As most of you know, we have been writing weekly articles about the issues that face America and Americans for almost 10 years, from the perspective of a conservative. Over that time period we have become acutely aware of just how divided America really is and how that very division stops us from fixing the serious and vexing problems we face. Americans seem to be hopelessly divided by race, age, gender, religion and rich and poor, while the government profits and gains more power from our divisions and manipulates us like puppets.
In analyzing where those divisions came from, we keep coming back to the government. Because of direct government actions of parceling out money and services to different constituent groups, paid for from the public treasury, those groups have become divided among themselves, each fighting the other over the “spoils” of government largess. Those “spoils” are exchanged for votes by government to keep them in power.
From Social Security, to welfare, to Medicare, to Medicaid, to health care, to money, to food, to water, to land, the environment and to energy, we are at the government’s mercy. Now with Obama care, they have us literally by the throat, because if government controls the payment of your health care, they can control your behavior, your habits and your life and even whether you live or die ….. simply by passing laws, or promulgating bureaucratic rules.
Since the middle 1930’s we have been given government social security numbers to implement social security that was purely designed to make people dependent on government in their senior years, in exchange for their votes. Social Security is so ingrained in the culture that any politician who dares to utter the words, “we must reform Social Security” will lose his or her political career almost overnight. Now, everyone you do business with wants your once-private social security number for identification. How did that happen?
Our private health records are now on some government computer mainframe, subject to scrutiny by the government. Soon we will be given a national ID card allegedly to tell who is a legal American and who is not. We won’t be able to travel anywhere without that national ID card, making us that much more dependent on the federal government. (NOTE: The national ID card will not solve the illegal immigration problem and neither will amnesty.)
We are already subjected to humiliating pat downs by government police agents at the nation’s airports for so-called national security. How long will it be before we are required by government to insert RFID chips under our skin for further identification, while illegal aliens and terrorists hide in the shadows and under the radar? That’s called “tagging” and it is what they do to animals. Are you an animal? Do you still think that government is your friend?
Government always punishes the law abiding with new laws that restrict more and more of our freedom, by telling us that it is for our own good, or our own safety, or our own welfare, or to catch the bad guys. That is exactly why government is now pushing for gun control on law abiding people that will have no affect whatsoever on gun crime or school, theater, or shopping mall massacres. It is estimated that there are already 20,000 gun laws on the books. In contrast, there are at least 300,000,000 guns in circulation and the bad guys are going to get guns.
So ladies and gentlemen, it follows that if the American people are divided, the government is divided as well and the government will exploit the people’s divisions to increase their power over the people, by pitting the people against each other. All three branches of the government and the bureaucracies they create, are in collusion with central bankers, corporations, unions and special interest groups and have been exploiting the American people for at least the last 8 to 10 decades, if not longer. To give you an idea of how long this has been going on, the following is a portion of a purported conversation that Edward M. House had with then President Woodrow Wilson. House was a foreign policy adviser to Wilson:
Very soon, every American will be required to register their biological property in a National system designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will affect our security as a chargeback for our fiat paper currency. Every American will be forced to register or suffer not being able to work and earn a living. They will be our chattel, and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions. Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, forever to remain economic slaves through taxation, secured by their pledges. They will be stripped of their rights and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two would figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debt to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges. This will inevitably reap to us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud, which we will call Social Insurance. Without realizing it, every American will insure us for any loss we may incur and in this manner; every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and, we will employ the high office of the President of our dummy corporation to foment this plot against America.
We cannot independently verify that this conversation ever took place, but that single paragraph describes the actual condition that all Americans find themselves in today and reflects the devious mindset of those in government who are Hell bent on absolute control over all the people. The trouble is, the people don’t even know it, as Mr. House stated. Your property and the fruits of your labor are nothing more than collateral for the ever-rising government debt and your social security number, issued by the government, is the loan number for your portion of the debt ….. while government lets you live.
You are only good for government if you can produce income upon which you pay taxes, so that government can redistribute your taxes to those who pay no taxes ….. for votes. Once you no longer produce income, as in senior citizens, your collateral for the nation’s debt is significantly diminished, you are no longer of use to government and can be denied health care so that you die and any remaining social security or Medicare benefits inuring to you, are left to be redistributed to the living ….. for their votes. Does this sound like government is a true friend to you?
What else does government control? Just about everything, from the house you live in, to the land you live on, to the car you drive, to the food you eat, to the energy you consume, to the sewage you create, to the care of your health and to the money you spend. With that much control and that much power over you, can you trust government to be your friend? Does government still defend individual liberty, which is their constitutional duty? Only the deluded, the naive and those living off the government can believe that! Whatever happened to American independence, self-reliance and personal responsibility of yester year? Is that now passé?
In the $50 Billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill passed into law at the end of January 2013, over half of the funds covered expenses for items other than Hurricane Sandy relief at a time that the country is essentially broke. Why?
The Obama $800 Billion stimulus bill, contained over 9,000 pork projects to pay off the “friends” of those in power ….. mostly unions. In fact, the stimulus bill was nothing more than a dumping ground for every piece of pork legislation that one or the other party couldn’t get through Congress by normal legislative means. If they can spend your money so recklessly and so wastefully, how then can government be your friend? Would you let a friend do this to you?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has purchased over 1,000,000,000 mostly hollow point bullets and 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles. Why does DHS need hollow point bullets and assault rifles when they are not part of the military? Is this the well-armed civilian force that Obama talked about in his 2008 campaign? Does your federal government sound like a friend now? (NOTE: We have a Freedom of Information Act request into DHS asking who approved the purchases, why they were made and who the bullets and rifles are supposed to go to. We’ll let our readers know what we find out ….. if DHS tells us.)
Your government passed Obama Care over the objections of a majority of Americans, that was purported to cost us all less and provide health care to millions more Americans ….. a blatant contradiction if there ever was one. Obama promised that we could keep our doctors and our health plans. He lied, of course. The cost of Obama Care has gone from revenue neutral (Obama’s words) to what the CBO now says could cost over $6,000,000,000,000 (that’s trillions folks, 1,000 times a billion). Businesses are dumping their private health care plans by the gross and forcing their employees to sign up for government-funded Medicaid exchanges, just like Obama wanted; a single-payer system. Some businesses will go out of business because of Obama Care. The hard reality is, under Obama Care, most Americans will lose their doctor and their private health care plan and it could very likely send us into bankruptcy. Does this sound like a government that is your friend, or a government that you can trust?
Government severely regulates and taxes energy supplies and production and provides billions of our tax dollars in subsidies for alternative energy sources (i.e. wind and solar) paid to government’s “green” friends who then go bankrupt (Solyndra, etc.). Now do you think that government is your friend and has your best interests at heart?
Government has taken over public education through the U. S. Department of Education, where they brainwash our children with multi-culturalism, collectivism, political correctness and the one-world-order. Why ….. to indoctrinate the masses in their political agenda. If this is friendship, it is a new definition.
Government taxes you and your employer for Social Security (15% on wages). They just take it from you and you earn no interest on that money, as you would on any other investment. When you retire you get pennies on the dollar compared to if your money was invested at just a 3% or even at 1% return. Even worse, the government borrows the money out of the Social Security fund and replaces it with Treasury Bonds that the government has to borrow more money to pay off the bonds to pay social security benefits. Do you still think government is your friend?
Then there is the IRS Tax code, consisting of thousands of pages of rules, exceptions and deductions, but also containing all kinds of conflicts, confusions and contradictions. You, the tax payer, are supposed to be able to figure all this out by yourself, or pay a tax preparer to do it for you. But even if the tax preparer does it for you, you still have to collect the information to give to the tax preparer. It can take many hours to do it yourself and even many hours if a tax preparer does it. Now you can add many more hours to comply with Obama Care’s IRS requirements. Finally, you have to sign the IRS Return form stating in writing that the form is true and accurate even though you haven’t a clue as to whether it is true or accurate or not, thus exposing you to a possible criminal act. Some friend! This is not freedom this is abject slavery.
The only people in America who think that government is their friend are those Americans who are living off the sweat, blood and tears of productive Americans, sanctioned by government. (that’s 88 million non-producing people paid by 106 million producing people) The rest of us would just like to be left alone by government, to go on about our lives, our work, raising our children and taking a vacation now then, without government taking a huge percentage of our money in taxes, peeking into our bedrooms and regulating us to death.
Is the federal government keeping us safe from terrorists, yes? But did we have to give up our freedoms so that they could keep us safe, where every American, especially conservative Americans, are potential terrorists and have to be monitored, spied on, or denigrated, or maybe even incarcerated or killed, using the bullets and guns just purchased by the Department of Homeland Security? Would a “friend” do this?
And it’s not just the federal government that has become arrogant, abusive and all-powerful. Local and state government reflect what comes out of the Federal government and they too have become arrogant and abusive. We could tell you story after story where this is the case. Shortly, we will be devoting an entire column to one such story coming out of a corrupt city in Arkansas. Many already know about the corrupt Monroe County, Tennessee, where Lt. Cmdr. Walter Fitzpatrick and a few others paid a severe price for challenging that corruption, both in fines and jail time.
The fact is, if you are a hard working, law abiding, productive American, liberal, conservative, or independent, we guarantee you that government is not your friend, it is in fact your enemy that will steal from you (taxes) to pay off their “friends” in exchange for their votes. The trouble is, we are so busy fighting with each other, egged on by government, we can’t see that government has become American’s sworn domestic enemy. Who are the smart ones in this scenario?
By slow, insidious maneuvering of the law by government over the last 100 years and buying off the people with their own money, we have become virtual slaves in our own land because government has divided us into constituency groups that fight with each other instead of fighting the real enemy ….. government!
We can quote all we want from the Founding Fathers, the constitution, the Federalist Papers, or great justices of the Supreme Court about liberty, our unalienable rights and justice, but these quotes are just so much hot air. Do you think that Obama cares one whit about what the Founding Fathers said? Today’s politicians don’t care about the way it was. They love the way it is because they are in absolute control of the masses. That is why they are the enemy.
What we have in America today is what we have, whose ever fault it is, and if individual, God-given rights are ever to be re-established, as was the vision of its Founders, the American people have two choices, either re-claim freedom by peaceful means or by force, or be content to be government slaves. Since force is somewhat problematic because of the great disparity in weapons between the people and the government, we are left with only peaceful means, that is if we weren’t so divided. But you can take this to the bank. If we don’t start treating government like the enemy it is, there is no hope of ever re-claiming anything.
March 3, 2013
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Ron Ewart is the President of The National Association of Rural Landowners and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues. Ron may reached for comment via email at email@example.com.