Still, I cannot deny that I'd nonetheless like things a whole lot more than they are now, with more people like Kit Lange running around. Consider the open letter to the Washington state governor that she posted yesterday:
What is our crime? The exercise of rights protected—not granted—by the WA State Constitution and that of the United States of America. The exercise of rights you promised to uphold when you took office. We dare to speak of liberty, we dare to stand against tyranny, and now we are being threatened with the same fate that Anthony has already undergone once.
We, the patriots of Washington, appeal to you now. We want no fight. We want no conflict. We wish to be left alone in peace, to raise our families and live in liberty. We ask that you stand with us and stop this violation of our rights, as is your duty. Under no circumstances do we seek violence, nor will we start violence. We are not, in any way, “anti-government” as the SPLC claims. We simply demand that the government adhere to its Constitutional limits, protecting and maintaining the rights of the governed.
Please understand this: We will not comply with these continued infringements. We will no longer be controlled and have our rights violated. There is no more compromise. If an inch of liberty is taken from us, we will take back a mile. Because of this, we face persecution, arrest, and even death.
You can stop this from happening. It is your job to stop this from happening, by upholding your oath to the Constitution.
The very word "patriot", any more, just makes my teeth grind, and of course I would argue that being "anti-government" should be the quintessential American mindset, not a derogatory epithet that we concede to authoritarians in our very speech. And then there's the whole tilting-at-windmills thing with approaching Master to ask Master to restrain Master from abusing the plebes.
Still, there is a lot of good in this. It speaks plainly, declaratively, and reads like the double-dog-dare that it should be. And, to quote David, cum ulla sella in pugno taberna. Indeed.
And Lange has been consistent and eloquent in this, from what I've seen of her thus far.
Excellent. May the ranks continue to swell.