About 20 years ago or so, a friend of mine told me about a new conservative talk show host that I decided to check out. The host was Rush Limbaugh.
Finding that I enjoyed his show, I decided to check out the rest of Detroit's AM-1270 WXYZ line-up, and was introduced to the brilliant, radical, pro-liberty talk radio pioneer Mark Scott. One of his common refrains, has stuck with me through the years. It describes so accurately my own feelings.
I love my country, but I fear my government.
Our American heritage wrapped into one sentence. Think about it ...
In most parts of the world (that we aren't bombing), the Declaration of Independence is understood as a bold announcement and rationale for throwing off the British government in an act of American secession. The Declaration's most prominent defender today, seems to be British politician Daniel Hannan, MEP for South East England, who says:
Americans should cleave to their Jeffersonian heritage. Their country was founded on a series of premises: that concentrated power corrupts; that jurisdiction should be dispersed; that decision-makers should be accountable; that taxes should not be raised save by elected representatives, nor laws passed without popular consent; that the executive should be answerable to the legislature. In the current rush to statism – the bail-outs, the nationalisations, the stimulus spending, the profusion of federal programmes and tsars, the cap and trade rules, the state takeover of healthcare – America is breaching every one of these precepts. If we could hear clanking, I told my audiences, it was the noise of Jefferson’s shade rattling his chains.
Back here at home however ... crickets chirp. Unless of course, it's invoked for something else, like empty campaign promises for example. In fact, it's author Thomas Jefferson is attacked by an American "conservative" in the article linked above (and gets his facts wrong too). Yes, a British politician has more reverence towards our Declaration than American conservatives do.
Let's be clear. The Declaration of Independence was written to throw off the most powerful central government in the world. It was not a mandate to establish a new central government (which ours is now the largest, most powerful central government in human history). It was a radical declaration of self-government and self-determination, not a binding contract written in blood, as Abraham Lincoln chose to see it.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
The original American creed ... Jefferson starts with equality, underscoring that no man has a mandate from God to rule over others, and that no man is a superior moral agent with rights over the people apart from their consent. President, King or Queen, doesn't matter. All men are equal.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it ...
The people and their rights exist prior to government. Rights are permanent, intrinsic features of all men. Governments powers are only just when the people institute and consent to those powers. When the government infringes those rights, it is our right and duty to throw it off. Because rights cannot be altered or abolished, but governments can.
Government is not compassion, it is violent force. Throughout all of history, government has served as the oppressor, the organizer of hate, and the bloody tool of the tyrant. Government s not love, it is evil. Government corrupts and abuses everything it touches, wastes the wealth of its citizens, debases the peoples currency, sponsors inequality, and persecutes people for crimes a mere pittance to its own.
I Love My Country, But I Fear My Government
America has been pushed to the brink. We shoved Jefferson in the drawer while singing praises to the tyrant FDR instead. "WAR LEADER!" Yes, I'm talking to you conservative. I wouldn't expect anything less from the left.
A country founded on liberty and freedom has been turned into a nation of "war" and "strong leaders." Look where it got us too - a bankrupt nation governed by Rulers instead of "we the people."
Tila Tequila is more popular than the Republican Party, and for good reason too! Yet conservative Americans can't let go. My entire life, going on 42 years, the Republican Party hasn't done squat to return us to the limited government of our forefathers. Listen carefully, they have no desire to either ... they're part of the Ruling Class!
As the government continues trying to gain more control over our lives, even as the economy continues to plummet. It too will lose control. People will grow ever more tired of its intrusiveness, heavy taxation and obscene spending as it happens. Especially as their own lifestyle declines.
I pray that it all goes peaceful. But regardless, push is coming to shove.
So, who's side are you on?
The rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. The ruled want self-governance ... One side or the other will prevail. The clash is as sure and momentous as its outcome is unpredictable.
Though the country class had long argued along with Edmund Burke against making revolutionary changes, it faces the uncomfortable question common to all who have had revolutionary changes imposed on them: are we now to accept what was done to us just because it was done? -- Angelo M. Codevilla, America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution.
Are you with the government? Or the individual? Are you for freedom of the press, or government secrets? Do you support the original Declaration, or a more politically expedient version? Do you swear upon God and liberty? Or is your allegiance to the State?
Sorry to break this to you, but the government isn't your friend. Never has been, never will be. Yes, the Republican Party is corrupt. Yes, the CIA is immoral, dangerous, and even plotted to kill you (at least once). Guys like Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinksi sell "political influence," as in your tax dollars, for a living. These schmucks could give a rats ass about you or the United States.
George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton get funding from the same people. The Bush family has a dirty past. It's not just the name Soros you need to worry about either, but Rockefeller, Rothschild, Bundy and many others. What's that you say? Conspiracy?
There's no conspiracy here. They do it right out in the open. Remember, it was the Rockefeller's who took down Goldwater (in 1964), and tried to take down Reagan too. C'mon, you don't really think you (and your one vote) have the same political power as do the wealthy Ruling Class banksters. Do you?
Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson did everything they could to warn us about these folks, even closing the Bank of the United States. But no ... we refuse to listen, as we refuse to listen about war.
General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower and USMC Major General Smedley D. Butler both knew what they were talking about. Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of that cabal combined, don't know squat compared to Eisenhower and Butler, who told us of course that war is a racket. A statist scam.
Because I believe in the American people, I believe the future is not only bright, but peaceful. What I don't believe in however, is government (who never hesitates in the use of violence).
I hope this was a wake-up call, because thinking all you have to do is "beat the Democrats," is way too simplistic. Kindergarten stuff really. Sorry, but once again, the government is not your friend. It never has been, and never will be.
America is a creed, a vision, freedom and liberty. America is not a government.
The patriot says, "I love my country," works for its good, and defends it if necessary – against enemies within and without. He strives and prays not primarily that God will bless his country, but that his country will bless God. The nationalist, meanwhile, says, "My country is better than yours." "My country is the greatest there has ever been." "The greatest nation on God’s green earth." "They hate my country because it is so good." -- Historian John J. Dwyer
So, are you gonna roll with the "leaders" of the Ruling Class? Or your liberty-lovin' countrymen out in the "fly-over?"
Who's side are you on?