As I sit here on this 4th of July, I ponder where I’ve been and where I’m going. Considering many variables, including Rand Paul’s recent scandalous endorsement of Mitt Romney as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee over his own father, I’ve come to realize that most of the populace who inhabit the American tax farm have turned their back on freedom. Most citizen serfs have repudiated the Founders wholesale, opting instead for a commie-bankster police state eugenics kill grid.
The signing of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is a pivotal document, even more important than any constitution (I subscribe to the Anti-Federalist minarchist position). The Declaration is the official recognition of the importance of Patriot’s Day; it is literally putting your John Hancock on a type of contract signifying your agreement that it is preferable to risk your “Life, [your] Fortune, and [your] sacred Honor” than to submit to the chains of perpetual servitude. How many are willing to do so today?
Upon reflection of Jefferson’s accusations against the British Crown, I must admit that as bad as they were at that time (and at the risk of sounding as if I’m making light of them, I’m not), they seem like child’s play when compared against the tribulations of our own period. A key problem is the belief held by the acquiescing mainline public that most, if not nearly all, of the actions of the State are somehow morally acceptable. The State continues to “impos[e] Taxes on us without our Consent.” Drug prohibition empowers “swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.” Terrorism statutes effectively “render[s] the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.”
The existence of so-called “law enforcement officers” constitute the “Standing Armies,” especially considering how militarized they have become; if anything, it would be more appropriate to refer to “your” local police department as the gendarmerie. Sheriffs continue to accept federal monies with strings attached. Ironically, such wealth was originally stolen from the populace in the first place because of the threat of violence from agents of the State who stipulated the punishments for resisting extortion.
If the purpose of the American Republic was to “secure [‘certain inalienable’] Rights” (some of which were “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”), I must say that the Republic-turned-Empire is prima facie evidence that the Great Experiment completely failed. The (federal) Constitution is continually raped with total impunity, especially considering that the US Congress does not fulfill their duties pursuant to Article 2, Section 4 to impeach and even convict “all civil Officers of the United States” for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
I’ve also been reflecting on the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner, especially the phrase “land of the free and home of the brave.” I would venture a guess that such is not the case anymore. Relying on Messianic figureheads to save us from tyranny is nothing more than a recipe for disaster. It serves to further validate the dissident version of the national anthem, which is “land of the coward and home of the slave.”
I can’t help but contemplate Gary Hunt’s “Declaration of Dissolution of Government.” There have been many other such attempts to update the Declaration (such as Schaeffer Cox’s version), but they nearly all neglect to document the proverbial list of grievances, as Jefferson had done. Mr. Hunt’s declaration is the only piece I have read that actually seems serious, for while he did mimic Jefferson, he otherwise updated the grievances to our own situation very accurately. As soon as local Committees of Safety are set up, perhaps they should adopt this declaration (or a custom version of it so it is suited to their own area of operation)?
Even propertarian anarchists can appreciate “[t]hat whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it [emphasis added].” Mr. Hunt concedes in “Factions – The Chains of Oppression,” that “[t]here is an old adage that Liberty is existent so long as your fist stops before it reaches my nose. Our individual constraint on our own actions, so that we do no harm to others, is, perhaps, the best definition of that which should be. The modern anarchist, even those who might espouse absence of government, altogether, are not inconsistent with much of what the Founders believed.”
If the Republic is to be restored, I would humbly suggest that the concept that “[g]overnments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed” be altered to “deriving their just Powers from the unanimous consent of the governed” [emphasis added]. Such a minor grammatical edit has, as L. Neil Smith suggested, the potential ability to halt the business of government. I find it humourous that the so-called “Coffee Party” began as a purely reactionary force against the Tea Partiers, especially considering that they were bemoaning how “we need to get the government to work;” minarchical political theory is all based on getting different organs of the government to attack each other and not the people (ergo, deadlocked legislatures and government shutdowns are a good thing).
3 years ago to this day, Larken Rose gave his now infamous “You’re Not the Boss of Me!” speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The focus of his oration there was the lack of willingness of the current populace to contemplate violating mala prohibita in order to secure their Liberties. It could also be extrapolated that more important than restoring constitutional government or eventually outgrowing the State is reinvigorating the virtue of COURAGE, which is all too underrated and missing from the grassroots arena. Violence is an inherent phenomenon of the nature of this reality we all inhabit, and it is not going away anytime soon; therefore, it would behoove all of us to prepare for the inevitable confrontations that arise from the consequences of the ruling tyrants’ actions and that of their minion puppet government officials.
Let it be crystal clear that Independence Day has nothing at all to do with honoring soldiers, either during the colonial period or presently. It has everything to do with the fortitude exemplified by the Founders when they chose to resist tyranny. Instead of honoring soldiers today, why don’t you seek to emulate the same fortitude that the Founding Generation possessed? Save “honoring” soldiers for the government approved high holy days of victimhood, such as Memorial Day, 9/11, or whatever. What veterans really deserve is your authentic comradre as fellow citizen-soldiers, not the complacent pity as exemplified by the mainline public.
Let this Fourth of July be the day that you decide to see through the fog of illusion. Let today be the day that you begin your training. Let this day also be a chance for those of us who have been trudging along the path to Liberty to reinvigorate ourselves by remembering why we do what we do. I trust that with enough determination, and a bit of luck, we just might be able to turn things around for the better. If we should fail, let posterity remember that at this unique point in history, at this time and place, good men gave it everything they had in order to attain justice. Either way, it is better to have struggled and lost than to not have struggled at all, for the latter is the path of the coward and the parasite. Let today be truly dedicated to our eventual Victory over the Establishment, to the inevitable liberation from our chains, and most of all, to Liberty.