The cause of liberty is not just the desire for freedom, or lack of government control. You probably know the phraseology, don't you? "people who desire no form of government at all." Or, some such nonsense attributed to anyone engaged in prosecuting their rights. They are classified as near as possible as nut-job anarchists. "Why, they would do away with Social Security and the safety net for the poor."
Yes, yes, we have heard all of that before from the elitists who think that if the people were given liberty that there would be no way to achieve the same ends. It takes a government to force people into kindness, social awareness and generosity. In a Godless land that might be true, but it is also why the founders felt that religion fostered a healthy sense of community, of caring, of charity and that it was invaluable to a free state. Religion was distanced from the state, not to protect the state, but to protect religion. They saw from the English tradition that when forced to tithe, there is no kindness to it, there is no generosity to it and there is no charity to it.
It doesn't matter if one is religious or not, kindness, generosity and charity are the fruits of liberty. They are the things that make these things virtues. Government makes them coercion and theft and vile.
Many of the churches are finding that out now.
The cause of liberty is written into the Constitution, not by those who valued lawlessness, or violence, or wickedness, but by those who understood the roots of these evils lie with any government, even the one which so many of them had struggled to create. They described "God-given" rights that were inalienable, that resided with the people and that no government could take away. They did so in an attempt to pre-empt the nastier tendencies of the people who would be attracted by the power of government. It was their attempt to save us from the inevitable.
It is traitorous that we have given so many away without a fight. We have given so many away that there is no true Constitution anymore, there are only regulations that stand now as inviolable as any King's command with no other substance to support them, but the force of arms.
In the police we have a standing army against the people, so long feared by those who were made to do business and discuss politics under the gaze of the British. Is it any different now that they scour websites like this one and the Drudge Report, seeking those who click on links of a subversive nature? While the police serve a necessary duty of protection, they are also there to make sure that these edicts are not broken, are not violated and rarely do they consider the Constitution when dealing with an individual.
The government now is gearing up to address Anti-Government Extremists. They are fitted out in battle gear. They are given the confidence that when they came for the guns, only a few stood up; when they came for hate speech, only a few stood up; when they came for the press, the press laid down; when they came for "the free exercise thereof" (religion) well, we'll see how that one goes.
I urge all engaged in the struggle for liberty to rally behind the Bishops, the Priests, the Ministers and Pastors who are up against the same tyrants who came for us all. I hope these men of religion will return the favor and realize that they are in the fight because they could not be bothered by the other struggles going on around them.
Let them not lay down as the press has done. Let them stand on principle as all of us have done and so earn the badge of Extremist that we commonly share.