The other day a friend and I were sitting around in the cafeteria at work and he mentioned that I need to try and write my articles a bit easier to read, using words that people understand.
Not to insult my friend, but if the shit that I occasionally write is too difficult to understand by the average person, then this country is in worse shape than I thought. I am not that damn smart; I have no degree in English Literature, American History, or Journalism.
What I do have is this inbred sense or rebelliousness that causes me to distrust authority. I have exhibited this trait ever since I was a kid growing up. My parents would ground me for some offense I had committed and I would take out the screen in my bedroom window and jump out to go play with my friends anyway.
I did not feel that I was subject to whatever arbitrary rules they decided to impose upon me; I just wanted to be able to do whatever I chose. Sure, some of my choices were bad, some were downright stupid; but they were mine and I alone accepted responsibility for my actions.
Why do I mention this? I mention it because that in a nutshell is liberty; being able to do as you please, yet accepting responsibility for any bad choices you make, and, more importantly, not placing the burden of those choices upon anyone else.
It seems today that most Americans do not want liberty, they want to be led around like little sheep, being told what to do, and having all their needs taken care of by their government.
You may dispute that by saying that you have a job, you pay your taxes and bills on your own and that nobody tells you what to do. But that does not mean you are free. Every aspect of your life is managed, regulated, or taxed by your government.
You work, you pay taxes. You buy something, you pay more taxes. You get a refund on those taxes and that money is taxable as income next year.
You get in your car or truck and you are driving a vehicle that has been taxed, and registered by the government. You drive down the road and you are subject to fines for violating any number of rules imposed upon you by people whom you have never elected.
You go to the grocery store to buy food and you are taxed for the food you eat. The meat and produce you buy has so many rules and regulations governing the production, storage and distribution of these items that it would take an army of people years to read them all.
From the day you come into this world you are subject to rules imposed upon you by the government. You are given injections without your consent, you are issued a government identification card, otherwise known as a Social Security Number.
So don’t go telling me you remain a free individual. If you think that you are more ignorant than I thought, you have no idea what true freedom is.
Recently, an agency of our government, comprised of individuals we did not vote for, and who are not accountable to us, has decided to implement new rules for the inspections of passengers who fly the friendly skies.
Now, in some airports, if you wish to fly, you will be asked to submit to a virtual strip search. You will be told that if you wish to board that plane that you WILL either pass through an x-ray machine which will produce an image of your naked body for the inspectors to view while they look for concealed items.
If you decide not to pass through the scanner you WILL be physically groped by a Transportation Security Administration employee. And if you refuse either of these options you will be detained, questioned, and possibly jailed, just because you stood up for your rights.
If you don’t believe it is that bad, go to the following link and read the story about a man who was jailed because he got mad when they groped his pregnant wife before boarding a plane. http://lewrockwell.com/orig3/monahan1.html
Most folks, even though they may dislike having to do so, pass through these machines just so they can get on with their flights. That alone shows how willingly we accept each new infringement of our rights and liberties.
If every single passenger stood up and said, “Hell no! I’m not gonna do it.” then two things would happen. First, air travel would come to a complete standstill as whole fleets of airliners sat on the ground devoid of passengers. Can you imagine the loss of income to the airlines when people just refused to fly because of this violation of their rights?
Secondly, on a major holiday weekend like Thanksgiving they estimate 1.5 million people will pass through Los Angeles International airport. Can you imagine the chaos if every one of them refused to submit to these new rules? They couldn’t possibly arrest a million and a half people.
But that’s just it, people are too chicken shit to stand up for their rights. They would rather subject themselves to one more infringement of their rights than to take a stand and be thought of as one who likes to rock the boat. So, my question to people is this, “What is it gonna take before you truly get pissed off and say enough of this shit already?”
You know these rights I keep talking about are yours, and they are not some gifts granted to you by your government. Some of you may remember Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who refused to take down a monument displaying the Ten Commandments. He once said, “If government can give you rights, government can take them away from you.”
Alexander Hamilton tells us that, “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.”
People have this strange idea that our government is all powerful and able to do whatever they deem necessary to ensure our safety and well being. That is just so far from the truth and I cannot understand how anyone who has even glanced at our Declaration of Independence or Constitution could even come to that conclusion.
Ted Nugent likes to say that defiance is in our DNA. Our nation’s history would tend to support that belief. When the colonists set off for America aboard the Mayflower, they did not do so to seek riches; they did so to flee religious oppression by the English Church. They came here seeking a place where they would be FREE to worship as they desired.
As the colonists continued to come to America colonies began to grow and each one had it’s own distinct social, religious, political and economic style. However, it wasn’t long before the rights and liberty of these colonies came under attack by the existing government, the Parliament and the King of England.
Eventually that spirit of rebellion, which caused them to flee oppression in their native lands, once again arose and they fought for their independence and the right to govern themselves.
With the drafting of the Constitution, our founding fathers attempted to create a system of government which would protect the rights of the people, while at the same time managing the affairs of the nation overall.
Now, once again we see government oppression in regards to many aspects of our lives. So, my question remains, when is that threshold going to be reached, when you have had enough of government interference in your life and you take a stand for your rights?
People keep seeking to change things at the ballot box, but that does not seem to be working. Each new group of elected officials either get bogged down in the bureaucracy or they conform to the agenda of those who control the whole playing field. In either case, we end up on the losing end once again.
Former President Andrew Jackson once said, “As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.”
The Marquis de Lafayette was a French aristocrat who served as a general in our nation’s War for Independence. He is quoted as saying, “When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.”
So, as Americans, we have two options. First, we can continue to submit to an increasing number of restrictions upon our liberty and infringements upon our God given rights. Or we can begin to fight back.
Rose Kennedy, the mother of John F. Kennedy, once said, “There can be no really pervasive system of oppression, such as that in the United States, without the consent of the oppressed .”
So, either we begin to stand up against any further infringements upon our rights, or we continue to be obedient little sheep while we are led closer and closer to slavery. Your choice people. Just don’t come complaining to me when they snap that padlock onto the chains you have allowed them to bind you with.