“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Given the stunning advances Western society made over the last hundred years both socially and technologically, most Americans grew up with the belief that things would always “turn out for the best” in the long run, and this was a chief underpinning of our worldview. Despite having fought such foes as Adolf Hitler and weathered the prolonged tensions and fears of the Cold War, even these had come to inspiring conclusions. I think that until very recently, few Americans ever considered a fundamental paradigm shift for the worse.
Our positive worldview has been a two-edged sword of sorts. On the one hand, it tempered our resolve and conviction; when you believe you’re going to win, it can go a long way toward manifesting that victory. On the other hand, given such an outlook, one – or a nation – might get lulled into a false sense of security. I believe that this is, in part, precisely what occurred with regard to the American people and the enemies from within against whom we are now engaged.
We believed that given the promise the future and our aggregate potential held, and our ability to contribute to the betterment of those around the globe, who would even want to stand against us?
Those who have a desire to foment or prolong human suffering – that’s who.
Last week in this space I admonished Americans to stop ceding ground to America’s enemies as a stratagem toward strengthening our position against these enemies from within. This generally involves those in special interest groups and the manner in which we view and interact with them. I pointed out how they, in keeping with the desires of their leftist leaders, employ “wedge” issues that appeal to Americans’ good nature or fear in order to incrementally modify our behavior, and how these have, over time, insidiously compromised every aspect of our society.
Here, we will address the government. While the federal government is at present the primary offender, the motivations and professional ethics of many at the state and local level have also been compromised (often by the federal government itself). Lately we have seen dark factions pouring millions of dollars into state politics, as well as those in state governments who are ideologically aligned with those at the federal level, governing against the will of the people. This includes politicians, of course, but can also include state and local government officials, the judiciary, as well as law enforcement.
The net used to ensnare our liberties has been cast repeatedly over a long period of time, and each time it is cast increasingly wider. For example, laws and statutes that violate the Second Amendment have been passed over many decades, which should have drawn severe backlash from citizens. They did not, because they were ostensibly proffered (as I asserted last week) for our own good. Taxation and thousands of regulations concocted as fiat law by unconstitutional federal agencies have become more and more ideology-driven and tyrannical. We have only taken notice because the Obama administration “upped the game” almost exponentially with regard to advancing the statist agenda.
At this point, the liberties government has taken (pun intended) with regard to usurping our liberty are innumerable, and no half-hearted political solution will address their transgressions or this retrogression from governance to rule.
While this administration definitely represents a clear and present danger to our liberties, the Constitution and the continuance of this nation as a going concern, it is really just an acute symptom of a progressive disease that has gone untreated for far too long. Those who govern us are evil and audacious; their rhetoric and that of their supporters reflects a desperation beyond urgency. The criminals in government are aware of their crimes and are banking on Americans’ desire for relative safety and comfort outweighing our desire for liberty.
They are also banking on our ignorance of the fact that we will lose all three if their agenda continues unchecked.
Ultimately, they must be made to realize that there is a willingness (if not a desire) on the part of the American people to go to any length to wrest the government from them. If they do not perceive this willingness, they will simply continue in their designs to subjugate us. They may not win, but the toll will be very great.
Better to convey our willingness to fight and possibly circumvent the necessity to fight altogether.
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