By Sherry Mann
The song “My Dear Country” by Norah Jones was a good accompaniment for the way I felt after the primary results came in, and Ron Paul and other liberty candidates such as Bill Yarbrough failed to secure their respective victories.
“’Cause we believed in our candidate,
But even more it’s the one we hate.”
But the really scary truth is that our candidates didn’t fail. We did.
What’s the reason? Certainly our news outlets didn’t help. The electronic voting machines are suspect. (If you still doubt that, read former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s Everest Report). It’s also easy to blame the big money interests.
So if we needed a day to have a good cry or lament on how terribly unfair it all is — that’s fine. Unfortunately, (considering how it’s going) ‘We the People’ are the ones ultimately responsible for the decisions of ‘US’. Harold Thomas points out in his new book, “Not so long ago, spelling out the idea of personal responsibility would have insulted nearly everyone’s intelligence” (Chapter 4, Governing Ourselves: How Americans Can Regain Their Freedom). He then, understandably, described it. And the idea is important because responsibility will always win out over authority, and therefore is the ultimate weapon against it.
Though big, spoiled and unruly, the government is our child and we are its masters. As its master, we are the ones who have funded it, created it, and allowed it to get this spoiled rotten in the first place, so we must not spare the truth — which is one of the biggest rods we can wield. The other power we have is our checkbook, and we can vote for this and vote against that, with it. When my child misbehaves, at the very least, I withhold money. Will you choose to stop or reward your holy terror this April 18? Do you put your money where your liberty is? You should. Because there are much scarier things than election day.