As many of you know, the Chattanooga Tea Party held an essay contest in conjunction with the Tax Day Tea Party. The winner of the essay contest is Ryan Moss, a 10th grader at Calhoun High School.
We wish to congratulate Ryan for his accomplishment and share his essay with everyone in the CTP community, so here it is:
CTP Tax Day Tea Party Essay Contest
submitted by Ryan Moss, Calhoun High School
Over the course of American history, we have had many great leaders from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan, but our best leaders were the first ones. The Founding Fathers were great men who devoted their lives to fighting a corrupt empire and giving liberty to normal, everyday people. The Founders established this great country so that everyone after them could live freely in a Republic founded on the morals of Christianity. Sadly, we have strayed from these basic liberties and principles that the Founders granted us. These liberties include the right to say and think whatever we want, believe whatever we want, defend ourselves however we deem necessary, and live a life that we have full control over, free from the powers of a corrupted central government. Due to the same corruption we were to be free from, we allowed ourselves to be tricked by the Federal Government and we have lost or are about to lose these central freedoms.
“These are the times that try men’s souls,” was a phrase first used by one of our Founding Fathers named Thomas Paine. When he used these words, he was referring to the War for American Independence, but this phrase could also be applied to what is happening today. Corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle are trying to take away our key liberties every day and the times are definitely getting rough. The White House has tried to limit the media by pushing to get Conservative news stations thrown off the air. The politicians in Congress have tried to silence dissidence by labeling pro-liberty Americans as Fascists, racists, and Nazis. The courts tell schools that they can’t have prayer in the mornings, even though that was the kind of Federal intervention our Founders didn’t want. And now, the President, along with Senators from both parties, has appointed the most anti-2nd Amendment Attorney General in American history. All rights are important, but without the 2nd Amendment, none of the others can be defended. We are not facing a second War for Independence, but Thomas Paine’s words can be applied now just as easily as they were the first time they were uttered.
Without the principles of individuality, self-determination, and the control of one’s own future, we have no liberties to defend. So long as “We the People” stay complacent towards our God-given liberties, we cannot expect to keep them. I think the best way to sum this up is with Wendell Phillips’s quote, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” No Republic will ever last unless the people are constantly watching their leaders to make sure that they do not take away liberty, a task that many of us have failed to fulfill until now. But with the guidance of the Almighty, and the newly rediscovered power of the American people, we will never allow this mistake to happen again. Sic Semper Tyrannis.