, to bring freedom to a full stop, no questions asked. Today the scare is a case of the flu, temporarily infringing our freedom—what will the reason be tomorrow for the permanent infringement? Thankfully, the American spirit seems to be alive and well in many of us, including some of those in power.

Failure to act, especially now, will result in a penalty-backed moratorium on action in the not-so-distant future, I fear.

Unless I am mistaken, when a suit is filed with the court, the defendant must respond. Additionally, and unless I am again mistaken, it is our right to challenge laws and regulations, in whatever form they appear, should they infringe on our constitutional rights and governmental processes—in other words, we have the right to strike down unconstitutional laws on that basis alone.

When the Congress passes illegal laws, when the Presidency fails to veto those laws but rather enforces them, and the courts fail to strike down those laws as unconstitutional, WE THE PEOPLE are left to conform—upon pain of growing law enforcement. The onslaught over the last years, decades, even centuries of unconstitutional laws passed for the “common good” has contributed, I am sure, to a feeling of desperation and impossible frustration felt by the American people, those free, courageous, hardworking, responsible, and creative individuals.

I do not believe we can trust our Congress to unravel the long web of bureaucracy they have spun. The Presidency, despite this administration’s brave effort of deregulation, will continue to grow and enforce before it shrinks and serves. Our courts have been clogged up and made a mockery by the army of technicality attorneys whose schemes serve the “justice industry” rather than the People.

It is time for the American People to re-declare our independence. It is time for the American People to use the system so carefully and strategically crafted by our founders to demand our Country return to the principles of freedom, responsibility, and individuality. It is time for the American People to exercise our rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

I know this may seem like a long shot, but frankly, a long shot may be the only shot. If you have taken the time to read this far, I am positive that you see what I see. I have held for some time the belief that the average American is unaware that he or she is libertarian at heart. So, to protect the first (not last) beacon of Freedom in the world, I believe a long shot must be taken. If the circulation of political tracts some two hundred and fifty years ago can stir up a society to fight a bloody war for freedom, how much more can today’s light-speed communication invigorate the silent majority to fight with words? As Thomas Jefferson rightly said, the pen is mightier than the sword.

If the circulation of political tracts some two hundred and fifty years ago can stir up a society to fight a bloody war for freedom, how much more can today’s light-speed communication invigorate the silent majority to fight with words?

If the courts must compel a defendant to respond to a legal action brought by a plaintiff, then I submit that the American People must file suit against the United States Government on the grounds of unconstitutionality; the laws, regulations, codes, standing executive orders, programs—the whole nine yards, the years upon years of unconstitutional abuses of the People.

Imagine a suit brought by hundreds of thousands, or millions of free individuals and businesses, demanding a peaceful revolution, re-declaring our independence. Not a suit seeking money from ourselves, but a demand for injunctive relief. A demand to the federal government and fifty similar suits against the state governments that have spent year after year, dollar after dollar of the wealth produced by us, in manufacturing illegal laws, in manipulating their constituents, and treading on WE THE PEOPLE.

A coalition of freedom-loving, constitutional lawyers and scholars commissioned to comb through every federal and state register, every administrative agency regulation, every program that compels one to sacrifice for another, every law—a coalition to identify and name each and every unconstitutional law, demanding the repeal of the same, brought by as many tax payers as are willing to join; WE THE PEOPLE can take back our liberty, and we must. WE THE PEOPLE must use our legal system to reestablish justice in this land. When one rock is displaced on a mountain, an avalanche is often the result.

History repeats itself. Just as every spark of free thought has ignited a wildfire of change, imagine the power of the people when a few brave souls stand up to, as our Declaration of Independence puts it, “a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”

It starts with one person, one idea, and one action. But why limit ourselves? In our country there are millions of free-thinking, hard-working citizens, and businesses that, with support and strength in numbers, would stand up to the behemoth that was never supposed to be: The Centralized States of America.

It starts with one person, one idea, and one action.

In the words of Ayn Rand: “If a dictatorship ever comes to this country, it will be by the fault of those who keep silent. We are still free enough to speak.”

It is time for the Second American Revolution, a revolution of peace through law.

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