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Roger Williams Would Be a Republican in RI

Monday, January 28, 2013


Prospect Terrace, Roger Williams Statute

Roger Williams, formerly of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was persecuted for his divergent understanding of the Christian faith. Unlike the founding community of Puritans in the Massachusetts region, Williams did not believe that religion should be forced on people. Furthermore, he had a divine respect for the Native Americans, and he tolerated people who had differing
religious views.

Because he was branded as a heretic by Puritan leaders, Roger Williams fled south and established Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Purchasing the land from the local tribes, Williams founded a colony based on religious toleration, in which men and women of all faiths would be welcome to live and practice their religion with a free conscience and free of sanction. One of the more celebrated and heretical refugees was Anne Hutchinson, a woman who believed that men and women of the Christian faith did not have to live out the Ten Commandments, but could appeal to God directly and live out their faith from within themselves. She fled from Massachusetts, where she would have been drowned in order to determine whether she was a witch or not; or she would have been hung or her head crunched in a vice. Williams took her in, and she lived.

Williams would not recognize Rhode Island

Unfortunately, Roger Williams would not recognize his home colony today, now the most liberal and impoverished state in the union. Anne Hutchinson would certainly be out of place on account of all the rules, regulations, and taxes which are imposed on Rhode Islanders. Without a doubt, Williams would be appalled at the tyranny of one faith, or rather one political cult, which has edged out the views and respect of other points of view. The intolerant religion which has taken over Rhode Island: the Democratic Party Cult.

A bastion of political machinery, chicanery, and baseless power grabbing, the Democratic Party has driven the state of Rhode Island into fiscal crises. General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a Democrat herself, has no choice but to tell everyone, retired employees as well as those still working, that Rhode Island can no longer afford the overly massive pension obligations of years past. When Republican Governor John Chafee reneged on his values and endorsed a state income tax and collective bargaining rights, he pushed his state on the steady road to ruin, or road to serfdom if Rhode Island leaders can do nothing beyond argue, bicker, raise taxes, and pursue inane and non-pressing matters like gay marriage.

The Democratic Party culture of greed

The Democratic Party cult of greed, the cult of corruption has stifled the spirit of liberty, free markets, and constitutional, two-party rule. More people are leaving the state than entering. The power of dissent has been squashed, the culture of toleration has given away to fiscal incontinence and leadership incompetence. The Republican Party apparatus has the values, but now they need the votes.

With the worst business climate, with the highest taxes, and with more Democrats than every stepping up to do more of the same, no wonder the state of Rhode Island is not even a shell of its former, tolerant self. The Democratic Party cult has taken over the master levers of easy polling, collective bargaining, union dues, and immoderate stances on social issues has run the state into the Ocean. Instead of preaching witchcraft, the Democratic Party is inducing Rhode Islanders to be dependent on the state. Instead of casting hexes on the unsuspecting citizens, the Democratic Party cult has cursed the minds and the hearts of the Rhode Island citizenry, convincing them that Republicans have no power, no solutions, and no ideas beyond running against the Democratic machine.

Do not leave your state

The fact is that Rhode Island would not be cursed with poverty and emigration if the Democratic Party Cult had made the needs of the people more important than the greed of the politicians. Instead of an anchor of
hope, the Democratic Party has tied a millstone of despair around the neck of the statehouse, the state, and the status of the people in Rhode Island. Rhode Island residents: rebuke the devourer of high taxes, regulations, and corruption. Do not leave your state, but tell your leaders to leave off their spending spree or leave their posts. Contact your local Republican leadership. Tell them your frustrations. Let them know what you are facing on a daily basis.

You do not have to suffer, but instead you can purge from your midst the intolerant cult of progressive-liberalism which has defined the Democratic Party and possessed Providence politics for generations. Now is the acceptable time. Do not despair, do not give in. Tell the GOP want you want to see in your state. 

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a writer and blogger on issues both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A lifelong resident of Southern California, he currently lives in Torrance.
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Contact my Republican leadership? A Republican leader in Rhode Island is kinda like a unicorn. I've seen one once in a painting, and I hear folk songs about them, but there is no evidence they exist.

Comment #1 by Petr Petrovich on 2013 01 28

"More people are leaving the state than entering."

The only surprise would be if that were not the case. As if being crowded is the Republican measure of success... note that by that standard RI must be the 2nd best place to live because we are the 2nd most dense (funny folks like Mr. Schaper never mention that).

Oh, and btw Roger Williams would also definitely be a Yankees fan.

Comment #2 by Russ C on 2013 01 28

The gay-marriage vote must have rattled his cage.

Comment #3 by Jonathan Flynn on 2013 01 28

This man is a crazy evangelical from CA. Does this site have an editorial board or can any wing nut become a Mindsetter TM? This is a joke. He is the person in a cult.

Comment #4 by Jonathan Flynn on 2013 01 28

Roger Williams would want RI to become a “right to work” state because he would believe that people should not be forced to join a union.

He would favor RI becoming a Voter Initiative state (just like Massachusetts) so that citizens could have a say in making laws. That would be consistent with “the lively experiment” of democracy.

If he were alive today Williams would probably run a U-Haul franchise because that’s one of the few thriving businesses in RI—helping others to move out of this pitiful state.

He would probably drive a 1998 Honda Civic because he wouldn’t be able to afford the tax on a newer car in Providence.

Williams would no double be working with Gina Raimondo and Anne Hutchinson to organize a band of citizens to move to a place with smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom. Maybe a place like Texas, Alaska, South Carolina, Kansas or Kentucky—in other words a red state.

Comment #5 by James Berling on 2013 01 28

Mr. Berling, don't let the door hit you on your way out to Red State Paradise.

Comment #6 by Jonathan Flynn on 2013 01 28

Hi. I just googled Torrance, California, the home of the lifelong California resident who wrote this GoLocalProv post. I read some articles about the history and government of the area. I am now fully qualified to pretend to be an expert on Torrance, California, and I can write articles telling them how to live their lives.

Seriously, who is this guy and why is goLOCALprov letting him write his drivel here? Maybe there aren't enough republicans in Rhode Island to write anti-democratic articles so golocal has to import one from 3000 miles away?

Comment #7 by Portsmouth Citizen on 2013 01 29

Portsmouth Citizen:

I would be delighted if you wanted to comment about Torrance, CA.

Provided, of course, that you do some research.

In fact, you can contact me if you have any questions:

[email protected]

Comment #8 by Arthur Schaper on 2013 02 11

It is amazing how utterly "tolerant" my fellow RI citizens are of the conservative point of view. For that matter of anyone's point of view that dares to shatter their bubble. Last I checked, Torrance is not a foreign country, and we have freedoms in this country that permit free speech across state lines. Torrance residents do not have a monopoly on the goings on in their community any more than the provincial Rhode Islanders have on our fair state. And no, you are not the "enlightened" contrary to your delusions. Sadly my state remains infested by those who know not just how fast the ahip has been taking on water, so rather than bail or patch the hull, they'd rather shoot the messenger so they may go on rearranging the deck chairs on the promanade deck. Go ahead... shoot the messenger, it's the likes of you idiots who have sustained the 75 year "Progressive" destruction that will doom Rhode Island to a future modeled after Detroit. Bravo, Arthur for continuing to tell the truth and bravo Golocal Prov for carrying the only sensible point on view to those of us who acknowledge reality.

Comment #9 by Dexter Liu on 2014 01 06

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