It does not matter which side of the political fence you fall upon, left or right, most people in this country believe that they hold the moral high ground; that their views and opinions are the best course of action our government should undertake to make America their vision of a great country. The two sides battle each other on the news, and in public debates; each explaining why their course of action is better than their opponents; hoping to convince enough people to vote for them in an upcoming election.
Millions of dollars are spent upon these ‘campaigns’, hiring staff members to run switchboards, mail out campaign flyers, run TV ads and generally promote their candidate as the ‘best’ choice for the voters. The voters then turn around and run all this propaganda through their political party filter; eliminating anyone or anything that does not conform to their party’s platform, then make the best choice from among those running for office under ‘their’ party’s banner.
I don’t really care which political party you align yourself with, does that sound like a pretty accurate description of the process by which you make your decision as to who gets your vote? If so, then regardless of which side of the political fence you stand upon, you are a Statist.
A statist is defined as one who is an advocate of a strong political system which gives the government massive power to enact laws affecting both economic and social concerns. A statist is one who thinks the government knows better how to run their lives than they do. A statist is diametrically opposed to individuality; to liberty.
Therefore, the only difference between Republicans and Democrats is the degree to which the people are infected with Statism; the belief that government should solve all our ails; take care of our every need; and decide for us how we should be able to exercise our rights and our liberty. Statism is a cancer that eats away at liberty, and it does not matter if it is Stage 1 or Stage 4, it is still a cancer that threatens the very existence of that which governments are instituted among men to secure – individual liberty.
Yet people across this once great country are so caught up in the two party paradigm; arguing as to which party has the best agenda for America, that they fail to recognize that government, as an entity, is guilty of denying the very principles it was established to secure and defend. All people see is how evil the other side is, while failing to acknowledge that their side is guilty of evil as well.
The system gives us these ‘issues’ such as gay rights; illegal immigration; abortion; foreign enemies to defeat; higher/lower taxes; the economy, and a whole slew of others to argue about, while the real infringements upon our rights and liberty go un-discussed in political debates. How each individual feels about these ‘issues’ determines which political party they support.
I have had numerous debates/arguments with those on both sides of the political spectrum regarding my refusal to support ‘their’ candidate. Many have told me things like, “Well my candidate is much better than the other one.” or, “You can’t criticize my candidate until you’ve given them the chance to see how effective they are at solving all our issues.” In every one of these debates/arguments I’ve asked, “Does the things your candidate promise to do violate my rights or overstep the powers delegated to government by the Constitution?” Almost every single time I ask that question someone will say either, “I don’t know what the Constitution says” or worse, “There you go again, getting all technical and bringing up the Constitution again.”
Well excuse me, but our government only exists because the Constitution was written, and then ratified; without that document this government you love so much wouldn’t even exist! So don’t you think it would be wise to learn what that document says, and maybe think about only voting for candidates who promise, upon forfeiture of their life, to support and defend it?
How many of you have watched the film Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox? Do you recall how he went back in time and altered the Space Time Continuum and that his parents are not going to meet and fall in love; meaning that Marty, (Michael J. Fox) won’t be born? Well if someone today were to travel back to 1787 and prevent the delegates of the Philadelphia Convention from meeting, therefore preventing the Constitution from being written, this system of government you so love would simply vanish overnight.
This Constitution was an act of a people, (even though they did not represent even a fraction of the common people at the time), constituting a system of government. The government, therefore, is likened to a child born of the Constitution; subject to the will of the people, and restrained in its actions by the limits imposed upon it by the document itself, and all amendments made to it after it had been ratified.
The overall ignorance of the American people; and this goes back many generations, is what has allowed our government to amass powers those who supported it promised it would never have the authority to exercise. What is the use of having a Constitution, outlining the powers delegated to a government, if the people refuse to learn what it says, and hold those they elect accountable for violations of them? What good is having rights listed as being beyond governments ability to infringe upon when the people don’t know what those rights are, and allow/ask that government restrict them just to keep them safe?
Can you answer those questions for me?
If you don’t know what the Constitution says, what it means; if you don’t know what the Bill of Rights says, or why those rights were specifically chosen to be of such importance that restrictions be placed upon our government’s ability to infringe upon, then your allegiance is not to the principles this country was founded upon, it is to a political party that seeks to use government as a tool to impose its vision upon the segment of society that disagrees with you.
If you believe that government can violate the rights of people you disagree with, start wars without America being attacked or invaded, tax people to fund programs you support, then you are a Statist and your devotion is not for liberty, it is for political parties and big government. The only difference between YOU and the THOSE YOU DISAGREE WITH is how government is used to encroach upon the liberty of others. Republicans force their ideas upon Democrats and Democrats force their ideas upon Republicans; meantime those who only want to live their lives free of government get stuck between a rock and a hard place; we get screwed no matter who wins an election.
What it boils down to is that if you are a Statist you see things through the perspective of the two party paradigm; left vs right, Republican vs. Democrat. But, if you are a lover of liberty, such as I and many of my friends are, you see things through the perspective of Statists vs. Anarchists; either you support government, and the subsequent loss of liberty, or you oppose government and defend liberty. There is no middle ground in this, you can’t half way defend liberty; it’s all or nothing; and I’ve taken the side of liberty.
The unfortunate thing is that the moment you mention anarchy people think of the movie The Purge; where people are free to commit whatever violent crimes they want for a 24 hour period. That’s not anarchy, that’s utter chaos and lawlessness.
You see, a true anarchist doesn’t believe in lawlessness; they just don’t like the laws that government enacts that restrict their liberty. A true anarchists holds to a higher law; Natural Law. In his Second Treatise on Civil Governments John Locke explains this Natural Law as follows, “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”
It’s fine to have laws that punish those who violate our Natural Rights, but when laws punish you for doing things that others find offensive, or disagree with, then those laws violate the rights of the individual to live their life according to the dictates of their own hearts; not the whim and will of any majority.
Liberty, and by that I mean, true rightful liberty means that each person is free to do as they please as long as their actions do not interfere with anyone else’s ability to do the same. Fear does not come into play when it comes to a person’s freedom to exercise their rights. So if I have the right to keep and bear arms, the fact that others are afraid of guns is not sufficient justification to deny my right to keep and bear them. If some people think marijuana, or any other drug for that matter, is bad for you, or sinful to use, it does not justify laws being passed that deny someone the right to use them.
An anarchist believes that they are free to live their lives as they see fit, so long as they allow others to do the same. An anarchist does not seek to transfer the responsibility for the bad choices they make onto others, or society in general.
I see and hear so many people today espousing ideas and beliefs that are not based upon rational thought, rather they are based upon emotional reactions to the issues they face. People vote based upon how they ‘feel’ about a candidate. People support the passage of laws because they ‘feel’ that these laws will make the world a better place. But with each and every law that is passed, a small piece of our liberty is surrendered in the process.
When government says you can’t do this, you can’t do that; it is A RESTRICTION OF YOUR LIBERTY! And what is people’s answer when the laws do not solve the problem? Why, it is to enact more laws, impose more restrictions upon liberty. It’s like those drug ads you see on TV to treat some ailment; the side effects are sometimes so severe that you need to take other drugs to treat them; which in turn cause more side effects; until you’re taking 10-20 pills a day to treat something a simple life style change might have cured.
People today are addicted to laws, they are addicted to government deciding for them how they should be allowed to live their lives; without accepting full and complete responsibility for it themselves. In no definition I’ve ever read is that the description of freedom; rather it is the definition of slavery.
When people make political decisions based upon feelings, upon emotions, they are not making decisions based upon critical thought; an examination of all the pertinent facts…the whole picture. If our government is limited in its authority by both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and if the people refuse to take those limitations into consideration when deciding who to vote for, or which laws to support, how can they honestly say they are thinking; making ‘informed’ decisions?
In the book Atlas Shrugged there is a lengthy passage in which the main protagonist, John Galt, delivers a speech to the people. In that speech Galt speaks about thinking, stating, “Man’s mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not. His body is given to him, its sustenance is not. His mind is given to him, its content is not. To remain alive, he must act, and before he can act he must know the nature and purpose of his action. He cannot obtain his food without a knowledge of food and of the way to obtain it. He cannot dig a ditch-or build a cyclotron—without a knowledge of his aim and of the means to achieve it. To remain alive, he must think.
But to think is an act of choice. The key to what you so recklessly call ‘human nature,’ the open secret you live with, yet dread to name, is the fact that man is a being of volitional consciousness. Reason does not work automatically; thinking is not a mechanical process; the connections of logic are not made by instinct. The function of your stomach, lungs or heart is automatic; the function of your mind is not. In any hour and issue of your life, you are free to think or to evade that effort. But you are not free to escape from your nature, from the fact that reason is your means of survival—so that for you, who are a human being, the question ‘to be or not to be’ is the question ‘to’ think or not to think.”
I think that the vast majority of American voters are loathe to think; they would rather react emotionally; or what we call having knee jerk reactions, to the many problems this country faces. When people say, “I think government should pass a law doing….” they are not thinking about whether or not the laws they are calling for are within the power of government in the first place, or if the passage of these laws violates someone’s rights; all they know is that there is a problem, and to them government is the only place they can find a solution.
The truth is, for those who care that is, our government has overstepped its authority so much, and the people have become so dependent upon it to solve all their problems, that there is no solution to them other than to tear the government down and teach people to live without relying upon it to help them live their lives. This won’t happen; primarily because as long as they have the choice of either being totally free of government or having their rights taken away from them for promises of comfort and security, people will always choose the latter.
People will reject the truth so long as their slavery remains comfortable, and for the same reason they will continue to support those who enslave them. For America to once again strive to defend liberty the mask hiding the evil which is their government must be rent asunder so they can see government’s true nature; and that will only happen when those who love liberty have been denied the means of opposing them; meaning our right to keep and bear arms is totally denied us.
Once that happens, and if you’ll notice I did not say IF THAT HAPPENS, for I believe it to be a foregone inevitability at some point in our future; then government will be seen for what it truly is, and only then will people realize that those who warned them of the danger of unconditional support of it were right. Only then will they learn that liberty comes at a cost; that cost being constant vigilance and a willingness to fight to retain it.
I think there is a cycle that repeats itself; a cycle which was best explained by something written by Alexander Fraser Tytler, “Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”
I think America is in the latter stages of that cycle, somewhere between dependence and bondage. I also think that if liberty is to be reborn in America there must first be great suffering; as the people experience true tyranny and despotism. Only then, can they learn the spiritual truths Tytler spoke of and once again find the same courage that led men like Patrick Henry to say, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Our nation was founded by men who were willing to gain their liberty; even if it cost their lives to do so. It began it’s downward slide into tyranny when it adopted a flawed Constitution that did not put ironclad restrictions upon governmental authority, nor provide an effective means by which tyrants could be punished. So while tyranny has gained ground, supported by Statists who care nothing about individual rights, liberty has lost ground, with anarchists fighting a losing battle to retain what little freedom they have left.
You may not care about the fact that your government is depriving you of the very liberty it was supposedly instituted to secure, but there is something you should concern yourself with. In 1775 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “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.”
So if you are a Statist, and if you believe that the individual rights and liberty of others are subject to the whim and will of you, or a majority, then you should be very concerned as to how you are going to answer God when He asks you why did not do more to defend His gift to you.
And that’s all I’m gonna say about that…