Tonight most people will be celebrating the coming of a New Year, yet I’m sitting here wondering what 2020 has in store for us. I have to be truthful, I’m not very optimistic about what 2020 has in store for us; I think it will be just more of the same bullshit we’ve come to accept, or things are going to get much worse. I see the dark cloud of tyranny expanding, while the people support those who impose it upon them, or care more about who’s going to end up in the Super Bowl. So my outlook on 2020 being a good year is pretty gloomy.
It is difficult to muster up any kind of optimism when I encounter people who refuse to deal in facts; relying solely upon talking points or emotional reactions to issues. Just this morning a friend of mine, Misty Graham, shared something on Facebook that pretty much echoes my sentiments about the vast majority of Americans, “It is usually futile to try and talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.” (Thomas Sowell)
It is my firm belief that government, all government I might add, should serve one primary function; the preservation of the liberty of the governed; all other functions are secondary and extraneous. When the people allow themselves to be divided along party lines, they also allow the issues fought over by the opposing parties to dictate their sense of patriotism and loyalty. When this happens liberty always takes a back seat; if not being kicked off the bus entirely.
In 1765, eleven years before the Declaration of Independence was written, patriots across the Colonies rose up and resisted the enforcement of the Stamp Act. They did not sit in their living rooms and bitch and moan about yet another tax, they took to the streets and threatened those who sought to enforce those taxes with death; they burnt down the buildings that housed the tax collectors; and they went so far as to threaten the lives of their leaders and ransack and loot their homes.
The only thing today that comes even close to that level of civil disobedience is the Antifa movement; and it is my belief that they are either paid antagonists or a bunch of disgruntled punks who are upset that their candidate did not win the 2016 Presidential election.
Can you imagine what the public response would be today if a bunch of patriots took it upon themselves the burn down the buildings of tax collectors, or threaten their lives? The media, which is the propaganda arm of tyrants, would have a field day denouncing these acts; causing most people to decry and renounce those who perpetrated them as dangers to the public safety.
Why? Well simply it is because people have become conditioned, indoctrinated into thinking that these taxes are just a part of life, or that they are necessary to fund government so that it can better provide comfort, safety and security to them.
No one, or very few thinks that the purpose of government is to stand back and leave people the hell alone; that concept is absolutely preposterous to most people. Yet Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of our Declaration of Independence, once said, “The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.”
Can you imagine the tumult that would take place if our government suddenly adopted that policy? Imagine, no more federal grants, no more tax subsidies, (or corporate welfare), for big businesses, no more laws that tell us what we can and cannot do. It would be absolutely marvelous if that were to take place; at least in my opinion. Yet most people would wring their hands and ask, “What good is government if it doesn’t do all those things for us?”
Ignorance is what fuels this belief, and until that veil of ignorance is lifted nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing is going to get any better in America. Sure, the economy might improve; there might be more jobs created; but is it the function of government to created jobs? I think not.
Have you ever heard of James Garfield? Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. In a letter written by Garfield to B.A. Hinsdale in 1874 he writes, “It is not part of the functions of the national government to find employment for people — and if we were to appropriate a hundred millions for this purpose, we should be taxing forty millions of people to keep a few thousand employed.”
Our government passes so many laws that not a single one of us goes a day without violating at least one of them; sometimes many more. There are laws that tell us how much water our toilets can use, what we can do with our property, and most importantly, limiting and restricting our ability to carry and use weapons for our own personal defense; which is was considered by our Founders to be the first law of nature.
When one mentions self-defense most people envision the use of weapons, (specifically firearms), against common thugs or burglaries. Yet that is not why those who pushed for a Bill of Rights felt the right of the people to keep and bear arms should be preserved and protected. These men understood that government, more often than not, often sought to encroach upon the very liberty it was established to defend, and that an armed society was much likelier of overthrowing tyrants than a disarmed society – that is if the people understood why governments are instituted among men, and had the courage to stand up to its authority.
For far too long the American people have bent over, spread their butt checks, and let government rape them over and over again; surrendering a little bit of their liberty with each violation.
They have done this because they see that some idiot with a gun goes out and uses it to kill innocent people; yet they very rarely ask how one person was able to kill so many people without meeting any resistance. It is because we have been brainwashed into believing that it is not our responsibility to protect ourselves, it is the government’s responsibility; i.e. law enforcement.
Many of these shootings have occurred in what are known as Gun Free Zones; meaning the people are not allowed to carry guns for their own personal protection. Yet look at what happened recently in the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas when an armed citizen gunned down someone who opened fire upon the congregation; the loss of human life was much smaller had that armed citizen not had a gun on his person.
Yet government’s answer, fueled by outrage and fear by the public, is to do what? Why pass more restrictive measures on the private ownership of guns; which does only one thing – it creates a more target rich environment for those who have no compunction with breaking existing laws.
The absolute idiocy of taking guns away from law abiding citizens, (often merely because the weapon has been classified as illegal) boggles my mind. How many people have been arrested by the fine agents of the BATF simply because the barrel was too short on their weapon, or because their paperwork was not in order?
What gives government any authority to determine what weapons we can and cannot own; let alone requires that we apply for a permit or a license to own them? Even more mind boggling is the fact that government agents, and law enforcement, are exempt from the laws they enforce upon the people of this country. They can carry arms, and use them against us, which are illegal for us to carry and use for our own defense.
If people do not see the danger in this, if people do not see that the inevitable outcome of allowing government to be better armed than they are, then there is no hope for the future of this country. Yet ask the average voter if they would vote in favor of abolishing the 2nd Amendment and I’d be willing to bet that a good number of them would support such a proposition. I know many people who have flat out told me that private citizens should not be allowed to own guns; that only cops and government should have them.
History has proven, time and time again, what happens to people when they allow themselves to be disarmed by their government; and it never turns out well for the people!
Although I hold James Madison, and a few others, personally responsible for setting into motion a chain of events that have led us to where we are today, that still does not mean that he often said things that, in theory at least, I agree with. One such instance came in 1785 when he wrote a little something called A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments. In that document Madison states, “It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties–we hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”
What that means is that the freemen of America did not wait until their government had passed hundreds of laws depriving them of their liberty, they resisted the very first law the encroached upon their most prized possession – their liberty.
Of course they were met with further encroachments upon their rights and liberty; which they also resisted; both by civil disobedience and by petitions to their government that these laws be repealed or revoked. However, when the government came for their guns, the true intentions of King George III became absolutely clear to them, as written by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”
The Colonies won their liberty, but within less than a decade they implemented a system of government that was destined to become far more oppressive than the one they had lived under prior to the revolution; and the sad thing about it is that nobody today seems to notice – well almost nobody; aside from the people like me who try to warn you of the danger to your liberty posed by our current government.
It is because people do not realize that history provides an example of what happens when people forget, or forsake their liberty for comfort and safety that we have come to where we are today. In 1944 the renowned Judge Billings Learned Hand delivered an Independence Day speech in which he said, “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.”
A century and a half earlier Patrick Henry warned his fellow Virginians of what would happen should they choose to adopt the system of government being proposed for their consideration, “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?”
What power do you have to punish those you elect when they overstep their authority? I’m not talking about voting them out of office; I’m talking about sending their asses to prison for the rest of their lives; where is your power to do so? Sure, we could convene a citizen’s grand jury and bring charges against them; but where is the power behind that which causes them to go to jail?
You have no power over them, yet they have more than enough power to enforce their laws upon you. Tell me that there isn’t something wrong with that picture. Not only do we have no power over our lawmakers, we are subject to the tyranny of those who enforce those laws upon us.
Sure, police often serve the greater public good, and do good deeds for those they supposedly serve; but cross the line and violate the laws handed down by government and see how well you are treated. Better yet, tell them that the laws they are enforcing violate your rights. My bet is that they won’t tell you, “Sorry, we were wrong; you’re free to go.”
That’s my problem with law enforcement right there; they more often than not are oblivious to the nature and purpose of our rights, and are more than willing to follow orders – even when the following of orders does violate our rights. A simple traffic stop can turn out very badly for someone if they begin to question the authority of cops to pull them over for suspicious behavior.
Then of course there are the federal sheriffs, or agents of the federal government whose job it is to impose tyranny, oops, I mean enforce the law upon us. Where is the accountability for their violations of our rights? Look at that FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi who shot an unarmed Vicki Weaver through the head while she held her infant baby in her arms; why isn’t that murder behind bars for the rest of his pathetic life? Oh, that’s right; he works for the government and is exempt from prosecution for murder because he was just following orders; doing his job.
I can’t begin to list the times that the FBI, the DEA, the BATF, the BLM, the IRS and other federal agencies have ruined people’s lives, or flat out murdered them, for things that should never have been a crime at all if our government had not sought to limit or encroach upon our liberty.
Yet most people don’t care about any of this, they only care that their candidate gets elected so that it is their party that is imposing all this tyranny upon them. So yeah, my outlook for 2020 isn’t too good. You, the voters and the apathetic who don’t care at all what’s going on in this country are going to vote in the upcoming election; hoping that things will get better so you can go back to living your lives in comfort and security, while the very thing government was instituted to protect vanishes right before your very eyes.
It is my belief that we cannot make America great again until this country hits rock bottom; until the people realize the error of their ways and all their freedom has been taken from them.
Working within a system in which the sole purpose has been to increase its own power, while diminishing that held by the people, isn’t going to fix a damned thing. The beast must be exposed for what it is before the people realize that I was right all along; but when that happens they’ll cry out, “Why didn’t someone warn us?” Well that’s what me, and many others, have been doing; but ya’ll wouldn’t listen. So when it comes you’ll only have yourselves to blame.
When it comes, you, You and YOU are going to have to make a decision; you are going to have to ask yourself if your life means more to you than liberty; because to regain the liberty you have let slip through your fingers, blood will have to be spilled to get it back; possibly your blood.
And that’s what sets the patriots of 76 apart from the people today; for as Patrick Henry so famously said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” So until you muster up that kind of courage, I see no hope for a better 2020.
In the meantime I think I’ve got a lot of catching up to do on my own part; there is a lot of history yet to be learned, and I fear that my efforts are falling upon, for the most part, deaf ears. So if you don’t see or hear too much from me, I’ll still be here; I’m just increasing my own knowledge while you’re guzzling beer in front of your TV’s.
Have a pleasant New Year, but keep what I’ve said in mind; for the time is coming when you may have to rise up and side with tyrants, or fight to regain your freedom from them.