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After Ukraine, We Need an American Spring
Pajamas Media ^ | 02/24/2014 | Roger Simon

Posted on 02/24/2014 8:50:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind

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We are not in the situation of the Ukraine, however that turns out, but the events in that Eastern European country should remind us all of the sad condition of our nation, how much we now need an American Spring in the USA.

Not a Spring like the Arab Spring, of course, which was and is a nightmare beyond anyone’s wishes, but something more like the original Prague Spring that remade the Czech Republic into the vibrant country and society it is today.

The Obama administration has been the culmination of the advancement of state intrusion into our lives that began roughly a hundred years ago and has reached such a point that the originality and the intentions of our country are barely recognizable. The results of this have been disastrous both economically and socially, most of all in terms of the personal freedom and liberty of our citizens. We have gone backwards in many ways, not the least of which is that race relations have deteriorated during the administration of the first African-American president, largely due to state meddling. We are divided as we have never been since the Civil War, and for really no good reason.

The people aren’t the problem. It’s the state.

And in a still-growing country of over 300 million the state gets bigger and bigger and bigger just by entropy, until we are all engulfed.

We need some government, obviously, but at this point in American history, in order to save our nation, we need to get the state as much as possible out of our lives, to cut its functions with a meat cleaver to release our better impulses, to have the renewal of Spring. Deep down even some modern liberals realize this. (Bill Clinton famously said the era of big government is over before running the other way as if in fear of his own honesty.)

In this coming crucial year, those of us who feel the overweening state is the problem must reach out our hands to our fellow citizens as never before. My sense is that many of them are ready to hear our message. (The fiasco of Obamacare has been a gift in that regard.) And if we don’t reach out our hands, there will be no American Spring. Things will only get worse. (The horrific attempt of the FCC to monitor newsrooms is a harbinger of totalitarian things to come.)

I am one of those eternal optimists who think we are on the brink of this American Spring. Another, whether he knows it or not, is ironically Joe Trippi, once the campaign manager for Howard Dean, a statist of the first order. (See Trippi’s interview with Reason magazine in which he foresees a libertarian-oriented president in the near future.) Possible allies can be found in more quarters than we know.

But in order to achieve this American Spring, those who favor a diminished state must exercise discipline and kindness as never before. They should avoid internal rectification campaigns (shooting their own, looking for ideological perfection that doesn’t exist). We are not communists. That’s what they do.

Those already convinced of our cause — small-government conservatives, Tea Partiers, libertarians — should put aside their squabbles for now, join together and seek to be as inclusive as possible. Ideological purity, indeed ideological terminology itself, is inherently exclusionary and often obfuscating. Gloating of any sort is also counter-productive, possibly terminally. Instead, we must patiently explain, even to our most intractable adversaries, why our proposals for limited government are for their benefit as well as our own. We must do this in the face of a troglodytic and reactionary media and entrenched bureaucracies and interest groups from over a century of statism. We cannot stop or give up.

And we must always point out that what people were and are fighting for on the streets of the Ukraine and Venezuela is human freedom. They are not fighting for more government programs. It’s even farcical to think so.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americanspring; ukraine; ukrainecrisis

1 posted on 02/24/2014 8:50:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

We would have to find the Americans.


2 posted on 02/24/2014 8:53:59 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here are a couple guys trying to get something started;

http://patriotsforamerica.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


3 posted on 02/24/2014 9:00:38 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Correct.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 9:01:05 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Correct.


5 posted on 02/24/2014 9:01:05 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ukrainian Revolution had triggered by government violence - extremely stupid move of Ukrainian government, IMHO. Something shocking need to happen here in US to cause our inert people to rebel. Unfortunately, only massive bloodshed can wake us up. Do we want it? I hope, not.


6 posted on 02/24/2014 9:04:26 AM PST by Samogon (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato)
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7 posted on 02/24/2014 9:09:23 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe that will happen. Freedom yearns to break out.


8 posted on 02/24/2014 9:16:58 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: LucianOfSamasota
We would have to find the Americans.

And then get them to put down their iPads and remote controls and crawl off the couch.


9 posted on 02/24/2014 9:16:59 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

We have it on election day.


10 posted on 02/24/2014 9:17:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

RE: We have it on election day.

1) As long as conservatives go out and vote ( unlike 2012 ).

2) As long as we can prevent voter fraud.


11 posted on 02/24/2014 9:18:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Here is the Order of things...

1. Elect More Republicans - IN PROGRESS - MOSTLY a FAIL
2. Artivle V Neutering of FedGov - STARTING - SLOWLY MOVING
3. State Nullification of FedGov - WAITING on STEP 2
4. American “Spring” - WAITING on STEP 3 if Steps above all fail.
5. Secession - ONLY if all above STEPS FAIL.


12 posted on 02/24/2014 9:19:52 AM PST by GraceG
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To: maine yankee

There needs to be millions of patriotic Americans coming to Washington and prepared to stay until Obama is gone, but far too much of the population still supports him to drive him from office. The May 16th Operation American Spring is perhaps a kernel, but there seems to be a reluctance based upon what I am not sure. What will it take, an economic catastrophe, a huge foreign setback? With the media behind him, every disaster seems to be denied, buried, and attrited away. Still looking for the way back for the country.


13 posted on 02/24/2014 9:20:13 AM PST by Truth29
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To: maine yankee

May 16, 2014 in DC.

The opportunity is there for us to show we have some backbone left in the country.

Can we follow the examples of Egypt, Venezuela and the Ukraine or are we too far gone now to even stand up for our own freedom?


14 posted on 02/24/2014 9:21:52 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Truth29

What will it take, an economic catastrophe, a huge foreign setback?

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Yes, but I’ll be at the May 16th event anyhow.

As the old saying goes: If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.


15 posted on 02/24/2014 9:23:29 AM PST by Starboard
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To: SeekAndFind

Getting people out to vote is easy if they feel that they have something to vote for rather than just against. (See Ronald Reagan)

As far as vote fraud is concerned, secretaries of state races should be given at least as much priority as races for governor or senator. I attribute much of Michigan’s change in direction to having an SOS who takes the integrity of the vote seriously.


16 posted on 02/24/2014 9:23:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind
We would have to overcome a media who work overtime to convince the world that the Obama Administration is Freedom - that his collectivist agenda items like gay rights and affirmative action and global warming are more important to one's individual liberty than a limited government that stays out of one's business.
17 posted on 02/24/2014 9:24:58 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Samogon

Something shocking need to happen here in US to cause our inert people to rebel. Unfortunately, only massive bloodshed can wake us up. Do we want it? I hope, not.


Neither do I. But I think I DO know who does want massive bloodshed. It’s the Mainstream Media, Cronkite’s legacy of “If it bleeds, it Leads” is still with us today.


18 posted on 02/24/2014 9:27:33 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: LucianOfSamasota

“We would have to find the Americans.”

Funny, I just posted this in half-jest with a few half-truths yesterday as to where to find the Americans.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3126119/posts


19 posted on 02/24/2014 9:33:14 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: Truth29

“There needs to be millions of patriotic Americans coming to Washington and prepared to stay until Obama is gone”

Problem number one is that the millions that have the time are the same millions that are taking the govt. handouts.


20 posted on 02/24/2014 9:37:55 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: GraceG

RE: 5. Secession - ONLY if all above STEPS FAIL.

Gosh, I remember what happened when we attempted that... NOT PRETTY ( an understatement).


21 posted on 02/24/2014 9:50:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I fear this is our last opportunity, and few realize it. EVERYONE needs to take off from their jobs. Your job is worthless if you lose your country while remaining silent.


22 posted on 02/24/2014 10:08:06 AM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just because we have further to fall doesn’t mean we haven’t fallen a long way.

The Ukrainians figured out what to do. We can too.


23 posted on 02/24/2014 10:11:29 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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To: SoFloFreeper
>>Freedom yearns to break out.<<

I truly believe the strategy is to wait out a generation of patriots, indoctrinate the next generation and flood the country with foreigners that know little of our constitution.

Ask a young person, oh lets say from 15 to 25 a question regarding our constitution. Ask, how the government is made up and why. Ask them about the bill of rights.

Duhhhhhh???? The overwhelming majority cannot answer simple questions about our country. Turning up the heat lil by lil.

24 posted on 02/24/2014 10:34:40 AM PST by servantboy777
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To: SeekAndFind
>>As long as we can prevent voter fraud.<< Proof positive...take a look at Project Veritas by James Okeefe.

The last election was skewed by massive voter fraud within OUR OWN GOVERNMENT! Not to mention all the vulnerables.

Incumbents with millions and millions of dollars from lord knows where. These elections are by far purchased by those who contribute (legally/illegally) thousands/millions to these campaigns.

The average citizen vote sways the political landscape so so very little. Hate to be a cynic here, but our election system and our government are as corrupt as the day is long.

25 posted on 02/24/2014 10:42:34 AM PST by servantboy777
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To: GraceG
Secession?!

You have got to be kidding. You never win by starting out to surrender.

26 posted on 02/24/2014 11:18:07 AM PST by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: George from New England

Thats why we need to create supply lines,and people willing to come for a day or 2 and replace those that need to leave or cant stay.But the only way to do this is to show up and refuse to leave.We might be surprised at how many will join us.


27 posted on 02/24/2014 12:10:30 PM PST by Craftmore
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To: SeekAndFind
I have a suggestion.

North and South American, Lets band together in the "Great American Awakening 2014". Lets end the Plague of National Socialism forever. Gather on May 16th in DC.

This has none of the negative connotation associated with the Arab Spring BS. And we might get some participants from outside the US borders who would love to help.

It is TIME to DownSize DC!

28 posted on 02/24/2014 12:40:48 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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