Is the government shutdown the beginning of a revolution?

Are the American people ready to stand up to tyranny? Photo: AP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., October 6, 2013 — The Republican House has finally started to do the job We the People sent them to do in 2010 and again in 2012. Does this mean that the revolution started by the Tea Party movement in 2009 is about to take off in earnest? Perhaps. There are hopeful signs, but the outcome is far from certain.

Protests began in early 2009 over massive deficit spending, both in the stimulus bill and then in the annual appropriations bill that followed almost immediately. The issue was fiscal irresponsibility; it still is. We have been living with that bloated federal budget via “continuing resolution” ever since.

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The administration and the intellectual left behind it are like medieval physicians. The economy is sick and weak. The prescription is to bring on the leeches and withdraw more blood. Eventually the patient will die.

It need not be this way. FreedomWorks’ citizen-crafted Tea Party Budget in 2011 showed a path to fiscal health. If it had been adopted, we would be within a year or two of a balanced budget and well on our way to fiscal health. Neither party in Congress was inclined to make it happen.

Instead, we’ve endured gridlock. Having achieved their spending goals, this suits the left just fine. Doing nothing acts in their favor—until a debt ceiling is hit. Then there are threats, intimidation and demonization until the Republican opposition caves.

The first time it happened in August 2011. The president made grave predictions about what cutting even a dime out of the bloated federal budget would do. Active duty military attended mandatory briefings to tell them what their options were should the government be shut down and they not receive their pay. The point was to put Alinsky-style pressure on the Republican House.

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Republicans did hold out for a negotiated budget cut in the form of “a player to be named later.” The resulting miniscule cuts were made as painful as possible to the ordinary citizen.

In January of this year the debt ceiling was reached again. This time the crisis was pitched as a “fiscal cliff.” The Republicans caved again. Speaker Boehner admitted in a Wall Street Journal interview that he’d been rolled. Would he let it happen again?

All this recounting of recent history seems necessary because people tend to forget so soon; to get distracted by the crisis du jour.

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Here we are again. Only this time, the need to approve another budget almost exactly coincides with the need to raise the debt limit again — and with the implementation of the much-hated government takeover of healthcare. It is almost the perfect fiscal storm.

This time the Republicans stuck to their principles. The government “shut down” but the sky didn’t fall. The economy continues to sputter along. The Dow Jones (DJIA) is still higher than it was a month ago.

Will it be different this time? Is this the start of a revolution that leads this country back to fiscal sanity and constitutionally limited government?

The answer is a resounding maybe.

If the Republicans can continue to stick to their principles they may be able to strike a decent bargain. The administration’s pain tactics are giving the administration a black eye, and as time goes on, they look more and more like petty tyrants. They are the ones who tried to deny World War II vets their chance to visit their privately-funded memorial. They are the ones who refused Arizona’s help to keep the Grand Canyon open. They are also the ones who told Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to close state parks. (He refused.) It is Harry Reid who refuses to fund cancer trials for children.

If this were 1933 Germany and Adolf Hitler had just been elected Reichskanzler, or 1917 Russia and the Bolsheviks had just won control of the Duma, then indeed the issue would be settled.

But this is neither of those places. This is the United States, which has a written constitution. We are not a people ruled, we are governed. Many in public office have forgotten that; many people actually accept being ruled by the self-appointed wise. At least two state senators in Colorado found out last month the error of trying to rule a free people. More need to follow in their path.

A president is not a king. We got rid of ours more than 200 years ago. The president must negotiate because the power of the purse belongs to the House, not the presidency. When the president says that Obamacare is the law of the land and cannot be changed he is wrong.

The only laws that are unchangeable are the laws of nature and of nature’s God. The PPACA is neither.

The revolution has begun but it didn’t start in Washington. It started when we began to see through the heated rhetoric of the moment and to remember who we are and what we stand for. If We the People remember our principles and stick to them we can force our politicians to do so as well.

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Al Maurer is a political scientist and founder of The Voice of Liberty. He writes on topics of limited government and individual rights.

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