Once upon a time, we were One Nation Under God. Sure, America had its faults, but overall things were fairly good and we worked to make improvements. The government understood that its purpose was to safeguard the Rights (note the capital “R”) with which we were endowed by our Creator; and most other legislative matters were left to the states per the 10th Amendment. America had public servants, but these people were just that – servants. They were there to uphold the Constitution.
That was then. This is now.
Today we have two nations, peopled separately by what I’ll call the Patriots and the Patricians.
Patriots (We the People) work hard, raise our kids, build businesses, don’t take government handouts and otherwise engage in mature, responsible lives. Patriots don’t look to the government to bail us out of our mortgages, pay for our health care, or otherwise nanny us. Historically, we are the folks who made America thrive.
Then there are Patricians, leaders of a separate America, the core of which consists of less than 600 people in the three branches of government. Patricians now occupy the Patriots’ America, utilizing millions of useful idiots who support everything the Patricians do, no matter how intrusive and anti-constitutional it may be.
Patricians don’t allow their subjugated Patriots to do anything without begging permission. If someone wants to start a business, build a house, partake of a medical procedure, sell a food item, or purchase a rifle … he can only do so after wading through massive bureaucratic red tape designed to make people “safe.” Additionally, Patricians force Patriots to pay for the useful idiots’ illegitimate babies, college educations, mortgages, health care, food and anything else their greedy and fertile minds can imagine. They believe Patriot pockets are bottomless and abundant, and Patriots should empty those pockets without question or complaint.
The least infraction (such as a kid wearing an NRA T-shirt) will trigger a resounding punishment calculated to instill maximum fear. Patricians feel entitled to intrude into every facet of Patriots’ lives. And if Patriots object, Patrician stormtroopers kick in their doors. Where does safety end and tyranny begin?
Additionally, in a classic Cloward-Piven strategy, Patricians create chaos, incite restlessness, overwhelm the system and create so much pain that Patriots will accept anything to make it stop. H. L. Mencken said, “The aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety – menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
As the recent lock-down in Boston illustrated, martial law has become frighteningly easy to impose. Innocent people can be ripped out of their homes at gunpoint in the name of “safety.” There need be no warrants and no probable cause – only fear. Supported by the media, Patriots are being conditioned to accept governmental lawlessness. Boston was merely a beta-test.
Now we have Patrician Mayor Michael Bloomberg stating that the country’s interpretation of the Constitution (which Patricians loathe anyway) will “have to change” to allow for greater security in order to stave off future terrorist attacks. Who determines the “change”? And remember, “change” will only affect law-abiding citizens. For criminals and terrorists, it’s business as usual.
“Sometimes it seems the war on terrorism is really a war on the people of the United States,” noted Joseph Farah, “and, particularly, on their liberty, as DHS and other agencies target entire classifications of law-abiding Americans rather than those who pose the gravest threat.” [Emphasis added.]
If there is one flaw common to Patriots – a flaw the Patricians exploit with enthusiasm – it’s a failure to understand how evil, calculating and far-seeing Patricians really are. Part of that failure happens when Patriots give over their children’s education to Patrician schools. As Thomas Jefferson said, “An enlightened people cannot be enslaved.” Patricians strive (successfully) to keep Patriot children unenlightened, the better to enslave them.
The Patricians delight in enacting tyrannical laws all Patriots must follow, while making themselves exempt (see examples here, here, here and here). Their oath to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic mean NOTHING to them. Why should it? Patricians do not support individual liberty and freedom. They are the domestic enemies. They believe only in power. Their power.
Patriots, ever hopeful, believe they can persuade the Patricians to see the error of their ways through letters, emails, phone calls and votes. But Patricians don’t listen. During recent gun-control debates in Colorado, “… the vast majority of citizens testifying before the legislature were opposed to any new gun control laws. However, frequently their testimony was dismissed and treated with disdain by Democratic lawmakers who seemed to have already made up their minds about passing the laws.”
In short, the only voices the Patricians listen to are the voices of other Patricians. When occasionally their drive for power is thwarted legislatively (such as massive gun control), then the Patricians simply bypass the legislative roadblock with an Executive Order to force the legislation through against the will of the Patriots.
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government,” said Thomas Jefferson, “so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” No wonder Patricians loathe Thomas Jefferson. He and the other founders knew them for the criminals they are.
To see the Patrician future of America, we need look no further than California, a state that is bankrupt, tyrannical, restrictive and expensive; a place where people are defenseless by government edict and crime runs rampant; a place where the slightest desire to do something independent and self-sufficient (raise some chickens? start a small business? build a shed? plant a garden? homeschool your kids?) requires so much Patrician boot-licking that people often give up in despair. In a collectivist society (a Patrician utopia), there simply isn’t room for people who want liberty. Too many Patriots finally just surrender. It’s easier.
I fear we will soon become One Nation once again, a nation where Patriots are forcibly subdued and Patricians (and their useful idiots) will have dominion. But it sure as heck won’t be a nation under God.
The solution, of course, is revolution, just as it was in 1776. But need it be violent? Could it be a “Ghandi” revolution? What if 225 million Patriots simply said “NO”? NO to Patrician threats. NO to government usurpation of God-given Rights. NO to the chains of tyranny. No No NO!
If Patricians have one flaw, it is arrogance and overconfidence, and the resulting underestimation of the resolve of Patriots. For too long Patriots have been quiet. For too long we’ve been cowed. For too long we’ve been naïve. But that time is done. And Patriots everywhere, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, are once again pledging to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Thomas Jefferson said, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”
Patricians, pay heed. Your time is nearly done.