Everyone, no matter who they are, has a set of core beliefs that guide them in their lives. You might say these beliefs define them, as they are the guiding principles each person relies upon to make decisions in their daily lives. These beliefs are either founded upon things that they have learned, or by things that they have experienced over the course of their lives.
Although one person’s core beliefs may resemble those of another, each of us have led entirely different lives and therefore although our core beliefs may be similar, in reality they are distinctly our own. In that way they are similar to the DNA that identifies us as individuals. Although there may be many people who resemble each other, by checking their DNA you would see that each person is a distinctly separate and unique individual.
Most of my commentaries have been about politics or issues that concern me. This will be different, this is entirely about me; about what I believe and why. I hope it goes a long way in explaining why I make the choices I do in life, and why I feel the way I do about the current state of our nation.
When I came in to this world things were much simpler, families were more tight knit entities than they are today, and the parents, and schools for that matter, raised up responsible young adults. Both the parents, and the schools, taught children honesty, integrity, and the value of a good work ethic. That simply isn’t so today and it is one of the main reasons why we either vote for candidates who, from the outset, show no inclination to support the traditional American values, or why we tolerate it when they do things that go against those values.
I was born in the late 1950’s when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, and I was five years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I lived through the 60’s counterculture and the Viet Nam war and saw what these things did to our countries belief systems. And since then I have watched as our country went from the greatest economy and world power in the world to what it is today. It truly saddens me as I know that unless we return to the values that were instilled into me as a child, this country has no chance at ever again regaining its former glory.
At the root of all I believe in is the concept that each of us are completely, and independently responsible for our lives, our actions, our decisions, and the outcome of those decisions. If I don’t apply myself, if I make a bad choice, then I alone am responsible for what happens due to those choices. I have absolutely no right to place the blame upon anyone else, or upon society in general.
I believe that the purpose of government is limited to those specific powers granted it by the Constitution, and that it is not to find people jobs, take care of them if they fall on hard times, provide them with health insurance, or to start endless wars because it believes that some other country may pose a possible future threat to American ‘interests.’
The Preamble to the Constitution states the purpose for which it was established and declares, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
People today do not understand this, they believe the sole purpose of their government is to ‘provide’ for the general welfare, when in truth the preamble states that it is merely to ‘promote’ the general welfare. At the same time people forget that government was established to establish justice and secure the blessings of liberty to the people.
How is it justice when the government may take of the fruits of your labor and give it to someone else? In 1850 Frederic Bastiat wrote a treatise entitled The Law, from which I quote, “We must remember that law is force, and that, consequently, the proper functions of the law cannot lawfully extend beyond the proper functions of force. When law and force keep a person within the bounds of justice they impose nothing but a mere negation. They oblige him only to abstain from harming others. They violate neither his personality, his liberty, nor his property. They safeguard all of these. They are defensive; they defend equally the rights of all.”
Can I knock on your door at gunpoint and demand that you give me money so that I can give it to your neighbor who needs it more than you? Can I demand that you purchase things that you feel you do not need? Yet that is exactly what the government does. They demand you pay taxes and then use that money to pay for programs some people do not agree with. They take your tax dollars and give them to those in need, and not only that, they send your money in the millions to other countries in the form of foreign aid. How is this justice?
Some people say I am too judgmental, or that I am too insensitive to others. I’m not, I just believe that each individual is responsible for their own lives. I cannot ask that you accept the burden for my choices, nor can you expect me to accept responsibility for yours.
I don’t care what you do with your life…honestly. I care nothing about skin color, gender, or even sexual preference as far as that goes. What people do with their own lives is their business, not mine. I do however place great value upon honesty, integrity, and a good work ethic. At the same time I cannot abide a liar, a thief, someone who is lazy and expects something for nothing, and above all I cannot stand hypocrisy. At the same time whatever lifestyle choices you make you cannot demand that I accept them as normal or even for me to tolerate them. As long as I don’t interfere with you in your life I can be as free to voice my thoughts against the choices you make in your life. That is the freedom of the First Amendment, the right to say what is on one’s mind.
I don’t know whether it is something in my genes, or if it was something I was taught early on in life, but I have never been one to accept things at face value. Trust no one could very well be my life’s motto, but it has guided me well through life as I have always sought the truth regarding almost everything I am told. Unfortunately everywhere I look I see nothing but lies and propaganda designed to keep us fat dumb and happy, completely oblivious as to how bad things truly are in this country. You can take just about any issue that divides the people of this country and if you were to examine the facts you would find that hardly anyone is telling you the truth about it. Yet most people base all their decisions and beliefs upon this web of lies that is being fed them.
We the people of this country have become fragmented over so many little issues, while the big picture eludes us, that we hardly seem able to agree on anything anymore. Don’t get me wrong, many of these issues are of great importance, but it is just that we are being bombarded with all these side issues while our government continues to deprive us of our rights and our liberty.
But nowhere is this fragmentation more apparent than when it comes to immigration. Prior to the ratification of our Constitution James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay wrote a series of articles in an attempt to drive up support for this new form of government. These articles became known as the Federalist Papers. In Federalist #2 John Jay wrote, “With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people–a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.”
Can you honestly say that now about America? Can you say that we are a nation of people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, and attached to the same principles of government? Can you? You go to almost any public place and if you were to simply close your eyes you could almost imagine yourself inside the General Assembly of the United Nations, not a shopping store or mall in the United States.
I have no qualms with anyone who wants to come to this country and partake of the many opportunities it has to offer…none whatsoever. My wife is an immigrant having been born in the Philippines. Yet I do have a problem with those who come to this country illegally, or those who come to this country with their hands extended seeking that the working people of this country provide for their sustenance. I have problems with those who refuse to learn the language of this country, or those who demand that we tolerate their customs and beliefs while they denigrate or insult ours. Listen, nobody forced you to come here, you came of your own volition. If you cannot obey our lives, adhere to our customs, then you can go back to wherever it is that you came from.
In a 1915 speech to newly sworn in American citizens President Woodrow Wilson said the following, “I certainly would not be the one to even suggest that a man cease to love the home of his birth and the nation of his origin. These things are very sacred and ought not to be put out of our hearts. But it is one thing to love the place where you were born, and it is another to dedicate yourself to the place to which you go. You cannot dedicate yourself to America unless you become in every respect and with every purpose of your will thoroughly Americans. You cannot become thoroughly Americans if you think of yourself in groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and a man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is not worthy to live under the stars and stripes.”
Unfortunately that is not what is happening as new immigrants continue to flood into this country with absolutely no intention of adhering to American values. In his book the Marketing of Evil, David Kupelian says, “The great melting pot–e pluribus unum–depended on an ideal. But the melting pot has become corrupted without this guiding spirit. Millions now residing here are not loyal to American values. Rather than unified and color–blind, the nation is divided and segregated. On top of everything else, America literally has been invaded, and we are at war.”
We have this group in America who is pushing this agenda that instead of America being the land of opportunity, it is the land where everyone is entitled to things. This utopian belief is ruining America. People think that they are entitled to a job, but they don’t have to work once they get it. They believe that they deserve a house, even though they can’t afford the mortgage, and expect the government to subsidize them when they default. The list goes on and on and on of the things people want their government to do from them. Yet my list is short and to the point, I want my government to stay out of my life.
Getting back to Frederic Bastiat’s The Law for a moment, he also said that “Law is solely the organization of the individual right of self-defense which existed before law was formalized. Law is justice.”
Over the past decade or so we have seen untold numbers of shootings occur when someone takes a firearm into a public place and then proceeds to kill innocent people, and most often themselves. Due to these massacres there has been a huge public outcry for stricter gun control laws. Have the people who clamor for stricter gun laws ever stopped to wonder why these shootings are occurring? A gun simply does not pick itself up and start killing people, a person has to pick it up. Why then are more and more people doing this? Now I’m not placing judgment, but could it be because of the decline in morals in society? Could it be because the video games our kids play are filled with random violence? Could it be because we pump our kids full of mind altering drugs so that they conform to what we want them to be in school? Could it be because the film industry produces films full of gun toting heroes who kill anyone who stands in their way?
And while I’m on the subject of Hollywood, as I previously stated, one of the things I cannot abide is hypocrisy. Yet these ass clowns in Hollywood are the worst when it comes to hypocrisy. Take Harvey Weinstein for instance. Most people probably don’t have any idea who he is, yet it was he who gave us films like Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Sin City, and Rambo 4, all films full of gun toting heroes. Yet he is well known for his anti-gun stance. And then there is the hero of his film Rambo 4, Sylvester Stallone who said, “Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what your gonna have. It’s pathetic. It’s really pathetic.” If you folks in Hollywood are so anti gun why do you continue to make films that glorify gun toting people? If you hate guns so much why don’t you make nature films?
If law is nothing more than the organized right of self-defense than how can law deprive me of the individual right of self-defense? Yet now, where someone to break into my home, and I were to shoot them, I, and not the intruder, am more than likely to go to prison. How is that justice?
No one, absolutely NO ONE has the right to tell me when and how I choose to defend myself, my family, or my belongings. Not you, not some group, and definitely not my government whose job it was to establish justice and secure the blessings of liberty to the people. So sorry, you break into my house, you’re gonna die…you’ve been given fair warning.
I know that may go against what you believe in, but it is my belief as well as that of the men who founded this nation. Thomas Jefferson drew much of his inspiration from a man named John Locke who wrote a Treatise on Civil Governments. From his Second Treatise I quote, “Man being born, as has been proved, with a title to perfect freedom and an uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of the law of Nature, equally with any other man, or number of men in the world, hath by nature a power not only to preserve his property – that is, his life, liberty, and estate, against the injuries and attempts of other men, but to judge of and punish the breaches of that law in others, as he is persuaded the offence deserves, even with death itself, in crimes where the heinousness of the fact, in his opinion, requires it.”
Natural law is the origin of our unalienable rights, and under natural law a man is entitled to defend, even unto death, his life, his family, and his belongings. So if you don’t like it that is your choice, go through life hoping for others to protect you should the time come, but I accept that responsibility myself and will not tolerate anyone telling me I don’t have that right.
It does not matter that you believe I should surrender that right, it does not matter if the government passes a law saying I cannot defend myself. Former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas once said, “When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen’s constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.”
But these, and all the other things our government currently does, are commonly accepted as being part of the job of government…to protect us from ourselves, and from anyone they declare to be a threat to our national interests. We have gone to war in two countries who never attacked the United States. We have trampled upon our rights due to the war on terror, all because this is what people want and expect from their government.
Not me, this is not what I believe is the purpose for our government, and it is not what I want to see continue or expand in this country. But I fear that Thomas Paine was right when he said, “…a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom…”
So, unless more people in this country start sharing the same core beliefs as I do, nothing in this country is going to change. As long as more people want things from their government instead of relying upon themselves to obtain them, nothing is going to change. As long as people continue to believe the lies they are being told by the media and their elected representatives, nothing is going to change.
In 1866 the Supreme Court ruled, “Sovereignty itself is, of course, not subject to law, for it is the author and source of law; but in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts.”
Also, in Scott v Sandford, the Court ruled, “This difference arises, as we have said, from the peculiar character of the Government of the United States. For although it is sovereign and supreme in its appropriate sphere of action, yet it does not possess all the powers which usually belong to the sovereignty of a nation. Certain specified powers, enumerated in the Constitution, have been conferred upon it, and neither the legislative, executive, nor judicial departments of the Government can lawfully exercise any authority beyond the limits marked out by the Constitution.”
So please America, stop acting like a bunch of irresponsible little children. Start acting like real Americans who rely upon their own abilities to provide for themselves. Stop demanding that others give up their rights due to the actions of a few. In short, live and let live. Because if you don’t, the America that we once knew will be gone forever and what replaces it is something I do not wish to consider, and is not some place I will wish to live. And quite honestly, you probably wouldn’t either. So please, wake the hell up!