The Preamble to the Constitution clearly identifies our country’s sovereign: “We the people.” Thus, our government – in Abraham Lincoln’s famous phrasing – is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Yet in 2013 is the government “for the people,” or is it actively against us?

Our government shuts down memorials that cost nothing to run for political purposes, turning 85-year-old World War II heroes into political pawns. Our fully politicized IRS targets and weakens the administration’s opponents, tainting the result of the 2012 presidential election. Now, law-abiding Americans live under the threat of an IRS investigation, because of their political views…or because the name of their organization is deemed offensive by the government.

Our National Security Agency routinely spies on innocent people under no suspicion of criminal activity. Our too-powerful politicians call citizens who disagree with them “terrorists,” “anarchists,” and “lunatics,” and compare them to dictators, murderers, and suicide bombers. Our government officials have immeasurable disdain for the American people. They say things like “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it” without fear of repercussion.

How much will we take?

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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