The Ethical Basis for Our Cause is Clear.  Do We Have the Courage?

Back 250 years ago the Founding Fathers laid out in the Declaration of Independence why they were casting off their allegiance to King George of England.   I could copy the whole thing here but that’s unnecessary.  What is interesting is to see just how many of the complaints have analogs in our present situation.  Let’s start with the first cause, the first paragraph.

  • 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.
    1. So, we believe that all men are equal. Our opponents believe that people must be treated differently based on the color of their skin.
    2. We enshrined these unalienable rights in the Bill of Rights. Our opponents trample on those rights without regret.
  • 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.
    1. It says that power is derived from the consent of the governed. When elections are fraudulently held there can be no talk of consent.
    2. And it says when government becomes destructive of these rights, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it. That seems very clear.
  • 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.
    1. This one exists now verbatim.

Okay that’s enough.  Only a fool can ignore the fact that we are in the same moral situation that the Founding Fathers were with Great Britain.  The only difference is one of will.  The colonists were brave and daring men who were used to fighting wars against other Europeans and the Indian tribes.  We have become accustomed to luxury and ease.  The wars we fight are fought by a small group of volunteers.  And the majority of American citizens are women, something that was unheard of during the Revolutionary War.  And women tend to be uneasy about confrontation and violence.

So that’s where we are.  When this country was young the men living here wouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied by tyrants.  Today the women and the men who emulate them are too cowed to so much as defend themselves when the government sponsored mobs burn down their businesses and assault them in the street of their major cities.  They’re even afraid to demand that the teachers that they pay to teach their children either do it or stop getting paid.  Hell, they’re too scared to even go to Thanksgiving dinner with their families for fear of being ratted out to the police by Karen next door.

Really the only question is how long will it take to find out if we truly are just slaves of the Left.  Here’s a fair test.  If you can’t get together with your family on the Fourth of July then just take your flag down and reverently burn it.  The country will be officially dead.  At that point look for a better place to live.

The House of Cards

The United States in the 20th century proved itself to be the most formidable nation state on the face of the Earth.  It settled two world wars, invented nuclear weapons and put a man on the moon.  It also oversaw the implosion of the only other nation that rivalled it in military power and influence.  It has the reserve currency for the whole planet and invented countless processes and products that define modern life.  It was the engine that rebuilt the face of the human civilization and dictated the terms of acceptable behavior for almost every country.  And finally, it dragged the whole world into the digital age and gave the internet primacy over every other way of communicating.

And that immense success was built on the cooperation of a continent straddling nation that saw themselves as a free people who were allowed enormous freedom in exchange for allowing their fellow citizens to enjoy that same freedom.

Here we are about seventy-five years after that immensely powerful country defeated the enemies of civilization in World War II.  But now its richest and most influential citizens have decided amongst themselves that they no longer want or need a free citizenry.  They see a new vision of the future.  In this new world this elite would become the de facto rulers of the world.  And the rest of the human race, including the rest of the Americans, will be their servants.  And even the status as servants will be contingent on how much trouble they make for the masters.

And to bring about this new world they are using the tremendous power and influence of the United States government as their weapon.  Having been given the fig leaf of the Patriot Act they can use the combined surveillance capabilities of the intelligence agencies and their vassals, the Tech Oligarchs to spy on anyone who disagrees with their agenda.  And they can use the Justice Department and the Courts to enforce these agendas by dealing out unlimited prison terms to anyone they deem a threat.

The elites here are using the template that other totalitarian states have used in the past to control their populations.  The Russians, the Cubans, the Chinese and the other Marxist states have been successful in the past at setting up a regime based on surveillance and fear.  Russia was able to keep it going for about seventy years.  The Chinese have done even a little better, but that may be because we have funded their industrial economy in the last thirty years.  But our elites think they have the whole Marxist problem licked.  No more talk of communist economics.  Market capitalism is mother’s milk to these men.  No, they have come up with a corporate state that they believe has all the advantages of democracy and communism without any of the disadvantages.  It has the prosperity of the western countries without the messy results of free elections.  It has all the dictatorial control of communism but without all the starvation and bad consumer goods of the Soviet Union days.  So, everybody wins!

Well, except for people who want to live free lives the way they want to.  Because certain things will have to go away.  The biggest thing is freedom.  It’s too expensive.  We can’t let the proles have things we don’t want them to have.  Like families, their own homes, cars and luxuries like air conditioning and good food.  Those things will be reserved for the elites.  The proles will get a guaranteed minimum income, free drugs and unlimited internet porn to keep them from noticing their futures and lives evaporating away.  And they will get the satisfaction of knowing they are saving Gaia, their true mother.

It’s been a pretty effective plan.  They’ve used the schools, colleges and the media to convince an entire younger generation that only evil people want freedom and a future.  They’ve coopted all of the corporations and this effectively silences the working age population too.  The only ones left to object are the self-employed and the older people.  And as long as they kept alive the illusion that our leaders were selected by fair elections the people who saw things going the wrong way had the hope that things could be set right.

The 2020 elections put an end to that.  The mask is off and we can see that the United States of America now has as illegitimate a government as any Latin American banana republic.  And not only that, but most banana republics have nowhere near as much control over the lives of its citizens as the United States has.  The pretense that Americans enjoy freedom of speech, religion, free association, and the right to bear arms has also been shattered.  And the surveillance state will use its capabilities to punish anyone who tries to use these former freedoms in ways the state does not like.

So that’s a pretty grim picture.  Are we doomed?  Maybe not.  The United States has a large population that is not used to being slaves.  I think there is a reasonable chance that somewhere in the red states a resistance movement will spring up and act as a power center for a larger revolt against our masters.  After all, in the last analysis the elites are depending on the US military to enforce obedience to the anti-freedom policies of the US government.  If a big strong state ever told the federal government to pound sand it is not a foregone conclusion that the army is going to come in and kill Americans to make them submit to tyranny.  In fact, I think even the elites know this in their hearts.

And that is how we come back to my title.  A democracy ultimately depends on the consent of the governed.  If the governed learn that the democracy is a sham then that automatically removes the consent.  And if the free people of the United States decide that they’ve been enslaved the whole thing will fall like a house of cards.

The last two times there have been revolts they were led by the elites.  This time that may not be possible.  President Trump is the closest we’ve come to one of the elites jumping onto our bandwagon.  It doesn’t mean he is the only one.  But most of those people are too bought into the existing power structure to want to start breaking things and risk being dragged off to prison or worse.

So maybe this really has to be a peasant’s revolt.  I’ve heard that’s an impossibility but I think that just means it hasn’t been done lately.  The good bad news is Dementia Joe and his woke friends are spoiling to cause more grief.  It really only takes one good spark to start a forest fire when conditions are bad.  And conditions are definitely bad.

The Consent of the Governed

The Fourth of July is an especially relevant time of the year to discuss the idea of a government’s legitimacy.  After all it was the Founding Fathers’ dissatisfaction with George III’s unaccountability to his American subjects that led to the founding of our country.  Such slogans as “taxation without representation is tyranny” show that the colonists were acutely aware that they did not possess any mechanism to make their wishes known to their king.  Parliament may have been at that time much less powerful as a democratic force in the British monarchy than it currently is but it did represent the common Englishman at the highest levels of government.

The principle involved is that consent of the governed is necessary for a government to be considered legitimate.  Whether that consent is grudging or enthusiastic is a matter of degrees and in either case recognizes that the governed concedes to following the laws provided by the ruler.  In the ancient world before democracy was a thing often the legitimacy of the ruler was wrapped up in divine right.  This assumed that the king was of the same people as those ruled and his relationship with the culture of his people was deep and meaningful to them.  In such a situation the people would endure quite a bit before they would revolt because they assumed that their gods had their best interests in mind and so they trusted in their greater wisdom, even when the results were brutally hard.

But when the ruler was a foreign conqueror, an emperor of some other nation then consent was the choice between slavery and death.  But even that is consent.  It is recognition of the balance of power.  It is choosing life over freedom.  And to the extent that you want to spare your children it is a long-term agreement.

In the modern era representative government provides much more scope for consent.  The formation of a strong middle class has made democratic governments more stable and produced a society where the governed feel that their leaders are accountable to their needs.  But with the introduction of socialism and communism  in the late 19th century forces have been unleashed on democratic societies that empower the most radical and least disciplined portion of society and turns it into a tool that can be manipulated by demagogues and even powerful elites that see it as a weapon with which to subjugate the middle class.

We are in such a situation now.  The Constitution with its enumerated Bill of Rights is being ignored by the elites and their toadies in the government.  We are being stripped of freedom of speech and religion and the right to bear arms.  What is occurring is a coup d’état facilitated by the elites and empowered by the mob against a middle-class people too habituated by order and stability to react as forcefully as is warranted.

What remains to be seen is when or if the American people withdraw their consent.  If they don’t then they’ll become a conquered people no better than the Roman citizens who slowly by degrees became serfs indentured to the Roman nobles and then Germanic chieftains who owned them.

But if instead they come to their senses, they can pretty quickly re-establish their rights.  When a court, even the Supreme Court clearly breaches the Constitution it’s time to start ignoring the decisions of that court.  It’s time to withdraw consent from that government.

If a state declared itself no longer bound by clearly unconstitutional laws it will be very difficult for even the mighty United States federal government to uphold that law.  Much of the enforcement of even federal laws depends on the good will of state and local law enforcement.  Without that good will it becomes a struggle just to know if the law is being broken.  And if the State government is actually hostile to a law it could become virtually impossible to enforce.  And if the federal government is under the leadership of a conservative president it would be simple for enforcement of unpopular laws to fall completely by the wayside.  A really far thinking conservative could dismantle whole departments of the federal government whose only job it is to harass the American people with all sorts of bureaucratic restrictions on their liberties.

So, it remains to be seen if the present American nation has as much courage as their colonial predecessors.  Patrick Henry said, “give me liberty or give me death.”  We can get away with just pointing at the Constitution and saying, “freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, leave me alone.”

Which way do you think it will go?

 

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