|Abraham Lincoln: Original hipster & champion of liberty|
"In [the Founders'] enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded, and imbruted by its fellows. They grasped not only the whole race of men then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide their children and their children's children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages. Wise statesman as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants, and so they established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began--so that truth, and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished from the land; so that no man would hereafter dare to limit and circumscribe the great principles on which the temple of liberty was being built..."
Speaking over 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln understood as our Founders did, the propensity for man to stumble in the folly of our own self-interests. The left would have you believe that corporations and private industry are the enemy. The right would have you believe that big government is the enemy. The truth is that both are populated by corruptible men and women and that present a clear and present danger to the personal liberties endowed in all people by our Creator.
It is with this understanding that we need to approach the important political year of 2014. We can no longer afford to allow ourselves to be useful idiots to party hacks hellbent on preserving their status as a distant governing elite simply because we prefer their party platform to the opponent. We should no longer accept the premise that our only choice is which master to submit to--corporatists or statists. It is time that we choose liberty instead of settling for a false partisan peace.
It is time to return our government to the hands of the everyday ordinary citizen and not in the clutches of the powerful and connected. Both parties have colluded with big government statists and corporatists in preserving an elite ruling class nestled safely in the feathery bed of cronyism. Crony capitalism is just as massive a threat to our liberties as the statist agenda.
Our government was never intended to be run by career politicians, nor did our founders expect that our leaders would spend their lengthy political careers setting up windfall profits for themselves and their inner circle elites.
We can no longer wait for term limits to hold these nefarious ruling class elites accountable. We need to do it ourselves.
We need an electorate that is engaged no longer in promoting party unity but rather seeking out public servants with true servant's hearts who are unwilling to play the political game by refusing to be bought and paid for by the status quo enthusiast governing elites in either party. We need folks who are willing to govern in a manner that is in the best interests of the people EVEN when it will hurt their own personal self-interests.
Should we miss this opportunity to retake our government through the political process in 2014, we will find an ever-increasing usurpation of our liberties and rights by the ever-more-powerful distant elite that stacks the odds in its favor and enacts laws designed to keep us in our place.
The time to act is now. Get involved and #MakeDCListen. The only way to do that is to change the folks who work there. That's why City on a Hill has endorsed Mike Assad for Congress in NJ's second congressional district. It's time to send real independent reformers to DC!