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When Enough is Enough

The nature of the relationship between the American citizens and the Federal Government has changed quite a bit over the last six years. It will change even more over the next two. There has been a great deal of talk amongst some about when enough is enough and about what the citizens will do when they’ve finally had enough.

I would like to attempt to rule two options out. First, we ought not discuss acts of violence; not now nor in the future. Secondly, we must not consider disengaging from the political process itself. Whatever else we do, if we avoid these two fatal mistakes, we have a shot at keeping a constitutional republic within the realm of possibility.

Strategically, there are dozens of ways to frustrate ones’ government. We can refuse to purchase goods and services from businesses with ties to the Chamber of Commerce, to Richmond and to Washington, D.C. We can protest in front of farms accepting federal subsidies. We can refuse to vote for charlatan republicans, corporatists, and war-obsessed hawks. We can refuse to vote for moderates, refuse to donate to political parties, refuse to compromise on key constitutional issues. We can put up candidates against Republicans and Democrats perpetuating the chaos and lawlessness we see around us today. We can identify those individuals behind various legislation and movements that we disagree with and attack those individuals on the facts of their activities and donations.

To frustrate our government, we must become as informed as your average Washington or Richmond insider. We have to know what is going on, who makes it possible, what meeting are taking place, when they are taking place, what is required of us to attend, and then, we need to show up. We need to show up at school board meetings and speak out against Common Core. We need to show up at County meetings and speak out against spending and debt. We need to write our legislators faithfully, demanding an end to this age of fiscal insanity. If they don’t listen, volunteer to help anyone that runs against them.

When we listen to the news, when we read our papers, and when we scour the Internet, it is easy to become discouraged.

Do you know when I felt most excited? It was when I was able to support Dr. Dave Brat against Eric Cantor and Anthony Riedel against Congressmen Rob Wittman. Why did that feel so good? My actions were actually and honestly helping people that share my world view. Dave Brat and Anthony Riedel are good men. Supporting them is invigorating.

We feel the worst when we feel like there is nothing for us to do; but there is always something for us to do. Exxon was a player in Eric Cantor’s campaign. Ed Gillespie was Karl Rove’s right hand man at American Crossroads. Bob Goodlatte is on the move, quickly picking up the levers of power Eric Cantor’s absence will leave behind. There is plenty to be done and there are plenty of us to get involved.

When frustration with our government reaches a place where you are feeling furious and down, I don’t want to hear you talking about violence or about abandoning the political process. I want to hear about what you are going to do. If you don’t know what you can do, then contact Dr. Dave Brat’s campaign, or reach out to Robert Sarvis, or start attending Tea Party Meetings, or get some fellow parents together and overthrow your school boards. There is a great deal of positive things that can be done and we are the people that can do them. It is when we are doing something productive that we feel the most encouraged. It is when we do nothing that everything seems hopeless; and if enough people decide to do nothing, hopelessness is indeed the natural result.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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