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A Revolution in Miniature

In light of the overwhelming list of problems faced by these United States today, it is very easy for lovers of liberty everywhere to feel discouraged, and even depressed about the cause of liberty. With the constant barrage of executive orders, Federal regulations, Federal laws, State laws, etc. encroaching on our rights as a free people. It is difficult for a single individual to feel they have any power.

The most politically involved persons might attend a bunch of rallies, and campaign aggressively for certain candidates. When nothing happens, especially in attempts at electing a better President, the result tends to be exhaustion and fatigue from over involvement. I mean lets just be real here, Mitt Romney was, in many different ways, a substantially more dangerous enemy to American liberty than Barak Obama. Continuing to be real, we are not going to elect a Rand Paul, Gary Johnson, or Virgil Goode anytime soon. The simple fact is, people just don’t have a clear enough understanding of what is going on in our country. Most Americans still think this is some sort of battle between the right and left or some such thing.

So let me be clear, no matter what they tell you, the vast majority of elections don’t have consequences. The two candidates who actually have a shot at the job never vary substantially from one another. Don’t get discouraged just yet though. There is a solution to this whole mess that most people aren’t talking about. Protests, rallies, elections, fund raisers, lawsuits, etc. don’t work because we are foolishly choosing to play the game according to the rules set down by those already in power.

In order to set America right again, what is actually needed is a miniature revolution. We will never reset the nation as a whole, until we reset it one small part at a time.

We must begin by changing the one thing we have the most control over: OURSELVES.

The Revolution in Miniature begins in our own hearts and homes. America MUST move back to God if she is going to be saved. How does that happen? Can we legislate it? No, we need men and women of faith who boldly bring the presence of God into everything that they do.

Begin by restoring your own Faith, and remember America was founded on Christian principles because it was ALREADY a Christian nation, no because we can some how legislate Christianity into the government:

We talk about how “they” took prayer “out” of our public school system. The truth is they really didn’t need to, because it was already gone. Even now, as we protest the removal of prayer, how often do we pray in our homes? Are you praying each night with your children? Your spouse? Do you set aside a personal prayer time each day?

Godliness has largely been removed from the public square. Is this the governments fault? I would suggest instead that the reason our society as a whole lacks godly behavior is because we the church have failed to live in a holy and godly way. There is no godliness on display in the church house, and consequently neither is there any in the White House, the State house, or on television.

Even as we complain that they are removing the 10 Commandments from public display, along with other crosses and Christian symbols, are we asking ourselves how often we actually read the Scriptures we claim to base our lives on? We need a return to the Word, and not just the reading of it but full obedience to its commands. If we are living lives obedient to the Word then all through the United States there will be Christian symbols and crosses on display in the lives of men and women who have taken up their cross daily for all the world to see.

Then begin to restore your Liberty:

We need a mindset change, we talk like we want less government but we live like we want more. Get rid of the belief that we “need” the government to do this or that. Instead recognize that “We the People” can take care of any crisis the nation faces. We don’t need the government to solve the economic problems, for example, we just need them to stay out of our way.

Read up on the founding documents of this nation. At bear minimum read: Declaration Of Independence, Constitution Of The United States Of America, Bill Of Rights And Constitutional Amendments, The Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist Papers, and Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England so that you’ll have at least a basic understanding of the worldview that our Founding Fathers were working from when they wrote the Constitution. Most of these are available free. Sometime soon I’ll post a page with a public domain reading list for Patriots.

One key to restoring your liberty, and part of the reason I am suggesting this extensive reading list, is that more likely than not you believe things about our government system that are not true. If you are confused about any of the following you need to relearn American law:
* These United States are a Constitutional Republic, NOT a Democracy. Democracy was, in fact, considered by our Founding Fathers to be the worst and most tyrannical form of government
* Liberty is a God-Given Right, which the government has no right to seize or encroach upon except by due process when you have violated the rights of someone else.
* The Constitution cannot be annulled or abridged by any part of the Federal government either by law or treaty because the Federal government does not have the authority to do so. If they claim such authority THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW.
* An unconstitutional law is unconstitutional from the moment of its passing, and according to long standing principles of American jurisprudence is never law. We do not have to wait for a court to tell us what is an isn’t Constitutional.
* Juries maintain the power to acquit a guilty party regardless of the law, if they hold the law to be unconstitutional or unjust.
* States maintain the power to nullify unconstitutional commands of the Federal government and reject them as law over their citizens.
* The County Sheriff ought to be the greatest champion of liberty you vote for. He is vested with full Constitutional authority to block the enforcement of unjust and unconstitutional laws within your county.

Just like we have to completely repent of our sin and turn back towards God and holiness to take back our faith, we need to change in order to take our liberty back as well. The use of the government to enforce a law against a neighbor or some other group of people in this country, constitutes the threat of lethal force. For this reason the law, and the sword of government, should ONLY be used in situations where lethal force is fully justified. This means the governments sole job should be the protection of the people from foreign enemies and criminals.

In addition, to take back your liberty means taking back things we gave away:

Take back the right to educate your children in godliness and liberty by homeschooling them if at all possible.

Take back your home economy, and economic freedom, by completely getting rid of all debt and establishing various forms of cottage industry to produce useful items for your friends and family.

Take back the right to feed yourself by feeding your family by the work of your own hands.

Which leads to a personal revolution in Sustainability:

Ask yourself how much do I depend on outside sources for my income, food, security, etc? The time is long past come to move back to a point where you only rely on trustworthy sources for the things you need most: Divine Providence, hard work, your own ingenuity, close friends and family, a community of believers (Church), etc.

Learn to provide at least food for yourself through gardening, keeping chickens, rabbits, bees, etc. If you have more property graduate up to larger stock like goats, sheep, maybe even cows.

To be honest in all of these areas there is probably going to be a need to vote with your feet. At bear minimum to live a life of Faith, Liberty, and Sustainability you will likely need to move out of the city. Urban areas consistently damage all 3 of these areas. In addition you should consider how much freedom your state actually allows you to have, it is great to believe in the 10th amendment, but if your home state is as tyrannical as the Federal government then it is probably time to move. If you move in state consider trying to find a state with a Constitutional Sheriff already in place, if you can’t find one work with others to elect one.

Once the revolution is begun in your heart, then and only then, is it time to begin to expand it. Bring in close friends and members of your extended family and help them realize why you are doing the things you are doing. Reteach the truths of our Faith, Liberty, and the need for a new focus on Sustainability. Meet frequently together to pray, and to encourage each other and hold one another accountable in pursuing life change. Then bring in your local pastors if at all possible, remember the American Revolution was largely the result of fervent preaching. Work together to try and form your own community, possibly even moving to a town small enough that you will be the new majority and reinstituting the concepts of Constitutional law by greatly reducing the legal load of the town. Then seek to spread this Revolution in Miniature to the County level by electing a Constitutional Sheriff, and good county commissioners, start with the Sheriff.

In gradually moving forward until we refound one county at a time, things will not always be easy, but we will see progress. We will peacefully retake our liberty, even if we can’t take it for our neighbors. The despair of being powerless goes away, when we recognize that the first change needs to take place in our life, and then in those immediately around us. It is in starting at the bottom and working up that we can actually see positive change in this country.

On Immigration

There has been a great deal of discussion centering around the massive influx of illegal immigrants into these United States the last several years. Interestingly, from my perspective most Americans are fiercely divided into one of two very weak positions.

The “liberal” position argues in favor of full amnesty and takes no issue whatsoever with the massive inflow illegal immigrants. They argue that these United States have always been made up of immigrants, which in fact we have from our earliest origin. Some even go so far as to argue that the early Europeans themselves were illegal immigrants who came over and took by force land that belonged to the American Indian tribes that had previously lived here.

Perhaps some other time I will address the fact many of the initial acts of violence against them were the result of either the stupidity of the early Virginia colonists or of power lust in the British government and of how our Constitution originally put protections in place for the American tribes to be treated respectably as foreign nations, protections which were ultimately violated by Andrew Jackson against the ruling of the Supreme Court. For today lets just admit that our ancestors dealt unjustly with them and learn from their mistake. The real fatal flaw in this argument isn’t in the details of what happened at that time, it is the ultimate issue behind it. Nations have been overrunning and taking over weaker nations throughout all of written history, this in no way implies that those being overrun should stand by and allow it.

Now I’m not trying to imply that all the illegals coming over our boarder are trying to take over the nation, although I suppose the drug dealers would love the opportunity; I am just trying to demonstrate the problem with using the colonization of the America’s as an example. The real problem with unfettered illegal immigration is that it is simultaneously bad for America and bad for those who come here illegally. I’ll go into this more heavily when I propose my solution to this issue, so for now let me sum up:

Unfettered illegal immigration distracts us from repairing these United State’s very broken legal immigration system. Instead of working to insure an immigration policy that makes it attractive and easy for the world’s best and brightest to become part of our society we are keeping them out while allowing in a massive influx of undereducated day laborers.

With no boarder protection we are allowing the drug gangs, and according to some reports terrorist organizations, to cross our boarder as they please with no resistance.

Refusing to act on illegal immigration has created a massive human trafficking problem. Innocent people who think they are just hitching a ride to a better life in America are being used and abused by the drug lords and traffickers who bring them across the boarder.
Our inaction has created the most exploitable workforce since slavery. Since being here is illegal for them in the first place, these workers have no legal ability to fight against the abuses they face from corporate employers, most notably the big ag companies. What’s more these employers can use the illegal status of an employee to keep them in line regardless of how poor the working conditions may be.

Don’t be fooled, though. The conservative position that we must deport all of these immigrants, and which sometimes sounds anti-immigrant, isn’t any better. The general idea behind this argument is that we are being “taken over” by foreigners who are taking jobs away from Americans. What’s more there is a great deal of criticism that they don’t speak English and are not integrating well into our society. This mindset also brings with it a whole host of problems and falsehoods:

America has always been a nation of immigrants, and generally the first generation of immigrants always have to adapt to the culture and language of the United States. If you want the latino immigrants to improve their English, you should be encouraging an end to their illegal status. Otherwise they are going to continue to feel and act like vagabonds in our society.

Many of the jobs that are being taken by illegals really are jobs that most American’s wouldn’t take. The big ag jobs are jobs that require a labor force of near slaves, which can only be obtained by fear and manipulation. As for the jobs they’ve taken in the construction industry and trades, talk to anyone high up in that line of work and they’ll tell you they can’t find good people. For years now we’ve had a situation where anyone who came to work on time every day and drug free was automatically one the best employees. As a result there has been strong demand for skilled laborers willing to do the job, and the latino population has taken this opportunity.
Immigration, when handled well, is good for America! With the host of problems we are facing as a nation today, we could use a fresh influx of ideas and talent.

In reality, the American immigration system is a disaster and in need of total overhaul. Allowing a continued influx of illegal migrant workers won’t help, deporting all of those same migrant workers won’t help either. If you want to help solve this crisis, propose helpful change; but let’s just be honest here this is probably a fight we are a long way from being able to win. If you want to really see positive immigration reform then we are going to have to start electing third, fourth, fifth, etc. party candidates. The left-right paradigm is a sham designed to keep you fluctuating between to illogical, and often unattainable positions. Therefore if you want to actually see any of the following suggestions implemented, I suggest you stop electing Republican or Democrat.

How I believe this situation should be handled:

Close the boarders. As I said above, the problem with all of the illegal traffic across our boarders is not the importation of day laborers, its drug lords and potential terrorists coming in unmolested that should serve as the strongest motivation to get a handle of our boarders.

End the war on drugs. Begin a process of legalizing and regulating the drug trade and the most dangerous illegal immigrants will lose much of their motivation for coming across our boarder.

Demolish the Federal and State welfare systems and replace them with resilient, self reliant communities. Free access to our nation’s welfare system has been a large part of the draw for those crossing our boarder illegally. Knowing for example that just across the boarder is free access to high quality medical care and better education for your children is a big draw. While it would be nice for the United States to provide medical care and education for the whole world, it is simply not possible. Instead a network of non-profits needs to be focusing on how to teach Mexico to take care of herself.

De-industrialize agriculture. This is an area where you can definitely do something now. The initial and ongoing importation of illegal immigrants has been done with some level of intentionality by our nation’s industrial agriculture complex. When you patronize local, family run establishments you not only help the environment and eat better food, you are also contributing to put an end to our immigration policy. For more on this see the movie, Food Inc.

Come up with a path to legal status for those illegals immigrants with no criminal background. To be honest, this has to be done in order to end this situation; but under no circumstance should someone who came into the United States illegally be allowed to vote. If they are, then their votes will be like many of the inner city votes that are bought with welfare, and the government will be incentivized to do things that will harm them in the long term to win a few votes.

Encourage highly educated foreign nationals, especially those attending American universities, to immigrate. As I said, we need immigrants; but rather than allowing near slave labor to take place at the hands of our nations agriculture industry, we need to be bringing in highly educated, and motivated individuals with bright new ideas for the issues we are facing today as a country. Currently, immigration to the United States is an absolute nightmare, regardless of the background of those migrating. This process needs to be stopped, currently we are rewarding those who break the rules; instead we need to be focused on coming up with more common sense rules.

That pretty much sums up the only way out that I see to fix this problem. It will require a balanced approach that recognizes the more fundamental issues at play, but together there is an answer to the illegal immigration issue. In closing let me say this, illegal immigration may be a hot button topic politically right now; it really shouldn’t be. While I agree we need to do something, this is hardly the greatest issue we are facing as a nation today. More focus needs to be placed on the overreaching of our Federal, State, and local governments, on our pending economic collapse, on the total moral failure of our society, and on the ecological forces that pushes us closer to famine each day. Make sure you have your priorities straight.