What Is It We Seek?
[NOTE: This is a republishing of a post I wrote back in August 2014. I think what it contains needs to be stated again.]
A decent respect for those of our fellow citizens who are still open to listening to arguments made from Right Reason and the knowledge that we have been, and continue to be, and will continue to be, serially misrepresented by the politicians and media in America, specifically, and in The West, generally, requires, an explanation of what it is exactly we — whether we call ourselves TEA Partiers, conservatives, Constitutionalists, Classical Liberals, etc. — are seeking in our efforts to reverse the dire and dangerous situation in America.
It will be, perhaps, best if we state the main thing we are not hoping to achieve: We do not seek a Revolution.
The purpose of Revolution is to bring down, overthrow, the existing Society, the existing Order, discarding all of it’s traditions and customs, everything that made it what it was — it’s Identity — sweeping it’s rubble and ashes into the dustbin to be discarded and forgotten as if it never had been, and then building anew — reinventing the wheel, as it were, but, this time, building the perfect wheel.
Revolutions always end-up destroying, not only the bad, but consuming all of the Good. Each and every one has laid waste to the regions in which it has occurred. And all of them have resulted in enslavement of the people, their unending misery, and, for many, death in horrible circumstances.
This occurs because construction of new Societies from scratch is built with ideas that are not based in the experiences of those who have come before us, who have, through trial and error, discovered what works and what does not, what practices and institutions complement Human Nature and provide room for the exercise of both individual and community-based Free Will.
Any Societies built on the basis of plans conceived in the laboratories of people’s minds, far away from Reality, are, by the nature and methods of their creation, not going to harmonize with the way people live and act in the Real World. Such plans, so incubated in the sterile environment of their creator’s fantasies and whims, will always be unrealistic and ill-fitting — they will always fail.
As a result of this, the Revolutionaries, frustrated by real people living in the Real World not marching in lock-step with their plans, will always resort to Force in order to make the non-perfect Human Beings conform with the perfect schemes they have dreamed-up and hatched. They will always seek to enslave the people, achieve Power And Control over them, so that the people can be brainwashed and/or forced at the point of a gun to conform to the plans. Those who refuse to be enslaved are declared to be Outlaws, foul enemies who must be eliminated in some way.
What we seek is the exact opposite of what those who advocate Revolution want to achieve.
Believing that we are endowed by God with certain Rights that cannot be denied us, Rights that cannot be transferred to any government or entity, Rights that can never be declared invalid, we seek not Revolution, but Restoration.
What we are working to Restore are the gifts bequeathed to us by The Founding Fathers, because the form of government and traditions and customs we inherited from them are the most conducive to guaranteeing and sustaining, our inalienable Rights to Life, Liberty, Property, and the pursuit of Happiness.
What we seek is the Restoration of all that made The United States Of America a force for Good and a bulwark against Evil against the forces of subjugation and enslavement that have plagued the world since Mankind was created.
We seek the restoration of our Rights as Americans.
We seek the restoration of The Rule Of Law and Ordered Liberty, where men and women are free to live as God [or ‘Nature’s God’, if you prefer] intended.
We seek the return of the respect for Virtue and of Prudence and the striving to employ both in our daily lives.
We seek to leave our Posterity a Society that promotes Prosperity, both material and spiritual, and is guided by a Morality based in Judeo-Christian teachings and in Right Reason.
We do not seek Heaven On Earth as the Revolutionaries do, but a Society where as much Freedom and Liberty can be enjoyed, but Order can be maintained, where Free Will is preserved.
We seek — nay, we demand — all of these things as Americans because they are ours by Right.
This is what we seek.