When The Truth No Longer Matters

I remember a time when the truth used to mean something. My father used to always tell me that a man is judged by whether or not he tells the truth; that liars are untrustworthy and the act of telling a lie is despicable. Have we, as a nation, become so accustomed to lying that it no longer bothers us? Has the act of lying become so prevalent that we rarely give it any notice? Or, is it that we prefer lies rather than the truth because sometimes the truth makes us feel uncomfortable?

When you enter into a courtroom as a witness you typically have to take an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. While that does not prevent people from lying under oath, it is supposed to ensure that when discussing the facts of a particular case only the truth is told, not rumors, not innuendos, and not hearsay.

Do you know how frustrating it is trying to have a conversation with people when you come armed with facts and evidence and the person you are talking to only has emotional rants and hearsay to support their side of the debate?

How are we to survive, to thrive, to interact when we are not sure that what we are being told is the truth or a lie? Why bother having discussions with people when you cannot be sure that you are being told the truth? I can fully understand that people get emotional about issues; I’m emotional about the things I believe in. But if you are going to support an issue, a cause, or a belief; then at least have some facts to support your position.

Using my courtroom analogy, not having facts to present in a case would be grounds for dismissal of the charges against a person. Therefore if you cannot provide facts…TRUTHS… to back up your opinion then your opinion should be dismissed as irrational or illegitimate. Why should I, or anyone else for that matter, give anything you say any credence when you cannot back up your statements with facts?

Hmmm, I’m waiting for an answer…

Yet people constantly disregard me and what I have to say simply because someone else told them differently. People have lost the ability to weigh facts against each other and come to a conclusion based upon the weight of the evidence provided by both sides in a discussion or argument. Yet these are the same people we trust as jurors to decide our futures if/when we are brought up on charges and find ourselves defendants in a court of law. That ought to scare the hell out of you.

You would think (a thing which too few people actually do) that in a world in which lying has become so prevalent that their ability to discern the truth would become more keen, honed to a razors edge. Unfortunately the opposite is true, people are less able to see the truth hiding amidst all the lying going on. A person who cannot discern the truth, reject it because it is uncomfortable or conflicts with previously held beliefs is a person who is ripe for deception. A nation filled with people who reject the truth are a people who are easily misled and taken advantage of. When you let your emotions or your personal prejudices block your ability to process the truth, then you are a person who has lost the ability to think; it is that simple. You might believe that what you do is called thinking, and on some level it may be, but if you are working with faulty information then the end result of that thought process is going to be faulty as well. If your thought process evaluates and considers lies then the conclusion you come to will be a lie. If your thought process evaluates truths then your conclusion will be truthful.

What most people believe about the history of their country and its system of government is a lie; fed to them over the course of their lives by people who do not want them to; a) know the truth, and b) be capable of critical thought. If you do not know the truth, or have been conditioned not to care about it, then you are easily controlled and your rights violated. If you cannot think critically, to evaluate facts and evidence, then you have a hard time distinguishing between the truth and a lie; and once again you are easily controlled and your rights violated.

It’s a win-win situation for them and a losing situation for you.

Take for instance the Civil War. If you were to walk into a room full of people and ask them to tell you why our nation fought the Civil War; what answer/s do you think you’d get? I can tell you how they would answer; the people would tell you the Civil War was fought over slavery.

Is that the truth or is it a lie? Well let’s examine the facts.

Did slavery exist in the United States? Yes it did; both in the Southern States AND the North.

Did Abraham Lincoln say that he was raising an army to free the slaves? No he did not. In fact, Lincoln made many comments saying that he had no desire to interfere with the institution of slavery. In his Inaugural Address Abraham Lincoln stated, “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”

In a letter written to Horace Greeley on August 22, 1862 Lincoln stated, “I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.”

Those two quotes ought to be sufficient to show that Lincoln did not take the country to war against the Confederacy to put an end to the institution of slavery. And if anything, you have to understand that the Civil War was fought ONLY because Abraham Lincoln raised an army to prevent the South from seceding from the Union. Had Lincoln not raised an army to invade the South there would not have been a Civil War; it’s that simple. The South seceded in peace and would have existed alongside the North in peace had Lincoln not invaded it with an army.

But what about the Emancipation Proclamation Neal, didn’t that free the slaves? In answer to your question I must first ask you to re-read Lincoln’s words to Horace Greeley where he said, “What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union…”

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was a political and war time maneuver issued to help achieve his goals of forcing the Confederacy back into the Union. You have been conditioned to believe that it was his crowning achievement, making him worthy of damned near sainthood, but it was simply a political tool to further his goals.

It also prevented foreign intervention in the war. At one point Britain and France had considered becoming involved in the Civil War…on the side of the Confederacy. When Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation that shifted to focus of the war from one in which Lincoln was fighting to preserve the Union to one which was being fought to end slavery. After the Emancipation Proclamations Europeans were hesitant to involve themselves in a war in which the apparent goal was the eradication of slavery.

Remember Lincoln’s words, “What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union…” Everything Lincoln did was to hold the Union together, whether it be his actions regarding slavery, or his authorization for his military commanders to wage brutal campaigns; scorching the earth and burning entire valleys to the ground. Lincoln would do whatever it took to force the Confederacies compliance to his will.

But you say, “But Neal, the South seceded because they feared Lincoln would free the slaves and they wanted to keep their slaves.”

Is that so?

Have you ever heard of the Corwin Amendment? I didn’t think so. I also don’t think you’ll bother to Google it, so let me tell you what it was. The Corwin Amendment was a Constitutional Amendment that was introduced into Congress by Thomas Corwin. Ironically, it was introduced into Senate hearings by Senator William Seward, who would go on to become Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State.

The Corwin Amendment passed, I repeat PASSED both houses of Congress and was on its way to the State Legislatures for their consideration when the Civil War broke out.

The text of the Corwin Amendment reads, “No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.”

What that means is that no State could have proposed a Constitutional Amendment which banned slavery, and Congress would forever be prohibited from enacting laws which banned slavery. In short, it would have made slavery a permanent institution in the United States. To pass Congress it had to have support from members of Congress from the North; yet people say the Civil War was fought to end slavery? Why would they fight a war to end something they had just proposed a Constitutional Amendment to make permanent?

Lincoln was aware of the Corwin Amendment; he even supported its adoption. In fact, going back to Lincoln’s Inaugural Address, we read, “I understand a proposed amendment to the Constitution—which amendment, however, I have not seen—has passed Congress, to the effect that the Federal Government shall never interfere with the domestic institutions of the States, including that of persons held to service. To avoid misconstruction of what I have said, I depart from my purpose not to speak of particular amendments so far as to say that, holding such a provision to now be implied constitutional law, I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.”

Congress had just passed a resolution proposing a Constitutional Amendment to make slavery permanent in the United States; the President of the United States says he supports passage of this amendment, and YOU still have the audacity to say that the North fought to free the slaves. Why would they risk war to do something they were all in favor of making a permanent institution? That’s like me buying my wife a bunch of yellow clothes then telling her I’m going to kick her ass because she is wearing yellow; it makes no sense whatsoever.

Yet still there will be those who stand behind Abraham Lincoln as this great humanitarian who was the champion of the slaves and put an end to slavery. Do people even know what Lincoln thought about black people? Do they know how bigoted he was?

In 1858, before being elected as president, Lincoln held debates with his opponent Stephen Douglass. In one of his speeches at Charleston, Illinois, dated September 18, 1858, Abraham Lincoln said the following words, “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]—that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”

Those aren’t MY words, they are the words of the man YOU are defending as a great humanitarian; as the Great Emancipator.

Yet you call me, after all the evidence, all the truths I have provided, a racist because I support the cause of the Confederacy and display the Confederate Battle Flag with pride.

Fifty some odd years after the end of the Civil War, Woodrow Wilson, said the following, “The role of slavery became the proclaimed cause of the Civil War because it was necessary to put the South at a moral disadvantage by transforming the contest from a war for independence into a war for the maintenance and extension of slavery.”

You have been conditioned, brainwashed, lied to about the Civil War and its causes. All this outrage over anything Southern, anything displaying the Confederate Battle Flag is based upon faulty information. In short, you have been used, lied to, and manipulated into having an emotional reaction opposing a legitimate fight for independence. You may as well have the same sentiments towards Thomas Jefferson who had the audacity to write a Declaration telling the King of England “…That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved…”

After all, that is all the Southern States told the federal government when they seceded from the Union; that they too had the right to be free and independent states.

But I know people; I know how they act and how they think. They are going to go on believing whatever they want to believe; and that no amount of evidence to the contrary is going to change their opinions.

Which just goes to show you that the truth really doesn’t matter anymore…

But you will not stop me from standing for, and speaking it whenever the opportunity arises. I take equal pride in speaking the truth and displaying this…

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Welcome To My World

Every now and then the company I work for has a series of meetings, (one per shift), where management hands out awards, updates the employees on what’s in the future, and answers questions. Yesterday we had one such meeting. I work Swing Shift, or as the company calls it, Second Shift, so our meeting was at 2 p.m.

During the question and answer period one individual got up and began asking management what we, (the employees) can do about our union. This employee stated that he had called numerous people and agencies regarding our union’s failure to adequately represent the hourly workers. He then went on to explain to his co-workers that their pension plan is underfunded; that some would be lucky if they even got anything from it when it came time for them to retire.

Management, by law, is restricted from offering suggestions as what the employees can do in cases such as these as it might be grounds for a unfair labor practices lawsuit. I think this employee just wanted to let his co-workers know what the hell is going on with their union and felt frustrated in regards to two things; first that he could not get his union to do the job it was supposed to be doing, and secondly that there was a certain amount of apathy among the hourly workers the union represents.

Before I go any further I want to make it clear that I think this employee has some legitimate concerns; things that people should be aware of and take action upon.

That being said, Welcome to my world!

I wonder if this employee ever stopped to consider how I feel on a daily basis regarding the fact that the people who represent me, both at the state and federal levels, are not doing the jobs that THEY are supposed to be doing, and that the majority of the people in this country are apathetic and complacent about it.

If you think about it what my fellow co-worker was asking for was a redress of grievances; a resolution to problems or complaints. He had some legitimate complaints and was not getting any satisfactory answers, or resolutions, from the union and the various agencies he had contacted. He was feeling angered, frustrated, and let down.

Honestly, I can relate; as I feel the same way about my government; both at the State and Federal level. Yet had I got up and delivered and emotionally charged speech like him, changing the word union to government, instead of a round of applause I would have been met with dead silence, or boos and jeers.
Yet if you think about it both situations are similar; we have a body which is supposed to represent another body which is not doing the job they are supposed to be doing, and we have an individual who cannot get resolution for his complaints, nor can he get more of his co-workers to notice that there is, in fact, even a problem with this body of representatives.

Yet I would be willing to bet that my co-worker will be more successful in getting people’s attention and garnering support for his complaints than I would be for getting people’s attention to the abuses of power and resulting loss of their freedom by their government.

Why is that? Is either problem less serious than the other?

I think it is human nature to procrastinate somewhat when it comes to things which could impact people’s lives. Typically people are reactive instead or proactive; instead of taking measures that would have prevented problems in the first place they wait until they begin feeling the impact of things before they take actions to remedy the problem. As Jefferson once so famously said, “Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Like I said, I’m pretty sure people will get more involved in my co-workers cause than they will mine. Union representation, or the lack thereof, has an almost immediate and direct impact on their daily lives; and people feel these things in tangible ways such as loss of benefits or insufficient compensation for work performed.

The affects of improper government, however, are not so tangible and are not immediately felt by the people. You get a paycheck every week and you see that; you can hold it in your hands. You don’t, however, get a statement from your government showing you the security of your liberty, the status of each of your unalienable rights. Therefore, unless you try to exercise a right beyond the limits which the government has proscribed it, you won’t even notice that they are slipping away a bit at a time until it is too late, and they are already gone.

I see so many similarities between the two situations that I could write for days about them. If someone were to suggest that we severe our ties with, or abolish the union, the general mass of the people would oppose that suggestion as they depend upon the union for their continued employment.

I can only speak for those who do the same job I do, but it is my belief that without the protection of the union the company would be free to fire a great many of my fellow co-workers because they perform sub-par work; or no work whatsoever. If pay raises were based upon merit, upon performance, there are a great many who do the same job I do who would never see another pay raise the rest of their lives. But, seeing as how we have a union, and how pay raises are mandated by contract, they get a pay raise every year; whether they deserve it or not.

Labor Unions, in certain instances, are much like governments in that they provide a safety net for the people they represent. In both instances, Unions and government, the people they represent are given things they often do not deserve; benefits/pay raises, a secure job when they are not qualified for, or can perform to expected levels.

I’m not saying unions are entirely bad; they have their purposes. But it is my belief that as in anything, unions have become more about generating revenue for themselves and increasing their political power. I think unions have shifted from protecting employees from abuse and mistreatment by their employers to groups who seek to shape and influence what laws are passed at the state and federal levels. We are taxed much like our government taxes us, by way of our union dues, and we don’t get proper representation.

Isn’t that EXACTLY what the catch phrase of the American Revolution was, “Taxation without representation?”

Again, let me make it clear, I am not criticizing my co-worker for bringing these matters up during the meeting yesterday; I think he has some legitimate complaints that should be addressed.

I am, however, saying that those who applauded his speech should take a moment to stop and consider that what he said is representative of what I’ve been saying all this time; only on a much smaller and more immediately felt scale.

Every week when you open your pay stub and see how much is being taken from your pay for union dues and health insurance, and how few remaining dollars you have left over for your bills and groceries, you can see and feel immediately.

You don’t see and feel the things your government is doing so immediately and directly. But believe me, one of these days you will. One of these days your apathy and your complacency is going to turn around and bite you in the ass.

When that day comes you are going to be asking why someone didn’t stand up and warn us; just as my co-worker stood up yesterday and warned his fellow workers about the problems with our union. Please, for your own sake, don’t ask that question when I’m around; because that is exactly what I’ve been doing; and you haven’t paid one damned bit of attention to what I’ve been saying.

So to my co-worker who feels so much anger and frustration, I have but one thing to say; Welcome to my world.

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Your Ignorance Is Unbecoming of An American

We need to discuss the idea of representation; have you ever really sat down and thought about it? Of course you haven’t; but I have. We have, regardless of what you’ve been told about it being a democracy, a representative form of government; a Republic; at least in theory we do. A representative is one who is chosen or appointed to act, or speak, in behalf of others. They are not superior to the person, or persons, they represent, nor can they become master over those they represent; they are merely servants who act in our stead.

As originally designed, our system of government was to act in behalf of, or represent, two bodies; the people and the States. The States were to select Senators to represent them in this system of government, and the people were to elect members to the House to represent them. All laws passed by this central government would have to be agreed upon by both houses of Congress; this balance of power ensured that neither the people, nor the States, sought to see laws passed that were harmful to the other body. This was one of the many checks and balances in our Constitution which has, since the ratification of the 17th Amendment, been erased; leaving the federal government free to do almost whatever it damned well pleases.

As much as Madison wanted a strong central government, I think even he would be amazed at how far beyond the limited scope of power given government by the Constitution our government has grown.

Yet this is the crucial point many seem to miss when they think of representation; the power given these representatives originally belonged to those who select, or appoint them; both the people and the States. Through a Constitution, or a charter if you wish to call it that, a federal government was established to act in regards to certain specific cases; leaving the residual powers and authority to the States and the people. (See the 10th Amendment)

In 1794 the Supreme Court ruled thusly on who holds the true power in this country, “The sovereignty of a state does not reside in the persons who fill the different departments of its government, but in the People, from whom the government emanated; and they may change it at their discretion. Sovereignty, then in this country, abides with the constituency, and not with the agent; and this remark is true, both in reference to the federal and state government.” (Glass v. Sloop Betsy)

Therefore, when a group of people, or States for that matter, get together and constitute a form of government; giving it certain specific powers, the document creating that system of government becomes the law which the government is to be held to. If government oversteps its authority, and the people choose not to obey the laws it enacts which are contrary to the tenor and scope of powers granted government, it is not the people who are the criminals, it is the government which enacted unconstitutional laws in the first place.

You see, it does not matter if the majority of the people support unconstitutional laws or laws which violate our unalienable rights, because the powers granted government by the document which created it prohibit the exercise of those powers. That is the nature of a Republic; representation takes place according to the rule of law; in this case the law being the Constitution.

Our country either has a Constitution or it doesn’t; we can’t have it both ways. Either it applies in all things, or it does not apply at all. Therefore, if you think the Constitution is outdated and no longer relevant, why then do you focus so much attention to the selection of who is to become president?
We only select a president because the Constitution created the office of president; so if the Constitution truly is outdated and irrelevant, then why do we care so much about who becomes our next president, or if we even have a president at all?

Either the limitations upon the powers granted government by their masters, (the people and the States), still exist, or they don’t; and the Constitution is voided. But, if it is voided then it is also true that the government it created is null and void, and that we no longer need obey any laws it has enacted. Like I said, you can’t have it both ways.

Unless of course you are willing to face the fact that this government is tyrannical; that it will hold on to its power by use of force if necessary; even if those who created government decide that it no longer serves the purpose for which it was created and they choose to dissolve it.

That, by the way, is a bedrock principle contained within the Declaration of Independence; that government holds its power by the consent of the governed, and that when government becomes destructive of the ends for which it is instituted it is the right AND duty of the people to alter or abolish it.

If government is a creation of the people, do the people not hold the power and authority to undo what they had done? Do they not have the power to tear government down if it begins to exercise its own will as the determining factor in which laws it enacts, and what authority it will exercise over those it governs? After all, if you build a house, then later want to tear that house down, does the house have any say in whether it should be torn down or not? Can the house raise an army and use force to prevent you from tearing it down? Of course not; but if government is simply another thing people have created; then the people also have the right to tear government down if they believe it to be more harmful than good.

Why is it then that people such as myself who complain bitterly about governments overstepping of its Constitutional authority are thought of as traitors, as terrorists, and as subversives? Why is it that people who only seek to protect their most sacred rights are thought of as nutcases and radicals? What is it about us that others fear so damned much? We seek you no harm; in fact you rarely cross our minds. All we seek is to live free according to the dictates of our will and within the Laws of Nature.

I think it is not so much us that you fear and despise, it is what we represent; freedom. Freedom scares the shit out of most people. With freedom, and I mean absolute freedom, there is no safety net for you in case you fail in your endeavors; and that scares people. With absolute freedom there would be no government there to offer you assistance in the form of subsidies if you can’t hack it on your own. With absolute freedom you, and you alone are responsible for your own survival. With absolute freedom there would be no 911 to call if someone were to break into your home; it would be up to you to defend yourself and your property; or die.

That scares the hell out of most people; and it is because it is that which we seek that we frighten you so much. You would rather give up all your rights; live under absolute servitude, just for the illusion of safety and comfort it provides.

I have to tell you; that’s pretty pathetic and it certainly is not worthy of the title of patriot or free men. Why don’t you just come out and admit it that you choose to be a nation of sheep, tended by government shepherds?

How far we have come from when Jefferson delivered his first inaugural address and said, “What more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens–a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

If you compare what Jefferson said to all these candidates today say when they seek the office of president you will see there is a wide gulf between what they believe is the purpose of government, and what Jefferson believed was the purpose for which government existed.

The unfortunate thing is that we have a nation of people who have forgotten what it means to be free, and who will vote for the candidate whose promises most closely align with the things they expect government to do for them to make their lives better, safer, and more secure.

I don’t know what to say about it all; and I certainly don’t know what to do about it. Government is not the problem; not really. Government is merely a symptom of the problem; that problem being the people of this country who have forgotten what it means to be free.

James Madison once said, “I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom. Is there no virtue among us? If there is not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical (imaginary; fanciful or vainly conceived) idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.”

The problem in this country lay not with its government, it lies with what YOU consider to be the purpose of government. Until you change your views, until you start demanding that government confine its actions to the specific powers granted it by the Constitution; until you start standing up for liberty and your rights, not one damned thing is going to change in this country.

I know I have given you much to think about; much of which probably pisses you off. Let me just finish then with a quote from former president John F. Kennedy, “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

All I’m asking is that you think before you open your mouths and start spouting off opinions you cannot support with facts. Don’t get all offended or butt hurt if someone who is armed with all kinds of facts and evidence calls you on your bullshit.

Besides, your ignorance is unbecoming and as JFK also said, “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” And Jefferson said in a letter to Charles Yancey, “…if a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be.”

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Would You Recognize Tyranny If It Introduced Itself To You?

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
~Thomas Jefferson~
(Letter to Edward Carrington, May 27, 1788)

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great
courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness,
from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence,
from dependence back again to bondage.

~Alexander Fraser Tytler~

I often wonder, whenever I say our government has become tyrannical and oppressive, what your personal vision of tyranny and oppression is. Do you envision Nazi Germany, Soviet era Russia, or maybe Communist China with an authoritarian government and jackbooted thugs who march the streets suppressing freedom? While I’ll be the first to admit that those are forms which tyranny may take; they are not the ONLY form it takes.

I have been told, (numerous times I might add), that I have too much time on my hands; meaning that I think too much, come up with too many strange thoughts and ideas. That may be true; but I cannot help myself; my brain continuously is tossing ideas around inside my skull; weighing this idea against that idea, often resulting in the articles I write.

This question of what you think tyranny looks like is the result of one of these brain-storming exercises I do. If you think back to the period preceding the American Revolution what image comes to mind? Does it match up with your image of what you think tyranny looks like?

Most of the unrest and resistance to the authority of Parliament and the King was localized in the area surrounding Boston, Massachusetts. The jack booted thugs could be considered as being the Redcoats who enforced the will of the King; but they were not always considered enemies of liberty. In fact in earlier times they fought side by side the Colonists; like in the French and Indian War.

You might want to think about it like this; if you own a business that is highly valuable to you, you would hire security guards to protect it; wouldn’t you? Well the Colonies were property of the King; being established by charters granted by him to those who settled them. Therefore the Redcoats, or British Regulars, were much like security guards protecting the Kings property. So when did they go from being protectors and allies to being the enforcing arm of a tyrant? The answer is simple really; it was when they began enforcing laws which the Colonists felt violated their rights under Natural Law, Common Law, and as free men.

The Colonists, aside from a few taxes, (which by the way were far less imposing than all the taxes we pay right now), were free to do as they pleased. It was not until they began complaining about, then openly resisting these taxes that they felt the strong arm of government bearing down upon them.
Therefore, these jack booted thugs of the 1770′s were much like law enforcement today; first they were friends who kept the peace and protected the liberty of the people. Then, when they began enforcing laws which violated our Unalienable Rights, they too became jack booted thugs who enforce the will of tyrants in Washington D.C and the various State Legislatures.

Our nation’s founders did not wait until tyranny had become so oppressive that it affected every aspect of their lives; unlike 20th & 21st Century Americans; they opposed it when it first raised its ugly head. As James Madison would later write in his Memorial and Remonstrance, “We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequence in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”

What that means is that they saw what would happen if the tolerated the slightest violation of their rights as free men; they saw the eventual outcome of allowing for a single violation of their rights. Therefore they resisted the slightest violation of their rights to prevent further, and more serious violations, of other rights.

Madison said this prudent jealousy about our rights is the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the revolution. What has happened to America that people ignore that duty and have forsaken that noble characteristic? If you look to the quote at the beginning of this article by Tytler, where would you say that places us in that progression? If you want my opinion it places us in the complacency to apathy stage.

How did we go from being a people willing to lay down their lives for liberty to a people who don’t care one way or the other whether our government takes that liberty away from us?

I can say it didn’t just happen overnight; it was a slow steady process that has taken us to where we are today. There is another thing Madison said, this time during the Virginia Ratification Convention, “I believe there are more instance of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

It’s ironic that I quote the man who I am beginning to believe is responsible for pushing for the establishment of a system of government designed to become tyrannical; but there you have it in Madison’s own words; tyranny does not happen overnight, it sneaks up on you lest you keep a watchful eye for it. And to get to the point where we are today, American’s must have had both eyes closed for quite some time.

Our Founders fought a war against their rightful sovereign, and his minions, to secure their independence and liberty. Upon the successful conclusion of that war these 13 Colonies became free and independent States; each with full authority to govern their internal affairs.

At this point in time we had a system of government, established by the Articles of Confederation. Madison, Hamilton, Washington, and others felt it too weak; giving the States too much power and sought to create a system with a stronger, more centralized government with a subsequent loss of State authority. Had you studied the notes of the Constitutional Convention you would have seen that Madison himself stated that the States could be useful in the administration of the government they sought to create, but that the States would be severely diminished in their sovereignty and authority; in short, subservient entities UNDER the rule of the central government.

Of the proposals made by Madison for this central government was that it have an absolute veto over all laws passed by the State Legislatures. This did not go over so well among the delegates and was shot down; but it gives you an idea of what Madison had in mind as to the powers he sought to confer upon the government he sought to establish. Hamilton went even further and sought for almost monarchal powers for the central government; totally stripping the States of all authority. Yet these are the two men whose writings, The Federalist Papers, are referred to when it comes to understanding what the Constitution does. As I recently stated, the Federalist Papers were nothing but an ad campaign to get the people of New York to adopt the Constitution; and we all know how truthful ads can be, don’t we?

Patrick Henry, that firebrand who said “Give me liberty or give me death” feared this transition from a confederacy to a consolidation under a centralized government and spoke out against it often; his voice falling mostly upon deaf ears. In that I know exactly how he must have felt as I too feel that my words are falling upon deaf ears and eyes too blind to see what is happening right in front of them.

On June 5, 1788 Henry stood on the floor of the Virginia Assembly considering ratification of the Constitution and declared, “It is radical in this transition; our rights and privileges are endangered, and the sovereignty of the states will be relinquished: And cannot we plainly see that this is actually the case?” Of course they couldn’t; as the majority voted in favor of ratification.

Yet in less than half a century of operation Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence, saw that what Henry feared was, in effect, happening right before his eyes. In a letter to Nathaniel Macon, Jefferson wrote, “Our government is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction; to wit: by consolidation first then corruption, its necessary consequence.” (1821)

Then four years later Jefferson would write the following to William Branch Giles, “I see, … and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power…”

The government created by the Constitution was not given unlimited power, and it was not given to them the authority to determine, or to use Jefferson’s wording, construction, to decide the limits to its own power; the Constitution itself both defined, and limited the power given government.

Yet there is one simple fact that people today fail to consider; the government is an agent of the people, created by men. When that body oversteps its authority, or abuses its power, it is the right of the people to resist these abuses, this tyranny, or if necessary, totally abolish it. I could spend a great deal of time discussing whether the States or the people should have had the authority to decide what type government we would live under, and the implications of the way things actually happened; but maybe that’s fodder for a later article. Let it be enough to say that the people agreed to this Constitution; giving government certain powers, and if the people decide that government no longer serves the purpose for which it was established, then the people can abolish that system of government; and the government would have no say in the matter.

Madison and his cronies, his cohorts, or whatever term of endearment you wish to use for them. were successful in getting the people of Virginia to accept his proposed system of government. Years later, his friend and mentor Jefferson warned of the dangers he saw in the consolidation of powers reserved to the States in the federal government. Then something happened…

Just three decades after Jefferson wrote his letter to William Branch Giles the State of Virginia decided that they had had just about enough of the federal governments assumption of powers reserved to the States. Coupled with the fact that the president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, had called upon the States to send troops to form an army to invade their neighbors to the South, and Virginia decided that it was time they severed ties with the federal government.

The people of the South held no overall animosity towards the people of the North; it was the tyranny they felt the federal government exercised over them that led them to exercise their right to secede from the Union. Yet the federal government, or Abraham Lincoln to be exact, felt it was his duty to hold the Union together…at all costs; including war.

If you could just lock the issue of slavery into a closet for a minute, forget that it even existed, the Civil War was fought because certain states felt that their system of government had become tyrannical, and they decided to exercise what ALL States believed to be their right; the right to severe the bond which held them to the Union. The federal government, an entity created by the people, said to the South, “Oh no you don’t. And if you try we’ll send in an army to stop you.”

THAT, not slavery, is what the Civil War was fought over.

If you think back to what Jefferson said to William Branch Giles, the victory of the North in the Civil War was the culmination of what Jefferson said; the final consolidation of all power in the hands of the federal government. All that has ensued since then is corruption upon corruption.

According to the dictionary one of the definitions for tyranny is arbitrary use of power or control. I would hope you understand the meaning of the word arbitrary, but if not it means done without concern for what is fair or right, or without regard to established rules. Therefore arbitrary power is power that is assumed, or usurped, without regard to the law which governs the actions of our government; i.e. the Constitution.

You might find it interesting that Bouvier’s Dictionary of Law makes no reference to violence, force, or even jack booted thugs when it defines tyranny; it simply states; “The violation of those laws which regulate the division and the exercises of the sovereign power of the state. It is a violation of its constitution.”

Now that I’ve provided you with all this information, I would like to ask you the same question I asked when I began this little rant; “What is your personal vision of what tyranny looks like?” If you don’t answer by saying, “Our government today” then there is absolutely no hope for you and I may as well just go find a cave and await the eventual downfall of America.

But I’m not one to give up so easily. Tyranny does not happen all at once, it comes in stages, as Madison said, “…gradual and silent encroachments…” It also never stops, unless it is met with force by a people who have the courage to stand up to it.

I keep mentioning the fact that you are not free; often using the quote by von Goethe which says, “None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.” You think because you still make certain choices that you have freedom; that the loss of certain rights for the safety of the nation from terrorists, or to prevent more public shootings, justifies these violations of our unalienable rights. Yet no matter your justification, each act by our government which violates a single right, is by the very definition of the word, tyrannical.

That being the case, consider something else Jefferson once said, “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”

And one final thing before I finish up; when Patrick Henry argued against the adoption of the Constitution he gave one concern as his primary issue with this proposed Constitution, “My great objection to this Government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants.”

The last time a group of people tried to wage war against a tyrant, or tyranny, they lost. That was in when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865. Since then all that has happened is that our government has added link upon link to the chains that bind us deeper in slavery.

The problem is that most people have their attention focused elsewhere; on TV, video games, Sporting Events, or whatever else it is they do, and they fail to see their liberty slowing being taken away. I fear once it becomes aware to them they will find there is no alternative but to fight to restore it, and even then the odds of their being successful will be against them.

But as, Winston Churchill once said, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

And there you have it, today’s rant. I hope I’ve lightened your mood somewhat…

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You’re Being Scammed

Have you ever falling victim for someone or something? Even if it is something as trivial as buying something you saw on an infomercial on TV that sounded like the next best thing since sliced bread; but when you got it home you found out it was a useless piece of junk. It’s happened to almost everybody I imagine; even I’ve found myself victimized by slick advertising campaigns; only to find out the product which the advertisers claimed did all these miraculous things was a waste of my hard earned money and ended up getting tossed in with the trash.

Hopefully when something like that happens people learn from their mistakes and are a bit more cautious, or do a bit more research before they find themselves falling victim to another scam. How does that old saying go, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me?”

The moral of that little saying is that life if full of lessons to be learned. If you fall victim to a scam, or con then the fault lies with the person who deceived you. But if you fall victim AGAIN, the fault lies with you because you didn’t learn from the first experience.

If you know someone who repeatedly fell for a practical joke; what would you call that person? Would you be polite and call them gullible? Or would you be more blunt and call them stupid? How do you think I, and a few others, feel when we see the teeming mass of America falling for the same scam, the same practical joke, over and over and over again? The joke I’m talking about, the scam that is being pulled on you is the election of a new president.

Those behind the scam tout it as Democracy in Action; the people choosing who will lead them. Unfortunately we are not a democracy. Sure, we elect those who represent us by a democratic process, but our country is NOT a democracy; it is/was a Republic. In a Republic we elect those who will represent us in government, but these representatives are bound by law; restricted in their actions to certain specific tasks. When they violate, or overstep their authority, it is our job to recall these people, or if they refuse to obey our voices to abolish the government as it no longer serves the purposes for which it was instituted.

The scam that is being played on you is that no matter who you choose for president; no one is playing by the rules once they get into office. You think that by casting your vote you have a say in government; which direction the country takes. You may as well be choosing between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin as far as that goes as nobody, not even a Trump or a Sanders, will play by the rule book; the Constitution.

If you can’t see past the scam known as the two party system then there is not much hope for the future of this country. It is that simple. I am constantly told that by my decision to not vote for whom will be our next president I am forfeiting my right to complain about what whoever is chosen as president does. Did our Founders have a say in who was elected to Parliament? Yet simply because they did not vote for whom would enact laws that affected them did not stop them from complaining, revolting even, against that body of tyrants. Why should it be any different for me?

I simply see the game, or the scam, for what it is and choose not to fall victim to it again. I see government for what it truly is, the political arm of corporate and banking interests that controls the great herd of sheep, (people), to increase their wealth and power. Government is the shepherd, but it is not the owner of the herd; the owners are the special interests who pull governments strings; government is merely the middle men, the enforcers of their corporate masters. I refuse to participate in selecting who will be my master; I am a free man and do not have any master other than God.

I find it both ludicrous and hypocritical that people pay such reverence to the Constitution as a historical document, but not as a law which binds government to certain specific powers. Do they not realize that had that document never been adopted we would not have this system of government and they would not be choosing who would be president every four years?

If people cannot see this simple fact; that they are being scammed, then they certainly are not going to see the fact that it is quite possible that the ratification of the Constitution itself was just another big scam.

It has taken a long time for me to get my head around this; to accept that possibly the Constitution is not the next best thing since sliced bread. To say that out loud almost sounds blasphemous; even to me who has spent many an hour studying and pondering the matter. I know how it must sound to you. But if you were to examine the arguments, both for and against the Constitution, you might realize that everything those who opposed its ratification feared would happen; has happened. Could it be that it was not such a good idea to adopt this system of government; that eventually it would become tyrannical and oppressive?

If you watch TV you’ll see all these advertisements trying to get you to spend your hard earned money on something they sell. You have to realize that they hire experts in marketing who understand how to convince people to part ways with their money even when they don’t need the thing which is being sold.
Although the technology has changed, basic marketing skills are the same; if you can convince someone that it is their best interest to agree to something, they will usually do so. For the longest time I viewed the Federalist Papers as the gospel regarding what our government was supposed to do; and not do. It was not until I began viewing them as a marketing tool designed solely to get the people of New York to adopt the Constitution that I was able to see that they were being used to fool people into accepting something that was detrimental to their liberty.

Thirty years AFTER the Constitution was adopted and put into effect Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to Spencer Roane in which he said, “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time also produces corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible.”

Although Jefferson said that after the Constitution went into effect, his sentiments can be applied to any period of history where the corruption of principles may occur; like from the period where our nation gained its independence to the period where it established its system of government.

Could it be that the people quickly forgot the glorious struggle for liberty they fought and then turned around and adopted a system of government which had the potential to become just as, if not more, tyrannical? Could their principles have been corrupted so quickly, so easily?

During the period leading up to our country declaring its independence no one was more vocal for doing so than Patrick Henry, who declared, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Those very words may have been the inspiration for Virginia throwing its weight into the cause that, for the most part, was centered in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. No one could question Henry’s patriotism and his love of liberty.

Yet just 30 short years after obtaining that liberty Henry saw that this country was about to adopt a system of government that was dangerous to the liberty it had fought so hard to obtain. On June 5, 1788 Henry stood on the floor of the Virginia Ratifying Assembly and pleaded with those in attendance to consider the consequences of the decision they were about to make.

I would urge you, if you of an inquisitive mind, to Google Patrick Henry’s speech of June 5, 1788 to read it in its entirety. In it he uses logic, sarcasm, and self-deprecation in an effort to get those listening to vote against the proposed Constitution.

For instance, Henry declared, “Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else: But I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American.”

Notice the similarity between what Henry said, and what Jefferson would say in his letter to Spencer Roane. Could it be that Henry’s invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man being considered old fashioned be the same corruption of principles Jefferson spoke of?

Madison, Hamilton, and all those who pushed for adoption of the Constitution promised that the powers granted government were few and specific, and those reserved to the States were numerous and indefinite, (Federalist 45). Yet was this just a slick ad campaign to convince the people into accepting something that would end up being harmful to their liberty and to the sovereignty of the States themselves?

In 1825 Jefferson wrote another letter, this time to William Branch Giles, in which he said, “I see,… and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power… It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic.”

What Jefferson spoke of are the very things those who opposed the Constitution in the first place warned people about BEFORE they adopted it. What Jefferson spoke of is the very thing which led the South to secede from the Union, and the consolidated federal government to raise an army against them.
When the South lost the Civil War the final shackle was removed from the limits imposed upon our federal government by the Constitution. Since that time government has grown in leaps and bounds to this monster which rules over us today with an iron fist.

Let me ask you something; do you fear your government? I mean really fear disobeying laws you find questionable? Would you rather obey questionable laws rather than stand up for what you believe to be right; even if it means that you know the government will come after you for doing so? Then think about this quote, often attributed to Jefferson, but actually made by John Barnhill in 1914, “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”

Our government is our servant, not our masters. It was given certain specific powers by the Constitution, and if we do not like the things our government does we should not live in fear of violating unjust laws; not if we are free men anyways.

It has been my experience that people, for the most part, are mentally lazy and intellectually dishonest. They accuse certain politicians of these violations of the Constitution; but then when the person, or party, they support does those same things they go deathly silent. People also don’t know, or don’t care, what powers the Constitution grants government; all they care is that the campaign promises being made are in line with the things they expect out of government.

It is why they are so easily fooled every 4 years when it comes time to choose a new president; because they only vote according to their party beliefs, disregarding the powers granted by the very document which created the office for which they are voting for a candidate.

That’s why Ben Franklins words to the convention which produced our Constitution are so poignant to me, “…I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

Jefferson warned of a corruption of principles in 1820, and Franklin said that we will end up with despotic government when the people of this country become so corrupted that they are incapable of any other.

Is that how deeply we’ve fallen; how far we’ve strayed from the principles held by our noble ancestors who risked their lives to secure liberty for their posterity? If so, you make me sick to my stomach.

In closing I’d like to leave you with two quotes. I know you’ve seen them before, but maybe this time you will see them in a different light. I certainly hope so, for some day the curtain is going to be pulled away and the evil that you’ve allowed to grow within this country is going to make its presence known to all. Then you will have no choice but to stand up to it, or submit to it; or in other words choose between freedom and servitude.

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

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On The Corruption of Principles

The year is 1620 and you’ve just made a perilous crossing of the Atlantic; leaving behind all you once possessed and knew for the unknown. You disembark the ship and there is no welcoming committee to meet you, no Holiday Inn to check in to, and no welfare office to go to so you can sign up for benefits until you get on your feet. All you see in front of you is vast uncharted land and opportunity.

Why would you do such a thing; leave friends, family, your previous home; all for the unknown? Before you answer take a moment to think about it; there was no industry, no jobs, and no commerce; so it couldn’t have been for wealth. Therefore it must have been for some other reason, something that wasn’t as tangible as wealth or possessions.

You’ve heard me speak of our Founding documents; the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution repeatedly; yet our nation’s first founding document was written and signed in the year 1620; it is known as the Mayflower Compact.

I don’t know if you’ve given these things much thought, but many of our nation’s early founding documents begin with a statement of intent. The first part of the Declaration of Independence talks about our unalienable rights and the purpose for which governments are established; the Constitution has its Preamble which declares the reason it was written. The Mayflower Compact is no different.

The very first part of the Mayflower Compact explains why these first settlers made such a treacherous journey to a land that had nothing awaiting them; no creature comforts, just peril and the slim chance they might survive; “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid…”

The first of the settlers who would eventually form the 13 Colonies came here for one thing, and one thing only; the ability to worship God as their hearts, and their faith, dictated. They did not come here under orders from any church; they sought to seek the oppression imposed upon them by the Church; to come to a place where they were free to practice their faith as their beliefs required.

This is not to say that, as the Colonies grew, they did not impose their own form of persecution or at least impose their own views upon others of differing faiths; they did. Religious service was considered, almost, a duty, not a choice. For instance, in 1624 an ordinance was passed which contained the following, “That whosover shall absent himselfe from divine service any Sunday without an allowable excuse shall forfeite a pound of tobacco, and he that absenteth himselfe a month shall forfeit 50lb. of tobacco.”

The underlying reason these first settlers came to America was freedom; religious freedom. They sought to live in a land that was free of the entanglements between church and state that had oppressed their beliefs to the point they believed they had no other recourse but to flee to a far away land where they could worship God as they saw fit.

Yet all the time I hear people say America was not founded upon the Christian faith. While it may be true that our Constitution and Declaration of Independence makes no requirements of man to attend religious services, the fact is that our country WAS founded by men for the sole purpose of spreading the Gospel and living according to God’s Laws.

Of the assembly of men who affixed their signatures to the Declaration of Independence were Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Quakers and Presbyterians. It is ludicrous to think that their faith did not, in some way, guide them in deciding whether to submit to all laws imposed upon them by their rightful sovereign the King, or to stand up against what they believed to be violations of their Natural Rights; rights granted them by their Creator; God.

Now I know people are going to say, “What about your idol, Jefferson; he was a Deist and didn’t believe in God.” I do not believe that to be true. After much reading on the subject I do not think it was that Jefferson did not believe in God, it was that he may have had doubts about the divinity of Jesus. Yet he did believe in God, in some fashion.

Jefferson spent a great deal of time combing through the New Testament and collecting passages which contained the teachings of Jesus; as he felt Jesus to have been the greatest teacher regarding morals and how to treat others that ever existed. The Jefferson Bible is the finished work of many years of effort by Jefferson on the subject.

I may be wrong, but it is my understanding that Jefferson was against organized religion; believing it to be oppressive. In fact, in a letter to Samuel Monticello, dated January 19, 1820, Jefferson wrote, “Nothing can be more exactly and seriously true than what is there [the very words only of Jesus] stated; that but a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandising their oppressors in Church and State; that the purest system of morals ever before preached to man, has been adulterated and sophisticated by artificial constructions, into a mere contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves; that rational men not being able to swallow their impious heresies, in order to force them down their throats, they raise the hue and cry of infidelity, while themselves are the greatest obstacles to the advancement of the real doctrines of Jesus, and do in fact constitute the real Anti-Christ.”

To say that Jefferson did not believe in God would be to disregard the fact that he, as author of both the Declaration of Independence AND A Summary View of the Rights of British America make reference to God. In fact, in A Summary View Jefferson declares, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

So those who claim Jefferson had no religious beliefs, or did not believe in God, only shows me that they have not done their homework and have not studied the writings of the man they seek to defame.

You see, there is one other quote from Jefferson that I have intentionally left out — until now. If you’ve ever been to the Jefferson Memorial in our nation’s capital you may have read this, “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” Not only is that among the inscriptions on the panels inside the Jefferson Memorial, he took it is his motto, found on his personal seal.

Let me ask you something; if resistance to tyrants is obedience to God, then what is submission to tyrants, or tyranny? Would that not be obedience to the devil? If it were not your duty to God, as Jefferson appeared to believe, to resist tyranny then does it not follow that if you fail to resist that tyranny you are submitting to the will of the one who originally opposed God; the devil?

Therefore, how can you, if you even remotely consider yourself a Christian, support any politician who does not uphold their Oath of Office to support and defend the Constitution? How can you claim to be a Christian when you give your support to candidates who, by their campaign promises, clearly show that they have no intentions of abiding by the limits the Constitution imposes upon the office they seek?

How can you support the violations of our most sacred rights, even in the name of national security, or your own safety, when, as Jefferson believed, these rights are the gift of God Himself and “… are not to be violated but with His wrath.”

How can you call yourself a Christian, or an American for that matter, when you fail to learn the principles which guided the men who originally sought to unshackle themselves from a tyrant and establish a nation of free and independent states? How can you call yourselves Christian or Americans when you sit back and do nothing as your government grows more powerful and encroaches upon more of your freedom, without lifting a whimper of protest?

You can’t. You may occupy space in this country; go to work, pay taxes and obey what you believe to be lawful impositions upon your freedom; but you cannot rightfully claim the title of Americans, or at least patriotic Americans. Patriotism is not blind obedience to your government; it is obedience to the original principles which founded this nation. If you do not fight to defend those principles you have no right to claim the title of being a patriot; no matter how many stickers you affix to your car or truck which has an American flag or say support our troops.

A quarter century before the Declaration of Independence was even an idea in the back of the mind of Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams wrote the following, “[N]either the wisest Constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” (Essay in the Public Adviser)

Our country is screwed up because we have become corrupt. We no longer adhere to the same principles as did the men who established our Republic. You can go to the polls, hoping futilely I might add, that this year your choice will make things better; but it won’t be until you begin learning, and demanding that those you vote for, stay strictly within the limits for which government was created, that any true change will occur.

Yes that entails a bit of work on your part; but nobody ever said freedom was free, or that it comes without effort. When those 56 men affixed their names to the Declaration of Independence they did so, fully knowing, that they had just painted a big fat target on their backs. They had publicly told their King, for all intents and purposes, their government, to go screw itself; they no longer wanted anything to do with it. They knew the full weight of their government would come to bear upon them in an effort to force their compliance to its will.

The same thing occurred eighty-four years later when the Southern States seceded and gave their reasons in the declarations of secession. This time, however, those who fought for liberty and independence lost; and American has never been the same.

The titles American, patriot entail more than simply a piece of paper declaring that you were born on US soil, or have citizenship here; it entails adhering, and fighting if necessary, for the founding principles.

And from what I see, how I have been treated by those who oppose the things I say in these articles, there aren’t very many true Americans, true patriots left in this country. And as Samuel Adams once said, “Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

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Disgust Is Too Polite A Word For How I Feel

“The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and willfully to reject
truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander to thy prejudices.”

~Aleister Crowley~

It would seem that among those who dislike what I have to say there are some who actually fear me; or at least feel threatened by me. Without going into too much detail, yesterday the company I work for held Active Shooter training; what to do in case someone comes to work with the intent of causing as much death and destruction as possible.

During one of the morning classes someone mentioned, (and I’m paraphrasing here so forgive me if I don’t quote what was said word for word), that there is this guy (me, apparently), who brings these articles to work and he is constantly talking about killing people. I guess this person, (the one who brought the subject up), feels threatened by me and found that Active Shooter training to be the perfect platform in which to express his concerns.

To clarify, one time, and one time only did I ever say anything along the lines of the things this person said I am CONSTANTLY saying. The time I did it was a figure of speech, not an actual threat. How many times have you, (and this applies to anyone reading this), said that you’d like to slap the shit out of someone for being stupid? Does that mean you are actually going to carry out that threat, or was it just a figure of speech? That is all I did when I made that ONE comment, make a figure of speech that declared that something someone told me was so stupid that I either wanted to puke or shoot them. It was NOT a threat against that person, or anyone else’s life. I cannot help it if people are so illiterate that they cannot distinguish between a figure of speech and an actual threat.

Anyway, at the end of the training session I attended I walked over to the instructor, the son of an employee who is/was in the Special Forces, and first, thanked him for his service, then said that I’d heard about what happened and I introduced myself as “that guy.” I then explained that most of my articles are about the Constitution or Bill of Rights and how our government is violating both. I told him I sometimes vent my frustration with the ignorance of others, but I am not CONSTANTLY making threats against the lives of my co-workers. This seemed to satisfy them. (Again, this is a paraphrase of the conversations that took place)

I only found out about all this because a friend who was in attendance at the meeting where this occurred told me about it in the parking lot before I clocked in to work. I also had a note on my time card to see HR again. They simply wanted to give me a heads up about it; although they still refused to tell me who my accuser was for confidentiality.

It would seem that those who dislike what I have to say have upped the ante and gone from simply disagreeing with what I write about, or calling me an asshole, to defaming my character or publicly slandering me. If I were the spiteful bastard that some think I am I would sue the company, and the person, for defamation of character and seek monetary retribution. That’s not the kind of guy I am; I simply sit back in despair and shake my head thinking; “What a fucked up world we live in.”

How did it come to pass, (I know, but I want YOU to think about it), that we’ve gone from a nation that once valued the truth and open, honest discussion of beliefs, to one where the truth is found to be offensive? Why is it that these people who always complain that something offends them are the same ones who cry the loudest when their freedom of speech is violated? You tell them you want to ban the music they listen to or the TV Shows they watch because you find them offensive and they get all up in arms about censorship and start spouting off at the mouth about their First Amendment rights. Yet the minute someone says something they find offensive, (even if it is the unadulterated truth), they go running to turn the bearer of that truth in, or have their voice silenced.

Can you say H Y P O C R I S Y? Or is that word too complicated for your petty minds? Freedom of speech is a two way street; either everyone has it, or no one does. You can’t have it both ways; sorry.

You do have the right to disagree with what I say, and to try and prove me wrong, but your feelings do not even enter into the equation as they are irrelevant. Let’s just say for a minute I was sitting at a table in the cafeteria and I suddenly said, “I think Colin Kaepernick is probably the best running back the Dallas Cowboys have ever had.” How do you think my statement would be taken? I would be ridiculed for making such an ignorant, and openly stupid, statement; rightfully so I might add. My comment could easily be disproved; Colin Kaepernick, first and foremost, is not a running back. Secondly he does not play for the Dallas Cowboys, he plays for San Francisco. Thirdly, he probably isn’t the greatest at anything; at least according to some sports fans.

The point is, you people would feel it was within your rights to correct me as to the facts and to ridicule me for being ignorant about football players and who they played for. Yet when the tables are turned and I try to correct YOU about your beliefs about the history of this country, or its system of government; or when I criticize you for being ignorant and stupid, you get all butt hurt and turn me in for being offensive.

Oh, excuse me for being so stupid, I forgot that football is far more important than history or politics! What was I thinking? It’s perfectly acceptable for a person who says something stupid about football to be ridiculed and corrected, while making a stupid statement about history or politics is forgivable and does not necessitate a rebuke. (And if you don’t know what sarcasm is, this was a perfect example of it)

The other day I saw a video on the internet of a speech given by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. Before seeing this speech I didn’t think much about Rowling one way or the other, but after hearing what she said my respect for her went up a couple notches. What she said is something ALL OF YOU need to take into consideration. Here is her speech, (and it’s not very long, so don’t freak out), “Intolerance of alternative viewpoints is spreading to places that make me, a moderate and a liberal most uncomfortable. Only last year we saw an online petition to ban Donald Trump from entry into the U.K; it garnered half a million signatures (applause). Just a moment…

Now, I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted, but he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there.

His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine. Unless we take that absolute position, without caveats or apologies, we have set foot upon a road with only one destination. If my offended feelings can justify a travel ban on Donald Trump I have no moral grounds on which to argue that those offended by feminism, or a fight for transgender rights or universal suffrage should not oppress campaigners for those causes.

If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended; you have crossed the line to stand alongside tyrants who imprison torture and kill on exactly the same justification.”

I don’t know who coined it, but there is a saying that I wish more people would take as their personal mottos. It states, “I may not agree with what you are saying, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Unfortunately freedom of speech is now interpreted to mean freedom from being offended; a total and utter violation of the concept of freedom of speech. British actor Stephen Frye once said, (which I wholeheartedly agree with by the way), “It’s now very common to hear people say, “I’m rather offended by that,” as if that gives them certain rights. It’s no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I’m offended by that.” Well, so fucking what?”

I’m not saying someone should go around being intentionally offensive; doing and saying things just to get under people’s skin; that is wrong, (even though they retain the right to be offensive no matter how much anyone dislikes it). But if the truth offends you; GET OVER IT!

Sometimes I feel like the character Colonel Nathan Jessup in the movie A Few Good Men, when he screams at a much younger Tom Cruise, “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” I suppose ole Hendrik von Loon was right, “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.”

As a nation that claims to value and cherish the truth, there certainly is a lot of silencing of the truth going on. It is said the truth will set you free. Author Joe Klaas also said, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” If you can’t get past the being pissed off part then you will never grow as a person and you will end up living the rest of your life believing a lie. The choice is yours as to which path you choose to take; accept the truth or whine and complain every time someone says something that offends you.

However, if there is one thing I’ve learned it is this, “But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

I can’t get you to accept, or even think about the truth; I can only lay it before you to consider on your own terms. Whether you choose to think about it, reject it, or get offended by it, that’s up to you. But make no mistake, I care little about whether or not the things I write about offend you; that’s your problem, not mine.

As Winston Churchill once said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something once in your life.” So I don’t care whether the things I say in my writings offend you. Time, history, and justice are on my side and you will be found guilty of rejecting the truth when it could have made a difference, put off the inevitable. Instead you have chosen to live your lives believing a comfortable lie. In whatever future courtrooms of public opinion it will be you, not I, who will be found guilty of allowing the greatest nation on Earth to implode and become just another tyrannical nation ruled by despots.

But at least you’ll be remembered by historians for something…but then again everyone remembers the names Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth. In this instance, instead of killing a president you will be known for killing liberty.

I hope that in future times when your children, and their children, read about how you let liberty slip through your hands, that they are proud of you.

Me, I’m just disgusted by you.

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Progression

I awoke this morning thinking about the words; Grow Up. Most people associate growing up with the place where you lived your early years; your hometown. But growing up is as much about going from being an infant and totally dependent upon your parents for your needs to being an adult with all the skills needed to make it on your own.

Someone who is grown up realizes that life/reality can be a vicious bitch and roll with it; taking full responsibility for their own decisions and adjusting their life plan; strategy, as life throws its punches at them. Those who haven’t grown up seek to blame others for the mistakes they make, and shift the burden of taking care of them onto society; or a specific class of society like the rich.

Growing up is all about a series of steps; sometimes slow, sometimes rapid, which take you from infancy into adulthood. But it doesn’t just stop at adulthood; although some people sure act like it does. You can never stop learning; stop growing up if you will; as life is full of experiences to further broaden your mind and your perspective.

Growing up is a progression; a series of steps which take you from one point to another. These points can either be physical locations, or a mental one in which your views on a subject change over a period of time.

I have found that, at least from a mental perspective, many Americans have stopped growing up; at least in their knowledge regarding their system of government and the history of their country. Their minds are stuck with the same point of view, the same level of knowledge they held they had on the day they graduated from high school; whenever that was.

Oh, they may change political parties, or their support or opposition to what their government is doing may change, but the underlying knowledge base regarding the history of this country and its system of government remains basically the same as the day they graduated; in that they have NOT grown up; or progressed.

You see the history of our nation is also a progression of sorts. We went from a group of Colonies, (subjects under a King) to a confederation of free and independent nation/states. From a confederation of free and independent nation/states we went to a group of states with a centralized government with very limited powers; most of which only applied directly to the states, not the individual. From there we progressed to a group of states under a centralized government; with the states having lost most of their autonomy and sovereignty. From there we have progressed to a group of states under a centralized government which passes laws which regulate and control the lives of the people directly; overstepping the limited powers granted this government by the Constitution.

Sometimes people truly amaze me at the depth of their ignorance regarding their system of government. People think that because we have a President, a Congress, and a Supreme Court and because we have democratic elections that our system of government is the same as what is outlined in the Constitution.

People may realize that there is something fundamentally wrong in America; but their solution is to increase the powers held by government, pass new laws, create new social programs and further violate our unalienable rights. It never crosses their minds that the fundamental problem is that government has gotten too big, too powerful, and it is due to its restricting individual liberty that all our problems arise. It is also because people have not fully grown up, in the truest sense of the word, that they need government to be this big benevolent nanny to take care of their needs.

Have you ever heard the expression stuck on a plateau? It’s not referring to a topographical location of high ground with a flat surface; it’s more in reference to being stuck somewhere and not being able to make any further progress towards a goal. Bodybuilders and those seeking to lose large amounts of weight speak of plateaus; being stuck and not able to make further progress.

Well you can also be stuck in a mental plateau where you think you know all there is to know about a subject. This mindset causes you to cease seeking more knowledge regarding a subject and makes you stagnant in regards to what you truly know about a subject. After all, if you think you know all there is to know, why bother looking for MORE information? Right?

Then again you simply may not care to learn any more about a subject; and it is this apathy that I see in most people I encounter on a day to day basis. People simply don’t care to learn anything more than the things they were taught in school; and this is true whether the things they were taught are true or are lies; they simply don’t care.

I honestly don’t know which is worse; thinking you know it all, or not caring whether you know.

For a large part of my life I was stuck on a plateau of the latter; I didn’t care whether what I knew was all there was to know or not. I was raised in a family of staunch Republicans and that was sufficient for me; once I became eligible to vote I would go down the list voting for everyone with an R next to their name, or voting for issues according to suggestions made by the Republican Party. In short; I was a mindless zombie who could not think for himself. I’m not proud of it, but I won’t hide the fact either.

But then something happened; and to this day I’ve yet to figure out what it was. Whatever it was it stirred me out of my lethargy, my apathy, and I began studying our system of government and the history of this country.

My journey has been a progression of sorts. At first it was just that the government was passing laws which the Constitution did not authorize it to legislate upon. From there it progressed to learning that there is a power cabal that has been running things in our country, behind the scenes, for a very long time. Then I began learning about the history of the Civil War and the truth behind it; which is about as far from the supposed truth most people have been taught about that conflict.

Finally I began progressing to a study of the actual writing and ratifying of our Constitution and the arguments both for and against it. What I have found is that our country went from a group of Colonies who fought for their independence and freedom, to a country which established a system of government doomed to become just as, if not more, tyrannical as the one the Colonies had fought to free themselves from.

As my knowledge increased my views regarding certain Founding Fathers has changed; I no longer hold some of them up to the high level of esteem that I once did. In contrast, there are those whom I paid very little attention to who have now become the recipients of a great deal of my respect and admiration.

But that’s how it is when you learn new things; when you progress; your views change as your knowledge base increases. It is how you grow up. Unfortunately I find that a great many people are content to be stagnant, stuck believing that everything is just hunky dory in America; that it’s system of government is performing exactly as designed.

In truth they may not be too far off in their assumptions; because I am beginning to believe that what we have today is exactly what men like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton had in mind when they pushed for ratification of the Constitution.

The only difference between what most people believe and what I’m beginning to believe is that most people believe this to be a good thing; while I believe it to be bad in the truest sense of the word.

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It’s A Brave New World We Live In

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George Orwell

You may have thought after yesterday’s rant that I was giving up; tossing in the towel. Not so, you’re not getting rid of me that easily. Writing is therapy for me; it helps me get things off my chest and it keeps my mind sharp. Alzheimer’s is hereditary in my family and I hope to stave it off as long as possible by keeping my mind active by writing these little rants. So if you thought I’d given up, that you no longer were going to have to deal with these things; sorry to ruin your day.

I always like to give credit when credit is due to those who inspire these rants of mine. Yesterday after finishing my daily rant I had to run out and buy some postage stamps. My friend Ray mentioned that I’ve been ‘extremely’ busy lately; implying that I’ve been writing my ass off. We then got to talking about how the company I work for is having Active Shooter Training this coming Friday. Ray commented, “It’s a whole new world out there.” And WHAM, the seed for this article was planted. So thanks Ray.

When I was but a wee lad attending the public fool system, (school) things had not yet reached the point where they were producing hordes of mindless zombies, (graduates) who accepted whatever the government and media told them without question. We actually had to read books and do things like discuss them in class and then write book reports afterwards.

Three decades later I had a son of my own who was graduating from high school. Not once during his time in the public fool system did he have to read a book and write a book report on it; and only one time did he have to write a report of any kind. I broached this matter once to one of his teachers at an Open House and all she’d say about it was, “Oh, we don’t do that anymore.”

Today our children are growing up not learning how to think, or to research for that matter. I often wonder if they could find a listing for something they needed in the Yellow Pages if they had to without the aid of their iPhone and Google.

I was at a Sam’s Club a week or so ago and even with a cash register that showed the exact amount of change I was due I could see the gears struggling to turn in the cashiers head as to how many quarters, dimes and nickels it took to produce the proper amount of change. I was waiting for smoke to start coming out his ears as his brain overheated.

Is that how poorly our children are being educated?

There were books that I was required to read before I even started high school that my son had never heard of; books like Lord of the Flies, Nineteen Eight-Four, Animal Farm, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and the anti-war classic Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

In today’s PC world where books like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are considered racist, it is no wonder books such as those mentioned are not part of the curriculum. Those who decide the subject matter to be taught our children do not want to produce graduates who are capable of seeing that the plots in some of these novels are happening in real life right before their very eyes.

Maybe it is because I was required to read those books as a youth that I am capable of seeing how badly things have gone wrong in this country. But then again there are those who attended school right beside me who can’t see things from my perspective; so maybe it’s just that I’m wired differently; my mind works differently than others. Or it could be the drugs I took in high school permanently altered my brain chemistry and produced this non-conformist that I am today. Who knows?

Anyway, books like the ones mentioned are not something you pick up, read, and then put down and forget; not if your brain is firing on all 8 cylinders anyway. If you read those books they will leave a lasting impression on your psyche; at least they did to me. To show how much they affected me, the rock band Metallica did a song called One, off their album And Justice For All, which was based upon the book Johnny Got His Gun. Every time I hear it I get goose bumps; the book it was based upon left that big an impression on me.

America is fixated upon labeling things; especially generations. I myself am a Baby Boomer, a child born to parents immediately following the end of World War II. As I’ve said before, I’m named after my father’s best friend who died aboard the USS Helena when it was sunk at the Battle of Kula Gulf on July 6, 1943. In my writings I have mentioned often how things are much different today than they were when I was growing up.

Recently I read the Stephen King novel 11/22/63. The story is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination. As I was reading it I almost felt transported myself; the atmosphere King created was very similar to what I remember it being as a child. Sure, things weren’t perfect, they never will be if that is of any consolation, but they were much better in some regards.

When I was growing up kids obeyed their parents; or got a spanking. It was yes sir, no sir, or yes ma’am, no ma’am; no smart-assed back talk; or you got the belt. That may be considered abuse these days; but kids grew up respecting authority and there was far fewer problems with kids doing stupid shit than there is now. Sure we rebelled now and then when we became teens, but we usually turned out okay. It is no wonder today’s world is filled with kids who do all these horrible things; it is because they are not being taught the differences between right and wrong and they are not being given any discipline.

That does not mean we grew up to become mindless zombies who obeyed authority without question though; we were also taught to differentiate between right and wrong, good and evil, and to stand up for right; for good. It is why many of us today see the wrong, the evil spreading across America; and it sickens our stomachs that what we grew up believing to be wrong is now tolerated and accepted as normal behavior.

Just look at the world we live in and ask yourselves what’s wrong with it; children being prescribed drugs because parents and teachers are unwilling to discipline them; instead they just dope them up to keep them calm and docile, we are being told by those in authority that it is okay for men to use women’s restrooms, and those who stand up for their rights are being treated as if they were the criminals. It makes one wonder if the whole world hasn’t gone mad.

You may not realize it, but everything you do, everything you read, everything you see gets stored in your brain. You may forget it’s there, but it is; hidden away among the cobwebs, waiting for something to trigger a memory and call that forgotten fact/event/image out of your mental archives and back into the light.

As I have watched all these changes occur in the country I love I often think back to those novels I read as a kid of dystopian worlds and wonder if the authors of these novels weren’t prophetic. The changes I have seen take place lead me to believe that eventually we will end up in a world just like the ones written about by authors such as Huxley and Orwell.

Had you read Brave New World or Nineteen Eighty-Four you could not have missed the similarity between the fictional worlds the authors wrote of and the world we live in today. Critical thinking is discouraged and passive obedience to authority is drummed into our children’s heads; creating entire generations of adults who lack either the ability to think about how bad things are in America, or lack the willingness to do anything to reverse the course our nation is on.

Consumerism is everywhere; buy this, buy that, buy now, pay later. We have twenty four hours a day shopping channels for crying out loud! Our holidays have become shopping events where you get 0 down, 0% interest for six months on a new car or truck. People buy shit they never knew they needed just because it is 25% off the suggested retail price. It’s absolutely insane if you ask me.

There is also the constant quest for entertainment. The easiest way to keep people’s minds off how bad things are is to keep them distracted. The Romans did it with the games of the Coliseum and our modern equivalent is professional sports and around the clock TV shows. One flips over to the news for half an hour to an hour, not realizing that the same people who own, and dictate what news we are being given, are the same people who own and provide you with your favorite Sitcom or Reality TV show. Your minds are being manipulated and kept entertained by our own version of Big Brother; and you are incapable of even realizing it.

Then there is this; we are now told that sexual deviancy is normal, and that those who speak out against it are the ones who are abnormal. When I was a kid we had a word for it; queer, because that is the definition of the word queer; something that is strange, odd, and abnormal. I just read something this morning, and can’t verify the validity of it, but it said that there are 12 deviancies that are on the horizon to be treated as normal behavior. Among them are bestiality and pedophilia; all this according to a secret memo spoken of by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Again, I can’t verify the validity of that, but as screwed up as things are now it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

And finally, look at how medicated we are becoming as a people. All these mental illnesses and disorders we are told we suffer from; and all the prescription drugs we are being given to treat these ailments are just like the world written about in Nineteen Eighty-Four where the people take their Soma to keep them calm, docile, and unaware of how fucked up their lives are. (Sorry for the obscenity but it was the ONLY word that fit)

Look at our world today, critical thinking is becoming an all but lost skill. Rote and memorization are replacing the ability to analyze facts and data and come to an informed conclusion. Instead of saving up to buy the things you want, credit is encouraged to go out and buy now, pay later; leaving people buried in debt with no alternative but to file for bankruptcy to get out of it. People we used to call queers are now considered gay; with all sorts of rights associated with their being ‘different.’ Hell, the president has said that men that believe themself to be women can now use women’s restrooms. Had a man walked into a woman’s restroom in the 60′s and early 70′s he wouldn’t have been able to walk out; he’d have gotten his ass kicked. And look at all the drugs being prescribed for all these so-called mental illnesses; Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil just to name a few. We’re creating a society in which half the people are under some kind of medication for mental illness; which in reality is keeping people docile and submissive. The unfortunate thing is these drugs also have the nasty side effect of producing people likely to go on suicidal shooting sprees.

I’d swear Orwell or Huxley’s worlds have materialized right in front of me; and it scares the shit out of me!

Look at how society views those who decide they want no part of the system; who only want to be independent; they are labeled and denigrated and often attacked. People who seek to become truly self-sufficient and prepared for any emergency are labeled nutcases, preppers, or some other derogatory nickname. Being independent has become abnormal, almost a disease in and of itself when it used to be a trait people sought.

And questioning, or standing up to the almighty government? That is unthinkable!

I don’t spend too much time talking of conspiracy theories because I have enough trouble getting people to understand the very basics about our system of government. Talking about some of the things I believe might cause people’s heads to explode, or at the least cause them to turn me in as a potential threat to society.

But I see a time, and not too far in the future, when people such as myself; critical thinkers, independent minded, and tired of the abuse of power by government will be rounded up, put into some form of concentration, (FEMA), camp, or simply executed.

Oh sure, it will be said on the news that we posed a threat to society; but that will be a lie. What people need to understand is that we pose no threat to anyone but the government itself. If you leave us alone; we’ll leave you alone. The problem is that if enough people see that they too can live free and independent from governmental intrusion in their lives; it may catch on. Government cannot let that happen as it would threaten its power and authority; so they will seek to stop any movement which seeks to lessen governments control over the lives of the people.

Just look at what government did to LaVoy Finicum. He had the law on his side; he was in the right from a Constitutional standpoint. That didn’t stop the government, and their flunkies in law enforcement, from gunning him down, then calling HIM, of all people, a terrorist.

Were you to do a web search regarding public opinion of either Mr. Finicum, or the Bundy’s, you would find the overall public sentiment to be in opposition to them. People have been conditioned to believe all they hear on the news, or from the lips of those in positions of power. They no longer seek to find out whether they are being told all the facts, or whether they are being lied to outright. So they go about believing people who stand up for their rights, or stand for limited government pose a threat to the ‘American Dream’.

Most people have no idea what kind of dreams our nation’s Founders had for this country; what they envisioned for posterity when they fought a war for independence, or established a Constitution giving government limited power.

Standing up for what’s right and defending yourself have become politically incorrect beliefs. Free speech is all but gone with people having to tip toe around; watching what they say so as not to offend someone’s precious little feelings.

It certainly is a whole new world we live in; and to tell you the truth I don’t like it very much.

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I Love To Write (But Am I Wasting My Time?)

Have you ever heard the old saying; “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” It wouldn’t surprise me if you haven’t as it is something that was said a lot when I was a kid and not something that is said too much these days of Tweets, Facebook posts, and text messages. It’s sad though because there is a lot of wisdom in some of those old sayings.

If you’ve ever read the New Testament you will know that Christ did much of His teaching through parables; stories that illustrate points or principles. He often followed by saying “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” This could be construed to mean that if your heart and mind are open the truth of what He said will become apparent. Or, it could be construed to mean that if you are capable of critical thinking the truth will make itself known to you. I suppose it all depends upon how you interpret it.

Another method of teaching, or getting a point across, is through the use of proverbs. A proverb is a short pithy comment; stating a general truth or piece of advice. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks is a proverb which means you cannot make people change their established patterns of opinion or behavior.
Another old proverb is; “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” In general usage it means you can show someone how to do something but you can’t make them do it. I like to think of it as you can provide people with information but you can’t make them think about it.

Over the course of many years I have found that there is much truth to both of the abovementioned proverbs. I can provide all the information in the world to someone; but if they don’t think about it then my efforts are futile. Even if someone thinks about what I’ve said, and comes to the conclusion that I am correct in my point of view; if they do not change their own behavior then my efforts are futile. As Goethe so pithily stated, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply.” What good is knowledge if you do not put it to use?

Last night when I got home from work I followed my regular routine of washing the smell of prunes off my body, then sitting down to check my e mails before hitting the sack. Amongst the usual garbage was the following quote, sent to me by Mike Gaddy, “The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.” (Leo Tolstoy)

What this means, if you haven’t figured it out already, is that if you are set in your ways no amount of information is going to change your thoughts on something. It will not matter if your views are based upon lies and perverted interpretations of a subject; the truth will mean nothing once you are of the belief that your views are correct.

Which leads us to the following quote from Isaac Asimov, “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

If you were to take a poll of friends and co-workers, asking them one simple question; “What is the purpose for which our government was created”, I’m almost certain that you would get a different answer each time. I’m also certain that you would not get a single answer that could be backed up by what the document which actually established our system of government says are the purposes for which it was established.

If you were to show them what the Constitution says is the purpose for which our government was established, (found in the Preamble), our showed them the limited powers government was to have, (found in Article 1, Section 8), or show them the rights which government was not to touch under any circumstances, (found in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution), it would not matter to people. If shown these things they would try to rationalize their views, yet fail to be able to provide any facts or evidence to back them up. That is what Asimov was talking about when he said most people believe that their ignorance is as good as your knowledge.

The fact that most Americans know absolutely nothing about the true history of their country or the powers given our government is not an accident; it was intentional. You have been intentionally been taught lies and distorted versions of the truth.

Our school systems are supposed to teach our children two primary things; the truth about the subjects being taught, and how to think; to evaluate facts and come to an educated conclusion based upon those facts. Instead they have taught our children lies and how to accept authority without question. It has created generations of sheep who look to government as the shepherd.

One look at how most people view the Civil War tells me that has not been done; with most people still believing, no matter how much evidence anyone provides to the contrary, that the Civil War was fought over slavery.

I could force a person to sit down and read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and STILL they would not change their minds about the nature and purpose for which our government exists. That is how effective they have been at programming, indoctrinating, brainwashing you they have been. It’s like Lenin said, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

In my writings I often use movie quotes or song lyrics as metaphors for the point I’m trying to get across. Sometimes I have been criticized for doing so, but I believe them to be something that people are familiar with and therefore the idea may better resonate with them if I use something they can relate to.

Take for instance the scene from the Matrix where Morpheus and Neo are walking down the street and Neo seeing the woman in red. Morpheus tells Neo, “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”

Now were you to replace the words Matrix and system with government you’d have the exact point I am trying to get across. That is why whenever I make any statement saying that we need to fight back against any further growth of government, or any further violations of our rights; people automatically think of me as a threat to the American way of life. NO! Government is the threat to the American way of life, I only seek a return to the principles which this country was founded upon. But you can’t see that because you’ve been conditioned to think that only government itself can bring about change for the better; more laws, more restrictions on liberty and more benefits to ease the injustices for which people believe they are due.

Yet none of these things you expect of government are among the powers originally granted it, and it is only through usurpation and the complacency of the general public that government has assumed these powers.

You can call it for the general public good if you want; I call it tyranny; and if you had a true understanding of what tyranny meant, so would you.

Thomas Jefferson took for his own personal motto the following, “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” For all you who claim to be God-fearing Christians, how can you sit back and allow your government to violate your rights, pass all these laws which, not only go against your Christian faith, but control and regulate every aspect of your lives? How do you justify your apathy, your complacency?

Jefferson also said, in a letter to Abigail Adams, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then.”

Today thoughts like that will get you on a government watch list, or paid a visit by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Government, if it does but one thing, will fight to preserve its own existence. Anyone whose voice grows too loud, pushes too hard to exercise their rights, poses a threat to government and they WILL squash it. Just ask the Bundy’s, the family of La Voy Finicum, the Weavers, or those who know the truth about Waco.

Yet you have been conditioned so well that you accept the mainstream media’s version of these people, these places. You consider them to be nutcases, whackos, and threats to the safety you so desperately crave.

So I guess it is true, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks; you can’t teach people the truth when they have been so effectively brainwashed into believing a lie.

The only question that remains to be asked, I guess, is this; “Why the hell am I wasting my time on you?”

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