Etched into the wall at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency is a passage from the Bible, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) When a person is called upon to give testimony in court they must swear an oath to “Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Why do people consider honesty to be a valuable attribute, but when someone tells the truth people get all upset?
What is the truth? I suppose you could look it up in the dictionary, or I could provide you with my own definition for it. The way I see it the truth is simply things as they actually are, supported by facts and evidence.
The truth does not take sides, it is not biased, it is not prejudiced; it merely is an accurate rendering of things. The truth also does not care if it hurts feelings or offends. Whether you accept it or reject it, the truth does not care; it remains constant and unwavering.
What then is the opposite of truth? The opposite, or antonym if you prefer to use the grammatical term for it, is a falsehood or a lie. Therefore, if you choose not to hear the truth, to reject it, then you have chosen to believe a lie; there is no middle ground on this; either you accept the truth or you believe a lie.
No matter how many reassurances you tell yourself when you reject the truth; no matter how good it makes you feel about yourself inside; if you do not accept the truth you are making a willful choice to believe a lie.
It does not matter how long a lie has been told, how many people have fallen for it; the fact remains that it is still a lie. For how long did the people of this world believe that the Earth was flat, or that it was the center of the universe? It wasn’t until people accepted scientific evidence that their beliefs changed.
I simply can’t understand how people would allow themselves to come to conclusions, form opinions, or make decisions without knowing the whole truth about a subject. Why would they reject information which may alter the way they view a subject, or an event?
Whenever I think about this subject I think back to the first time I saw the movie The Matrix, and the scene where Morpheus takes Neo into the Construct for the first time and explains what the Matrix is. Neo screams, “I don’t believe it, get me out!” Yet eventually Neo comes to terms with the truth, asking, “I can’t go back, can I?”
I can understand how being exposed to the truth, after years of hearing lies, can be a shock to the mind; but it is pure cowardice to reject it because it contradicts currently held beliefs, or happens to offend.
My exposure to the truth was not as sudden as the fictional one in the Matrix; mine occurred over a lengthy period of years as I began studying the history of my country and its system of government. I have often been asked why I don’t write more about the shadow government and all these conspiracy theories; and the answer is quite simple actually. I don’t write about them because of two things. First, the people, for the most part, would treat what I wrote like they treat the stuff found in tabloid magazines like the National Enquirer; fictional bullshit that brings a smile to their face.
Secondly, it honestly doesn’t matter how deep the rabbit hole of conspiracies go; the simple fact is that our government no longer runs according to the basic outline contained within the Constitution. Had it kept itself to the basic structure; kept itself to the specific powers contained within the Constitution; and had the people been kept knowledgeable about the purpose for which their government was established; none of these conspiracies could have happened in the first place.
It is human nature to be greedy and self serving; it takes a certain character trait which most do not have, to be able to see through the lies and hold steadfastly to certain principles; even at the cost of derision and ridicule by friends, neighbors and co-workers. Loss of stature, threats of violence, and general derision and scorn are potent tools which can be used against anyone who comes to close to the truth. Many will back down and stop seeking the truth if the fire surrounding it gets too hot.
To me it’s just a matter of personal integrity; if someone provides me with information which proves to be true; how can I keep my integrity if I reject that information simply because it becomes too uncomfortable to accept it?
For the longest time I trusted in our government to do the right thing; and I also believed in the idea that voting for the next president was the patriotic thing to do; the thing which would best determine the course our nation took. It was only be reading our founding documents, and pondering what they said, that I came to the conclusion that our government is beyond salvage no matter how many times we replace the bad ones with fresh meat; so to speak.
Like it or not, presidential elections are an illusion in which we are led to believe that by choosing the next president that our voices make a difference; when in reality nothing really changes. Government, no matter who gets elected, continues to grow bigger, more intrusive, and deeper in debt. If only people could take a few steps back from their Democrat vs Republican viewpoint and see this simple fact then it would go a long way to opening their eyes to the rest of the truth.
Why do people focus so much attention on the election of a president? After all, it is Congress which is the lawmaking body in our government; at least according to the Constitution. Congress was designed to represent the people and the States so that both would have equal say in what laws were passed. This was a fundamental balance of power written into the Constitution by those who drafted it; and even then there were those who foresaw the inevitable rise of tyranny from the system that document outlined.
If you take the Founders at their word, they created a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. A Constitutional Republic is one in which we elect people to manage the affairs of government on our behalf, but at the same time they are limited by written law as to what they can and cannot do on our behalf.
We have not had a Constitutional Republic since 1861. If our Constitutional Republic were a train, the actions taken by Abraham Lincoln to instigate Civil War derailed the Constitutional Republic.
You have to remember, before 1789 the system of government that we take for granted today did not exist. Our fledgling young nation was a loose confederation of States; of sovereign and independent bodies in which the people were citizens of, and loyal to, the States wherein they resided.
It was only when the Constitution was presented to each State for its consideration that our federal government came into existence. By the States agreeing to the terms laid out in the Constitution, they agreed to accept that the federal government held certain specific powers which they must obey.
However, they also believed in the principles contained in the Declaration of Independence, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it was the right of the people to alter or abolish it.
Government was not to be their master; it was to be their servant. The laws government passed were to be supreme, but only when those laws were in accordance with the specific powers granted government by the Constitution.
When the States ratified the Constitution, many of them included statements which declared their right to resume their independence from the government established by the Constitution. Virginia, for instance, declared the following, “WE the Delegates of the people of Virginia, duly elected in pursuance of a recommendation from the General Assembly, and now met in Convention, having fully and freely investigated and discussed the proceedings of the Federal Convention, and being prepared as well as the most mature deliberation hath enabled us, to decide thereon, DO in the name and in behalf of the people of Virginia, declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the people of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression…” (My emphasis)
When the Civil War broke out the income tax as we know it today was not in existence. The revenue taken in to run our government came from excises and tariffs. Most of those tariffs were imposed upon goods flowing into the South; yet the money collected by the government was being spent in the North.
Sure, the North’s interference in the institution of slavery may have been another reason which led the original 7 Southern States to secede, but it does not matter. You have to understand, that when our Founders wrote the Constitution they included wording which protected the right of people to own slaves; slavery was legal. Therefore neither Northern Abolitionists, nor the federal government, could prevent the spread of slavery into new States; something which they repeatedly attempted to do.
Combine these two things and the original 7 Southern States felt they had no other recourse other than to withdraw from the Union and establish a system of government that would best serve their needs. They did not declare war on the North; they simply left the Union in peace.
It was Abraham Lincoln who called for an army of 75,000 to invade these seceding Southern States who instigated the war. It was Abraham Lincoln’s call to the States of the North for volunteers to invade the South which led 4 more States to secede; Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina.
You may have been taught that it was the South’s firing upon Fort Sumter which initiated hostilities, but Lincoln was attempting to force their hand by resupplying both Fort Sumter, and Fort Pickens in Florida; violating agreements made by President Buchanan not to do so. By doing so Lincoln was committing acts of war against sovereign States and the States were only defending their territory against an invading force.
If a State held the right to withdraw from the Union at any time, and resume its independence, then does it not make sense that all the land within that State, even that land ceded to the federal government, would return to State control? Therefore, any act by the federal government to resupply, or station federal troops on State soil could be seen as an act of war, and defensive measures taken.
Lincoln ordered the resupply of both Fort Pickens and Fort Sumter, hoping to goad the South into attacking what many in the North believed to be federal land. By the South taking the first shot, they blame for the Civil War could be placed upon them; even though they were forced into it by actions taken by the president.
When Lincoln called for troops to force the Confederacy back into the Union, he took the first steps towards abolishing States Rights. His actions placed the will of the federal government, a creation of the people of the States, above the will of the States themselves.
By the loss of the Confederate Army to the Union the States, as independent bodies, suffered a fatal blow from which they have never recovered. The federal government, from that point forward, has grown in leaps and bounds in regards to the powers it holds and the influence exerted upon the internal affairs of the States.
Everything I’ve said is true; they are facts which can be backed up by doing some research into the true reasons why the Civil War was fought. But instead, people choose to continue believing the lies they have been told; that the North fought a righteous war to end slavery. The North did not fight to end slavery, they fought to end a States right to secede.
In doing so they obliterated the concept that our government represents the will and voice of the people and the States; making it above those it represented, not subservient to their will. In declaring war on the South Abraham Lincoln effectively put the principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence into a lockbox; never to be exercised again.
I hear talk of how Texas is talking of seceding should Hillary Clinton get elected. I have to laugh at the irony of it. They will secede if Ms. Clinton is elected, but they will remain in a system that is beyond corrupt; beyond the limits imposed upon it by the document which created it, should Trump be elected.
If the people would only read the Constitution, then create a list of all the powers granted federal government, and then compare those powers to the laws the government enacts, they would see that almost nothing our government does these days is permitted by law. NOTHING!!!!
Yet people think by elected one person, no matter how good his rhetoric is, that things are miraculously going to get better? Sure, Trump may be a far cry less dangerous than Hillary; that does not make him one I could put my trust in. Would he veto any law which was sent to him by Congress which funds any unconstitutional exercise of power by Congress as Dr. Ron Paul did when he earned the nickname Dr. No?
It is because people do not understand how our system was to be run, how the powers were to be distributed between the States and the federal government, that we have come to where we are today. Electing a new president makes absolutely no difference when we ignore the fact that the federal government interferes in areas it was never intended it be allowed to touch upon. The power to regulate the lives of the people was to be left to the States, and the people simply don’t see that. They go looking for federal aid, federal programs to provide them with all these things which the Constitution does not allow it to do.
We get the government our ignorance deserves. Ben Franklin warned what would happen to America should the people become ignorant and corrupt. In a speech delivered on the final day of the convention which produced our Constitution, Franklin declared, “…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.”
That’s why I say the truth no longer matters to people. Should they be inclined they could easily verify everything I have just said. Instead, they choose to believe the lies they have been spoon fed from birth. Whether it is due to a fear of finding out everything they believe is based upon a lie, or simple laziness on their parts, I cannot say. All I know is that whenever I try to open their eyes to it, I am met with resistance and scorn. The truth has become a four letter word more offensive than any profanity I could possibly utter, and the people shy away from it like it was the plague.
Franklin was right, we have become incapable of anything other than despotic government; simply because we choose to ignore the truth which is right in front of our very eyes. Yet we have the audacity to say we are making informed decisions. Were that true, the people, to a one, would stay home on election-day and withdraw their consent for any law passed by our government which violates our rights or oversteps the limits placed upon them.
But that would take courage, and if people don’t have the courage to face the truth, they certainly don’t have the courage to stand up to their Uncle Sam.