Sam Adams Alliance

The American Mind Remains Grounded In 18th Century Calls For Liberty

Our friends at the Sam Adams Alliance produce a worthwhile podcast called Engaging Democracy. Its most recent episode is of particular interest during this season of celebration of America's founding in independence and liberty: Too often we think of our separation from Great Britain as an instigation of a few great men. Not so. Rather, as Thomas Jefferson said he tried to convey in the Declaration of Independence, it was a reflection of the American mind — a growing call of people from all walks of life who were expressing themselves in local resolutions calling for independence and the manifestation of their God given natural right to liberty. In the "You Never Know Where A Conservative Will Pop Up" category, host Eric O'Keefe interviews MIT historian Pauline Maier, often seen on The History Channel, and author of American Scripture, for her take on how the Declaration was influenced by an increasingly popular sentiment throughout the colonies. 

While July may evoke thoughts of and provoke interest in our founding history, our liberty remains under attack by those who viciously ram at us bigger and more monstrous governmental control. Today is similar to then. The admonition by our Founders after independence to vigilantly preserve our liberty has become a vigilance to return to our liberty. That makes this 7-minute podcast worth the listen.

Click here to listen to Engaging Democracy: Getting the Founding Right featuring Pauline Maier

Quotes Of The Day

New Republican Party of Virginia Chairman, Delegate Jeff Frederick (R-52, Woodbridge) spoke at today's Tuesday Morning Group Coalition meeting about his efforts to revitalize the state GOP. On former governor and Democrat Mark Warner's claim the fiscal sky was falling as a pretense to go back on his campaign promise not to raise taxes and push through the largest tax increase in Virginia history, when in fact Virginia was running record surpluses, Frederick said:

If anything was falling from the sky it was money. 

Then, when asked about some Republicans who favor increased taxes, he said:

Some Republicans think it's okay to raise taxes because we're a "low tax state." We're a low tax country compared to Sweden. Does that mean it's okay to raise taxes and pay 56 percent of our money to make our government bigger?

Another speaker today was Paul Jacob (read about him here), who is president of the pro-initiative group Citizens in Charge and a senior fellow at the Sam Adams Alliance (we hope to blog about this new coalition, which seeks more open state government, soon). Jacob noted that while he and two others were indicted in Oklahoma simply for seeking petitions for a ballot initiative (read a Forbes editorial here), several states are seeking to grant convicts voting rights, including here in Virginia, as well as allowing phantom registrations.