Email: Reclaim Your Conservative Heritage

From the desk of George O’Neill, Jr.
Co-Founder, Come Home America

Dear Fellow Conservative,

We conservatives have been deprived of a precious heritage.

I’m writing to ask you to help me reclaim it.

My name is George O’Neill, Jr. I’m a Newsmax reader, like you. I’ve also been working in the conservative movement for over three decades.

I’ve worked hard for many years to defend the most fundamental conservative principles—principles like

  • the rule of law;
  • the separation of powers;
  • limited government;
  • constitutionalism;
  • fiscal prudence; and
  • a strong national defense.

That is why two years ago I co-founded a powerful new coalition called Come Home America. Come Home America stands for each one of these core conservative ideas.

I’m not writing to ask you for money. All I want to do is to give you a free e-book that tells you more about these ideas as they relate to foreign policy. Because it is in foreign policy that we conservatives have been sold a bill of goods.

The book I want to send you free of charge, Come Home America, includes essays by Thomas Woods, Doug Bandow, Daniel McCarthy, William Lind, and other prominent conservative and pro-liberty authors. It even includes pieces from liberal writers who are also alarmed by the anti-liberty direction our nation’s leaders are taking us.

Ron Paul says that he was “heartened to see this collection of essays,” and he calls Come Home America.US an “important work.”

I agree with Congressman Paul—and I urge you to see for yourself.

It is time to reclaim the principles that lie at the heart of the conservative tradition.

What am I talking about? I am talking about a tradition of thinking about America and its role in the world that begins with George Washington and runs through Benjamin FranklinThomas Paine,Thomas JeffersonJames MadisonJohn Quincy AdamsAlexis de TocquevilleMark TwainAndrew CarnegieRobert Taft,Russell Kirk, , F. A. Hayek, and Ronald Reagan—all the way up toRon Paul and Rand Paul.

That tradition goes something like this:

  • America’s special role—its special obligation—is to serve as a shining example of freedom, prosperity, and fair play to the rest of the world.
  • To serve as that kind of example, America must secure justice by living under the law—especially its own foundational law, the United States Constitution. This is the basis of limited government.
  • In other words, in Patrick J. Buchanan’s memorable phrase,America is supposed to be a republic—not an empire.

That way of thinking is conservative to the core. From the moment the Anglo-American conservative tradition was born with Edmund Burke, to the day before yesterday, this was the way virtually all conservatives thought.

  • Conservatives believed in national defense—not imperial offense.
  • They believed in small government—not expensive, utopian boondoggles.
  • They believed in the separation of powers—not in an executive branch with unlimited power.
  • They believed in privacy and due process—not in secret tribunals, government spying, extra-judicial assassination of their fellow citizens, or the indefinite suspension of habeas corpus.

In other words, conservatives were realists. They were prudent. They knew utopia would never exist.

And they knew a snow job when they saw one.

Don’t you agree that we need to get back to that kind of conservatism? If so, I invite you to click here for your free e-book—and then to spend a little time on the Come Home America website to inform yourself about what’s going on.

As you’ll see when you receive your free copy of our book, what’s amazing about the Come Home America coalition is that it includes men and women on the left.

We disagree on a lot of things, but there’s one belief we absolutely share:  Everyday Americans are being bamboozled by the Washington establishment.

Think about it: The American taxpayer now pays to maintain troops at some 761 military bases and other “sites” around the globe. 761!

We keep being told that we must help “free” others around the globe, whether they be Libyans, Syrians, Rwandans, or Chinese.

I agree that all of these people should be free—and I’m sure you do, too. I pray for freedom every day.

But not everything can be accomplished by drones and missiles.

And meanwhile, what has happened to freedom here at home?

TSA employees grope our grandmothers and granddaughters at the airport.

The National Security Agency is building a mammoth, $2 billion facility in Utah to intercept, collect, and store virtually every American’s e-mails and phone conversations.

The National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama gives the President the power to arrest and imprison United States citizens without trial, and for an indefinite period of time.

My friends, our forefathers launched a revolution under less provocation than this!

We Americans are not just becoming less free. Thanks to a profoundly un-conservative foreign policy, we’re becoming poorer, too. The defense budget makes up a whopping 67% of the federal government’s discretionary spending budget. America spends as much on its military as every other nation combined.

Meanwhile, we’re $15.7 trillion in debt—an amount that has grown by an average of $3.98 billion per day since September 28, 2007.

What are we doing to our kids and our grandkids?

The United States Navy now tells us that its job is to “defend the earth.” That sounds great as a movie line. Here in the real world, adults like us understand that it means American taxpayers are using finite, limited resources—resources we don’t really have—to defend free-riders around the globe.

Isn’t it just possible that Europe, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Korea can defend themselves?

How about we make American well-being our priority? We’ll then do our fair share to defend the earth. Americans have always done so, and always will.

Like me, you probably consider yourself a believer in the free market, in capitalism. Well, free-market economists have been warning us for decades against the dangers of bureaucracy.

You and I both know how bureaucracies work. Once created, their constant objective is to get a bigger piece of the taxpayer pie. So they loudly cry about how underfunded they are, exaggerate the importance of their work, and lobby politicians behind the scenes by offering perks and high-paying, cushy jobs once those politicians have left office.

Do you really think the Pentagon is any different? The truth is, the Pentagon has never passed a financial audit. Even Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has admitted that it’s “crazy” that the Pentagon is incapable of auditing its own finances.

The Pentagon is the only federal department to not pass a financial audit—and given the shape of federal bureaucracies, that’s saying a lot!

Here’s the truth: War always expands the government. That is what the writer Randolph Bourne meant when he said “war is the health of the state.” It is the enemy of liberty.

Throughout American history, true conservatives have been skeptical of war and those who beat the drums for war. Listen to their words:

“Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty,” said George Washington.

“Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” said Benjamin Franklin.

“All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it,” said Alexis de Tocqueville.

“Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such as thing,”said Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded,” said F. A. Hayek.

The drums of war have been beating pretty much constantly for nearly two decades now. Precisely because we are conservatives, it’s time to reassess our situation. It’s time to return to the conservative tradition.

It’s time to come home.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this free e-book offer. Then, I hope you’ll consider joining our movement of people from across the political spectrum at Come Home America.

We aim to recover American prosperity, security, and liberty—and we need conservatives like you on board.

Thank you, and God bless.

Sincerely,

George O’Neill, Jr.
Co-Founder, Come Home America

ABOUT COME HOME AMERICA

Come Home America is a coalition of Americans united in their alarm about the destructive consequences of our country’s runaway militarism. Representing the views of millions of patriotic Americans—views too often ignored by our political parties and mainstream media outlets—Come Home America unites people of different political and philosophical persuasions to work toward a foreign policy that is more peaceful, less expensive, and better for Americans and the world.

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