Rick Tyler, What Would The Founding Fathers Do?

Monday night, Rick Tyler, one of my opponents in the 3rd District, wore a baseball cap with WWFFD on it. I liked speaking with Rick, but I think I may disagree with him on almost everything. I really don’t think he has any idea what the actual Founding Fathers would do.

Rick Tyler without his WWFFD hat (from ricktylerforcongress.com)

Rick Tyler without his WWFFD hat (from ricktylerforcongress.com)

Yesterday, he added a post on his website outlining his “Common Sense and Constitutionally Sound Positions.” I think “Nonsense and Constitutionally Questionable Positions” would be more accurate.

Gun Rights – The 2nd Amendment is clear and unambiguous… the people have the God given right to keep and bear arms! Any attempt by government to infringe upon this right is, in and of itself, a criminal act!

Amendment II is not “clear and unambiguous.” District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago were both 5-4 Supreme Court decisions. In Heller, Antonin Scalia wrote that “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited…” I believe that most people have the right to keep and bear arms, but that state and local governments can prohibit convicted felons or people with severe mental illnesses from bearing arms. I believe that governments could require a reasonable gun safety course. Patrick Henry, one of Tyler’s beloved Founding Fathers, emphasized that citizenry trained in arms was the only sure guarantor of liberty, while another, Alexander Hamilton, wrote about “discipline and the use of arms.”

Abortion – Life begins at conception and abortion constitutes the unjust taking of a human life. American is under divine judgment for having allowed this wholesale slaughter via the shedding of innocent blood.

I wrote about abortion here and here. I’ll just shake my head at the notion of “divine judgment” over this.

The United States Constitution – The United States Constitution declares itself to be the supreme law of the land. Public servants take an oath before God and men to obey the Constitution. Violation of this oath casts public servants in the light of oath-breaking criminals who deserve prosecution and punishment.

I’m pretty sure it was the legislatures of the states, which were elected by the people, that declared the Constitution to be the supreme law of the land. That whole “We the People” thing at the beginning implies that.

Income Tax – This odious and oppressive tax comes straight from the words of the Communist Manifesto which advocates a heavy, graduated, progressive income tax in its 2nd plank. The income tax is flagrantly unconstitutional and should be resisted along with IRS Gestapo tactics by all who abhor tyranny and cherish the liberties our founding fathers purchased with their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.

I don’t like the Income Tax. I would much rather see people taxed for spending, rather than for earning, but I would like different tax rates for necessities and luxuries. (I explained this briefly here. Tyler is completely wrong when he says that the income tax is “flagrantly unconstitutional.” Congress passed and the states ratified Amendment XVI specifically to allow for an income tax, and since amendments are part of the Constitution, an income tax is flagrantly constitutional.

The Federal Reserve – The Federal Reserve was established in 1913 via a secretive criminal conspiracy hatched at Jekyll Island, Georgia. The Fed exists and operates in express violation of the U.S. Constitution. The Fed never has been audited and has amassed $50 trillion in tax free profits since its inception. To the owners and operatives of this criminal syndicate that masquerades as a legitimate steward of the public trust, we borrow the following words from Andy Jackson, “We’re going to rout you vipers out, by God!”

I’m not a big fan of conspiracy theories, mostly because they imply a level of secrecy and competence rarely seen in the real world. Federal Reserve profits above 6% are returned to the Treasury, and Congress regularly passes legislation regulating the Fed.

Government Schools – The State has failed miserably in the education of our nation’s children. Schools have devolved into statist indoctrination centers that have come to undermine the Christian morality upon which our Republic was established. Home schooling and private Christian education need to supplant and challenge the hegemony of corrupt and subversive state education.

“Statist indoctrination”? Like having students say The Pledge of Allegiance every single day? No, I’m quite sure that’s not what Tyler means. People are already free to home school their children or to put them into private schools.

No, what Tyler is really upset about is that public schools are not allowed to promote one religion, specifically his religion, over others. Amendment I of Tyler’s beloved Constitution states quite clearly that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” and Amendment XIV made this restriction apply to state and local governments as well. Tyler also has the mistaken impression that the U.S. was founded on “Christian morality,” when, in fact, the colonies went from nine of thirteen having established religions in 1775 to all but one of those being abolished by 1791. The Founding Fathers were far more influenced by Enlightenment and classical republican principles than by Christianity. The Constitution removed any religious test for holding public office, not something Founding Fathers acting on the basis of Christianity would do (Article VI, Clause 3). Tyler sounds like someone who gets his history from David Barton, arguably the worst historian ever.

Homosexuality and Same-gender “Marriage” – Homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of God and, when practiced as a lifestyle, facilitates crimes against nature. Homosexuals often are thoughtful, gifted, and exceedingly capable in their respective vocations. Nevertheless, they are guilty of a sin that is hastening judgment and destruction upon the land. The acceptance of same-gender “marriage” is prima facie evidence of a collective form of insanity gripping our nation.

The Bible is not the law. Tyler is free to oppose it, but the government cannot and should not treat one group of citizens better than another.

The War on Terror – Our open southern border belies the fact that the supposed war on terror is a sham designed to preoccupy the public with make-believe enemies and bogeymen. This phony war has been utilized to gut the Constitution and prepare the United States for disastrous entry into the utopian new world order.

I disagree with many of the ways our government is fighting extremism and terrorism. Having said that, “new world order” is almost always a tell-tale sign of crazy conspiracy theorists.

The Patriot Act I & II – These massive legislative compilations that went unread by the congressmen and senators who voted for them must be scrapped in totality in that they constitute a clear and present danger to what little remains of our Republic.

Most legislation goes unread by the actual people voting on it, being only read by staffers. I wish Tyler was clearer about what he specifically opposed, as I would guess that he’s not terribly opposed to the indefinite detention of immigrants, tightening border security, or the increased screening of people entering the U.S. He’s likely mostly concerned about the abuses of government surveillance and search of citizens.

9/11 and The Council on Foreign Relations

(snip)

More conspiracy theory garbage.

Department of Homeland Security – Like the Patriot Act, the Department of Homeland Security’s unprecedented consolidation of powers increases and magnifies the power of the police state over citizens who still think they are free. It must be abolished.

I have never been a fan of security theater. I have searched a few times for a case where DHS stopped an actual terrorist threat, but I haven’t found one. (If anyone else has, please correct me.) DHS has increased cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and has prevented many crimes, but as far as terrorism goes, I can’t find evidence of effectiveness. The Transportation Security Agency is, largely, a joke. That being said, we haven’t had a catastrophic terrorist attack since 9/11, so something is working.

Territorial Secession – The states have the absolute and inviolate right to secede from the national union and any act designed to prevent or punish the exercise of this right is criminal in nature.

We fought this war  The South lost. It’s been 151 years. Get over it already.

Immigration – A permanent European American majority must be galvanized to insure the nation’s well-being and survival. In the interest of this objective we must return to pre-1960’s immigration laws and policies, deport the vast millions of illegal aliens currently residing within our nation, secure our southern border, terminate policies that subsidize minority birth rates, and encourage the escalation of European and Caucasian immigration from such countries as former Rhodesia and South Africa in the largest possible numbers.

Aha! Now we see what Tyler really wants: A White Homeland.


So, what did the Founding Fathers do that Rick Tyler probably wouldn’t like very much?

  • Thomas Jefferson edited the New Testament to remove miraculous events.
  • Benjamin Franklin wrote “Advice to a Friend on Choosing a Mistress
  • Thomas Paine ridiculed Christianity: “The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally paid to the sun.”
  • John Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli (ratified unanimously by the Senate), which stated “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
  • James Madison wanted to remove any question of state sovereignty from the Constitution.

The Founding Fathers were a diverse group with diverse beliefs. They were certainly not a monolithic group of Protestants who wanted to maintain their supremacy in perpetuity.

There is much in our country that many of the Founding Fathers probably wouldn’t like. There is much more that they would be very proud of having started.

I liked meeting Rick Tyler, and I’m confident that he really does want the best for the 3rd District. His idea of what that is, however, are completely and utterly repugnant. I am relieved that his chances of election are very remote.

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