Okay sports fans; a question for you. How many of you have been watching your favorite team play and they have made mistake after mistake, or the refs have made a series of bonehead calls against your team and throughout all this you’ve sat on the couch screaming at the TV? Sound familiar? Of course it does; you were pissed off and, what little good it did, you yelled at your TV to vent your frustration.
Your passion may be sporting events; but mine is the history of my country and its system of government. I’m not denying you the right to enjoy your passion; I’m only trying to explain to you how I feel while I watch you people make mistake after mistake, and while your government enacts crime after crime against the American people. I too get angered and frustrated; and just like when you yelled at your TV’s I write these articles to try to open your eyes to what is going on around you. In both cases our efforts to get people to hear our voices are futile.
However, aside from the small side bet you may have placed on the game, if your team loses a game life goes on as usual for you. In my case if the things I am fighting for are lost life will never be the same for all of you as well.
You see, I fight for freedom and liberty; not for some team to reach and win the championship game. In the English language there are synonyms and there are antonyms. A synonym is a word which has the same meaning as another word, such as the words beautiful, attractive and pretty. An antonym on the other hand is a word which means the exact opposite of the other word. For instance the antonym for freedom and liberty would be slavery and servitude.
Your passion, whatever it may be, is played out on a football gridiron, a baseball diamond, the ovals of NASCAR, or the courts of the NBA; mine is played out on the American political scene and in the hearts and minds of each and every person living in this country. If your team loses there is always next season to regroup and try again; if my team loses there will not be another season; that will be the end for all our freedoms.
So, you’ll have to excuse my actions if I sometimes become disgusted and frustrated with you people; because the consequences of your ignorance, your apathy, and yes, your stupidity are a bit more costly than whether or not your team made it to the Super Bowl this year.
Tomorrow, with the Iowa Caucus, the process of selecting our nation’s next president begins. Sure, we’ve been inundated with news coverage of things this candidate has said, and those which that candidate has done; but the actual process of selecting who will represent this nation as its next Executive begins tomorrow and will culminate in November when the nation votes as a whole on who will become the 45th President.
I’m neither saying the election is a big deal or it is insignificant; I am neither saying that I support one candidate over another. I am more interested in the general mindset of the people who will go to the polls and cast their vote for whomever they may choose over all the others. I am more interested in what it is that people expect out of the people for whom they cast their vote. What is it that you want government to do for you? You see, to me, the why is more important than the who; why you are voting for a particular candidate is more important than who you will ultimately cast your vote for.
You see, it is my belief that most people in this country are misguided, or at least misled, as to why they should vote for one candidate or another. Their reason for voting for a candidate is faulty. Either they vote for the best sounding candidate from among the crop of contenders from their respective political party or they vote for the person who makes the best sounding promises for the future of our country. Rarely do voters ask themselves the most pertinent of all questions; for what purpose was my government created?
On June 5, 1788, arguing against the ratification of the Constitution, Patrick Henry said, “You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government.”
Another, lesser known, Founder, James Wilson, also said, “Government … should be formed to secure and enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government which has not this in view as its principal object is not a government of the legitimate kind.”
I don’t care who you vote for this upcoming presidential election; be it Trump, Cruz, Hillary, or Moby Friggin Dick, you should be asking yourself if by voting for that person you will see an increase or a decrease in your ability to exercise your rights. If you cannot without a doubt say that you will see a freer America then you are voting for the wrong person and for the wrong reasons.
Yet I am constantly told that by my not participating, or by my voting for third party candidates I am betraying my country and letting ‘the other guy’ get elected. Why should I vote for anyone who does not meet my qualifications? If you ask me, by voting for the lesser of two evils YOU are betraying this country. But that’s just my opinion.
You see, there is something else Patrick Henry said on June 5, 1788, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else: But I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American.”
Maybe I was born in this period of my countries history to be a town crier, so to speak, to cry out to the people about the loss of liberty and the erosion of our Constitutional Republic. But it certainly is frustrating, crying out to people who do not want to listen. Sometimes I feel as though I am arguing with a nation full of people who have been lobotomized; their brains no longer serving the critical purpose for which they exist; for people to THINK.
Let me ask you something; if I were to break into your home and attempt to steal from you your most prized possession, how would you react? Under our legal system, and depending upon what state you live in, you would have the right to shoot me or call the police and have me prosecuted for theft. Now if I were to hire a group of people to steal this item for me, then I would be arrested for conspiracy and my fellow co-conspirators would be arrested and charged as well.
If the purpose for which our Constitution, our government, was created was to “…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” and the government created by this document no longer serves the purpose for which it was created, what recourse do the people have? If the government has shown, by a long exercise period of usurpation, the intent to deprive you of your liberty, what recourse do the few remaining liberty minded people of a country have; especially when the majority of the people of this country continue to vote for their own enslavement?
What good does voting do when the majority of the people of this country no longer vote for candidates who show any inclination to adhere to the limits the Constitution imposes upon government? We also cannot simply dial 911 and tell the dispatcher to send units to Washington D.C. and have the Congress, the President arrested for violating their oaths of offices. What cop would respond to that call? What prosecutor would accept that case? What judge would try it?
So, again I ask you, what recourse do a people have when their government has exceeded the limits imposed upon it and no longer serves the purpose for which it was created?
Well, the Declaration of Independence tells us, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
When Abraham Lincoln was a youth of 28 he delivered his Lyceum Address, one of his earliest known speeches. In it Lincoln said, “Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor;–let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children’s liberty.”
In his Inaugural Address in 1861 Lincoln also said, “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”
In Federalist 15 Alexander Hamilton declares, “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.”
What is government but a body politic of men and women, elected for certain specific purposes, and who, upon exceeding the purposes for which they were elected, break the fundamental law of the land? If the government can use the power of the sword, [force and violence] to enforce the laws they enact, cannot we the people use the same force in opposition to those who would enforce unjust laws?
Again, I am not calling for an uprising, an armed rebellion; I am merely trying to show the legal justification should one occur. Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas, writing in An Almanac of Liberty, (1954), states, “The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.”
Thomas Jefferson also writes, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”
I am not calling for violence. We, the patriots of this country, the lovers of liberty, are not calling for violence. But we see with dread the continued march towards servitude and realize that the time for violence draws closer with each and every law enacted by an out of control government.
Tyranny can be halted but by one of two means; by the use of force or by an overwhelming shift in the minds of the people in the selection of those whom they choose to represent them in government. We pray for the peaceful means; but it means, you, my readers, must wake up and see what is happening in your country.
Our country has strayed from its roots, and it to those roots it must return if there is any hope of saving it from future doom. Former President Calvin Coolidge once said, “We live in an age of science and abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create the Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all of our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage bequeathed to us, we must be like minded as the Founders who created. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had and for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshipped.”
Our country has had two wars for independence. The first began at Lexington and Concord, the second at Fort Sumter. Some are already saying that the third ‘shot heard round the world’ has been fired in Oregon. I pray that is not the case. I pray that there is still enough of that sacred love of liberty alive in the breasts of my fellow countrymen that we can avoid the terrible loss of life and violence of another revolution. I’m praying, but I’m also not holding my breath.