"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." -Ronald Reagan.
It was a prescient statement, and one that I fear is all too apropos to our current situation. This great nation was founded as a constitutional republic. For those that have never bothered to learn their own history, that means that our Founding Fathers had a clear understanding of the evils that are inherent in all forms of government. Knowing that governments were at best a necessary evil and that they ALL were oppressive by nature, our founders conceived of an entirely new form of government. They purposefully separated the powers of government and put the three separate parts in an adversarial position in relation to the others. Then, they limited the powers of the federal government by enumerating its powers and granting all others to the states. Further, they created a series of 10 amendments that were designed to guarantee our freedom and liberty from the inevitable attacks from the federal government. The desire to create a government that would both protect and govern justly was so important a task that it was not completed and the constitution ratified until 1789. It was a task that was thirteen years in the making. A great experiment where the states would be free to govern as they saw fit, protected by a federal government that was beholden to the states that created it.
Now look at what we have become. The federal government has become an over-grown behemoth. Every aspect of our lives is controlled and regulated by the enormous number of bureaucratic organs that the federal government has insinuated into our lives. Think about it. Look around your house and list the number of things that you own that the government is directly regulating: light bulbs, toilets, faucet and shower flow rates, TV's, Refrigerators, movie players, radios, your cars, bikes, and more and more, the food you buy and eat. Our current government routinely puts its fingers into areas it was never designed or authorized to be in. The people believe that this was all done for the "good" of the nation and people. Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Welfare, Unemployment Insurance... all social programs that have no authority in the Constitution. But we have been suckered in to the point that even knowing that those programs total over 70 trillion dollars in unfunded promises in the next 20 years we still won't fight to have them repealed. I have no idea how that makes you feel reading the words "70 trillion dollars" but it engenders terror in me. Our complete annual GDP is only about 13 trillion dollars. If 100% of every dollar was confiscated by the government we still wouldn't have enough wealth to pay for what's coming. No one wants to face that fact. Those of us that do are labeled as cruel and cold hearted.
There is nothing that is farther from the truth. We are merely trying to preserve that which was given to us. As Ronald Reagan said every generation, Liberty and freedom are at risk. It must be fought for to be saved. Unfortunately, our nation has forgotten what it was supposed to be and has lost its virtue. Virtue is the lifeblood of Liberty. I could write quote after quote showing the wisdom of our founders and their views of morality and just governance. But really, who among you, really cares? We hear about the non-existant wall between church and state and everyone cheers its limits. We kill over 1.2 million babies a year by abortion, but refuse to call it murder or, by and large, show any contempt for the practice. How, if a people will not protect the least and most defenseless among their numbers, how can they have ANY virtues at all?
We are, as a nation, hedonistic and self absorbed. We want what we see as being owed to us and never mind the cost to those that come after. How much more can we devolve from our nation's foundation? We are become unworthy of the legacy that was entrusted to us. And because of that, we are left now to try to explain to your youth why their futures have been mortgaged and their freedoms abridged in ways that were considered the next best thing to herasy by those men who created this nation.
You people who take the time to read what I write quite possibly know me in ways that even my family doesn't. You know me as a warrior for my God, my family and my country. My God has never failed me, even though I have failed him repeatedly. The same can be said for my family. They have stood by me during my weak times and seen me through to redemption. My country on the other hand has abandoned all of the first principles that made us the greatest nation in the history of mankind.
How do we come back? How do we reforge what is broken? There is a truism of smithing metal. If a blade or tool breaks, you don't try to put the pieces back, you start with new steel and forge a new tool or new blade. I have come to an epiphany of sorts. Our nation cannot be brought back as it was. There are too many dead beats that would continue to suck from dry teats. States like California continue to push a socialist agenda at the expense of the civil society and they are not alone. The union cannot stand. Sad as it is, that is a fact that is inescapable. The dead wood must be gotten rid of before a new constitutional republic would be viable. I don't think I'll see that in my time. No, what remains of my life will likely see darker and darker days for this nation. A collapse is coming. A complete dissolution of the bounds of civil society. Look at what is happening in Europe, with a focus on Greece and Italy. That is our future, only on a scale of magnituded far exceeding those tiny countries.
Understand me, I will fight for this nation, if patriots are called to fight. I gladly pledge my life, treasure, and sacred honor to help restore this nation. But I fear that there isn't enough people of like mind to do the job. We have been robbed of our national heritage. We have been swindled out of our history and our virtue. We are morally and financially bankrupt. And the majority of America just wants their cake. I hold no hope that things will get better in my life. So, do what you can to make yourselves ready. Be self reliant. Be vigilant. Learn the skills necessary to live when the civil society fails.
In short, God bless you and grant you his peace. But keep your powder dry, my friends.
ICYMI: Jeffrey Ostler, The Lakotas and the Black Hills
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