Following the successful attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto reportedly wrote in his diary, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”
The spending spree that has been the handiwork of President Obama and the Republicans and Democrats in Congress this year has similarly awakened the sleeping giant known as the American Taxpayer. Tens of thousands of us took to the streets yesterday (Tax Day) in Tea Parties designed to send a clear message to our elected officials: “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any more!”
Make no mistake: This was more than merely about taxes. It is time the President and Congress were reminded that they work for us, not the reverse.
Samuel Adams said it best:
“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.“
It’s time to put both the Legislative and Executive branches of our government on notice: The Giant is awake, and it didn’t END with the tea parties. They were only a symbolic beginning. What come next is the real work:
- It’s time to end the political careers of those who abuse the privilege of representing us in Washington.
- It’s time to make note of who is up for re-election during the mid-term elections next year and to make ourselves aware of their level of performance when it comes to special interests and pork barrel spending.
- It’s time we work with our neighbors to organize better than the liberals did in the last election, and get the grass-roots movement moving forward and to throw our support to someone who has the guts to do the right thing in Washington.
Libertarian George Baumler once wrote:
“A great wave of oppressive tyranny isn’t going to strike, but rather a slow seepage of oppressive laws and regulations from within will sink the American dream of liberty.”
When we look at what Obama and Congress have slipped through since January 20, one can imagine what they can (and will) do over the next four years, if we don’t take a stand. Let that stand begin today.