Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Please Subjugate Us!

I am posting this before the election results are in, because the point remains valid regardless of the outcome. There are too many Americans who are willing to be subjugated.

I cannot, on any level of my being, understand people who vote for their own subjugation. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people?!

You live in what was supposed to be a free country. This country was founded on the very principle of individual liberty. A war was fought to rid ourselves of the subjugation of a tyrannical monarch, and a system of government created with the intent to avoid any such tyranny in the future. Hell, even the ratification process for the Constitution saw arguments about whether or not this new system would be supportive of or destructive of said liberty. Yet, here we are.

I stood in line to vote today, looking around at the other people in that line. I saw the people who had stopped at the Spanberger table outside to get literature. I tried to evaluate whether or not they looked as stupid as their vote would indicate. And yes, I use the word "stupid" knowingly and with full intent. Anyone who willingly votes for their own slavery is at a level of stupid that I simply cannot comprehend. And this is not limited to just my district, this goes on all over the country during each election. How these people came to think this way, how they were convinced that this is a good idea, why they do not see that they are responsible for their own undoing is beyond me. Look, it is real simple, when you give government more power over your life, allow government to take more of your money, demand that government “take care of you,” YOU ARE LESS FREE! You have become slaves to that government. Why do you not see this?!

I posted a video yesterday of a clip from the movie "The Avengers," in which the bad guy, Loki, demands that a crowd of people kneel before him. I posted it because his words, while uttered in a sci-fi movie, are poignant and telling. I have witnessed this attitude among my fellow Americans on numerous occasions, none more so than on election days. Sadly, many of my contemporaries DO want to be subjects, they DO want to be ruled. I have to wonder where this attitude comes from, because it is anathema to me.

Yes, I voted. I voted for one man whom I believe understands the proper role of government in our system. The others I left blank. So, I know that there are those who will complain that I am participating in the charade, and you know who you are. Fine, if it makes you feel smarter or superior take your shots, I have pretty thick skin. But I have studied it since I was old enough to read, I have written about it extensively, I have talked with people who have also spent years on this subject, and I am confident that I know how our system is supposed to work. It was meant to foment and protect liberty. Alas, it has failed.

I have been voting and taking part in the process since I was eighteen-years old. I even got so frustrated with what I was seeing that I took the leap and ran for Congress myself. I have believed, wanted to believe, hoped beyond hope that by working through the system I/we could achieve the liberty that our Founding Fathers had envisioned when they created this nation. I fear there is only one way left to us to achieve that liberty, but the America of today no longer has enough of the people of courage needed to make that happen. I hope I am wrong.

I am reminded of this interaction between a Philadelphia citizen and Benjamin Franklin - "The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Well, in my opinion, given the way so many Americans vote today, we cannot keep it. It saddens me beyond words to say that, but I see no evidence to the contrary. The fact that we still have so many in this country arguing that the government should do more, spend more, and have more power only serves to prove that Doctor Franklin knew human nature all too well. Freedom is truly frightening for too many people.