POLITICIANS & PATRIOTS:
THE QUEST FOR FREEDOM
May 2, 2005
You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to know that the career politicians in D.C. are about to butt heads with this country's home-grown patriots. The recent completion of The Minuteman Project would seem to be the ideal example of situation and circumstance. When unpaid patriots dared to patrol our sovereign border between Arizona and Mexico, they earned the wrath of highly paid career politicians who sat on their hands (in comfort) more than 2,000 miles from the "action."
As America's undeclared culture war continues to heat up, we can expect to see more of this. Even now, other citizen's groups are looking for ways to make their own "gesture." If you stop and think about it, our career politicians have relied on our quiet nature for quite some time. they have assumed that our silence as a people meant that we approved of their action. Whenever a small but vocal group dared to speak up, they weren't hard to shout down.
Time have changed, and The Minuteman Project didn't get shouted down. It got slandered by the press, but it didn't get shut down. It got more than it's fair share of flak from the great minds in Washington, but; it ran its course. I'm not sure how many people appreciate the significance of this. It's not WHAT they did that makes these patriots such the big deal. It's the fact that they DID do it without being forced in to submission.
There are many more "gestures" that can be made to get the attention of our leaders. Thankfully, all of them don't involve violence, or even the threat of violence. Even so, it says a lot that you and I have been pushed to this. In the quest for freedom and a better life, we do struggle with our elected leaders. You may not see it that way, but it happens all the time. Some of the protests you make are large. Others are small.
We, as a national populace, have gotten used to the idea that our leaders will ignore us. Republican voters and Democrat voters alike have commented on this trend for the last 50 years. In past decades, we were able to accept the eccentric behavior of our leaders because we thought it was just "their way."
Interestingly enough, the career politicians in Washington have developed their own view of us. They see us as being eccentric, too. The critical difference here is that they feel "entitled" to certain things that the rest of us don't even know we can have. They are like children that don't know their limits. They mean well, but they still don't know how to play well with others.
Keep this in mind when you start looking for your own "gesture" to show your disapproval. You're not alone. You're not the only one who's fed up. You still have the power of your vote, and your dollars. You've also got the power of your free time. You may not want to camp out along the border with Mexico, but you may want to do other things that send the same powerful message.
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