...to The 4th of July, 2014...
Yet another 4th of July is upon us, and yet most of us are treating it as a getaway holyday. The question is what are we getting away from? Everyday problems, or our own future? Considering the latest events in our country and all the scandals and debacles in our government there is very little to celebrate.
The time has come for the Citizens of this Country to be more vigilant and to become more involved in the destiny of our Country! Time changes all, that is the universal truth that has proved itself over and over again. Even the most steadfast can not go on forever. It is time to renew our pledge to the ideals and principals of those who were at the very birth of The Country.
IN CONGRESS. JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. –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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly 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. [...]
(The Declaration of Independence) >>
There are no Rights without Responsibilities, and as we keep running away from our Responsibilities as US Citizens then what Rights we will have left? It seams lately that we are mere subjects of the State rather then The People of the United States.
It is all coming together in the last few years, from Government disregarding the Constitution, spying on its own citizens for no good reason (if there should be one at all), IRS turning into the tool of political prosecution as well as an independent body of power that is willing to do as pleased, and on top of it all our current President behaving like a monarch and being a mouth-piece of political deception and corruption (That’s right, I’ve said it. Playing golf every other weekend, vacationing every other month, and running campaign after campaign on some nonessential and presently irrelevant issues when the rest of the country is trying to claw off the imminent economical disaster).
As it is, the Country is free-falling into a corporate-socialist regime (call it “American Empire, Incorporated” if you wish). And in some ways it is reminiscent of a Roman Republic that due course turned into Roman Empire, and finally disintegrated collapsing the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages.
You may ask, how is it so? Well, let’s see.
The Roman Republic began in 509 b.c.e. with the overthrow of the last king of the Tarquinian dynasty. A group of noble families formed a senate through which the state was governed. Two consuls were appointed by the senate and functioned as the executive branch. Their terms of office were limited to one year. After four centuries, the country was ravaged by the Social Wars of ca. 91-88 b.c.e., when a series of military leaders or warlords arose who denied the authority of the senate. They became dictators who ruled through strength of arms. […] Julius Caesar emerged victorious and was proclaimed dictator for life by the senate in 44 b.c.e. In 27 b.c.e., the senate declared Caesar’s nephew Octavian as Augustus. The Roman Empire had replaced the Roman Republic. […]
From the Age of Augustus forward, the autocratic power of the emperor increased as the rule of law and republican principles progressively gave way to tyranny. The emperor became estranged from the senate – the traditional root of Roman power – while he cultivated the favor of the lower classes through public handouts. […] Late Rome’s addiction to abortion and infanticide was, in part, responsible for her falling birthrate. […] The catastrophic effects of all this led to an abandonment of farmlands throughout Italy.
Neighboring barbarian tribes, generically identified as Germans, demanded Roman territory to house their expanding populations. […] In time, German warriors took over the Roman army. German farmers became the Roman agricultural class. The provincial territories prospered as Rome grew more weary.
The overall decline of Rome was mirrored by the decrease in patriotism. Citizenship was a privilege in republican Rome, as was the honor of service in the Roman military, which was reserved exclusively for citizens.
As the dictatorship characteristic of the imperial period continued, however, this citizenship requirement was no longer the case. Rome evolved the concept of the professional soldier. […] Roman citizenship also became progressively less exclusive, until 212 c.e., when the emperor Caracalla (r. 198-217) declared that all free men within the borders of the empire were automatically Roman citizens in order to increase his tax base. Soon after, during the reign of Gallienus (253-268), the political breakdown of the Roman state had reached an unprecedented level of chaos. […] The increasingly alienated Roman citizen had little interest in a supportive personal relationship with the state. Middle-class Romans avoided military service. Provincial recruits and slaves swelled the ranks of the Roman army […] By 400, they numbered as high as fifty percent. […]
Three and one-half centuries of despotism had destroyed the civic virtue that was once the strength of Rome. The ethical degeneration of late Roman society presaged our modern plunge toward secular humanism and moral relativism. Apathy and indolence replaced the patriotism and love of liberty that had motivated the hard men who built that admirable republic. Those who now sought political office were attracted to collecting the graft that had become attendant on government service. The lust for empire placed impossible demands on the army, which remained logistically overstretched and a constant drain on the economic resources of Roman society. Productive middle-class citizens supported a legion of tax collectors who redistributed income into the hands of the extremely rich, the extremely poor, and the corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy. Population decline among the overburdened productive sector led to an inequality of population density in favor of immigrants. Increasing lawlessness and excessive taxation caused many free peasants to abandon their independence and willingly submit themselves to the protection of wealthy landowners. […]
In 410, weakened and frightened, Rome fell to the raw fury and vigor of Alaric and his army of Goth.
("The Templars and the Assassins. The Militia of Heaven." By James Wasserman) >>
It is like building the statue of Liberty, and after the final touch instead of taking care of it you grab a cold chisel and start chipping away at the base. Question: How long will it take before it topples over? Is it an irony, or the history is set to repeat itself only this time on the other side of the Pond? If this is not enough, let’s take a look at how this country was born. Wasn’t it the very “Taxation without representation is tyranny”? And isn’t it, that IRS officials walking away from Congress blatantly taking a fifth, is a very form of taxation without representation? Is anyone in IRS capable of taking any responsibility for their actions? And what is "Obamacare" if not tyranny and oppression?
In itself, the negative economic impact of the new taxes, duties, and regulations was bad enough, but the attitude behind these measures made them even worse. Colonists perceived indifference and arrogance. They didn’t merely feel financially burdened, they felt abused. […]
Suddenly, more and more people realized that it wasn’t so much the new taxes or even the laws intended to enforce them that made for tyranny, it was the imposition of these things in the absence of any voice in the government that imposed them. Without give and take, there is only theft. When the thief is government, the theft is called tyranny […]
("The American Revolution. What Really Happened." By Alan Axelrod) >>
Isn’t that fun! Look at what The Fed (a private banking conglomerate) is doing with the monetary system by perpetual supply of digital zeroes. How is that not a theft, when our savings are turned by some criminal hand into a vanishing point of no return? At the same time the Government is covering up for all those "too big to fail" banksters! How they love to spin! "Mud the water to catch more fish" – the oldest military strategy in the Orient.
How does it make you feel? Well, it is still not as bad as Soviet Union with the GULAG for treats. Although the US misgvmnt got themselves "Guantanamera with excellent care", and as Madam Clinton likes to put it: "What difference does it make?" It is time to scratch your head a little before you loose it altogether (just kidding, ain’t I a rattle). But seriously, with The Commie Threesome (Obama, Pelosi and Reid) bravely marching into the political abyss, the fun part is getting darker and darker. What makes it even worse is the indecisiveness, constant backing and filling, and siding with the perpetrators for all the wrong reasons of the part of conservative, libertarian, as well as independent citizenry.
There is an ancient saying: "The will of Heaven does not follow the way of mortals, but seeks the virtuous."
Happy Holidays Ladies and Gents!
There was The Country,
With Faith, and Liberty, and Justice
At it’s core!
Upright and steadfast were its people.
Who called themselves The Citizens!
But time has passed, and once The People
Became at last a bunch of Sheeple!
A sleazy cunning politicians
Have seized control and dumped the Freedom!
With Liberty is no more,
The Justice is a tool of vicious!
The darker times are still to come.
The vicious playing fast and loose!
Awaken People! Tar and feathers!
Alas, The Country no more!
The Light of Hope is yet alive.
The Love of God is never faint!
And We, The People, can still become
What citizens of olden days they were!