Email: Are our leaders paving the way for “a turnkey totalitarian state”?

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

Dear Fellow Conservative,

TSA employees grope our grandmothers and granddaughters at the airport—and subject all of us to humiliating, unnecessary full-body scans.

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.

The National Security Agency is building a mammoth facility in Utah to intercept, collect, and store your e-mails and phone conversations.

One former NSA senior mathematician, holding his thumb and forefinger close together, told Wired magazine that “we are that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.”

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

I believe that we need another revolution today—a constitutional revolution. Will you help?

We don’t need guns. We don’t need to break the law.

But we do need to let our politicians know that a strong national defense does not mean we must sacrifice our civil liberties and constitutional freedoms!

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;
  • fiscal prudence; and
  • a strong national defense.

All of these principles are enshrined in the United States Constitution—to which American conservatives have always been rightly devoted.

That is why two years ago I co-founded a new coalition called Come Home America. Come Home America stands for each one of these core constitutional 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 the Washington establishment is using foreign policy as their pretext for an all-out assault on the American Constitution.

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 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 an “important work.”

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

It is time to protect our liberty by standing up for the fundamental law of the land: the Constitution.

Unfortunately, under President Obama the United States Constitution has taken its worst beating yet—always under the pretext of improving national security, of course.

Historically, making us safer and more secure is always how liberals have justified taking away our freedoms. They are the ones who try to protect us from ourselves by banning this or requiring that. Liberals are the ones who insist on treating us like little kids.

President Obama has been no exception, exploiting our natural patriotism and fears to run roughshod over the American Framers’ great achievement.

Even mainstream media outlets agree.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “One man is primarily responsible for the disappearance of civil liberties from the national debate, and he is Barack Obama.”

As the Times reminds its readers, Obama has ramped up “warrantless surveillance and military tribunals that denied defendants basic rights. He asserted the right to kill U.S. citizens he views as terrorists. His administration has fought to block dozens of public-interest lawsuits challenging privacy violations and presidential abuses.”

Salon.com chimes in to tell us that

  • Obama is using the “Justice Department to draft secret memos authorizing his actions without going before a federal court or disclosing them”;
  • under Obama, the “federal government continues to require that computer makers and big websites provide access for domestic surveillance purposes”;
  • the Obama administration has refused to comply with numerous Freedom of Information Act requests;
  • and that Obama is doing an end-run around the Constitution by having private firms mine citizens’ data, rather than the government itself.

Do you really trust any president, much less President Obama, with this much power?

Isn’t it easy to see how recorded phone calls and e-mails can be used to blackmail political opponents and chill speech?

Isn’t it easy to see how believing Jews and Christians will one day soon be painted as “extremists” and thus subjected to harassment and denied due process?

Doesn’t that scare you?

It sure scares me! For this is the path of tyranny.

I urge you to get your free e-book. Then, I hope you will join our coalition of Americans who are standing up to the Washington establishment by standing for the Constitution.

Our founding fathers warned us not to trade our precious, hard-won liberty for an illusory state-provided “security.” For who would then secure us from an all-powerful, unaccountable government?

“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home,” said James Madison.

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

The founding fathers’ warnings were then echoed by the great thinkers of the conservative tradition.

“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.

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

“All wars come to an end, at least temporarily. But the authority acquired by the state hangs on; political power never abdicates,” said the journalist Frank Chodorov.

“A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny,” said the great Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

We’re learning just how correct they were.

This is not the America we want. And it is not the America we need.

I invite you to join the movement to rein in government excess and protect our constitutional liberties.

You may not know it, but conservatives have been warning about how military adventurism leads to the trampling of liberty for a long time.

That conservative tradition begins with George Washington and runs through Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Alexis de Tocqueville, Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, Robert Taft, Russell Kirk, F. A. Hayek, and Ronald Reagan—all the way up to Ron Paul and Rand Paul.

The conservative way of thinking 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, under the United States Constitution, America is supposed to be a republic—not an empire.

From the moment the conservative tradition was born with Edmund Burke, to the day before yesterday, conservatives have 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, real conservatives have always been—and still are—constitutionalists.

Don’t you agree that we need to get back to that kind of constitutional 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: The rights and liberties of everyday Americans are being trampled by a Washington establishment that couldn’t care less about the Constitution.

Throughout American history, true conservatives have been skeptical of war and those who beat the drums for war because they have loved liberty under the law.

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 Constitution.

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.

Follow on Twitter | Friend on Facebook
Copyright © 2012 Come Home America, All rights reserved.

Advertisements