“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams
In the mid-‘90s, a dear friend of mine went shopping at a marque department store in Dallas. As she walked to her car in the parking garage, she was kidnapped at knifepoint. For the next 5+ hours, the kidnapper forced her to drive around the Dallas/Fort Worth area while he held a sharp knife against her throat and threatened all manner of physical evil.
To her credit, she began calmly talking and managed to establish a non-threatening rapport, even though there was a razor sharp blade pressed against her throat. Eventually, the man fled; leaving her unhurt physically, yet terrified and an emotional wreck.
The next day she stormed into the office of her friend, the Dallas Mayor, and told him what had happened to her. She demanded, “Steve, what are you going to do about it”? Without hesitation, he looked her straight in the eye and said, Carole, what are YOU going to do about it”?
At first she was incensed, but the more she thought about it the more she realized the good Mayor was right. It was up to the citizens of Dallas to drive change and solve the city’s crime problem.
Carole immediately became involved, assuming local and then statewide leadership positions in criminal justice advocacy. She became an icon of change in Texas criminal justice; eventually helping establish the Carole S. Young specialty medical facility at the Dickinson, TX women’s prison.
Every week I receive messages from good folks asking when will the public become educated on the FairTax, and when will we force Congress to enact HR 25/S 122?
I can’t help but think about Carole every time I see these kinds of questions. Much like Carole’s experience in Dallas, the public will become educated and Congress will feel the push of a critical mass when the American citizenry demands it.
Interestingly, this morning I heard Washington insider, Jamie Dupree, comment about tax reform and the fact that there were really only two alternatives to the income tax – the FairTax and the flat tax. He added the FairTax now has more co-sponsors than any other tax reform plan before Congress, and the flat tax just hasn’t been able to gain steam. He then reflected how the people simply hadn’t put enough pressure on Congress to make the FairTax happen. And he is right.
At the end of the day, the FairTax campaign has always been and always will be citizen developed, citizen driven and must be citizen demanded. If the citizens want fundamental tax replacement, it can happen. But the people must drive it. They must own it.
John F. Kennedy said in his 1961 Inaugural address, “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course… Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
As this year begins to wind down and we all reflect on the challenges ahead, I encourage you to think about how many contacts you have made this week, this month, this year on behalf of the FairTax.
Have you taken two minutes to send our pre-written letter to your elected Representatives? How many emails have you sent recruiting new friends and associates to the greatest tax reform campaign in our lifetime? Do you share posts from the FairTax Facebook page? How many presentations have you supported in your local community to educate the public on how the FairTax Plan will create jobs and stimulate a distressed economy? How many Letters to the Editor have you written over the past month to your local newspaper, blog or favorite on-line publication? Do you stand up with the facts when the FairTax is attacked?
If you answered “none” to these questions, then to expect a major shift in the near future is probably unrealistic. All major constitutional change (prohibition, suffrage, equal rights) has come from sustained and MASSIVE citizen involvement. So too must the FairTax reach these same MASSIVE levels of activism.
What’s your plan for 2014?
Send it to email@example.com and we will print the best plans in future editions of FairTax Friday.
With deep appreciation for what you have done and we will accomplish,