Seek The Truth or Believe The Lie

I am currently on my sixth or seventh re-read of Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged. Atlas Shrugged was first published on October 10, 1957; right about the time I was conceived, making it 60 yrs old now. I think Atlas Shrugged is one of those books that, should you choose to read it, you are either going to love it or hate it.

It’s also not an easy read for a fiction novel; there are lengthy dialogues that consume pages and you have to force yourself to concentrate on what is being said. It’s also a lengthy novel; coming it at over 1,100 pages. There are 645,000 words in it and it is said the average reader reads around 300 words per minute. If you do the math, that comes out to 3,150 minutes to read Atlas Shrugged; or 52.5 hours.

Atlas Shrugged, although it is a fiction novel, is one of those books that forces the person reading it to think; that may be why I have read it over and over again. It is similar in nature to Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, or Huxley’s Brave New World in that it uses fiction as a means to convey a warning to those whose minds are open and ready to receive it.

The underlying theme of Atlas Shrugged is that America has reached a stage where society no longer believes in absolutes and truths and that the rich are viewed by society as representative of all that is evil in the world. The story revolves around two primary characters, Dagny Taggart and Henry ‘Hank’ Reardon. Taggart is Operating President of Taggart Transcontinental Railroad and Reardon is the owner of Reardon Steel. The two heroes are constantly having to deal with incompetence, and the burdensome laws being passed by government to help those less fortunate.

The subplot, if you can call it that, is that there is a hidden force, a destroyer running around snatching up men of talent; making things much more difficult for Taggart and Reardon. As the story progresses the reader finds that this destroyer is a single man, John Galt, who years ago worked at a company which produced electric motors. The company was inherited by 3 heirs who instituted a policy of, from each according to their ability, to each according to their need.

Galt, a brilliant young engineer, refused to work for a system that enslaved him, and his mind to what Rand calls, Moochers and Looters; those who rob you of your mind and the profits you earn by using it. During the meeting in which the plan was introduced, Galt walks away; declaring the he intends to stop the motor of the world; meaning he intends to deprive the world of those whose minds are necessary to keep society functioning. To put Galt’s plan into simple terms; he intends to give society exactly what it is asking for; a world in which those who are viewed as evil do not exist. Unfortunately, as society soon learns, that without people who can use their minds to produce, the things which they had produced become scarce and society suffers an ultimate breakdown.

Throughout the book as society reaches a crisis due to the failed policies government has introduced, the government enacts another law which only serves to make matters worse for those who produce the things society needs to function; which then leads to more and more of the producers to up and vanish. Towards the end of the book Galt is captured by the government and attempts are made to get him to help them fix what is wrong. Galt’s answer to them is, “Get out of my way”, meaning stop passing burdensome regulations and taxes upon those who produce. Government, of course, is unwilling to comply with his request, so Galt refuses to help them. He is then taken to a facility where he is tortured in an attempt to get him to comply; whereupon he is rescued by his friends and taken back to the compound where they had been hiding from the world while they await the inevitable outcome of societies beliefs; the collapse of society itself.

I didn’t really want to take nearly two pages explaining the plot of Atlas Shrugged, but I felt it necessary as a precursor for what I really wanted to say. When I read Atlas Shrugged I see a huge similarity in how Rand describes her fictional public and the real life public I deal with on a daily basis. I see incompetence not only accepted as normal, but rewarded. I see those who are competent forced to work harder to compensate for the incompetence or laziness of others. I see a huge segment of society that believes the rich are evil and that they should be taxed to subsidize the existence of those who have not achieved a similar level of wealth. I see a society in which government is believed to be endowed with more power than those who created government in the first place. I see a society in which the truth is not only ignored, it is shunned and ridiculed.

Yet, just as in Atlas Shrugged, the people of society today are too ignorant about and too dependent upon the creator of all our problems and they end up turning to them to fix the problems they are responsible for creating. Who is this entity? Why, it is government.

On March 4, 1801, newly elected President Thomas Jefferson delivered his first Inaugural Address. In his address Jefferson states, “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government…” Let’s break that down, shall we?

A wise and frugal government, what does that mean? I’d hope everyone already knows what it means to be wise, but frugal is another matter altogether. Frugality is often confused with stinginess; but they are two entirely different things. A person who is stingy refuses to spend money; often even when it is necessary. A person who is frugal, on the other hand, does not spend money unnecessarily; they only spend it when it is needed.

If you believe that our Constitution established our government and is the supreme law of the land, then you have got to accept the fact that somewhere within that document the powers given our government are listed; otherwise we would have essentially created a system of government and handed them a blank check as to the powers it might exercise over us. Therefore, if government oversteps the powers listed within that document, and in doing so is required to levy taxes to fund these programs, what word would YOU use to describe such a government?

I can think of many, including tyrannical, oppressive, but frugality certainly would not be among the words I chose to describe such a government. Just look at our current national debt; which has now reached the astronomical amount of $20.5 trillion. Our government may be many things, but one thing it is not, is frugal!

Jefferson then goes on to say, “…shall refrain men from injuring one another…” There are many ways besides physical attacks that man can bring harm or injury to one another. The first amendment to our Constitution declares that freedom of speech shall not be abridged. Before speech can occur some form of thought must take place before the words are written or spoken. To deny anyone the free expression of their thoughts is an assault upon a fundamental right which is inherent in all men. How often do we see someone whose freedom of speech HAS been abridged simply because society deems what they are saying to be politically incorrect, or offensive?

How many of our rights have we seen violated and infringed upon simply because society deems the exercise of them to be a threat to their security, or that it is necessary for the security of the nation as a whole? What is slavery if it is not the total deprivation of a person’s unalienable rights as a freeman?

In a letter to the Officers of the Army, 1783, George Washington wrote, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” How can people engage in honest, open debate about issues when certain ideas and beliefs are deemed to be offensive and facts not allowed? How can anyone arrive at the truth when they are not permitted to examine and ponder ALL the facts relating to an issue? The simple answer is, you can’t; and if you are not allowed, or do not permit yourself to examine all sides of an issue, then you are being led around by those who decide what thoughts or facts you are allowed to speak aloud.

Moving on, Jefferson then states, “… shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement…” How many laws and ordinances do we have which do the exact opposite of what Jefferson speaks of? If you want to improve your home you need to first obtain a permit from government, and then have your work inspected to make sure it adheres to code. Is that the type freedom Jefferson spoke of? I wonder, was Jefferson required to obtain a building permit every time he modified Monticello? You cannot run even the smallest of businesses without having to conform to mountains of regulations and ordinances. Is that what you people call freedom?

Jefferson then closes by saying, “… and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned…” What, possibly, could he be talking about if it is not taxes? In a perfect state of freedom each man is responsible for providing the things they need in life for their survival. It is through mans labor and the use of their mind that they either survive or die. The benefit of the use of these faculties is what is called the fruit of labor.

When government takes a portion, even if that portion is only a small percentage, of the fruit of one’s labor, and then turns around and gives that out in the form of subsidies, grants, or any other form of benefits, it is depriving a person of the full enjoyment of the fruits of their labors.

Today people, for the most part anyways, believes that it is societies responsibility to provide for those in need, those who are less fortunate than others, or those who suffer some kind of disaster; be it man made or natural. Sure, a charity is a fine quality to possess, but not when it is mandated by governmental decree. If a community wishes to pull together and help those in need, or rebuild after a natural disaster, go for it. But to have tax dollars taken from the whole of the country and then distributed to those the government deems need it more than those who have earned that money goes against all that Jefferson believed in.

In fact, in a letter to Joseph Milligan, Jefferson states, “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” (April 6, 1816)

Our government has evolved from the one Jefferson describe in 1801 to one which exercises absolute control over our lives; and most people don’t even notice it; in fact, many believe government does not do enough to control us, or assist us in our daily lives. Most people would rather sign over their most sacred rights for the false promise of safety and security. And yet these people call themselves patriots when they don’t know what being a true patriot entails.

People go to the polls, completely ignorant of the purposes for which our government was originally established, believing it to be true to the Constitution which created it. They believe that just because there are those they don’t like in government, or there are those who are corrupt, that our government is still basically the one established in 1789.

It’s an illusion people; a fantasy designed to keep you from seeing the truth. You believe that just because you have frequent elections that government is doing what it is supposed to be doing. Well, you’re wrong! Congress enacts laws it is not authorized to enact; and it allows the Executive to usurp their powers without a whimper of protest. The Supreme Court routinely ignores the Constitution and decides what the law is by their rulings. It is a sad truth that lawyers and judges are not taught Constitutional principles in law school; instead they are taught judicial law; how the SCOTUS has interpreted the Constitution through its various rulings.

Have you ever heard the term cronyism? Cronyism is the appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority regardless of their qualifications for the position. Good examples of cronyism are found in many third world countries where elected leaders appoint family members to positions of power within the government.

Yet there is another form of cronyism; crony capitalism in which a close relationship of mutual benefit exists between business and government. While many of the government programs instituted to assist those in need, or less fortunate are socialist in nature, the relationship between government and the powerful banking and business interests could be best described by the word Fascism.

It is said that Benito Mussolini said this about Fascism, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” If you think about it, that is a pretty good definition of what we have now. We have powerful special interests who contribute funds to the campaign coffers of those seeking office, then lobby them once they get elected to vote in favor of laws that benefit them. It could be said that the illusion is that our government represents the people, and reality is that it represents business and banking interests.

It is also said that upon nearing death, former President Woodrow Wilson made the following comments, “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

You have to realize, Wilson was the one who was in power when the 16th and 17th Amendments were ratified, as well as the illegal and totally non government entity known as the Federal Reserve was created.

This crony capitalism, or fascism if you choose to use that term, is not something new; it dates back to before the Civil War and can be said to be at the root of that conflict. If the government had adhered to Jefferson’s definition of good government there would have been no need for the Southern States to secede. But, it didn’t; it imposed taxes, (tariffs), which the South was forced to bear the brunt of, which was then spent on internal improvements in the North which benefited the banking and business interests which controlled the Republican Party.

Confederate General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson once said that if the North triumphed it would be more than the “…destruction of our property, but the prelude to anarchy, infidelity, and the ultimate loss of free responsible government on this continent. It is the triumph of commerce, banks and the factory.”

People do not see the truth about the Civil War because they have been indoctrinated into believing that it was fought solely over the issue of slavery, when that is far from the case. Lincoln sought to consolidate government’s power and authority over the States, (all of them), and subjugate them under the will of the federal government. In essence, while the 13th Amendment may have freed the chattel slaves held in bondage, the illegally ratified 14th Amendment made slaves of every man, woman and child in America by making us U.S. citizens, subject to the jurisdiction of the federal government. Our labor has become to property of the government to pay off the debt it creates. We no longer have rights, we have privileges; and privileges can be revoked. We are a nation of free range cattle who work and slave our lives away to serve those who don’t care one whit about us. And we consent to all this every time we go to the polls and cast our votes for those who assume positions within this counterfeit government we put our trust and faith into.

I know this is difficult to accept, but it is true. People need some kind of hope to cling to when all seems to be falling apart around them, but as Patrick Henry said in his speech of 1775, “… it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”

Even I, who present this to you, am not fully cognizant of the extent and legal means by which all this has taken place, but I am making efforts to educate myself in regards to the extent of the treason of our government against the people of this country; and yes, it is treason.

If you truly love this country, if you truly believe yourself to be a patriot, then you will stop supporting this faux government and start seeking out the truth. You can take the blue pill or the red pill; choose the truth or choose to continue believing a lie. But whatever choice you make, realize one thing; should you choose the blue pill, the truth will always be the truth; you have simply chosen not to seek it out or believe it when it is presented to you.

Just know this, if you truly want the truth you are going to have to go out and find it; and it won’t be found on MSNBC, CNN, or FOX News as those news outlets are there not to inform you, but to manipulate and mold public opinion to serve their corporate masters.

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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