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Open to the Public - The Northwest RI Tea Party usually meets monthly in or near the Village of North Scituate, in the early evening for approximately one and one half hour. We represent Burrillville, Foster, Glocester, Scituate, Smithfield, and N. Smithfield
Typically there are 1-3 speakers drawn from RI Gen'l Assembly, Tea Party, local business, etc. as well as video and audio presentations. Bring a friend. For more details about each month's agenda subscribe here.
“...no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. No man—or group or society or government—has the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physical compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. The ethical principle involved is simple and clear-cut: it is the difference between murder and self-defense. A holdup man seeks to gain a value, wealth, by killing his victim; the victim does not grow richer by killing a holdup man. The principle is: no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force.” Ayn Rand
State Legislative Officials From The NWTP Area
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May 22, Wednesday,
|Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” Named One of 88 “Books That Shaped America”|
| Fifty-Five Years after Publication,
Rand’s Novel Recognized by Library of Congress
Press Release from the Ayn Rand Institute
|Don't attribute success to "somebody"|
| President ignores individuals who built America and principles upon which they built it.
Article from the Orange County Register
|Obama And Romney Are Wrong: Outsourcing Is America At Its Best|
|Article from Forbes|
|Two New Articles|
|One-Robin Hoods Don't Smash Shop Windows
Two-Immoral Beyond Redemption
|What are Rights?|
|You Can't Defend Your Rights Unless You Know What Rights Are|
|A picture (or spreadsheet graph) is worth a thousand words. An example of how to use government statistics to disprove government statistics. (Courtesy of our NW Tea Party resident statistician with a black belt in spreadsheet weaponry a.k.a. LeoRI)|
|Some words we use that hurt individual rights.|
|America Before The Entitlement State|
| "If Americans could thrive without an entitlement state a century ago, how much easier would it be today, when Americans are so rich that 95 percent of our “poor” own color TVs?"
Article From Forbes
|Activism From Your Couch|
|How to protect individual rights without leaving the comfort of your own home.|
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by John Agresto, former president of St. John's College in Santa Fe., N.M., and the American University of Iraq. He is the author of "Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions" (Encounter, 2007).
Robin Hoods Don't Smash Shop Windows
The myth persists that the left—while it might often be naive and unrealistic—still has its heart in the right place. Those who want to redistribute income are the gallant Robin Hoods of contemporary life. "Occupiers" and socialists clearly have real concern for the downtrodden and poor. Those who demand social justice are more sincere, more compassionate, more spiritual, and surely more Christian than the rest of us.
Fairness and decency are the heart of the left; materialism and selfishness the hallmarks of the bourgeoisie, Wall Street, the tea party crowd, and, well, ordinary Americans in general. So we are told.
Of course, every now and then this narrative unravels. An Occupy crowd goes on a rampage smashing the windows of small shopkeepers, stealing, destroying private and public property, throwing bricks at the police, and threatening the lives of ordinary citizens. In social-democratic Europe, gangs of idealistic youths take over universities, riot, and firebomb their way to achieve what they characterize as justice.
"Outliers," we are told. "Fringe elements," the media strains to label them. And, yes, so they are. While these men and women are clearly left in their outlook and desires, they're not your ordinary center-left liberals. Nancy Pelosi may praise their passion, but she doesn't have it in her heart to join them.
Yet two things seem as obvious as they are curious. Movements and associations of most ordinary Americans seem to lack the elements of destruction and hate we see on the fringes of the ideological left. And there is something about the left that seems to regularly produce a violent, even nihilistic fringe.
Shouldn't it be exactly opposite—shouldn't selfish conservatives be the ones to produce nasty mobs and shouldn't the left, with its vaunted idealism and love of neighbor, produce on its margins those even more idealistic and more loving?
But we've all seen the images on television or even, perhaps, been to rallies and demonstrations of the left. And all too often what we see looks like the opposite of compassion and virtue.
Maybe we have the narrative exactly backward. Perhaps it's the more centrist and even conservative side, with its constant call for individual liberty, for self-reliance, for individual responsibility and hard work, that results in stronger virtue and greater neighborliness—and the left, with its constant striving for equal results, greater redistribution and more entitlements, that results in a weakened moral sense and an erosion of moral character. Perhaps the more we tell people that their problems are always someone else's fault, that "others" are robbing them of all they are "entitled" to, the more we corrode peoples' character.
What happens in those supposedly more virtuous places where welfare is "owed" and the expectation that others are morally bound to take care of you has become the rule? Exactly what we see in socialist Europe as it declines, or the street gangs of Britain, or the worst elements of the organized entitlement crowd in the United States: When things do not go well, it's other people's fault—the successful, the wealthy, the "speculators," the powerful, the Jews, selfish and racist Americans, whomever. They all have too much money, aren't sharing, are unjust, are keeping you down.
And since it's their fault that you are poorer than they, and their fault that you are not "fairly" being taken care of, we have not only the politics of resentment and envy but the politics of anger and hatred. And it's hard to make anger and hate into virtues, no matter how much the left likes to vaunt its superior morals.
Whether it be Marxism, Christian Socialism, Rawlsian fairness or legalized economic equality, these movements' followers come to the same conclusion. We on the bottom are owed, and you supposedly above us owe.
Historically, all the various ideologies that struggle to equalize humans and redistribute their possessions eventually find that they can only do it through force, often the most oppressive totalitarian force. This is not an accident but has a real and unshakable philosophic base.
Those who wish to have what others have worked for, those who think there should be "preferential options" for their kind and those they favor, those who believe that they are entitled to have their desires satisfied, can only see other people as means to their ends and not as ends in themselves.
They can only see that others have what they do not, that others possess what they want, and they command the redistribution of these things to themselves. That principle—that others must give when they demand, that others are means and not ends—is the father not of generosity of spirit, not of love of neighbor, but rather of the worst immorality.