“Don’t talk to me about slowing down government growth,” he said emphatically. “We don’t want the government to grow slower; we want to cut it back dramatically.”
I was speaking with Robert Ringer, the author of several bestselling books. His latest is called Restoring the American Dream and if you care at all about the fight for freedom — and you must, or why would you be reading this column? — then you definitely want to own a copy. That’s good, because at the end of this piece I’ll tell you how to get a free copy. Even better, it will be personally autographed by the author.
What is the American Dream? How has it changed since our parents’ and our grandparents’ time? And what will it take to restore it to what it once was? Ringer has some very specific thoughts on the subject.
“The American Dream is about freedom. It’s about liberty. It’s about the opportunity to succeed or fail according to your own efforts and ability,” he told me. “It’s about self-responsibility and self-reliance. It’s being able to keep the fruits of your labors. In short, it’s about the individual’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, without interference from others.”
According to Ringer, the American Dream began when the Founders of this country did something unique in history — something that had never happened before. They declared that the people were above their government; that the people they elect are their servants and not the other way around.
“You can argue about when things started to go wrong and who was most responsible,” Ringer said. “I blame Teddy Roosevelt for much of it, when he formed the American Progressive Party. Woodrow Wilson speeded things up and then they really went off the rails under FDR, followed by Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society schemes.
“Things slowed down a bit under Ronald Reagan, but most people don’t realize that the Federal government continued to grow during his presidency. It’s gotten so bad that many people think it’s a victory if we can just slow down the growth of government. I don’t accept that for a second. And I’m happy to say that many other people feel the same, as the Tea Party movement has shown.”
So I asked him, Are you a supporter of the Tea Party movement?
“I’m a big fan of the Tea Party,” he replied. “Frankly, it is something that I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. It is a truly spontaneous uprising against big government. At the biggest rally I attended, there were more than half a million people. Of course the media never admitted how large it was; they talked in terms of tens of thousands, but it was many, many more than that.
“Our enemies try to make it sound as though these are all cranks and crazies and some kind of dangerous extremists, but nothing could be further from the truth. They are just like your family, your friends and your neighbors. They are everyday Americans who got fed up with what they saw happening to their country. At the rallies I attended, I never saw a single person do or say anything inappropriate.”
Well, they certainly had an impact in the elections last month. But what happens next? Do you really believe the new Congress will not just slow the growth of government, but actually beginning cutting it back?
“I have a little bit of hope but a lot concern,” was his cautious reply. “Certainly there are many people in Congress — Jim DeMint, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and now his son Rand — who are really going to make that effort.
“I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve predicted for a long time that there is going to be a civil war in the Republican Party. I don’t believe you’re ever going to convert pseudo-conservatives like Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Richard Lugar. So if Congress doesn’t act decisively — if they start compromising and back-tracking — I think you’re going to see an enormous backlash.”
What will happen then, I asked?
“I think you’ll see an even bigger bloodbath in the 2012 elections,” Ringer said. “And out of that will come a new political party — a true Tea Party party, if you will.”
Ringer was very clear about how demanding this new political force should be. “No compromise!” is his battle cry. “For years the progressives have gotten away with always promoting more government. When they’re in power, as they have been for the past two years, there’s a mad dash to the left. But even when so-called conservatives hold the reins, somehow government keeps spending more, taxing more, and growing bigger. That has got to stop.”
One of the most encouraging signs Ringer told me wasn’t what’s happening in Washington, but the dramatic changes that are taking place at the state level. “Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, is definitely someone I want in a foxhole with me. I think she’s absolutely terrific. And there are a bunch of Jan Brewers ready to fight the Feds.
“There are what — 28 states now — that have sued the Federal government to block Obamacare? And that’s just the beginning. I think you’re going to hear a lot about the nullification movement in the coming months and years — the argument that the states can ‘just say no’ to the Federal government when it gets too bossy.”
So the good news is; resistance is growing. Advocates of smaller government have never been more determined or more active. But what happens, I asked the bestselling author, if Congress really does start cutting some government benefits? You’ve got a lot of union members and government workers who will be very unhappy. Are you worried about that?
“Absolutely,” he declared. “There will be violence, I’m convinced of it. Look at what happened in France when the president proposed raising the retirement age to 62. Or in Greece, when it became obvious that government couldn’t continue its spendthrift ways.
“The Left and violence have always gone hand in hand. Look at what happened in Pittsburgh during the G20 meetings. In fact, if you want to know what the Left is up to, just look at what they’re accusing the right of doing. They accused the Tea Party supporters of being radicals, racists and dangerous extremists. Happily, their smears didn’t work, as the last election demonstrated. But I’m very worried that what they can’t get via the ballot box, they’ll try to get through violence and threats.
“Remember, some people will kill for money. So if you tell some government worker or union member (and more and more often they’re the same thing) that the party is over — that he’s not going to get $150,000 or more a year when he retires at 55 — you bet there will be trouble. I’m afraid it’s inevitable.”
Ringer had a lot more to say about the battle to restore our lost liberty. But you’ll have to get his book, Restoring the American Dream, to savor it all. That’s easy to do, since just about every bookstore in the country carries it, not to mention Amazon.com.
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Until next time, keep some powder dry.