It may very well be that I have grown old and cynical but the truth is that I have gotten to the point where I don’t see any hope for our nation’s survival; at least not as a nation where the people enjoy any true measure of freedom. I truly believe that there comes a tipping point; a point in which the momentum, or inertia, of change reaches a point where there is no stopping it. I also believe that change follows a distinct pattern and that once it reaches that tipping point it is like a pendulum that must reach the far end of its travel before changing direction.
As this applies to our country; to quote Tytler “Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”
Somewhere along that cycle people forget that spiritual truth which led them out of bondage and into liberty, and it is only then that they begin the slow, but steady, descent back towards bondage. The longer they retain that spiritual truth, that guiding principle which gave them the courage to fight for their liberty, the longer the nation survives.
After retiring from public service, including having written our Declaration of Independence and serving two terms as President, Thomas Jefferson wished to spend the remainder of his days at Monticello. Yet he still remained in contact with many former associates and friends. Among those he corresponded with was one Spencer Roane. In one such letter to Mr. Roane Jefferson said the following, “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible.”
Like I said, I may just be a cynical old man, but I think that corruption of principles, that gangrene that Jefferson warned of, has spread too far and that there is no turning back from the course this nation now finds itself upon. Does that mean I am tossing in the towel, giving up? Hell no, I have no intention of giving up. But as Churchill said, “You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” That principle was once stated by a long forgotten American Patriot, Patrick Henry, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
How is it that a nation which was founded upon the concept of individual liberty has come to the point where liberty is no longer of any concern to all but a small percentage of its citizens? How is it that people refuse to see past the scam that is the two party system and see that both parties are responsible for growing government and an exponentially increasing rate? How is it that people cannot see that this misguided faith in political parties extends beyond whom will serve as our next president, it has crept into whom we elect to represent us at the State level as well?
Sure, we may get lucky and elect one, two, maybe even three honest, Constitutionally minded individuals; but what good will that do when they are outnumbered by corrupt party hacks who follow the dictates of their party without regard to any limits imposed upon them by the Constitution or the rights protected by the Bill of Rights? What good will elected a few scattered individuals here and there do when the States are more concerned with prostituting themselves for federal funds than standing up for their own sovereignty?
If we want our country back, we..the people…must take it back. Going to the polls and hoping that you get ‘your guy’ elected isn’t going to make any more difference than taking a thimble full of water out of the Pacific Ocean. We must, as individuals, stand up to this corruption and stand up for our freedom.
There is a way to fight back, it has its roots going all the way back to one of the reasons our Founders sought their independence. Many have probably read the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence but how many have actually read through the list of grievances leveled against the King? Among those grievances were, “For depriving us in many cases, of Trial by Jury; For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offenses…”
Our Founders fought a war against the mightiest empire on the planet so that we could live a life in which we enjoyed all the rights and liberty that all free men are entitled to. They realized that any system of government, even ours, may grow oppressive. Trial by jury is a way in which the people can nullify laws they find to be unconstitutional, or which violate their rights.
Most people dread getting jury duty notifications in the mail; they dread having to sit in a courtroom and listen to cases that have no bearing on their lives. Yet each case does have a bearing on all our lives if the law a person is being tried for violates their rights. Jury duty is a solemn responsibility that each of us has to ensure that the legal system does not become the enforcement arm for a tyrant. All it takes is for one juror to stand up and declare that the law a person is charged with violating is unconstitutional, and that they refuse to find a person guilty of violating an unconstitutional law, and the cause of liberty will have been served.
That is why our Founders ensured the right to trial by jury be protected by Constitutional Amendment. That is why John Jay, the very first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said, “The Jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” It is a jurors right to decide whether the law violates an individual’s rights, and if it does to find the defendant not guilty. The problem is that far too many people are unaware of both their rights, and their rights as jurors.
A later Supreme Court Justice, Charles Evans Hughes, once said, “We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is.” Today, when a person serves on a jury, the judge explains to them what the law the person is accused of violating is. They are told not to consider any other circumstances. In effect, the judge is telling the jurors what the law is and to disregard whether the law in fact is constitutional in the first place.
It is only when the people have a thorough understanding of their rights, and the courage to stand up for them, that justice can be served and we can prevent the slow and steady slide return to the very same tyranny and oppression that our Founders fought to free themselves from.
You must remember, our Declaration of Independence states, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” If those powers be used unjustly, or to deprive us of the very rights our government was established to secure, is it not our right to fight back with every means available; including jury nullification?
In 1830 Stephen Decatur Miller declared, “There are three and only three ways to reform our Congressional legislation, familiarly called, the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box.” How well has that ballot box been working for you…and be honest?
It is only the power people hold as jurors that stands between the next obvious step, the cartridge box; or to put it in simpler terms, revolution. Is that what you really want, a revolution? Or would you rather take the time to learn about your rights, and then have the courage to fight for them?
I can tell you right now the schools will not teach your children about their rights, or their powers as citizen jurors. They are in league with those who seek to dumb us down, make us ignorant in regards to the principles America was founded upon; that is not in their interest, a well informed society.
There is a quote I found in an old Arthur C. Clarke science fiction novel, Childhood’s End, that I think you should read. It states, “Fifty years is ample time in which to change a world beyond recognition and its people almost beyond recognition. The only things required for the task are a sound knowledge of social engineering, a clear sight of the intended goal–and power.”
According to Wikipedia Social Engineering is defined as a discipline in social science that refers to effort to influence particular attitudes and social behaviors on a large scale, whether by governments, media or private groups in order to produce desired characteristics in a target population. Advertisers use social engineering all the time to get you to purchase their products; be it a new vehicle or the latest iPhone.
Yet social engineering can be utilized to shift the entire belief system of a nation if employed by educators intent on revising history or shifting focus away from fundamental principles upon which a nation was established. That is why our schools today, instead of teaching our children about individuality and individual rights, teach them group-think, how they fit into a group without any mention made of their rights as individuals. That is why so few people today can name even five of the rights protected in the Bill of Rights.
I do not blame them, they have been indoctrinated from youth not to know these things. Yet I went through the same public school system as many my age did; and I broke free of their hold over me and began thinking for myself. You can as well; if you just take that first step and stop believing in the system as it exists today.
That is why I do not vote; at any level. I believe that system to be corrupt and beyond salvage. I place more faith in trying to inform you, my readers, in regards to your rights, and your power as jurors, to defeat the enforcement arm of tyrants; the justice system.
As long as you place your faith, your trust, in government, whether it be run by Republicans or Democrats, nothing will get any better in America.
Government as it exists today has only two purposes; to survive and to increase its power over you; that’s it, it could care less about your freedom. As long as you pay your taxes, obey the laws it passes, you are nothing to them and your rights are of no concern either.
Let me tell you how I view the purpose for which government exists today, taken from a quote by P. J. Proudhon, “To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, liscenced, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. THAT is government; that is its justice; that is it’s morality.”
So the way I see it is that you have two choices; you can go ahead and continue believing the lie that your vote matters; keep playing their game; keep playing into their hand; all you’re doing is further enslaving yourselves to them. Or you can unplug from the lie and start seeking out the truth for yourselves. As Morpheus told Neo in the first Matrix film, “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”