Crossing the Rubicon is an idiom used to describe a point in time when someone, or something, has passed a point of no return. It refers to an event in 43 B.C. when Julius Caesar took a legion of Roman soldiers and crossed the Rubicon River, violating Roman law and initiating insurrection against the government. The moment Caesar crossed that river with his army, there was no turning back. Today however the idiom crossing the Rubicon can be used to describe anytime you have reached a point where there is no going back to the way things were.
Lately I have become increasingly convinced that America has crossed its own Rubicon; and there is no going back to the Constitutional Republic our Founders established in 1789; or 1787 (if you consider the drafting of the Constitution, and not its ratification as the moment our Republic was born.)
Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan, once said, “If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem it is impossible to solve it.” Election cycle after election cycle the American people flock to the polls to vote without ever understanding how our system was designed, or how it was supposed to work.
Our system was designed in a way in which the people held the absolute power and authority, [sovereignty], and those in government represented the people according to the rule of law; [the Constitution and Bill of Rights]. But the people were not alone in sending representatives to government to act in their behalf; the States too sent representatives to the Senate to represent their best interests, and act as a check upon the impulsiveness of the people.
The Constitution, [law which both created and limited the powers given to government] only authorizes government to enact laws on 17, or 18 specific areas, (depending on how you interpret Article 1, Section 8). They can enact immigration law, coin money, declare war, and other specifically enumerated powers; but the moment they take a step beyond those powers their actions become a violation of the trust placed in government; and since the Constitution is supposed to be the Supreme Law of the Land, a crime. At the minimum it is usurpation and a lessening of the authority of the true sovereigns; [the people].
The fact the nearly everything our government does today is a violation of the limits imposed upon their authority; and that this does not bother the majority of the people in this country as long as they benefit somehow from these unconstitutional laws, goes a long way towards proving that we have passed the point where there is any hope of restoring our system to the one envisioned by those who created it.
This country no longer has a Constitutional Republic; and unless you are over 150 years old we haven’t had one. What we have is an Aristocracy, or Oligarchy, in which a small group of rich and powerful rule this country. We are provided with the illusion of deciding the course this nation takes by being allowed to vote for candidates taken from their ranks to act as our leaders. But make no mistake about it their loyalty is to them, not us.
Had the State authority not been taken away by the 17th Amendment; had the States right to withdraw from an oppressive Union not been denied by the federal government created by the Constitution, [as it was in the Civil War]; and had the people still knew the specific reasons why their government was created, and read the 10th Amendment, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” then maybe there would be some hope of containing an out of control federal government.
You see, had people understood these things they would have focused more on who they elect to represent them at the State level than they do to elect the next person to head a government that has run amok and is drunk on the power it holds over our lives.
The government we have today spends money like there is no tomorrow; digging us into a black hole of debt that we will never climb out of as long as the people keep clamoring for more from their government instead of less; DRASTICALLY LESS. Add to that that our government is perpetuating its empire status by involving itself in every opportunity for war and intrigue, and we are creating an environment where all the nations of the world despise us for our interference in their lives. To top all this off, we feel sorry for those whose homes and lives we’ve destroyed, so we invite them into our country to live; never taking into consideration the fact that they might seek to carry out vengeance upon the evil Satan who destroyed their homes or killed their family and friends.
But because the people believe in the system; thinking it is as pure as the day it was created, and that it still serves the purpose for which it was established; they continue to participate in choosing who will sit behind the controls and make the laws which us peasants are obligated to obey. It is also why we believe the president when he stands before Congress every year and declares that the state of our Union is STRONG.
I blame all this on our educators; who have failed to theach our youth the proper purpose of government; to secure our liberty; and the media who feeds us lies and manipulates our emotions in an effort to cause us to support measures which clearly violate the Constitution. But I also blame the people as well. The truth is out there if only they would open their eyes to see it. Instead they choose to remain secure in their little cocoons of lies; the whole time believing that as long as they are allowed to VOTE that we have a functioning government as outlined by the Constitution.
If you were to look at the people in America today; their attitudes towards government; and how they viewed their rights, you would see an ocean of difference between the people of 2016 and those who lived in 1775. That is why it is so important to teach our children history; true history; so that they can understand what it means to be an American; a free American.
In 1765 Parliament passed the Stamp Act, the first serious attempt by England to assert governmental control over the Colonies. The Colonists did not shrug their shoulders and say, “It’s government, they can do whatever they want.” No, the Colonists protested and accused their government of violating their rights as freemen and women.
Every time the Colonists protested they petitioned their King for a redress of grievances, and often their petitions were met with further injury and insult. Tensions continued to mount until they reached a breaking point when the Kings minions, [Redcoats], attempted to disarm the Colonists at Lexington and Concord. It was at that point that the King, and his men, had crossed the Rubicon; they had attempted to violate the right of the Colonists to have arms for their defense, and from that point further there was no turning back; war between the government and the subjects of government was inevitable.
After the Revolution was over, and the Colonists had obtained their independence, James Madison wrote his Memorial and Remonstrance, wherein he laid out a principle far too many today have forgotten, “Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much soon to forget it.”
The moment the Colonists heard of the passage of the Stamp Act in 1765 they protested what they believed to be an unjust and unlawful exercise of power over them. How many years, generations even, have we supinely sat back and allowed our government to enact unjust and unconstitutional laws? How timidly have we bent over while our government raped us of our liberty?
And yet there are those who still tell me I must continue to place my trust and faith in a system that does not give a damn about the limits imposed upon their power, or the safeguarding of my rights?
I’m sorry if the language offends; but FUCK THAT SHIT!!!
You people may not yet see the evil that our government has become; but you will; sooner or later. I wonder then, will your minds think back to this moment in time and say, “Boy, old Neal was right after all.”
As far as I’m concerned America has crossed the Rubicon in regards to hoping to restore our government to its former stated purposes; and that any continued participating in choosing who will occupy said government only denotes that I consent to the actions said government takes. WELL I NO LONGER CONSENT! I refuse to be a puppet who only participates in choosing who will enslave me.
Is that clear enough for you?
You know Winston Churchill once said something ya’ll may want to keep in mind, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
All I know is that far too many people have been duped into believing that voting is the ultimate symbol of free men and women; that it signifies that they still have a government that functions according to the outlines contained within the Constitution.
While most people have never read the Constitution I can forgive them for not knowing better. But for those who have, and still choose to participate in the fraud that is voting, there is no forgiveness in my heart for you. If you choose to vote for the lesser of two evils, then you are choosing to tear away at the founding principles this country was built upon; and in my book that makes you a traitor to all that America once stood for. Yet you dare call me unpatriotic because I refuse to participate in the fraud?
You can call me a unpatriotic if you want, call me a radical if you will. Just keep in mind the words of H. L. Mencken, “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
In his book The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan writes, You may view me as opinionated, antagonistic, radical, opinionated; that’s okay; I view you as ignorant, apathetic, and naive. I also believe the following quote from Carl Sagan’s book the Demon-Haunted World is quite fitting for you, “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
When the completed version of our Constitution was presented to the delegates of the convention for their vote, Ben Franklin had a speech written in which he said, “In these Sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such; because 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.”
It is my belief we have reached that point; crossed our Rubicon and we are no longer capable of voting for candidates who will not become parts of the despotic entity that is government. So you, go ahead and continue playing their game. I’m gonna sit back; educate as many as possible; and bide my time till the inevitable shooting starts.