Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Minority of One

You often hear about the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy". Various leftists, both pundits and politicians, will attribute unfavorable polls, negative news stories and Pro Right events as proof positive of some large neo-con organization, inevitably well funded by Big Business, working behind the scenes, and being directed by Richard Mellon Scaife, or some such.

The Sad truth is that the Right would have trouble organizing a BBQ in Oklahoma, the Reddest of the Red States. As on old Drill Instructor I once knew all too well would say, "Y'all are just a bunch of stinkin' individuals!!'

And We Are.

We are the smallest Minority. We are the Individual. We value the Individual. We value our ability to use our judgement (judgemental, anyone?), to make our own choices, based on our own needs and our own situation.

Do we always make the right choice? Heck, no. But we have a pretty good track record compared to some Government programs.

We, as Individuals, instinctively distrust any attempts to grant "Social Justice", because we suspect that means an abrogation of the individual right in favor of some special group or organization.

We love the Bill of Rights, because it enshrines and protects the rights of the Individual over the power of the State. And make no mistake, the Bill of Rights is all about the Individual. Every statement is an enumeration of the Individual Right, not the Group. Additionally, every one is State recognition of a pre-existing Right. It is not a matter of the Government granting a Right, but rather the State acknowledges the independent existence of that Right in all people, and pledges the protection of those Rights. As soon as you allow the Government to grant a Right, you have given permission to the State to deny a Right.

We tend to distrust group think, knowing from past experience that any time a Committee or Group decides to do anything, 18-20 people make the decision, and 2 or 3 do the work. All in all, we would rather be left to ourselves, with as little Government interference as possible.

That is why the Tea Party Movement is, in many ways, so shocking. Conservatives just don't do that! The Media doesn't know what to do with it, and they show they'd rather devote coverage to 20 or 30 paid professional protesters (ACORN) who shout the message the Media is comfortable with, than cover the 300 or so people out protesting too much Government.

And maybe we don't know how to work it either. Or at least, not yet. As I said, this kind of protest doesn't come easy to conservatives.

Maybe that's why we now have conflicting Tax Day Tea Parties. It is unfortunate, but as conservatives are wont to do, we will make the best of it. Personally, I am going to the Protest at the Courthouse.
Time: April 15, 2009 from 11am to 1pm
Place: Tulsa Courthouse Plaza
Street:500 S Denver Ave
City: Tulsa
Facebook: Click here
Contact Info: (918)760-8282
This one is being organized by Jai Blevins, and supported by KFAQ. Follow the link for the most up-to-date information and details.

Additionally, Jai has organized an event at 5 PM for all you folks who work normal hours.
Time: April 15, 2009 from 5:00 pm to 7pm
Place: Veteran's Park
Street:19th & Boulder
City: Tulsa
Facebook: Click here
Contact Info: (918)760-8282
However, there is another event being supported by KRMG, and the time overlaps with the event downtown. It will be a La Fortune Park, and you can see the details here.

The important thing here is, above all, participate. Get out to one or more of the Protests, and let your voice be heard!

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