A Call for Reason (Part IV) - The Learning Of Man And The Enforcement of Liberty
I wish to digress slightly through the conspicuous view of our own history if I may. History my friends compels us to realize what is will cease, what was is no longer and what will be is yet to come. Reason, which I must continually implore from you as a rational being, also dictates that throughout time there will be both good and bad and that just because something was, is or will be does not dictate that it was, is or will be right or wrong.
Our own history shows us the results of societies which rule and encourage oppression. Even if this oppression is not necessarily exerted upon all of its citizens or even all citizens equally the result of such oppression is that it rips and divides societies until violent revolution comes. At such a time rivers run red with the blood of men and their brothers and the skies rain with the tears of wives and mothers. For nearly the entire first one hundred years after our independence and for many years prior, there existed within American society a tacit approval for the slavery of men for the betterment of others under false and wholly unreasonable assertions of the inferiority of certain races.
Nowhere else is the struggle between those that desire liberty and those that desire oppression more easily seen. For we were once a nation so clearly divided. But it also shows us how the reliance by those upon the oppression of others for their own betterment made them unable to survive as they had tried to. And this my friends is what I wish to bring to your attention; that societies of oppression make those that rely on such fundamentals weak even as they are empowered by those that would normally seek to promote liberty.
When a fellowship of patriots to an independent nation yet to be born, yet traitors to the nation to which they currently belonged, met in Philadelphia in June of 1776, the struggles between liberty and oppression were put on display. At the time all colonists under the English banner in America were oppressed. But there were three groups among them.
First, their were those that preferred the certainty of the bosom of a mother that would take care of them and wished to remain oppressed and chose to have their rights as dictated by a power higher than man or king infringed. They were the loyalists.
Second, was a group of men that were oppressed but also oppressors themselves. This is the group of men that themselves held others in bondage as they were held in bondage; the plantation and slave owners of the New World. They wanted liberty for themselves from those oppressing them, but they wanted to retain their right to oppress others for their own betterment. A truer contradiction was never seen, but many of them had sealed their own fates. They had become dependant upon those who they enslaved to the point where to lose such power would doom their own existence and commit themselves to potential suffering. Even basically good men fell into this trap and struggled with the duplicity of their desires.
The third was a group that abhorred the institution of slavery and truly believed that liberty should be meant for all; both themselves and slaves.
The second and third groups collectively were known as the patriots.
It is not without reason, and I hope not to over use that word, that the later two required each other in order to be strong enough to survive words that would be penned by a young Thomas Jefferson, a slaveholder himself who openly struggled with the practice of slavery, and who set the colonies on a path to open revolution. This requirement is why even those that abhorred the institution of slavery stood shoulder to should with those that did not hold their own values sacred and absolute.
The learning of man does not occur often in large leaps. Much like babes must first crawl before they can walk, man too must often take small steps on his journey of learning and the evolution towards good government. Much like babies as well, each child learns to walk at a time different than others around them.
Often times too, learning is not simply obtained by reason and debate. Sadly, this is true. At times blood must also be shed and the price of learning lessons can often be painful. Sometimes those that refuse to learn or who have willfully decided to remain in a state untenable to reasonable men must have their bodies bloodied in order to coerce their hearts and their minds to see the error of their ways.
It took a bloody war for America to take her first steps towards liberty in the year of our Lord 1776. It took a second to secure that tentative footing again in 1812. It took yet a third to move even further to granting unalienable liberties to all in 1852. Then again in 1917 Americans had to stand up with others around the world to beat back a diabolical, imperial machine. In 1945 those that were endeared to liberty had to fight yet again.
This is, of course, not a complete review of the number of bloody battles which Americans have had to partake in to beat back those that would threaten liberty. But they are major points in our learning history to illustrate that sometimes learning must be enforced upon those that deny truth.
A Call for Reason (Part V Conclusion) - A Time For The Rebirth Of Liberty:
Fellow Americans, fellow patriots, fellow men and women of these proud and united States; I submit before you that reason dictates we have strayed from the pursuit and maintenance of good and just government. I submit that we have moved beyond government simply for upholding unalienable rights and defending us from threats to our liberty both foreign and domestic. Upon ourselves we have heaped laws and regulations which so far exceed the limits of our Federal Constitution that it can no longer be ignored that we have, I direly affirm to you, moved to a state of oppression. It may be a state of soft oppression whereas the government has not, as of yet, begun to forcibly silence dissenters to their master plans, sent soldiers into the streets and regularly conducted raids and thuggish assaults upon the persons and homes of those that disagree while hauling such people off into the night. But it is an oppression none-the-less whereby the force of the State is certainly used to quash as much deviation from policy as is practicable for them to achieve without arousing the sentiments of too many of those who would stringently object to such.
This is, of course, but my own humble opinion. You are welcome to take issue with such a conclusion if you like. However the facts, I do believe, are clear.
America has been on the verge of boiling over for many years. In order to keep such from happening those in charge have sprinkled among us, the citizens, just enough appeasements. They have done this like a cook adds salt to raise the boiling point of water and to allow it to become hotter and take longer to reach a boil as they turn up the heat. These appeasements have kept our society only at a simmer. But like adding salt to water to keep it from boiling, adding such appeasements can only stave off the inevitable for so long while heat continues to be applied.
America has become a society which is at this very instance deconstructing the walls which once had been put in place to protect us from the marauding forces promoting their own power and our enslavement to them. It has become a society where the labor of men is taken for the expressed and boldly unhidden benefit of others by sheer force of government will backed by the growing force and momentum of an army of new loyalists that have discounted the lessons of the past, unlearned what had once been painfully learned, discarded the concepts of limited republican government and are instituting a tyranny of mob rule. They do this despite being taught the results of such and being bound by our Constitution against such acts.
We have words on pieces of paper as a record of these teachings. But those words are going largely undefended. We have ideas that those words represent. But those ideas are being vigorously cast aside. We have oaths boldly proclaimed to protect these words and ideas. But those oaths are going unfulfilled by many of those that made them.
Those words and ideas once represented the sum of good governance. Yes, even though many of the men who supported them did not often abide by those words at all times and even openly enslaved their fellow man while such was untenable and beyond reason, the boundaries were in and of themselves sound. Today we are reinstituting slavery as again we choose not to abide by those same words. Though it is not a slavery based upon the color of one's skin that we see, it is still slavery nonetheless whereby through the threat of force and punishment the labors of certain Americans who have committed no legitimate crime are being confiscated to solely and expressly enrich others.
The labor of these Americans is not, to be sure, being spent on bettering the whole of society and it's most general of public welfare through the construction of public roads, maintaining the public defense or even defending and protecting the inalienable rights of citizens from usurpations by funding a functional and just judiciary. It is however being spent on providing direct funds to other Americans deemed to be worthy of such generosity and enrichment by those who sit upon self-crafted thrones. The only saving grace for us at this point is that those who are being enslaved and having their wealth confiscated this day still have the ability to flee from this oppression without fear of being forcibly returned.
But flee to where? Is there somewhere else to flee? Alas, no. Everywhere one turns, bad government has sprung forth. To the north, to the south and across the oceans to the west and to the east societies are infested by the wrongness of arbitrary government established to enrich some on the backs of others. Inside all borders the evil of oppression which springs forth from government fiat and when those in power deem who is arbitrarily worthy of benefits reigns. Nowhere is better. We are simply confined to the least of all available evils.
But should we accept that we are simply the best among a sea of such corruption? Should we accept that the labor of the industrious here is being taken at a lesser rate than in other nations to fund those that have made bad decisions, who are deemed in need of help by bureaucrats and who are simply not motivated to accept bettering themselves by pleasing their fellow man as a palatable destiny? I think that reason would frown upon such a bitter acceptance.
Which leads all reasoned men to an answer that may not be palatable for most but that is true none-the-less. That answer is that we must fight upon our own shores; that we must push back this darkness that is consuming us and rekindle the dying fire of liberty to stave off the chill of winter which is quickly engulfing us. We cannot flee for the way to anything better is shut. We have been pushed back to a solitary hill where all around us those that seek to enslave us are beginning to climb the slope and clamoring for the last of our liberties.
They are not asking us to help them willingly. They are coming with pitchforks and torches and assorted other arms and demanding what they believe to be theirs despite not working for and earning it. They hope to overcome us with sheer numbers and angry tongues upon which dance the words of evil, illogic and non-reason. They promote a tyranny of the majority which is no less palatable than the tyranny of a single emperor, king or dictator.
We shout back and plead with our countrymen. The question remaining to answer though is will our own words be fruitful enough and will those assaulting us be reasonable enough to be stopped by such things as words alone. We have been forced into a position with only three options; continue to appeal to the reasonableness of our assailants, revolt and shed blood and possibly our own lives or surrender unto them, the wicked, and live under that which is the most despicable of situations for human existence.
Will reason alone be enough to overcome the assaulting forces that clamor for and covet that which others have? Or will we do as others have foolishly done in the past and submit with acclaim that life even under tyranny is preferable to death? Or will, as has less often happened, those charging the hill be met with more stringent force?
On the second of November in the year of our Lord two-thousand and ten we saw a crack of light in the clouds that have gathered over us. The voters, in anger, cast aside certain of our rulers in droves who have given us so much bad government. But the elections were not all good news. Far too many Americans voted for those that had been proven as part of the problem. Further, where a reasoned society would have turned out these fiends with disapproval at the polls in excess of ninety percent, bare simple majorities in the low to mid fifties were all that was obtained in most districts where victory was achieved. To add even more worry to the situation and dim that crack of light, some of the most vile and inept were returned to power by irrational voters who acted out of illogic.
Reason, I firmly submit to you, states that if words and truth cannot hold back this tide and that this brief glimmer of hope we have seen should fade then the later of those options which I previously discussed will surely come to pass. Some may, certainly, also opt for the middle way and surrender to tyranny believing that such oppression would be sufferable and palatable. But slowly and surely each who would turn to such an option will suffer as such tyranny grows greater by the years and crushes them under its boot. Some may also claim that there is a fourth way; that our current oppressors would surely allow us to leave the union peaceably if only we ask for such. Do not fall for such illogic! The powerful who are driven by greed and lust for control never willingly give up their power and weaken themselves! As such evidence I present to you mere facts. Even an honest discussion of the States and the people of this union exerting their clearly retained right to dissolve ties with a government that has become destructive to the inalienable rights of all is met with such vitriol and ridicule that it appears clear that the commanders of the forces against us will not allow us to leave without a fight or at least a show of force that scares them into allowing us to leave peaceably if God forbid it would come to that.
Ultimately it is up to each of us to reason as to when words have failed, if they will fail us at all, and when to arms we must take in defense of not just our own inalienable rights, but those of all Americans and even all of mankind. A path is before us. But it may not present itself for long. If it closes then the later of all these options will be our only hope for survival.
Do we wish to see our liberty reborn? Or do we wish to remain in subtle servitude to unkind masters which will grow more intolerable with each passing day? For masters, as history has shown, certainly do become more and more unkind as they spend more time in power and consolidate their forces.
My greatest fear is that words are indeed failing us and that reason has been cast aside by too many for us to gain any significant ground. I pray to God that they have not however. But I cannot discount what I see with my own eyes, hear with my own ears and that which reason dictates I must believe in with my mind and accept as a potential reality. I look upon the vile hordes rushing our hill seeking to choke out from us the last of what we have thinking their lives will be better. I see them becoming more troublesome for our liberties even despite the most recent elections. They are not in their death throws. They are simply changing their tactics to coincide with the fact that they no longer maintain a complete stranglehold on our government. We have spent so much breath on speaking yet the foot soldiers of oppression continue to march and bear down upon us as the years tread on.
If this course of action continues soon it will be the time in which Americans must decide their path beyond just words. While that time is not upon us yet, now is the time for Americans to prepare for what will come if words and reason do ultimately fail. It is a time to properly prepare for a future in which we may well be required to meet the coming hordes with more rigorous force although we pray dearly to never have to. It is time for all true Americans to prepare and gather the arms that are our birthright and that will be needed for a potential, but hopefully not necessary, future of confronting those that will not yield to reason unless their own lives are threatened by such a course. If we do not then to say that there is no tomorrow for America would be but the most obvious of clichés that comes to mind. A public secure in their fate and unwilling to even consider fighting for their liberty is the kindest friend to a tyrant.
Perhaps there are more words which we can speak to maintain our remaining liberties and reclaim those unrightfully stripped from us. And I do believe that there are for I believe that the spirit of logic will overcome. But what we must still commit to regardless is a strong and ardent defense of the rights of all freemen and freewomen nonetheless and if we are to have any hope of a secure future in the bosom of liberty. We must commit to such and rise with a mighty roar and reclaim our liberty if the hordes will not cease. We must proudly proclaim that we would prefer to die freemen on this hill and its slopes by the barrel of the tyrant's guns than live in the service of petty tyrants who falsely call themselves our countrymen. We must make it known to the enemies of liberty that if they persist in their assault our words will indeed end and be replaced by more forceful measures and that they will lie with us upon the blood soaked grasses.
The Latin saying is, "Si vis pacem, para bellum," – if you wish for peace, prepare for war. I wish for peace. We all should do so. For peace is noble. But if we do not prepare for battle there will be no option left to us when peace leaves us, the war is laid at our feet and we are forced to prostrate ourselves before our unkind lord.
There were elections this past November. It was our opening salvo to use our words against our enemies. We won small victories. But we lost many battles. But do not be fooled into thinking that because of small victories at the ballot box this one year that America has been saved. We are so far down the road to tyranny that the path back will be long and the risk of returning to where we are is indeed high.
If words do ultimately fail then we must be willing to act on proclamation, take to arms and decimate all who stand in our way regardless of past friendships, alliances and even ties of blood. And if we come to that I know that with Lady Liberty at our side and with the grace of our Lord in Heaven we will be victorious and we will reclaim our liberty and be reborn as a nation.
Our enemies must understand this. And they must never doubt that our last breath will be spent in a mighty charge against their tyranny if need be even as all breaths before were spent pleading with them for reason. Only when this is clearly understood will the wicked cower from a fight that they cannot win. Only then will all men, black and white, male and female, young and old live in blessed liberty!
J.J. Jackson, American Citizen
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at http://www.libertyreborn.com.