Check Your Premises

I want to try something different as it seems my normal approach to things has not produced the desired effect; to get you to think for yourselves. So I want to play a little game; but first I need to set the stage; establish a little background first.

How many of you have seen the movie Blast From the Past with Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Walken? The plot revolves around Fraser’s character Adam and the fact that during the Cuban Missile Crisis his father, fearing a nuclear strike, took his pregnant wife into an underground fallout shelter where they gave birth to, and raised their son for 35 years before returning to the surface. One of the main points of the film is the culture shock the family experiences when they are exposed to society after having lived below ground for 35 years. Now, on to my game.

Let us imagine for a moment that a child is born and its parents isolate it from all outside contact with the world. These parents home school their child; teaching it to read, write, and perform all the other tasks that a person would need to survive in society. However, these parents expose their child heavily to all the writings of this countries founding; from its earliest days as a small group of colonies up through the enacting of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The child becomes a walking, talking encyclopedia of US history and politics.

Now, can you imagine the shock this child would experience if it were to suddenly be released into the real word as it exists today in 2016? Can you imagine its confusion in seeing how far our government has strayed from the purposes this child had been raised to believe it exists for?

What do you think this child would think, say, were such a scenario to happen? I can imagine a few choice quotes; among them being, “What the hell is wrong with you people?”, or “How did you people let things get so screwed up?” Both would be valid questions.

To quote the character V from V For Vendetta, “How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well, certainly, there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”

Each and every one of us is born with a brain; the problem is that some are loathe to use theirs for the intended purpose; THINKING. George Bernard Shaw once said something I tend to agree with, “Two percent of the people think, three percent of the people Think that they think, and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.”

Famous author Leo Tolstoy once said, “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.”

Far too many people have this overwhelming need to belong to something; be it a club, an organization, even a large segment of society. They will do anything to fit in and refrain from doing or saying anything which alienates them. This is where political correctness gets all its power as people fear doing or saying something which may alienate them from whatever it is they seek to be a part of.

Maybe that is why I am so different; why I don’t care what I say and who I say it to; because my life events forced me to grow up basically a loner. There’s a saying I’ve seen bandied about from time to time on the internet which I find to be quite true, “When you truly don’t care what anyone thinks of you, you have gotten dangerously close to something called freedom.” And that’s the entire point of my writings; to try to get you to understand that you are no longer free. Our Founding Fathers fought a war to obtain their freedom, their liberty. They gathered together and established a Constitution which, for better or worse, was designed to secure the liberty they had fought for.

Government did not just crop up in America; it was created. As Thomas Paine writes in The Rights of Man, “It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principles of Freedom to say that Government is a compact between those who govern and those who are governed; but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as man must have existed before governments existed, there necessarily was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with.”

Our government was created by a process in which a group of men wrote a Constitution, then delegates from among the people gathered together to either accept the recommended system of government, or reject it. They accepted it and the Constitution became law.

In Federalist 15 Alexander Hamilton wrote the following, “Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience. If there be no penalty annexed to disobedience, the resolutions or commands which pretend to be laws will, in fact, amount to nothing more than advice or recommendation. This penalty, whatever it may be, can only be inflicted in two ways: by the agency of the courts and ministers of justice, or by military force; by the COERCION of the magistracy, or by the COERCION of arms. The first kind can evidently apply only to men; the last kind must of necessity, be employed against bodies politic, or communities, or States. It is evident that there is no process of a court by which the observance of the laws can, in the last resort, be enforced. Sentences may be denounced against them for violations of their duty; but these sentences can only be carried into execution by the sword.”

Hamilton was explaining how a government may enforce the laws it passes upon the people it governs. Yet if the Constitution is a law, and those who are elected and take an oath to support and defend the Constitution then go about violating it; what if the reverse of what Hamilton said was true; that our only recourse is by the COERCION of arms?

Sure, we can go to the polls and try to elect a better candidate; but honestly, how well has that been working for you? You can choose not to play the game, participate in the fraud that is the elections; such as I have done. Or, you could take the next step; open rebellion against unlawful actions by your government; such as those taken by the ranchers in Oregon which resulted in the government gunning down LaVoy Finicum.

Unless you have researched the history of government land grabs and how governmental agencies are enacting rules and restrictions upon ranchers you are most likely going to believe whatever the news media tells you about the events leading up to Mr. Finicum’s murder. You will believe that he was some sort of extremist, possibly a militia member who sought to overthrow the government. However, you would be incorrect in your assumptions.

Take the militia for a minute; the press has made people fearful of militia groups by saying they are these armed militant organizations who seek a violent revolution with the intended goal of overthrowing the government. While that may apply to certain fringe elements, for the most part that is so far from the truth that you ought to be bitch slapped for even believing it.

Do you people even realize that our American Revolution was sparked by the militia? Do you know that it was the militia who stood against the Redcoats at Lexington and Concord where the ‘shot heard round the world’ was fired? Using today’s logic they would be considered armed extremists when the reality is that they were simply defending their God-given rights, and that is all most militia groups today seek; a government which respects our rights and restricts its actions to the specific powers granted it by the Constitution.

But you won’t take my word for it, you’d rather trust the media and their version of the truth. I know it’s just a movie, but in the film Live Free or Die Hard the character Matthew Farrell says something telling about the media, “The news is completely manipulated. Everything you hear, every single day is designed by corporate media to do one thing only. To keep you living in fear.” Whether the story is about some shooting in a public setting, the growth of terror groups such as Al Qaeda or ISIS, and yes, the standoff in Oregon, the goal is to keep you in a perpetual state of fear so that the benevolent government can enact more restrictive laws just to keep you safe and sound in your cozy little cocoons of ignorance.

As the character V also states in his speech to the people of London, “I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. They were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you…”

The news media are nothing more than whores who peddle the propaganda they are told to, and this is true whether you watch NBC, FOX, CNN, or any of the other news agencies; they guide, shape, and manipulate public opinion according to the dictates of their corporate masters; the same people who own our government lock, stock and barrel.

We’ve all been taught that Adolf Hitler was an evil man who ruled Germany and was the cause of the fighting in Europe during World War II. Well, read something Hitler once said, “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts all affected propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”

You can call it brainwashing, conditioning, whatever you want; I call it conditioning. Now, let me give you something GW Bush said to digest, “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” Doesn’t that sound strikingly similar to what Hitler said? Yet because it is an American president who said it you put your faith and trust in him; just as you put your faith and trust in the media to tell you the truth in their coverage of the news.

In 1961 the Supreme Court delivered its ruling in the case of Mapp v Ohio. In his comments Justice Tom C. Clark said, “Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.”

If the government created by the Constitution has the power of the sword, [the ability to enforce its laws with the threat of violence], then do not we as the people of this country hold the same right to hold our government accountable for its violations of the charter which created it? As Lincoln said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

Yeah I know, I’m coming perilously close to becoming one of the people the media tells you to fear, but is not that the very concept our nation was founded upon? The Declaration of Independence clearly states, “…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…”(my emphasis)

You may find my leanings both radical and fearful, but worry not because there is something John Adams said which you need to understand. In his Defence of the Constitutions of Government Adams wrote, “The right of a nation to kill a tyrant, in cases of necessity, can no more be doubted, than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people have sense, spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many.”

You see, you have nothing to fear from me because I realize that something Jefferson said as being true, “It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” The manner and spirit of most people in this country has degenerated; they no longer care about such trivialities as constitutional limitations upon the powers granted government or the preservation of their liberty.

You may question the things I have just said, saying they contradict what you have been led to believe. That may be true, but there is one final quote I would like for you to consider. This comes from the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and is a quote by the character Francisco d’Anconia, “Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.” That’s all I’m asking you to do, to stop and think and to check your premises.

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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