Mon, 11 July 2016
You will hear this debate framed in many different ways. As a gun problem, as a poverty problem, as a policing problem, as a racial problem. But these are all superficial rationalizations.They are expressions of a deeper subconscious fear.
What we are living through today is a society that fears a breakdown in the rule of law and is beginning to lose respect for life and liberty.
Think about what we're experiencing now. Corruption at all levels of government. At the local level, civil asset forfeiture. A practice that allows the government to seize your property without any evidence of a crime. Our police are becoming more militant by the day with polished shoes and pressed blue uniforms having been replaced with military boots and OD green fatigues.
We might be willing to overlook these changes if the police still carried a mindset of service rather than enforcement. What we find is the police are now more as a nuisance than a service. And when it comes time to use all that heavy hardware to protect private businesses and property from the violent hoard of protesters, where are they? They're hiding, afraid of doing their job for fear of inciting more violence.
And yet their answer to restrict our second amendment right to defend ourselves?
At the federal level we're told we must purchase insurance products against our will or be subject to an extra "tax," we're lied to about the use of secret government programs only to find out they spy on us daily in direct violation of the constitutions 4th amendment. We face countless agencies from the BLM to the FCC that operate with impunity and carry with them the authority to write laws and enforce penalties.
We see our politicians willfully violate the law yet receive no punishment. Shall I go on?
So I ask again, what do you do when a nation loses its faith in the rule of law, and it's respect for life and property? Why would we suffer under such injustice?
Thomas Jefferson had an answer when he wrote the following, " All Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.
In other words, It's easier to go along to get along. (As long as the injustice is not too intrusive.)
He also gave his response to what we should do when faced with circumstances not unlike today.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their CREATOR, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
He goes on...
Prudence, indeed, will dictate, that Governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient Causes; But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.
Ladies and gentlemen I don't want you to misunderstand me. I am not calling for revolution. What I am telling you is, as long as we are willing to suffer under an increasingly lawless despotism for the sake of convenience we will see our condition become more and more unbearable.
What you see in the wake of these most recent shootings, is a group of people who are tired of "a long train of abuses and usurpations." but who lack a basic respect for life and property.
As long as these practices continue, as long as the right to life, liberty and property are violated by those claiming to stand on principle; we will remain divided, and a people divided are easy to control and enslave. As long as we allow the media, agenda-driven activists, and our government to divide us along social, economic or racial lines we are doomed.
What is necessary is that we stand with one voice and demand a return to the rule of law and a respect for the life, liberty and property of every American. If we do this, no man, no army and no government will dare stand against us.