In 1975 the San Francisco rock group The Tubes released their debut album; which included the song, What Do You Want From Life; a satirical look at what people expect out of life. I’m 61 years old now and in a way I haven’t aged a minute from back when I graduated from high school back in 1976; because I still don’t really know what I want from life.
Sure, there are things I’d like to do; like shoot a .50 caliber sniper rifle at a target about 1,500 yards out…and hit it; there are places I’d like to see; the battlefield at Gettysburg being one of them; but as far as what I want to achieve in life, I still have no clue.
I have a wonderful family, a home I can call my own, (at least as close as I can call my own without allodial titleship that is), a job that pays the bills and allows me to live from day to day without wondering how I’m gonna provide for my family. But as far as what I want to achieve personally, I still have no friggin’ idea.
I can, however, tell you what I don’t want; I don’t want to be the leader of any group, or movement. I never sought out any positions such as class president in high school, and I absolutely hated being promoted to NCO status in the military – Non Commissioned Officer for all you civilian types out there. Don’t get me wrong, I love my son, but being a parent was the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life; for I hated/feared having all that responsibility for someone else.
Maybe it is because, due to the twists and turns life threw my way, I grew up pretty much a loner; only depending upon myself, and at the same time being responsible only for myself. That could very well be the reason I hate training new people at work, even though I’m told I’m one of the best workers in the plant, coming in 2nd place behind my wife. It’s quite possible I hate/fear being responsible for teaching people things; people who are too ignorant or stupid to learn.
So when someone tells me that I ought to write about this, write about that; lead my readers towards liberty, it scares the shit out of me! I do love writing and sharing the knowledge that I’ve been fortunate enough to acquire; but make no mistake about it, I AM NO LEADER!
In fact, I’m closer to Heath Leger’s Joker in the Christopher Nolan film The Dark Knight; I’m an agent of chaos who writes these rants just to see how people react…but I’M NO LEADER. Uh um, nope, no thanks, don’t want the position; give it to someone else, thank you very much…
I do like to see that what I write is being read, and even having an effect on how people think, but to think of myself as some kind of leader, guru, call it whatever you want, that people rely upon to lead them out of darkness…NO WAY JOSE, I never wanted that!
I know I’ve said it multiple times, but I’ll say it again here and now, I have never asked for people to take my word for what is contained within these rants. I have always hoped that folks would go out and research whether the quotes I use, or the events I talk about, actually happened the way I said they did. In that regard I’m more similar to Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Dark Knight – I always hoped this wouldn’t become my life’s work – that someday I would find a bunch of Harvey Dent’s to carry the torch forward so I could get back to my life.
What drove me, as an individual, was the pursuit of the truth; nothing more. The reason I began writing these rants was to share what I’d learned along the way; not become the leader of any movement or group.
The other day someone told me that the reason that people rely so heavily upon government, or place so much faith in it is because they need something to believe in; and if you take that something away you need to fill the void with something else. Now I can understand that, but I got the distinct impression that this individual was implying that I provide that something to fill the void should America wake up and regain its liberty.
I’m no Gandhi, I’m no Patrick Henry, I’m just some schlep who happens to like writing, and is never at a loss for words. Besides, the idea that people need someone to cling to, to guide them, is dangerous. Just look at those who followed Jim Jones in 1978, when over 900 of his followers committed mass suicide in Guyana.
Liberty, although it is God’s gift to all mankind, is first and foremost an individual thing; your liberty and what you do with it is your choice, as is my liberty and what I do with it. My goal is not to tell you what to do with liberty once you obtain it, or promise a better world should liberty be obtained by all mankind; I only seek to awaken people to what liberty is, and the fact that they have lost it to a government that is drunk on its own power.
I can’t promise anyone a better, safer, more comfortable life if they listen to me and follow me out of the bondage imposed upon them by their government; that would be disingenuous on my part should I even try. I think that although some people understand what liberty is, they may fail to understand that it also entails the responsibility of each person to take responsibility for their own lives, safety and sustenance.
I can’t promise that your life will be any better; that you will be any richer, and safer, any more secure should you pursue and obtain liberty; in fact you might not be. But what I can tell you is that you, and you alone, will be responsible for your own success or failure, and you won’t have anyone attempting to restrict you from succeeding, or plundering your wealth if you do succeed.
There is a maxim about government that some people fail to accept; that whatever government gives to one person it must first take from someone else. If government funds one class of people, say the poor, it must first confiscate the wealth of those who aren’t poor so it can have the funds to give to those who government, or society, deems deserve it. It does not matter whether those whose money the government confiscates are rich or middle class, the government is still taking something from some people that isn’t theirs to take, and giving it to people who haven’t earned it.
The same principle applies when government promises you safety and security at the expense of the rights of others to be armed for their own protection; you are denying the rights of those who’ve done nothing wrong, to fulfill a promise to keep those who can’t or won’t take measures to ensure their own safety.
Everything government does that benefits one group of society comes at the cost of plundering the wealth, rights and liberty of others…EVERYTHING!!!
You see, it all boils down to liberty; either you want it and accept that government cannot take your life, your property or your rights, or you don’t and you believe government can take whatever it feels best serves the overall public good…or general welfare. There is no middle ground on this, no grey area, no degrees of freedom vs servitude; it is one or the other; and if you can’t see that them I’m wasting my time talking to you.
The funny thing is, if you can call it funny, it is that I’m fighting for your liberty and your rights as well; even if you oppose me. For if I lose my rights and liberty, you lose yours as well. If I lose my right to speak out against government, then what’s to stop government from denying you the right to speak out should it begin doing things you don’t like? If I lose my right to defend my rights and liberty, what’s to stop government from saying you cannot defend yourself, your property, or your freedom?
See where I’m going with this?
No matter how much you hate or despise me for opposing government simply because it is doing things you currently support, in the end I’m fighting for your rights, your liberty as well as my own.
I could honestly care less if you voted yourselves straight into a concentration camp; so long as those who didn’t vote were left free to live their lives as they chose. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way; the people you elect enact laws that many in this country disagree with; laws that violate our rights and restrict our liberty…and there’s not a damned thing we can do about it other than try to awaken you zombies to that fact.
In 1850 Frederic Bastiat wrote a book that should be required reading for all high school students; The Law. Unfortunately, the Statists who run and decide the curriculum for our schools cannot let thoughts like the ones Bastiat writes about be taught in their State run indoctrination centers; for it would lead to their own downfall should those thoughts take hold in the minds of our youth.
One of the things Bastiat said is in reference to the powers delegated to government and how it is but a collective force of the individual rights of each and every person. Here, read Bastiat’s words for yourself:
Each of us has a natural right—from God—to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties?
If every person has the right to defend—even by force—his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right—its reason for existing, its lawfulness—is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force—for the same reason—cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.
Such a perversion of force would be, in both cases, contrary to our premise. Force has been given to us to defend our own individual rights. Who will dare to say that force has been given to us to destroy the equal rights of our brothers? Since no individual acting separately can lawfully use force to destroy the rights of others, does it not logically follow that the same principle also applies to the common force that is nothing more than the organized combination of the individual forces?
If this is true, then nothing can be more evident than this: The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all.
How many of you have read the Preamble to the constitution? If not, here is what it says, with emphasis placed upon the pertinent passages, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Therefore, if the constitution does not serve those purposes, if the government it established does not serve those purposes, then Spooner was right when he said, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.” You cannot deny that logic, no matter what kind of mental gymnastics you attempt to throw at me.
Those are the purposes, supposedly, (although I now know better), for which our Constitution was established, and the government it outlined was to serve. Bouvier’s Dictionary of Law, 1856 edition, defines justice as “The constant and perpetual disposition to render every man his due.” Therefore, if a man has not violated the rights and liberty of another, then their rights and liberty cannot be limited or denied; especially if it is simply due to the fact that others disagree with that person exercising those rights.
You cannot deny anyone the right to say whatever they choose so long as what they say brings you no harm. The fact that what they say might be offensive to you, or threaten your beliefs, is not sufficient justification to deny a person their freedom of speech or expression.
The same thing goes for the right to keep and bear arms. No one, not society, nor the government, has the right to deny people that right simply because others are afraid of guns, or because some nutcase goes on a shooting spree.
The same thing goes for the right to privacy. Simply because there are those in this world who seek to do us harm is not sufficient justification for our government to spy upon each and every citizen; hoping to find evidence that they are planning to commit a crime or an act of terrorism.
Rights are rights, and they cannot be denied or restricted without due process of law; meaning the accused has been found guilty of abusing their rights and violating the rights of someone else.
The same goes for liberty; which is includes all our rights, and many others that aren’t specifically mentioned in the Bill of Rights; see the 9th Amendment.
But I don’t fight for your liberty, although my doing so may be an unintended benefit for you. I fight for my rights and my liberty, and it is up to you to do the same for your rights and your liberty.
I may try, through these rants of mine, to awaken you, to provide you with facts you may not have known; but I’m no leader, and please, do not treat me as such. If you’re looking for someone to lead you out of bondage, out of oppression, look in the mirror, for I’m no Moses…but perhaps you are, so what are YOU doing to show others the way back to liberty?
If it should come down to it, and I hope it never will, I will fight side by side with anyone defending liberty; just don’t ask me to step forward and be a leader…I don’t want the job, and truthfully, I’d be lousy at it.