It is a game of inches. That is the way we have gotten to where we are and that is what it will take to find liberty in this land again. You see, for the most part, liberty has been lost by little gains from the central government and those who would seek to restrain the liberties of others. On occasion, there are major advances in the destruction of liberty. While the history is mildly important, it is not paramount to know for the restoration of the Republic.
If this is a game of inches then we have been getting beat by those who seek to control and subjugate others. There doesn’t seem to be a concerted effort on the part of liberty activists and those who value liberty to slow the tide of government and the erosion of freedom. What we need is to lay out the options and not just go one route but use all of them. We need to use all avenues to beat back the creature from Washington.
So what can be done?
First, we need to know where we stand. We are standing in the face of government and a people that would like to be able to have everyone conform in thought, word, desire, and deed. We need to push back.
Smaller ways to do that are by simply having conversations. These are what plants the seeds that will burrow and sprout into the blossoming of a liberty tree in the minds of those you speak with. You will almost never win someone over with mere facts and a better argument. You need to approach them where they are and not bludgeon them over the head.
Get involved at the local level. You can effect change more easily at the local level where you may have more sway. This includes getting involved in the city councils, county governments, school boards and more. You don’t have to run but you can support candidates that are pro-liberty and free market or you can start an advocacy group to push public opinion. You can write letters to the editor, articles in the paper, give speeches, participate in policy meetings for your city or county.
You can nullify! You can help your city, county, or State push through legislation nullifying or refusing to cooperate with the federal government. This can come in the form of Anti-commandeering laws, or laws outright nullifying federal law or regulations.
Your local Sheriffs can get involved by not cooperating with the federal government when they overstep their bounds. They can interpose themselves between the feds and the citizenry of a county. This has been done before and many Sheriffs have told their constituents that they would protect them in the case of federal encroachment. Take cues from the early resistance to the British during the secession from Britain.
What can you do specifically?
Get educated. Learn about our history of resistance to infringements of our rights. Learn the philosophy behind liberty as well as economics and the role of economics and the free market in having true liberty. Get involved, or run for office yourself. If you have children, raise them to value liberty. Show them why liberty is important and how it can enhance life for not only them but all people.
H.L. Mencken wrote once “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…”