Yesterday I posted the following to Facebook, “People just don’t seem to get this.
Government can write laws and then hire ‘law enforcers’ to arrest, fine, imprison, and even shoot us if we resist their authority.
But we wrote the law that created those governments through written constitutions. Where is OUR authority to arrest, fine, imprison, or shoot them if they disobey OUR law governing THEM?”
Then in the comment section I posted this, “On numerous instances Patrick Henry warned of this danger.
-My great objection to this Government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants.
-The Honorable Gentleman who presides, told us, that to prevent abuses in our Government, we will assemble in Convention, recall our delegated powers, and punish our servants for abusing the trust reposed in them. Oh, Sir, we should have fine times indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people. Your arms wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical; no longer democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?
-A standing army we shall have also, to execute the execrable commands of tyranny: And how are you to punish them? Will you order them to be punished? Who shall obey these orders? Will your Mace-bearer be a match for a disciplined regiment?”
I didn’t expect to get any comments on it, as people tend to ignore my political rants on Facebook, but this time a friend asked, “What can we do!?” Well, during the night I slept on it, and during that period of unconsciousness my subconscious must have been busy, for I awoke this morning with the basis for what you’re about to read.
To address the question of what can we do I would say there is both a lot we can do, and absolutely nothing. Now I don’t want to sound flippant or disrespectful, but it depends upon whether or not you are hoping for a specific desired outcome from whatever course of action you may choose to undertake. You see, there are a lot of things we could do, but whether or not they would be successful in turning things around in this country is another story altogether.
There is also the use of the word we in the question that brings up another question in response. Again, I don’t want to sound flippant or disrespectful, but when one uses the pronoun we, are they asking as an individual or as a member of a larger group; such as society?
You see, I don’t care what others think about me. Well, that’s not entirely true, I do care, I just don’t let what they think of me affect how I think and feel about certain issues. Sure it hurts when I lose a friend or argue with family members because my political views are too extreme for them to handle, but to me the truth is more important than what others think of me. While I agree that there is strength in numbers, ultimately I am only responsible for myself; therefore I don’t let what others think about me affect me or my decision making process; except within the confines of marriage – otherwise my wife would kick my ass into the next century.
Anyways, when someone asks what we can do, are they asking for them self as an individual, or are they asking for society in general? And secondly, when they ask, are the expecting/hoping for a positive result from whatever they do?
To be brutally honest, I don’t give a damn about society, for I have found that people in large numbers exhibit less intelligence than a herd of cattle, and are far more dangerous. I prefer dealing with people one on one; as it is far easier to reason with an individual than it is with a large group who, more often than not, exhibit what I call the ‘herd mentality.’ It is far easier to reason with someone when you get them separated from others; peer pressure and concerns over what their friends and family think about them hold much less sway over them if you can isolate them from those influences and then introduce them to facts in a one on one discussion.
So, what can we do? Well I guess the first step to fixing any problem is realizing that there is a problem; and what that problem is. Far too many people think that whatever problems our country faces are either a Republican or a Democrat problem, and if we could just get the other party out of politics then America would be hunky dory.
So the first step in fixing things would be to learn that the problems in this country are not due to the specific policies of one of the two primary political parties in America. To fix America the people are going to have to step back and see that the problem is a problem with government itself, and what people expect out of that government. As long as people keep expecting government to repair itself if only the voters can elect enough of the ‘right’ people into office, then government is gonna keep on doing what it has been doing; which is getting bigger and stronger and more oppressive.
But that brings up another whole subject which I am loath to discuss; simply because it would cause this commentary to become too long for most people to read. But I feel I must at least introduce the subject so that maybe people will begin to think about it on their own.
On the final day of the Constitutional Convention a speech was read which was written by Ben Franklin, in which Dr. Franklin said the following about their finished document and the government it would establish if ratified, “[it]…can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
Government could not have become corrupted in principle if the people first had not become corrupt in their principles as individuals. The problem in this country can be traced all the way back to a corruption of our principles as individuals. Call it morals, ethics, integrity, or whatever other you want; America is in the fix we are because we have forsaken certain principles.
We no longer respect life; and if you don’t believe me then why is abortion even a political issue? If we respected life then there wouldn’t be a single abortion in this country. We also expect something for nothing. I work in a plant where people think that the only thing they need to do to earn a paycheck is to show up on time every day; the thought of actually performing the tasks required for that job never crosses their minds. Yet tell them that they have to work and, more often than not, they’ll file a harassment charge with the company, or file a grievance with the union. People need to accept complete and total responsibility for their own lives and stop relying upon others; be it society or government, for their survival and sustenance.
Those are moral/ethical issues, and unless you want government to play the role of nanny for you, cannot be fixed by increasing the size of government or the passing of new laws. These things must be taught in the home in a far larger scale than they are now, and therein rests one of the biggest obstacles to fixing America: How can the ignorant teach their children the truth?
But getting back to the original point, each of us is only responsible for our own actions. But, if enough people would realize that the problems we face are not due to the policies of either the Republicans or the Democrats, that it is a problem with government itself that would be a huge step in the right direction.
Can you imagine the shock on the faces of your elected officials if suddenly 1/3 of the voting public just stopped voting? Even better, if we could introduce a ‘none of the above’ onto the ballots, where if ‘none of the above’ got a majority of the votes that office went unfilled, then we could send them a message that we will no longer tolerate any run of the mill political party hacks; we want limited government candidates who will respect our rights and our liberty.
Imagine still if a million people flocked to the nation’s capital and demanded access to their elected representatives. Could the D.C. police possibly arrest them all? Imagine still if they showed up armed and bringing 12′ lengths of rope!
But Neal, that involves risk; takes us out of our comfort zones. Well freedom isn’t free and our Founders understood that. Didn’t Patrick Henry say, “Give me liberty or give me death”? He didn’t say, “Give me liberty or I’ll vote your ass out of office!” Those who dumped all that tea into Boston Harbor knew the risks they were taking, as did those who assembled on Lexington Green in April of 1775; but they were more than willing to suffer death defending their rights.
I see that kind of spirit and determination in very few people today. Most just obey the law, and go so far as supporting those who enforce this tyranny upon them. Excuse the language, but it fucking sickens me to see how blindly and willingly some people submit to tyranny in America today.
Anyway, the first step would be to stop playing their game – stop voting for these ass clowns who have no intention of supporting and defending the Constitution; let alone give a damn about your rights. I know, it’s hard to sit back and watch people you despise get elected; but if you truly understand that regardless of who gets elected government keeps on keeping on not matter who gets elected then it makes it a bit easier.
If enough people did that, and by enough I mean millions upon millions, then maybe we could begin to take the next step; fixing our State governments and restoring State sovereignty and control over our lives, liberty and property. But as it stands now the same corrupting influence of political parties is as prevalent in the States as it is in the federal government. As long as people vote right versus left, conservative versus liberal, then not a single thing will change.
Does that mean we should just bow our heads in defeat and accept that we have lost? Hell no, but one must accept the possibility that there is no fixing what ails this country; that we might have to let it collapse so that it can be rebuilt.
I am coming to believe more firmly every day that Tytler was right when he said, “Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”
I think there is a pendulum that swings back and forth between liberty and bondage, and that we’re currently on the backswing towards bondage. But I also think that this pendulum will reverse course and that those who love liberty should NEVER give up on fighting for it.
Thomas Jefferson chose as his personal motto the following phrase, “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” We should do no less; meaning we should resist tyranny wherever it rears its ugly head – even if it comes at the loss of our lives. After all, isn’t that what those who signed the Declaration of Independence were risking, their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor?
If we can’t muster that same dedication to liberty, then we’re doomed.
So, I hope I have somewhat answered the question as to what we can do. I don’t think there is a whole lot that can be done to reverse course at this late in the game. I also believe that doesn’t mean we should toss in the towel and accept the inevitable. You see, the entire quote Patrick Henry is famous for says, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
You see, Patrick Henry understood that liberty was a personal and individual characteristic, and that his liberty was his alone to defend. He did not expect, or hope that others would rise up to defend it. He only hoped that they would rise up and defend THEIR liberty.
With that thought in mind, I care not whether others join me in feeling the way I do; but I can hope that my words reach people whose minds are open enough to accept what I have to say. But in the end it doesn’t matter, for the defense of my liberty rests solely upon my shoulders; not yours, not society in general, and certainly not upon the shoulders of government.
You would have better luck asking a thief to return what they just stole from you than you would asking government to respect your rights. If you want freedom, you are going to have to leave your safe space and fight for it every time someone tries to take it from you. That’s just the nature of things; and if you can’t accept it, then you might as well get used to bondage and servitude, and not count yourself among the likes of men like Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
You see, Patrick Henry said, “You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government.”
Samuel Adams said, “Among the Natural Rights of the Colonists are these First. a Right to Life; Secondly to Liberty; thirdly to Property; together with the Right to support and defend them in the best manner they can…” (My emphasis)
Thomas Jefferson said, “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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”
If you freak out whenever there is a government shutdown, or if you vote for candidates based upon promises to do things which are not among the purposes for which our system of government was promised it would do to the ratifying assemblies, then you are what needs to be fixed, not the government. If you care for comfort and security, or ignorance and an endless stream of entertainment, then you are as much a problem as is the government that denies us our God-given liberty.
And if you can’t see that, then I’ve just wasted two hours of my time putting these thoughts down for you to read.
Thomas Jefferson once said that the tree of liberty needs refreshing from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Well maybe that tree needs a bit of watering…and you can take that any way you want to.
As much as I despise Churchill as the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, he did say something I wholeheartedly agree with, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worst case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
So stop worrying about what we can do and concern yourselves with what you as individuals can do. You can begin by seeking out the truth; a process I’m still undergoing. I may stumble on the way, but I pick myself up and keep on pursuing it. If you can’t do that, then all your doing is believing the lies you have been, and continue to be spoon fed by those who seek to enslave you.
And that isn’t going to fix a damned thing!