And now, the end is here
And so we face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
We’ve lived a life that’s full
We’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, we did it our way
Regrets, you will soon have many… (with apologies to Paul Anka)
America is/was more than just a stretch of land populated by people who one day chose the name Americans for themselves. America was an ideal that all men are created equal; that they are bestowed with certain rights; that government was instituted to protect those rights; that government derives its authority from the people; and that when government ceases to serve the purpose for which it was established the people can alter it, or tear it down.
If anything, America was a grand experiment in self-governance. Our system of government was not like some mechanical device that you install and then forget about; it requires our constant attention to ensure that it is functioning according to the plan which established it. the philosopher Plato once said, “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
But there is something just as bad, if not worse than simple apathy, that being participating in what you like to call the democratic process; the choosing of people to represent you in government, based upon a misunderstanding of the purpose for which government was established and the relationship between its authority and ours.
Lysander Spooner once said, “A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” If there was any truth I wish I could get people to understand, it would be that quote by Spooner. People go to the polls and choose those who they think will best serve the country, but there is a fatal flaw in their reasoning; in the decision process which leads most people to choose between one candidate and another. The flaw that I speak of is people’s allegiance to political party over their allegiance to principle.
When James Madison and the other delegates to the convention in Philadelphia sat down to draft our Constitution, do you honestly think they designed a system of government with the intent that it be divided along political party lines? Their sole intent was to establish a government with certain powers for certain specific purposes. To understand those purposes it is essential that you understand and adhere to the principles which our government was founded upon, and those which it was established to protect. If the people of this country cannot do that, they may as well blind fold themselves and pick a candidate like they’d play a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
I have been told, numerous times I might add, that the ideas and beliefs of a bunch of old dead guys are no longer relevant in today’s enlightened world. I have also been told that our Constitution, or as some people have said, ‘your precious constitution‘ is old and outdated. Fine, I’ll accept the possibility that those statements are true; so let’s abolish it. But, and this is a huge BUT, if you abolish the Constitution, then you abolish the government it created.
Above all the Constitution is a legally binding document of a people establishing a system of government. If you void that contract, then the entity which it creates loses all legal authority over me, my property, and my rights. You cannot keep the government but ignore the terms of the document which created it so it can be used as an engine to bring about your vision for change or social justice; you either obey the Constitution, or you abolish it and the government it established.
Yet the Constitution is not as rigid and inflexible as people think; it can be altered and modified; and has been…twenty seven times via the amendment process. George Washington spoke of this process in his Farewell Address to the nation, stating, “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.”
I hope you read that carefully, as it says that unless the Constitution has been amended by an authentic act of the people, (from whence all political power and authority flows), it is sacredly obligatory upon all; both the people and the government it created. You cannot pick and choose which portions of it you choose to obey and which you choose to ignore; the entire thing is sacredly obligatory, or you may as well throw it out and the government it created and admit that you prefer the tyranny of a government with no limits and restrictions upon its power.
There is another Lysander Spooner quote I’d like for you to read now, and you have to remember that Lysander Spooner was born in 1808 and died in 1887, so everything he said should be read with that in mind. Spooner also states, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
I wonder what Spooner, or our Founders for that matter, would think of the state of the government in America today, and how the people willingly submit to all manner of laws which violate their most basic rights and freedoms. I can tell you what they’d probably be thinking, as it is the same thing I think all the time; that being, “What the hell are these people waiting for, their government is corrupt, oppressive and tyrannical; why aren’t they resisting it?”
Sure, there is this whole Antifa movement which is resisting the policies of President Trump, but they are resisting for the wrong reasons. They do not seek to restore America to a country which has a limited government, they only want to get rid of the elitist Republicans and put leftists in power to push forward their agenda for social justice.
I can begin to understand, even forgive people for not standing up to the power and authority of government; fear is a powerfully motivating emotion and I could forgive people if it were simply fear which keeps them from resisting the every growing tyranny of their government. What I cannot abide, nor forgive, is the fact that they don’t even complain, and in some instances, support the expansion of programs which deprive them of the liberty government was established to secure.
You know, before America became America Thomas Jefferson wrote something y’all should keep in mind, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” (Source: A Summary View of the Rights of British America)
You don’t have to believe in God, but most, if not all, of our Founders did. They believed that God, or at least some supreme Creator, bestowed man with all their faculties and the liberty to go about their lives and seek success and happiness. For man to allow an entity created by them to actively restrict that liberty without resisting has got to anger whomever it was who bestowed that liberty upon us. Do you think you can avoid the consequences of not defending it infinitely?
Above all else, our Founders believed in the concept of Natural Law; that there were certain fundamental laws that applied to all beings in a state of nature. Of these laws, the first is that man has a right to defend what is rightfully theirs. It was this very law that Samuel Adams spoke of when he said, “Among the Natural Rights of the Colonists are these First. a Right to Life; Secondly to Liberty; thirdly to Property; together with the Right to support and defend them in the best manner they can–Those are evident Branches of, rather than deductions from the Duty of Self Preservation, commonly called the first Law of Nature.”
Now property is something people take to mean the things they purchase. While that is one form of property, there are others. In 1792 James Madison wrote something about property which I’d like for you to read:
This term in its particular application means “that dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual.”
In its larger and juster meaning, it embraces every thing to which a man may attach a value and have a right; and which leaves to every one else the like advantage.
In the former sense, a man’s land, or merchandize, or money is called his property.
In the latter sense, a man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.
He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them.
He has a property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person.
He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them.
In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
Where there is an excess of liberty, the effect is the same, tho’ from an opposite cause.
Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own. (My emphasis)
Your rights, especially those specifically protected by Constitutional Amendment, are unalienable; meaning they cannot be taken from you or surrendered. Sure, you may choose not to exercise them, but you NEVER lose them. In a way it is like a bicycle you put away in a storage shed and choose not to ride anymore. You don’t lose that bicycle; you have simply chosen not to use it anymore. The same goes for your rights; they are yours from birth and they will be yours the day you die; nobody can take them from you.
Because people today mistakenly believe that government has the authority to limit and restrict the exercising of our rights the people are becoming less free with each new law that says what you can and cannot do; especially as it pertains to the manner in which you choose to defend yourself and your liberty.
Those who resist government are branded threats to society or domestic terrorists. Those who attempt to rekindle the sacred fire of liberty in America are laughed at, scorned, and put on any number of government watch lists. And you honestly call that freedom? I’d hate to see your definition of servitude!
Our freedom of speech and expression is all but gone due to political correctness and the fact that many find the truth offensive. Our freedom of religion is all but gone for the same reasons. Our right to keep and bear arms has been restricted to the extent that we are vastly outgunned by those this right was instituted we be allowed to resist should it become tyrannical. Our right to privacy is all but gone as we are monitored, recorded, and catalogued by agencies such as the NSA. The fruit of our labor, (our wages), are taxed and then given to those society deems deserve it more.
In short, our property, (using Madison’s definition) is no longer respected by government; and this is true both in regards to the federal government and the State governments as well. And you still say we live in the land of the free? When are you going to open your eyes and see what’s happening right in front of them? When are you going to stop trusting the media, your elected officials, and your educators to tell you the truth? When are you going to say enough is enough; I’ve had all that I can stand and I can’t stand no more?!?
Being truly free is a huge blessing, but along with that blessing comes a huge responsibility; that being that we remain informed and ready to defend that freedom against any who would take it from us. As Thomas Paine once said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
If you want government to be your caregiver and your protector, fine; if you want government to do everything for you which a free man would do for himself, fine; just admit it, be honest about it, and claim slavery as your preferred lifestyle. But don’t you dare claim that you cherish freedom when your actions prove otherwise; and more importantly, don’t you dare attempt to force your chosen lifestyle upon those of us who simply wish to be left alone!
You see the thing is that my chosen lifestyle makes no impositions upon anyone but myself; I alone am responsible for my sustenance, my security, and my health. Your chosen lifestyle, on the other hand, shifts that responsibility to the hands of government, and by virtue of the fact that government cannot provide anyone with anything until they’ve first taken it from someone else; your chosen lifestyle diminishes my freedom.
And for you Republicans out there, don’t go hiding behind your conservative banner and say, NOT ME. It was your George W. Bush that gave us the Patriot Act and all the other laws which decimated the Bill of Rights. It was Bush’s War on Terror which led to the expansion of the TSA and its violations of our right to be secure in our persons and property, as well as the rapid expansion of the government’s surveillance of the American people for suspected terrorists.
You know, in 1975 Democratic Senator Frank Church appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, where he made the following comments, “In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air. Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know, at the same time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left such is the capability to monitor everything—telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.
If this government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology.
I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”
Sorry Senator Church, nobody remembers what you said, and nobody cares that the government you described is already here. Nobody cares about their right to privacy as long as they are being kept safe. Well Ben Franklin had some choice words for people like that, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Nobody cares that Edward Snowden is living his life exiled to Russia; his only crime being that he exposed the crimes our government is guilty of. If calling criminals, criminals then put me in jail too because they are all criminals; every one of them!
Even Snowden feared that nobody would care about what he was attempting to warn them about. In an interview held after he had released documents proving the government was conducting mass surveillance on every American citizen, Snowden made the following comment, “The great fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. [People] won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things… And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it’s only going to get worse.”
Sorry Edward, you were right. People have long since forgotten you, and what you tried to warn them about. People have forgotten what it means to be free and have chosen slavery over freedom.
But there’s one thing about the truth, it can’t stay hidden forever. One of these days the fact that people are not free, that they are slaves, is going to become blatantly obvious to them. The only question is, are they going to sit around pointing fingers at the other party, or are they going to rise up and live up to the saying, ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’? Or will the just accept their slavery as long as they can keep their TV’s, their Facebook, their smart phones and their professional athletics?
Whatever the case, I don’t expect to be around after that happens. I’m probably on at least a half dozen watch lists of some kind and I’m sure there’s a flag next to my name that says, “In the event of a national crisis, exterminate with extreme prejudice.”
After all, isn’t that how tyrants typically work, they get rid of the opposition in the most proficient and expedient manner possible? My friend, the Rebel Madman, recently stated, “A country governed by, and inhabited primarily by the historically ignorant, will always embrace a socialist form of government. In such a country, those who cherish freedom and liberty will consistently be viewed as troublemakers and eventually as criminals and will be dealt with accordingly.”
Well, we see it happening right before our very eyes but we refuse to accept that what we are seeing is the beginning of the end for freedom in America. With that attacks upon, first, the Confederate Flag, then all statues and monuments of Confederate heroes, then statues dedicated to men like Columbus, and now attacks upon Christian imagery, it won’t be long until all that this country once stood for is erased from our memories and our history.
When that happens, people won’t have to be forced into socialism, they’ll open their arms and embrace it willingly; the third American Revolution will have been won by those seeking to enslave us without ever firing a shot; all because the people refused to become informed, continued to place their party over the principles upon which America was founded.
Well done America… WELL DONE!!!
October 19, 2017
~ The Author ~
Neal Ross, Student of history, politics, patriot and staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Send all comments to: email@example.com.
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