"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Fog Sets In

This world existed in a fog before the United States arose to clear it. Masked under the lie of Divine Rights of Kings, fairness, or common good, people had no real choice in their daily lives. People were lead to believe that they were somehow removed from God's grace in a way that tyrants weren't. They were subjects, not citizens. They were blind followers, not participants in the world in which they lived.

Ancient civilizations attempted "democracy," and while Greece may have felt that a jury of 500 was democratic and fair, they murdered Socrates for having a different viewpoint. A society that was supposedly the epitome of the concept of fairness, proved just as tyrannical as any dictator. Democracy is not liberty.

King George III, relic of the old style of complete control of an entire people by the subjective opinion of one, attempted to squash dissenting viewpoints in the American colonies. Royal governors were given supreme authority, and the Stamp Act required all official documents to have the crown's official seal. This was considered, after all, 'fair' by the royals. Fairness is not liberty.

Enter the founders.

Our founding fathers removed the foggy lens, with which the world had used for so long to see itself. Some philosophers question whether one can be truly aware of his own universe. It's like a fish jumping out of the water to see that the ocean is only one part of the world, not the world. Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Hamilton, and a cast of others did just that. They questioned, they challenged, and they stood their ground. Still, this world existed under the dense fog that had plagued us since the dawn of civilization. Most people were oppressed, and it wasn't until the final shots of the Revolutionary War that victory was not only apparent for the small group of colonies against an empire but also for a new idea of liberty versus oppression.

The fog began to lift.

This great nation plugged along and grew. We had our own knock down and drag out fight, with the brave men and women from the North and the South doing more to forge our nation as a union of states, than any act of congress ever could. Slaves were free, and we asserted that this nation was, indeed, a federalist system. Local and national control are shared, and the states are not subjects to Washington.

Some of our great civil rights leaders, like Dr. King, helped to end the bigotry that existed across the nation. Because of this, we now see with more clarity.

We fought to end tyranny, and many nations are free in special thanks to the American will to fight for it. We faced down a giant that had us outgunned and outpaced in technological advancement in the Nazi regime, but liberty again reigned over tyranny.

The fog began to lift from the world.

Today we live in a world where oppression is still more common than liberty, but we have never been closer to a truly free world. This has been our national call to arms for our entire history: liberty, freedom. It's imperative that we remember this as the soul of our nation. We have rights and freedoms because we exist, not because government granted them to us. As we move closer to a socialist form of government, we move dangerously away from the intent of this nation, as our founders saw it. What's more, we risk swinging the pendulum of freedom back towards tyranny for the rest of the world.

Don't be fooled by the name "liberal" because it sounds so close to liberty. The two have nothing in common. Having the government rob from someone else to buy your vote is not liberty. This is the first step towards subjugation.

Democracy is not liberty; it is mob rule. Our founders set up a Republican form of government to guarantee our God given rights, even while in the minority.

Fairness is not liberty; it is the foggy lens that tyrants use to control the masses, for the common good.

We use the word Conservative to describe our ideology only because we want to conserve the principles of freedom and liberty that this nation was founded upon! If we had not seen such a dramatic shift away from those principles, and towards New Deals of government dependency, our ideology would be described as radical in a world where most people still do not live free.

Give me liberty or give me death.

This nation fully supports taking your private property for the "common good," while limiting your freedom of speech in the "interest of the many," and placing "reasonable restrictions" on gun ownership.

"Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns." -- Thomas Jefferson

We are now faced with the possibility of a "fairness doctrine" that will ensure that you have the "correct" thoughts and opinions. We have "hate crimes" legislation that seeks to punish you for thoughts that are not in accordance with the wishes of the masses.

It's getting foggy.

Would it be so bad if government did not have it hands in every aspect of our daily lives? Can you imagine a world where our government sets up a military, handles disputes between the states, and runs a court system without telling us which type of gasoline we can use, without controlling the alarm clock we wake up to, or the mattresses we sleep on? What if your money earned was yours to spend? What if true charity returned, and we could afford to give more to those in need, and make sure that it was money well spent? What if you could say what you wanted to say, and not go to jail for offending someone? What if you could question your leaders, and not be ridiculed and investigated by those leaders and their comrades?

Just imagine true freedom.

"I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people." -- George W. Bush, President of the US

Let's be wary of restrictions to liberty.

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." -- Harry Truman, President of the US

Conserve our traditions, and re-ignite the flame of liberty. That is the only way forward.

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1 comment:

I believe in the 1st Amendment. Say whatever you want. If you're a moron, I may point that out...if I have time. :P

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