“Every country has the government it deserves.” ~ Joseph de Maistre
“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.” ~ George Orwell
In the beginning of the film Gladiator, after the defeat of Germania, there is a scene when Marcus Aurelius calls Maximus into his tent and tells him of his plans for Rome after he dies. During that conversation Caesar tells Maximus, “There was once a dream that was Rome.” Caesar was telling Maximus that Rome was more than just a spot on a map, it was an idea; and, while they had strayed from that idea it was Caesars hope that by placing Maximus in charge he could steer Rome back towards its founding idea as a republic. That idea, that concept, has been on my mind a lot lately as I watch the country I love circle the toilet.
There are two reasons why men take up arms against their fellow human beings; conquest or the defense of what they hold dear. After over a century and a half of peaceful existence as British subjects the Colonists took up arms against their government. They sought not to conquer Great Britain; rather they sought to defend their rights and liberty; which they felt were under attack by the British Government. Let the Declaration of Independence stand as a testament to that claim, “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.“
Therefore, it can be claimed that the dream that America was founded upon was one in which the people could live in a country where tyranny did not exist; that the people were free to enjoy the full extent of their rights and liberty. While our system of government may have been established to secure our rights and liberty, ultimately that responsibility falls upon us; the people. To do so effectively requires a couple of things. First, it requires that we know what our rights are and what true liberty is, and secondly it requires a certain amount of courage to stand up to wannabe tyrants. Could it be that is why Francis Scott Key included the following in the Star Spangled Banner, “…the land of the free and the home of the brave”? Maybe it’s fitting that protesters recently tore down the statue of Francis Scott Key in San Francisco, as his words no longer apply to this country, or the people living in it.
Do you honestly think George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John and Samuel Adams, and Patrick Henry would have worn a face mask because King George told them to, or stayed in their homes because the King decreed they must so as to prevent the spread of some disease? It’s obvious you don’t know your history, for if you did you would know that the American Revolution was fought during an outbreak of Smallpox; which is far deadlier than Covid.
Did the patriots of 1776 let a disease stop them from rising up against a tyrant to regain their liberty? Of course they didn’t; because to them liberty was more important than life itself. I bet you’ve already forgotten the words of Patrick Henry; “Give me liberty or give me death.” To those men who had that dream that was America, life was not worth living if it did not include liberty; and look at the people now who willingly surrender theirs for a few paltry promises of comfort and security. You make me sick to my stomach!
To understand the dream that was America requires a solid understanding of the history that saw America gain its independence from Great Britain. If you don’t know that history how are you to know what they were fighting for? In his immortal “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, Patrick Henry also said, “I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.” As America was to become the ‘new kid on the block’ in regards to countries, it only had the history of the rest of the world to serve as a guide for what types of government best secured the rights and liberty of the people, and which were the most destructive of those things. Yet, almost to a one, our Founders were well versed in the history of the world; often quoting examples regarding past systems of government in their writings and speeches.
Take one look around you and then ask yourself why we are in such a sad state of affairs. Hell, if you want to be brutally honest, take a look in the mirror if you want to know why things are so mucked up here in the so-called land of the free. If I were to ask you, prior to Donald Trump, who the last 5 presidents of the United States were, could you answer without using Google? Yet I’d be willing to bet that I’d get more correct answers if I were to ask who won the last five Superbowls. Why is that?
Not only are people ignorant of the past, they are proud of their ignorance. People will tell you they are making informed decisions when they go to the polls and cast their ballots, but then ask them to name a few of the specific powers delegated to government by the Constitution and their eyes will glaze over as they try to come up with an answer that doesn’t expose their own ignorance. Ask anyone what a Writ of Habeas Corpus is, or what a Letter of Marque and Reprisal is, and if you’re lucky, maybe 1 out of 1,000 could answer correctly. Informed decisions my ass!
I do not blame the American people for their ignorance; that is due to the fact that the institutions that are supposed to be educating them have withheld, or distorted history so as to deprive them of the knowledge needed to make good decisions at the polls. Yet in 1822 the Father of our Constitution, James Madison, wrote, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” So if the schools don’t teach you the truth, it is up to you to seek it out for yourself.
I said I do not blame people for their ignorance; which is true, I don’t. I do, however, blame them for continuing on in ignorance when the truth is readily available; for rejecting it because it conflicts with what they have been taught. Although I do not particularly care for Aleister Crowley and his beliefs, he did say something that I believe is 100% accurate; that being, “The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.” Yet that quote describes upwards of 95% of the people living in this country today; particularly those who are responsible for all this mayhem currently going on.
Ask most people what our system of government is and the majority will tell you we have a democracy. That is because that is what they were taught in school, and then had reinforced time and time again by the news media. Yet go back and read the writings of those who actually founded this country and you’ll find that they all despised democracies; even that asshole Alexander Hamilton hated them. Democracy is simply majority, or mob, rule; without any safeguards for the rights and liberty of the minority, or the individual. In a letter to Dupont De Nemours, Thomas Jefferson explained, “The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.” Well there you have it, since people believe that we are a democracy, they also believe that the majority can impose its will upon the minority, or the individual; which in turn, BREAKS THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIETY.
I hear all this talk about equality from people when they don’t understand what equality really means. To them, equality is equal status in life, when to those who signed the Declaration of Independence it was equality in rights and liberty, and in opportunity to achieve either success or happiness. If we are all equal, according to the definition used by Social Justice Warriors, why can’t I play football at the same level as a professional football player; why can’t I play the guitar at the same level as some virtuoso guitarist? What equality means is that I am equal in my opportunity to play the guitar, but my success at it depends solely upon my skill, and the amount of work I put towards achieving success in that endeavor.
In 1793 the Supreme Court heard the case of Chisholm v Georgia. In their decision they declared, “…at the Revolution, the sovereignty devolved on the people; and they are truly the sovereigns of the country, but they are sovereigns without subjects…with none to govern but themselves.” Can you grasp the significance of that statement, or is it beyond your ability to do so? What that basically means is, after the American Revolution, each of use became a king; with only ourselves to rule over. Each of us was equal in our authority to determine for ourselves how we would live our lives; and that sovereignty was without limits so long as we respected the rights and liberty of those around us.
As sovereigns, the people came together and established forms of government which, at the time, the people felt would best secure and defend their rights and liberty; while giving government simple managerial powers to handle the general affairs of either the State or the country. As long as government, be it local, state, or central, stuck to its intended purposes, then peace would abide and equality will exist in its purest state; with all men being equal to pursue happiness – just like the Declaration of Independence said. It is when government usurps powers it was never intended it have that things begin to go wrong.
In his Second Treatise on Civil Governments, John Locke writes, “AS usurpation is the exercise of power, which another hath a right to; so tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which no body can have a right to.” (Chapter XVIII, Section 199) If we are truly equal as sovereigns, then I have no right to infringe upon your rights or restrict your liberty; nor do you have any right to do the same to me. Not only that, but if government is indeed the agent of the people, established for the purpose of securing equal rights to all, then it cannot enact laws or ordinances that infringe upon the rights of a single person; let alone the minority; which is exactly what happens in a democracy.
However, man is a flawed creature, led more often by passion, greed, lust, and envy than it is for respect for the life, liberty and the property of others. If government were to serve its intended purpose, then the laws it enacted would serve to protect the rights of all citizens equally; without preference for certain groups or classes of men. Yet what is government if it is not men, and women, gathered together to act on behalf of those who hold the true political power in America; the people; which is what sovereignty means by the way. Is it too much a stretch of the imagination to say that since government consists of people, that it is subject to the same frailties, desires, and weaknesses that we are?
In arguing in favor of ratification of the proposed Constitution James Madison said something interesting, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” (Source: Federalist 51) Of course he then goes on to explain how his wonderful Constitution accomplishes that task – of controlling the government; which we all should know by now is utter nonsense, as it hasn’t stopped government from infringing upon our rights and restricting our liberty.
I can’t speak for any of you, but that brings up a question that I’d love to hear your answers to. If the Constitution is, as so many claim, such a great document, and if the government it established is, as others claim, the best in the world, how has it managed to do such a piss poor job of securing the rights and liberty of those it governs? Could it possibly be that this government, the document that established it and the men who wrote it weren’t so inspired? Maybe Spooner was absolutely correct when he said, “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 it has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.”
If we, or at least our ancestors, as sovereigns, came together and established this system of government, did they not also have the right to dismantle or abolish it if it proved detrimental to the purposes for which it was established? This government, as an entity created by the sovereign authority of the people, cannot dictate that those thus governed by it must submit to its authority for all time. In fact, early in its existence it sought to exercise powers beyond those delegated to it; causing Thomas Jefferson to write, “…that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. . . . that the government created by this compact [the Constitution for the United States] was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; . . . . that this would be to surrender the form of government we have chosen, and live under one deriving its powers from its own will, and not from our authority.”
If you were to go back to the years leading up to the American Revolution and read what those men who led the charge for liberty and independence, you might learn that they felt that there were two categories of laws; there were the laws written by man and there were Natural Laws; laws that governed us as human beings regardless of what type government we might have. One of those, in fact the first of these laws is the right of self defense. In 1772 Samuel Adams explained that right as follows, “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.”
Seventy Eight years later a Frenchman by the name of Frederic Bastiat would write, “What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.
Each of us has a natural right—from God—to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties?
If every person has the right to defend—even by force—his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right—its reason for existing, it slawfulness—is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force—for the same reason—cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.”
This government was either created to secure the rights of the governed, or it wasn’t; and there is ample evidence to prove that it was the latter. Nevertheless, as the sovereign authority from which government derives its power, it is our right to resist laws that violate our rights, or to simply disregard them as if they had never been written. It is only by our willingness to obey them, or our fear of the consequences of not obeying them, that government derives its ability to tyrannize and oppress us; which is why I question why people still believe this is the land of the free and home of the brave – with emphasis on the brave part of that statement.
If enough people knew their own power we could nullify all the laws that violate our rights and restrict our liberty, by simply saying no, we will not obey those laws. There is also another way that our freedoms can be preserved; that through our power as jurors. If just one out of twelve jurors knew what rights were, what liberty was, they could prevent anyone from being convicted of violating a law, a law that violated the rights and liberty of the accused. A jurors vote in the jury box is more powerful than any decision rendered by the Supreme Court; and if people would just educate themselves, and exercise that power, we could effectively cage government within the confines of securing and preserving our rights and liberty.
These rights that I speak of existed, and were well understood by those living in 1776. They exist today as well; it’s just that you have not been taught about them. In 1791 Thomas Paine would write, “The rights of men in society, are neither devisable or transferable, nor annihilable, but are descendable only, and it is not in the power of any generation to intercept finally, and cut off the descent.” It is your ignorance that deprives you of the knowledge of these rights; and it is only through self-education that you can break free of the indoctrination that keeps you enslaved to a government that is far worse than the one or ancestors fought a revolution to free themselves from.
I graduated from the same public indoctrination centers, (school system), that everyone else did. The only reason I’m aware of the information I have just shared with you is because I made a conscious decision to seek out the truth. Were there times when the things I learned caused me to question my entire belief system? You bet your ass there were; but if you cannot handle the truth, then I think that means you’re weak and lack intellectual integrity.
So, as I sit by and watch what is currently happening in this country, how historical monuments are being torn down, I can’t but think that this is the inevitable outcome of generations of revisionist history and government sanctioned indoctrination. I don’t know that America can survive the coming storm, and quite honestly, with the attitude held by most people in this country today, I don’t honestly care; I think they deserve whatever is coming because they were too lazy and apathetic to seek out the truth, or listen to it when someone tried to share it with them.
What saddens me is that the history, the true history of this country will most likely be lost when it happens. In a letter to Hugh Taylor, dated 4 October 1823, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country.”
Since the people of this country, aside from a small minority, are oblivious to the history of this country, I have decided that any further efforts on my part to educate and enlighten them is a complete and utter waste of time and effort on my part. Therefore, I have decided to do as Jefferson said, seek to preserve as much of that history as I can before I die, or before it vanishes and is re-written.
Hopefully, someone, sometime in the future might stumble across this information, and say, “Damn, there’s the answer, the pathway to freedom.” As for those living today, as far as I’m concerned most of y’all are a lost cause, and I’m done wasting my time on you.
NOTE: I’m so pissed off I can’t even write anymore. I will start something then just say to myself, what’s the use? I’ve got 5 or 6 unfinished articles just sitting there collecting dust. ~ NR
July 17, 2020
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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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