“The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” ~ John Adams
The Constitution begins with those three beautiful words, “We the people.”
What this means is that there is no government without us: our sheer numbers, our muscle, our economy, our physical presence in this land.
There can also be no police state—no tyranny—no routine violations of our rights without our complicity and collusion—without our turning a blind eye, shrugging our shoulders, allowing ourselves to be distracted and our civic awareness diluted.
So where do we begin? How do we go about wresting back control over our freedoms and our lives in the face of such seemingly insurmountable odds?
There’s an old adage, albeit not a very palatable one, that says “when eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” The point is this: when facing a monumental task, take it one step at a time.
In other words, we’re going to have to wage these battles case by case, and issue by issue. [Candidate by candidate.]
John W. Whitehead
President, The Rutherford Institute