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The Republican Cause for Liberty and Equality

Over the course of American history our liberty has met resistance from various groups of men. First, we fought to establish our independence and secure our liberty by declaring independence and severing political ties to Great Britain.  As a result, a new nation was born, founded upon the notion of equality


That is, the right to be free from rule or control by another without our consent, including that of government.  


The second major American crisis was that of the Civil War which produced the greatest loss of life and came as a result of two competing ideas - that of slavery and that of equality before the law. As with all other cases of tyranny, we find one of group of men subjugating and oppressing another. Clearly, slavery in America is without question a violation of our society’s most fundamental principle, equality


Lastly, and perhaps the greatest of the three, is our fight with progressivism which continues to this day. 

Progressivism is the belief that as society evolves, this evolution renders the United States Constitution inapplicable to the affairs of today and therefore subject to revocation by government. According to Encycopedia Britannica - Progressivism “originally advocated a peaceful evolutionary transition of society from capitalism to socialism”. [1] This, so called peaceful transition can be, and has been, described as a move toward “social democracy”.  

  

Progressivism has led to a form of inequality under the law  whereby government oppresses one group of people, through taxation and other policies, to give to another - all the while expanding its scope and authority for its own benefit and the benefit of its partners and special interest groups. 


No matter the political crises, then, as now, in all cases where our liberty has come under attack, it has come as a result of one group of people oppressing another. Whether we review the American Revolution, Civil War or Progressivism we find the major underlying themes to be the same, Special Interest subjugating the General Interest.  


This ever present aspect of human nature was best summarized by Abraham Lincoln when he stated: 


“It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, 'You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it.' No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.” 


Yet, why is it that socialism is fundamentally inconsistent with freedom and equality? Why is it that socialism serves as the conduit for the subjugating of the general interest by that of the special interest? To answer that question it's best to quote perhaps the greatest Libertarian economist of all time, Dr. Milton Friedman when he stated “the essential notion of a capitalist society is voluntary cooperation and voluntary exchange. The essential notion of a socialist society is fundamentally force. If the government is the master, if society is to be run from the center… You ultimately have to order people what to do.  


Thus, socialism is fundamentally inconsistent with that of a free society and as Milton Friedman so greatly demonstrated, economic freedom IS a necessary condition for political freedom. That is, free market capitalism and/or voluntary exchange is absolutely essential if a society is to be free.


In our current time a key mode of oppression is that of taxation. It’s important to note that public officials are not themselves the source of public funding. Yet, they are under heavy pressure from concentrated, special interest groups to pass measures which come at the expense of the working class. Generally speaking, there are three parties involved in government negotiations surrounding funding. They are special interest groups, government officials and the tax payer. Yet, it’s the tax payer who seemingly persists in remaining absent during these negotiations.  


Hence today, and everyday hereafter, we must appear before that table. This will require us to stand united, in faith and trust, to bring changes to government so desperately needed in order to secure our liberty. Make no mistake, we are in the business of protecting our way of life, of preserving our Constitutional Republic, of restoring the rule of law, of securing our nation’s economic future and of resisting tyranny. We must be the solution to our problems as there is no other - the responsibility is our own. Now more than ever your involvement is needed and we look forward to standing alongside you.  


Yours in Liberty,    


Worcester Republican Committee