How bad do things have to get before you do something? Do they have to take away all your property? Do they have to license every activity that you want to engage in? Do they have to start throwing you on cattle cars before you say "now wait a minute, I don't think this is a good idea." How long is it going to be before you finally resist and say "No, I will not comply. Period!" Ask yourself now because sooner or later you are going to come to that line, and when they cross it, you're going to say well now cross this line; ok now cross that line; ok now cross this line. Pretty soon you're in a corner. Sooner or later you've got to stand your ground whether anybody else does or not. That is what liberty is all about. -- Michael Badnarik

"Sooner or later you've got to stand your ground whether anybody else does or not" ... How bad do things have to get before you stand your ground? When is enough, enough?

The United States is heading straight towards the edge of a cliff, at break-neck speed to boot. The economy is sinking. Millions upon millions are unemployed. Free enterprise has been strangled by regulation. The once "land of the free" now boasts of the largest prison population in the world. The Executive Branch grows more powerful and independent by the day. The federal government (and just about every state and local government too) is swimming in so much red ink that Greece looks financially stable by comparison. We've been at perpetual war since the day I was born (42 years ago). And everyday we wake-up, the government has usurped yet more of our liberty away.

Yet for all this, I see no signs of serious revolt in this country. Quite frankly, I see few (if any) signs that indicate "We the people" even "get it." Why is that? When will enough be enough?

Where did the Tea Party go? Organized out of anger with bank bailouts, auto bailouts, union bailouts, "stimulus" and the like, just a little more than 2 years later is apparently behind TARP boosting politicos like Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich. Yeah, and don't touch medicare, social security, or "defense" spending either. Talk about a revolution that wasn't will never be.

Yeah, yeah, yeah ... This time it's different. This time we really mean business. It's the same tired old story I've been hearing for 42 years.

Congressmen talk about the need to reduce the deficit. Talk is cheap. Voters talk about the need to clean house in Congress. But it never happens. -- Gary North

That's the undeniable truth: "Voters talk about the need to clean house in Congress. But it never happens."

Sometimes I wonder if people are more concerned about the Washington power struggle between Republicans and Democrats than they are about their own lives. Neither party gives a rat's behind about them.

The people's loyalty to the parties is not only inexplicable, it's insulting. Our ancestors fought a revolution for what? Loyalty to a corrupt, overtaxing, overbearing, warmongering leviathan controlled by a two-party den of thieves?

How bad do things have to get? When will enough be enough?

Having its life snuffed out of it in 1913, the Old Republic is dead, and now the social democracy that replaced it is nearing its end game. In the words of Cicero, "democracy becomes mob rule, chaos, and dictatorship."

Go ahead and read Cicero again. I'll wait.

Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery. -- Thomas Jefferson

Americans seem to believe partisan bickering is all in politics that matters and loyalty to the Party trumps that old, stinky Declaration. Well, guess what? Your favorite politician has squeezed you for more than any robber baron ever could, and odds are that your local SWAT team will kill you long before any Islamic terrorist ever will. Both the left and right are hammering the final nail in the coffin together.

As long as the US is at war, the American President is a Caesar. He is above the law. The US Justice (sic) Department has ruled this, and Congress and the Courts have accepted it. -- Paul Craig Roberts

When will enough be enough?

Does any of the above sound like what our ancestors fought for? Does any of it sound like liberty? Independence? Freedom?

Or does it sound more like your worst Cold War nightmare? Because that is what America has become.

How bad do things have to get?

Is the Libyan war legal? Was Bin Laden's killing legal? Is it legal for the president of the United States to target an American citizen for assassination? Were those "enhanced interrogation techniques" legal? These are all questions raised in recent weeks. Each seems to call out for debate, for answers. Or does it?

My answer is this: they are irrelevant. Think of them as twentieth-century questions that don't begin to come to grips with twenty-first century American realities. In fact, think of them, and the very idea of a nation based on the rule of law, as a reflection of nostalgia for, or sentimentality about, a long-lost republic. At least in terms of what used to be called "foreign policy," and more recently "national security," the United States is now a post-legal society. (And you could certainly include in this mix the too-big-to-jail financial and corporate elite.) -- Tom Engelhardt

When will enough be enough?

  • Nicolas Martin

    This list overlooks the vast and baleful effect of the "therapeutic state." Hundreds of thousands of peaceful Americans lose their rights each year on psychiatric pretexts.

  • stinky

    When the Government schools teach the children to defend the Constitution, instead of abrogating its defense to the Supreme court, then we will have it back. The Court has ruled that blacks are not people, that they must attend separate schools, etc etc... They "interpret" the Constitution as though it was written in Chinese. And they are wrong. Often. When we teach our children to SHOOT any Government officer that tells them to shut up (1st Amendment) to SHOOT if they search without a warrant, to SHOOT if they seize property without due process, etc etc ... only then, will we get our Constitution back. And since Christians don't shoot people, well, I don't see it happening. Obey the central planners. March onto the bus. March into the gas chamber. Let God sort it out.

  • Kevin Engelbert

    Politicians are the problem, and the 2-Party system is broken. GOOOH is the solution! GOOOH is not a party, it is a system for selecting citizen candidates who are chosen by their peers. The GOOOH process forbids these candidates from accepting political contributions from special interest groups and will hold them accountable to their stated position on the issues of our time. Democrats and Republicans will never enact Term Limits and a Balanced Budget Amendment because their party will not allow it. Only GOOOH candidates will take this vital step to save our country from ruin. None of the other issues make any difference if we cannot elect true representatives that will have the courage to do the right thing in the face of pressure from the political establishment.

  • E.G.Palmer

    People will tolerate their situation so long as they are able. At some point, however, the governments overconfidence and disregard for the people will result in a "Boston Massacre" type event which will force the people to face what we have become. I don't look forward to it, but history says it is inevitable.