Pissing in the wind is a slang term used to describe someone who is wasting their time, or effort, on a cause that is futile. That’s how I feel sometimes…no…pretty much all the time. I see what is happening in the country I love and I wonder why there are but a few others who see it too.
If you watch any of the network news agencies I’m sure you have, at one time or another, seen the news anchor report on poll numbers which state the percentage of people who think that our country is heading in the right direction. Unfortunately what most people consider as being the right direction is directly tied to their party affiliation and has absolutely nothing to do with our countries adherence to the principles it was founded upon.
While I do not support the Tea Party 100%, the basic premise upon which it was founded, a return to the limited government as envisioned by our founders, is a concept I wholeheartedly adhere to. Yet why is it that members of the Tea Party, and people such as myself are considered radicals, and dangerous to our nation’s security when all we want is for our government to do the job it was created to do, and nothing more?
For the past fifteen some odd years I have been trying to find a way to explain the basic concepts our country was founded upon. Aside from a few regular readers I have seen my efforts fall upon deaf ears and minds not open to the truth. Why is it that so many people either cannot face, or have no desire to seek out the truth?
The great American inventor Thomas Edison once said, “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” I’m beginning to believe that he was right, because if people were actually thinking they would be just as mad at what is going on in America as I am.
Those who read my articles regularly are, for the most part, of a like mind and we see the impending collapse of our Republic. Those to whom I write these articles for, the overwhelming majority of Americans who still hold on to the two party paradigm and that our government still adheres to the powers granted it by the Constitution, ignore my articles completely, or read them as if they were pieces written to entertain.
Yet I see myself as a patriot crier, one who warns of impending danger. Only I feel as if I am crying out to a nation filled with deaf people. In the Bible, after one of His many parables, Jesus said to the people, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 4:9 It seems no one has ears to hear the things I have to say.
Our Founders fought a war so that they could be free from tyranny. They established a system of government which was designed to give the government just enough power to manage the affairs of the country, while preserving the rights and liberty of the people who inhabited it. It would be ludicrous to assume that they would fight a war to gain their freedom from a tyrant, only to create a system of government that was equally as tyrannical as the one they had just fought to free themselves of. To quote from the movie the Patriot, Mel Gibson’s character asks, “Would you tell me please, Mr. Howard…why should I trade one tyrant 3,000 miles away for 3,000 tyrants one mile away?”
In 1785, nearly a quarter century before he was elected president, James Madison wrote, “The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much soon to forget it.”
From the Liberty Letters, 1771, Samuel Adams declared, “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.”
We see that our Founders believed that it was the duty of all good citizens to be wary of intrusions upon their liberty; that they not allow precedents to be set which could be used to further violate the rights of the people. Yet here we sit today, begging our government to enact more laws which do just that.
We do so in the name of public safety, we do so in the name of national security, but the end result is the same, a loss of our liberty and unalienable rights. From Great Speeches and Orations of Daniel Webster, pg 393, I quote, “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
In a letter to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison warned, “It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”
Yet in today’s society one that decries the actions of their government is called a radical, a domestic terrorist and unpatriotic. How is it that the love of one’s country, and more importantly, the love of the principles it was founded upon considered unpatriotic?
Roughly a century ago, Theodore Roosevelt said that “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” Yet to so many people today patriotism is defined as standing behind their government, no matter what it does. That, to me, is not patriotism, it is foolhardy and dangerous.
Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and The Rights of Man, is quoted as saying, “The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” Yet how can anyone expect to protect their country from their government when they have absolutely no idea as to the reason for which their government was established? In an 1816 letter to Charles Yancey, Thomas Jefferson declared, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Well, all I can say is that I have tried to inform people, tried to wake them up in regards as to how badly their government is eroding their rights, and usurping powers that it was never intended it possess. But people refuse to use their brains for the purpose they were intended; instead their thoughts and actions are guided by their emotions…through their hearts. They live in this utopian dream land where everyone deserves something, always at the cost of someone else’s efforts.
There will come a time, I can’t say when exactly, but it is coming, when things will simply fall apart. Our government cannot continue to borrow money like there is no tomorrow. There will come a day when your government has passed so many laws which violates your rights that you will wake up and find that you have none left to be violated. And when that happens, don’t come crying to me that someone should have warned you, because you were too damn busy doing whatever it is you are doing now to listen to the voices that have been warning you.
Hopefully the historians will get it right when, in the future, they write of the downfall of America, and they say that the people were too ignorant, too complacent, to eager to sacrifice all that their country was founded upon just so that they could feel safe in their homes while they guzzled down beer and watched and endless stream of garbage on their televisions.
But until that time, until they come after me, or until I draw my last breath, I will continue to piss into the wind, hoping that some of it will land on you and wake you up before it is too late.