Paul Wilms, a highly respected former lobbyist for the North Carolina Homebuilders Association (he retired last year), wrote in a letter to The News & Observer of Raleigh yesterday that Americans have the authority to “throw off” oppressive government:
Democrats in Congress advanced their ideological goal of socialism by passing health care legislation that the majority of Americans don’t want or need and can’t afford.
In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers observed that when government ceases to listen to the will of the people, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government, and that when a long train of abuses and usurpations evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government.
At the hands of successive Congresses dating to Roosevelt’s New Deal, Americans have suffered a “long train of abuses and usurpations (designed) to reduce them under absolute despotism,” and if it continues, Americans have the right and the duty “to throw off such government,” peaceably if possible, but by force if necessary.
He adds that if Americans fail to address the issue at the ballot box in November, then he hopes that citizens will have the courage of the Founding Fathers to resist via other means. Meanwhile, many in the political chattering class in Raleigh were surprised by the boldness of Wilms’s letter.
Update 10:35 a.m.: Thought I’d also note a column written a couple of weeks ago by my former boss, John Hood of the John Locke Foundation, entitled “I Will Not Comply:”
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m not planning to recognize such a result as legally binding. I’m not going to pretend to obey any dictates from federal health-care bureaucrats that have never been authorized by a constitutional vote of both houses of Congress. I will not submit to any extra-constitutional order to dismantle the consumer-driven health plan I have set up for my employees.
I will not comply. If the government tries to make me comply, I’ll sue. And I’ll win.
An “I Will Not Comply” Facebook page has already drawn more than 12,000 fans. Maybe Wilms will set one up too.