ACT III (of the RLC Convention in 4 Acts)
The Last Debate, rejecting the principle of non-aggression
Quentin Tarantino’s whimsical (and marathon) two-volume film Kill Bill, uses a fighting technique from martial arts mythology as a plot device. The technique is from the “Touch of Death” genre. (Such techniques kill using seemingly less than lethal blows with the hand.) The one invented for the movie is
When the five-point-palm-exploding-heart technique is executed on a man, the victim continues to live – he can hear and see and converse – until he takes five steps, whereupon his heart explodes and he dies.
On April 27 leaders of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Washington became victims of the technique. They have not yet taken the requisite steps to experience the kind of death of their ambitions that is now inevitable, but the outcome is certain… and what is most fascinating is that they executed it on themselves…
… with Clayton Strang’s now-famous Life resolution.
The Resolution, articulating the moral imperative of the Right to Life and the principle non-aggression and embodying the essential interdependence of Life and Liberty was razor-concise, neither a word too short nor a concept too elaborate.
Once the Agenda was approved, everyone knew it was coming.
Nevertheless… what ensued when Clayton proposed that Resolution at that convention was astonishing. It was an act of God, though its antecedents have not yet been fully revealed. Whole political careers and ambitions were effectively ended because of it. Those final “five steps,” the ones that trigger the “heart explosion,” have just not – yet – been taken.
And because it was the watershed event of the RLC in Washington, because it was the moment the Shekinah moved from the Ark to the Threshold, and because the RLC arose promising to be a practical venue to continue the “Liberty Movement” but is now sidetracked, incapable of accomplishing that, we will take the time to tell the whole story.
Scene 1, Clayton’s Speech: Life and Liberty are Indivisible
Clayton’s speech in support of his resolution at the introduction of the Last Debate was eloquent.
Here it is, in its entirety:
I stand before you today to ask you to do a very simple thing: to stand up and protect the liberties of millions of our fellow Americans. Every day, 3,500 people in this country are sentenced to death even though they are blameless. In the last 40 years, 55 million Americans just like you have been executed, not for any crime that they have committed, but because we are cowards. Each and every one of us is guilty. We all carry the stain of their blood on our hands.
We have better things to do, don’t we, than to protect some unnamed person who we have never met. In fact, if all goes according to plan, no one will ever meet them. They will simply go away, their existence wiped from the earth while we find more expedient, convenient things to fight for, things that keep our numbers up and our membership rolls full, even at the expense of our souls.
We must fight instead to protect our fictional debt-money from our government’s greedy hands! We should spend our time squabbling over bylaws and making grand speeches to each other about how great we are. “Look at us! We are the defenders of liberty!” Yes, we are, with the exception of an entire group of people that we simply ignore. An entire generation of Americans will never taste even the most basic liberty that we, day after day, week after week and year after year, take for granted: The God-given right to live. To exist.
The intellect and reason, which God has given each of us, tell us that if we are not alive, we cannot experience the liberties for which our forefathers sacrificed their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to secure on our behalf. These 55 million people do not have the tools to build a case for themselves. They do not have the ability to use their voices to cry out for themselves: “Am I not human? Am I not your neighbor? Do I not have value?” We must be their voice. We may well represent our nation’s last stand for liberty, and if we will not stand for the liberty of all persons, then I say to you that what we do is meaningless. We will end up standing for nothing but our own selfishness and greed and somehow we will congratulate ourselves arrogantly for doing so. This is not the proud legacy of “liberty and justice for all,” paid for in blood, which was bestowed upon us.
Let us stand together, to protect the liberty of our most vulnerable neighbors, and thus preserve true liberty for ourselves as well. Look inside your heart, because now is the time that you will decide what kind of a person you want to be. Now is the time that we will decide if we will truly be the guardians of liberty that we all imagine ourselves to be, or if we will don the boot of a selective tyrant and squash the lives that we find oh so inconvenient. I implore you, let reason prevail this day. Allow liberty to be experienced by all persons, great or small, rich or poor, wanted or not, healthy or infirm, for we are all God’s creatures, and the liberty with which He endowed us is directly tied to our very life.
Please, stand with me in support of this most logical and reasonable resolution.
That speech, saturated with the Truth and exhorting the mandate of Liberty, would have easily, by itself, won the day and passed that Resolution at any Washington State Republican Convention of the last thirty years. But this convention was in the process of becoming… um… measurably… uh… not exactly Republican and the deciding factor on the Life Resolution in Yakima on April 27 was neither truth nor liberty.
But, as promised, we will take the time to tell the whole story.
Previously in this series: