On December 19, 2019 USA Today ran a story which stated that 92% of Americans feel that their basic rights are being threatened. Well Jumping Gee Willickers, it sure took you people long enough to figure that one out! The question is, what are you going to do about it?
You certainly can’t vote yourselves out of this mess, for it was not paying attention to your rights and voting for crooks and tyrants that got you into this mess in the first place. Besides, the damage has been done, and I guarantee you that nobody you vote for is going to dismantle the agencies that have been violating your rights, repeal the laws that violate them, nor will they punish those who have acted as the enforcing arm of our government; i.e. federal agents and local law enforcement.
So again, what you gonna do; and don’t anyone dare say, Call Ghostbusters!
For far too long people have forgotten one simple principle; if you value your rights then it is your duty to take a stand and defend the rights of those you disagree with. You don’t have to agree with what I say, but you have to be willing to let me say it; and vice versa. Freedom of speech means that everyone is entitled to say whatever they please, as long as what they say bring no actual harm to another. Unfortunately, we have allowed our freedom of speech to be diminished and restricted because some people found the things being said offensive.
Being offended, or being part of a majority, does not give anyone the right to deny those they disagree with the right to speak their mind or display images that YOU might find offensive. I’ve heard stories and seem the images of people who were assaulted and beaten simply because they wore a Trump, or MAGA hat. Listen, I think Trump is a buffoon and a major embarrassment to this country. However, if people want to support him, it is their right to do so; and to do so with pride.
Even though people may be awakening to the fact that their rights are under attack I still don’t think they’ve come to the realization that America is not a democracy; that the majority does not have the authority to impose its will upon the minority; which is exactly what happens most of the time.
It may be a bitter pill to swallow, but for all intents and purposes the Bill of Rights is a dead letter; having lost its ability to impose restrictions upon the government from violating the rights listed in it. This is primarily due to the fact that the people think the Bill of Rights grants them their rights, coupled with their unwillingness to stand up against any, and all who encroach upon them.
The First Amendment covers more than simply the freedom to speak as one pleases; it also covers our right to worship as we please; our right to petition our government for a redress of grievances; to peaceably assemble; and the freedom of the press. All those rights are gone; dead thanks to our ignorance regarding them and Uncle Sam’s willingness to trample upon them.
We can’t pray in school because the Almighty Supreme Court has declared it violates the boundary between church and state, we can’t speak our minds without fear of offending others, we can’t peaceably assemble without getting a permit, and our petitions for redress of grievances go unanswered or ignored.
The 2nd Amendment, the bullwark of liberty has, and continues to come under increasing attack by both the federal and State governments. They pass laws telling us what kinds of arms we may keep and bear; when and where we can bear them…with a permit of course; make us pay fees and licenses just to keep certain types of weapons, and all the while their enforcers, (military and the police) are exempt from the laws the impose upon us. Now they want to come after the guns of those who others fear might use them to commit a violent crime; i.e. Red Flag Laws.
Do you want to know what that reminds me of? That reminds me of the stories I’ve heard and read about those who lived under totalitarian governments who were punished by their government when friends, family members and neighbors snitched on them to curry favor with government. Not only is this a clear violation of the 2nd Amendment, it also violates the 5th Amendment; but I’ll get to that soon enough.
We have the 2nd Amendment not so we can protect our homes or hunt game; although those are secondary benefits of the right to keep and bear arms. We have the 2nd Amendment so that we can defend all our other rights against those who might seek to violate them; meaning our government. And yet people have not only acquiesced to laws that infringe upon, or restrict that right, they have willingly asked for more stringent laws to limit our right to keep and bear arms.
You may not see it yet, but you soon will if you allow government to keep on its current path towards disarming the American public; but the mark of a free man is measured by his ability to resist and fight encroachments upon his liberty. If you surrender your right to keep and bear arms you may as well trade it for a good pair of knee pads; for you’ll live the rest of your life on your knees under the boot heel of tyrants.
The 4th Amendment is all but dead as well; with most of the damage coming on the heels of 9/11. For decades your government has been developing and expanding its capacity to spy upon you. But that expansion of its capabilities exploded after 9/11 when the electronic eyes of the NSA were not turned upon terrorists, but upon each and every person living in this country.
In 1975 Senator Frank Church appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press where he said, “The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”
Well, that ability has been turned inward, and it has increased a hundredfold, with the end result being we have no privacy anymore. Every keystroke on our computers is monitored and recorded; our phone calls are listened to and stored in huge computers beneath Ft. Meade, Maryland; cameras, drones and spy satellites begin watching us the moment we leave our homes; and our cellphones are portable recording devices the NSA can turn on at any time without our knowledge.
When Edward Snowden tried to warn people about the extent to which they were being spied upon and monitored the people called him a traitor, and supported government officials and employees that should have been sent to prison; to live the remainder of their pathetic lives behind bars.
The 5th Amendment is also all but gone; most importantly our right to due process before our lives, property or liberty can be denied us. These Red Flag laws are a perfect example of that. How can we have a fundamental right denied us because we MIGHT commit a crime in the future? Gee, why don’t we arrest everyone running for office because they MIGHT, (with a higher degree of certainty I might add) commit a crime and violate our rights if they were to be elected?
How many people have been sentenced to prison, had their property and life savings confiscated, for committing minute violations of laws which shouldn’t have been enacted in the first place, because there was no victim for their crime? There are people who have had their lives ruined simply because they shortened the length of a barrel on one of their guns; there have been people who have lost their life savings for violations of the tax code; there have been innocent people who have been murdered by both federal and local authorities because they violated some law in which no one was harmed by their crime; i.e. Vicki Weaver and the 80 plus people at the Branch Davidian compound.
Yet not one of the agents, or law enforcement officers who participated in any of these actions have ever been sent to prison for THEIR crimes. What does that say about their regard for our rights, and our regard for justice?
The Bureau of Land Management, (BLM), is also responsible for depriving people of their property without due process. Federal land grabs and eminent domain laws have stripped people of their homes; often with a pittance paid in return for them.
The federal government has no claim to private land, nor land held by the States. The only claim the federal government has to any land is either for the 10 square miles designated for the capital or for military forts, boatyards, docks and arsenals. Everything else belongs to either the people or the State; but that hasn’t stopped Uncle Sam from stripping the people of vast tracts of land without due process.
I could go on, but I think you begin to get the picture. So how do you propose to deal with this massive institution that has taken upon itself to ignore and violate our most fundamental rights? I haven’t seen any restorations of lost rights due to voting, have you? In fact, in total disregard to all his talk of making America Great Again, Donald Trump supports stricter laws restricting our right to keep and bear arms, and he also reauthorized laws enacted after 9/11 which also violate our rights.
You must first understand that if you want to keep your rights you are going to have to be willing to defend them yourself; no one is going to do it for you. Others may join you if they see you are fighting to defend their rights as well, but the ultimate responsibility to protect and defend your rights rests squarely upon YOUR shoulders.
There is something else that you must accept if you truly care about restoring those rights you have lost; that fact being that lawmakers may write the laws that violate your rights, but it is law enforcement; both at the federal, State and local level that enforces those laws upon you.
These law enforcers may have families, they may only be doing their job, and therefore you might be hesitant to oppose them, resist their authority, or even use force against them, but consider this, the British Redcoats also were family men and they too were just following orders; yet the patriots of 1776 not only resisted their authority, they shot and killed them.
Do not get me wrong, I am not, I repeat, I AM NOT telling you to go out and start shooting cops. However, should another revolution take place you may find yourself in the position where you may be forced to if they side with those who pass the laws that violate your rights. I am only trying to make you see what you may encounter if/when another revolution takes place.
The Civil War gives us a fine example of what might happen when opposing sides go to war against each other. Prior to the Civil War Lewis Armistead and Winfield Hancock had not only served together in the army, they were best of friends. Yet at the Battle of Gettysburg they stood on opposite sides of the war, willing to defend what they believe in; even if it meant they might have to kill each other. Both Hancock and Armistead were wounded in that battle, with Armistead being mortally wounded. Both men grieved for the injuries sustained to their friend, but both remained steadfast in defense of what they were fighting for.
America may be waking up to the fact that its rights are, and have been under attack for quite some time. The question I want to know is, are they willing to stand up and do something about it; or are they going to stay in their homes, glued to the TV, hoping that the next election will see a candidate rise to office who will restore their lost rights.
If that describes you, let me give you some advice; don’t hold your breath. Or, of course, you could do as my dad used to tell me, “Wish in one hand and shit in the other. See which hand fills up first.”
The tyranny which has led the people to finally notice that their rights are in danger is too firmly entrenched, it has become institutionalized. The only way to restore your rights is to abolish the entire system; for as long as it remains as is your rights will continue to diminish until they are all gone.
When that happens you’ll come face to face with the choice spoken of by Winston Churchill, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; 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 worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope for victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
That time is coming, although I don’t know when. But rest assured, the patriotic spirit which led our ancestors to rise up against King George will need to burst forth from the breasts of a greater number of Americans than it currently exists in; that is if liberty is once again to be the standard by which we measure whether or not we are a great country.