Serf or Citizen?

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Many American minds have been twisted by a hundred years of progressivism. A once proud and independent people have become increasingly meek and dependent on the decisions and goodies disbursed by faraway masterminds.

Part of that twist moved our attention and expectations from the dispersed power in our states, and toward a single focal point in Washington, DC. For any real or imagined problem, the perceived answer no longer resides within our communities or states. No, there must be a national program to deal with and regulate everything. This top-down imperial approach, that treats the fifty states no better than subservient soviet republics, is not only incompatible with, but hostile to free government.

Aren’t you tired of pleading like a serf with your rep and senators to comply with the constitution they swore to protect? I’m not saying we should stop communicating with them, but as a group, they will never reform the system that serves their personal interests so well.

If we are to save our republican freedoms from runaway tyranny, we must take the initiative, and stymie the radical onslaught, but how?

Voting for conservatives to national office is necessary, but history has shown it is insufficient. Conservatives will never set the terms of the debate in Washington, DC. The left simply owns it all. Big media and the DOJ are Obama’s shield and sword. If we are to be winning generals in this long battle against despotism, we must select the best terrain to fight upon, and that terrain is not in Washington. It is distributed among fifty state capitols.

Yes, the states. It is there our Framers direct us, in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments through Article V, to begin the process they planned, to take back our republic from the forces of darkness and despair. We do not have to put up with consolidation of all power into the hands of the few. We have the means, we must use them.

This new tactic requires a new perspective.

Do you know your state rep and senator? From you, do they know they have the constitutional duty and muscle to restore republican freedoms? They know very well the heavy hand of DHS, EPA, HHS, etc. and unfunded mandates too numerous to count. They know that over half of the states stood in court to oppose Obamacare. They know radical judges alone prevented Arizona from defending its southern border. They know of DOJ intent to hijack elections for democrats, and how the statists are ultimately nullifying the constitution. Do not discount their collective loathing.

These are the politicians we must motivate, because they are the men and women who will send delegates with detailed commissions to an Article V amendment convention and wrest power from our oppressors.

We are the many; our oppressors are the few. Be proactive. Be a Re-Founder of the American Republic. Join Convention of States. Sign our COS Petition.

14 thoughts on “Serf or Citizen?

  1. cliff wilkin

    Good Morning Rodney,

    Great to see another thoughtfully written article. Glad you used the term “serf”. I am in the process of reading Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, even bought the audio book. History shows where socialism “common good” leads to.a collective bad. Should we consider using the term Conservative less? Is it becoming more divisive. In our efforts to unite majorities across the country how do we educate people of this non-partisan solution providently provided by our Founders. Blue states are suffering as much and more on their return on investment from what they are sending to Washington. These states tend have much more poverty and violence. Can we all get behind a resurgence of American values of individual responsibility and local governance by We the People?

    1. Rodney Dodsworth Post author

      You may well be right. I hadn’t thought of “conservative” as divisive. Our nation unfortunately thinks in terms of two branches of the same party, the Uniparty, which reminds me of Hayek’s dedication to the socialists of all parties. We’ve become something of a nation of Bastiat’s plunderers haven’t we?

      No substitute term for conservative immediately comes to mind.

      I’m reading Randy Barnett’s latest book, “Our Republican Constitution.” It’s his best work yet.

    2. Alice Pavlick

      Great article!! We can make a difference, we don’t have to bow to the ones we elected to serve us! Convention of States gives power back to us – the citizens. I am actively involved in COS my state, and am excited that we can make a difference. One person at a time, one step at a time. The journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step! I encourage everyone to take that step today.

  2. Don Sutton

    “What was to be a relatively innocuous federal government, operating from a defined enumeration of specific grants of power, has become an ever-present and unaccountable force. It is the nation’s largest creditor, debtor, lender, employer, consumer, contractor, grantor, property owner, tenant, insurer, health-care provider, and pension guarantor. Moreover, with aggrandized police powers, what it does not control directly it bans or mandates by regulation.”
    ― Mark R. Levin, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

    Why a ?

    “…small government gives you big freedoms–and Big Government leaves you with very little freedom. The opposite of Big Government is not small government, but Big Liberty. The bailout and the stimulus and the budget and the trillion-dollar deficits are not merely massive transfers from the most dynamic and productive sector to the least dynamic and productive. When governments annex a huge chunk of the economy, they also annex a huge chunk of individual liberty. You fundamentally change the relationship between the citizen and the state into something closer to that of junkie and pusher–and you make it very difficult ever to change back.”
    ― Mark Steyn, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

    Why not work with the Government to change direction?

    “It is folly to believe that Congress and the president, on their own, will make the necessary and difficult decisions to address the impending financial debacle. After all, they and their predecessors engineered the approaching tsunami. As the situation becomes direr, the federal government’s actions will grow more oppressive.”
    ― Mark R. Levin, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

    Why NOW ?

    “President Ronald Reagan cautioned that Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
    ― Mark R. Levin, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

    “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will”

    Ronald Reagan

    Wait for the Tyrannical Federal Government to devour the Civil Society or join us.

  3. Carol Menges

    Great essay! We need as soon as possible, “under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”

  4. Christine A. DeMarchi-Hapeman

    What a refreshing and beautifully written article! We just had an example today of such an overreach when Senator Chuck Schumer asked for money to deal with the Orlando attack. Problem: every time something happens in this country, he asks for more money! Since when is more money the solution to everything? The solution rests in the Convention of States so that we can take back our government. It is a crying shame that we have to go through this process, however, it is not the fault of the citizenry; it is clearly the fault of the federal government which continually lies, cheats and steals from us.

  5. jenny

    If you want some good education, read Mark Levin’s Books. Start with Men in Black- A history of the Supreme Court & end with his latest – Plunder & Deceit. This will give you an education not available anywhere except maybe at Hillsdale College & Professor Larry Arnt.

    1. Rodney Dodsworth Post author

      I have all of Levin’s political science books, as well as those of his friend Randy Barnett.

  6. Gary Rosenbaum

    In their wisdom, the drafters of the Constitution provided us with a remedy for abuses of federal power that are left unchecked by the federal judiciary. It is time for us to apply that remedy by invoking Article V’s procedure to call for a Convention of the States to propose amendments that will restore the original meaning of the Constitution.
    Americans realize that the federal government will never control itself. The solution lies in using Article V of the US Constitution to call a Convention of States to peacefully and constitutionally bring the federal government back under control of the states. This effort is active in all 50 states. Please learn more and join the liberty loving volunteers in this amazing grassroots movement.

  7. Michael Millikan

    I do not plead with my Senator and Representative. They work for me. If they treat me respectfully, I reciprocate. I clearly communicate my expectations and follow up with positive or negative feedback and political activities as called for. The sheeple are beyond help and Rodney is wasting ink trying to reach them. Visit our website to learn about Citizens for Self Governance and our Article V Convention of States Project.

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