Dear Readers: This Thursday (Oct. 25th), it will be a privilege to have Mark Meckler, President of the Citizens for Self Governance, as guest on Canto Talk (7 pm PST/9 pm CT/ 10 pm EST — click HERE to listen).
A little background on Mark, who is the author of a wonderful blog — Across the Fence.
In 2009, Mark Meckler was one of many citizen “sparks” that helped to ignite a movement. He was the Co-Founder and a former National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, a group which at its peak boasted 3,200 chapters nationwide and millions of members.
Mark resigned from Tea Party Patriots in February 2009 to focus on broadening the philosophical reach of the idea of “self-governance” outside of the Tea Party movement, by founding Citizens for Self Governance.
Mark now appears regularly on television outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and the BBC. You may have seen him sparring with Chris Matthews on Hardball, or pushing back against Geraldo Rivera on Fox Business. He is highly sought after for the self-governance perspective from print and online news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Examiner, Politico and The Hill. His opinion pieces regularly run in many of the leading political outlets both on and offline.
Mark says, “I try to say what millions of American’s would say if they had the chance I’ve been given. It’s not really about my opinions, as much as it is my honest attempt to reflect what I hear from people involved in the self-governance movement all over the country.” Mark has a unique political voice, which many have said most clearly represents the citizens of this country fighting back against the incumbent machine of both political parties at all levels.
Mark will be discussing a new project for his group: Bringing real conservative change to states held in thrall by progressive governments dominated by unions. The focus, he says, is on independent financing and innovative political operations that take the power out of elite and entrenched partisans. Once this foundation is laid, Mark says, then it is far easier for grassroots operations to press for and get real change.
Mark has faced several challenges in his role as citizen activist. Mark was harassed and unfairly charged with a felony in 2011 after he tried to check-in a Glock pistol and multiple units of 9mm ammunition on to a Delta airlines flight at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport — arms he carries that had the proper permits and which he needs because of threats to his person. This is part of what fuels his passion for “Self Governance.”
It’s time to stand for self-governance. It is time to stand for the plain meaning of the Constitution. Every word of the Constitution is important, and we must fight for them all. We must fight for every inch of this country, from the inner city to the smallest rural town. We are, all of us, first and foremost, American citizens. We’ve always governed ourselves…and we always intend to. And we’ve always been willing to stand when freedom is at stake. It is time to stand…time for all of us, every race, every religion, every gender, every American to stand up and fight for liberty and take responsibility for governing ourselves.
No one should ever have to go through what my family has been through, simply for exercising a fundamental right, specifically enumerated in the United States Constitution. I am committed to making sure no one does. And I’m willing to work with anyone…anyone, who agrees that it’s time for the people to govern themselves once again.
Will we as citizens fight for our inalienable right to govern ourselves, or will we quietly allow ourselves to be “governed” into submission by a ruling elite, disconnected from our citizens and our communities? Only history will tell, but I intend to fight.
Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) is a grassroots organization that provides support for independent-minded Americans who want to see power taken away from big government and large institutions and returned to the people.
A long-standing roadblock to that objective is the incumbency of our elected representatives, who govern with their own re-election as their main priority. They stack the system to keep themselves in office, insulated from the people they are supposed to represent. Many elected officials campaign by saying one thing and govern by doing another, forgetting that they work for the citizens. The problem is systemic, and transcends labels like liberal or conservative.
That problem becomes even more acute because legislators are often obligated to the large institutions that use their influence and money to help re-elect them. And just as politicians work hard to avoid accountability to their constituents, many large, publicly-traded corporations and powerful unions insulate themselves from accountability to their own stakeholders.
CSG fuses its financial and social capital to serve grassroots activists in America who are working to take power from a disconnected Ruling Elite and return it to a more local and accountable level. We support organizations and individuals who share this commitment.
Our platform is a simple one. Just as each branch of government checks and balances the power of the others, our four basic principles can restore us to a citizen-fearing republic with effective self-governance.
- Disperse power
- Engage the citizens in the political process
- Break the Left vs. Right Paradigm
- End the cycle of incumbency
Our mission is ambitious, but it must be fulfilled. We will be the town hall, public square and village green for Americans who hunger to regain control of their government and their lives. Read on to learn more, and then join us as we work to bring government control back to the people