The Father of the Constitution, and fourth President, James Madison, said, “A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

 

This quote from his inaugural address, on March 4, 1797 is such wonderful words of wisdom spoken over 200 years ago.

 

Compare those words with the actions, speeches, rules, regulations, laws and policies, with the resulting conditions, then ask yourself, is it a farce or a tragedy?  James Madison’s speech can be viewed as the prologue to the epilogue, to the farce and tragedy taking place today.

 

I just read Congressman Ron Paul’s January post on his, “Texas straight talk” website…I can’t help but notice in most of the statements Ron Paul makes, he lumps government and freedom together in the same sentences. He says,” Big government has been tried and has failed miserably – what we need now is small government and freedom.”

 

What does he mean by saying, “…big government has failed…?” Specifically failed to do what? Political government is the anti-thesis of freedom. Political government is a system that takes. And always in the taking it feathers the nest of those in seats of government power before using leftovers to redistribute to non-producers, the property it takes from producers.  No, it has not failed insofar as its intent. It operates according to the dictates of those in power. It was no accident; political government operates precisely according to the notions of the power brokers in charge of it.

 

No, big government has not failed; it has and is accomplishing its purpose and intention. No political government has anything until it first takes away from someone. It is not its nature to reduce its taking powers, but to expand, expand, expand, and taking more and more. It is now taking forty percent and upwards from   the citizens of this country. So how can Congressman Paul claim the government has failed when it has fulfilled its intended purpose? Not the purpose of the original framers of the U.S. Constitution, but according to  the intent of those in power, who have either ignored it or interpreted to suit their scheme of things.

 

Furthermore how does it fulfill or ignore its intended purpose? It does so by the initiatives and implementation by those in the seat of power, Mr. Paul being one of them.

 

Further writing, Ron Paul states, “We must ask what strengthens this country and what weakens it?” The answer is obvious – a centralized all powerful political government weakens it, and individual freedom strengthens it. Ron Paul himself answers his question by saying, ” Freedom is our strength the government our weakness.” The elementary problem is, dear Watson, is the reverse is the current condition: government is strong and individual freedom severely weakened. Only half of the statement is true. Government is not “our” weakness. The conditions we face rapidly down the road to socialism, is caused by the strength of a centralized government, ruling by a gun – or the threat of a gun, its tool of force in opposition to individual freedom and private property ownership.

 

We are so subjected to the force of a governmental system layered with city, county, state and federal laws, rules, regulations, edicts and policies; it’s ludicrous to lump together in rhetoric, the very words government and freedom. This would be implying that they were synonymous. This only confuses with double think, double talk, and clouds the truth.

 

We cannot expect things to change for the better unless we understand what the problem is. This is not complicated to understand. No one, including Congressman Paul, seems to have a solution. The solution is inherent in the problem. I wrote about one solution in my article titled, “Debates, and Dear John Letter” which is posted on my web site octogenariansblog.com.

 

The encroachment of political government has reached such proportions, an individual who buys and pays for his house, no longer has ownership of the property – he only possesses it. He can’t add a deck, new roof nor cut down a tree without government permission.

 

Last year, my neighbor put a new roof on his house. It did not fit some government code and was ordered to tear off the new roof and replace it with another. Ownership of property is a total concept. If you don’t control a thing, you don’t own it. You become a sort of sharecropper with people you may not know and who have never invested one cent in property you thought you owned.

 

You can’t buy a can of soup without payment to government. The extent of political government erosion into individual freedom and private property rights is staggering, and places us all in a position of bondage.

 

It reminds me of the “Black Hole Theory.”  When my son was studying physics, I got a book explaining Einstein’s Theory to be able to converse with him. When I asked him to explain the Black Hole Theory, he said it’s not actually a hole, but a mass so condensed light cannot pass through. It traps light. So it is with political government… it’s a dark mass of power, which traps anything which tries to circumnavigate and act in a manner to express ones inalienable right to freedom.

 

Accordingly, all the high minded rhetoric, by politicians , discussing and trying to explain, by using government and freedom, in the same sentence and same breath, as if to equate the two, is simply part of a con game of keep your eye on this ball while something else is going on. 

 

In the early part of our history, when those settlers decided to throw off the yoke of oppression from British rule, theirs was not to replace with another large oppressive government. After winning, for a period of time, citizens of this country were free. They did not start with an organized government army, instead, ordinary people, farmers and etc, took up arms to fight for individual freedom, to live their lives as they chose. They fought to own property free of the taxation of an oppressive government. They wanted to be responsible for their lives and property and to be in control of their lives.

 

Congressman Paul says, “Freedom is our strength, the government our weakness.”  Who living in the United States today is Free? Freedom is an individual condition, not an “our” state of being.  And political government is not a weakness of individuals, but the result of the greed of some for power over others to take their property {money}.  It’s a character defect of some but not of all individuals. The talent for eloquent speech, for some, covers the character defects.

 

To suggest government is “our weakness” is simply not true.  Government is a tower of awesome power and strength to exercise looting over individuals. Taxes, by definition, are an involuntary relinquishment of one’s property. Hence, we have a system of thievery.

 

Congressman Paul speaks of the power of government as though it is something outside his sphere of influence, when really, he is one of the ones in the seat of power grinding out more laws, and living off the stolen loot. What is he doing to abrogate this awesome power government has over individual lives?

It’s time we as individuals got down to the nitty-gritty and face the truth about ourselves and what is happening and why…

 

Another thing James Madison said was, “If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands, they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury, they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner throughout  the union, they may assume the provisions of the poor, they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads, in short everything from the highest object of  down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of  Congress. Were the power of Congress, to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America…”

 

Everything Madison outlined over 200 years ago has come to pass and more. And the very foundation has been subverted. His concerns and predictions have come to pass.

 

 

LET FREEDOM RING

 

Just me AC

 

 

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  2. TJ says:

    “In the early part of our history, when those settlers decided to throw off the yolk of oppression from British rule,…”

    I think you meant yoke, not yolk here. Sorry to nit-pick – I really like to read your opinions. I find it more than a little disturbing that so many of us truly believe we are free when every aspect of our lives is regulated and controlled. We can really never own property, it is more like we are just renting it from the government. Stop paying property taxes and see. Keep up the great posts!

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