I’m happy that there seems to be more and more good information popping up out there. But I’m not so happy that this effusion of information seems to be a death rattle.
Every day now I read or hear about another ungoverned-government story like this. I’m no longer shocked, of course; I’m just deeply grieved and more than a little scared for my children. More and more of us are asking for the chains and whips of oppression, and we’re about to get what we’ve asked for.
Not that we’ve not been punished already, of course. Mostly since the 1970’s, our crime rates have skyrocketed such that now we’re looking at around 600 times the per-capita crime Americans/Hoosiers experienced a hundred years ago. We have by far the world’s highest percentage of citizens in prison, and lawmakers are devising new crimes every day. This dissolution of order is of course because we’ve flouted the constitutions that made this nation work. Our politicians propose fixing this problem by breaking more laws and commandeering more liberties.
On of our greatest orator-thinker-politicians, Frederick Douglass, wrote:
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe
Of course justice is denied these days. Poverty is always enforced by politicians (In a land of plenty you can’t have poverty without politicians’ help). Ignorance is taught in government schools and reinforced by legislation. And has there ever been a society with so many classes and cliques? We have an endless stream of new laws separating and opposing gay versus straight, male versus female, black versus white versus Hispanic versus Haitian versus whatever the heck we can imagine…
And everybody is robbed and degraded on behalf of somebody. Everybody’s got hooks in everybody else. I don’t want you to eat trans-fats because I have to pay for your healthcare.
We’ve “spread the costs” so broad and deep that we really have no idea how much healthcare, driving, food or anything else actually costs, or how to make rational decisions about resources and savings. And so we make decisions based upon illusions. …Taxes and subsidies, prohibitions and perks, lies and more lies all manipulated and served hot by politicians we know to be drunk with power.
This isn’t as good as it sounds.
It is time for pain, I’m afraid. It’s either constructive destruction or total failure.
Douglass had something to say about this as well:
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.”
One more Douglass quote… I think it’s important to hear from this man who was once a slave:
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Can there be any doubt as to the truth of this?
For the past 90 years we have been coasting on the wealth earned by our great grandparents. But over that time the once rebellious and self-reliant Americans have become dependent, weak and obsequiously loyal to their political idols. You know what happens next. Either we take difficult action and make sacrifices with grim determination and hope for a better future, or we continue our current course and wait patiently for destruction…and madness.
I pray we choose wisely.
And may God have mercy.