by Karen Kwiatkowski: What
Does the GOP Really Want in 2012?
are just beyond the bend for this country. As we gaze into the future,
the lapping of the water at our feet is more agitated than usual,
the waves subtly more insistent. Occasionally we hear an unfamiliar
sound, a microcrash of waves or a strange cry from an unknown bird.
We see unseasonable migrations and we sense that the ground beneath
our feet is moving, catlike.
Most have not
yet noticed the profound urgency of what is upon us, but there exists
a sharpness in the air, beyond the new normal of a November morning.
It is difficult
to comprehend the massive pent-up force potential of a hundred years
of war and state-ordered theft, a hundred years of global nationalism,
a hundred years of the voracious passion of the state for the bones
and marrow of free-thinking people. Barriers to the state’s inevitable
metastasis have begun to fall away, and what was once hidden from
view is now partially revealed. The zombification of the United
States is upon us. Our generations will witness and experience the
transmogrification of something we thought we knew and trusted into
a walking-dead centralized horror intent on our personal destruction.
But it’s not
and community appreciation prevail in many parts of the country.
The nationalization of a "day" for gratitude and community
solidarity must of course be suspect. We are told that Thanksgiving
traces back to the Pilgrims, but its dedication by the state in
midst of a bloody confederation crisis in 1863 was neither humble
nor community oriented. It was the "great
Union Festival of America."
that spirit, all week we will hear posers in houses of worship share
their gratefulness for soldiers that the American president and
his unelected advisors have, for decades, sent around the world
to kill, defraud, and steal. Politicians, state historians, and
even otherwise honest people will tell us that we are the freest
nation on the planet and that we should thank our past and present
political classes for this freedom. Some will vaguely recall the
official spirit of the first Europeans to North America, and many
more will eat, drink and watch football. In carb and tryptophan-induced
comas, we will fall asleep and dream.
Here are a
few things I will do this week.
I will remember
that my liberty exists not because I deserve it, nor because someone
else fought for it. My liberty – and that of my children, my grandchildren,
and my neighbors is a
birthright from the Creator.
I will recall
that my Christian faith consistently teaches that Jesus, even at
an early age, stood wholly without fear in front of kings, princes,
high priests, wealthy men, and powerful bureaucrats.
I will marvel
that despite every state centralized effort to dumb us down, to
make us feel less and fear more, to destroy our intellectual, moral,
and economic independence – for all of that, the fundamental sense
of justice in this country has not yet been murdered by the state.
No American truly believes that the
government has the right to hunt down and destroy their child
or brother on an executive command and a rumor. No person in this
country celebrates a social welfare state that
consciously and enthusiastically increases poverty and dependence.
No person in this country believes that the freest nation in the
world would also be the one that incarcerates
1 of every 100 of its citizens.
I will be
happy that through family conversations about the so-called "1%,"
the D.C banksters, the ratchet effect of our warfare/welfare state,
evil of congressional insider trading, federal school loan serfdom
and a hundred other things – Americans of all ages are beginning
to understand that libertarian
class analysis is the only way to truly understand American
history. Sheldon Richman explains:
coercive taxing power necessarily creates two classes: those who
create and those who consume the wealth expropriated and transferred
by that power. Those who create the wealth naturally want to keep
it and devote it to their own purposes. Those who wish to expropriate
it look for ever more-clever ways to acquire it without inciting
resistance. One of those ways is the spreading of an elaborate
ideology of statism, which teaches that the people are the
state and that therefore they are only paying themselves when
they pay taxes.
I will be grateful
that statism is becoming a dirty word.
I will be humbled
and inspired by the wisdom, ingenuity and common sense of my neighbors,
both those over the fence, and over the internet. I’ve learned more
philosophy, more history, mastered more skills and spoken substantively
with more people in the past decade than in all four of my previous
ones. This exponential change in the ownership and access to knowledge
and truth is the fundamental strength of our coming revolution.
We are winning already, and we haven’t even begun to fight.
terms of politics, I will continue to be profoundly amazed and grateful
for the living example of Ron Paul – an honest and humble man of
faith and courage who inspires a hundred million Americans. I will
be grateful that his words are being borrowed and repeated by every
pretender to the Washington Throne.
– simple, heartfelt gratitude – creates its own bounty, liberates
and nourishes individuals, families, and communities, and blesses
everyone. As we work towards real liberty in America, and as we
wage our long battle to restore the republic, the mindset of thanksgiving
powerfully demarcates us from our enemy. That enemy, the ravenous
and soulless state, thankful for nothing and coveting everything,
is less powerful than we suspect. The
real nature of power is an open secret. And if you learned any
of this, in part, or in full, because of Lew Rockwell and the Mises
Institute, like me, you’ve got one more item to add to your Thanksgiving
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
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is currently running for Congress in Virginia's 6th district.
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