Mike Church

MANDEVILLE, LOUISIANA – With each legislative oppression we endure, the consequences reach much further than the headlines of the day. For while apathy is in and of itself a most dreadful condition, the effects on future generations is the gravest result. For in our inaction, by silent proxy, we tell our children that such intervention by government in to our lives is the “new normal.” We see this folly illustrated quite succinctly in our own lives, as most of us never knew a time before government intrusion into:

Income Tax (1913)

Social Security (1935)

Medicare (1966)

Government-run television & radio, CPB (1967)

Government-run trains, AMTRAK (1971)

Government control of the environment (EPA, 1970)

Fully fiat currency (1972)

ObamaCare (2010)

The encroachment will continue ad nauseam and will go unabated unless we are willing to stand up here and now and cease accepting one more moment of Indentured Servitude under a National government, which so long-long ago felt it safe to abandon its Constitutional constraints.

Begin Mike Church Show Transcript (click here for the audio version)

Mike: Thomson Mason was George Mason, the great founder’s brother. Thomson Mason thought that, in the 1770s, that the citizens of the united colonies, or soon to be united colonies, were about at the same station. We are also told by DeceptiConians and by citizens of Libtardia that Obama can invade and go hither and yon and send the military wherever he wants because Bush did it, and Republicans didn’t do anything to stop it; and

Well, let’s talk about this precedent here. We have to have Medicare and Medicaid, we’re told. Why? Because previous congresses have voted for it. So? There’s no such thing as someone having an entitlement to my earnings, to my wealth, to my capital, to my private property. But no, they do. It’s called “precedent.” What did Thomson Mason say on the eve of the American Revolution about precedent? Well, I’ll read to you what he said.

Now, you’ve got to remember, many of our founders were writing under pen names, pseudonyms and what have you. No one knew who actually wrote “Common Sense,” and you’ll learn about this in my movie, “The Road to Independence–The Movie.” As a matter of fact, remind me, please, before I get out of here today, to talk to the fans and the audience about the movie because I have a couple things I’d like to share with them. But anyway, many of them wrote under pseudonyms and what have you because they didn’t want to be known. They feared being hanged or brought up on charges by the Brits and being executed.

So Thomson Mason had gotten to the point where he was tired of hearing the John Boehners of his day talk about precedent. He was tired of hearing about how they had representatives, but they weren’t represented. He was tired of hearing about the precursors to Medicare and Medicaid called the Navigation Acts. And he was tired of hearing that, “Well, listen, we’ve been doing this for years. It’s not right to stop now. We have all these commitments that we have to uphold here.” Well, Thomson Mason would have none of it.

Here’s what he said: “It is objected that this measure strikes at the Navigation Acts, which we have long submitted to. The very objection evinces the folly of trusting the decision of this dispute to posterity, who, familiarized to oppression, will never resist it, and who, by long use, will be accustomed to look upon every badge of slavery with as little horror as we do upon the Navigation Acts, which ought certainly to be considered as impositions of the strong upon the weak, and as such ought to be resisted as much as any [of the] other Acts we complain of; nor will the dispute ever be ended till, by refusing submission to them, we remove so dangerous a precedent. You must draw your swords in a just cause,” he said, “and rely upon that God, who assists the righteous, to support your endeavors to preserve the liberty he gave, and the love of which he hath implanted in your hearts as essential to your nature.

“And now, my friends, fellow-citizens, and countrymen, to convince you that I am in earnest in the advice I have given you, notwithstanding the personal danger I expose myself to in so doing; notwithstanding the threats thrown out by the British aristocracy of punishing in England those who shall dare to oppose them in America; yet because I do not wish to survive the liberty of my country one single moment; because I am determined to risk my all in supporting that liberty, and because I think it in some measure dishonest to skulk under a borrowed name upon such an occasion as this, I am neither afraid or ashamed to avow that the letters signed ‘A British American’ were written by the hand and flowed from the heart of Thomson Mason.”

Put that in your collective, “Oh, we can’t talk about new federations, Mike. We are committed to this. Mike, we can’t talk about not having Medicare. We have precedent. We have Navigation Acts. I mean, we have Medicare acts. We can’t talk about not having SCHIP. We have precedent. We can’t talk about not having the Department of Education. We have precepts. We can’t talk about not having Social Security. We have precepts.” We have, in other words, as he called it–boy, this is just so brilliant here–“a disposition to support posterity,” meaning that, oh, your forefathers did it, so you have to do it. And of course he said, well, people will become accustomed to this. They “will become accustomed to look upon every badge of slavery with as little horror as we do upon the Navigation Acts, which ought certainly to be considered as impositions of the strong upon the weak, and as such ought to be resisted as much as any of the other acts we complain of; nor will the dispute ever be ended till, by refusing submission to them, we remove so dangerous a precedent.”

So he’s saying, till we get off this idea here–and he’s not talking about institutions, he’s not talking about civic life, communities, about churches and cultural things. He’s talking about acts of government. He’s not talking about anything other than acts of the British government. We’re talking about acts of the American government. He was talking about Acts, with a capital “A,” that had imposed various duties, taxes, laws, rules, and regulations upon all the residents of the 13 colonies. We talk about previous acts, whether they be Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, you name it, that impose the exact same thing–taxes, new rules, laws, and regulations–upon the people. Yes, our forefathers assented to them. Does that mean that we have to assent to them? Well, according to the great founders, according to the founding generation, no. These are things to think about and to be reminded of. When someone says, “But we have to have, we have senior citizens out there,” so? There will be something else that will take its place. If Anthony Weiner and rest of the citizens of Libtardia are correct, and that the Affordable Care Act is going to institute new–and they’re very careful when they say this. They talk about it all the time. Ask AG. He listens to this. How much Weiner did you have–I said that wrong. How much Anthony Weiner did you have to suffer through today?

AG: Well, we got a 20-minute Politico interview, and then he also had a couple other appearances yesterday.

Mike: So he is making the case, as Obama made the case, and as the defenders of the Affordable Healthcare Act are making the case, that this is a new way of administering health benefits; right? It’s not old, this is the new way; correct?

AG: That would be correct. And he also wants Obama to go on a tour promoting it.

Mike: Right. He wants Obama to go on a tour to promote the new way. Well, if one thing has been accomplished, sadly, in the last year, two years of this debate over healthcare, it is that the Weiners of the world have won the debate. The new Deck Chair Party has given in. Everyone now agrees that, yes, something must be done, and government must do it. And I’m not talking about government getting out of the way. I’m talking about government actually doing it, government actually running healthcare, government actually administering it. So the debate has been won, if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. But if you’re an independent, it hasn’t.

So if Weiner and Obama can go out there with impunity and talk about, hey, we’re going to do this new thing, and we’re going to tax the living bejeezus belt out of you, we’re going to regulate the living bejeezus belt out of you, and we’re going to require you to do things that you weren’t required to do before, if they can have their way with new things, why can’t we have our way with new things? We’re not constrained by the previous thought of previous conservatives who said, no, we’ve got to have–we have to support these programs. We’ve got to keep these programs. Oh, no, no, they’ve been good to us. We’re not bound by that. And if we are, then we are bound by chains to slavery.

This is why I bring Thomson Mason’s words to you today. I will repost them. They’re already posted at I’ll make sure that they’re in the breaking news or that they’re in a nice little content item that you can read and forward along to your friends and family who may not be convinced here. My point is, is that, number one, we’re in a state of nature. We don’t have a representative government anymore. Number two, we are not bound by any duty or honor to support prior unconstitutional illegal and immoral acts of previous congresses. And, number three, it is our duty to try and preserve and pass on to our posterity a better form or a better brand or a better life lived under liberty and lived in an actual free country, free from slavery and bondage, which we are not going to pass on in its current form. This is my point, and this is why I bring it up.

So I like to bring the founders into this because so many people think the founders were great. That’s great, okay. Let’s listen to what many of the radicals actually said. Thomson Mason would have been considered a leader at that time. He’s basically saying the same things that Patrick Henry would make famous in his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.

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