When I got home from work on Friday night I checked my Facebook feed for a moment before heading off to do a bit of reading. I stumbled across a post by my friend Bart Stewart about how Gavin Newsom was throwing a hissy fit about Trump’s proposal to take all the detained illegal immigrants and have them relocated to California’s Sanctuary Cities.
After reading that I couldn’t read, in fact I could barely get to sleep; I was so angry. I wasn’t angry at Trump, I thought his plan was absolute genius, I was mad that as a Californian I was going to have to suffer, once again, because of the stupidity of the political leaders of this state. So upon waking Saturday morning I wrote a short sarcastic letter to Governor Newsom, which closed with the line, “Well here it is, the unintended consequences of your stupidity, and I hope you choke on it.”
Ever since I sent that letter to Governor Newsom I have had the idea of consequences stuck in my head. I have found that if I don’t write about a thought when it gets stuck in my head that it will build and build until I am unable to concentrate upon anything else. Writing about a thought is kind of like flushing my mind’s toilet to get rid of all that crap that is floating around in there. So here we are, talking about consequences.
I would hope that everyone knows what consequences are, but if you aren’t familiar with the word, consequences simply mean the results of an action or condition. Newton’s 3rd Law of Physics deals with consequences: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Consequences, simply put, means that if you do something, something else is going to happen.
You cannot avoid consequences; they are going to happen. However, I think people try to avoid having to assume the responsibility for those consequences; seeking to shift the burden of dealing with them onto the shoulders of others. In fact, I think that concept permeates American society today; shifting the responsibility for the consequences of things onto the shoulders of people who had absolutely nothing to do with causing them.
People today react emotionally to situations without actually giving the situation much critical thought. A perfect example of these two things is when there is a mass shooting somewhere. What typically happens after the period of anger and sorrow? Why typically we hear the call for stricter gun control.
Why the gun; did it go out and kill all those innocent people on its own? No, it was the tool of choice for the individual who did. People always look to take away the tools being used to commit these horrific crimes without ever stopping to ask themselves WHY these crimes are happening in the first place. It doesn’t matter to people that by passing stricter gun laws you are violating the rights of hundreds of thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens; all that matters is that we DO SOMETHING to prevent future mass shootings. Well, how well has your plan for tightening up gun laws worked for you so far? I mean, have we seen a dramatic decrease in these shootings since tougher gun laws went into effect, or have we seen the exact opposite; or unintended CONSEQUENCES?
Could it be that we have failed as parents in raising our children to respect guns, and respect the lives of others? Could it be that we have placed our children’s welfare into the hands of medical practitioners, (psychiatrists), who put them on mind altering drugs that cause them to react violently? Could it be that these mass shooters are the subjects of some MK Ultra type mind control who have been programmed to commit these type crimes?
I’m just tossing ideas out there, not saying anything, or all of them are the case. I can tell you, however, that when I was growing up I played with toy guns from a very early age. I had a cap gun as a kid. I got a Mattel plastic rifle and six-shooter later on that actually fired plastic bullets when I was a bit older. I got a bb rifle before I was 15, and I shot my first firearm around the same time.
Guns were everywhere when I was growing up; in both my home and in the homes of most of my friends; and they weren’t locked away in gun safes or lying around with trigger locks in them. Yet we didn’t have these mass shootings like we do now. Something changed, and it certainly isn’t the guns. Guns have, and always will be, designed for one purpose; to shoot something or someone. What has changed is how we teach our children to respect those guns, how to handle them safely, and how to respect the lives of others.
We deny our kids the training to safely handle and respect guns, then we allow them to play video games where the entire goal of the game is to go out and shoot as many aliens, bad guys, monsters, or whatever as possible to rack up the highest score. We also flood their movies and the music they listen to with violence and mayhem to further reinforce the idea that guns solve all your problems. Then we pump our kids full of drugs that chemically alter their brains, and we wonder why they act the way they do? C’mon, we can’t be that stupid, can we?
The whole time this is happening the news media plays along by their round the clock reporting on these tragedies; further reinforcing our fear of guns, and weakening or resolve to protect our right to keep and bear them.
Now I don’t want to make this an anti gun control rant; I’m just using gun control as an example of the consequences of not thinking about the root causes of a problem. The thing about consequences is that, if you don’t think about what caused them, they have a way of snowballing. If you do something stupid that causes a harmful consequence, and then you react stupidly then the consequences are going to increasingly become more harmful to you.
Ignorance in and of itself can bring about unintended consequences. If you open your mouth about a subject that you know very little about, then there is always the chance that someone who knows a great deal about that subject will correct you; making you look like an utter fool – deservedly so I might add. But in today’s society that type action is cause for labeling the one with the truth a perpetrator of hate speech; simply because they dare speak the truth.
I know this to be a fact because I have been accused of hate speech for sharing the truth with those whose minds are closed off to it. A perfect example of this is when you try to share the truth about the so-called Civil War with people who insist it was fought to end slavery. The more facts one provides to counter that belief the louder the cries of racist become, until you either give up trying to argue with fools, or you are turned in for hate speech; as I have been turned in on numerous occasions.
The philosopher Plato once said, “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs it to be ruled by evil men.” Now if you were to swap out price and indifference with consequence and ignorance, the quote would read, “The consequence good men pay for ignorance to public affairs it to be ruled by evil men.” Now does it begin to make sense to you?
People may believe themselves to be politically astute, paying close attention to the various ‘issues’ but are these same people as astute when it comes to knowing why their system of government was created and what purpose those who actually ratified it were promised it would serve. You see, the consequence for ignorance is that you are led to believe that your government is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing, while the reverse is actually true.
But oh, I cannot expect that people actually turn off their TV’s, put down their iPhones or game controllers and pick up a dusty old book on the history of how our constitution came into existence; that’s just too much to ask of people. Hey, make your choice people; knowledge and the freedom that comes with it, or ignorance and the slavery that comes with that choice. As Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
I don’t expect that my words are going to have any great impact on how people think and act, it is more a matter of it being therapeutic for me to get these ideas out of my head and onto paper, so to speak. I think people are going to keep on doing whatever it is they have been doing in the past until the consequences of their actions become unavoidable. I think people are gonna keep believing that the Democrats or the Republicans have the answer, and that they will keep voting accordingly until the whole system falls apart from the corruption within it.
To quote from Jefferson again, “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible.”
You see, I don’t actually blame people today for the current state of our government, we inherited the consequences of past generations ignorance and apathy. BUT, we are just perpetuating the corruption by participating in choosing who will sit in the seats of power within this government.
I see all these Trump supporters who voted for him based upon all those campaign promises, like how he intended to drain the swamp. What a crock of shit! The swamp is the government itself, and to drain it you would have to tear it down, sanitize it, and rebuild it based upon the principles that those who established it in 1789 held in regards to the purpose that government should serve. Firing a few players here and there is akin to offering up a ritual sacrifice to appease the masses; a charade while the swamp goes on running things.
I want you to read something my friend Michael Gaddy wrote, “There are three major political parties in America; the Republican Party, the Democrat Party and the Permanent Party.
The Permanent party consists of the bureaucrats who control the various alphabet agencies within the federal government. Instead of the government telling them what to do, these agencies direct the actions of government.
The members of the Permanent Party are not elected and many serve in those positions for several decades, many times rotating in and out of government service and the military/industrial/ banking/media complex. They control the government and are known as the Shadow Government and/or the Deep State.”
Our government was not established to be our nanny or babysitter to help us avoid the consequences of our own choices in life.
Our government was not established to be our nanny or babysitter to help us avoid the consequences of our own choices in life. Yet if we move to an area where tornado’s are prevalent, and then one hits your neighborhood, do you seek to rebuild on your own, or do you go crying for FEMA disaster relief? If you do not apply yourself in school and therefore find it impossible to find a decent paying job, do you expect society to shoulder the burden of caring for your needs?
In a free society each individual should shoulder the consequences of their own choices in life; not shift those consequences onto the shoulders of society or government. As Teddy Roosevelt once wrote, “If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs.”
Consequences people; either we accept them or we transfer them onto the shoulders of those who had no part of causing them.
We did not create this mess we live in today, but if we don’t change the way of thinking that got us into this mess we certainly aren’t going to make this country a better place for future generations. By voting, by supporting this party or that party, you are perpetuating a system that is so broken that it cannot be repaired; in essence you are kicking the can down the road for future generations to deal with and thereby shifting the consequences for your own ignorance/apathy/cowardice onto the shoulders of those yet to come.
Is that how you want historians to view you, as a generation who could have turned the tide and started making America truly great again, or as a generation who kicked the can down the road; played the game and just let tyranny grow stronger with a corresponding loss of the liberty your government was established to secure?
We could retake our freedom if just enough of us began telling Uncle Sam to fuck off; we aren’t gonna obey your laws anymore or pay your taxes. I can’t do it by myself, and we couldn’t do it if only 10, or 100 of us decided to do so. It would take millions of people telling government that they no longer consent to being governed by tyrants, and I just don’t see that happening.
Yet that is exactly how America became a free and independent country; because enough men had the courage to tell King George to fuck off; well not exactly those words, but you get the drift.
In 1787 Jefferson wrote a letter to the wife of John Adams, saying, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.”
Where is that spirit today? I certainly don’t see it in any great abundance. All I see is a people who trust in the idea of a centralized all powerful government, with the only difference being who gets to sit in the seats of power within it. All I see is a people ignorant of why governments are supposed to exist, (to secure our rights if you had read the Declaration of Independence). And due to their ignorance, the whole country is paying the prices for that ignorance; in other words, we’re suffering the consequences for your ignorance.
Just know this, you may be able to shift the consequences of your ignorance onto the shoulders of others living among you now, but you cannot avoid them entirely. There will come a time when you will be called upon to answer for your ignorance; either in this life or the one that follows. For as Jefferson said, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
I would much rather die here on Earth fighting to defend God’s gift of liberty to me, than face an eternity suffering condemnation because I chose the bliss that ignorance provides. Like I’ve been saying, there are consequences for your choices in life, but sometimes they aren’t felt until it’s too late to do anything about it.
So make your choice America, keep supporting the engine that enslaves you, or begin educating yourselves and defending the liberty government was instituted to secure for you. Just keep in the back of your head that there will be consequences for whatever choice you make; so choose well.