- Published: 07 November 2012
The Party Won... Again by Bill Huff
SO WHAT! BIG DEAL! GET BACK TO WORK!
As it turns out, Obama didn't need to suspend habeas corpus and declare martial law to prevent another election. America was dumb enough to re-elect him, OR, he had all of the "necessary" help and support. In other words, it is quite correct to say he is the Chosen One. But by Whom? Stalin wouldn't have been surprised. Why are we? Oh Dear! Oh Dear! Now what do we do?
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it. The event of yesterday was one of those kind of alarms which is just sufficient to rouse us to duty, without being of consequence enough to depress our fortitude. It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same." - Thomas Paine in "American Crisis."
There are only two parties, as Jefferson so precisely stated:
1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes...
2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. Please review my earlier article: "We're All Party Animals."
It is so interesting to notice that Jefferson had nailed down the rhetoric of our two most recent presidential candidates as well. Of course they were both being disingenuous. Realize Obama's base dysfunctionally wanted to believe he was more like #2 and Romney's base would identify more with the elitist and/or martial tones in #1. In reality they are both elitists. When you contrast what they are saying with all it will take to get government back into its Constitutional bounds you know they must be pathological liars, brainwashed, political hacks, or ego/megalomaniacs.
They are not telling the whole truth about anything of consequence. They do not debate. They schmooze. Do we really have to wait a few years and see Romney and Obama riding off on the same golf cart to realize they were already joined at the hip?
The solution is not to be found in the electoral process. We can prove this every day as they [our entire political class] constantly violate their oaths with very few remarkable exceptions. You get a chance every two years to replace 1/3 of the Senators and all of the Representatives. But you need to be rid of most of them immediately. There are not enough voices left to force crucial issues into the media and public debate. And the media are prostituted with only a few holdouts remaining.
Those who are aware, alert, awake, and astute, the best informed among us, realize it doesn't get easier from here - until and unless we return to first principles.
Surprise, surprise, you were never supposed to be able to vote for anything that was unlawful. That is, if something was a crime for an individual it would still be unlawful even if the franchise were perverted to grant it through the auspices of "government." READ YOUR BASTIAT.
As the US government is now a criminal enterprise, it is a terrible shame that the fawning Media continues to describe a president as "the Leader of the Free World."
How can you tell when the government is being run by Racketeers?
1) Study the rules - the Constitution? - the Written Laws.
Liberty is never lost on a technicality. You have an Enforcement problem plain and simple.
Without enough political knowledge and will, Liberty will become a faint memory.
Take consolation in the fact that only a small minority prevailed in launching our Revolution. We may already have the numbers we need, and only need to educate them more effectively. The Ron Paul Revolution already has the general public talking intelligently about subjects that were little known ten years ago. Each of us needs to make a serious effort to learn better ways to promote Liberty.
Imagine a world where government operated within the bounds of our constitutions without exception, or one where it was truly dangerous to violate the oath of office. Would you agree it should be very dangerous to violate your oath?
And how does it become dangerous to violate your oath?
It becomes dangerous when a well informed People are breathing down the back of your neck and cannot wait to impose the proper punishment for nonfeasance, misfeasance or malfeasance.
If the People wish to remain ignorant they will always be slaves; deluding themselves better than anyone else ever could, trading one form of slavery for another.
And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Luke 12:39
[The degree of watchfulness is inversely proportionate to the degree of suffering. Know more - suffer less.]
In the 1828 Elementary Catechism on the Constitution of the United States which I had edited and and reprinted in 1993, we find the following language, as Arthur J. Stansbury, a personal friend of John Quincy Adams, contemplates the seriousness of crimes in high places:
Q69. May ever the President of the United States be thus impeached and punished?
A. Yes. In this free and happy country no man is so great as to be above the law. The laws are supreme; to them all persons, from the President of the United States to the poorest and the meanest beggar, must alike submit. This is our glory. Let every youthful American exult that he has no master but the law; let him mark the man who would change this happy state of things as an enemy of his country; and above all let him remember that as soon as he himself breaks the law, he becomes himself that enemy. Whoever violates the law helps to weaken its force, and, as far as he disobeys, does what in him lies to destroy it; but he who honors and obeys the law strengthens the law, and thereby helps to preserve the freedom and happiness of his country. In some governments it is held that "the king can do no wrong;" here we know no king but the law, no monarch but the constitution; we hold that every man may do wrong; the higher he is in office, the more reason there is that he be obliged to answer for his conduct; and a great officer, if treacherous, is a great criminal, so that he ought to be made to suffer a great and exemplary punishment.
Now I will put a question that bears on current and recent administrations and their crimes: If it is a crime to murder someone, how great a crime is it for a president to launch an unlawful war resulting in the deaths of many thousands to millions of innocent non-combatants, while he sacks our Treasury for the benefit of his cronies?
You see, if we think we are elevating a person to absolute monarchy when we make them President, we cannot really hold them accountable to the written laws. But if they are never supposed to be anything more than a responsible agent of the People Under the Law, we must face up to the fact that they are nothing better than great criminals when they unlawfully sacrifice our children, and should be made to suffer great and exemplary punishments.
By "exemplary punishment" Stansbury could only have meant a punishment that would forever deter such horrible crimes. If mass murder is a horrendous crime, then war for unlawful causes has to approach the same level of turpitude.
It might be too obvious to state, but when you know the country has strayed far from its moorings, and you don't see anyone being held accountable, you can be sure you are drifting further and further away from Liberty and the Rule of Law. If you study the monetary and fiscal problems viz the fact that we are not using lawful money, and you hear nothing but nonsense that explains away the real problem instead of addressing it head on, you can know that a violent and painful correction is on its way.
When enough of us have returned to the Rule of Law, it will not matter that much who occupies the Chief Executive Office - as it shouldn't! When Washington, DC, seems like a distant place where we send delegates to handle a few minor External affairs, we will have gotten it about right.
In the meantime, build your own little Republic right where you are. Start with the space between your ears.
Bill Huff [firstname.lastname@example.org] is a Classical Libertarian and proprietor of LEXREX.com and JamTheCulture.com; a former public school music teacher turned home schooling advocate; a US Navy veteran, and host of WarIsARacket.com. He is available as a guest lecturer or for interviews on talk radio.
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