“Well what have we got, a republic or a monarchy”? As American citizens watch as their democratic system rips itself apart, while the majority appears to be remaining silent, seemingly unaware and disinterested, we must understand that this question has already been answered some 227 years ago.
This complacency is what Benjamin Franklin warned us about during the creation of the constitution. As Franklin was approached by a woman who questioned what type of government the Framers had formed, Franklin responded, “A Republic, Madam, if you can keep it”. Given the warning of Franklin’s statement, we must ask ourselves this: Are we defending the Republic that was created by our founding fathers?
I happen to believe we are not because our nation has become a nation of enablers. Jonathan Turley, a constitutional scholar, alluded to this notion of a complicit America on wednesday. “We are turning a blind eye to a fundamental change in our system…and many will come to loathe that they remained silent during this period”. What did Turley mean by this period? Well, it is the period in our nations history where the more complicit we become, the more power our President retains. As the nation fixates on Obama’s latest example of lawlessness, we seem to become alarmed only after the fact of what he has already done.
The failure is our reactions to Obama’s actions. Silence and unawareness of the everyday American mixed with suppression of opposition is the oxygen that continues to feed Obamas fire. As he claims the right to rewrite, ignore and negate federal laws, only one group of Americans remain steadfast in their opposition, the Tea Party.
They are hated and berated by those within their party. They are demonized and marginalized by establishment politicians and Obama’s adminstration. They are criticized and vilified by the mainstream media. Seen as radicals for their beliefs and morons for their opinions. In the outright suppression of their voice and hatred of their beliefs, ons is left with what we would define as an authoritarian state’s response.
And this is why, today, I proudly declare myself apart of the Tea Party. It is because of their strong opposition in the face of an authoritarian on the verge, Barack Obama. So even if we lose this fight in the end I’ll stand proud knowing that I was not silent and I was not complicit during Obama’s fundamental change of America.
And at the end of the day my belief in my country is not radical, for a “Republic if you can keep it” is what I intend to do.