Have you ever heard the word fester? Do you know what it means? It can be used in many connotations, but there is one which I would like to take a moment to discuss. In this connotation to fester means “a negative feeling or problem which becomes worse, or more intense, especially through long-term neglect or indifference.” and for those of you who may not know this, indifference is the same as apathy.
Festering is what happens when you get a sliver but don’t remove it immediately; it sits there and fills up with puss and may become infected. Well there is something festering in America right now, and if something isn’t done soon it will erupt and the consequences won’t be pretty.
It’s both funny and sad how people can go about their daily lives without the slightest clue that something terrible could happen at any moment. People have a tendency to push these dark thoughts into the furthest corners of their mind so they won’t have to confront them. I don’t know if there is a dark side to me that actually likes to think about things like this, or if I’m just pragmatic. But I sense a simmering anger, hidden away just underneath the surface, where one more offense might cause it to boil over.
There are so many things going on in this country right now that should upset any clear thinking individual, that is, one who has not been conditioned to believe everything they are told. You may see these things on the news, overhear them in conversations, or read about them on the internet, but the point is if you accept what you are told about them you probably think nothing of them, it’s just business as usual in America. That is especially so if you look at each individual story, or issue, by itself. But were you capable of stepping back and viewing everything without your political blinders on you might begin to see a pattern, and that pattern ought to disturb you.
You may be foolish enough to still believe that there is a difference between the Republicans and Democrats. If you do, you have not taken that step back and looked at the pattern that has been going on in this country for nearly a century.
That pattern is that laws have been enacted, programs have been instituted, that at first may sound good. But over time these programs have expanded, grown more intrusive, and rarely are repealed. Ronald Reagan once said “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”
Getting back to this pattern, there are things going on, programs being enacted, which at first may sound good, sound humanitarian, sound like they are in our best interests, but once enacted they begin growing, assuming more power, more control, costing more to fund, and taking away more and more of our rights. These actions taken by our government are all outside the scope of power entrusted to them by the people of this country, and enshrined in the Constitution.
When a government oversteps its power and authority today we think nothing of it. But in the era when our Founders fought for their independence and established our system of government, they had a word for it, they called it tyranny. In A Summary View of the Rights of British America, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “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.” This is the pattern we see. You might see things differently because you look at the issues through partisan eyes, focusing on the issues only according to what the Democrats or Republicans say about them. But were to stand back a bit, take off your blinders, and look at the big picture, you would see that Jefferson was absolutely correct, there have been a long train of abuses, and any clear thinking individual would be forced to admit that we are on a path which has no other outcome but reducing us to abject slavery.
Let me ask you a question. If you really wanted to take over a country, reduce its people to mere slaves, how would you do it? Bet you have never even thought about it, have you? Honestly, neither did I until I began noticing these patterns of behavior by our government. If you really want to totally control a people there are a few things you would need to do. First you would need to destroy their belief system, you would also need to make them dependent upon you for survival, you would need to need to be able to monitor and control them, and you would need to take away their ability to fight back should they begin to understand what is happening to them.
Two hundred some odd years ago this would not have been such an easy task. Our Founders were more educated than we are today, they were also more self-sufficient. Plus they did not have all the avenues for entertainment that we do today. Many of our Founders were fluent in four to five languages, had studied philosophy and math, and were well versed in history. Regardless of whether they could have built and designed computer systems and sent rockets to the moon, in comparison to us, and taking into consideration the times they lived in, they were mental giants compared to most Americans today. They did not have televisions, personal computers, video games and professional sports to keep their attention focused away from the issues of the day.
Look at our kids today. Many of them graduate from high school barely able to speak proper English, and have little to no knowledge about history or political systems. Most couldn’t explain the difference between communism and fascism, the difference between a democracy and a republic. And yet they are expected to make intelligent choices when they vote? They have absolutely no understanding of the importance of their rights, and it is this neglect that allows for government to so easily pass laws which infringe upon them.
This is the destruction of our belief system, the slow process by which what our kids are taught about American history and American politics has been revised so that now we have entire generations who don’t have the faintest clue as to what our Founders intended. True American pride has been erased and replaced with a belief that government is always right, and that it is unpatriotic to even question it.
If you add to that the steady erosion of faith and morality, then you end up with a country that has no spiritual or moral rudder with which to guide it. Tolerance is the keyword of the day and anyone who stands up for what was once considered good is shouted down by those who march under the banner of political correctness. Those who speak out against tolerance are usually labeled as having some form of phobia, be it; homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, or whatever can be used to stir up others against then and silence their views. Freedom of speech is now a one sided coin and anyone who stands up against tolerance finds themselves under attack.
That is the first step, the destruction of our belief system, the second is making people dependent upon government.
When the first people came to this country they did so with the full knowledge that they would either survive or die based upon their own skills. There were no social service programs where they could go apply for benefits until they got their feet on the ground. Sure it’s different today, people can’t simply go carve out a plot of land and build a home for themselves or start a farm. Yet when millions of people came to America through Ellis Island they came here with the same knowledge, they would either achieve their dreams based upon the skills and motivation they had, or they would not.
Look at all the programs we have today with the sole purpose of taking care of people’s needs. We have welfare, food stamps, WIC, subsidized housing, grants for education, all of this funded by revenue derived from taking from those who have and giving to those in need. Hell, did you know that in California if you make the decision to do drugs, but then can’t pass a drug test for employment, that you are considered as having a disability? You are then entitled to benefits which include welfare, food stamps and free rent…for a conscious choice you made! Our friends daughter receives all these because she chooses to continue doing drugs, and therefore cannot get a job.
This has been going on for years, decades even. It goes back at least as far as FDR and his New Deal. That was expanded by LBJ and his Great Society, and has continued on with Obama and his free cell phones and Affordable Care Act. Just as our educational system and our morals have slowly been erased, Americans have gradually become more and more dependent upon government for services. And there is one thing a dependent people won’t do, that being bite the hand that feeds them.
The next step in making slaves out of the people is the ability to keep tabs on them. You may not care but the Fourth Amendment was written to protect your privacy. Yet how many programs do we have today which monitor us in some manner? Government listens to our phone calls with sophisticated programs that search for keywords or catchphrases. Our internet viewing habits are recorded and collated in huge computer banks that have algorithms which can almost predict our habits. Edward Snowden had to flee the country because he tried to make us aware of the extent which our government spies upon us.
We have traffic cams which can follow us, satellites up in the sky that can see the words on the page of a book we are reading from outside the Earth’s atmosphere, and there’s rumors that they now have facial recognition software that can identify individuals out of a crowd.
Add to all this the talk of a government ID that would be required for travel within the United States and I’d say they have pretty much all the steps they need to keep us on a very short leash.
Much of this has come about due to the people’s fear of bogeymen terrorists. We have willingly allowed them to violate our right to privacy so that we may feel safer from terrorism. Ben Franklin once said that “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither and will lose both.” How right he was.
The final step is the taking away the people’s right to fight back. The America I grew up in did not fear guns as does the America I live in today. I have fought the ever increasing scope of gun control laws longer than any other issue because I realize how important the right to keep and bear arms is. If a people ever surrender that right it will be game over, there would be no means by which they could fight back against any form of tyranny. Patrick Henry best explained this sentiment when he said, “Oh, sir! we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?”
Yet every time there is a shooting of some sort the first thing I hear is a clamor for tougher gun laws. If gun laws really worked Chicago and Washington D.C should be the safest places in the country, as they have the toughest gun laws. Yet crime statistics prove that they are not that safe after all. The fact is that criminals, by their nature, do not obey the law. Therefore the only people gun laws affect are the law abiding citizens. And if you take away their guns, then you are leaving them susceptible to crime, and more importantly, to tyranny.
But people do not see these things. They are blinded by their sentiments, their emotions, and their allegiance to political party ideology. They refuse to step back and look at the bigger picture, see the steady erosion of our liberty and the slow and steady march we are taking to slavery.
That is why there is a simmering anger in this country. Those of us that can see it cannot understand why you cannot. We cannot comprehend why anyone would sacrifice their freedom only for the hope of a safer more secure world. We know what will happen if they are successful in achieving the four aforementioned steps, and we would rather die than live under an overbearing and all controlling government.
Yet far too many of you seem almost eager for it. It also angers us that far too many people simply don’t care one way or the other. Your focus upon your own entertainment and self-gratification makes you so far out of touch with what is going on is pathetic at best.
As I said in my last commentary, we do not want to see things get ugly in America. But we also see that we may have no choice should things continue in the direction they are going. And as I also said, we will not forget that it was the people of this country that allowed things to get so far out of hand. Government was supposed to represent us, to govern according to the limits we imposed upon it. But we, more specifically YOU, allowed it to get out of control with your constant demand that government provide you with more services, and more security. If the time comes, not only will we hold those in power accountable, we will hold the people in this country who sat back and let it happen accountable as well.