"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

Sunday, December 21, 2008

All the King's Men Re-Appear

"The world begins to disappear,
the worst things come from inside here,
all the King's men reappear,
for Eggman, fallen off the wall
he'll never be together again..."
-- Counting Crows, Einstein on the Beach

Nothing is so vile in our culture as royalty and titles of nobility. For example, he may be Sir Paul McCartney in England, but he's just Paul McCartney here! Our founders were sick of monarchy, and they sought to change their lives for the better; they changed the world for the better as a consequence.

President Washington is quoted as saying, "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." This warning has not been heeded in recent times, as people have fallen for the trap of false security at the expense of liberty. We now have a generation of men who believe that it's simply just fine to wait for the police to protect you, because they are the government! This is a simple analogy, but fitting. Imagine you are in your home, in bed with your spouse, finishing the last chapter of your latest Clancy novel. The children are asleep, tucked in securely under their blankets. Suddenly an intruder breaks into the front door. What do you do? If you're the type who believes government protects you, and is the end-all be-all of judgment, then you call 9-1-1, and wait. You may be waiting a while, though. If, however, you are sane (a minority in this country) you will do what I will do...grab your gun, and send the intruder to hell by "instantaneous lead poisoning" because you understand that the police don't prevent crime, they investigate crimes that have already been committed. Make their job a little easier, and take care of yourself.

This is the epitome of freedom.

You have the responsibility, and the right to defend yourself, and to do society a favor in the process.

Our founders did not set up a system of government that granted us rights. They merely acknowledged that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..." The individual is not created by government, and therefore, cannot be controlled by government. We have set up a system of laws, checks and balances, and a common defense for our well-being, but this does not mean we should work for government.

Government works for us.

As we progress to a stronger and stronger central government in Washington, D.C. (just watch during the Obama Administration how this trend accelerates), we lose control over our daily lives. Sadly, we don't even have a tyrannical dictator forcibly taking those rights...the people are saying, "save us!" This strong central government increasingly resembles a monarchy, which at its core represents taking power from the people. Laws are silly to a King, because he'll just change them with a new decree. Pres-elect Obama has demonstrated his willingness to throw out our Constitution by appointing Sen. Clinton as Secretary of State, for example. She is not eligible, according to our Constitution, but we will hear a number of popular opinions about why she should be allowed to serve. Short of a Constitutional Amendment, she is not legally permitted to serve in that capacity, and the news media will inundate us with excuses and reasons why the rule is outdated, giving little regard to the fact that it's our Constitution that they call outdated. In the end, the Constitution will lose, and Clinton will be hailed as a great addition to the Obama team. The majority of Americans will simply fold and go along with the crimes against our government. The one man who is supposed to uphold the Constitution, will crumple it into the trash.

We have, for too long, simply folded and allowed government to expand, regardless of which party is in power. The one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on is the need to secure their own power over the people. Reagan was an exception to that rule, but we have not seen Reagan for quite some time in American politics. Government is a hindrance to success, prosperity, and freedom. Thomas Paine said, "a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right." Over the past century, Americans have allowed government to tax marriage, tax wages, control their freedom to come and go, purchase goods, grow food, and even raise their children in the name of progress.

In the movie, Death Wish, with Charles Bronson, there exists one of the greatest dialogues in 20th century films. After Bronson's character goes on a crime-stopping spree, killing muggers with extreme prejudice, he has a debate with his grown son.

"We're not pioneers anymore," his son-in-law says.
"What are we Jack?" responds Bronson. "If we're not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they're faced with a condition of fear, do nothing about it--they just run and hide?"
"Civilized?" Jack offers.
Bronson shakes his head, "No."

God granted us freedom; we helped bring it to the world. As we move closer and closer to a strong central government the most special gift in God's creation, including life itself, is in danger.

These are not simply lofty philosophical ideas, to be debated in a classroom, with little substance. We can all do our part to shift the tide.


Vote to end taxes. Vote to put your city council out of work. Vote for a mayor who will reduce his or her own government budgets, reduce their payrolls, and end needless governing bodies that do everything from controlling the height of your grass to determining where you can get medical care.

Vote. Vote in primaries, because after that, you just get the R and the D, and R does not always mean Conservative, and D surely means defeat for liberty.

Vote. Vote in the elections, for people who will put themselves out of a job, in government. If I were running for the House, Senate, or any other state or local office, it would be my duty to put myself out of a job. The Constitutional mandates are not as expansive as government's desires. The two need to be realigned.

Vote. Vote to impose term limits on ALL government officials! Representatives can serve 2 terms, for a total of 4 years. Senators get one term, for 6 years. There are a lot of good people out there with leadership potential, but 95% re-election rates for sitting lawmakers essentially prohibits a fair representation.

They will call it fair, but it's nothing more than oppression to the greatest degree. It's time to be the fish that jumps out of the ocean, seeing the ocean is just part of the greater universe, not the universe. That's what our founders did. That is what we must do. Sphere: Related Content

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