Friday, July 23, 2010

What happens at a Tea Party Meeting?

They talk about the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and how it relates to what Pres. Obama is doing now. Here, in two parts, is a short (17 min.) video presentation by Leonard Stone given at a meeting of MyLiberty, the official Tea Party Patriot group of San Mateo County, California. The lecture explores the grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence, how those grievances influenced the writing of the Constitution, and how it relates to what Pres. Obama is doing now.

The first part of the video discusses the first two of the grievances in the Declaration, what motivated them, and how they are relevant today:
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

The differences between then and now are obvious. Obama is not the king of England, for example. However, the similarities, such as are playing out in Louisiana and Arizona, are also, as Mr. Stone makes plain, striking.

The second half of the lecture addresses the next four grievances:
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

The Founding Fathers experienced what it was like to live under an oppressive government and they clearly designed the US Constitution in response to those governmental abuses. This is why the Progressive Movement found the Constitution to be an obstacle and why we need to continue to defend the Constitution against today's progressives.

PREVIOUSLY on America's Founding Fathers and their relevance to today:
From Rousseau to Al Gore: the rise of the declinists
Hamilton vs. Jefferson on the French Revolution
Disaster and conspiracy theorists: from Alexander Hamilton to today
Fatherless children and their support for centralized government: from Hamilton to Obama
Hamilton vs. Jefferson on monarchs
Fear and delusion among liberals: from Alexander Hamilton to Rosie O'Donnell


Vivian said...

I think that it is awesome that Mr. Stone is educating us on our Constitution.

I am reminded of the story of the boiling frog. They say that if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out right away to escape the danger.
But, if you put a frog in a kettle that is filled with water that is cool and pleasant,and then you gradually heat the kettle until it starts boiling, the frog will not become aware of the threat until it is too late.
The frog's survival instincts are geared towards detecting sudden changes. We (America) are the frog in the boiling water. We have become too comfortable in our form of government and don't realize that we are boiling in the pot of tolerance and are forgetting how our country first started. Read our Constitution, see for yourself.

Anonymous said...

Is this the same Len Stone that is running for Pacifica City Council?

John said...

"Is this the same Len Stone"

No, they are two different people.

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