On August 28, 2010, thousands of patriotic Americans descended upon the National Mall in Washington, DC. Their message: Restore honor and integrity back to America. Uphold the values of the Founding Fathers. Convey the idea of less government to the people running the government.
The event was certainly historic. Hundreds of thousands of people gathering out of admiration for the Founders of this country and subsequent leaders who have championed liberty, freedom, and individualism. Each of these Americans saw 8/28 as a window of opportunity to communicate their dissatisfaction of government, and to question why our current leaders tend to contravene principles that humans have been conscious of for thousands of years. All of them have called into question the progressive eroding of personal freedoms. Many are stunned as to how mandated healthcare, cap and trade, and “stimulus packages” are even considered serious legislation or constitutionally admissible. After speaking with several “disgruntled” individuals, all of whom claimed to be small business owners, I realized that many considered the looming threat of higher taxes in this near double dip recession potential“robbery.” So why does Washington, even after such a strong egalitarian showing of the nation’s discontent, continue to shove welfare statism and spending down our throats?
My guess is as good as anyone’s guess. What I can conclude from Congress’s blatant crassness is that certain values crucial to the preservation of our constitutional republic are no longer “significant” to society, and considered “antiquated.” At least that is what the Left continues to tell us. How many times have we heard that the Constitution is a “living, breathing” document that refashions itself as times change? Despite the longevity of that argument, thousands of Americans rejected it unanimously by attending the rally on Saturday. These people articulated that it is not the values we need to retire, but rather the people who try to alter them.
I should take this opportunity to point out several lies expressed by a few obnoxious journalists, specifically that the rally was a de facto tea party event, or a “whites only” rally. While most of the attendees were conservative-minded individuals, several seemed to convey their political ideology as “moderate” or “independent.” Glenn Beck specifically stated that the rally was apolitical and nonpartisan (I wonder if Al Sharpton’s rally was nonpartisan). As someone who was standing amongst the crowd, I can honestly say that I did not see a single piece of signage that contained racist slogans, nor did I hear anybody shout anything derogatory. These individuals, most of them elderly, were probably the most kind, respectful occupants of the National Mall in a long time! The conviction that everyone at these types of rallies are “racists” is the most disingenuous thing I’ve ever heard. Yes, let’s all believe Grandma Betsy is a racist because she attends a rally hosted by Glenn Beck and waves a flag displaying “NOBAMA.” Or thousands of people wearing “Don’t Tread on Me” pins are bigoted Christians who love clinging to their guns and religion. At one point that morning, as I was taking a cab from Washington Circle to F Street, my taxi driver took one look at the masses of people exiting the Foggy Bottom Metro station and exclaimed, “Look at all of those Glenn Beck people! They’re all chubby and old and they’ll believe anything you tell them.” I shrugged off the ignorant remark, but came close to asking him how that Obama Kool-Aid was tasting.
At the root of this “Restoring Honor” movement, regardless of what critics say, is the notion that the government’s sole purpose is to secure and defend the individual rights of Americans. It’s not to provide welfare, nationalize industry, or bailout banks and corporations. It’s not to take our hard-earned money and practically hand it to another, less deserving person. The current Democratic establishment in Washington has for too long instituted fiscally irresponsible legislation that has suffocated every American businessman and every American family. Comparably, the Republican establishment falls short when it comes to implementing policies that would institute less government, namely, riding taxpayers of so-called “sacred cows.” The message that Americans sent to Congress and the President on Saturday was the idea that the only legitimate power in a constitutional republic is derived from the consent of the governed. Without that popular consent, the government, and those at the helm of the sinking ship, are governing illegitimately, and without honor.
President Lincoln eloquently said “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.” And what would be more of a national crisis than the ceaseless obliteration of our individual freedoms?