Ignite Liberty is the first conservative investigative journalism organization in the state of Oklahoma. We are dedicated to restoring proper civil government to the state of Oklahoma by first restoring it to every city and town in the state by using the power of the written word to expose those in government who are advancing interests contrary to the cause of Liberty.
Civil government, when operating in its proper role, is a blessing to its people. When it exceeds those natural bounds, it becomes nothing short of tyranny. This has been the fragile nature of republics throughout human history. We have been taught through government schools that the system of checks and balances exists within the three branches of government. This is only a partial-truth.
The ultimate check and balance relationship exist between the people and their elected representatives. As the Irish lawyer and fierce advocate for freedom put it, “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance, which condition if he break, servitude at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.” The Speeches of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran, 1865.
The tyranny which we now see gripping our republic is not the fault of those power-hungry politicians who have made a mockery of an honorable position. The fault lies solely at the feet of those of us who have failed to hold that vigilance. Ronald Reagan warned us what would happen if we ever failed in our duty to maintain that vigilance in his Gubernatorial Inaugural Address of 1967, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”
Friends, we fell asleep. We assumed these precious freedoms were ours by birthright as Americans and Oklahomans. We assumed that our constitutions were so impregnable so as to offer permanent protection from the evils of totalitarian communism. We assumed “it’ll never happen here.” We were wrong. It IS happening here. Not just in the United States, but right smack dab in the middle of the heartland. It is time to fight back.
The fault does not lie totally with us, however. The press has long been considered the fourth branch of our government, and is as critical to a proper system of checks and balances as any other branch…perhaps even more. Every totalitarian dictator in the modern world has known this. It’s why Hitler, Mao, Chavez, and Castro all had “official state media” companies – and tortured or killed any journalist that dare go against the official party line. They saw journalism as an invaluable tool of propaganda and indoctrination…and used it accordingly.
There was a time in this country when journalists served as guardians of liberty. Not any more. The overwhelming majority of journalists now would make Joseph Goebbles smile with delight. They don’t practice journalism. They are merely paid actors in front of a screen dishing out the propaganda that those in power want you to hear.
The same is true here in Oklahoma. It doesn’t matter whether the news organization is “locally owned” or not…it’s the exact same propaganda on every station, and in every newspaper.
Ignite Liberty is different. We exist to shine the unflinching light of truth into a very dark and oppressive world, and thereby empower you to hold our elected officials accountable…at every level of elected government.