Perhaps this is my last post, or last for a while, I am not sure. Saturday was both a hugely emotional and draining day for me. After working in the US Senate for both Senator Christopher (Kit) Bond and Senator John Ashcroft, and receiving a nomination to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis from a US Senator, I considered myself about as “Conservative” as it got. While most kids had not even heard of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, or Anthem by High School, and perhaps some reading this now are not familiar, but I had read all 3 as well as Engels and Marx Communist Manifesto, Plato’s Republic, and Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics, and well as the various works of vaunted Ethics Philosopher, Immanuel Kant, who was fueled by the same radical ideas of The Enlightenment which formed the beliefs of men such as Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Washington, and James Madison.
In University, became engrossed in Medieval Philosophy, and the concept of “Free Will” as the Christian and Muslim (oh my!) Philosophers called it. The works of St. Thoman Aquinas (Summa Theologica), St. Augustine of Hippo, Avicenna (a muslim oh my!), and the great and wise Averroes (who was a Muslim philosopher who stood against Ghazali, who rejected the ethical teaching of Aristotle as an affront to Islam, coincidentally).
I say all this to lay a foundation for what I am about to say. I have always been intrigued and drawn to the concept of “Free Will” in Christian Scholarship and Theology, but only in the last 2 years, have I come to realize and internalize that “Free Will” of which St. Thomas wrote and “Liberty” of which Dr. Paul writes and speaks are actually the same thing.
It now seems, because I have come to this conclusion, I am not a “Republican” to some, and a “Libertarian” to others. If standing for the belief in liberty of Jefferson and Madison and the Austrian Economics of F.A Hayek over the Hamiltonian and Wilsonian world views and central planning Keynesianism tendencies of many modern “Republicans” and unfortunately, even some in our very own JCTP, I am guilty as charged.
If our “core values” are to mean anything, we must hold ourselves to them, as well as hold other membership accountable to the same. When you have Tea Party Members supporting TIF, TDDs, and government intervention in the market, we must evaluate if our values actually even mean anything, or if they just sound nice. I have multiple times this week seen JCTP members express support for such Central Planning as the Can Plant Expansion in Arnold, where the City is issuing 80 Million of 100 Series Bonds to pay for an addition to the Can Plant. They are buying a Can Plant quite literally, and then leasing it back to InBev, so that the benefits of municipal exemption of property tax can be enjoyed by a publicly traded firm. Such positions must be shunned, and must be called out and excised if membership in JCTP is to actually mean anything.
This came to a head Saturday, where many in the JCTP stood silently as acts of theft and extortion were committed before them. Only 1 person stood up.
Acts which have now resulted in the nullification of all of the Jefferson County Delegates to the Conventions, and acts that will lead to lawsuits and legal investigations of the conspirators, and acts, which if the breadcrumb trail continues and pieces keep falling into place, appear to lead directly to an intentional strategy, or playbook, to disenfranchise the supporters of 1 particular GOP Candidate.
I refuse to share my foxhole with any “Tea Partier” who supports such fraud and corruption, regardless of who it is directed at, or the ends it serves. Wrong is wrong. Making excuses or justifications for what transpired Saturday makes us no different than hypocritically endorsing the corruption we point at from SEIU and the Democratic Party in general. If the JCTP is to be anything beside the tax exempt arm of the Jefferson County Central Committee, which it seems to have become of late, we must hold each other accountable to our core values, and not be afraid to be assertive when those that also profess to hold them, cast them aside. If they refuse to recede from such a position, ask them to reconsider their use of the term “Tea Partier” with regard to themselves. Lack of accountability to our core principles and apathy is how our nation has ended up in the situation we find ourselves currently in, and unfortunately, this same blind eye seems to have cast its gaze on the activities which occurred of last weekend. We must stand for the rule of law, and against these acts, or we are no better than ACORN.