Our Founders pinned their hopes for an enduring free America on what they believed would be a citizenry dedicated to fighting domestic enemies often, and foreign adversaries, rarely. They warned repeatedly that liberty’s opposition would come from enemies within, and from internal deterioration and decay. Their ceaseless messages and dire admonitions were prophetic. Everything they warned of unfolded eerily enough to make one believe liberty’s foes actually used the Founders words as working lists for evil. Checking off each constitutional tenet, malevolent Marxist ideologues packed up Americans’ constitutional freedom and wealth, and then conveyed it to Washington - where liberty goes to breathe its last breath and money finances the tyrannical war against freedom and the American people.
This war against Americans is abetted by an overwhelming desire by people and organizations for “free” money or benefits for which they never paid. That breeds corruption of people and a political system willing to steal from one and give to another in exchange for money and power.
It’s fed in large by so-called “good intentioned” people with motives ranging from white guilt, self-esteem problems, corrupt media, and a fraudulent government educational system.
This series began by examining the devastation wreaked upon the United States by the election of Marxist Barack Obama and continued with government growth over the last six decades. This part 4 concludes the series.
This article looks at additional causes to the deplorable condition of America, its loss of liberty, and the totalitarianism of a government gone dreadfully awry from the vision of our Founders.
It also paints an ugly portrait by this writer of what lies ahead for our beloved America.
The following are a few more reasons why people fear the government.
Executive orders, regulations, and judicial activism:
The president uses his pen as a powerful weapon to exact unlawful vengeance against Americans, businesses, and societal groups or policies with which he does not agree. Obama claims an exemption from truth for his ideal of the “greater” or “common good.” While he regulates by the stroke of a pen, Congress creates bureaucrats to write freedom and business-killing laws and regulations to advance their agendas. Courts simply make laws by decree, and dish out their leftwing slop of social engineering, religious restrictions, and constitutional nullifications of every assortment.
This arrogance of power by the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches of government and by their bureaucrats, is the very foundation for the outrageous reign of terror they perpetrate against the American people.
Government secrets should only involve legitimate concerns for national security. Government uses “classified” as a defensive weapon against Americans’ need to know.
The subplot in nearly all Marxist governmental schemes is income redistribution. It involves seizing income, wealth, property, and power from producers and doling it out to whomever government deems worthy. Only left wingers have the exact formula for redistribution. It’s generally believed they use some complicated scientific calculation involving logarithms and abstract, feel-good, liberal gobbledygook. They call this “Social Justice.” What we know, however, with Marxism, there is no justice for anyone except the exalted ruling class. Low and middleclass citizens become the impoverished class. To get a true picture of justice for the so-called social class, we can look at China, Russia, and dozens of other collectivist systems to see they resulted in millions of dead and starving people. Dictatorships always rant, rave, and advocate for “the people” before the final shackles slam shut.
Nearly all government programs are specifically designed to rearrange a free society into a collectivist and fearful social order ruled by an all-powerful, centralized government. They begin by demonizing and robbing the successful among us. The first step is to use class warfare and foment race baiting. It’s happened in nearly every country that plunged itself into a tyrannical era of darkness because of internal strife. Hitler blamed all problems on the Jews; Obama can’t get away with that, so he substitutes the word “rich” for the word “Jew.”
Politicians created victimhood as a stand-alone industry. It spawned a society demanding protection from everything; including themselves. Hypersensitivity and yearning for guaranteed results contributes to bureaucratic tyranny. A society voluntarily living in slavery to government arose like a poisonous vine intertwining with and sickening the culture.
Liberalism, progressivism, socialism, and Marxism, are nothing more than ever-increasingly refined versions of Communism. Each “ism” stands for powerful, centralized government, and an obedient, dependent, and indoctrinated citizenry.
Growth of all Bureaucracies:
Much of our loss of liberty comes from an overwhelming growth in numbers and size of bureaucracies. These congressional “watchdogs” are created to govern the populace with ironfisted rigor, and then give politicians plausible deniability.
Bureaucracies are spinoffs of governmental departments created by politicians’ cravings for power. Each of these departments wields enormous, dictatorial control and influence over American life. We are merely sheep at the mercy of government watchdogs whose job it is to guide us into and through the collective farms of government. The following departments of the federal government control nearly every aspect of every American citizen’s life and restrict our constitutionally guaranteed liberty:
- State – Involves Americans in the affairs of others at the expense of our national treasury and blood
- Treasury – Shares much of the responsibility for this country’s financial incompetence. The most powerful agency in the world, the IRS, is a bureau of the Treasury Department. They already have a death-grip on every American and will be the enforcer for Obamacare. What could be more worrisome?
- Defense – Oversees the greatest fighting force in the world, but bloated with bureaucrats and beholden to politicians who bring pork to their districts. Presently, liberals in this department are trying to neuter the military with political correctness and feminizing the art of soldiering.
- Justice – The second-most dangerous group in the nation. Picks and choose laws to enforce or ignore. Brings full force of dictatorial government on any group not conforming to liberal orthodoxy. Could rightly be renamed the Injustice Department. Currently headed by a leftwing ideologue and racist.
- Interior – Land grab Inc . Government owns much of American soil; and controls the rest.
- Agriculture – Beholding to mega-farms and liberal establishment. Guarantees that people pay too much for food. Operates Food Stamp program and recruits people for participation in this welfare program.
- Commerce – Controls nearly every business, including ones not engaged in interstate commerce. Their excessive regulations also drive up consumer prices, and dictate businesses into oblivion.
- Labor – Beholding to corrupt, big unions, stifles business growth, and increases prices.
- Health and Human Services – A catch-all department dedicated to social justice (income redistribution).
- Housing and Urban Development – Responsible for building most of the nations’ slums at the cost of hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars.
- Transportation – What the hell? Worthless as teats on a boar hog, but spends $billions.
- Energy – Created to make America energy independent. The only thing they’ve accomplished is perfecting the art of doing nothing and looking busy doing it.
- Education – The third-most dangerous and without a doubt, the most incompetent, useless department in government. Since Carter foisted this department upon the American people, student test scores have steadily declined, education is in crisis, and about the only thing government schools teach well is dependence upon government. The education system is the nexus to the unraveling of American society and culture. Fundamental education indoctrinates most young people and educates very few.
- Homeland Security – By far, the most dangerous department in the United States. This group of largely incompetent bureaucrats posing as law enforcement agents has absolute dictatorial power over every American citizen. This department is a reincarnation of the German Gestapo. Just like the German people had no protection from the Gestapo’s reign of terror, Americans have no protection from Homeland Security thuggery and their terror tactics.
- The Environmental Protection Agency - Although the EPA is not a Cabinet department, the administrator is normally given cabinet rank. This agency is a classic example of what can happen when a reasonably good idea goes terribly wrong. It happens with nearly every government program. The EPA is another federal entity that morphed into a superpower lording over every American business and citizen. It runs completely uncontrolled through our land, and Congress claims deniability while these pen-pushing tyrants wreak unrestrained havoc.
Brewing inside the deep, dark, recesses of these departments and their agencies is a poisonous concoction intended by our representatives to extract freedom from the American people. The idea is to build an impenetrable barrier of regulations to thwart peoples’ constitutional rights. It nourishes the totalitarian state that leftwing politicians crave more than life itself. All of government, and by extension, their bureaucrats prefer doing their dirty deeds in the shadowy world of secretive, clandestine backrooms.
Politicians love to delegate bureaucrats to make laws; thus, relieving them of responsibility. Unelected panels run and rule America using Gestapo-style tactics while giving cover to the elected representatives who are ultimately responsible.
The invitation by government to solve one's problems and relinquish or lessen one’s burden is tempting to the point that politicians prey on that weakness to exert increasingly more control over the American populace. “Slip into the yoke of servitude and we will protect and provide for your care” is a winning mantra for countless Americans in today’s weakened and underperforming society.
Far too many Americans’ taste has changed from liberty to servitude. Servitude requires less effort, less thinking, less knowledge, and no self-sacrifice. Freedom requires exactly the opposite.
At first glance, slipping into the comfort of government care appeals to many. Servitude temporally fills the belly but leaves an empty and restless being; always knowing something is missing but ignorant of liberty's rewards. Independence feeds hope - dependency breeds bitterness, envy, and hatred. Liberty was left on the road to dependency.
What this nation witnessed in the past several decades is the systematic eradication of American freedom by the Marxists, leftists, liberals, and every other anti-constitutional, big government, limited liberty crowd. They accomplished this feat with the full cooperation and support of millions of people looking for handouts and paying politicians to steal money from producers and giving it to parasites.
The Founders never envisioned a mainstream media dedicated to destroying the Constitution. Nor did they foresee a massive illegal invasion across the border by people that imagined that “they were entitled to riches earned by others.” They did, however, warn us about our own politicians. We should have listened.
The original freedom fighters warned us in letters, essays, speeches, and books of the perils awaiting future generations of the American people. However, like inexperienced, ill-informed, naïve children, we thought we knew best and discounted the sage teachings of those men who founded the greatest nation in history.
Time and again, we failed to heed warnings that America’s downfall would come from our own uncontrolled, tyrannical government and its deliberate weakening of society. They did not predict our destruction coming at the hands of a foreign military.
We assumed our liberty would always be there, just as it had always been in our lifetime. Most felt the blood and white crosses our brave young men left in those liberated countries around the world was enough to preserve liberty for Americans and untold millions of others. We somehow imagined that each war was the last installment America’s young would have to pay for our freedom. We wrongly assumed that nothing was required in our homeland by the citizenry; believing that wars for freedom are fought in foreign lands. We were deadly wrong.
Historically, people forget the cold, hard facts that the past teaches each nation. Through government schools and liberal media, citizens were never required to learn these facts. Firstly, is that government always poisons the well of liberty, and secondly that when people trust government to protect their freedom, their property, or their security, they are doomed to lose all three.
Every rule of survival by free people should begin from the assumption that government is corrupt, inefficient, and power hungry. It garners power by extracting it from the governed. If it is not corrupt, inefficient, and powerful, it will be.
Government made poverty appealing to millions by making it comfortable and left much of society indolent, unmotivated, and dependent. This led to more demands for undeserved and unearned equality of results.
Liberals are unwilling to let freedom, entrepreneurship, and free enterprise work its magic. They fully understand that independent Americans have very little use for the federal government except to fulfill their limited constitutional mandates. These mandates are ones politicians are least likly to enforce.
The more giveaways that government provided the more unashamed and brazen the takers became. They looked to Washington with a sense of entitlement to other peoples’ wealth. Politicians quickly learned how to exchange promises of security, comfort, and handouts, for votes. Inroads into liberty accelerated and the principles upon which our nation was founded melted away like disappearing ink on parchment. Nearly every problem in this nation is caused or exacerbated by government intervention, overstepping their constitutional authority, or not fulfilling their lawful mandates.
Americans, whose country was founded by Patriots who placed the new nation ahead of their personal fortunes and lives, in the end, sold out to progressives, Marxists, and Communists. Political correctness, dependency, class warfare, and race-baiting, were more powerful than the eternal message of patriotism and liberty. Submission became easier than freedom-fighting and much more profitable for those aspiring to live off the labors of their countrymen.
Given liberty, we gradually accepted suppression. Given opportunity, we demanded results. We bedded down with politicians faithful only to those Americans willing to heap upon them the great bounties of endless votes and adulation. They seduced us by whispering "security and comforts," and we wedded an out-of-control, abusive, totalitarian state.
It was generally supposed over the last few decades that conservative constitutionalists were in the majority in America, and liberal-progressives were small in numbers. Nonetheless, we sadly came to realize leftists were exceedingly active in purpose and brutal in their determination and resolve to enslave our Republic.
Additionally, large numbers of constitutional defectors apparently rethought their positions on liberty, self-determination, and self-sacrifice. Succumbing to the enticing, powerful drug of government, they lost their desire to compete or fight. The fires of liberty are nearly extinguished, and few Americans are picking up the torch to ignite a new spirit of self-determination.
Government’s war against the Constitution and the American people grows exponentially with each new regulation, executive order, and government program or department.
What is America’s fate?
It’s been said that the winners of war write the history books. Liberals are winning their wars against the Constitution and American culture; thus, they are rewriting the history books. Conservatives did little to prevent America’s downfall. Much of their involvement was a go-along-to-get-along approach to social justice, income redistribution, and their own strong, destructive penchant for involving the country in other nations’ internal affairs.
The thirst for freedom in the end will exist only in the minds and hearts of a few, and only in select pockets of resistance secreted about the country. Likewise, American culture will be denigrated and virtually forbidden by the leftists.
If the American people are to win this war for freedom, it must begin at the grassroots and end in Washington. A revolution requires a decisive victory to restore freedom and leave the government, as Jefferson said, “fearing the people.”
America’s overwhelming debt will contribute mightily to her demise. When interest rates return to normal, the biggest part of the federal government’s income will go to paying interest. Future generations must hit the reset button and return to a free marketplace and personal liberty. Until we do that, America will continue down the road to devastation.
Dark times will precede any victory and likewise, will follow any defeat. Despots, unlike normally passive citizens, do not relinquish their power peacefully. Nor do they grant enemies any quarter.
For over two centuries, the enslaved of the world relied upon the United States to unshackle their masses. There will no country coming to our rescue because we self-destructed and gave up the most powerful force on earth – for a promise of security.
There will be political party fluctuations, ebbs and flows, but forces have tried to defeat the Constitution for over two hundred years. The wear is so extensive and people’s remembrance of liberty is so scant, that there is little chance of people intervening in any significant manner.
In this writer’s opinion, decades will pass and Americans will settle into their fate. Only a revolution like the one fought by our Founders will restore precious liberty. However, the next real fight will involve hundreds of battles across this land and likely will be known as the War Between the States II. The result will split our great land into ideological factions; freedom fighters vs. massive government and their benefactors. Before this step can happen, however, people must relight the freedom in their hearts.
The history of America is nearly rewritten, and liberty lost the war. If Johnny Freedom cannot rekindle that fire, the great America once so well known by American Patriots and people of the world, most likely will never rise again.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson