One of Ayn Rand's most famous quotes is a line from 'The Nature of Government' which she wrote in 1963. With the passage of years, each new Nanny State encroachment on our liberty amplified its notoriety. A year ago, after Chief Justice Judas Roberts' betrayal of the Founding Fathers' bold experiment in liberty, Ayn Rand's 52 year old prediction has come true:
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
– Ayn Rand, The Nature of Government (1963)
That's right, PIGsters, We the People have been demoted from sovereign individuals to slaves of an all-powerful, tyrannical state. We have, it appears, gone back in time to face many of the same intolerable acts which brought the Founding Fathers to Philadelphia in 1776.
When I look around...when I take a long, hard, look at America in 2015, I'm not thrilled spitless with the state of our "noble experiment" in inalienable individual liberty. This is NOT what the 56 delegates to the Continental Congress had in mind, when they rolled fate's dice, by affixing their signatures to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This is NOT what they envisioned for sovereign individuals, when they endorsed this ringing proclamation of individual liberty as our birthright:
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.
America in 2015 would astound the signers of the Declaration of Independence, but, once they got past their shock and awe over 21st century life, they would find many facets of our political plight eerily familiar. They would discover that America has, unfortunately, come full circle, politically. They would note that Americans are, regrettably, in too many meaningful ways, right back where we started, 239 years ago.
Here are a few examples which come to mind:
"I'm Heaven Sent":
1776 - King George III believed that he ruled by divine right. In other words, since God hand picked him to rule, no mere mortal had the right to second guess him.
2015 - Prompter Punk takes this megalomania to the next level, with his well-documented conviction that he IS GOD. In other words, since he's a deity and you're not, we mere mortals don't have the right to second guess him. He smites those who defy him with his mighty race card.
"You'll Be Sorry":
1776 - When his subjects went rogue as sovereign individuals, King George III sent his headbreakers - his red coated minions - to teach the errant subject(s) the errors of their ways.
2015 - When his subjects go rogue as sovereign individuals, Prompter Punk deploys his headbreakers - his purple-shirted SEIU minions - to teach the errant subject(s) the errors of their ways.
"It's Only Money":
1776 - The big spenders in parliament funded their largesse with punitive, ruinous taxes on Americans.
2015 - The big spenders in Congress fund their largesse with punitive, ruinous, taxes on Americans.
"Because We Can":
1776 - Full of themselves, and IT, the British government willfully trampled on the liberty birthright of Americans.
2015 - Full of himself, and IT, Uncle Sam willfully tramples on the liberty birthright of Americans, using assorted other Nanny State entities like the IRS, TSA, and/or NSA.
"SHUT UP! SIT DOWN!"
1776 - A remote, indifferent, government ignored the vocal protests of outraged Americans. When this remote, indifferent, government did respond to protests/petitions for redress from Americans, the official response was, invariably: "SHUT UP! SIT DOWN!"
2015 - A remote, indifferent, government ignores the vocal protests of outraged Americans. When this remote, indifferent, government does respond to protests/petitions for redress from Americans, the official response is, invariably: "SHUT UP! SIT DOWN!"
"Lock and Load"
1776 - Fed up with the on-going excesses of a remote, indifferent, government, outraged Americans armed themselves, and marched forth to reclaim their inalienable individual liberty birthright.
2015 - Fed up with the on-going excesses of a remote, indifferent, government, Americans are arming themselves. As things now stand, the marching forth to reclaim their inalienable individual liberty birthright, isn't a slam dunk, but the idea is still in play.
As you can see, in the 239 years since the Founding Fathers risked it all, by signing the Declaration of Independence, We the People have taken our eyes off the ultimate prize. While we were busy taking care of our daily lives, the Elected Tormentors who are supposed to be our employees, our servants, have been chipping away at our liberty and measuring We the People for slaves of the Nanny State shackles. After stripping away our liberty, a bit at a time, for decades, our would-be masters got ready for the end game, when brain-dead Americans elected an unrepentant Marxist as President of the United States.
Unlike other Elected Tormentors, the Red Shed Marxist, threw the chisel aside, and picked up a sledge hammer. Chipping away at our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is for chumps, and not Prompter Punk's style, because he's determined to hammer it into dust. In first months of his Regime, the Marxist Messiah torched the 'Declaration of Independence' and its soaring prose. He replaced 'life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness' with death, tyranny and government-mandated misery.
Life? You might be allowed to live, for a while, as long as you're a suitably subservient slave of the state. You'll be tolerated, as long as you'll slog along, carrying your assigned load of Obamunist parasites. Eventually, when you crack under the strain, you'll be snuffed out by the Nanny State's Death Care plan, because you're no longer a useful slave of the Nanny State. That's right, PIGsters, under the Obamunist Regimes's Death Care, you need prior approval from a Nanny State bureaucrat, before you can be treated for what ails you. If you're deemed unworthy - politically, or due to the cost of curing you - kiss your ass goodbye.
Liberty? You won't be getting much of that in an America which dictates, in mind-numbing specificity, every aspect of your life. For example, under Crap & Charade, you can't sell your house, until it meets prevailing, greeniac-dictated standards. As fun as that is, it gets better, because the greeniac standards are a perpetually moving target which can change, at any time, without notice. Under Death Care, every detail of your life will be dictated, because, as long as you're a useful slave, anything that the Nanny State deems 'health related' is a 'public policy issue'. They insist 'it's our Death Care dime, so it's our call'. As soon as Death Care hits its stride, a Fat Nazi bureaucrat will dictate which foods you will be allowed to eat. You can kiss that 'loaded' pizza, that super sized soft drink, your tub of buttered popcorn, your KFC Double Down, and your lardburger goodbye, condemned to a diet of rice cakes and crab grass, Sparky.
Pursuit of happiness? If, like most of us, you translate this venerable phrase as the freedom to seek the American dream so you can 'preserve the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity' by giving your offspring a head$tart on life, get over it. If you try to start your own business, you'll be taxed and regulated into oblivion. If, by some parting of the Red Sea class miracle, you manage to bank some buck$, despite what's going to be a 99.9% tax rate, it will all be stolen by the Nanny State, when you die.
We the PIGs have two questions which are begging for answers:
How the hell did we let our inalienable individual liberty get so terminally f**ked up?
What the f**k are we going to do about it?
Given the sorry condition of our inalienable individual liberty, it's the second question which demands an immediate answer. Many 'cooler heads' point to the election cycles as the proper answer to reviving our liberty. In theory, We the PIGs agree, up to a point. Cleaning up the mess inside the Beltway is a feel good first step. Unhappily, sending new fools to the hill doesn't get to the real problem which is pervasive. Petty, liberty infringing tyranny is a pre-existing condition.
The real, underlying, problem isn't just the assholes in the Red Shed and on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. It's much more pervasive than that, and it was already evident 52 years ago, when Ayn Rand penned her prophetic words. The tree of liberty which is 'allegedly' located in our nation's capitol has root rot. Can it be saved? You bet, but it's going to take more drastic measures than the political fertilizer from one election cycle.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence aren't here to advise us, in person, but they did include some timeless advice which tells us what we need to do. It's as if they saw this crap coming, when they included some 'how to get 'er done' wisdom in the document they signed on July 4, 1776. America in 2015 is precisely what they had in mind, when they fired this rhetorical shot across the bow of any/all asshats who abuse positions of authority to inflict government-sponsored tyranny on sovereign individuals:
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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly 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. 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.
This advice from the 56 signers is clear, concise, and right on target. We know that it's doable, because they did it. We know from their heroic struggle, that such an endeavor must not be entered lightly. We know that desperate times call for desperate measures. Finally, we know that, as things now stand, our government is riding roughshod over our liberty and has, therefore, made the "to alter or to abolish it" cut. There is, however, one thing we don't know.
We don't know if 21st century sovereign American individuals are up to the challenge. To answer that all-important question, we need to take stock of ourselves. It's a painful process, so I strongly advise that you fortify yourself for this onerous task with an adult beverage.
Are we up to this challenge? Are we ready to mount a spirited, last ditch, defense of our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, before it's too late, and Nanny State tyranny suffocates it? Are we ready to evoke that 1776 class sovereign individual which still exists inside each of us? Each of us must answer that question for him, her, himher, or its self.
If we really have come full circle...if it really is 1776 all over again, our prospects for success aren't good. I'd feel better if we had 56 Founding Father class sovereign individuals waiting in the wings. As far as I can tell, Mark Levin is the only one who measures up.
If we can't pull off another 1776 is trying "to alter or abolish it" worth the effort? I'll let Sir Winston Churchill answer that one:
[I]f you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish, than to live as slaves."
– Winston Churchill
"All the odds against us?" Only a precarious chance for survival?" I'm afraid so. Are you in, or out?