12 April 2009

Are you sick of free speech?

It amazes me that self-styled libertarians and so called moderate conservatives get sick of the rights of Americans to assemble and to petition their government for redress of grievances. You know who you are (Doug Mataconis).

These "tea-parties" are hardly what one would call "hard" action against the government, that's true. One would be hard pressed to even say they are seeking an official redress of grievances (in an official sense). However, while driving through Abingdon at various points in last year's campaign, seldom was there a week when 60's style "radicals" and "anti-war" hippies weren't assembled on the sidewalk in front of the Federal Courthouse in Abingdon. No one bothered to question these people about what they were doing or why. Doug, if anyone should be opposed to oppresive government taxation and spending, it should be you. The Farmer's Market in Abingdon is actually an ideal open air venue for this event as many in the militia's in the Revolutionary War were farmer's by trade and for sustenance.

Sure, go ahead, call us "the looney right," Doug. That's fine.  I'm sure there were many who called Patrick Henry "looney" after he made his "give me liberty, or give me death." Sure, we're not fighting a tyrannical foreign potentate upon a lofty throne in Britain. We're fighting a tyrannical, out of control, wasteful government that is hell bent on mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren in order to placate left-wing, radical agendas right now (such as George Soros') that elected him. We're tired of getting stepped on in order for the government to take what's ours to give to those who have no inclination to work for an honest day's wage. You can spout all of Ludwig von Mises that you want to, I agree with him on a great many things. This boils down to the exercise of our Constitutional rights to peaceably assemble and to petition our government for redress of grievances. Boy, do we have grievances.

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