Vitter, DeMint, et al: time to go Patrick Henry on Obama's assault on conservatives

Now, the official Obama administration policy is that being a conservative makes you a threat to the security of America (actual report in pdf form here). Being a military veteran makes you doubly suspect as a dangerous subversive. It is clear from Napolitano’s non-apology when cornered on it, that the directive came from higher up [i.e., Obama himself], and further, that they have no intention of backing down on it.

Yesterday, seven GOP Senators (some of our favorites) sent a letter to Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano. It was a sharply toned letter, with pointed, well-formed questions that indeed demand answers that all of America would like to hear. Warner Todd Huston has the details, including the text of the letter and the signees.

But the Senators did not go far enough. It is time to draw the line : This far, and no further. Follow the jump to see the letter they should have written.

They take territory, we fall back. They grow an obscenely large and intrusive government bit by bit, we accept it. They take the courts, we retreat and regroup. They turn public schools and universities into indoctrination camps. And still, we retreat. They blatantly steal Senate seats [Stevens and Coleman, this time around], publicly laugh about it, and we fall back.

No more.
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“I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We’ve made too many compromises already, too may retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther! And I will make them pay for what they’ve done!”

In case you think a sci-fi movie quote is too trite, then I’ll just say we’ve been here before. In REAL history, in a REAL war, under REAL oppression. Patrick Henry put it this way.

Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation…. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer on the subject? Nothing.

We have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.

They tell us, sir, that we are weak — unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?

There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable — and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

Fellas, did you SEE the Tea Parties? Do you think you are in this alone? You are most assuredly not. The masses are with you. The media is not, but have you no courage in the face of those embarrassingly infantile hacks and liars?

Now here’s the letter you should have written. No questions, there is no need, when you know the answers.

Dear Secretary Napolitano:

Here’s the deal.

  • You can retract and dismantle that whole report, the policy that the report underwrites, and the entire program you intend to implement on the basis of it.
  • You personally make a nationally-broadcast, prime-time apology for using your position to try to outlaw conservatism.
  • Then you can resign. You are unworthy and unable to be a servant of the United States.

Failing that, the 41 will turn the Senate into a great big hole that legislation falls into. We, the 41, will filibuster every single thing that comes through the Senate that can be filibustered, from now until Jan 2 of 2011. That means:

  • No more appointments.
  • No more judges. Unless, of course, you want to confirm Henry Saad for appeals court.
  • No more continuing resolutions. Except for funding of the troops.
  • and for darned sure no more porkulus.

All business is done, until you do all those things. If you think we are bluffing, call it. We’ll be happy to make this the front-page headline every day until the government shuts down and bureaucrats get laid off by the thousand.

Hugs and kisses:

America has spoken on April 15. You gonna man up or not, Senators? Talk time is over. Get your 41 together, make your “liberty-or-death pact”, and make your stand.