When I first began collecting quotes I ran across one attributed to Thomas Jefferson which said, “When government fears the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.” Unfortunately, according to Monticello, (the website that verifies the legitimacy of quotes attributed to Jefferson), he never actually said that – it was supposedly said by someone else back in 1914. But, does the fact that it wasn’t Jefferson take away from the validity of the words themselves? I mean, if I were to publicly say, “Government taxes people to fund programs that are unconstitutional.” does the fact that I’m an insignificant little pissant take away from the truth of my statement?
The thing I’m trying to say, I guess, is that words can be true no matter who says them. For instance, I was once told to stop quoting Ayn Rand because she was an atheist. I’ve also been told that Aleister Crowley is not a reliable source for quotes because of his reputation as an occultist – the quote itself being, “The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and willfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.” To me that quote makes perfect sense, and I’m not an occultist; I just believe that people who fear or reject the truth simply because it conflicts with pre-existing beliefs shows that they are close minded and incapable of critical thought.
So, all that being said, does the fact that it wasn’t Thomas Jefferson who uttered that quote take away from the truthfulness of it? I think not. But there is a subtext here that some may have missed; that subtext being, what might cause people to fear their government? I know a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump simply because they feared what might have happened had Hillary been elected.
You see, you can fear the government for the wrong reasons. If you fear it because you think it might take away benefits which you receive from it, or if you fear it because you disagree with the agendas of a particular political party, those may be the wrong reasons to fear government.
People should fear government only when it does not safeguard their liberty, provide them with justice, and leave them and their property, (income) alone; not because it does not make their lives safer, more comfortable, or provide them with a long list of benefits.
Now I have a question for you. Do you think the government fears us? I would have to say both yes and no. I would say that in our current state of ignorance and divisiveness along political party lines they don’t fear us at all. What they fear is the potential for people learning of their true nature; their criminality. If the people only understood that they are the masters of government, and without their consent government would have no power to enforce their laws upon them, then government would have a great deal to fear from us. Unfortunately for us I don’t see our current situation changing much; which means government does not have that much to fear from us.
Nevertheless, that fear is always there, lingering in the back of their minds – what if the people ever truly wake up to us and learn how we’ve actively sought to subjugate and oppress them. After all, government itself, aside from all the unelected bureaucrats and ‘law enforcement’ agencies at its disposal, only consists of 546 people. We vastly outnumber them, and were we to unite in opposing them, or even overturning government violently, they would not stand a chance against us. So yeah, in the back of their minds there is always that fear that we might learn the truth about them in greater numbers than currently exist; and should that happen then possibly liberty could once again be enjoyed by the people of this country.
The thing is, government is almost like a human being in that its sense of self-preservation is strong. What I mean by that is that government will do just about anything to continue its existence; which also means that it will do just about anything to maintain its control over the people.
A perfect example of that is the Civil War. If you were to abandon the things you had been taught about the Civil War and seek out the truth you would realize that the Civil War was not fought over slavery. Slavery may have been one of the many issues which led the Southern States to secede, but it wasn’t the reason for the war itself. As I’ve said numerous times, had Lincoln just let the South go in peace, there would not have been a war; just a peaceful separation.
But just like King George III wouldn’t let the Colonies go without a fight, neither would Abraham Lincoln let the Southern States leave without using force to bind them under the authority of the central government. The reason Lincoln could not let the South go was due to the fact that had he done so the revenue flowing into the treasury would have dried up and the government, of which he was the head of, would have gone bankrupt. So, for Lincoln, it was a matter of either letting the South go and watch his government die, or using force against the South to bind them to a system of government they no longer wanted anything to do with.
How many of you know that during the Civil War that Lincoln sought to stifle and silence opposition to his policy regarding the conduct of the war in the Northern Press? Over 300 newspapers were shut down because they wrote editorials critical of Lincoln’s policies; while over 14,000 people were arrested and held as political prisoners for the very same reason.
You see, if there is one thing that governments fear more than the people themselves, it is the truth about their actions. Today, although they perpetuate the myth of the two party paradigm – the news media and the government both read from the same script. The job of the news media today is to keep people’s attention focused on issues and political party divisiveness rather than the fact that government as a single entity is rotten to the core. The news media today are the ringleaders, the masters of manipulation and mind control; or as Orwell would have said, the Ministry of Truth.
But back in the olden days the news media was not owned by big conglomerates who sought to manipulate and indoctrinate their readers; journalistic integrity still existed back then. That’s why Lincoln had to silence those who opposed his policies; for if he didn’t then people’s support for his illegal and unconstitutional war would vanish. So, he shut down the papers of those who opposed him put out of business or he put them in prison.
Just over 60 years earlier the government attempted something very similar when President John Adams signed the Sedition Act into law. The Sedition Act was so egregious, (conspicuously bad or offensive) to Thomas Jefferson that he anonymously wrote the Kentucky Resolutions in opposition to it.
In the Kentucky Resolutions Jefferson wrote, “Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . . and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. . . . that the government created by this compact [the Constitution for the United States] was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers.”
What that basically means is that Jefferson was saying that the States could, and would, decide for themselves what powers the federal government would exercise, and if it did something the States did not like then the States could tell Uncle Sam to kiss their ass – their stupid laws did not apply to them. Imagine that, the masters having the audacity to tell their servants to mind their P’s and Q’s and to stick to the few specific powers delegated them.
So Lincoln wasn’t the first to try and limit what information the people had access to, he was just the first to get away with it on such a massive scale. Now, with the news media being the lap dogs and cheerleaders for government, the government does not have to worry about them running stories about the corruption inside government; all the media does is focus on the corruption, or alleged corruption, of individuals within the government – just like this circus going on now with the Congressional hearings over the alleged impropriety of President Trump. Regardless of whether there is any truth to the allegations or not is irrelevant; just so long as they can keep the people focused on either side of that issue it will keep their attention diverted away from the impropriety of damned near every aspect of government itself.
However, although the news and print media may be working off the same script as government, the independent, or alternative media, (the internet), is outside their control. That is one of the reasons why government has sought to impose restrictions upon what is found on the internet, as well as other sites working alongside government to censor what is available for public consumption.
Facebook is a perfect example with its censorship of posts due to violations of their so-called community standards. It is my belief that search engine companies such as Google are also involved in actively restricting access to knowledge. I used to be able to type in particular quotes and get a long list of results for the source documents from which those quotes were taken. Now all I get are webpages where that quote can be found, or where it has been used in an article. It is getting harder and harder to find source documents relating to the history of this country and the establishment of our system of government.
Just ANOTHER example of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in action. Speaking of Orwell, recently I picked up my copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four and was reading through it when I ran across a quote from the character Winston that had a profound effect on me, “If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened – that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death.”
On a large scale that is exactly what I see happening. Knowledge and facts are being purged from sources where they used to be easily found; and they are being replaced with either nothing, or revisionist interpretations of the events.
If you were to ask me if you could subjugate and oppress a people without ever firing a shot, I would have to answer in the affirmative; in fact it wouldn’t be that difficult if you could gain control over what information the people had access to. All you would have to do is to teach people from an early age that facts aren’t as important as feelings; that how you feel about a subject is far more important than beliefs that have been formed by a careful examination of the facts.
Once you have begin indoctrinating the people with that belief then you could easily begin rewriting history according to whatever you wanted them to accept as truth. You could simply leave out important facts, or paint events with whatever bias you wanted the people to have regarding those events.
Once you did all that, the people would go along with whatever lies they had been taught in school; never questioning whether or not they were in full possession of the truth. It’s as Lenin purportedly said, “If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth.” Once you get most of the people indoctrinated then all you have to do is identify and target those few misfits who refuse to accept the lie and attempt to share the REAL truth with others.
That is why, going back at least to the mid 70’s, the government has been increasing its ability to monitor and spy upon us; both in our public interactions and our private conversations. Watch the film Enemy of the State, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and you’ll get a glimpse of how they can keep track of your every movement; and with the advent of smartphones with GPS trackers in them, their ability to know where you are and what you’re doing has increased exponentially.
Add to that all the means they have of watching and listening to your electronic communications and you have no privacy; there are very few places you can go to, few places where they cannot listen to you if they so choose.
If you even know the name Edward Snowden you probably know that he was the one who attempted to warn the people about the extent to which they are spied upon and the fact that most of this surveillance is being done without a search warrant; of if search warrants are issued they are FISA warrants which are rubber stamped by the Courts without us having any knowledge of the fact that we, as individuals, are being spied upon daily.
If you saw the movie the Bourne Ultimatum you will remember the scene when reporter Simon Ross is having a phone conversation with his editor and the CIA, through their ECHELON program, overhears Ross use the word Blackbriar; which is a key word that lets the CIA know that he is a person of interest – someone to be watched.
I have heard, although I haven’t seen it, that there is a list of words that if you use them on the phone, or on the internet, that you are flagged by the CIA, or the Secret Service, or the Department of Homeland Security, or the NSA, or whatever agency might be interested in knowing what kind of subversive activity the people are engaged in.
I have also heard that somewhere on Fort Meade, in Maryland, that the NSA has a huge complex full of supercomputers that have a file on each and every person living in the United States; as well as people of interest living abroad. I know for a fact that the government maintains terrorist watch lists, used for indentifying people who may pose a terrorist threat to America.
The thing is, to the government, anyone who opposes them, their policies, or certain activities or causes are also considered to be potential terrorists. For example militia groups and Pro Life supporters are considered to be potential terrorists and the government keeps close tabs on their activities.
Maybe now that quote I repeat from time to time by Charles A. Beard will send a bit more of a shiver down your spine, “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.”
If you can be considered a dangerous citizen, either by the public in general, or the government in particular, for the simple fact that you have, as your core values, the same beliefs regarding government, liberty, taxes, and a whole slew of other issues, then maybe you’re not the enemy, your government is.
I’m certain I’m on at least one government watch list – it is highly possible that they have a dedicated file with my name on it which contains every phone call I’ve made and every electronic communication I’ve ever had. But you know what, that doesn’t bother me. In fact, if you’re not on a government watch list by now you’re not doing your patriotic duty by opposing the evil and corrupt entity known as government. I think every American ought to be on a watch list; that is if they truly loved liberty and adhered to the same beliefs our Founders did when they opposed the tyranny of King George III.
I know for a fact that were Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson alive today, they’d be on a government watch list as well. And if men like that would be, why aren’t you?
In fact I sleep soundly at night knowing that the things I’m saying about them give them enough concern to put me on a watch list of some kind. I’m glad I am that much of a concern to them; it means I’m doing or saying something that they are afraid of…and if I read the quote I began this whole rant with correctly, it means that liberty still exists to a certain extent; that is has not perished completely.
Oh, and one other thing before I go; if you are on my e mail list, if you like and share my commentaries on Facebook, then you are probably on a watch list too. I don’t know if that will cause you to swell with pride or lay awake at night wondering what they hell you have gotten yourself into; I just thought I’d bring it to your attention.
Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite…and keep your cellphones turned off if you want some privacy while you sleep; for remember, Big Brother IS Watching You.