Am I Pissing Into The Wind?

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.

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7 Responses to Am I Pissing Into The Wind?

  1. Don says:

    Great quote by Edison Neal. I had never heard it before. Reminds me of the business axiom that states that 5% of those trying – get 95% of the results. Also reminds me of that quote (by whom I don’t recall), that states something like, “Those who can — do. Those who can’t — teach. And those who can’t teach — teach gym.”

  2. Joyce says:

    I have gone to the Clark County Assessor’s site in an effort to look up how much land Cliven Bundy actually hold title to. According to the assessor’s records Mr. Bundy does not hold a title in his name. There are a couple revocable trusts listed but the parcel maps shows Bunkerville lots not the ranch. Link to assessor’s property owner listing:
    Would this not beg the question of who has the title since he does not appear on the list of property owners?

    • Neal says:

      It could, but documents and government agencies are easily manipulated. Just one look at the fiasco over Obama’s birth certificate ought to be enough to convince you of that.

      I would be MORE interested in seeing what title Mr. Bundy himself is in possession of. I know when I paid off my home I got a deed for the land with the boundaries clearly spelled out.

  3. Joyce says:

    If the property in question has indeed been in the family for so long there should be a recorded deed associated with a parcel # and that deed would show a chain of ownership that would include inherited title conveyance to the present day owner. With the number of first hand accounts of neighbors ‘knowing the family’ it will take a pretty big broom to sweep that away. Might keep an ear out to find out if the Clark County Assessor meets an untimely death or suddenly resigns.

  4. Neal says:

    Joyce-Have you read this? I wrote this based upon the premise that the land has in fact been in Mr. Bundy’s family’s name since the 1870’s.

  5. Joyce says:

    Forgive me. I did read the article, but as a former real estate broker there are certain things that are dependent upon being considered ‘normal’ in records. If Mr. Bundy is a law abiding citizen and paying his taxes there should be a parcel on record that he pays taxes on. The records in the assessor’s office (standard in all counties) lists the properties by the parcel ID # and there are searches for owner of record.
    My curiosity was peaked by all the info being batted about by both sides of the conflict. This is what lead me to research the records and see exactly what land Mr. Bundy owned. Failing to find his name in the rolls I looked at the trusts. Came up with plat maps of Bunkerville and not the ranch. IF (big one) there is no property actually deeded to his name or a trust or a corporation with his name on the board. What exactly was he standing his ground for? Had there been land in the family that he was the inherited owner of, the records would show that (even if it was a homestead deed from antiquity.)
    Chain of title is vital in real estate even given the acknowledged fine details that no one actually owns their property by allodial title. We all pay our yearly rent to ‘Uncle Sugar’ to be allowed to live on our property that our blood sweat and tears paid for.
    Based on that acknowledgement there should be a record even if it is one of Mr. Bundy not having paid his property taxes………It all boils down to – Does he actually own (in today’s conventianally accepted term) any real property. IF it is in the name of other family member(s) or a trust or corporation, then he had no business kicking up so much dust unless he had documentation authorizing him to act “in the name of….” which would also be duly filed and recorded in the Sec’y of State’s records.
    Yes, the whole ‘standing up to big government’ scenario does bring out the patriot in all of us. However, I stipulate that the Founders intended this to be a land governed by law and not the whims of a tyrant. I further put forth the concept that not all tyrants wear crowns, but they all try to wield the ‘horns of power’ in their own little theatres. There are too many ‘facts’ thrown around in this confrontation that later are shown to be ‘not all they first appeared’ and lacking substantiation (on both sides).
    I am saying (probably rather poorly) that half truths, misconceptions, exagerations and outright lies are VERY poor reasons to run out and lay your life on the line. I don’t mind death for a cause. I just need certainty of the facts before throwing my life away. No one in this confrontation had a clear concise presentation of the facts involved.

  6. Neal says:

    Sorry it took so long to read and reply to your last comment Joyce. My wife and I have both been having medical issues and appointments have kept us real busy.

    As you are more informed on this, at least in regards to the legal aspects of land ownership, I’ll take your word that there is no record for the Bundy’s owning that land. That, however, brings up a question. Is there a way to find out WHO DOES own that land?

    And even if the Bundy’s don’t own it, I don’t see any legal authority for the government to claim ownership, and therefore to charge Mr. Bundy for grazing his cattle. That just ISN’T one of the powers granted our government.

    Of that, I’m certain.

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