I have always been, and I suppose I will always be a rebel. I rebelled against my parent’s authority, I rebelled against the standards imposed upon me while serving in the military, and I continue to push the boundaries of company policy at work by bringing articles that many find offensive and disagreeable. I suppose it is just part of my DNA to wave the middle finger at anyone who attempts to dictate how I should live my life.
But you wanna know something? I bet if you were to look back through history you will find that many of the changes that we accept as commonplace today were brought about by people like me; people who rebelled against what was commonly accepted belief. Jesus was crucified for upsetting the status quo. Galileo was accused of heresy for proposing that the Earth was not the center of the Universe. Our Founding Fathers upset the status quo when they revolted against established authority; believing that people did not exist to serve their government, that governments exist to serve the people.
It is a sad commentary on both the people and their educational system that many graduate from high school not knowing who our Founders fought against, or why they fought to gain their independence. There is a guy named Mark Dice who does these YouTube videos where he goes out and asks people questions about American politics and American History. The answers he gets are absolutely mind boggling.
For instance, on July 4th a few years back he asked this one young man the following, “What country famously broke away from England to start their own country in the late 1700’s?” In answer to his question the man said, “I have no idea man, I don’t know.”
Then he asked an older woman, “What are we celebrating on the 4th of July?” To which she replied, “Our independence.” Then he asked her to be, “A little more specific.” Then she said, “It’s the day that we overtook the South.”
I have no idea if these answers are due to the fact that most of the people he interviews are from Southern California, of if this is a symptom of nationwide ignorance, but I find it unfathomable that these people can be so ignorant, yet think that they are informed enough about the founding of their country to make an intelligent decision at the voting booth.
I wonder how many people realize that the American Revolution and the War for Independence were two distinctly different events? I am more inclined to believe, as did John Adams when he wrote to Thomas Jefferson in 1815, that the revolution itself “…was in the minds of the people, and this was effected … before a single drop of blood was shed.”
The Revolution itself was a change in the mindset that government is absolute and arbitrary to the belief that government should exist to serve the people and protect their rights. The war itself was fought because government resisted these ideological changes and tried to maintain the status quo and its authority over a people who sought to be free of its oppressive authority.
I have heard it asked, and I have asked myself, what side would most Americans take if they were suddenly transported back in time to 1776? Would they align themselves with the patriots who rebelled against established authority, or would they be Loyalists who sought to remain under British rule? Would they fight to maintain a system of government that provided them with comfort and security, or would they take up arms to defend their liberty?
After all, their government did protect them – it had recently done so when it sent an army to keep them safe in the French and Indian War. All it asked in return was a few paltry taxes to help pay for the expense of keeping them safe; kind of like the taxes we are asked to pay for all the government services we receive today. So what were those blasted patriots griping about?
If you were to read the Declaration of Independence you would not find a single mention of the King not providing benefits or security for his people in the Colonies. What you would find is a long list of encroachments upon their liberty and their fundamental rights as human beings.
We call the Revolution the War for Independence, and we now celebrate July 4th as Independence Day but it would be more aptly titled if we called it Liberty Day or the War for Liberty; for that is what they ultimately sought. Independence was simply the last resort for a people who had tried every other means of obtaining that one precious commodity; liberty.
You have to understand, at some point in human history there must have been a time when government simply did not exist. I don’t know if you understand the implications of that, but let me explain them to you. First of all, it means that any government, be it a Republican form, a democracy, or a dictatorship, is a creation of man. But more importantly, prior to the establishment of the very first form of government mankind lived in a state of perfect freedom.
Locke calls this a state of nature in which men are in “… a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.”
That is what we call liberty, and each of us has an equal right to it so long as in exercising it we do not prohibit others from enjoying the same rights as we do. Therefore, for any government to be just it must seek to ensure that the people it governs enjoy the most liberty possible, while at the same time maintaining order and securing that liberty for all those it governs. Any government that does not do that is unjust, and should be opposed. It’s as James Wilson wrote in 1791, “Government … should be formed to secure and enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government which has not this in view as its principal object is not a government of the legitimate kind.”
So I suppose we should all be asking ourselves now, for what purpose was our system of government established; was it to secure liberty, or was it to destroy it? The only real way to know for sure is to study both the creation of our system of government and then the ensuing arguments between those who supported its adoption and those who opposed it.
I’m going to tell you right now, you aren’t taught these things in school. Hell, I was barely taught how what our Constitution and Bill of Rights said, let alone the why they were established or the restrictions they imposed upon our government. So, if you want this information you are going to have to do as I did; research it for yourself.
The first step of this process would be to study the things proposed during the convention which ultimately produced the Constitution. Unfortunately, the only record we have of those proceedings are Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention. I say unfortunately because they were not released until Madison’s death, and I fear he probably edited them; particularly as it pertains to his own comments so as to make himself appear in a good light for posterity. Yet they still shed a lot of light on the various plans and ideas the delegates had for a system of government for America. They are also a base point for comparing later comments and arguments against, and they can show you that although the Constitution may have been written a certain way, one implemented those inside the government it created sought to subvert the power reserved to the people and the States and assume many undelegated powers…which is exactly what they had proposed during the convention.
The next step in your education would be to study the ensuing argument over whether to adopt or reject the plan the Convention of 1787 gave to the States for their consideration. On this subject there is plenty of reference material. First there are the Federalist Papers; 85 essays written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, in support of the Constitution. On the other hand there are over 150 documents from those who opposed the ratification of the Constitution. Some of them were written under pseudonyms; such as Cato, Centinel, The Federal Farmer and Brutus, while others were public speeches given by men like Patrick Henry and George Mason.
It is only by doing this that you can begin to get an idea of the dangers the proposed Constitution posed to State Sovereignty and to the liberty of the people. You simply cannot view government from the perspective of one who has lived under tyranny all their life; you must view it from the perspective of those who were deciding whether or not to change their system from a Confederation of sovereign states to one in which you have a much stronger centralized government. If you cannot view it from that perspective you are wasting your time studying this period of American History.
One thing you have to understand, those who supported ratification of the Constitution would do and say almost anything, even lie, to get it ratified. They promised all manner of things just to calm the fears of those who felt threatened by the system they were proposing. Unfortunately, people believed them; while many of the predictions of those who opposed the Constitution have proven to be true.
For instance, in Federalist 45 James Madison promised, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.
The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
Does that even remotely sound like the separation between federal and state authority we accept and tolerate today? I couldn’t even begin to list all the federal agencies which intrude upon either State authority or deprive you of your liberty, but I can name a few of them. What about the DEA, the FBI, the BATF, the Bureau of Land Management, the DHS, the TSA, so on and so forth; all of whom exert authority within the State, in direct contradiction to what Madison promised would be the limits to federal authority.
Then there is the forgotten fact that a President has absolutely no lawmaking authority; that is the domain of the Congress. Yet we have people voting for presidential candidates based upon all the promises they make during the run up to a presidential election. If people really want these things done, why don’t they focus their attention upon the body in government that has the authority to enact law, not some elected administrator or glorified CEO?
The sad truth is that the people of this country enter their children into the public fool system with the hope that they will be properly educated; taught how to think. What is happening is that our children, (and probably most of us as well) are being indoctrinated; taught what to think, not how to think. That is the only explanation I have for why mountains of evidence have absolutely no effect on changing the opinions of people…they simply have not been taught how to process information and form intelligent opinions based upon that information.
I’ll admit, there were times in my own personal journey for knowledge that I encountered information that caused me to pause and ask myself if I wanted to continue. I learned things which threatened my entire belief system; but I was the one who started this journey and I would have considered myself a coward if I just gave up because the things I learned made me uncomfortable. Regardless, if you choose to go down this path there will be times when you too discover things that make you want to quit. If that happens you will have a choice to make; you can either swallow the blue pill and go on believing whatever you want to believe, or you can take the red pill and see how far the web of deceit you have been fed extends.
Regardless of which choice you make as an individual the charade that we have a constitutional form of government will continue; and there will be those who believe it. Yet it is all a charade, with all manner of tools being utilized to keep people from seeing the truth.
First off people are told of how great our democratic process is; how we get to elect candidates to fill the various offices created by our Constitution. That would be all well and good if the people we elected stuck to the few limited powers originally granted them and left our liberty alone.
Then we are told that the duty of a patriotic American is to obey the law; regardless of whether those laws violate our rights or oppress us. Of course the government has created all manner of agencies whose sole purpose is to create these laws, then enforce them upon the people…some of which I already mentioned a few paragraphs ago.
Your patriotism is also played against you by questioning it if you do not support the troops or law enforcement; even though they are being used to further the American empire or deprive you of your rights. Now I’m not saying cops and our servicemen are evil; I’m only stating that they are probably just as ignorant as to the reason government should exist and the powers that were given it. They are just pawns being used by the government to further its agenda. They probably have/had good intentions when choosing their career paths, but their ignorance blinds them to the fact that they are working for tyrants.
And I won’t even begin to discuss the United Nations and how it is trying to impose its vision of a world government upon America through its Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development Plan. They, in no way, represent either you or I; and let me tell you something, if I see UN troops marching down my street I’m opening fire upon them. It’s as simple as that.
Next, they keep us divided amongst ourselves by offering up the choice of candidates between the two political parties; each of which has a distinctly different vision for the direction America should take. Unfortunately, neither party has a vision towards a more limited government with more freedom for the people it represents. All they really seek is control of an apparatus which has gone from servant to slave master.
And finally, they maintain control over us by depriving us of the truth. The media, as many believe now, is fabricated and scripted news; not the truth about events. On top of that, our schools do not tell us the whole story, only the government’s version of the story. Orwell would be proud, as our school systems are the living embodiment of his Ministry of Truth in his novel 1984.
As I have mentioned, our schools do not teach our children to research and analyze data, they teach them what they should think; thereby becoming more akin to indoctrination centers than centers for education. What boggles my mind is why otherwise intelligent people cannot see the truth once it is presented to them. It’s almost as if the section of their brain responsible for critical thought has been switched off.
I hear all this talk about how government should ensure that we are all equal in all things and I want to puke. There is a guy named Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who was a Russian born historian and novelist who was critical about the Soviet government in Russia. Solzhenitsyn once said this about equality, “Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
The only equality our government was established to ensure was the equality of rights and of liberty; that and nothing more. To explain this, allow me to quote Ben Franklin, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” But to achieve happiness means work, and some people, as I have found, are averse to working for anything; they want success or riches handed to them on a silver platter.
That isn’t liberty, at least not according to the definition I am familiar with; especially when the cost of providing comfort and security to others comes at the price of taxing me, or depriving me of my rights.
Maybe liberty has all but died in America, maybe Emma Goldman was right when she said, “Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, materialism. The only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.”
But you know what, our country wasn’t founded by people who sought comfort and security, it was founded by people who sought liberty. After all, Patrick Henry is probably only known because he uttered the following words, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
It’s up to you. you can keep on participating in your own enslavement, [voting], or even ignore the fact that you are a slave, that’s your choice. You can call me a radical if you want because I stand for the same things those who sought their independence from a tyrant stood for. You can call me whatever you want, just know this, I will stand for liberty until they day they put me in the ground. However, until that day comes, I will continue to try and break you of your conditioning; knowing full well that until I succeed you are as much a part of the problem as is our government.
Which is just one more reason I love the first Matrix film; for there is a scene in it which is best understood by the following quote from Morpheus:
“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”
Like I said at the beginning, I have always been a rebel, so I think you know what position I take on this. The question is, what position are you going to take? Are you going to continue to be a slave to system that seeks to control and enslave you, or are you going to free your mind and seek out the truth?
The ball is now in your court…