Sunday, August 2, 2009

Liberty Watchman Launches

After months of blogging on Facebook, I've decided to step it up a notch with my own dedicated blog.

So why blog at all?

For the past few years I've watched in horror as the country I love has moved away from her founding principles. It's not so much that the people have changed, but misguided and even corrupt leadership certainly has. The principles of liberty, private property, limited government, and rugged individualism are being set aside in favor of forming a Nanny Sstate, a centrally controlled Nanny State. It's been coming for 80 years, but now it's accelerating.

After reading The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World, a tour de force in summarizing the founding principles of this country and spotlighting the unmatched brilliance of the founding fathers, I realized that what we have is as special as anything that has ever existed on the face of the planet. It needs to be nurtured and protected from dilution and corruption.

And so Liberty Watchman is launched. I have no delusions of grandeur that I alone can save the republic. But perhaps in some small way, I can join with the voices of millions of other Americans to help save the republic. She's worth saving.

I open with a couple of quotes from the founding fathers which have affected me deeply.
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." -- Thomas Jefferson
This is the antithesis of the Nanny State. A warning from the past.
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take everything you have" — Thomas Jefferson
The quintessential reason for limited government.
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds” - Sam Adams
I almost called this blog "Prairie Brushfires", in honor of Illinois and Sam Adams.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” - Sam Adams
A challenge to rugged individualism if ever there was one.

I could go on. There are so many to which we should take heed.

A subtext of this blog will involve disability rights. I am a disabled American who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and I regularly use a wheelchair.

It's twenty years on from the passing of the American's with Disabilities Act and architetural barriers still abound. I try not to shake my fist at all of them. I understand that it's nearly impossible to remove all the barriers in the world -- ever -- let alone in 20 years. But the ADA is not unreasonable. It asks for changes now when they are 'readily achievable' and demands them in new construction and when significant modifications are made. That's sounds reasonable to me.

A favorite target of mine is new construction. Architects and builders think they know how to build accessible structures, but they often don't. If you're going to build it, build it right.

Another subtext that I will cover is spirituality. I am a born again Christian and a woefully imperfect follower of Jesus Christ. Where the spiritual and political life intersect, I will sometimes comment.

I hope you enjoy Liberty Watchman.

Wayne Cummings


  1. Wayne, I'm glad to see you blogging! I'll be bookmarking your blog and sending it on to a few friends too:)

  2. Great reading Wayne, I now fully understand the intensity of intent you live your life... Looking forward to more...!