Adams cousins, Gandhi, King, Walesa and John Galt on overturning the healthcare tyranny.
“When I took up my little sling and aimed it at Communism, I
also hit at something else. What I hit was the force of that
great Socialist revolution which in the name of
liberalism, spasmodically, incompletely,
somewhat formlessly, but always in the same direction, has been
inching its ice-cap over the nation for two decades. I had no
adequate idea of its extent, the depth of its penetration, or the
fierce vindictiveness of its revolutionary temper.”
— Whittaker Chambers in Witness
“Our concern was not to put the bus company out of
business, but to put justice in
— Martin Luther King on the Montgomery Bus Boycott
“The road is cleared. We are going back to the
— John Galt in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
Enough is enough.
It’s time to put government tyranny out of business, and put health care justice in business.
So the tactics will now change.
First, the goal: Outright repeal, then start over. But repeal first and foremost.
That understood, it would be time to take a look at how this kind of thing has been done before. And what tools are available in the repeal fight.
To start, there could not be better role models here than America’s Martin Luther King, the Sons of Liberty (Sam and John Adams and crew), Poland’s Lech Walesa and India’s Gandhi.
And let’s not forget Ayn Rand’s fictional John Galt.
1. The Precedents: Fortunately, this is not the first time that Americans — and those outside America — have set out to undo an untenable status quo.»
• The Stamp Act and the Tea Tax, 1765 and 1773 —. The two were fought successfully by the Sons of Liberty, an underground group of patriots whose members and leaders included Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Charles Warren, John Adams (Sam’s second cousin), John Hancock and, in Virginia, Patrick Henry. Both the Stamp Act, which required that specific printed materials in the American colonies be printed on stamped paper bearing an official revenue stamp, and the Tea Act, which taxed tea, were acts of the British Parliament. Incensed Americans, furious at the taxation without representation and the fact that neither Parliament much less the British King was listening to them, began to resist. The resistance, famously including the Boston Tea Party in which tea was dumped into Boston Harbor, was the precursor to the American Revolution.
But before there was the Revolution, there was the successful overturning of both the Stamp Act and the Tea Tax. How? Both were made essentially unenforceable through the passage of legislative resolutions from colonial legislatures, public demonstrations, and flat out resistance to paying the tax. Said the Sons of Liberty in 1773 of anyone involved trying to collect the tax,: such a collector was “an enemy to the liberties of America” and that “whoever shall transgress any of these resolutions, we will not deal with, or employ, or have any connection with him.” In Massachusetts, the Colonial governor Thomas Hutchinson even found angry American colonists protesting outside the governor’s mansion — an unheard of proposition in that day and age. Both taxes were finally repealed.
• The Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955 — Begun in Montgomery, Alabama when Rosa Parks, a black seamstress with tired feet, refused to move to the back of a city bus (all buses — and much more — were segregated by race in accord with the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, a Supreme Court ruling that tried to override the post-Civil War constitutional amendments and civil rights laws). Led by a young Montgomery minister named Martin Luther King, Jr. the tactic was simple: elementary non-compliance by refusing to ride buses. Period. Black men, women and children were all asked to voluntarily comply to somehow use other transportation, including walking if necessary. They rallied and, inevitably, the bus company began to be starved of revenue. King was even arrested at one point, which only drew national attention. Finally, the courts stepped in and sided with Dr. King. The boycott ended, the buses were integrated, and the moral stake of the aborning Civil Rights movement was held high.
• The Salt March, 1930 — The British government had, not unlike its treatment of the American colonies with the Stamp Act and Tea Tax almost two centuries earlier, imposed a salt tax on its colony of India. Mohandas Gandhi, a British-educated Indian lawyer, had returned to his homeland determined to win Indian independence. He initiated a Salt March in 1930 — literally marching across India to the Indian Ocean. There, in full view of the newsreel cameras, he knelt at ocean’s edge and began collecting seawater, letting it evaporate and thus creating salt. Making salt was an illegal activity under the British Salt Tax. His actions captured the public imagination in India and massive civil disobedience set in, with millions making salt, making the Salt Tax virtually unenforceable. Eventually, the Salt March forced the British to recognize that they could not control India without the consent of the Indians — which they did not have. India won its independence in 1948.
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In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
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