Patriotism

Independence and its Discontents

Ron Paul recently wrote,

“Some 241 years later, Washington claims more of our money as its own than King George could have ever imagined. What do we get in this bargain? We get a federal government larger and more oppressive than before 1776, a government that increasingly views us as the enemy.”

Despite being attacked, mocked, and written off for decades by the establishment—sound familiar?—Paul’s ideas continue to resonate. True insight has the strange trait of returning. . . irrepressible, evolved, revised, reimagined.

It can seem in these uncertain times that few patriots remain in American life and in its instruments of governance. How many leaders among us truly oppose globalism, defend individual freedom, stand against mass media deception and public misinformation, stand against unconstitutional surveillance, support the autonomy of states and regions, uphold the rule of law, and empower human industry to provide for the needs of its workers and investors alike?

Not many.

How could this be?

Independence requires accountability. It requires free and wide-ranging thought. It requires the confidence to overturn failed assumptions, to move forward from the past, to reimagine, rebuild, redeem. Freedom comes with fear: of failure, of loss, of indigence and—on occasion—of catastrophe. Freedom requires tenacity. Freedom is built on conflict. Conflict demands courage.

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When it comes to the alleged criminality of the Trump administration, Pat Buchanan’s questions remain to be answered. Who is the criminal? What is the crime?

As far as anyone can tell, the crime was rejecting a desiccated establishment wherever it appeared: the ballot box, the infotainment channels, and even the public relations journals posing as newspapers of records.

The alleged criminal? Everybody knows the answer to that.