William Shakespeare once wrote, “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” Ignorance means that you simply do not know something. Yet willful ignorance, the unwillingness to learn things, is something much more serious, as it borders on downright stupidity.
Thomas Jefferson warned “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” When a people are uneducated as to the PRINCIPLES upon which their government was founded, it becomes an easy task for those in power to usurp powers and authority it was never intended they possess. Such is the case in America today.
People today, although technologically more advanced than their predecessors, are actually quite uneducated in matters of philosophy and politics. Our founders did not have all these gadgets and devices to keep them entertained, so they read. They read books that taught them things. In 1818, when Thomas Jefferson was nearly 75 years old, he wrote, “My business is to beguile the wearisomeness of declining life, as I endeavor to do, by the delights of classical reading and of mathematical truths, and by the consolations of a sound philosophy, equally indifferent to hope and fear.”
I, who have spent the last 18 years trying to accumulate as much knowledge as I can about the principles which our founders applied when creating our system of government, could never hope to gain the same level of knowledge as was locked away inside the brains of men like Jefferson. Yet for love of my country, and honor for these men long since departed, I continue to read, to learn, and to try and educate YOU, the ignorant masses who care more for your TV’s, video games, and cellphones, than do you for the loss of your liberty.
This nation was founded by men who believed it was morally obligatory to resist tyranny…at any cost. They understood that when governments were given power, that that power was liable to be abused; that it was the duty of the people to keep a watchful eye upon their government for any and all encroachments upon their inherent unalienable rights.
Our government, over the course of its existence, has done a complete 180, going from one whose sole stated purpose is to “…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…” [Declaration of Independence], to a government whose apparent goal is to deprive us of any of our rights.
Freedom is defined as; “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” The opposite, or antonym of a freedom is bondage or servitude; a serf. A serf is defined as “A member of the lowest feudal class, attached to the land owned by a lord and required to perform labor in return for certain legal or customary rights.” Is that not what we are, serfs? We work to pay taxes to support the government. We need permission, via permits and licenses, to do just about anything a free man would consider as an inherent right. Yet we call ourselves free?
I, unlike others, am not calling for revolution, or a complete dissolution of our government. As James Madison said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” I only seek to bind my government to the limits of powers described within the Constitution.
In an 1834 article published in the Evening Post, William Leggett wrote, “No nation, knowingly and voluntarily, with its eyes open, ever delegated to its Government this enormous power, which places at its disposal the property, the industry, and the fruits of the industry, of the whole people. As a general rule, the prosperity of rational men depends on themselves. Their talents and their virtues shape their fortunes. They are therefore the best judges of their own affairs, and should be permitted to seek their own happiness in their own way, untrammelled by the capricious interference of legislative bungling, so long as they do not violate the equal rights of others, nor transgress the general laws for the security of person and property.”
Daniel Webster once wrote that “The inherent right in the people to reform their government I do not deny; and they have another right, and that is to resist unconstitutional laws without overturning the government.”
People continue to seek their answers by electing men to this government who will uphold their oath to support and defend the Constitution. Yet once in office they become jaded or corrupt and NOTHING EVER CHANGES!
If I, as a single individual, decide that I no longer wish to obey any law which infringes upon my rights, I would find myself at the mercy of a myriad of governmental agencies whose sole purpose is to enforce the laws passed by government. However, if millions of Americans did likewise, they COULD NOT arrest and detain us all. These laws ONLY have the authority of law because we meekly obey them for fear of reprisal. Does that sound like the characteristics of a free people to you?
I believe the reason I have not been able to break through to most people can best be explained by a quote from the movie the Matrix, where Morpheus tells Neo, “You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. ”
Or, as Hendrik Willem Van Loon said, “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.”
If people would just unplug themselves from their TV’s long enough to learn the origin and purpose for which their government was created, they would learn that I am not lying to them; that they have become slaves to a government whose purpose was to safeguard their liberty.
In 1850 Frederic Bastiat wrote a short book entitled The Law. It ought to be required reading for all high school students as it clearly explains the purpose for which laws are established, and HOW they are perverted.
From his work I quote, “The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself is guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish.”
As long as you believe that there is even the slightest of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats when it comes to preserving your rights, YOU are part of the problem. YOU do not know the first thing about being a free man, as you seek permission from your government to exercise what are yours by your very nature as being a human being.
Freedom is as much a state of mind as it is a state of existence. As Morpheus told Neo in the jump scene in the Matrix, I am merely trying to free your mind. However, YOU have to be willing to accept the truth, I can only present it to you to either consider, or reject.