The phony government shutdown, NSA’s spying on U.S. citizens, ever-higher taxes to fund egregious actions like abortion and foreign aid to countries that hate America — not to mention forcing Obamacare on Americans via “reconciliation” after it was voted down by the Senate — are just a handful of grim reminders that freedom, at best, is ephemeral. At worst, it’s a myth.
In fact, true freedom — like true capitalism — has never existed on Planet Earth. And you can rest assured that those with an insatiable lust for power will never allow either pure freedom or pure capitalism to happen.
Now, with more and more Americans awakening from their fantasy free-lunch comas, the aroma of dictatorship is becoming stronger than ever. How else can the natives be held in check when a majority of them already say they would like to see every elected official thrown out of office?
The boldest experiment in doing away with dictatorial government was the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and perhaps the most important words in that document are [my bold for emphasis]:
… whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. …
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
This was the way the Colonialists chose to tell their English rulers: “Enough! We hereby declare ourselves to be free.” Unfortunately, from that point forward, the apparently uncontrollable urge of some of the revolutionists to govern their fellow Colonists led to the creation of another document — the Constitution — which, in turn, laid the groundwork for that most dreaded of all human inventions: the nation-state.
There is no doubt that the Constitution is a brilliant document and that its framers were well-intentioned. With the exception of black slaves and Native Americans, it seems clear that most of the signers saw it as a document that would protect the rights and freedom of the inhabitants of the Colonies, not lessen them.
But, human nature being what it is, a democracy or democratic republic is destined — through an “excess of democracy” — to move toward an all-powerful central government that tyrannizes its citizens. In their writing of the Constitution, the Founders worked hard to protect against such an eventuality, but no document can be a foolproof deterrent to tyranny — especially when power mongers deem the document to be “living.”
That quickly became evident when, after the Constitution went into effect in the summer of 1788, it took only a decade for Congress, under John Adams, to pass the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which made it a crime for anyone to criticize the government “through writing or any other shape, form, or fashion.” Specifically, criticizing the president, Congress, the military, or the flag was made illegal. This by a group of men who themselves had escaped bondage only twenty-two years earlier!
It was an audacious move by the Federalist-controlled Congress to silence those who opposed its support of the French Revolution. It was, of course, in direct violation of the Bill of Rights, which clearly states, in the First Amendment, that “Congress shall make no law … abridging freedom of speech, or of the press.”
A little more than a hundred years after the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, Congress, at the urging of Scoundrel-in-Chief Woodrow Wilson, passed the U.S. Sedition Act of 1918. Among other things, the act made it a crime to “willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States, or the Constitution of the United States, or the military or naval forces of the United States.”
Segue to 2013. The Founders could never have imagined the “long train of abuses and usurpations” that have been inflicted on American citizens in just the past five years alone. Of course, the power holders in Washington would have us believe that the victims of their abuses and usurpations are part of a small, fringe conspiracy group who are stoking the fires of discontent. But nothing could be farther from the truth.
It is the government’s own policies that guarantee a never-ending stream of ”crises.” And as we approach November 2014 — and, more important, the spring/summer of 2016 — any one of these phony government crises could be used as an excuse for Barack Obama to become the third U.S. president to invoke a sedition act. Which, in turn, could conveniently be used as an excuse to ”postpone” elections in 2014 — or, more likely, 2016 — for ”security reasons.”
All the playacting about the debt ceiling being held hostage by “extremists” who dare to demand that the federal government cut its spending addiction — starting with the biggest expense of all, Obamacare — is, of course, absurd. The fact that the debt ceiling has been reached is the very reason expenses should be cut. Isn’t that the way you run your household?
Nevertheless, rest assured that the debt ceiling will be raised again … and again … and again, and each raise is 100 percent guaranteed to bring with it more and worse crises. But fear not: All things, good and bad, eventually come to an end, and so it will be with the debt fraud that the government continues to perpetrate against its citizen serfs.
And when it becomes clear that the end is imminent, those holding the reins of power will have two choices: abdicate their positions or employ the ultimate trump card — force. Homework question: Which one do you think they will choose?
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