I am certain that there are those who are tired of my relentless preaching about rights and liberty. I am sure, especially on a day like Thanksgiving, that they are asking themselves if I will ever cease, ever tire.
Today, of all days, is the day when I celebrate the fact that I am STILL allowed to voice my opinion to whomever is willing to listen. No matter if my words are read by only a few, or disregarded altogether, I still have the right to speak my mind, and of that I am thankful.
I have to wonder though, do people think that evil ever rests? For it is only something that is pure evil which would seek to enslave a people. If we are to believe that our freedom is a birthright, a gift from God, then anything that would seek to take that freedom away must be an enemy of God, and therefore evil.
Politician and abolitionist Gerrit Smith once said, “God cannot approve of a system of servitude, in which the master is guilty of assuming absolute power – of assuming God’s place and relation towards his fellow-men.”
In that quote he was referring to the practice of slavery as it was practiced in the United States. Yet I do not think that he would have found much distinction between a group of slave owners, a government, or an international cartel of bankers, each of whom sought to enslave people in some fashion.
So, I never tire, because I understand, as did Thomas Paine, that “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
It boggles my mind that people cannot see that their government, the people who are tasked with protecting our rights, are in fact guilty of depriving the people of them. There can be only two explanations for this phenomenon, ignorance or apathy. Either the people just aren’t aware of their rights, and therefore the fact that their government is guilty of infringing upon them, or they just don’t care.
I would like to think that it is the first, that by my writing I am causing people to think about what is happening in this country, how it is slowly turning into a police state where we will eventually lose all our rights. However, I am not so confident that that is the case.
Noted psychiatrist Sigmund Freud is quoted as saying, “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt echoed that sentiment when she said, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”
I fear that this is the case with most people, that they would eagerly surrender their rights for the promise of security. However no majority of people have the right to deprive any individual of their inherent God-given rights. If you fall into that category of people, those who would sacrifice your rights for a little security, read what former President Eisenhower said, “If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.”
In 1791Thomas Paine wrote a book entitled The Rights Of Man in which he discussed the origin of mans rights. From his work I quote, “Though I mean not to touch upon any sectarian principle of religion, yet it may be worth observing, that the genealogy of Christ is traced to Adam. Why then not trace the rights of man to the creation of man? I will answer the question. Because there have been upstart governments, thrusting themselves between, and presumptuously working to un-make man.
If any generation of men ever possessed the right of dictating the mode by which the world should be governed for ever, it was the first generation that existed; and if that generation did it not, no succeeding generation can show any authority for doing it, nor can set any up. The illuminating and divine principle of the equal rights of man (for it has its origin from the Maker of man) relates, not only to the living individuals, but to generations of men succeeding each other. Every generation is equal in rights to generations which preceded it, by the same rule that every individual is born equal in rights with his contemporary.”
When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence he wrote that “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”
Unalienable means not able to be transferred or taken away, for example, because of being protected by law. It is our governments sworn duty to uphold the law, to obey the constraints placed upon them by the Constitution, and at the same time safeguarding our rights, specifically those mentioned in the Bill of Rights.
Now deceased news anchorman Walter Cronkite once said, “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.” Internationally renowned speaker Wayne Dyer is quoted as saying, “Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.” Therefore, any infringement, of even the smallest magnitude, upon a single of our rights, reduces us to slavery.
Almost two-hundred years ago, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville could already see what would happen in America, “Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”
Those who seek to enslave us are well entrenched, they have planned for this for decades, if not centuries. Their goal is near completion and as writer Aldous Huxley once said, “Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralization and self-help can arrest the present tendency toward statism… A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.”
One final thing and I will cease my rambling. Let me ask you how you would feel if the tables were turned, that there were no government agencies to provide for you in times of need, that you were required to fend for yourselves? How would you feel if you were required by law to own firearms, and take sole responsibility for using them to feed and protect your family?
Would you cry that it is not fair that the government impose the will of the majority who preferred self reliance over government handouts? Would you cry because you were afraid to take responsibility for feeding your family and defending what is rightfully yours?
How then can you ask us, we who only ask to be left alone and be free to do those very things, accept the rules that go against everything that we believe in? We do not need the government regulating our lives, providing for, and protecting us.
You see, we understand, as did Thomas Jefferson, “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”