There is an old saying; you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. So it is with knowledge; you can present it to people, but you can’t force them the educate themselves. Winston Churchill once said “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
My job as a writer is not to present my readers with any new-found truths; instead I see my job as being an educator, making up for the deficiencies in our educational system. Noah Webster is quoted as saying, “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.” Unfortunately, the average American could not tell you the events which led to our nation’s seeking its independence from England; explain the concept of natural rights, nor could they tell you of the limits the Constitution imposes upon their government. This is not only a sad statement about our educational system, it is the fertile ground in which a government may become tyrannical and oppressive, because the people have become woefully ignorant regarding the blessing of liberty that was left to them to safeguard.
In his book Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson writes, “But of all the views of this law none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty. For this purpose the reading in the first stage, where they will receive their whole education, is proposed, as has been said, to be chiefly historical. History by apprising them of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.”
It has been said that one should never argue religion or politics…I disagree, at least when it comes to discussing politics. If one is not familiar with their system of government, with the powers granted it, or the limits imposed upon it, how can one ensure that their rights and their liberty is secured by those whom they elect?
I know that there are times that I come across as sounding arrogant and self-righteous, but it is only that I am very passionate about my beliefs and the principle that my rights are unalienable; that absolutely NO ONE has the right to infringe upon them. It is for my own enlightenment that I have spent countless hours researching the writings of the founders of this nation, as well as the great thinkers and philosophers who influenced them.
I have been told that I am too smart to be working where I do, that I should be using my intellect for something more productive. But what could be more productive than dedicating my time and efforts to the goal of educating the people in regards to the threat posed to them by their own government? Besides, I am not that smart. I am however driven to learn, and to share what knowledge I have acquired from studying the writings of these men. Alexander Hamilton could have been speaking of me when he wrote, “Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it… the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.”
Our nation is facing a crisis the magnitude of which it may not ever be able to stave off. Our government’s policies over that past century or so have led us to the point we are today, and from which we may never recover. Unfortunately, people are more guided by their emotions than they are by reason, and they continue to seek answers from the very people responsible for the predicament we currently find ourselves in.
Whether or not you find yourself on the left, or on the right, a conservative, or a liberal, truth told, both sides of the political spectrum have worked together to bring us to the point we are today. If you still believe that YOUR party is the ONLY party that has the answers to the problems this country faces, then YOU TOO are a part of the problem!
George Washington once warned us of the dangers of political parties, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
One of the reasons our nation sought independence from England was that they were not represented in Parliament. The very same could be said about the people in this country today. Oh, you may think you vote for people to represent you in office, but do they actually represent you, or do they do the bidding of the special interests who long ago they became beholden to?
You think there is a difference between the two parties? Do you recall Barack Obama saying, “I promise you this, If we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. I will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.” (October 27, 2007)
Yet here we are, nearly four years later with troops still in Iraq, troops still in Afghanistan, and the U.S. becoming involved in Libya and Uganda. Not only that but we are hearing the same political posturing, from a Democratic President in regards to Iran, that we heard from George W. Bush prior to the commencement of the war in Iraq.
Not only that, BOTH Presidents, Bush, and Obama are guilty of bailing out private industries to ensure that our economy remains strong and vibrant. Yet why is it that in both cases when the sitting president takes these actions, the other side complains, yet they remain silent when it is THEIR president who is doing the same damned thing? Same goes for the people who vote for these candidates, it is perfectly acceptable for YOUR candidate to do something you bitch and moan about when done by a candidate you oppose.
There is so much that is wrong with this country right now that I honestly don’t know where I would start were I given the opportunity to try and fix things. Would I try to break the stranglehold the FED has upon our financial system and restore sound monetary policy? Would I try to reign in an out of control Congress who thinks it is its job to regulate and control every aspect of people’s lives? Or would I begin taking action with the goal of restoring peoples unalienable rights?
I do, however, believe, as did John Adams, that “…But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” I also know that Jefferson was right when he said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
I do know that we cannot continue to allow the Federal Reserve’s disastrous policies to continue if our nation is to ever achieve economic stability again. The value of this worthless paper you use as currency has been so devalued that an item that cost you $20 in 1970 will cost you $116 today, and an item that cost you $20 in 1913, the year the FED was established, will cost you $457 today. The FED is a perpetual debt machine, thriving on the debt owed it by this country. Our national debt is 4700 times larger now than it was in 1913, and keeps growing as our government continues to spend beyond its means. This has to stop if we are to survive as a nation.
However, the continued erosion of our rights is equally as important if we are to live as freemen. Our right of free speech is incrementally being taken from us. Our freedom to practice our faith is also being limited by the very government whose function it is to ensure we are able to freely worship as our conscience sees fit.
Our right to bear arms is slowly being infringed upon by both the federal and various state governments. Our right to be secure in our homes, our property, and our persons is being taken from us because of our fear of the bogeyman terrorists our government tells us are behind every bush.
The little known founder, James Wilson, once said, “The enemies of liberty are artful and insidious … liberty herself is treated as a traitor and an usurper … Against these enemies of liberty, who act in concert … the patriot citizen will keep a watchful guard.”
We the American people have the solemn duty of keeping a watchful eye upon our government, and standing firm against the very first infringement upon our rights. We have been asleep at our posts for too long now, and our rights are all but gone because of it.
In 1775 Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking up Arms. From that I quote, “Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”
Prior to that, in John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government we find, “…whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence.”
We, as a people, whose system of government was designed to safeguard our liberty, are now suffering from far more infringements of that liberty than were our founders when they found no other recourse but in revolution. John F. Kennedy once said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
I am not proposing we arm ourselves and start a revolution. I am proposing that people begin to show a bit more interest in understanding their system of government, and less time watching the bloody television.
If it hasn’t come already, the time will shortly be upon us that we will no longer be able to restore our nation by peaceful means. If that time comes, will you be ready, and which side will you take?
In the meantime, I will do what I do best, attempt to educate as many as are willing to listen. As Jefferson once wrote in a letter to Hugh Taylor, “It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country.” That is my duty, and if I sound a bit overzealous at times it is only because I take my duty seriously.