Have you ever falling victim for someone or something? Even if it is something as trivial as buying something you saw on an infomercial on TV that sounded like the next best thing since sliced bread; but when you got it home you found out it was a useless piece of junk. It’s happened to almost everybody I imagine; even I’ve found myself victimized by slick advertising campaigns; only to find out the product which the advertisers claimed did all these miraculous things was a waste of my hard earned money and ended up getting tossed in with the trash.
Hopefully when something like that happens people learn from their mistakes and are a bit more cautious, or do a bit more research before they find themselves falling victim to another scam. How does that old saying go, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me?”
The moral of that little saying is that life if full of lessons to be learned. If you fall victim to a scam, or con then the fault lies with the person who deceived you. But if you fall victim AGAIN, the fault lies with you because you didn’t learn from the first experience.
If you know someone who repeatedly fell for a practical joke; what would you call that person? Would you be polite and call them gullible? Or would you be more blunt and call them stupid? How do you think I, and a few others, feel when we see the teeming mass of America falling for the same scam, the same practical joke, over and over and over again? The joke I’m talking about, the scam that is being pulled on you is the election of a new president.
Those behind the scam tout it as Democracy in Action; the people choosing who will lead them. Unfortunately we are not a democracy. Sure, we elect those who represent us by a democratic process, but our country is NOT a democracy; it is/was a Republic. In a Republic we elect those who will represent us in government, but these representatives are bound by law; restricted in their actions to certain specific tasks. When they violate, or overstep their authority, it is our job to recall these people, or if they refuse to obey our voices to abolish the government as it no longer serves the purposes for which it was instituted.
The scam that is being played on you is that no matter who you choose for president; no one is playing by the rules once they get into office. You think that by casting your vote you have a say in government; which direction the country takes. You may as well be choosing between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin as far as that goes as nobody, not even a Trump or a Sanders, will play by the rule book; the Constitution.
If you can’t see past the scam known as the two party system then there is not much hope for the future of this country. It is that simple. I am constantly told that by my decision to not vote for whom will be our next president I am forfeiting my right to complain about what whoever is chosen as president does. Did our Founders have a say in who was elected to Parliament? Yet simply because they did not vote for whom would enact laws that affected them did not stop them from complaining, revolting even, against that body of tyrants. Why should it be any different for me?
I simply see the game, or the scam, for what it is and choose not to fall victim to it again. I see government for what it truly is, the political arm of corporate and banking interests that controls the great herd of sheep, (people), to increase their wealth and power. Government is the shepherd, but it is not the owner of the herd; the owners are the special interests who pull governments strings; government is merely the middle men, the enforcers of their corporate masters. I refuse to participate in selecting who will be my master; I am a free man and do not have any master other than God.
I find it both ludicrous and hypocritical that people pay such reverence to the Constitution as a historical document, but not as a law which binds government to certain specific powers. Do they not realize that had that document never been adopted we would not have this system of government and they would not be choosing who would be president every four years?
If people cannot see this simple fact; that they are being scammed, then they certainly are not going to see the fact that it is quite possible that the ratification of the Constitution itself was just another big scam.
It has taken a long time for me to get my head around this; to accept that possibly the Constitution is not the next best thing since sliced bread. To say that out loud almost sounds blasphemous; even to me who has spent many an hour studying and pondering the matter. I know how it must sound to you. But if you were to examine the arguments, both for and against the Constitution, you might realize that everything those who opposed its ratification feared would happen; has happened. Could it be that it was not such a good idea to adopt this system of government; that eventually it would become tyrannical and oppressive?
If you watch TV you’ll see all these advertisements trying to get you to spend your hard earned money on something they sell. You have to realize that they hire experts in marketing who understand how to convince people to part ways with their money even when they don’t need the thing which is being sold.
Although the technology has changed, basic marketing skills are the same; if you can convince someone that it is their best interest to agree to something, they will usually do so. For the longest time I viewed the Federalist Papers as the gospel regarding what our government was supposed to do; and not do. It was not until I began viewing them as a marketing tool designed solely to get the people of New York to adopt the Constitution that I was able to see that they were being used to fool people into accepting something that was detrimental to their liberty.
Thirty years AFTER the Constitution was adopted and put into effect Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to Spencer Roane in which he said, “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time also produces 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.”
Although Jefferson said that after the Constitution went into effect, his sentiments can be applied to any period of history where the corruption of principles may occur; like from the period where our nation gained its independence to the period where it established its system of government.
Could it be that the people quickly forgot the glorious struggle for liberty they fought and then turned around and adopted a system of government which had the potential to become just as, if not more, tyrannical? Could their principles have been corrupted so quickly, so easily?
During the period leading up to our country declaring its independence no one was more vocal for doing so than Patrick Henry, who declared, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Those very words may have been the inspiration for Virginia throwing its weight into the cause that, for the most part, was centered in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. No one could question Henry’s patriotism and his love of liberty.
Yet just 30 short years after obtaining that liberty Henry saw that this country was about to adopt a system of government that was dangerous to the liberty it had fought so hard to obtain. On June 5, 1788 Henry stood on the floor of the Virginia Ratifying Assembly and pleaded with those in attendance to consider the consequences of the decision they were about to make.
I would urge you, if you of an inquisitive mind, to Google Patrick Henry’s speech of June 5, 1788 to read it in its entirety. In it he uses logic, sarcasm, and self-deprecation in an effort to get those listening to vote against the proposed Constitution.
For instance, Henry declared, “Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? 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.”
Notice the similarity between what Henry said, and what Jefferson would say in his letter to Spencer Roane. Could it be that Henry’s invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man being considered old fashioned be the same corruption of principles Jefferson spoke of?
Madison, Hamilton, and all those who pushed for adoption of the Constitution promised that the powers granted government were few and specific, and those reserved to the States were numerous and indefinite, (Federalist 45). Yet was this just a slick ad campaign to convince the people into accepting something that would end up being harmful to their liberty and to the sovereignty of the States themselves?
In 1825 Jefferson wrote another letter, this time to William Branch Giles, in which he said, “I see,… and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power… It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic.”
What Jefferson spoke of are the very things those who opposed the Constitution in the first place warned people about BEFORE they adopted it. What Jefferson spoke of is the very thing which led the South to secede from the Union, and the consolidated federal government to raise an army against them.
When the South lost the Civil War the final shackle was removed from the limits imposed upon our federal government by the Constitution. Since that time government has grown in leaps and bounds to this monster which rules over us today with an iron fist.
Let me ask you something; do you fear your government? I mean really fear disobeying laws you find questionable? Would you rather obey questionable laws rather than stand up for what you believe to be right; even if it means that you know the government will come after you for doing so? Then think about this quote, often attributed to Jefferson, but actually made by John Barnhill in 1914, “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”
Our government is our servant, not our masters. It was given certain specific powers by the Constitution, and if we do not like the things our government does we should not live in fear of violating unjust laws; not if we are free men anyways.
It has been my experience that people, for the most part, are mentally lazy and intellectually dishonest. They accuse certain politicians of these violations of the Constitution; but then when the person, or party, they support does those same things they go deathly silent. People also don’t know, or don’t care, what powers the Constitution grants government; all they care is that the campaign promises being made are in line with the things they expect out of government.
It is why they are so easily fooled every 4 years when it comes time to choose a new president; because they only vote according to their party beliefs, disregarding the powers granted by the very document which created the office for which they are voting for a candidate.
That’s why Ben Franklins words to the convention which produced our Constitution are so poignant to me, “…I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
Jefferson warned of a corruption of principles in 1820, and Franklin said that we will end up with despotic government when the people of this country become so corrupted that they are incapable of any other.
Is that how deeply we’ve fallen; how far we’ve strayed from the principles held by our noble ancestors who risked their lives to secure liberty for their posterity? If so, you make me sick to my stomach.
In closing I’d like to leave you with two quotes. I know you’ve seen them before, but maybe this time you will see them in a different light. I certainly hope so, for some day the curtain is going to be pulled away and the evil that you’ve allowed to grow within this country is going to make its presence known to all. Then you will have no choice but to stand up to it, or submit to it; or in other words choose between freedom and servitude.
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.
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.