Back Off – Or Else What Happens Next Is On You!

When I was young, you used to be able to buy firecrackers at any fireworks stand. That was before some busybody politicians decided to make them safe and sane; taking the fun out of fireworks entirely if you ask me. Although I never counted how many firecrackers I had set off, I’d venture to guess that the number was in the thousands. After all, what young boy doesn’t like things that go BANG? And, I’m pretty sure that I was not alone when I decided to cut into one of them to see what was inside; what made it go BANG when you lit it.

There is not much powder inside a firecracker; so, what causes them to explode with such force when you light one of them? The explanation is simple, and can be explained in one word – pressure. If you were to take that small amount of powder and place it on the ground, then light it, it would fizzle away without any explosion at all. However, if you take that same amount of powder and wrap it tightly in paper, the gas created by the lit power builds up until it becomes enough to overcome the pressure placed upon it by the wrapping; resulting in that satisfying BANG.

You may not realize it, but pressure is all around us. It is the pressure created by your beating heart that causes the blood to flow through your veins. When you get into your automobile, it is the pressure created by exploding gasoline, or diesel, that is transformed into energy; propelling your vehicle down the road. When you heat water for your coffee it is the heated water overcoming atmospheric pressure that causes the water to boil; which is why if you enclose that water in a pressure cooker you can heat it to a much higher temperature; allowing you to cook food much faster.

As you can see, pressure can be useful, however, it can also be destructive. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are both examples of how pressure can bring about disastrous results. Yet there is another kind of pressure can also be harmful; that being the kind that is produced by anger and stress.

People deal with the pressures of life in different ways. Some find hobbies that take their minds of the stress of day to day living; such as gardening. Others find relief through the use of mind-altering substances; such as alcohol or drugs. Then there are those who relieve the pressure of life by going to the gym; lifting weights or punching it out of their system on a heavy bag. The point is, life induces a certain amount of emotional pressure upon us, and if we don’t find a way of relieving it, we snap; often violently.

My concern is that, sometimes people have no means of escaping the source of their pressure, or a means of relieving the stress it causes them. For instance, when one enlists in the military, they become government property; that their ass belongs to Uncle Sam 24/7. When I was making my way through basic training, I saw a full-grown man begin weeping like a baby when our Drill Instructor told him he was so stupid he couldn’t lace his shoes properly.

My wife and I are polar opposites in regards to how we handle certain types of pressure. My wife blows her top frequently; lashing out at any, and all, around her. However, she quickly recovers and goes back to being her cheerful self. I, on the other hand, hold things in until I explode; which from what I hear, is not healthy. While I was stationed in Spain I had one of my blowups; when the pressure inside me could no longer be contained and I snapped. When I finally blew, my supervisor sent my friend, (who happened to be a 4th degree black belt), to try to calm me down. My friend later told me that he’d never felt fear for his life until he saw the look in my eyes that day.

The point I’m getting at is, pressure exists, and each of us deal with it differently. The reason I bring pressure up is because there are times when government is the cause of pressure, or stress, and when it reaches a boiling point, violent change occurs. For cryin’ out loud, the American Revolution was one such example; if you’d just put your mind to use and think about it!

Read, and I mean think about what the words say when you read them, what the Declaration of Independence says: 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.

Isn’t that what I have been describing; a long train of abuses that create a form of pressure that needs to be relieved? Do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence wanted a war; that they wanted to kill others to achieve their goal of having a country they could call their own? I could be wrong, but I think they would have preferred that the British government would recognize the legitimacy of their claim and let them become independent without having to resort to violence to obtain it. Yet they were also willing to resort to arms, or give up their lives, in defense of their cause.

Years later, in arguing against religious assessments, James Madison wrote: Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. Thinking back to how I described how my wife and I deal with pressure differently; I would think that Madison’s words are more along the line of how my wife deals with pressure; she reacts to each instance immediately; while I let things build up until I erupt.

I don’t know how people, acting individually, react to pressure; I do know that from where I sit, it seems that many allow their government to get away with doing things they don’t like; hoping that the next election can bring them some form of relief. While that may provide some temporary relief, the source of their stress – government – still exists; meaning that whatever temporary relief they may feel they’ve obtained is based upon which political party holds power.

Unfortunately, there is a flaw in that way of thinking. What typically happens is that, from people’s perspective, things stop getting worse; but they don’t get any better either. Although it may happen, typically whatever laws the other party passed, the ones you disliked so much, never go away; they remain in place. What that means is that the stress caused by those laws also remains; building and building until eventually it will reach a breaking point.

Maybe a few quick examples will aid in showing you what I mean by that. The Affordable Care Act was singed into law during the presidency of Barack Obama. Did Donald Trump repeal it? No, so it is still there; festering away and violating our right to choose for ourselves whether or not to purchase health insurance. Then there are the laws enacted following 9/11; the Patriot Act, the establishment of the Dept. of Homeland Security, the increased surveillance of the American people. Has any President, or Congress, repealed any of those laws; curtailed any of the right and liberty infringing programs they established?

Of course not. So, these could be considered a long train of abuses; could they not? Thomas Jefferson once wrote: Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery. Can you not see that we have been sitting idly by while a ‘series of oppressions’ have been forced upon us; that these oppressions have but one goal in mind; to reduce us to slavery?

In the film V for Vendetta, there is a scene where the character V addresses the people of London via their televisions. In his address he states: I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you… Yet if we, the people alive today, were of the same mold as our ancestors were, we would not let fear deprive us of our rights and liberty. At Jefferson liked to say: I prefer dangerous liberty to peaceful slavery. Hell, the state motto of New Hampshire is: Life free or die. Then of course, there was Patrick Henry, who said: Give me liberty or give me death.

What happened to this country where people of such character have become an endangered species; where they are insulted by the majority; who prefer peaceful servitude over the animating contest for liberty?

Part of the problem is that nobody alive today has ever really experienced rightful liberty; they were born into a world where almost every aspect of their existence has some rule, or law, governing it. Another part of the problem is that the government run schools do not teach our children what rightful liberty is; that it is the duty of each individual to resist invasions upon it. Then there is this; the fact that people have lost the desire to be self-sufficient; they have become dependent upon the benefits and services government provides them. When that happens, people are highly unlikely to resist the authority of government in other aspects of their lives when it might threaten them with the loss of their benefits; the old, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you conundrum.

When you combine all three of the above, you have the perfect recipe for the enslavement of an entire country by its system of government. For years I wondered why it was that there were some who saw what was happening, while so many others could not. Then I was introduced to a book by a friend of mine; The Politics of Obedience, by Etienne de la Boetie. In that book I found a partial answer: There are always a few, better endowed than others, who feel the weight of the yoke and cannot restrain themselves from attempting to shake it off: these are the men who never become tamed under subjection and who always — like Ulysses on land and sea, constantly seeking the smoke of his chimney — cannot prevent themselves from peering about for their natural privileges and from remembering their ancestors and their former ways. These are in fact the men who, possessed of clear minds and far-sighted spirit, are not satisfied, like the brutish mass, to see only what is at their feet, but rather look about them, behind and before, and even recall the things of the past in order to judge those of the future, and compare both with their present condition.

These are the ones who, having good minds of their own, have further trained them by study and learning. Even if liberty had entirely perished from the earth, such men would invent it. For them, slavery has no satisfactions, no matter how well disguised.

What I find truly interesting, or saddening, depending upon how you look at it, is how little people understand their system of government. Take for example the presidential elections; people get all excited about who will become the next president; yet the president has very few actual powers; or at least they are supposed to have very few powers. It is Congress that makes the laws; the president can only reject them, or sign them; making sure they are faithfully executed.

Since people get so worked up over presidential elections, I’m assuming they think that the Executive Branch is the most powerful of the 3 branches. In my opinion, the Judicial Branch is the most powerful. While the Supreme Court, and all the inferior courts, do not wield any direct power over you, they do get to decide what the law means, or even the extent of governments power.

As the Judicial Branch is ‘part’ of the government created by the Constitution, isn’t giving that branch the authority to determine the powers held by the other branches similar to letting the fox guard the henhouse? In 1823 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter expressing his fear over the powers given the Judiciary: At the establishment of our Constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions nevertheless become law by precedent, sapping by little and little the foundations of the Constitution and working its change by construction before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life if secured against all liability to account.

If government, any government, truly derives its authority from the consent of the governed, it should be the right of the governed to decide which laws the government enacts are constitutional, and which aren’t; not a branch of that government, as is the case with the Supreme Court. When they hand down one of their decisions, it is final; as if it were written in stone by the hand of God himself.

Let me ask you something. If the Justices on the Supreme Court are unbiased and impartial, why is there such a fuss as to whether replacements are chosen by a Republican President or a President who is a Democrat? It shouldn’t make any difference if they are unbiased, should it? Let me ask you another question. Do you know that, over the course of its history, the Supreme Court has overturned its own decisions over 200 times? Aside from the times they have done so due to an amendment to the Constitution, that begs the question as to which of their rulings was constitutional; the original ruling, or the ruling that overturned it? Could it possibly be neither; that both rulings were based upon the existing sentiments of either the Justices, or the American people?

Why do I bring this up when I began by talking about pressure? Well, I believe that we are at a point in our country’s history where people are going to have to choose, as Washington told his men before the Battle of New York: …whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. Due to our, (and I’m speaking in general terms), refusal to stand up to the increasing tyranny of our government, we are now at a point where almost all of our rights have been severely curtailed, and liberty is all but non-existent.

Yet for all of that, we could still go to work, (if we chose work over government subsidies), and we could still travel, go shopping, and attend events for our entertainment. Covid, and how governments have responded to it, changed all that; our very right to exist is now being threatened by the laws and mandates coming from government. We are at a point where, if we do not stand up for our liberty now, we will lose whatever vestige of freedom we may have had. If you can’t work without taking the vaccine, if you can’t go shopping without providing proof you’re vaccinated, if you cannot access your money without a vaccine passport, (something I think is on the way), then you are not free – YOU’RE A SLAVE!

Yet people think this is all something new; something that has happened due to Covid. While the extreme measures undertaken by government in response to Covid is new, the groundwork for it was laid nearly a century ago – you guessed it, by the Supreme Court!

In 1902 Massachusetts was one of 11 States that had mandatory vaccination laws. So, when an outbreak of Smallpox occurred, Massachusetts required that everyone be vaccinated for it, or pay a $5 fine. A Massachusetts pastor by the name of Henning Jacobson refused to take it, and his case ended up being heard by the Supreme Court. In their decision, the court held: …the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand.

I do not know how many of my readers are familiar with the legal term precedent, so I’d like to take a moment to discuss what a precedent is. Basically, a precedent is an act that can be used as an example to justify other things later on down the line. Therefore, you might say, since the Court held that mandatory vaccinations were not a violation of our rights and liberty in 1905, they aren’t now. If only we could pay a $5 fine to avoid them; but precedents are much worse than that; they also act as building blocks for further enlargements of the power held by our government.

Allow me now to introduce you to the case of Buck v. Bell, 1927. Before I go into the specifics of the case, let me share with you a part of the Court’s decision. In their ruling they cited Jacobson v Massachusetts as a ‘precedent’, stating: The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11. Three generations of imbeciles are enough. Now to the specifics of the case.

Buck v Bell was a case in which the Supreme Court upheld the right of the government to forcefully sterilize anyone it deemed unfit, or feeble. Included in their definition of unfit were those we might call learning disabled, or mentally retarded, as well as those suffering from epilepsy. All the state, meaning government, had to do is declare you to be unfit, and they could sterilize you; deprive you of your right to have children.

If they could do that back in 1927, then what makes you thing that something like that, or far worse, could not happen today; perhaps to those of us who choose to resist being forced into taking the Covid vaccine. Could we not be deemed unfit, or dangers to society, and have our remaining freedom stripped away from us because the general public feared people who had the courage to be free; to resist laws that violated their rights and liberty?

I may not think you are making the wisest decision in the world if you choose to take the vaccine, but I don’t care if you do or if you don’t; it’s your body, your choice. Just don’t force me to do it due to your fear! When you threaten me with the deprivation of my ability to work, or to go to the store and buy the essentials necessary for survival; or worse, have me locked away in a Covid quarantine camp, you’ve crossed the line, and that pressure I was talking about earlier; well, you’re going to find out what happens when I explode.

If I might add something, specifically targeting my Republican friends, if you think this is all Biden’s fault, you’re wrong. It was the Republican President, George W. Bush who signed the PREP Act into law. The PREP Act authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a declaration; this declaration does many things. For one, it provides immunity to vaccine manufacturers for any side effects caused by their vaccines; you can’t sue them if you get really sick, or die from it!

Remember, that was signed into law by a REPUBLICAN president. It was Donald Trump that gave us Operation Warp Speed, saying he would use the military to distribute this vaccine. That wasn’t Biden, it was Trump, who also stated: When somebody is president of the United States, that authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to be. The governors know this. It’s total, it’s total. (April 13, 2020) Seems more like the words of a dictator, not a president limited in his authority by a constitution.

So, my Republican friends, do not blame this crisis we find ourselves in upon Biden. While he certainly isn’t alleviating things, he is no worse or better than anyone who came before him. Furthermore, he is only utilizing the system, and the precedents it has established, to do what government ALWAYS does; expand its own power while depriving us of more of our freedom. Biden just happens to be the one in power while we face the most serious threat to our freedom we’ve ever known.

I think this country is at a tipping point; a point where we have reached critical mass. I think that if they really push this thing to the inevitable end, they are going to experience a backlash the likes of which this country has not seen since the Civil War. Only this time it won’t be North vs South, it will be neighbor vs neighbor; as people all across the country fight those they used to work, and be friends with, over whether or not they will live as free men, or die trying.

Of course, all that could be avoided if people would BACK THE FUCK OFF – RIGHT NOW! I don’t see that happening though; people have been apathetic and complacent for far too long, and those in power have grown confident; cocky even. They think we no longer haver the spirit our ancestors had in 1776; the spirit to stand up to tyrants.

Believe me when I say this, if they keep pushing, they’re going to find out how seriously mistaken they were…

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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