I’ve decided to abandon the GOP to all of the fake conservatives, and the throngs of moderates, who together drive policy, appoint most of our judges, and otherwise make nice with the statists, handing them victory after victory, in part not only because they’re mealy-mouthed losers, but also in no small measure because they support statism, albeit in a slightly less obnoxious form. It seems none in the GOP speak for me any longer, or to the degree the rare few do, they are also undercut and undermined by the same miserable party establishment. The party has nominated a candidate who will encounter great difficulty winning, in part because he arises from that same permanent political class of elites, but also because he simply lacks any grounding in principle. Due to this, and due to the recent disaster that was the Obama-care ruling, I have decided to take my ball and go home. Yes, I am being selfish, in the intellectually healthy meaning of the word. Yes, it’s going to be a challenge. No, I am not going away, and I’m nearly certain you won’t miss me.
It’s not that I won’t express my opinion, quite to the contrary, but that I have no intention of being a servant on the Republican estate any more than I would serve in bondage on the Democrats’ plantation. I am forming a party, dedicated to the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, but paying absolutely no respect to any measure of statist dogma. I will actively resist the governing powers, to whatever degree I am able. I will not hesitate to call a lie a lie when I hear one, no matter who utters it. I shall form my own party, and if need be, it will remain a Party of One.
It’s not that I wouldn’t enjoy some company, and it’s not that I expect to get very far on my own, but that I know in our current system, with the contrived “loyal opposition” (stress on “loyal,” much less so on “opposition”) party that is the GOP, my interests will not be served, except perhaps coincidentally, as a sidebar to the interests running the party. I would be happy for company, but not if it means compromising my principles. I’ve been asked by the GOP to do so endlessly, throughout the entirety of my adult life, and I simply haven’t the stomach for it. I don’t plan on fielding candidates because I can’t fill all those offices alone(although I can probably nominate a dog who can fill most of them with more vigor and dedication than most of their occupants.) No, this problem is bigger than any one man. This crisis has reached a mass that is global in scale and lethal in effect. Since I can only control me, that is precisely what I shall do, and the promise I now make to myself is to never again offer a vote for any candidate who will not declare an abiding fondness for the liberties explicit, and implied, in our Constitution and Declaration. Since most candidates will have some form of track record, I will examine those, and I will support none whose promises offer one vision while their practice had conducted the pursuit of another.
You might ask what principles I hold dear, and I am certain that in reading through my archives, you could discern them for yourself, where they are less than perfectly explicit. My first rule is: Thou shalt not make demands of others for those things to which you have no natural entitlement, and thou must make whole all those to whom one has by their own choices entered into an obligation. My second rule is: The only legitimate purpose of government is to see to it that the first is not violated, neither by domestic nor foreign parties, and that to the degree there are civil disputes among them, provide an objective law and venue for the settlement of their disputes. My third rule is that any person or organization that seeks to use force to obtain that to which he has no natural entitlement must be dealt with as a murderer or attempted murderer.
That’s really it. Yes, there are other principles, but these encompass the majority of all the necessary laws in a successful civil society. How do I know that? Because that is, in the main, and for most purposes, precisely what the founders gave us. Are there a large number of details to fill in here? Sure. What there won’t be from me is a bunch of excuse-making for violating these principles at whim. You see, if you examine the damage that has been done to our Republic, either by malevolent rigging, or by slothful complacency, most of it has consisted of making exceptions to these principles. Really, it’s not hard to discern. We ratified a 13th Amendment forbidding slavery or indentured servitude, but then we enacted a selective service that dismissed the underlying principle that each man owns his own person, and may not be compelled to the involuntary service of others. We forgave it on the basis of “necessity,” which is the most popular excuse we use when we don’t wish to do a thing the right way.
We believe in property rights, but then we steal property from one another using the same old excuse. We pretend that labor and accumulated wealth aren’t property. We pretend that compulsory service to others extracted by a third party isn’t slavery. We pretend words can mean one thing when they’re laid down, but anything we might wish to imagine at some future date. Are you reading my words, John Roberts? What about you, Mitt Romney? We abuse our fellow man senselessly, taking from him his private property for public use and compensating him with what we deem to be a “fair market price,” rather than the open market price, which means what he would negotiate if he were not under duress. We claim that’s a “necessity too,” asserting the obscene argument that if we paid open market price to everybody, we would never have any public projects because they would all become prohibitively expensive, while ignoring the fact that if it is really worth doing at the public expense, it is worth paying the open market prices in order to avoid stealing from our fellow citizens. If it’s not worth that cost, why then do we do it at all?
We commit great treason even against the English language, inasmuch as we mindlessly mouth an insipid term that remains a grotesque, natural oxymoron if we had the slightest desire to discern it. Consider “necessary evil,” and what it implies. A thing which had been necessary is that for which there existed no rational alternative. An act of evil is a matter of volition. If there was no choice, an action can be neither good nor evil, and morality doesn’t enter the equation. In short, if a thing had been necessary, it could not also be evil. If a thing is evil, it must not have been necessary. Consider this a moment the next time you repeat that term. Ask yourself “Am I calling this action “necessary” to cover the fact that it was merely evil, or am I calling it “evil” because it hadn’t been necessary after all?”
This brings us back to the nature of government, and it should not go unsaid that government among men is necessary, but not necessarily evil. A government becomes evil only when it takes up its power to do that which is not actually necessary. A government taxing its people in order to raise a necessary defense of them is not evil, but of course, if they were virtuous people, they would know this and not need to be taxed. They would see the threat against their existence and spring forth with their lives and their wallets to take up the defense. Instead, governments resort to taxes because too many people lack the virtue even to willing pay for and participate in the defense of their own lives and property. If you wonder about the moral decline of the people in any country, you need not examine how many attend church, but how many attend to the defenses of the nation with the same passion they have for some damned sports team.
Now there are some who will argue I am much too demanding, but I would urge you to consider their motives: What is it that they seek to obtain without their own exertions? The defense of their nation? The roof over their head? The education of their children? A blessed ham sandwich on rye? Ladies and gentlemen, liberty is not so difficult as some would have you think, but again I urge you to consider the motives of those who complicate the matter. If one can muddle the issue with enough gray areas, before long, you won’t notice that the entire page has turned black.
As I said, I am satisfied to go it alone if need be, all the remaining days of my life. I would dearly love it if there were so many who loved liberty so well as they profess, but even our founders faced this darkness, as Thomas Paine wrote of the “summer soldiers and sunshine patriots.” This is why I have decided to go it alone. I believe I must, in the name of all the things I hold dear, for our Republic faces dark years now, and it has lost its purpose behind all the veils of feigned necessity. There are many of you, my friends, who have shared this blog with me, and I will understand if you see my abandonment of the GOP as an abandonment of you, but my dear friends, I am not going away. I simply refuse to be a participant in a ghastly charade, and when you eventually come to discover the full scope of it, as I believe you will, I will for my part welcome you again to the land of the free, and the home of the brave. I’ve decided to discover America again, before it’s gone forever.
I am no longer afraid.