Why Rogue America?

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Why “Rogue America”? Of all the names to choose when starting an ambitious politically based website, why this one? It’s a question I’ve been asked numerous times. Rogue is not a gentle word. It isn’t generally viewed favorably. It is not considered patriotic. It gives off an unmistakable air of anarchy, especially in political contexts. It’s seemingly everything a new libertarian/conservative website seeking to brand itself as professional, sophisticated, and innovative might want to avoid. Yet, Rogue we have become.

The idea for Rogue America started when I began to plan a recent personal project. I wanted to create a tool that would invigorate the conservative movement in the younger generation and counter the infamous book Rules for Radicals by communist and community organizer Saul Alinsky–a man whose ideas still affect politics today. It was–and is–an ambitious project. The project is planned around the idea of Just Rebellion. This concept is predicated in the writings of the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and the American emphasis on the individual. It was this American individualism and its rebellion against the rule of overreaching government that prompted the word Rogue to come to mind.

Rogue: [rohg] Adjective: no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; renegade.

The founders of America were not controlled by tyranny, they were not obedient to tyranny, and they, according to the British of the day, were most certainly renegades. Of course, my intention is not to encourage either myself or anyone else to abandon moral principle or ignore the law; I do, however, encourage others to remember the immortal words of historical American patriot Thomas Jefferson,

“[F]or I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” -Jefferson, 1800, (in a letter to Benjamin Rush)

Rogue America is founded on these principles, and shall continue to uphold that men were made free, endowed with their Creator with certain unalienable rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and all tyranny that seeks to oppose what God has made, ought to be, and shall be, resisted, even unto the constitution of rebellion.

God Bless America, that she may be free.

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