If I were to ask you who you felt was the greatest American political figure, who would you answer with? Would you say it was George Washington; the Father of our country? Would you say it was Thomas Jefferson; the primary author of the Declaration of Independence? Would you say it was Abraham Lincoln for successfully holding the Union together? Would you say it was Franklin D. Roosevelt for waging war against the evil Nazi’s and in helping America overcome the Great Depression? How about Kennedy or Reagan, two other favorites among a great many people today?
While I admire and respect Jefferson, if you’ll notice there is a commonality amongst the names I listed; they all served as heads of the system of government established in 1789; all were at one time Presidents of the government of, or for, the United States of America.
It almost seems as if government has become people’s god, and the worship of it is their new religion. The moment one questions that government, or worse, declares that it is unfit to exist in a nation supposedly conceived on the concept of individual liberty, it is as if you were speaking blasphemy.
Have you ever, (probably not), thought of government as a business? Well, let’s try a little experiment. Let’s say a business produces a product that people want or need for their day to day lives. Better yet, imagine that you have a drug cartel that manufactures, distributes and sells a product to those who want it; be it marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or any of the other illegal drugs.
Now does it really matter who the CEO of that company may be, or who leads that particular drug cartel? No, because no matter who is in charge, the company or cartel continues providing a service or product that people want.
Our government is the same way, no matter who gets elected it keeps doing things that it is not supposed to be doing; usually with a subsequent loss of liberty for those government is supposed to be working for; which leads me to my personal favorite political figure from our past; Patrick Henry.
Now there were others whose thoughts and words I admire greatly, and I’ve already mentioned my respect and admiration for Thomas Jefferson. However, it is truly sad that were I to mention Luther Miles, John Lansing, Robert Yates, Samuel Bryan, or Melancton Smith, most people would say that they’d never heard those names before.
All those men stood for principles that I also stand for; limited government and a strong devotion to the public liberty. Yet their words, no matter how inspiring they may be, lack one crucial element that elevates Patrick Henry above them all; the pure passion expressed by his words.
It is my opinion that Patrick Henry was the greatest American this country has ever seen, the real deal, the whole package. Patrick Henry stood for the principles this country fought for in its war for independence from the tyranny of King George; he walked the walk as well, as in when he led a group of Virginia militiamen to confiscate the gunpowder seized by the Colonial government in Williamsburg; and he had a way with words that was almost unmatched by his political counterparts of the time.
It is said that James Madison, the Father of our Constitution, feared Patrick Henry more than anyone else amongst the opposition to the proposed Constitution; for if anyone could convince the people to vote against it, it would be Patrick Henry; due primarily to his great skill at oration and his pure passion in what he stood for.
Yet if I were to conduct a poll amongst the great mass of people today I’d be willing to bet that few know who Patrick Henry was, or if they did, all they could say is, “Isn’t he the guy who said Give me liberty or give me death?” That’s it; from a speech of over 1,000 words people only know 7 of them! Oh, but to dare say that these same people are uneducated and you may as well have insulted the integrity or virtue of their mother!
How dare you Neal, I’m an informed voter, I watch CNN or FOX News, I know what’s going on in my country! Do you? You know the version your favorite news agency tells you is what is going on, but is it the truth? You know what your history teachers read from their lesson plans, and what the textbooks say, but is that the truth as well? How thorough is the information you are provided; how accurate is it?
For instance, people tell me the Civil War was fought to end slavery. Yet when I ask them if they’ve read the Corwin Amendment, the Crittendon Resolutions, Abe Lincoln’s first Inaugural Address, or his letter to Horace Greeley, I get nothing but blank stares from them. Yet I’m not making any of those things up, they are a part of our country’s history that people have not been taught; primarily because it conflicts with the agenda of those who want to abolish the fundamental principle America was founded upon; that people have rights and liberty, and that whenever any government no longer serves the purpose of protecting and defending them, it is our right to abolish that government and institute one that will serve that purpose.
Government has become people’s god; they look to it for all the answers to the problems that ail society; they look to it for support, for sustenance, for security, and they look to it to be a leader. When one threatens such strong wants/needs they often find that people will defend their beliefs rather than admit they were wrong; that their government wasn’t what they thought it was; that it was/is evil.
To admit that takes courage, for it means accepting that you have been fooled, you have fallen for lies and deception; and these are things most people cannot, will not do. It takes a certain kind of person to fully open their mind to the truth, and to go wherever that truth leads them.
-Why is it that so few, who claim to be politically active, know so little about the document that established their system of government?
-Why is it that so few know why or how the Bill of Rights came into being; and how the proposals for amendments were butchered and neutered by Congress before they were sent to the States for ratification?
-Why is it that so few have taken the time to read the thoughts of those who supported ratification of the Constitution; what promises they made as to what powers the government would exercise if it were to be established?
-Why is it that so few have read the papers written by the opposition to the Constitution; including the speeches given by Patrick Henry?
-Why is it that so few have read the notes taken during the convention which produced the Constitution; which would also give them insight into what kind of government those men ACTUALLY wanted for America?
-Why is it that people have never asked themselves why the staunchest defender of the public liberty who ever lived was so ardently opposed to the proposed Constitution?
People swallow the lies that are fed to them in school and on the news; never questioning whether they are getting the truth. What they are told then forms their opinions, and that is why no one ever questions whether or not government is doing the job it is supposed to do; they only question whether or not the opposing political party is doing things they way they would have them done had ‘their’ party won the election.
People say the government is doing a decent job; they have jobs, they have food, they have a roof over their heads, they have sports, sitcoms and YouTube to keep them entertained. What they don’t have is liberty or rights; those have all been taken from them by the very institution they bow down and worship; and defend against the attacks made against it by people like me.
The people hope that the person they elect can solve the issues that face America. They hope Trump can build his wall, or create more jobs. They hope that Obama can provide those in need with the things that society owes them. They hope this they hope that. My dad used to say something like, “Hope in one hand and shit in the other. See which one fills up first.” My dad was a wise man!
Why do you put all your hope and faith into a system to do things it was not created to do; or was it created to do exactly that? Why don’t people accept some responsibility and provide for their own wants and needs; their own sustenance, their own comfort and security. Why place that burden upon someone else; primarily those who have achieved those things without government’s help?
Why would anyone support an entity that takes away from them their most prized possession; their freedom? Pay a fee to do this, get a license to do that, obtain a permit to do something that is an unalienable right. My God people, can you not see that you have no freedom; that everything you do is regulated, controlled or taxed by your government? How anyone can say that we have even an ounce of liberty in this country is beyond my ability to understand. Yet the people, time after time, go to the polls and repeat the cycle of electing others into positions where they will abuse their delegated authority and further subjugate the very people who voted them into office.
People vote with hope in their hearts that the person they are voting for will solve the issues that the voters believe are the cause of all our problems. Yet hope is an illusion unless it is founded upon fact; something other than the shifting winds of emotion and politically correct nonsense. Patrick Henry spoke of hope in the harshest of terms, saying, “Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
Hope is an excercise in futility unless it is founded upon principles that can united us together, instead of keeping us divided along political party lines. That principle is found in the words of those who fought to secure our country’s independence, and in those who fought to oppose a system of government that would subvert the very thing they had just won – their liberty.
People say that I hate my country, I’m unpatriotic; un-American. What could be more American than the defense of the very thing that made America great; the freedom to live your live as you choose; to succeed or fail based upon your own skill, your own drive and motivation? What could be more American than the belief that I’ll let you live your life in peace if you let me do the same?
I do not hate my country. In fact, I probably love it more than most of you do; which is why I seek to learn the truth about all that has happened over the course of its history. I don’t hate America; I hate what I see happening to it; I hate it’s system of government; one which people bow down to, while not knowing the first thing about. I hate how those we call law enforcement, who are supposed to serve and protect, treat us like common criminals when we try to exercise our rights without the proper permit or license from government.
Y’all go to the polls and vote, basing your votes upon your hopes and dreams that the person you elect can fix all that ails this country; never realizing that what ails America is a lack of devotion to the principle of individual liberty.
A very wise man, a lover of liberty, once said “Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American.”
That man was Patrick Henry, and he spoke those words in opposition to the proposed Constitution; for he clearly saw that, if adopted, it would bring about the death of the liberty he loved with every ounce of his being.
America will never be great again so long as the people support the very system that denies them their liberty instead of seeking to restrain its attacks against it, or abolish it altogether so that a new system that would preserve and protect their liberty be instituted to take its place. But that would require that those who established such a system have a fundamental understanding of what liberty is, and the best means of preserving and protecting it. And unfortunately, all I see are ignorant, apathetic boot lickers who support a system that enslaves them to it.
Our ancestors in revolutionary America did not vote to get their liberty back, they threw the bastards out who had encroached upon it! But words like that get your name added to a government watch list today, or on one of the many Red Flag lists that are being compiled of those who should not be allowed to own guns.
So where has that spirit of liberty gone, and can it be found before America hits rock bottom, and the people finally come face to face with the consequence of their ignorance and apathy? I don’t think America will see liberty again until the people have suffered under the yoke of absolute tyranny for quite some time, and only then when they too have the courage to utter the words, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
The America we live in today is the direct result of a decay in both moral and political principles, and not one of our many problems will be solved until we realize the root cause of them and change how we feel about the rights of others, and the purposes for which governments are instituted among men.
Until then it will remain business as usual, and the business of government is the deprivation of liberty and the enslavement of the governed. The sooner you accept that, the sooner we can get about the business of making America the land of the free again.