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Stop Demanding Change!

Over the last few years, more and more Americans have begin to demand that things be changed. Change the government, change the environment, change the education system, change the church, change our moral values, change everything! In particular it has grown more and more common to demand that our political leaders or other national figures propose some kind of plan or solution for the problems we now face.

There is just one problem with all this demanding of solutions, our various representatives, those in government, the figures we look up to, etc. are all just reflections of ourselves. Their values are our values. If we are unwilling to take the steps necessary for real change to occur, they will be too. With the exception of a very specific type of people, a type of people we today don’t have much appreciation for; no leader can make substantial changes against the will of the people he leads. For this reason, we and not our leaders must take the blame for the difficult position we are now in.

If you want things to be different, stop demanding change and BE THE CHANGE!

Happy Birthday George Washington!

While American’s officially celebrate Washington’s Birthday on “Presidents Day”, today marks his actual birthday on the Gregorian Calendar. There is perhaps no man Americans needs to know more about today than Washington. For several years now the Founding Fathers, and Washington in particular have been under constant attack from certain corners with all kinds of wild accusations. One of the principle charges against Washington is that he was pompous and had an insatiable desire for wealth, power, and influence. As one who primarily gets his American history from source documents, I find these lies quite amusing. Anyone who met Washington personally, even those most critical of some of his policies such as the Anti-Federalists, spoke of his great humility and patriotism. From these accounts it becomes quite clear that Washington didn’t want to be commander of the Army during the Revolution or the nation’s first president. He took these jobs out of duty to protect the country through hard times.

I think the difficulty we have with Washington, the difficulty that must be overcome if we ever intend for this nation to return to its founding principles, is that he is such a giant our cynical modern minds have trouble grasping him. George Washington rose up from a relatively humble life to become one of the nations largest landholders, even by age 16 he had been appointed the county surveyor and was gaining influence among several prominent citizens of Virginia. His ultimate success both as a general and a president stemmed from his patience and willingness to put the good of the country ahead of his personal honor. General Washington faced constant accusations that he was a failure because he recognized that his army could not afford a direct confrontation with the British through much of the first part of the war. He waited patiently and struck only when opportunities for victory presented themselves, such as the Christmas Day attack on the Hessians. As President both of the Constitutional convention and these United States it was much the same. George Washington showed constant restraint, patience, and fairness in his dealings with members of fiercely divided parties. As a nation founded on checks and balances developed from multiple viewpoints, only the guidance of a perfectly honest man, driven only by love of his country could have carried us through such strenuous times. In addition to all of this, Washington (in contrast I might add to our modern political class) refused to give into the pomp of political office. In fact, he was terrified that the President might gain celebrity status and thus degenerate into a more monarchical role. So, as President, Washington refused to live excessively and even tried (though unsuccessfully) to slip out of town unnoticed when he retired.

One of the greatest troubles facing out nation today is compromise. Everyone seems to feel compelled to vote for the lesser of two evils so they can “win”. Trouble is, that guarantees we lose. It is time those who claim love for the Constitution stopped looking for the next Ronald Reagan and started looking for the next George Washington.

Freedom Isn’t Free, And Neither Are You

A brief look at the subtle seizure of American liberty

As a general rule, I avoid talking about what is going wrong without talking about what to do about it. In this case though, the awareness alone is part of the “what to do”. It is a tragic day when your nation gradually slides into tyranny and most of her citizens stand by and cheer, never recognizing the imminent danger. Many American’s delusionaly believe that they live in a free nation, they recognize that we were founded as the most liberty oriented nation on earth and fail to recognize the changes that have taken place.

In order for any action to take place, people have to realize that action is necessary. For this reason I will now summarize some of the most grievous offenses committed against American liberty.

Permits and Licenses

If you have to have a permit or license to do something, then the government does not recognize your right to do it. Rather they believe that it is sometimes necessary that you engage in certain activities and give you special permission to do so, provided that you do it the way that they want you to. So then for specific examples:

You cannot do as you please with your own property. Building codes, supposedly put in place for our “protection” actually serve to keep you from using your own property as you see fit. If you don’t believe me, try getting permission to put non-traditional buildings on your property.

You cannot bear arms. While there has been a great deal of emphasis recently on the right to keep arms, as guaranteed by the second amendment, most American’s fail to realize that except in a handful of states their right to bear arms has been completely infringed. If you have to obtain a permit to possess a firearm for your defense in public, then you have no right to do so and are simply being allowed to do so by the governments good graces. Only the “Constitutional Carry” states actually recognize that your right to bear arms is self possessed and cannot be infringed.

You cannot drive. Despite the governments constant reminders that you own the highways, you are not allowed to drive unless the government gives you approval to do so.

This list can go on, just look at the plethora of licenses required to do just about anything in this country anymore, and as you look remember that each one represents a right the government believe you don’t have.

Regulations

This is another sneaky way that liberties have been seized from the American people. The creative use of regulation has forced us down certain pathways, the only alternative to which is to commit civil disobedience.

Zoning laws might be the most dangerous laws we have as a nation today. Supposedly these laws are put in place to keep big corporations from moving in and ruining the neighborhood, of course this doesn’t matter because when they want to move in the government just seizes the whole neighborhood and gives it to them to “improve the local economy”. What zoning laws actually do is make sure that for, example, I cannot grow to much of my own food on my own property. This is done by limiting whether or not I can have chickens and how many, or in some recent cases by refusing to allow the presence of gardens in the front yard. These laws also prevent me from “setting up a retail center” on my property, which is generally interpreted to go so far as a child’s lemonade stand.

Speaking of food, regulations are also destroying our local farmers. When congress passes a “food safety bill” that requires the purchase of forty thousand dollars worth of equipment, a large scale producer simply adds this minor cost in to each of the millions of items it produces. A local producer, however, can choose to either go out of business (you can’t sell fresh eggs for $100 a piece after all) or refuse to comply with regulations. The government also tells farmers what they can and can’t sell, raw milk being the most well known example today.

In one case I recently read about, a man has had his free speech regulated away. All because he is teaching nutritionally choices and options that the local medical community is unhappy about. So, rather than having a logical discussion and disproving what he had to say, they chose to use creative regulations to prevent anyone who isn’t a licensed nutritionist from giving health advice.

The essence of the regulations issue, is that they consistently force market forces in a certain directions. If you want to know why we have such expensive health care costs, look at the regulations. No one with any real business since wants to get involved in healthcare, because it is to difficult to create a niche and be entrepreneurial. The same can be said for hundreds of other industries, regulations are literally controlling which companies succeed and which ones fail. As you might expect, of course, the government only grants its favor to large business that spend large amounts of money on campaign contributors.

Summing Up

These are just a handful of areas that are currently under assault right in front of the American people, and yet most people obstinately believe that they still live in a free nation. The facts speak otherwise.

The statement that freedom isn’t free is quite true, we must pay dearly to keep our liberties. In many cases this means we have to trade our security for liberty. I am convinced that many people really want the government telling them what food is safe, which doctor to use, and who can and can’t be trusted to own a firearm. The trouble is, government will always expand every single power the people give to it and ultimately full scale tyranny will result.