As conditions in my country worsen on a daily basis, I remind myself this is My Country, My Life, and My Freedom that is at stake. Then I ask myself, what can I do about it?
I click on the television news and it’s mostly about what the Presidential Candidates are saying. What are they saying? They are simply mud slinging at each other, then rebutting what they are saying. It goes on and on ad nauseum. Every once in awhile they throw in something about who’s going to raise taxes, who’s going to lower taxes, who wants to end the war, who wants to continue the war, who wants to drill for oil, who opposes drilling, who’s getting the most news coverage and who is whimpering about not getting the same amount of coverage, who’s traveling out of the country, who’s traveling within the country, how much money one raised compared to the amount the other raised for his campaign, who’s wearing a lapel pin, and what the other did as a prisoner of war, then there’s hours and hours of air time devoted to who’s going to be their running mates…
Then I turn on my computer and read the newsletters and web sites devoted to the many problems we face. I read about numerous organized groups, banding together to write letters and make phone calls to elected officials trying to get them to do something. Millions of signatures are collected pushing one agenda, then another, wanting elected officials to do something or not to do something about a particular agenda.
Then there are all the radio programs and C-Span with call-in programs where thousands upon thousands can voice their objections to what is happening in this country. No doubt, it is a catharsis to hoot and holler, yell and scream about what is happening in this once great nation with things deteriorating at an accelerated rate.
Why is that, I ask? Why is it nothing any individual or groups of individuals do change the direction we are headed—marching down the road of socialism?
Not only does the direction not change, nothing any one does even slows it down. And it’s painful to observe.
For me, there are times when I must turn the TV and radio off and not read the day’s paper, to just stop and reflect upon things and remind myself of some very basic, elementary things, dear Watson, and read some words of wisdom written by some very smart individuals in history.
The following is a very significant quote by a great political philosopher, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, which was written over 100 years ago.
“To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, regulated, enrolled, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued censored, commandeered, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is under pretext of public utility and in the name of general interest to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed, then at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shorted, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and to crown all, mocked ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored..THAT IS GOVERNMENT. THAT IS ITS MORALITY.”
This is a very vivid and graphic description of political government. As I read this and recall instances in my own life, I can identify with most of his descriptions but not all of them. I daresay that about 75 percent of his descriptions I can identify some experience.
Then as I ponder why, reading the polls of the disenchantment of many Americans, and the very low approval ratings of the current executive branch and congress, no one pays any attention to the many objections voiced by so many, via letters, phone calls, signed partitions, letters to editors, web sites, etc. None of it brings about any significant change as citizens lose their homes, face rising costs of food and gas, plus all the other problems.
The power of political government from Washington to local, county and state, seems to increase by leaps and bounds. The encroachment into individual freedom and personal property is staggering.
In an attempt to understand, I stop and remind myself that political power thrives and proliferates on two things—dependence upon it and opposition to it. When we look to the staggering number of government doles and social government programs, plus the number on government payrolls, it gives us an idea of the dependency upon it. Then when we observe the expansion of power, regardless of how many write, call, and voice opposition and that disapprove of the actions of congress and the executive branch, we can understand why conditions keep going from bad to worse.
There is a reason as to why political government has become so large and powerful. What is the cause? If it is true that all political governments thrive on dependency upon it and opposition to it, then the reason we are in the current predicament is quite clear. If any one out there has another reason as to the cause, I would love to hear it because we cannot find the answers to our current problems unless we recognize a cause.
We hear a lot lately about the number of Americans who recognize something is very wrong and that we are headed in the wrong direction. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure it out. One only has to recognize and admit that thievery is wrong and immoral. The entire structure of political government is based upon, “taking” one’s property. Therefore, the taking of ones property without the consent of the owner is thievery. The acceptance of the stolen loot by dependency upon it is not where the real immoral wrong lies; it is in the taking without the consent of the owner. The dependency upon it and opposition to it is the energy used for expansion and continuance.
In this connection, it might be worthwhile to go back and reread the description of what political government does in the Proudhon quote. Because political government uses a gun or the threat of a gun to accomplish the taking, all the things he describes are the result of that “taking” rendering the individual powerless to control the property he owns. The original taking by force or threat of force is the root cause, a secondary cause is the dependency and opposition.
The question remains, what can we do about it? Do we wake up, stand up, speak up, look up or shut up?
Frequently, the solution to any problem is inherent in the problem itself.
As I see it, most are unaware of the root cause of the problem and have a misguided notion we can vote ourselves out of it.
With each election, whether it’s placing the same ones back into power or replacing with new faces, conditions in this great country have continued to go from bad to worse over the past several years. Consequently, if voting and opposition was the answer to improve things and them around, it seems we should be enjoying individual freedom and personal property rights. However, we all know there has been tremendous loss of these “inalienable rights.”
LET FREDOM RING!