Question: What do you call a group of people who go about their lives oblivious to the fact that they are slaves?
The above question is either a sad commentary on the people of this country, or a shining example of the success of the indoctrination process they have undergone at the hands of their educators and the mainstream media. Whichever one it happens to be, the majority of those living in this country are unable to see that they live their entire lives minus one crucial element – freedom. Sure, they are allowed to scurry back and forth, but their essential rights and liberty have been stripped away from them with nary a whimper of protest; and often at their own request. Sure, they get to elect those who have passed that laws that have denied them this freedom; but allowing the inmates of a prison to elect who will be the warden and guards does not make them free.
There is a quote, written some 230 years ago, by a man named Thomas Paine that accurately describes how I feel most of the time these days. The quote goes, “When I contemplate the natural dignity of man, when I feel (for Nature has not been kind enough to me to blunt my feelings) for the honour and happiness of its character, I become irritated at the attempt to govern mankind by force and fraud, as if they were all knaves and fools, and can scarcely avoid disgust at those who are thus imposed upon.”
I could almost tolerate people choosing servitude over the animating contest for liberty if their choice didn’t drag me down into bondage with them; and if you’ll notice, I said almost. The nature of man, as a species, is to be free; therefore bondage and servitude is a condition that is, not only forced upon them; it goes against all that is natural in the world. Yet go outside into the teeming mass of society and count the number of people wearing face masks versus those who don’t and you’ll readily get an idea of how many people willingly accept the yoke of bondage.
Oh I know, our leaders tell us we must wear the mask; must social distance; the scientists and doctors tell us we must; and the news media parrots their narrative. But have you ever considered that a truly free individual requires no leaders; no one to tell them what they can and cannot do so long as they do not violate the unalienable rights of others. For that is what liberty is; the ability to live your life as you choose; without restriction or constraint.
I constantly hear the masses say that they know their rights, or that they have rights. Sometimes it takes all my will to not bitch slap them while saying, “The hell you do!” Your rights are yours and no one can take them from you. Sure, they can tell you that you cannot exercise them; but those rights never vanish. If I tell you to shut up, and you listen to my command, have you lost the ability to speak? Of course not, you simply choose to obey my command. It is the same with your rights; they are still there; you have just chosen to obey the commands telling you not to exercise them.
The purpose of government, at least according to the Declaration of Independence, is to secure to each individual their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Is it so difficult to understand that if a system of government denies you the ability to freely exercise all of your rights it is not serving the purpose all governments should serve?
But Neal, it’s not my parties fault, it is the ‘other’ parties fault; they are the ones that enact all these laws that restrict our freedom. Is that so? Then why is it that, while your party is in power all those bad laws remain in effect; why are they not rescinded or repealed by your party? Can you answer that question for me? If there truly was a difference between the two parties you would go through a cycle in which you had periods where you were free to exercise your rights without restraint and a period where your rights were restricted. As that does not happen, the problem is not political parties, it is the system itself.
But Neal, we need government. Do we; I certainly don’t find it to be of any use in my life; it is much more of a hindrance than a benefit to me. Only those who are unable, or unwilling, to accept full responsibility for their own wants and needs actually need government; a free man has no need for government; aside from the need to ensure that laws are passed protecting the rights of all and defending the country they live in against foreign invasion/attack.
A free individual does not need, nor would they ask, for their government to provide them with their basic needs, comfort, and security. A truly free individual would find it a badge of dishonor to have to ask the government to provide for them the things that it is their responsibility to provide for themselves. I recall how, while I was growing up, my father found it repulsive to have to apply for unemployment when we went through a period where he could not find employment. That mindset is gone; a thing of the past. Now you have people who not only accept that government should provide that safety net for them; they abuse the system because they are unwilling to live within their own means, or are unwilling to go out and provide for all their own wants and needs.
Have you ever heart the saying that you do not bite the hand that feeds you? What it means is that if someone is providing you with something you need, you do not criticize or disrespect them; as they are apt to deny you the thing you have come to depend upon from them. A long time ago Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”
I hate to come across as sounding condescending but I am willing to bet that a lot of people probably would not understand what that means; due to the use of the words subservience and venality; so allow me to explain. Let’s begin by defining those two words. Subservience means the willingness to obey others without question. Venality means the willingness to behave dishonestly for monetary compensation.
So what the first part of that passage means is that if you are dependent upon something it causes you to obey willingly those who provide that thing you need, and it also causes you to behave dishonestly to attain it. But Jefferson did not stop there, he continued by explaining that dependence the germ of virtue. Now what on earth might he have meant by that?
What exactly is virtue? Well, virtue is the highest state of moral integrity. Therefore a person who is virtuous would not ask that others provide for them the things that it was their moral obligation to provide for themselves. Therefore, when people become dependent upon others for their wants and needs, that dependence suffocates whatever virtue they may have had.
Finally Jefferson concludes by saying that this dependence ‘prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.’ What that means should be obvious, but I’ll explain it anyway. What it means is that if there are those who lust for power and control over others, they will see that by providing you with certain things; such as comfort, security, or sustenance, they can exercise control over all of your rights and liberty without fear of you resisting; hence the saying, “You do not bite the hand that feeds you.”
There is a story about the legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson, and how he promised his soul to the devil if the devil would make him a great guitarist. As to the factuality of this story I will leave that to you to decide. The point, or moral, is that Johnson traded something of great value, his soul, for the promise of something much less important; the ability to play the guitar with great skill. Now if you apply that moral to today, you might ask yourself if you have traded something of great importance, (your freedom), for the empty promises of comfort and security.
An individual who loves and cherishes their liberty would not support an entity that passes laws that deprive them of that sacred gift; no matter how many other benefits it provides. Patrick Henry, the great orator who sparked the resistance to King George III and his tyranny, once said, “You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government.”
Liberty was of such importance to Henry, and those who felt like him, that they were willing to trade their lives in its defense; “Give me liberty or give me death.” How many people today could say that; and mean it? I’d be willing to guess that if you were to go into a WalMart and look around you would not find any of the mask wearers who would be willing to say it; and possibly not all of the non-mask wearers. But Neal, aren’t they resisting government? Yes, in this instance they are; but what about all the other laws that infringe upon and violate their other rights, are they resisting those as well?
Since I brought up WalMart, let me tell you a quick story about what happened outside my local WalMart this past summer. As I was leaving the store with my purchases there was a booth set up where some people were collecting signatures for ballot measures. I walked over to see what they were proposing and one of them was a measure that would grant reciprocity for CCW holders. What that means is that if you had a concealed carry permit in one state, it would be valid in the others without having to go through the process of obtaining one for each state you might travel to.
As I approached the booth one of the guys asked me if I wanted to sign their petition; I politely declined, saying I don’t need a CCW to exercise a right, and I’m not going to sign a petition that puts my ability to keep and bear arms to a vote; especially since the majority of those living in California have shown an inclination to support measures the restrict that right. The guy looked at me kind of funny; as if I was some anti-gun nut; so I went on to say, “Listen, I support what you are trying to do, but you should not need a permit to exercise your right, and that is why I refuse to sign your petition.”
By this time a few of those gathered around the booth had begun to pay attention to the conversation, so when the guy said we need to take baby steps to restore our rights, I again politely disagreed. I said we never lost our rights; we lost our willingness to stand up to tyrants who have passed laws that tell us we cannot exercise them. By this time my wife was getting impatient, so I broke off the conversation; but I would like to continue discussing it further here.
If you recall, a bit earlier I asked whether if I told you to shut up and you obeyed, you had lost the right to speak. I said no, you were just obeying my order; you were being subservient. It’s the same with all these gun laws that tell us what kinds of guns we may own, when and where we can carry them, and under what circumstances we can use them.
These laws have force because we accept the premise that government has the ability to pass laws that restrict our rights; not just our right to keep and bear arms, all of them. No Neal, you’re wrong, those laws have force because the police will arrest or shoot you if you disobey them. Is that so? Did the King’s police, (the Redcoats), and there threat of force or violence stop the Colonists from standing up and defending their rights when they came under attack?
I know I’m going to make a lot of people angry with this, but what the hell; it needs to be said. If the police stuck to the purpose of protecting others from violence or harm, and sought to preserve the rights and liberty of all people, then these laws would fall flat on their face; for you can rest assured that those who pass them are not going to leave their comfortable offices to make sure you obey them. They need a policing force to make sure you obey; and if law enforcement neglects their duty to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, they are no better than the tyrants who write the laws they enforce!
But in the end, it all boils down to you, the people. You have the choice to either accept, and support, this entity that writes and enforces laws that strip you of your freedom; or you have the choice to grow a spine, or a set of balls, and stand up for what is rightfully yours.
Your rights, your liberty is still there, just waiting for you to claim them. As Emma Goldman once wrote, “People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” If you are willing to trade away those rights for the meaningless promises of comfort and security, you deserve the fate that awaits you; for as Ben Franklin so accurately said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Furthermore, if you are among those who would trade away your liberty for the promise of comfort and security, you are not among those I consider friends, or worth saving should the shit hit the fan; you are dupes who have willingly sacrificed the only thing of value in your pathetic lives, and I want nothing to do with you. As Samuel Adams once said, “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.”
The time is quickly approaching when you must choose to either stand for your rights, or live the remainder of your lives on your knees. There is no guarantee that standing up to tyranny will be a successful venture; but the alternative is far worse if you ask me.
But it all boils down to the question of whether or not you are going to continue to support, and obey, an entity that thinks it knows what’s best for you, or if you are going to rise up and live up to the promise that this country once held; when men fought for the ideal that all men are created equal, and bestowed with the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you make the wrong choice now, don’t look to people like me to lift you out of bondage; we’ll all probably be taking that long dirt nap. By the time you realize the error of your ways it will be up to you to either accept servitude, or to rise up and show the same courage that your ancestors did in 1776; for as Emiliano Zapato said, “Tis better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” But you’re going to learn that lesson soon enough; trust me on that.
I just hope that if posterity does rise up out of the bondage we’ve bestowed upon them, they learn from our mistakes and don’t create a system that has the power to deprive them of their most precious rights and liberty. I hope that they will also maintain a more watchful eye upon whatever form of government they establish, so that it will not become as tyrannical and oppressive as ours is right now. That is my fervent wish and prayer; for we’ve done screwed to pooch!