I’m Not The Same Cocky Kid I Was Back in 1976

“When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder I can think at all.”
~Paul Simon~

Kodachrome
(1973)

I was in my first year of high school when Paul Simon released his album There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, containing the song Kodachrome. Songs like that which contained anti-establishment lyrics were a big hit with me, for I felt that I was wasting my time in school; that I had better things to go. Alice Cooper’s Schools Out had hit the charts a year prior and the title track I took as my own personal anthem.

I always felt that school was a complete and utter waste of my time; my only problem was that the things I wanted to do, party and listen to rock n roll, was a waste of time as well. So for me, the happiest day of my life was when I got my high school diploma; freeing me from the requirement of sitting in a classroom all day long.

I could have gone on to college, and I even tried it for two semesters at a local community college, but I just could not bring myself to take it seriously; not to mention I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. So I dropped out of college and found a job; and aside from my time in technical training for the Air Force, I’ve never stepped foot in a classroom since.

Even though I had such disdain for school, upon graduating I was still cocky and arrogant; thinking I’d learned all there was to learn; especially when it came to dry boring subjects like history and civics. For the next 20 years I lived my life never realizing that it was about to change, that history and civics would become the focus of so much of my attention.

Years after graduating from high school, while I was stationed at my first assignment for the Air Force, Pink Floyd released their album The Wall. Upon hearing it I immediately fell in love with the song Another Brick in the Wall Pt 2, where Roger Waters sings, “We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control.”

At the time that song resonated with my only because I still hated having to sit in a classroom all day long when there were other things I could be doing besides listening to some instructor lecture me about things I couldn’t care less about. Little did I realize that I would eventually come to believe that our public school systems are, in fact, engaged in thought control.

This could be speculation on my part, but I believe I went through the public school system during the earliest stages of a transitionary period where they stopped teaching kids how to think and began teaching them what to think. I can recall how in English class they would give out book assignments for the students to read. The teacher would give us chapter assignments as homework and we’d discuss them in class the following day. Then, after finishing the book each student would have to write a book report on it, detailing how that book affected them; what it made them think.

Some of the books I read back then would probably never make their way into the curriculum of middle and high schools today; books such as Orwell’s novels 1984 and Animal Farm, Huxley’s Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I also recall how, in the 5th grade, I was required to memorize Patrick Henry’s immortal Give me liberty speech, then stand in front of the class and repeat it.

Who knows, maybe it was that requirement that planted the seed in my young mind that would later grow into a passion for history and civics. Maybe I ought to thank that teacher…if only I could remember her name.

It was in my final year of high school that I was required to take a yearlong class on U.S. government. At the time it was the most boring thing that I could have imagined myself doing, and I was grateful that I had a steady source where I could find pharmaceutical grade speed to keep me awake in class. Looking back I wonder if Mr. Clark ever noticed if my feet were constantly tapping and I couldn’t keep my hands still.

The funny thing is, I’d love to travel back to 1976; knowing what I know now of course, and retake that class. I’d probably get expelled if I did, for I’d rip that high school textbook to shreds. You see, all I can recall of that class is that it discussed the transition from a system of government under the Articles of Confederation to a system under the Constitution; the basic structure of this new system of government; and the checks and balances contained within the Constitution itself. I’m not saying there wasn’t more, but that’s all I remember; and it is upon that limited data that I lived 20 years of my life forming my political opinions on.

I didn’t learn about the Federalist Papers until around 2001, right after 9/11 I believe. I only discovered them because someone told me they were the definitive explanation of the Constitution, and I was seeking to expand my understanding of that document. Little did I know that I would come to learn that they were written as a carefully crafted ad campaign designed to convince the unconvinced people of New York to adopt the Constitution; that they had very little effect upon the eventual vote, and that they probably weren’t read outside the State of New York until LONG after the Constitution had been ratified.

It would be close to a decade before I learned of the existence of essays written in opposition to the Constitution. These misnamed Anti-Federalist Papers were written by men who voiced their concerns over the flaws they saw within the proposed Constitution, and among their ranks were some of the most respected and renowned patriots of the country.

The thing is, I’d gone through 12 years of indoctrination at the hands of the public school system, and they hadn’t taught me a fraction of the story, and more often than not what they did teach was either a half-truth or an outright lie. I wouldn’t have known any of the things I know now had I relied solely upon what I was taught; I had to go out and research this data for myself. Of course I’ve met people along the way who have pointed me in the right direction, and to those who have done so I’m eternally thankful.

I think I was lucky in that I went through school at a time when they still had us read books, while at the same time debate and discuss them in class. Although it wasn’t as fine tuned as it is now, I was given the foundation upon which I could build the critical thinking skills that have allowed me to see the public school system for what it is; which is exactly what Roger Waters said it was, “thought control.”

In his book 1984 George Orwell writes, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” You could very easily replace the words, THE PAST with INFORMATION, and it would still be an accurate statement. If your beliefs and thoughts on issues are based upon what you are taught in school about things, then those who control what you are taught can shape your thoughts and opinions by controlling what information you have access to.

My God, it took me nearly 40 years after I graduated from high school before I learned there was a difference between a federal form of government and a national form of government. For a huge part of my life I was ignorant as to what the document that produced our system of government said. Once I learned what it said I could have stopped seeking out new knowledge and sought only to elect candidates who would take their oath of office to support and defend it seriously…but I didn’t; I kept pursuing knowledge.

I quickly learned that the Constitution is a seriously flawed document; that it contains more loopholes than a block of Swiss Cheese. One of the most serious flaws in it is that although the government can use coercion and force upon us to obey the law, that power is not reciprocal; we cannot use force and coercion upon them to keep themselves confined to the few specific powers listed in Article 1, Section 8, or to keep their bloody hands off our rights.

Again, I could have stopped learning here and just gave up, but again the desire for more knowledge had become an insatiable thirst that I could not seem to quench. So, since the Constitution was so flawed I decided to go to the notes from the convention that produced it to see if I could find out why so many esteemed men could produce such a shoddy document.

Reading through those notes I was astounded at some of the things that were said and some of the proposals that were made. Yet I wasn’t taught any of that in high school; in fact I didn’t know of the existence of those notes until four decades had passed since I graduated.

At this stage of my education I was ready mentally to accept that the whole process of drafting and ratifying the Constitution was not done in accordance with existing law, as found in the Articles of Confederation; that it was in fact a silent coup in which the delegates of the Philadelphia Convention, led by Madison, engaged in a silent coup which saw the overthrow of an existing system of government and the establishment of one they had created to centralize all power in one location and eventually usurp the authority and sovereignty of the individual States.

I’m hoping that some of you reading this understand the process by which the Constitution is amended; as found in Article 5. How would you feel if a group of about 50 men met in secret because they felt our current government was inadequate, or because it had become corrupt? When these men finished their proceedings you find that they had introduced a plan to establish a monarch, or a King; doing away with the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Bill of Rights; and that instead of adopting their plan in accordance with Article 5 of the Constitution, it would be place upon the November ballot and would only require 51% of the people’s vote to replace the Constitution.

Well that’s exactly what happened in 1787 when the delegates met in Philadelphia. They were sent there with specific instructions to come up with amendments to strengthen the Articles of Confederation. The Confederation was established by the States during the Revolution, and only the States had the authority to abolish it. Yet the Constitution was written to replace the Confederation with a national or federal, depending upon who you read, system of government.

The decision of whether to adopt this new system would not be done in accordance with existing law, as found in Article 13 of the Articles of Confederation, rather it would be sent directly to the people for their consideration; and instead of a unanimous vote of approval only 3/4 of the States needed to approve of the document before it would go into effect.

Please, if you have any functioning brain cells left fire them up and ponder these facts.

-First, the delegates to the convention that ultimately produced the Constitution overstepped their legal authority.

-Secondly, the document they ultimately came up with was put into effect in a manner that violated existing law.

-Finally, the government established by this illegally ratified document is so weak and ineffective in keeping government to its specific powers that it has assumed far more power and control over our lives than the King of England sought to exercise in 1776 when the Colonists revolted.

This system of government is one that exercises absolute control over our lives, and if we resist it sends its jack booted thugs, in the form of either federal agents or local law enforcement, to keep us in line. If we refuse to obey we can be fined, jailed, or shot. It doesn’t matter if you think the law being enforced violates your rights or is unconstitutional, they have all the force and we are but sheep to be kept in our pens.

Why do you think they keep promising to do all these things to make your lives more comfortable, more secure, or more enjoyable? If they didn’t could it be possible that you might begin to question the need for a government? Could it be that if they didn’t keep you fat dumb and happy you might start noticing that they’ve placed all these restrictions upon your rights and liberty?

You think by being allowed to choose who is elected to fill the various positions in government your voice matters, that this is still a government by consent of the people? What about those on the other side of the political fence who disagree with the policies of your side; must they obey laws they do not consent to? What about those like me who don’t consent to the system itself, must we bow down and pay homage to it as well?

You have been brought up, indoctrinated if you will, to accept that the system exists and that the only legitimate way to bring about change is through voting. But how effective has that been for you when things flip flop back and forth between the two parties; yet none of the unconstitutional agencies like the DEA, BATF, NSA and Dept of Homeland Security keep issuing mandates and decrees that violate your rights?

Those on the right blame those on the left, while those on the left blame those on the right; while people like me blame the system because it was designed in such a manner so that the people would be unable to restrain it from growing into this massive entity that it is today. So while you’re busy arguing with your fellow citizens over their political ideologies, Uncle Sam is raping you of your wealth through confiscatory taxes, enslaving you to a debt we’ll never be able to pay off, and enacting more and more rules and regulations that restrict your liberty.

The cocky kid who graduated from high school in 1976 would never have learned all this if he’d kept to the few meager tidbits of knowledge that were taught to him in school. The person I am now, with the opinions and beliefs I hold, are the result of over two decades of study; and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it is that if you want to know the truth you have to first admit to yourself that everything you’ve been taught has been a lie. After that it’s just a matter of seeking out the truth and applying those truths to your beliefs.

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. That first step is the biggest; if you can take that, then you’re already halfway home. All you have to do is apply what you learn and if enough people do that, then maybe we could stop fighting each other and stand united by raising our middle finger to good ole Uncle Sam; telling him we’ve had enough of his bullshit and want our liberty back.

But, until that happens, and that’s even assuming it does, we’re all free range slaves who go to the polls every couple of years and vote in a new crop of slave masters. Our founders fought a war to free themselves from the rule of a tyrant, hoping that we’d have the courage to maintain the liberty they had fought so hard to obtain.

You owe it to them, and to your posterity, to pull your heads out of the sand and learn the truth about your system of government. If you can’t then one day your grandchildren will be sitting on your knee asking you why they have no freedom. How are you going to answer them?

I know what I’ll say, “Well sonny, I tried waking the people up but they were more concerned with who was going to the Super Bowl or who would win The Voice to pay attention to how they were being screwed by their government. The people craved comfort and security more than they did their liberty, so it slipped through their fingers until it was all gone.”

The only thing that can free you is the truth; not what some shyster educators, politicians, or journalists tell you is the truth, but what you find from historical documents from those who were alive when our country gained its independence, and when it lost it to a system of their own creation.

The choice is yours, I’ve said about all I could possibly say on the subject and am tired of repeating myself. All I know is that there are a whole lot more pieces of the puzzle out there to discover, and I’d rather spend my time looking for them than wasting them on people who don’t care.

So don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from me for awhile, I’ve got some history to go dig up…

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