Are we there
No, but we
are getting very close.
We are now
at the point, I suspect, that our colonial ancestors were in the
early 1770s. They were still British subjects, but had begun to
question the relationship the supposed right of the British
sovereign to rule them. Within a very short time, they would reject
the relationship in toto on principle and would
I believe we
are in roughly the same spot as those soon-to-be-Americans of the
is taking place. Millions of people are wising up to the fraud that
is contained in the sentence, consent of the governed.
Are learning to reflexively cringe for their soon-to-shorn freedoms
whenever a politician utters the word. Have come to understand
that the sprawling beast in Washington no more represents them
let alone has the slightest interest in protecting them (let
alone respecting their rights) than the ossified oligarchs of parliament
represented the colonists or had any interest in protecting anything
other than their power and the sacks of loot that always accompany
of Americans now understand the nature of the relationship:
Master and slave. That due process itself has been taken
away from us. That we are now to be denied even the elemental decency
of being informed of the charges against us before we are taken
away into the night, to be indefinitely detained, on
the mere say-so of men with guns and badges. That when we are asked
to contribute it means guns will be shoved under our
chins. That we no longer have a single right thats not conditional
at best if not entirely defunct.
We have become
aware that almost no aspect of our lives is left unmolested. We
cannot eat, work or even sleep in our own beds without government
supervision and that very soon, even our recreations and
private habits will likely fall under the commerce clause
since these may be said to affect health care and thus,
are of interest to the government.
is, almost half the population also knows the futility of
replaces Tweedledum and the machine rolls on.
We see, in
the immortal language of Thomas Jefferson,
train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object.
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism. The parallels are clear and ominous.
It begs the
question: What shall we do?
violent resistance and that day may yet come. It is as natural
and as right to fight back against an evil
government as it is to fight back against evil individuals. But
it is the response of last resort, when every other effort at a
peaceful resolution has failed and when the only alternative
is abject submission and the formal acceptance of the master-slave
We are not
We may still
speak, and write and within certain bounds, are still free
to act. In particular, we are free to not act.
We can decline
to participate in (and thereby, help to legitimize) things
we know in our hearts and minds to be dangerous and
We can decline
to vote, if voting means voting for the lesser of two evils.
Rather than sanction evil, we can withhold our consent and force
evil to operate without it. Consider what the result would be if,
next year, we are presented with the false choice of Obama or Gingrich
(or Romney) and, rather than hold our noses and vote for one or
the other in the desperate hope that it makes a difference, millions
upon millions of us just stayed home instead. Enough of us such
that the winner could claim no mandate no consent
of the governed. He would be forced to be what the current Dear
Leader is but openly. No more gauzy talk of democracy.
It could not
go on for long. Open tyranny never does. But give the masses the
illusion of consent; let them believe they have democracy
and tyranny can be open-ended. Endless.
It is within
our power to end this sham. If only we will refuse to act, when
acting amounts to endorsing the sham.
If Ron Paul
is not on the ticket, stay home. Withhold your consent. Force
the system to bare its fangs and reveal itself for what is.
decline to submit to outrageous violations of your dignity as
a human being, to loathsome assaults on your rights as
a human being. For the moment perhaps a brief one
we have the opportunity to stop Gate Rape and much worse to come
besides. If only a few million of us simply announced that we will
not enter an airport terminal (or attend a sports event) until we
can do so without being subjected to warrantless, probable cause-free
searches, it is a sure bet that warrantless, probable cause-free
searches would end. The TSA does not care about your rights but
the airlines most emphatically care about your money. If
even 20 percent of current flyers openly declared that they will
not fly again until the TSA is abolished or at least, that
only individuals who have given some specific cause for suspicion
be subjected to searches then group gropes of children, women,
the elderly and most important of all, the innocent traveler
depends on your voluntary cooperation. Withhold it now, while you
And so on.
thugs to state openly what they advocate what they are
by calling them on their euphemisms. Ask your local board
of supervisors official precisely what he means when he asks
that county residents contribute for the betterment
of the local school system or some such. Ask him how he feels
about sending men with guns to the homes of peaceable people who
might say no, thank you and decline to contribute.
Make him make them say it:
We are going
to force you to hand over money by threatening you with violence.
If you resist in any way, we will do you violence.
schools. Government schools.
of government mandates that have made new cars absurdly complicated
and expensive by buying (or keeping) an older car. And tell
the automakers why youre boycotting their current products.
at a checkpoint by a cop, ask him politely
how he feels about subjecting his fellow citizens to random, probable
get it all out in the open.
people will recoil from the edge of the abyss before it is too late
to step back from it. Reason and appeals to the human conscience
are always preferable to the alternative.
I hope theres
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