by Don Cooper
by Don Cooper: Security
realize it or not Americans live in a constant state of fear every
day. Iím not referring to the fears of everyday life like losing
a job or having an accident of some kind, but rather a more sinister
and devious fear; a fear that Americans only dare talk about around
the water cooler or at cocktail parties so as not to be taken seriously;
a fear they try to mask with a with a whimsical tone of sarcasm
or indifference. Whether Americans want to admit it or not, itís
the single greatest fear in their lives: fear of the government.
now there are those reading this thinking: Don Cooper is a drunk.
To which I reply: whatís that got to do with it? Maybe more people
should drink if thatís what it takes to sober up and confront what
they are really afraid of.
In their defense,
Iíll admit that reality is scary. No argument that living in delusion
is warmer, safer, cozier, and easier. Pretending is always more
fun than reality, thatís why we go to the movies. But fear of the
government is a fear that invades a personís soul and Ė since
the government intervenes in every aspect of our lives Ė it
affects every move we make every day.
Fear of the
government is hard to recognize and acknowledge. Itís a fear that
we are taught early on in life and to which we become accustomed.
We inevitably end up tucking it away in the far reaches of our minds
in order to function "normally" every day and live our
lives. But just as a car backfiring will trigger a sense of fear
from a shell-shocked veteran, so too can the State trigger that
sense of fear theyíve instilled in us.
One need only
ask: when you see a cop in your rearview mirror with his lights
on, do you feel a sense of safety and comfort or do you get a shot
of adrenaline from your bodyís "fight or flight" reflex?
Do you immediately start asking yourself what he could possibly
pull you over for, other than the fact that he was abused as a child,
bullied at school and his mother didnít love him, and now heís going
to whittle away at that chip on his shoulder by abusing you.
As you search
for your proof of government permission to drive (i.e., your license),
and your government permission to own the car ( i.e., your registration
), and your proof of government mandated insurance, do you do so
calmly and with a smile on your face and with gleeful anticipation
of speaking with someone who gives of himself to serve and protect
you, or do you do so nervously, fumbling through your papers hoping
everythingís up to date and acceptable to him for fear of being
detained for whatever reason and having it affect your job, your
family, and every aspect of your life?
And when itís
all over, do you feel glad that it happened or are you just glad
itís over? Later that evening do you recount the story to others
with a sense of pride, or do you do so with a sharp tongue and kick
yourself for all the things you wish you would have had the presence
of mind to say at the time but didnít? Do you feel happy that you
have to pay $150 to the government because you were driving down
the street faster than the government allows you to, or are you
And in the
end, do you send the money to the government even though you donít
agree with it? Even though you feel itís unfair to have to pay so
much money yet youíve harmed no one? Of course you do. And why?
Because youíre afraid of what the government will do to you if you
donít. In the end, youíll retreat back into your cubby-hole of delusion
in order to justify paying the fine by convincing yourself that
what you did was wrong, the government was right, and you deserve
delusional argument from those still attached to the matrix is that
they pay their taxes voluntarily. To these people I ask: when you
do your tax returns, do you take as many deductions as the government
will allow you? Of course, the answer is always yes. Then I ask
them that if they could take enough deductions such that their tax
liability was zero would they do so? Again, not surprisingly, the
answer is yes. I then ask them that if their preference is to pay
zero taxes then why donít they simply refuse to pay taxes. Inevitably,
thatís where their train of thought always runs out of track. Of
course everyone knows the answer: because theyíre afraid of what
the government will do.
everyone to ask themselves: when was the last time you even thought
about the possibility you might be robbed, your house broken into
or shot at? Can you even remember? Now ask yourself when was the
last time you were afraid of doing something that could be deemed
"illegal" by the government and for which you could be
fined, detained or arrested? Something like not wearing a seatbelt,
making a U-turn, going through a yellow light, not crossing the
street at the cross-walk, riding
a bike on a sidewalk, forgetting your license at home, taking
too many deductions on your taxes, talking on your phone while driving,
allowing strangers to touch you or your children at the airport,
cutting down a tree on your own property, owning
and transporting a gun, collecting
rain water and the list goes on. I would wager the answer is:
daily! The first word out of everybodyís mouth when asked a normal,
completely benign question these days is: "Well legally Ö"
Itís first and foremost on our minds, and why wouldnít it be, there
are 76,000 pages to just the federal register alone. Some argue
that everyone commits at least three
felonies every day!
is a dangerous thing, and it must be stopped in our lifetime, foí
it kill somebody.
At the end
of the day, all government mandates are enforced at the end of the
barrel of a gun, and that scares the hell out of everyone, as it
should. But if we truly believe we are free then we have to start
acting like it. Itís time we cared about something bigger than ourselves.
Itís time we stopped living our lives in fear.
all that, Iím not holding my breath. Itís proven to be difficult
to convince people that freedom is more important than the real
housewives of New Jersey.
why I drink!
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native, Navy veteran, economist, business analyst and father.
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