Higher allegiances; higher sentiments. These are the keys to constructing anything resembling a united front against encroaching tyranny. How we’re to marshal them, I can’t say; that we must, I can, and have.
It must begin at the individual level:
Individuals must build local associations, specifically for resisting intrusions and exactions upon them.
Those local associations must affiliate with distant associations of similar orientation.
Associations concerned with particular infringements of Americans’ rights must ally with one another, in recognition that “when you violate the rights of one man, you have violated the rights of all, and a public of rightless creatures is doomed to destruction.” (Ayn Rand)
The alliances must resolve to stand together against attempts to pry them apart with offers to member groups of subsidies, subventions, special privileges, or compromises on “their” issues.
Freedom and Constitutionally limited government must at all times be the end in view.
In all probability, such efforts will fail with older persons wrapped up in themselves, or sunk in despair, or married to the status quo. But younger Americans who still harbor hope for the future and retain some spark of idealism are open to broad and compelling ideas. We should concentrate on reaching them.
It would have been easier before the anti-Christian tides that have swept over the nation in recent decades. Then, an appeal to Christian conscience — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — would have lent great force to the effort. But the impulse to be seen and thought of as a good person, which connects intimately to Christ’s decree that we love one another as each of us loves himself, is still strong in the American breast. It’s there to be tapped and drawn forward.
Both are well worth the time.