Apr 172009

with which I wholeheartedly agree. Replace ‘United States’ with ‘Britain’ and ‘Americans’ with ‘the British’ and it applies equally as well here.

I feel I must explain, at least to the small audience that is available to me, that the naivete with which people are discussing the tea party protests is distracting everyone from the meaning of those protests.

The people who went to those protests were not there simply because they don’t like Obama and they don’t like paying their taxes. There is something much deeper behind their revulsion–a revulsion I share.

The point is this:
American citizens spend half of every year working simply to make their tax payments. That is to say, all taxes combined (US, state, county, city, etc.) are so burdensome to Americans that they must spend literally half of their income paying them. I don’t care what you say about the cost of running the government, protecting our shores, or helping the poor. This is wrong.

It is interesting to note that we consider ourselves free and self-determined yet we are subjected to such staggering regulation of our lives. You can point to our material wealth and say, “you’re wrong… we have it great,” but you’re fooling yourself if you think that. Being free and being rich are not the same thing. Essentially, we’re rich because we’ve managed to fool the world into thinking our money is actually worth something…this is another story. What is really going on here is that our government has become so monstrously plutocratic and tyrannical that they feel they can start wars, spy on us, and abscond with half our paychecks. We are told to shut up and stop whining.

Well, I’m tired of being told that I should put my “nation” before myself. That’s obviously not what this is about. People who say that mean, “put the government before yourself–you are their property.”

I don’t care who the president is (they all manage to find a new and unique way to be absolutely terrible) and I don’t care what they promise us. I think that the feelings of the people at the tea party protests and my own feelings can be quite succinctly expressed:

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. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

I don’t suppose many people today would even recognize that text but be sure, were it written by someone today, its writer would be labeled an “extremist” or “domestic terrorist” and thrown into some dark prison. In its day, that text caused a war.

I urge anyone reading this (and believe me, I have no delusions that many are) to consider for a moment whether the life led by an American is a free life. Consider whether anyone can actually claim, under threat of force, half of all your labor. Can those people spy on you? Can force you to fight a war on the other side of the earth? Can they silence you? Can they imprison you? If not, can they stop you if you decide to rob them of their power? Can they stop a million like you? Can they stop 300 million belligerent Americans who know what freedom is and crave it?

I think not.

Having said that, I do not believe these tea party protests were at all effective. Sadly, a protest against the government and its atrocities is rendered impotent when the scoundrels who operate that government make speeches at the protest. Yes, I refer to the infamous Richard Burr who gave a less than stirring speech against Obama and his bailouts. Oddly enough, Mr. Burr voted for the original bailout. How disingenuous to oppose graft only when it’s politically expedient.

Thus, any effect the protest might have had was soundly negated. Especially since Fox News took it upon themselves to portray it as a partisan anti-Obama rally. I think they just like rattling our cages, to be honest.

Just remember, the struggle the United States face today is a lot simpler than economics, party politics, or monetary policy. It is simply a struggle for power between the People and the government. The only power you and I crave is power over ourselves but the government claims that power as well. I am not prepared to submit to them.

Remember, there is nothing patriotic about supporting the government. The United States government is not the United States themselves. We are. We are the country. Our homes and our neighbors are this country. Your choice is either loyalty to them or loyalty to the government. I know on what side I stand.


  5 Responses to “A statement”

  1. Well… I think I understand, but not necessarily agree.

    Yes, politicians – like most – want more power. Every employer I ever worked for had that tendency as well. As did those “in charge” of every charity, religious group… It is a natural, if not very nice, part of life: resist, but do not expect to end, power grabs. entirely.

    Taxes, now… I just do not know how else to accomplish certain things I feel useful/necessary/desirable. But I do object, as I think most T.E.A. protestors do, with what is done with the taxes we pay in.

    In the US, when passenger rail[road] declined alarmingly the government saw a need and established AMTRAK. But here in New England, I see AMTRAK money going into proposals to re-build the BosWash Corridor (OK, Portland Maine to Atlanta Georgia) to handle 200mph trains on routes with commuter stops about evey ten miles, while curtailing or even eliminating service in areas like Wyoming and Kansas where passenger service is still vital and stops often hundreds of miles apart. And I am eminded of Boston’s MBTA, which upgraded its rolling stock a few decades ago and then had to petition the Chicago Museum of Transport to sell back one of the old snowplow engines because the new ones could not handle the job.

    Extend such things across the whole outflow of taxes for all sorts of things, no matter how good they sound in press releases, and when people notice they will become upset. Add in “the one trillion dollar deficit we inherited was unecessary and a bad thing, but the four trillion dollar deficit we propose is necessary and a good thing” and the camel will try to throw off the whole pack – not just the latest straw.

  2. Spot on.

    Do not despair. I sense that there is a backlash brewing.

    Despair. Most have us have been raised at the teet of government and we will never get from under its yolk.

  3. Superb post. Unfortunately present generations are fully functional in the malevolent legacy left to us by our post-WW1 democrats and we are now in the presence of a fully fledged battle waged by governments on behalf of some of us in order to live at the expense of the rest.

    Worse, those who do understand the implications of the irrational hypocrisy of working until June to provide a living for the looters have been indoctrinated in the tools of democratic politics and consequently cannot envisage a system by which such institutionalised theft would cease. Universal slavery is thus guaranteed by the half of us who refuse to notice that they are the victims of the sacrifice.

    It doesn’t need to be “Quis custodiet ipsos custode” because the imposed slavery is guaranteed by the slaves themselves.

    And if I may reply to teqjack, above, who is generally on the right track, I would like to ask why he says that “…every employer I ever worked for had that tendency (to want more power)”?

    I could equally claim that every employee that ever worked for me had the same desire. That’s why I no longer employ anyone, as I am sick of being taken advantage of.

    Employees can get other jobs. If they don’t do exactly what I require of them, I lose everything and can no longer be an employer.

  4. Yes, and Obama’s administration is the little red engine pulling another long train of abuses and usurpations.

  5. ‘Yes-we-can, yes-we-can, yes-we-can…’

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