An Identity Crisis of Epic Proportions

A while back I received a short e mail in response to my article Let’s Talk Illusion and Delusion. The person e-mailing me said, “Well, you have made it clear, you are not only at war with the new deal, but you are at war with the 20th century…. ” I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I am at war, but my beliefs certainly clash with large number of people, even those who consider themselves part of the patriot movement.

Even though many people are picking the candidates they support more carefully, looking for those who have a record of supporting the Constitution, they are still looking to the government for the solution to our nation’s problems.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to see people elected who will uphold their oath to support and defend the Constitution, one has to ask how did people who disregard that oath get there in the first place?

Whether people are looking to the government to expand its powers to provide them with more programs and services, or if people are looking for government to pull back the reins of their usurpation of unconstitutional powers, they are forgetting one very important fact. In 1764, ten years before the opening shots were fired in our First American Revolution, a man named James Otis wrote The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved. In it he states, “I say supreme absolute power is originally and ultimately in the people; and they never did in fact freely, nor can they rightfully make an absolute, unlimited renunciation of this divine right.”

Nearly a quarter century later, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison wrote, “Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is cheifly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number
of the constituents.”

Therefore, as government is an entity created by the people, and that we have established the limits upon its authority, we have the right to take back their charter and resume our role as sovereigns over our own lives. As our rights flow from our Creator, not the government, we do not need their permission to exercise them, and any infringement upon them could, and should, be ignored by the people.

However, therein lies the problem. The people of this country are suffering from an identity crisis of epic proportions; we have lost our sense of self, what it means to be an American. According to Wikipedia, “Those who fail to achieve a cohesive identity-who experience an identity crisis-will exhibit a confusion of roles,” not knowing who they are, where they belong, or where they want to go. This sort of unresolved crisis leaves individuals struggling to find themselves.”

The average American citizen has no idea of what it means to be an American. If you want my honest opinion, being American means holding dear to the principles upon which this nation was founded. Unfortunately, over the course of our nation’s history those principles have been forgotten; the writings of our founding fathers are now considered out of place and archaic. Today, instead of learning patriotism and loyalty to country, we are taught political correctness and multiculturalism…and it is tearing away at the fabric that held this nation together!

When George Washington was preparing to retire from a life of service to his country, he delivered our nation’s first presidential farewell address. From it I quote, “Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.”

Our founders knew that the day would come that we, the people of this country, would no longer hold dear to the principles which guided them in establishing our system of government. Thomas Jefferson clearly warned that “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible.”

This lack of awareness of what it means to be an American is the underlying cause of all our nation’s problems, not the fact that our government officials are corrupt. You see, had we remained true to the principles upon which this great nation was built, those people would never have been elected in the first place, our sense of patriotism and loyalty to the principles contained in our founding documents would have set off warning bells in our heads, and we would never have fallen for their lies and bullshit.

Joseph Stalin, the former Premier of the Soviet Union, was quoted as saying, “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” We are witnessing the fulfillment of that prediction right now before our very eyes, but most are too ignorant or apathetic to realize it.

Norman Thomas, who ran for president six times as a Socialist candidate, once said, “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Would these things have come to pass, would our nation be in the wretched state it is had we only listened to Jefferson and watched for a corruption of the principles upon which this nation was founded?

Not only have WE forgotten what it means to be an American, we have allowed people to immigrate to this country who never have, and never will, share the principles which guided our founders. Do you remember what Washington said in his farewell address? He said that, “With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.” These similarities are what made this nation strong, and the moment you begin adding people to the mix who do not share those same core values and beliefs, you begin diluting the national sense of self until, as now, we are faced with a nation of people who don’t know, and don’t care about those core values.

Why would the oath of naturalization state that people becoming citizens of this country “…absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America…”

As Thomas Jefferson said, “Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules.”

When Congress passed the Hart-Celler Immigration Act in 1965, Senator Edward Kennedy is on record as saying, “The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.”
So now we have a nation filled with people who aren’t taught, as Noah Webster once said, “Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” On top of that we have millions of people who come to this country who have no concern about obeying our laws, and sharing in the responsibility of upholding the principles upon which this nation was founded. In short our nation is filled with parasites whose sole purpose in life is to get something from the government at the expense of others.

That, my friends, is why I hold absolutely no faith in changing things for the better in this country. Until we change THAT, nothing else at all will change, no matter how many Ron Paul’s we elect!

There is one other thing people in this country don’t seem to understand. My rights are mine, and no matter what your communist indoctrination in the public school system has taught you, they cannot be taken from me by you, or by my government. I am not alone in feeling this way, and although we may be outnumbered, WE are willing to fight for those things we hold dear…are you?

As James Otis said, when he wrote The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved, “With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverence, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves.”

In concluding, I would leave you with one final quote from Otis’s Rights of the British Colonies, “There can be no prescription old enough to supersede the law of nature, and the grant of God almighty; who has given to all men a natural right to be free, and they have it ordinarily in their power to make themselves so, if they please.”

We, being those who understand, and cherish those principles upon which this once great nation was founded, still hold the belief that our rights and our liberty are not the benevolent gift granted us by any government, instead they are gifts granted us by God Almighty. We will not forever stand idle while you, in your continued ignorance, or apathy, continually vote into office tyrants who refuse to respect and safeguard those rights.
We may not achieve freedom in this lifetime, but some things are worth dying for, and as Mel Gibson said in Braveheart, “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom.”

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6 Responses to An Identity Crisis of Epic Proportions

  1. Peri McMillan says:

    I find it amazing that you put my thoughts into a perfectly written article as always. I find today’s article so true and I especially agree with paragraph # 8 as well as the one further down about immigration. We USED to be Americans (not hypenated-ones), where we spoke the same language and could understand others. That is not the case any longer. In addition, we have virtually nothing in common with the hordes and hordes of people that are allowed into our country today. Only the Lord knows why they want to come here. I would add more, much more but I cannot equal you and your writings so I will cease. I wish I was half as good as you are at putting down your thoughts. Take care and thanks for all you do.

  2. Neal says:

    Peri-Thanks, and like anything else, writing skills develop with practice, and I sure get enough of that with all the writing I do.

  3. Scott Twist says:

    Beautiful and well written sir!

  4. Bill says:

    I haven’t read your entire article Neal but just enough to let you know that Heritage.com has begun a civil action on those that will not honor their oaths. Their oaths are a contract between the People and the Government and the civil action is to ensure that it gets enforced.

  5. Neal says:

    My goodness, I haven’t had this much action on this blog in a long time. I wonder, was it because I posted this article on a friends Facebook page?

  6. Neal says:

    Bill-I wonder, is Heritage targeting specific members of Congress or the entire body? And, if they do find members guilty, what authority will they have to enforce their rulings and enact some sort of punishments?

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