I am conflicted.
We began this TEANewYork adventure in May of 2009, with the creation of the TEANewYork website, just prior to a rally at Niagara Square in Buffalo, where 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino (who was then and now an outspoken advocate for the victims of government oppression and intrusion) and me dear ‘usband Rus Thompson were to speak. I felt people needed a place to go to get information, and find out what they could do to participate in reforming the hugely dysfunctional NYS government. As Buffalo was already a hub of failed socialist activity, it had become a microcosm of all that was wrong with that socio-economic model. We already had a number of groups committed to battling these problems, from political action to policy development, an on-line discussion forum, and shortly thereafter, patriot groups that met monthly. TEANewYork then, was created as a resource to direct people to these groups, but quickly took on a life of its own, as we were lacking a citizen action arm, and political action apart from the specific goals of Primary Challenge, a group whose original intent was to defeat incumbents and the parties’ endorsed candidates in the primaries, where they are vulnerable.
We spent all of 2009 putting pressure on our legislators to turn back the tide of Obamanomics, only to learn they didn’t give a whit what we thought. We spent 2010 trying to defeat them, and though there were resounding victories all across the fruited plain, here in New York, we failed. Carl Paladino was persuaded to run for the governorship, and we experienced a landslide victory in the Primary — only to be soundly defeated in the General Election by old tired Republican campaign strategies, an apathetic electorate and more voters that suck from the public largesse than those that fill it, internal sabotage, minor candidate flaws blown out of proportion by an ultra-liberal media, and very likely, voter fraud.
We here in in Western New York started to re-constitute in 2011, only to be derailed by the Special Election in NY-26, which should have been an easy win for the best candidate in that race, as there was a 27,000 Republican voter advantage, a rarity in a liberal state with liberally gerrymandered districts, usually favoring, well, liberals, of course. But again, old, tired Republican campaign strategies, not properly addressing the issues that matter, a silly stunt gone awry, a third party spoiler — a liberal, running on the Tea Party line no less — the perpetually derelict media and again, an unbelievably abysmal voter turnout handed the seat to the most liberal candidate in that race, who just three hours ago as of this writing, voted to extend the debt limit, and against a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget, in lockstep with the braindead Democrats hoping to bankrupt America and send it spiraling into the saving grace, and well-documented failure of socialism.
Daily, we are bombarded with new issues to contend with, but have limited resources and a relative smattering of committed individuals with which to wage these battles. While we recognize the necessity to wage this war against the plague of liberalism, we are at a loss for why we must contend with fellow “reformers” and those that should be our natural allies. We are accused of things we never knew we were capable of, and though we do our Boy Scout best to refute these charges respectfully with facts, facts don’t matter to men on a mission whose goal it is to Defeat the Machine no matter the cost — even if it means electing candidates who vote to launch us into terminal, unrecoverable and unforgivable debt. But these are just fallible men, whose sin or indiscretion is not unforgivable.
We get occasional glints of hope, like a Constitutional Convention ahead of 2017, and a Constitutional Lobby, from the We the People Foundation. But aside from these, all our efforts seems to be for nought. All the time, effort and money we have expended appears to be little more than a very exasperating, time-consuming exercise in futility.
Yet, there is a much bigger, looming question I have been asking myself. It starts with the simple question of whether we should simply let it all go to hell, and then eventually, concentrate on reconstruction.
I make no secret of the fact that Christ is my mentor, and I consider the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. His Word is Truth, with a capital T. No relativism here. Our playbook specifically states in Romans 13:1&2,
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those that resist will incur judgment.”
The big burning question then, is when is it acceptable to resist the authorities that God, for better or for worse, has appointed over us? When does tyranny become tyranny? At what point did the leaders of the American Revolution decide their rulers were using the power of their office, not to serve them, but to oppress them? How long should a God-fearing populace blindly submit, and when should a person not submit?
I believe the answer can be found in a wonderful book great friend and fellow patriot Linda Weyand recommended to me, entitled The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, which documents the rich never-before-read-or-heard history of how God had a plan in our nation’s founding, and how he miraculously intercedes as a result of fervent prayer by just a few individuals.
“By Puritan interpretation, constructed before the first Pilgrims and Puritans embarked for America, it is when a ruler knowingly and deliberately contravenes the will of God, thus making it impossible for his subjects to follow that divine will.” (p. 260)
I believe that time has come.
Some may think it is a small matter, a blip on the radar screen of the continuing over-extension of governmental authority, others, just a matter of equality and tolerance.
We are well aware of Town Clerks who are resigning their offices, because the new same-sex marriage law, pushed through our “representative democracy” through bribery, graft, greed and executive fiat, for all intents and purposes. We’re told churches are exempted. But will religious organizations and by extension, people of faith really be protected? How long will the Knights of Columbus be protected, who don’t wish to rent a hall to a gay couple because it conflicts with their statement of faith, before our legislature eliminates those protections, caving to the whims of lobbyists and the promise of re-election cash? What about a Christian couple with young children, who choose not to rent the adjacent duplex to a gay couple, for fear of the conflicting message it demonstrates (and who would otherwise do so without hesitation with grown children or no children)? What about those Town Clerks, expected to grant marriage licenses, and are fired or forced to resign as a result? What about Debi’s friends, who own a flower shop, and choose not to sell matrimonial bouquets to gay couples, because it conflicts with their beliefs, and adherence to biblical principles? What legal ramifications will they face? And the multitude of teachers that object to the new tolerance indoctrination program, handed down from a clueless education bureaucracy?
Our rulers are making it impossible for us to follow His divine will.
So what are God’s people to do?
By Jul Thompson, Chief Organizer, TEANewYork
Feedback is welcome.
I will do my best to insert links for references over the course of the next coupla days…