“What the government did to our little group in Wetumpka, Alabama is un-American. This isn’t a matter of firing or arresting a few individuals. The individuals who sought to intimidate us were acting as they thought they should in a government culture that has little respect for its citizens. Many of the agents and agencies of the federal government do not understand that they are the servants of the people. They think they are our masters…

…And they are mistaken. I’m not interested in scoring political points. I want to protect and preserve the America I grew up in, the America that people cross oceans and risk their lives to become a part of. And I am terrified that it’s slipping away.” Becky Gerritson of Wetumpka, Alabama, who was singled out by the IRS because as president of the Wetumpka Tea Party she was attempting to get 501 (c)4 status for the organization. The IRS harassed and tried to intimidate Gerritson, and it took nearly two years for her to receive the tax status she sought. The above is the conclusion of her testimony to the congressional committee investigating IRS abuse. (The above was taken from a March, 2015 donation solicitation letter from John A. Allison, the President and CEO of the Cato Institute.)

“Millions of Americans fear that our nation is in danger of losing what has made us the envy of the world. We are in danger of losing what all of us at Cato believe in, namely the idea of American Exceptionalism…in reality, American Exceptionalism is unrelated to military prowess. It is found in the iconic words of the Declaration of Independence that proclaim legitimate governments exist for the sole purpose of protecting our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That may sound like a cliché these days, but is a profoundly radical statement that, when it was written, flew in the face of human history. A history in which human beings were not much more than cannon fodder…for the state, the monarchy, the church…..whichever institution presumed to rule society. But that would not be the case here in our new society. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness meant the individual…not the state…was primary. And yet we look around, we see the state claiming ever greater control over our lives. How could it have come to this? We need look no further than our own political failings, on the left and the right. Jefferson once wrote, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” Too many of us take our freedoms for granted. We have not paid attention to what the political class is up to.”, John A. Allison, President and CEO of the Cato Institute, March 2015

Here are other Key Excerpts from Mr. Allison’s (donation solicitation) Letter:

“There is no institution, person for person, dollar for dollar, idea for idea, that has been even close to the Cato Institute, in advancing fundamental principles.”, Frederick W. Smith, CEO, FedEx Corp

“The Cato Institute is the foremost upholder of the idea of liberty in the nation”, George F. Will, syndicated columnist

“The chief culprits in the financial crisis…the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac….are at it again. Short-sighted monetary and regulatory policy is laying the foundation for another housing bubble. Look what happened last time…government policies created a bubble in residential real estate that caused the financial crisis. The Fed printed too much money that ended up in the housing markets thanks to Fannie and Freddie…Cato Institute scholars understand that government manipulation of our monetary policy…the value of the dollar, credit, and interest rates…fatally compromises the free market.”

“…support Cato’s libertarian agenda of free markets, a strict respect for privacy and civil liberties, and a strong national defenses that also has strong constraints on any efforts to be the world’s policeman.”

“We believe that most Americans share a belief in dynamic market capitalism (as opposed to crony capitalism), social tolerance, and peaceful international relations.”

“We seem to be at a critical point in our nation’s history. Most leaders of both parties still cling to the thoroughly discredited notion that government can solve all of our problems.”

“Sure most politicians today still pay lip service to what John Adams call the “rule of law over the rule of men,” but you’d never guess it by their actions. In America, the basic framework of law is found in the Constitution.”

“The essence of the Constitution is found in the Enumerated Powers Doctrine…..the idea that the powers of the federal government are specifically enumerated, and therefore limited. Indeed, the Tenth Amendment makes sure that point is clearly understood by saying that those powers not granted to the national government are reserved to the states or to the people. The powers granted to the federal government, James Madison said, are “few and well-defined.”

“Yet the growing lawlessness we see in Washington reflects a complete rejection of that core principle.”

“When 20-term congressman Pete Stark was asked where Congress got the constitutional authority to control something as personal as health care, he responded: “I think that there are very few constitutional limits that would prevent the federal government from rules that could affect your private life. The federal government, yes, can do most anything in this country.”

“Even more disturbing than the disregard the federal government has for the Constitution is the utter disdain it increasingly shows for the American public, particularly the growing arrogance government officials demonstrate to those for whom they supposedly work.. Maybe you’ve noticed it.”

“No major organization as committed to free markets as Cato is also as committed to a strict respect for civil liberties and the rule of law…this (positive legal rulings) trend recognizes the right of adult Americans to make their own choices…a trend that Cato scholars will promote across the board.”

“To state the obvious, saying that our lives have meaning only in terms of what we supply the state is hardly consistent with the role of government described in the Declaration. At the same time, America is not a nation of atomistic individualists as so many statists complain we are. On the contrary, as Tocqueville made clear, Americans love to work together…without government involvement. American exceptionalism is predicated on the individual. And what the Declaration proclaimed is that such dignity requires liberty…the liberty to pursue your own dreams; reap the benefits of your efforts (you did build it, where you’re a bricklayer or a neurosurgeon); choose your retirement system, health insurance policy, and schools for your children. It is your life, which means, in America you should make the important (and unimportant) decisions regarding it.”

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