Imagine for a moment that you have awoken in a strange room. You look around and do not recognize any of your surroundings. You get up and go into the bathroom to splash some water on your face and you do not recognize the image staring back at you in the mirror. You begin to panic because you have come to the realization that you don’t know your own name, where you work, where you were born; your memory is a complete blank.
Although not common, this condition has a medical term assigned to it; amnesia. Amnesia is defined as the partial or complete loss of memory; usually due to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness. But what is amnesia if it is not the loss of a part of your history?
Each of us have our own distinct history; from the moment we are born until the moment we die our history is being written by the things we do, the things we learn and the events we witness. What if in one clean sweep all those memories were wiped away; leaving you with nothing to define who and what you are?
However, as citizens of a particular State or country, we also share a collective history of the events which define what beliefs that nation was built upon; what it stands for. If you are not aware of this history you can easily be misled by those who wish to alter the principles upon which your country was established upon.
This past week on Facebook a former co-worker posted a comment that I felt had no historical evidence to support it. So, as I normally do, I responded with a series of quotations from our Founding Fathers regarding the subject he was discussing which disproved his position. He became upset and told me to stop posting quotes from people nobody care about or read any more.
Without even realizing it, this former co-worker of mine hit the nail right on the head as to the problem in this country; nobody reads those things any more. We are taught our history by teachers in the public school system from text books written by those whose goal is to manipulate our beliefs as to past events in this country. We trust our educators to teach our children the truth, but in fact they are indoctrinating them along a progressive, or revisionist version of the actual events.
Recently there has been a great deal of noise about so-called Fake News. People are finally coming to the realization that the mainstream news media has been providing them with biased and incomplete news; and they are becoming fed up with it. How much harder is it to believe that the history they have been taught about this country is also fake, incomplete?
When I was a kid growing up my father used to always tell me that if I wanted to find the truth, to go find the source, or as he often said, go straight to the horse’s mouth. To gain an understanding of American History and our system of government, that is exactly what I have done, gone straight to the horse’s mouth. I have scoured books, web sites, and picked the minds of more knowledgeable friends, for data regarding the history of this country and the establishment of its system of government. I may not be the most knowledgeable about the subjects, but I would dare say I’m more knowledgeable than a vast majority of Americans.
You would think that anyone who truly loved this country would want to know the information I have floating around inside my mind. Unfortunately, I have found the exact opposite to be true; nobody wants to know the truth as it would mean they would have to accept the fact that everything they currently believe is based upon lies and the indoctrination they have undergone by their teachers and the news media.
Yet, as John Adams said in his closing arguments in his defense of the British soldiers on trial for murder in what we know as the Boston Massacre, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
I find it a sad commentary on the people of this country who claim they value honesty and integrity, that they would choose to ignore the truth when it is presented to them; instead clinging to the lies they have been taught by people is supposed positions of authority.
Is it any wonder why the people of this country are so easily misled by charlatans and snake oil salesmen disguised as politicians seeking their votes? If you do not know the founding principles of this country you are easily misled by those posing as having your best interests in mind; when the truth is they seek only to expand the powers government holds over your life, your liberty and your pursuit of happiness.
If your sole understanding of politics in America is based upon the supposed differences between the Republican and Democratic parties, I weep for America’s future. I don’t care which party you affiliate with, both are wrong in their visions for America’s future if you were to compare their platforms to the things those men who established our Republic said were the powers given our system of government.
If the consequences of your ignorance and apathy did not directly affect me, I would let you vote yourselves into a complete dictatorship for all I care. Unfortunately, the laws these so-called public servants pass also affect me, and I have had just about enough of the idiocy and the infringement upon my liberty.
The Declaration of Independence, America’s birth certificate, if you will, states, “But 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, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
That is a founding principle upon which this country was built; that when government got too big, too powerful, it was the right of the people to alter, or completely abolish it. Yet to talk like that today will most likely get you accused of treason. Treason is often misunderstood to mean attempting to overthrow the government, when in truth it is disloyalty to, or aiding in those who would do harm to the country. If it is our government that is bringing harm to this country, is it treason to ask that it relinquish all power and authority over our lives?
Even though many may not know the words spoken by our Founders, their names often evoke the sentiment of patriotism amongst the masses. Patrick Henry is amongst those whose name evokes a feeling of patriotic pride, having uttered the immortal words, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
I wonder how many are aware that in a speech defending resolutions he had introduced, Mr. Henry also said, “Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell and George the Third…”, at which point cries of TREASON rung out from the audience, by those who understood the reference to assassinated leaders. Henry paused for a moment, then continued by saying, “may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.”
Is it treason to question our government, to resist unconstitutional laws? Thomas Jefferson didn’t think so. In a letter to Abigail Smith Adams Jefferson wrote, “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 see a lot of protesting going on now, but it is directed solely at the actions of the current President, Donald Trump. Those protesting are doing so for a wide range of reasons, yet those they would have preferred occupy the Oval Office would not have been any better than Trump if you view it from a purely constitutional viewpoint.
I know a lot of people who stand behind Trump, and take great offense when he is criticized for the things he is doing. But what these people fail to realize is that Trump, or whoever else sits in the Oval Office, is just another cog in the machine that is government. Sure, they may be front and center in the spotlight, the supposed leader of the free world, and all that other garbage, but they are just one part of a government that has gone haywire; far exceeding the powers originally granted it by the Constitution.
People vote along partisan lines, often never having given a moment’s thought as to whether any of the things these candidates campaign upon are among the powers granted government. In that respect, the American voters are a bunch of amnesiacs who have forgotten what this country once stood for, and now vote according to the lies they have been taught.
It truly is a sad spectacle to watch; these elections in America. How I have wished that I could find just the right words to break through the ignorance and apathy of the American people; to get them to see the truth which is so easily obtainable. But nothing I say gets through; instead I am criticized for repeating the words of a bunch of old dead guys.
Which leads me to wonder, if by some miracle, the people of 2017 America were suddenly transported back in time to 1775, how many of them would call for loyalty to the Crown and how many would pick up their guns and fight for their liberty? I think I know the answer to that, but I want you to ponder that question for yourself. If you can’t count yourself among those who would have picked up arms to defend your liberty in 1775, how can you say you stand for the same principles our Founders stood for; especially when you willingly accept and tolerate law after law which clearly shows that our government today is far worse than the one our Founders lived under?
I don’t know what sets me, and others like me, apart from the herd of society; that gives us the ability to see through all the rhetoric, the propaganda, the lies, but we do. We go through the daily motions of living, shaking our heads in amazement at the things we hear people say. Then we attempt to correct these misconceptions, disprove these lies, we are called all manner of names…simply because most don’t have a shred of historical evidence to back up their positions.
I suppose all I can hope for is that some day, far off in the future, when America has finally collapsed due to the collective ignorance and apathy of its people, that future historians will look back and see that there was a remnant of the patriots of 1775 and 1861 who tried to warn the people of the impending doom; but that the people would not heed their warnings.
When that time comes I will say to you what Samuel Adams said to those who would not join his cause for American liberty, “May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”