the Illusion of Consent… Peacefully
fly again until TSA Submission Training is done away with
and not buying cars equipped with Big Brother technology
thats a good start on the path back to liberty. But if we
really want to pick up the pace and get back to what this
country once was, a very long time ago, theres a play we could
make about a year from now that would fundamentally change everything:
play their game.
at least, voting isnt a con as it is currently and
has been for decades.
No, worse than
Voting in the
context of our current system is the mechanism by which we enslave
ourselves and this is key without being conscious
of our enslavement.
It is called
the illusion of consent.
of us, at any rate believe that because we are offered the
choice between Tweedledee and Tweedledum that the oppression subsequently
visited upon us by the state and its agents has been done with our
consent, since after all, we got to vote on it first.
It is an absurd
proposition when you deconstruct it as well as when examined
in the light of morality. On a purely mechanical level, its
ridiculous to believe that you or I or any individual has any meaningful
say in what is done to us under color of law, on the basis of The
Vote. Have you ever written your congresscretin? The form letters
one receives in reply, auto-penned signature and all, reveal the
weight given your mighty vote
Trust me. Every
vote does not matter or even count.
You, and I
and everyone else weve all been rendered moot by diffusion.
We are as individually unimportant to the system as a worker bee
in a hive.
But what really
matters is the fundamental immorality of The Vote. Certain
things should simply not be on the table. Human rights are not negotiable,
but of course, most people no longer have any conception of human
rights or have had their conceptions warped into their opposite.
That is, they believe in the right to violate other peoples
rights via The Vote. It is ok to steal from your neighbor, for instance,
provided it has been duly voted on first. To tell a man with whom
he may associate, or buy from and sell to. And so forth.
But, I digress.
this country suffers from is the false idea that the government
operates with the consent of the governed. I dont know about
you, but no agent of the government ever asked whether I consent
to anything that has been done to me, or done in my name.
If they want my money, they just take my money. My rights
and yours have been regulated, delimited, conditioned and
outright taken away against my expressly stated wishes and
yours too, probably. But we play along, because we have The Vote
and because the system has conned us into accepting this absurd
notion that it operates with our consent.
if we withdrew that consent?
What if enough
of us simply declined to vote for Tweedledee or Tweedledum?
We are very
tellingly encouraged by both wings of the duopoly that
runs this country to vote. They Demopublicans
and Republicrats alike urge us via PSAs every election cycle
that It doesnt matter who you vote for so long
as you vote.
Is it not interesting
that both wings should be so mutually in agreement on this point?
What they want
above all is our affirmation of the duopolys rule over us,
which we freely give them each and every election cycle thus
perpetuating the con.
But we could
give the duopoly a Wizard of Oz moment if enough of us just
stayed home on election day especially election day 2012.
only about half of all eligible voters ever vote in a presidential
election anyhow which means (roughly) about 26-30 percent
of the actually-voting 50-ish percent. So, the little known fact
of the matter is that El Jefe is (s)elected by, at most,
about a quarter of all eligible voters.
even have majority rule!
Now, a goodly
portion of the people who do vote are tax-feeders or parasites of
one sort or another because, obviously, they have the most at stake.
They will continue to participate for the same reason that stray
cats will continue to show up when someone puts food out for them.
But if, by not voting, the dwindling minority of non-parasites who
have voted in the past often with great enthusiasm in a misguided
because within-the-system effort to hold the line (that is, to hold
onto whatever remains of their rights and liberties) decided not
to play anymore
if they withheld their vote
. the illusion
of consensual government would be smashed at one stroke.
The truth would
be laid bare. People would know how the system really works
and what it is really based on.
That is, force.
The closed fist, the cocked and loaded gun. The truncheon and the
Tazer. The prison.
And once that
happens, once the cloak of consent is torn away and tyranny becomes
obvious and undeniable then tyrannys days are
system relies on our tacit consent. Withdraw that consent and the
system will be laid bare for what it is.
And then it
will not last long.
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