We’re Not Going to Take It Anymore   Leave a comment

We’ve come to the end of the Declaration of Independence, but not to the end of the discussion because if we just leave it there, we’d all better start stocking up on food and ammunition because hard times are coming — revolutionary times.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free People.

Nor have We been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.—

American citizens in the 21st century have only just recently begun to awaken to the growing tyranny. Many of us didn’t recognize what was fomenting under the Bush 2 administration. The Patriot Act seemed like a good idea at the time, months after our countrymen had been murdered by terrorists.

Please recognize, however, that the tyranny has actually been growing for just about 100 years, since Woodrow Wilson launched the nascent administrative state and began slowly whittling away at liberty and self-government. In that time, people have warned us what was coming, but we’ve chosen to take half-measures or, worse, allow the tyranny to grow in the interest of civil peace and national security.

So, we’ve been slow to deal with the loss of freedom, but I think we’re waking up now. The “tea party” movement and Occupy Wallstreet are just two examples of how the people are starting to finally recognize that self-governance has left the building. We pretend that elections will make a difference, but really … was there a substantative difference between Barack Obama and John McCain on the use of the surveillance state?

Hmm, I hear crickets ….

The exercise of the tea party movement should have taught us something, if only that an organization that requires donations to keep the doors open is at a disadvantage if it can’t get tax-exempt status. So if Marco Rubio replaces Barack Obama in 2016, who do you think his administration will target for “special treatment” so that they can’t be an effective voice for opposition in the country? Self-governance is an illusion in an illusion in the United States. It’s a great, old-fashioned idea that exited stage-left some time ago and we the people didn’t notice because we the people were too busy not talking about religion or politics to wake up to reality.

How are we going to fix that? Well, I’ve been pretty clear that I don’t believe armed revolution is our next choice. That said, we have options for “disavowing these usurpations”.

Posted August 3, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in History

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