“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”—Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
I’ve heard people compare the Obama Administration to Jimmy Carter’s, Bubba Clinton’s, and even Richard Nixon’s. I was around for all of those administrations, and I’m here to tell you that such comparisons are, in a word, bull… nonsense. None of those other administrations can hold a candle to Obama’s “Hype and Chains” regime.
I’ve spent my entire adult life with a “go along to get along” attitude toward liberals. For my sake, your sake, and the sake of America, such a laissez faire attitude is no longer a sane or responsible position to have. The liberals have become a de facto front for the Marxist/Fascist Globalists. Whether the bulk of liberals are aware of this is a moot point. (Link)
Nor, of course, are status-quo Republicans to be trusted. As demonstrated by such individuals as Linda Murkowski in Alaska, and Mike Castle in Delaware, all too many Republican “public servants” are much more concerned with power and prestige, than what’s best for “we the people.” (Link)
It is now glaringly obvious that our government “representatives” are no such thing, or at least they no longer represent “we the people.” They largely represent themselves, and special interests. The corruption and collusion between big government, big money, big banking, big labor, and big business has reached critical mass. (I recommend “Rolling Stone” reporter Matt Tabbi’s book “Griftopia”—just let the liberal futz talking-points go in one eye and out the other). (Link)
“We the people” are under the thumb of an ever increasingly distant and arrogant “Political Class” (who are themselves a subset of America’s (and the world’s) “Ruling Class”). This is hardly the situation that America’s framers hoped for. Nor can it remain a situation that “we the people” stand for. (Link) and (Link)
Only the most dedicated kool-aid drinkers, and willfully ignorant, can deny that we’re at the end-game of a global plan to forcefully separate humanity into Ruling Elite “Haves,” and a “Have Not” labor force. “We the people,” of course, have been chosen to supply the “Have Not” labor pool. There will be no more middle-class, as the Übermenchs and Übermenchettes of the Power Elite hold such hoi polloi in disdain. (Link) (Link)
Which brings me to the proposed 28th Amendment—the one which says in effect that no law shall be foisted on “we the people,” unless it applies equally to those doing the foisting—i.e. Congress. In short, the 28th Amendment says that if a law applies to us, then it applies to the members of Congress as well. A scant few decades ago, such an amendment would have seemed laughably unneeded—such is no longer the case, unfortunately. (Link)
Anymore, such an amendment seems like a no-brainer to me. At best, If the Political Class is exempt from any of the laws that they pass, then they will be much more prone to be lackadaisical about what laws are passed. For example, the fact that members of Congress are exempt from the strictures of ObamaCare had, I’m sure, no little effect on its getting passed in the first place. (Link)
At worst, the Power Elite will (continue to) pass laws designed to de-claw, dis-empower, and disenfranchise “we the people.” As Thomas Jefferson wisely observed “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” (Link)
Although our nation’s economy must have triage priority, it is surely not beyond the newly elected Republican House’s ability to “walk and chew gum at the same time.” They can start work on passing the 28th Amendment now (not to mention starting work on the many other areas that need attention). (Link)
(It’s worth mentioning in passing that a con-con (Constitutional Convention) is not needed in order to pass an amendment to the Constitution. The con-con con is a sensible-sounding ruse designed to change the US Constitution).
In closing, at this perilous time in our nation’s history, when the future of the United States hangs in the balance, I think it’s apropos to recall Revolutionary War patriot, Patrick Henry’s, words. Below are some excerpts from Patrick Henry’s speech given to the Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775:
Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
In vain..may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free…if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained—we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed….
Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
Besides, sir, we have no [choice]. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard…. The war is inevitable—and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale…will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
That is the end of Henry’s quote. Compare it to the milquetoast “Pledge To America”—the recent underwhelming call to words put out by the Republicans in the historically corrupt 111th US Congress. (Link)
“We the people” should ask ourselves if we still possess enough character, patriotism, and integrity, as to be able to respond to Henry’s call to arms in these dangerous and momentous times. Can we throw off the shackles that the Ruling Class has slowly, cleverly, and oh so gently, laid upon us?
Video, “Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us,” Ronald Reagan
Born in June of 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jim O’Neill proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 in both UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) and SEAL Team Two. A member of MENSA, he worked as a commercial diver in the waters off Scotland, India, and the United States. In 1998 while attending the University of South Florida as a journalism student, O’Neill won “First Place” in the “Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii AEJMC Research in Journalism Ethics Award.” The annual contest was set up by Carol Burnett with the money she won from successfully suing the National Enquirer for libel.
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