“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” Buddha
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill
It seems that more and more Americans are becoming fed up with their government, as the approval ratings for both Congress and the President hover near record lows. This can be attested to by the increasing numbers of people who have come out in support of Ron Paul. The 2012 Presidential elections may give us a clearer picture as to how many of disgruntled voters there really are, but will they tell the whole picture? Will they be voters who are simply disgusted by the constant bickering and gridlock between the two parties; will they be people who want a return to a more responsible and limited government as outlined by our Constitution; or will they be people who have finally come to understand that there is something else going on besides incompetence and partisan rivalry?
The truth is out there, but I have found that many people are either too damn lazy to seek it out, or too afraid to accept it when it is presented to them. I don’t know whether they have been so effectively brainwashed into believing a lie, or whether they find comfort in remaining ignorant, but the fact is that most people have absolutely no idea of what the function of their government is, and how corrupted our system has become.
When I still hear people talk about our two party system where we are given a choice between Republicans and Democrats I am convinced that the average voter is oblivious to reality; that there is no real difference between the two parties.
You can believe that when you cast your vote that you are voting for change, for representatives who may begin to take their oath to uphold the Constitution seriously, but they won’t. Once they get initiated into the system whatever high and lofty goals they held are shattered by reality, that they don’t run things, they are merely given orders to follow by those behind the scenes who really control things in this country.
In a 1912 speech entitled The Progressive Covenant With The People, Theodore Roosevelt said, “Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”
In 1913 Woodrow Wilson is attributed with saying the following, “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the Field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
Yet people refuse to accept that our government no longer represents the will of the people; that it no longer cares about its sworn duty to preserve and protect our unalienable rights. Because people are too lazy to seek out the truth, they now believe that the sole function of our government is to make our lives easier, safer, and more secure. Gandhi once said, “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
Therefore, whether or not you choose to believe that the primary purpose for your government’s existence is to preserve your rights is irrelevant, it remains the truth. , There is an old Latin saying, “Ignorantia juris non excusat”, which paraphrased means, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”
The Constitution may not mean a damned thing to you any more, it may merely be a document from our nation’s history, but it remains the Supreme Law of the land. George Washington once said, “Let the reins of government then be braced and held with a steady hand, and every violation of the constitution be reprehended. If defective, let it be amended, but not suffered to be trampled upon whilst it has an existence.” Yet trampled upon it has been, as well as have been our unalienable rights.
Going back over two centuries to 1775, in the Farmer Refuted, Alexander Hamilton stated, “The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator to the whole human race, and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice.”
Hamilton went on to say, “I shall, henceforth, begin to make some allowance for that enmity, you have discovered to the natural rights of mankind. For, though ignorance of them in this enlightened age cannot be admitted, as a sufficient excuse for you; yet, it ought, in some measure, to extenuate your guilt. If you will follow my advice, there still may be hopes of your reformation. Apply yourself, without delay, to the study of the law of nature.”
On inside of the Jefferson Memorial there are several quotes by Thomas Jefferson. On panel number 3 the following quote is inscribed for all to see, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
Think about that for just a moment would you. If our liberties, our rights, are a gift from God, then anything, anyone that attempts to restrict them cannot be of God. In the Book of Matthew, Chapter 12 we read, “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.”
If our government was established to preserve and protect our unalienable God-given rights, and, through legislation, restricts those rights, then by their actions we must come to the conclusion that it is evil. Furthermore, if that be the case, then those who continue to elect representatives who show no desire to protect those rights are either, a) ignorant as to the nature of their rights, or b) influenced by something other than God.
The philosopher Plato once said, “The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs, is to be ruled by evil men.” Or, as Edmund Burke once said, “Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.”
Playwright Arthur S. Miller is quoted as saying, “Those who formally rule take their signals and commands not from the electorate as a body, but from a small group of men. This group will be called the Establishment. It exists even though that existence is stoutly denied.” Therefore, if our government is taking its orders from this Establishment, then if the purpose of that Establishment is to deprive us of our rights, it too must be evil.
While some may see this battle as merely a battle to restore our country to one of limited government, confined to the specific powers enumerated in the Constitution, I, as do many others, see it as a spiritual battle as well. I believe that is why I have such a hard time convincing people of the TRUTH. As my good friend Jackie Juntti recently told me in an e-mail, “I firmly believe that until The Holy Sprit removes the scales on their eyes they shall not see or hear TRUTH.”
In the Book of Isaiah we read, “You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.”
As long as people look at this as simply a temporal fight over an out of control government, or even a corrupt group of men who exert enormous power and influence over that government, we WILL NEVER prevail. Whether or not you choose to accept that fact is up to you, but as Morpheus told Neo in the film the Matrix, “I didn’t say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.”