I used to wonder why people would not get off their butts and do something about the condition of the nation. I mean, if ever there was a time and a place to make some inroads into the police state the U.S. has become (if you choose to refute that characterization I will tell you that it is against the law to flush with too much water, to use an incandescent bulb ((or soon will be)) or throw unauthorized trash in your can) it would have been the past year and a half. There was a time long past to stand up to dismantle all of this envro-nazi pap coming out of the government. There was a time when pointing to the Constitution as a guide to what was legal and not legal. Those times have past. In the blink of an eye we have come to accept all manner of invasion of privacy and rights.
Here's what changed for me. I went to work for someone else after closing my business down. I had to concentrate on survival of my family. I no longer had time to continually beat the drum for people who would not follow, or lead. My gig was never to be the leader of anything. I never wanted to put myself out in front of a movement or even a tactical achievement. Anyone involved with Guardians of Liberty will tell you that I continually tried to take a backseat position. I am not a leader, but we had better choose one and quick, someone to rally behind. I will carry the flag, I will throw myself to the dogs if it helps the movement move forward and claim those rights that are so readily disparaged and violated by even our most conservative politicians.
There are those who know they can count on me in a pinch. That was really all I wanted to establish. I wanted whoever was going to make a move know that I would be there beside them when they called.
Now, when I look at all of the things I wanted to forestall, all of the conditions I wanted to spare this nation from enduring, I see that it would never have been otherwise. It will take all of the degradation, all of the social insults, all of the violations of everything once held sacred to finally stir the souls the idle. When every house is ransacked for its valuables so that the spoiled generation might feel better about themselves for having prosecuted social justice, it will occur to the masses that "the rich" mean anyone who has more than them. When their stuff is proof of their guilt they will understand.
The communists have been unleashed on this poor old republic. It is no match for ACORN because it has not been supported with the rigid girth of law. It has been hollowed out by legalistic convenience, communistic education and the betrayal of our politicians. So, it is time for change. This is what happens to nations that find nothing in their heritage to value. This is what happens to countries that begin to feed on its own flesh. Would you save that? Is such a nation worthy of the heroism that it would take to save it? Or, should we aid the destruction and hope to seize the jewel of its origination?
Liberty was once the purpose of this nation, to preserve it, to extend it to others, to protect it from the greed of government. Liberty was not the by-product of America, it was not the result of forming a government such as we had, it was the very purpose and we, as citizens, its defenders. But, we all grew more interested in our lives and the preservation of our pleasures to bother with adherence to the principle of liberty. In the night, as we slept in our comfortable beds without a fear of waking up to cold reality, we let liberty slip away like a dream. But, we are warm nonetheless. We have our television and our iPods to keep us company and not miss that ole liberty thing too much. Besides, it would be such a long, hard and cold road back to it. It would cost too much and make us uncomfortable to try. It would make us look like bad people, selfish people, perhaps even a bit like racists. It might make us unpopular when others just want to be warm and comfortable and not have to face long, tedious lines at the airport.
Is liberty really worth it? Ask almost anyone you know and they will give you all the facts you need to know that it has been a dream for so long they can't even comprehend liberty. It is a slogan, a line in a song, a myth much the same as the round table and King Arthur.
But, here's the thing: it is not a choice of liberty or comfort, because they will choose comfort every time over the struggle for liberty no matter what their mouths say. While they slept the equation changed, the options narrowed. The fact is, they really don't have much of a choice at all. They chose so long ago, as they slept in that warm, comfortable bed. Cold reality stares at them every day from the television and they refuse to recognize it, they simply turn the channel and see more pleasing images, more secure outcomes. The communist march has begun and it will not be swayed until it has consumed all the comforts of capitalism and spit out the dissidents, those criminals by comfort.
As you mope around in your pajamas waiting for the Sunday game to start, you might just turn to that news program you detest and look at all of those faces willing to marshal forces to ransack your man-cave. Yes, we are watching the criminalization of wealth and while you might not feel wealthy in your three bedroom home with two baths and a garage, you look pretty tasty to the dogs of communism.