Freedom Comes With A Cost

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In the Sixties, the group Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young wrote a song in which they state; “Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground.” As Ronald Reagan once said, freedom is never free. Freedom comes with a cost, and if there aren’t those willing to pay it, then it will vanish. And without freedom you are merely a slave. That is not the way freemen live, and it is not how our Founders hoped this nation would turn out.

In February of 1788 James Madison penned Federalist 51 in which he hinted at what may happen should the people of this country become ignorant and corrupt, “It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

We the people, by voting for candidates for office, get exactly the type government we deserve. The two political parties; the Republicans, and the Democrats, both think that they have the correct vision for the future of this country. Then there are those people always vote along party lines because to vote for anyone else is a vote for the enemy. The truth is that both parties are the enemies of the people and both are guilty of disregarding the limits imposed upon them by we the people, through the Constitution.

That is the truth, and until people accept that fact, learn what few powers the Constitution grants government, and what limits it imposes upon them, and then begin voting accordingly, then not a damn thing is going to change.

When I leave my home to go somewhere I often look at all the cars scurrying about and wonder how many of those people understand what is happening in this country. I wonder if any of them have picked up a copy of any of our founding documents and read them. Quite honestly, sometimes I wonder if half of them can even read at a level to understand them.

I know it may seem like this is all I talk about, but that is because this is the root of all the evil that we face in this country. If people voted for men of high moral character then we would not be in the mess we are.

A history professor at the University of Edinborough, Alexander Tyler, or Tytler, depending upon who you talk to, once said, “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

I know we are not, or were not supposed to be, a democracy, but let’s face it, we have become one. We were supposed to be a Republic where our representatives were voted into office by a majority, but were held accountable to the rule of law, the law being the Constitution. But the same principle espoused by Tytler applies, as soon as people realize they can get goodies at someone else’s expense, the whole thing begins to unravel.

Now we have a government that has spent itself into a $16 trillion dollar national debt, we have become a socialist nation which subsidizes everything from health care to education. We have lost nearly all our rights, as protected by the Bill of Rights, all in the name of keeping us safer. We now find ourselves using pre-emptive strikes to invade and neutralize those we consider threats to our national security, and we have labeled as domestic terrorists ordinary citizens who stand for the values that built this country. I’d say we made a pretty good mess of things, wouldn’t you?

On top of all that, we have forgotten our Christian heritage. I know this is a touchy subject for some, as there are many out there who read my commentaries and agree with me as long as I keep myself to political topics, and not cross over into religion. But the truth is our nation was founded, for the most part, by men of faith. When the First Amendment was written it was never intended to limit anyone’s ability to freely pray, or read from their Bible. It was written to prohibit the state, [government] from forcing religion, or more specifically a particular sect upon the people, and to guarantee that people would be free to worship as they please.

Our Supreme Court has upheld cases which ban God from our Schools and public places, yet the very first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Jay, is quoted as saying, “Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”

Our second president, John Adams stated, “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.”

From the Journal of the House of Representatives, 34th Congress, 1st Session, page 354, “The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

From the House Judiciary Committee, 1854, “Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle… In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity… That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.

I think I have proven my point. Yet today, the underlying principles which guided our Founders have been eroded by political correctness. And even among those who profess to be Christian, we have many who are among the, what I like to call, feel good denominations, those who attend the mega church services of people like Joel Osteen. How far they differ from the sermons given during the time our Founders lived.

For instance, from a sermon delivered by Jonathon Edwards, in Connecticut in 1741, “…Tis true, that judgment against your evil work has not been executed hitherto; the flood of God’s vengeance have been withheld; but your guilt in the meantime is constantly increasing, and you are every day treasuring up more wrath…

Whether you believe in God or not, the fact is that He exists and His law in unchanging. It was through Him that we derived our rights, and it is a sin against Him that we sit idly by while those rights are taken from us by men who have sworn an oath to protect them.

John Adams once declared, “Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.”

You look at the society we live in and the values of the people who inhabit this country and tell me that we are a virtuous people. I see these bumper stickers on cars which say God Bless America. Why in the hell should he when we disregard His will?

The other day I saw a quote which I feel applies to what I am trying to get across, it comes from an anonymous author, and says, “It’s funny how everybody considers honesty a virtue, yet no one wants to hear the truth.”

For the most part we have become a nation of sheep governed by wolves. We are afraid to speak our minds, to proclaim the truth for fear of losing friends, or facing the wrath of those who govern us. Is this the nature of free men?

In his Change to Chains-The 6,000 Year Quest for Control, William Federer writes, “…for PEOPLE to rule themselves in a REPUBLIC, they must have virtue; for a TYRANT to rule in a TYRANNY, he must use fear.

Just going back to what has happened since September 11, 2001, we have become convinced that there is a terrorist hiding behind every bush and that only through infringements of our unalienable rights may we be made safe. The same thing is now happening with these attacks upon the Second Amendment; fear of more school shootings is being used to manipulate people into believing that only by depriving the people of another of their unalienable rights may they be made safe.

From his book Defiance, C.J. Redwine states, “Silent acquiescence in the face of tyranny is no better than outright agreement.” As a people whose ancestors fought against tyranny for their freedom, are we to sit idly by and watch as our liberty is stripped from us due to our fear? If so, I am ashamed to call you my countrymen!

Ronald Reagan, the darling of the GOP and the so-called conservatives in this country, once said, “Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: ‘We the people.’ ‘We the people’ tell the government what to do…” Well it’s way past time we raised our voices and started telling them to obey the Constitution.

I constantly hear that times have changed, that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are archaic and no longer apply in the world we live in. Excuse me, but that is utter nonsense! Former Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black once said the following about the Bill of Rights, “[I]t is true that [the provisions of the Bill of Rights] were designed to meet ancient evils. But they are the same kind of human evils that have emerged from century to century whenever excessive power is sought by the few at the expense of the many.”

These rights are ours, and it does not matter that a body of men enact laws which infringe upon them, those rights still exists, and it is our RIGHT to oppose any law which so infringes upon them. This is a concept which was held by our Founders, and clearly stated by a former Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart, “The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic in our scheme. Even when an ordinance requires a permit to make a speech, to deliver a sermon, to picket, to parade, or to assemble, it need not be honored when it’s invalid on its face.” The same may also be said about requiring people to obtain a permit to keep and bear arms, I might add.

When I write I normally get a few responses to my commentaries, and these come from the same old people who are of like mindset. Although I truly appreciate their comments and support, it is not to them to whom I address these missives, it is to those who still drink the Kool Aid and believe that their party has all the answers, that their government is doing the job it was established to do. Unfortunately I have yet to hear from one single person who has said that my words have gotten through to them.

I do, however, hear that I am wasting my time writing to these people because in the time of our nation’s war for independence only 3% of the people actively fought against tyranny, while the remainder stood on the sidelines with their loyalties divided between the Crown, and independence.

However, there is one big difference between 1776 and now. Back in the time of our nation’s war for independence we did NOT have a nation filled with people who depended upon government subsidies for their survival. Say there was a revolution in 2013 and we did regain control of our government and limit its actions to those specifically enumerated by the Constitution. What would happen when millions of people suddenly found their welfare checks and food stamps cut off? The chaos and anarchy that would ensue would be worse than any fight against the tyranny of our government.

There are means of fighting back which we can do without taking up arms and spilling blood. Just the other day I read about numerous arms dealers who have told the State of New York that they will no longer sell any firearms to government entities which are prohibited to the people of New York. That was a brilliant strategy and could be used as an example to others who stood for liberty. Just stop doing business with government and see where they are going to get the materials that keep their massive bureaucracy in motion. Oh, I’m sure they would try to TAKE what they needed, but then it would be them who started the next revolution, not us.

All I’m saying is that if we don’t do something, one day we will wake up and find that we are, in fact, complete slaves to our government with all our rights gone. As Winston Churchill once said, “If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

But, unfortunately, I think something Alexis de Tocqueville once said more aptly applies to the America we currently know, “Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

Just remember, Abraham Lincoln, as much as I despise him, once said, “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their Constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”

As I close, ponder on this, there are a growing number of people who are, in fact, growing weary of their governments steady march towards tyranny and oppression. Just as Jonathon Edwards stated that God’s wrath is, for now, being withheld, so is the wrath of those of us who value our rights and our liberty. It won’t take much for our government to push us into a corner where we feel that our only choice is to fight back. And when that happens the majority of Americans will only have themselves to blame. For as Euripides said in his play Orestes, “When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” Well, great woes are in store for this nation should we as a people do not once again regain the morals and virtue of the men who bequeathed to us the means by which to preserve our liberty.

To close, I’d like to leave you with a quote by Robert Heinlein. Ponder it for it may soon be put to the test, “Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.”

February 17, 2014

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