Saturday, January 28, 2012

America.....where did we go wrong?

Where did we go wrong? I am pretty sure I have a good idea where to start and that would be the lack of strong morals and a respect for authority. I also feel that we have lost a grasp on what the "American Dream" really is. Yes the "American Dream" is to own your own house and car and live a successful happy life with a family. However now we see people living in a home with a payment they can not afford and driving a car that is one missed payment away from being repossessed. Is this the "American Dream" that our parents and grandparents worked so hard to achieve? No it's not even close. I have a friend who is driving a brand new Cadillac SUV, it is a very nice car and he takes very good care of it. However I find our conversations always leaning towards money or the lack there of. When I ask him if he has ever considered selling his SUV to get a smaller vehicle with a car payment that he can afford. I get a response of shock and disgust that I would even consider that an option. Now yes he does have a job and he does work everyday however because of this choice he now has to collect state a federal aid. Would you consider him a good candidate for these handouts? NO it is his choice and his doing that has put him in the state he is in. It is people like this that continue to feed into this big government machine that is dragging this country down one handout and poor choice at a time.  We have not inherited this country from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children..............

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves- Abraham Lincoln 

Jimmy Jefferson

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Liberty? Who needs liberty?

So I was planning on starting this blog with an issue that is affecting every American citizen which is the atrocious National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) or what many like to refer to as the Indefinite Detention Act.  This is a very important issue and I have just found out that another, even more anti-American act is being pushed through Congress, which is being called the Enemy Expatriation Act (HR 3166 in the House and S.1698 in the Senate).  In the next few days I will get more information on this and publish what I've found on this blog.  
In the meantime, today is the South Carolina Republican primaries.  Results are in and Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of the new book "It's Dangerous to be Right when the Government is Wrong" and host of Fox Business Channel's "Freedom Watch" remarked, "Congratulations!  Today is a major victory for Progressives in both parties!"  That's right, the people of South Carolina have spoken and they want to be led into oblivion with a Republican statist to replace the Democrat statist in the White House today!  Newt Gingrich wins it with 40%, Romney in a distant second at 28%, followed by Santorum at 17% and Ron Paul at 13%.   I was reminded today of a chapter in the Old Testament that is VERY relevant to what we are seeing today.  

1 Samuel 8:1-22
Israel Requests a King
 1 As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.
 4 Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. 5 “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”
 6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the LORD for guidance. 7 “Do everything they say to you,” the LORD replied, “for it is me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. 9 Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”
Samuel Warns against a Kingdom
 10 So Samuel passed on the LORD’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots. 12 Some will be generals and captains in his army,  some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment. 13 The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. 14 He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants. 16 He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle and donkeys for his own use. 17 He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the LORD will not help you.”
 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. 20 “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”
 21 So Samuel repeated to the LORD what the people had said, 22 and the LORD replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home. 

Are we, today, mirror images of the Israelites of the Old Testament?  In my opinion I would argue that we are closer to the Israelites of the Old Testament than the followers of Jesus and the Christians of the New Testament.  
Ron Paul, a devout Baptist, was booed and heckled in a recent debate when he argued the United States follow the "Golden Rule" as taught by Jesus, when dealing with other nations.  The ironic thing is that among his most rabid opposition, it is the evangelicals and Christian Right who attack him relentlessly.  Instead of embracing his Old Right policy of non-interventionism (which was a foundation of the Republican party before the Right was betrayed by the ex-democrat Neo-Conservatives during the cold war), peace and non-aggression as taught in the Holy Bible, they support the candidates that have said time and time again that they will continue the policy of circumventing the Constitution to continue the warfare state and even start more unnecessary wars based on executive edict!  Hardly the policy I could imagine Jesus Christ subscribing to.  

I've realized after watching and analyzing the political climate around the United States that the past few generations of Americans have been bred and indoctrinated in our public schools to reject liberty in all forms.  Those civics classes that we are required to take in high school may teach about how our government works but that is not really how it works in practice.  Checks and balances have given way to a powerful executive; more powerful than even King George of Britain was when we chose to sever our ties with his empire in 1776.  I read somewhere once that our government school system is considered a failure by the parents and students who are shackled to its whims, the government, however, sees the public school system as a complete success.  After all, it wasn't always the state's position to be involved in the education of our children.  Many of the first proponents of state sponsored education already had an agenda in mind, which the government promotes in our schools today.  William T. Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education in the late 1800s had this to say, "Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening.  The average American should be content with their humble role in life..."  Ellwood P. Cubberley, former superintendent of San Diego schools and Dean of Stanford University School of Education from the late 19th to the early 20th Century stated with no remorse, "Only a system of state-controlled schools can be free to teach whatever the welfare of the state demands."  Finally, John Dewey, a philosopher, and education reformer who's writings and ideas helped foment the present day public school system put it bluntly that, "The children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone would be interdependent."  

Is it not a surprise that our government schools, molded by the ideas of men such as these, have been pushing out sheep for generations, subservient to the state and antithetic to the ideas of liberty without even realizing it?  

The current candidacy of Ron Paul has shown that those who are among his most outspoken supporters are those who have realized what is happening to our liberties.  Those that are free thinking individuals, that sit down and read and EDUCATE THEMSELVES.  Those who aren't dependent on the state run media machine that is network and cable news.  Those that have read and actually understand the simple document that is our Constitution and the law of the land.  If you ever see a Ron Paul supporter debating with a supporter of Obama, Romney or any other authoritarian, it is always one sided.  Those who are usually on the side of liberty show an apparent and authentic respect for our founding documents to include the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers.  The young citizens of this nation are turning out in droves to support Ron Paul and the liberty movement.  If Dr. Paul fails to win this nomination, in the end, he has still done more for the cause of liberty than any other person has in my lifetime at least!  I see a bright future and the return to sound money and the principles of liberty as espoused by Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry and those other patriots who broke from the shackles of the tyranny of the British Empire and founded our Republic.  I am very encouraged and don't feel it to be a stretch of the imagination to witness the restoration of our American Republic in my lifetime and the reverse of course from a crumbling Empire.

This non-violent revolution is not about one man.  Although it is this man that has brought the ideas in the spotlight.  Whether his campaign ends walking through the doors of the oval office or in Tampa, Florida is not of importance.  Although the former will help bring about the change we need in a more expedited manner, the flame has already been lit.  

As Samuel Adams once said, "It does not require a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men." 

This statement cannot be truer today...

In Liberty,
Smedley Paine