Sunday, March 07, 2010

Coffee Party

So, the Coffee Party is brewing.

MISSION: The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

A proper government can never be simply a "reflection of the collective will." It must necessarily be based on an objective rule of law; not the rule of men, or 'democracy.' And the sole object of its actions should be the protection of individual rights, including property rights, from the violations that obtain from the exercise of collective will.

When a majority can vote to violate another person's rights, you have a perversion of government and the advancement of tyranny.

It is government intervention that creates lobbyists, corporatism and special interest groups who seek to petition politicians who are for sale to secure the fruits of legal plunder and power brokerage.

A government that remains within its constitutional bounds perpetrates no interference, confers no favors and invites no petition.


The Nature of Government
by Ayn Rand
This essay explains, in fundamental terms, what a government is, why government is necessary to a civilized society, and why a proper government must be constitutionally limited to the function of protecting, not violating, the rights of the individual.