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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Entry 25: The Unravelers III


September 30, 2014


Dear Friends

Re:         Entry 25

Someone once told me to never confuse the American People with the American Government; they are not one in the same.  In recent months, on several fronts, we have come to the point of the question I never thought I would seriously pose:

Do you trust these clowns with your lives?

A few points of distraction:  They want to disarm you while dismissing terrorism all around.  They surveil your calls, your computer habits—this blog—and record everything.  They collect your taxes and use some of them for purposes the mass of people would never countenance if given the direct choice.  They decry “climate change” and forego vital domestic energy assets in the name of world climate leadership, while Russia holds Europe hostage over energy (and Europe likes it, apparently).  They have their agencies act as arbiters of free speech, in violation of the founding principles.  They welcome immigration without scrutiny in the name of compassion, but with the cynical knowledge of its effect on electoral politics.  They let Americans rot in foreign jails.  They coddle enemies ([tell President Putin] “… This is my last election ... After my election I have more flexibility”) while demonizing and ridiculing and stereotyping half of their citizenry (“…And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations..”)  They seek to limit what you can eat, drink, choose—unless that choice is to kill an unborn child.  They divide us.  They dominate us.  They dictate to us.  They tell us what to think, to believe.  They watch terrorists roam our streets and care more about the world’s opinion than their citizen’s safety.   They spout their insolent sophomoric nonsense from their juvenile teenage-wise spokesmen and women, and expect us to fall in line.  They turn our military leaders into their personal lapdogs.  They indulge in the arrogance of the idolizing of their own ability and intelligence yet are incompetent in actual leadership and execution.  They open the borders and in walks Ebola.

Do you trust these clowns with your lives?

There are things out there, that are truths, and we know they are truths because, well,  they just are.  One of them is that men and women are equal and that in that equality, God gave them rights that cannot be denied—rights like the ability to live, and to live free, to choose to do as it pleases you so long as that right does not infringe on the rights of others.  One of the reasons we even form governments that last—and last all over the world—is that the people bond together and voluntarily consent to the government, and not the other way around.  In fact, whenever the government becomes too strong and begins to destroy the reasons the people put it in place to begin with, the people have an unfettered right to alter or to abolish it and to put in its place a new government, one that has as its foundations the original principles and organizes itself in such as way as to protect the people, their lives and their happiness.  And it isn’t just with the drop of a hat that such decisions and changes are made—to be prudent, no people should just change their government because of some correctible problems—people will suffer much and should only change things if it is the last resort.  But at the end of all of this, when any government becomes more important that those that granted it power, and when it in and of itself derives its right to govern from itself and not the people, that is the same as tyranny.  When this happens, the people have an absolute 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. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Now, dearest reader, I am loathe to tricking you, but by now you probably realized that most of the last paragraph was a poor paraphrase of Jefferson’s prose, the italicized part verbatim, from the Declaration of Independence.    For you see, we have been here before.  I believe the choice is coming, and I am not advocating anything but peaceable change in the way things are done to restore freedom to the consent of the governed.

I ask again:  Do you trust these clowns with your lives?

I remain,


Fessler