A Baby Step Toward LibertySubmitted by Andrew Jetton on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 13:41
Good afternoon, Liberty patriots! I am a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Volusia County, Florida, and therefore a voting member on the Republican Executive Committee, the leadership for the Volusia County Republican Party. This past Tuesday, April 23, at the monthly REC meeting, I introduced a resolution supporting last month's "drone strike" filibuster by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. There were approximately 75-100 REC members present; while the resolution is only symbolic, I am pleased to report that it passed unanimously. The text of the resolution is below (Note: Ron DeSantis is my Congressman)...
RESOLUTION CONCERNING DRONE STRIKES ON AMERICAN CITIZENS
WHEREAS, on March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky took a bold stand when seeking an answer to his question concerning Executive authority and American drone policy; and
WHEREAS, Senator Paul led a nearly 13-hour filibuster on the floor of the United States Senate, striking a chord with Americans across the political spectrum who were impressed with his sincere, honorable, and steadfast position; and
WHEREAS, Senator Paul took a passionate and determined, yet gracious and statesmanlike, stance in support of the United States Constitution and against unchecked Executive power; and
WHEREAS, Senator Paul was supported in this important endeavor by Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Ron DeSantis; and
WHEREAS, God-given rights, limited government, separation of powers, and the rule of law are foundational American, and Republican, principles; and
WHEREAS, the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution declares that "no person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."
WHEREAS, on March 7, 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder capitulated to Senator Rand Paul’s request by conceding that President Obama does not have the authority to order drone strikes against non-combatant American citizens on American soil; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee affirms that the Constitution of the United States forbids the Federal Government from carrying out a drone strike on American soil that targets an American citizen, unless that citizen is engaged in conduct which poses an immediate and deadly threat to the United States; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee applauds Senator Rand Paul for his courageous leadership and commends the support provided by Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Ron DeSantis; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee calls on all Volusia County Federal, State, and local Republican officials to "Stand with Rand" by continuing to fight for the principles of God-given rights, limited government, separation of powers, and the rule of law.
Approved and adopted this day April 23, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida.
I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the foregoing Resolution was unanimously adopted by the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee.
E. Tony Ledbetter, Chairman
While I cannot be sure, I doubt that such a resolution would have passed unanimously prior to this year (indeed, it might have failed to pass at all). From my vantage point, the GOP, both nationally and locally, is beginning the process of correction after the disastrous "wrong turn" it took in nominating George W. Bush in 2000, and in supporting his Neoconservative agenda when he became President (not that the GOP was a paragon of Liberty prior to 2000). Rand Paul is now considered a credible contender for the Presidential nomination in 2016, and I, for one, think that this is a very hopeful sign.
Those of us who are Christians must put our trust in God, rather than in men. However, God often works through the hearts of men, whether small or great:
The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. - Proverbs 21:1 NASB
While it is true that America is in a time of crisis, it is also true that God is in control of all events...
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. - Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV
... and will use all events for the spiritual benefit of those he calls to faith:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. - Romans 8:28-30 NIV
I think that there is cause for optimism in the current political situation; consecutive defeats in Presidential elections are causing the GOP to reassess its ideology, and therein lies an opportunity for the Liberty Movement. Regardless, "God is our refuge" (Psalm 46:1), and he is in complete control of our current situation, no matter who is arrayed against us:
Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. - Psalm 31:23-24 NIV
Psalm 46 (referenced briefly above) has served as the inspiration for multiple songs over the years; I will conclude with this contemporary adaptation:
Questions or observations, Liberty patriots? Thank you and God bless.