I know that people are absolutely freaking out due to their concern over the spread of this Coronavirus, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that, regardless of whether or not half the population of the planet comes down sick, evil never rests and we must remain vigilant if we are to halt its progress.
Now when I say evil I’m not speaking specifically of the devil; although he is probably the driving force behind people doing things that bring harm to others. No, when I say evil I mean bad people doing bad things; and nothing is worse, (in my opinion), than a government that deprives the people of their God-given rights and liberty.
I hear people, and groups, constantly saying that they want equal rights; or that they know their civil rights. Do they? Do they know that their civil rights are inexorably tied to their Natural Rights; that all their Civil Rights, have as their source, some fundamental Natural Right?
As human beings each of us has the individual right to exist; I don’t think there is a person in their right mind that would deny that. But existing can mean many things. A person locked away in solitary confinement exists, but they are far from free; far from having any kind of liberty.
The right of a freeman/woman entails many things, including the right to seek out food and shelter, the right to utilize their mind and speak their opinions, and the right to defend what they have obtained by the use of their faculties; either their mind or their labor. Those are Natural Rights and they are the source of your Civil Rights.
Your Natural Rights come to you based upon your being human; and they cannot be taken away or denied by any law passed by man without the grossest violation of justice. Yet we live in a society that believes that it is acceptable to limit, restrict, and even deny that those rights exist; often simply because others do not like what someone else says or does. You may not like what I say; but you have no right to deny me the ability to say it. You may not like me having guns; buy you have no right to deny me the right to have as many, and whatever make and model, I choose.
Speech is a tool by which people transmit ideas and thoughts; a way of interacting with each other. However, speech can either be truthful or it can be filled with lies; and it is up to the person on the receiving end to find out whether what they are hearing is a lie or the truth. Far too often I hear people repeating things they have been told that are blatantly false and inaccurate; things that could easily be disproved if those hearing them would only take a few minutes to verify or disprove them.
Guns are a tool too; a means by which people can defend themselves, their belongings, and their liberty against those who would deprive them of it; and no one poses a bigger threat to the individual liberty of the people than government! Like I said, you may not like the fact that there are millions of gun owners in America; it might make you scared, but that’s because you have been indoctrinated into fearing guns because you believe it is government’s job, not yours, to defend yourself, your property, and your freedom.
Government, by itself and left unchecked, poses a serious threat to the individual liberty of those it governs. However, this is compounded and amplified when the people being governed are ignorant of what their rights and liberty are, and therefore ask that government restrict the rights and liberty of others so that they can obtain a sense of comfort and security.
I hear all this bullshit about gay rights, women’s rights, minority rights, blah, blah, blah. What about basic human rights? After all, regardless of our ancestry, our sexual preference, our religious beliefs, and all the other so-called causes seeking their civil rights, we are all human beings; and each of us is created equal; granted with the same rights as the person standing next to us.
By all means, you are entitled to all the rights in the world, so long as you treat me the same and do not seek to limit or restrict ANY OF MY RIGHTS. Just because you belong to a different group; come from a different culture; have a different sexual orientation; does not make you special – you are entitled to no more special treatment than anyone else; especially when that treatment comes at the cost of the deprivation of the rights, property, or liberty of others.
I may not like what others do with their lives; I might try to convince them to change their ways; but I have no right to force my views upon them, deny their ability to live their lives as they please; say whatever they want to say; or sleep with whomever they want to sleep, (as long as both are consenting adults). If people would just live and let live, the world would be a whole lot better place to live in.
But there always have, and there always will be, those who seek to force others to live according to their own beliefs; to deprive them of their belongings due to jealousy, envy, or the belief that in so doing they are serving a higher cause. It is these people; whether they be elected or acting out of a sense of moral superiority, who pose the biggest threat to liberty in any country; not just ours; and it is those people we should constantly be on guard against if we wish to retain any semblance of freedom.
The system of government America had at the end of the Revolution was designed to ensure that the people, and that States for that matter, retained the maximum amount of liberty possible under any centralized system of governance. That all changed when the constitution was written and ratified. Those who drafted it felt that it gave too much power to the people and the States; that the people were too ignorant or stupid to do things which were for their own good. The supporters of the constitution felt that a central coercive power was needed so that they could force the people to do what was in their own best interests; which is the exact opposite of liberty.
Liberty is the ability to make your own choices as to how you will live your life; so long as you do not violate the equal rights of anyone else in so doing. This system denies that principle; believing that ‘government’ or the will of the majority is sufficient to force others to do things they do not want to do; to fund programs they disagree with; or have their rights taken from them simply because they are a minority.
This system, regardless of whom you elect to the seats of power within it, is evil; as it contains no safeguards for the public liberty; it places liberty in the hands of men who, may or may not, care whether they violate or restrict it – and we have no means of punishing those who do!
I look around me and I’m absolutely sickened at the ignorance and apathy of the people that surround me. I may like you as a person, but the fact that most people don’t know, or care, the first thing about the fact that they live in a country whose people have lost nearly all their liberty sickens me to no end. How much more are you going to take before you realize that you are slaves; and that the only way to restore your freedom is to, not only stop supporting this evil entity you call government, but to begin actively engaging in your right; your DUTY to resist encroachments upon your liberty?
We have been taught, (indoctrinated is a better word) to obey authority; to respect the law without ever questioning whether the law itself was lawfully written. So when a cop, a government agent, or anyone in a position of authority tells you that you must not do that; you must obtain a permit, or pay a fee before you can do something else, or that if you do not cease doing what you are doing you will be fined, jailed, or killed if you resist, you comply; just because that person is in a position of authority.
Gee, the Redcoats held positions of authority, (as Agents working on behalf of their King to enforce the King’s law) when they told the Colonists to lay down their arms at Lexington and Concord. Does anyone happen to recall what the Colonists said in return? To put it in modern terms, they told the Redcoats to fuck off.
Could they have been killed? Yes, and some of them were; but to them their rights and their liberty were more important than life itself. Today, a vast majority of the people of this country won’t even take the time to learn what their rights and liberty are, let alone risk their comfort and security, (let alone their lives), to defend them.
The mindset of people today, (and this goes for both sides of the political spectrum), is that if there is a crisis of any kind, the answer lies in giving government more power, and limiting or restricting the rights and liberty of the people. All that seems to matter is the comfort and security of the people; not whether or not they have lost nearly all the freedom enjoyed by their ancestors after the Revolution.
Patrick Henry once said, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else.” Today people might as well say, “Give us comfort and security and we’ll gladly give you our liberty.”
If that’s what it means to be an American today; if that’s what passes for patriotism, please, let me die right now; for I don’t want to be around people who care more about their comfort and security than they do the fact that they’re all a bunch of free range slaves who have willingly surrendered their liberty; and sacrificed mine, for the false promises of comfort and security.
As Etienne de la Boetie writes, “Let us therefore learn while there is yet time, let us learn to do good. Let us raise our eyes to Heaven for the sake of our honor, for the very love of virtue, or, to speak wisely, for the love and praise of God Almighty, who is the infallible witness of our deeds and the just judge of our faults. As for me, I truly believe I am right, since there is nothing so contrary to a generous and loving God as tyranny — I believe He has reserved, in a separate spot in Hell, some very special punishment for tyrants and their accomplices.”
Well America, I hope you have plenty of ice; for if that’s true, it’s going to be hot in your final resting place…
“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”-Patrick Henry, June 5, 1788
“To us, and those like us…so damned few left.”-James Caan, Gardens of Stone, 1987