The worst thing in the fight for liberty is not an enemy.  An enemy, whether the party stereotypes of a warmongering Republican or welfare state Democrat, or the more realistic combination of both, gives us a clear view of what we are fighting in this Cold Civil War.  We can point to the likes of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi and ask, “Do you still trust DC to fix DC?” They can energize free minds to keep pushing our state and local leaders and remind us there is still a lot of work to do.

But what can really sap the energy from liberty minded people is when people act like they are different from the establishment, but then tell us that fighting for the Constitution is a losing battle.  It can be discouraging if one speaks too long with them.  They are and forever will be watching to see which way the wind is blowing, and when we gain momentum they will be on our sides with such enthusiasm you would think they gave Michael Boldin the idea to start the Tenth Amendment Center in the first place.

Such was the experience conservative activists had when listening to Congressman Paul Gosar (R – AZ1).  Be careful, Congressman?  Don’t fight for “just the Constitution.” Well if not enforcing the Supreme Law of the Land, then what do you suggest we fight for, Congressman?  Thank God activists like KrisAnne Hall and Stephanie Scruggs were there to fire back with a reminder of the oath of office this guy took.  You are an elected official, Congressman, and you took that oath, whether you think you can win with it or not!

The American War of Independence was not won carefully!  The Declaration of Independence was not written carefully!  And as for standing for just the Constitution, a lot of people died from 1776 to 1789 for just the Declaration of Independence.  For many of them, that document and often their own gun they brought from home were all they had. So, Congressman, look up the names and pictures of the signers of that founding document for some inspiration and grow a set, or just go back home!

To the legislatures and governors of the 50 united States, and county and municipal officials, whatever the title, you took an oath to defend the Constitution as well.  Not just against ObamaCare if you’re a Republican, and not just against the war on drugs or PATRIOT Act if you’re a Democrat.  No, your oath was a non-partisan one, and we will not accept the excuse in our state capitals, county and municipal halls, or even in our own homes that we are fighting a losing battle.

Our independence was born out of a losing battle that we still won.  The real losing battle is expecting the federal government to fix the federal government.  Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, everyone.  As the Tenth Amendment Center’s M.O. reminds us, “The Constitution, every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.” We will accept nothing less, even when our lukewarm friends in DC think we should.

Benjamin W. Mankowski, Sr.

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