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May 19, 2013

Column: Burden of proof: Up to us to show we're worthy of our forebears


Jefferson asked “And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

Resistance can take many forms. Deluge your representatives with email, phone calls and letters demanding that they take action against this overbearing government. Express yourself in the 2014 elections by campaigning for and voting for individuals who pledge to uphold the rule of law and who will, regardless of party, bring these miscreants to account. Attend public meetings and protests, talk with your friends and family and make them aware of what is being done to the Constitution and, ultimately, to their rights as free citizens.

Jefferson’s question is again asked of us. Do we yet have that spirit of resistance that once booted out one of the mightiest empires the world has known? Can we send the current band of liars and amoral statists out of the halls of government, or have we grown too lethargic and distracted to care?

Are we worthy of our forebears? If so, the republic shall endure. If not, the victory will go to this tyrannical regime, our eventual fall will be further accelerated, and we will be judged responsible.

The choice is clear and it is time to answer.

Matthew May welcomes comments at may.matthew.t@gmail.com.

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