Poisoned

Carbon monoxide (CO) is toxic to life, it is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can kill you if encountered in higher concentrations. Long term exposure to CO is cumulative, that is it builds up in your system, eventually leading to death as well. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide poisoning accounts for 15,000 visits to the emergency room and 500 deaths annually.

Why all this data on carbon monoxide? Well there are other poisons that can kill just as ruthlessly and silently as CO, and not all of them attack the human organism. The mind can be poisoned as well by ideas, beliefs, and philosophies which cause it to lose the ability to rationalize, to think, and to form informed opinions. That is what is happening in America today, and that is why I believe I have had little success in informing people as to what is happening in this country…right in front of most people’s eyes.

I see my country dying from beliefs and ideals that are in direct opposition to those held by our nation’s Founders, and I am helpless to do anything about it. I know some people do not like Ayn Rand because of the fact that she was an atheist, but I would still like to quote from her book the Fountainhead because I know exactly how the character Steven Mallory felt when he said it.

“…I know that terror exists. I know the kind of terror that it is. You can’t conceive of that kind. Listen, what’s the most horrible experience you can imagine? To me―it’s being left, unarmed, in a sealed cell with a drooling beast of prey or a maniac who’s had some disease that’s eaten his brain out. You’d have nothing then but your voice―your voice and your thought. You’d scream to that creature why it shouldn’t touch you, you’d have the most eloquent words, you’d become the vessel of the absolute truth. And you’d see living eyes watching you and you’d know the thing can’t hear you, that it can’t be reached, not reached in any way, yet its breathing and it’s moving there before you with a purpose of its own. That’s horror. Well that’s what’s hanging over the world, prowling somewhere through mankind, that same thing, something closed, mindless, utterly wanton, but something with an aim and a cunning of its own.”

That is EXACTLY how I feel as I sit here and try to come up with new ways of saying the same old thing, knowing, just knowing, that it will have little effect upon the people who need to understand it most. That my friends is the horror that I live with, day in and day out, knowing that I am preaching a message to people who are unable to THINK about the things I am saying. Oh sure, they will read them and some will say, that’s nice, or that’s interesting, while others will vehemently disagree with what I have said. But I would be willing to bet that 99% of them NEVER stopped to think about whether what I said may be true. And I’m not talking about certain people here, and they know who they are, I’m talking about the average Joe or Jane walking the streets or the shopping malls of America, they just don’t get it and they never will.

There is a quote I’ve heard, and used myself from time to time. It is attributed to Josef Stalin, although Snopes says it can find no reference to it in any of Stalin’s writings. Nonetheless I think it fits appropriately to the subject currently under discussion. It goes as follows, “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.”

There is this misguided notion in this country that patriotism means standing behind your government no matter what, or showing your support for the troops. Sorry, but that is wrong. It is not that I do not support the troops, it is that I do not think patriotism does not require me to stand behind every war they are sent off to fight in.

There is this quote, it was made by some old guy that’s been dead for more than 150 years. You may have heard his name, John Quincy Adams, he was once President of the United States. What most people don’t know is that he also served as Secretary of State, positions more recently held by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. On Independence Day 1821, before it was even called that, Secretary of State Adams addressed the House of Representatives and said, “America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity. She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights. She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart…Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force.”

Yes that’s long, yes I know some will just skip over it, but it still needs to be understood that ONCE that was the policy of our government, in Jefferson’s simplified version from his Inaugural Address, “…peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none…”

Yet here we are, with wars going on in two countries, and our government meddling in the internal affairs of Syria, sending them money while we squander under trillions of dollars of debt, and arming these freedom fighters with weapons the government tries to ban the people of this country from possessing. Not to mention the meddling the CIA and State Dept have committed in the internal affairs of untold other countries. Does ANY of this sound like the policies espoused by Jefferson and Adams? Didn’t think so, but yet we tolerate it….why?

And then there is this whole issue of immigration, how we MUST give these people a pathway to citizenship for ALL their contributions to society. Let me ask you something about all these immigrants who come to this country. Where do their loyalties lie, is it to America, or is it to their native lands? If not to America, why should we grant them anything other than a ticket back to wherever it is they came from? Oh, but now Neal’s being prejudiced, racist. I AM NOT racist, I AM however a lover of my country and anyone who comes here to live must ALSO love it as much as I do or they can go home!

You know, there’s another president, Teddy Roosevelt, (funny how these OLDER presidents seemed to see things much clearer than the more recent ones), who once said the following, “From the melting pot of life in this free land all men and woman of all nations who come hither emerge as Americans and nothing else. They must have renounced completely and without reserve all allegiance to the land from which they or their forefathers came. And it is a binding duty on every citizen of this country in every important crisis to act solidly with all his fellow Americans, having regard only to the honor and interest of America, treating every other nation purely on its conduct in that crisis, without reference to his ancestral predilections or antipathies. If he does not act, he is false to the teachings and lives of Washington and Lincoln; he is not entitled to any part or lot in our country and he should be sent out of it.” The Children of the Crucible 1917

Furthermore, another dead president, James Madison, also said, “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.”

You tell me, do these protesters, the ones marching in the streets talking about La Raza, or Atzlan, do THEY sound like their allegiance is to America? Why do we owe them anything if they show no allegiance to America? You tell me, I’ll wait for a well thought out answer. And don’t give me any of that multicultural bullshit either. I want legitimate answers.

And what about the idea that government is there to take care of us, provide things for us, to SUBSIDIZE us? Where did all this nonsense come from? Where did we get the idea that government can tell us what we can eat, what we can do with our own bodies? Those are NOT the principles held by our Founders.

Just a few quotes to prove this as well…

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” Jefferson

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Jefferson

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” Madison 4 Annals of Congress 1794

“The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.” Madison

“The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.” Samuel Adams

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” Benjamin Franklin

I could provide more, but you get the picture. Our Founders did not want a government that took money from others to pay for those less fortunate, or unable to work. They preferred that the people help those less fortunate through charity, as stated by George Washington, “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.”

And yes, this applies to Social Security and Medicare. Our Founders would have been outraged had Congress attempted to pass laws REQUIRING the people to be taxed to provide funds later in life for their retirement and medical expenses. Yes, OUTRAGED. Now, these two programs are drowning this nation in debt as the money taken in from income taxes, (something else that was considered unconstitutional by our Founders), fall short of the amount spent by our government on entitlements. So they have to continuously borrow to fund these programs.

According to data provided by the Heritage Foundation, “Federal entitlements are driving this spending growth, increased from less than half of total federal outlays just 20 year ago to nearly 62 percent in 2012. Three major programs―Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security―dominate in size and growth, soaking up about 44 percent of the budget.”

As more and more people retire, and depend upon these programs, our government will have to borrow more and more to fund them. Eventually our debt will reach a point where no one will want to loan our government money and the dollar will collapse. When that happens the money you may have saved on your own will be worthless and the crisis will make the Great Depression look like a cake walk.

All these things I’ve talked about have come to pass because of one thing―fear. We are afraid of the bogeyman so we let our government start these wars to protect us from him. We are afraid of expecting people to love the country they emigrate to, so we tolerate multiculturalism and unfettered immigration. We fear not being able to provide for ourselves or our families, so we allow our government to tax us to fund programs to do take care of our needs.

The belief that it is okay, that it is the purpose for which our government was established are all poisonous beliefs that are bringing about the downfall of this once great nation. And how does one fight a belief when most of them are emotionally based and invulnerable to logic?

That, my friends, is the horror described by Steven Mallory in the Fountainhead. That is the battle that I wage day in and day out. It is a battle against ideas that have no basis in fact, ideas that have taken over the thought processes of the majority of Americans. But make no mistake about it, they are poison to our way of life and unless we rid ourselves of them, they will be the downfall of our nation.

One final quote by Jefferson and I will leave you be for now. It comes from his Notes on the State of Virginia Query and it says, “It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”

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