From the desk of George O’Neill, Jr.
Co-Founder, Come Home America
Dear Fellow Conservative,
President Obama is directing an unprecedented assault on our constitutional rights and liberties.
You may think that I am talking about the President’s war on religious liberty. We’ve heard a lot about that in recent months—and rightly so.
But the President’s attack on religious freedom is only one skirmish in a broader assault.
I am talking about the President’s attack on Americans’ fundamental political rights and freedoms, rights and freedoms as ancient as the Magna Carta—that landmark document in human-rights history which was issued way back in 1215.
- Habeas corpus—the right to not be imprisoned without trial.
- The right to a trial of one’s peers.
- The right to privacy.
- Freedom from unwarranted search and seizure.
- Freedom of speech.
These are the rights and freedoms which the American founders risked their lives for. They are rights and freedoms that conservatives, in particular, have always stood for and believed in.
But today, in the name of national security, they are all being shredded by President Obama.
And if you don’t think there’s a connection between that and the President’s attacks on people of faith, think again.
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 fundamental conservative principles: limited government, equality under the law, andindividual liberty.
Over the last three and a half years, in the name of military adventurism and utopian dreams, President Obama has taken a sledgehammer to each of these key principles.
If you’re not horrified, you haven’t been paying attention.
Two years ago, some friends of mine and I decided that the American heritage of liberty under the law was worth defending.
So I co-founded a new group called Come Home America. Come Home America brings together men and women from both the Right and the Left to expose the Obama administration’s abrogation of our fundamental rights and freedoms.
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 how our ancient liberties are being undermined—and what we can do about it.
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 an “important work.”
I agree with Congressman Paul—and I urge you to see for yourself.
You see, when we allow our basic political rights to be abrogated in the name of security, we open the door to just the kind of assault that the President is now launching against religious freedom.
In both cases, the Constitution is our friend. And unlimited government power is the enemy.
After the terrible events of 9/11, many conservatives understandably believed that we needed to do everything we could to ensure that such a tragedy never happened again.
Some of them even bought into the idea that to get the “bad guys” we had to set the Constitution aside.
But today, a growing number of conservatives are now beginning to realize that that decision was short-sighted.
After all, what happens when we become the “bad guys”?
Isn’t it dangerous and foolish to remove the wise checks on government power that the American revolutionaries—not to mention millions of American servicemen and women since then—have fought and died for?
Yes—it is dangerous and foolish.
But there is hope. Conservative politicians from Ron and Rand Paul to Congressmen Justin Amash, Walter Jones, and Jimmy Duncan are rising up for true liberty—and against the police state that President Obama and his friends would like to impose upon us. So are conservative writers like George Will, Pat Buchanan, and Peggy Noonan.
These conservatives are coming to see that the first casualty of war is freedom on the home front.
They are beginning to see that if we really want a stronger and freer America, it is time to come home.
But that is not how President Obama sees it.
Making the power of the government unlimited is what President Obama is all about. And he is using the alleged requirements of “national security” as his wedge.
First, his Transportation Security Administration—led by Janet Napolitano—introduced humiliating, unnecessary full-body scans into our airports. Manufacturer? The aptly named Rapiscan. You can’t make this stuff up.
(By the way, have you noticed that there seems to be at least one TSA employee for every traveler at the airport? I guess it’s clear where layoffs and budget cuts are not happening in this economy.)
As if viewing us naked isn’t enough, TSA employees are only too happy to pat down our three-year-old daughters and eighty-year-old grandmothers as if they had just been picked up in a drug bust.
All of this is annoying and degrading. But that’s just the kid stuff.
It gets much, much worse.
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.
That was too much even for a liberal federal judge, who has temporarily blocked the measure—but only temporarily.
Worse yet, Obama’s National Security Agency is spying on us. In fact, the NSA is building a mammoth facility in Utah to intercept, collect, and store all of our e-mails and phone conversations—yours and mine.
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.”
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 all of this is connected to President Obama’s war on the traditional freedoms of believing Jews and Christians?
Doesn’t that scare you?
It sure scares me! 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 President Obama by standing for our constitutional rights and liberties.
We need you to join with us in letting President Obama know that a strong national defense does not mean we must sacrifice our civil liberties and constitutional freedoms!
Our founding fathers warned us not to trade our precious, hard-won liberty for a mess of “security” pottage. For who would then secure us from an all-powerful, unaccountable government?
That is why James Madison said that “the means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.”
Benjamin Franklin went further: “Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Madison and Franklin were right—as conservatives from Edmund Burke to Alexis de Tocqueville to Friedrich Hayek to William Buckley have all attested.
That’s the group of conservatives I want to stand with, don’t you?
And don’t you want to stand against President Obama and his liberty-killing agenda?
We need to return to constitutional conservatism.Please click here for your free e-book—and then 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 as well as the right.
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 President that couldn’t care less about the Constitution.
The drums of Pentagon adventurism 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.
I hope you’ll take advantage of this free e-book offer.
Together with other constitutional conservatives from all across the nation, we can recover the rights and liberties that are our birthright as Americans
We just need conservatives like you on board.
Thank you, and God bless.
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.