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LIBERTY MUST BE FOUGHT FOR AND WON, NOT CONCEDED
by Ron Ewart, ©2011
Because of these events, that have been and continue to be promoted by government to increase their power and the inherent weakness in man to always seek the easiest path, especially if someone else gets to pay for it, a showdown is imminent between the two opposing forces and cannot be avoided. The end result will be that those having to pay the “freight” will find ways to cheat, withhold taxes, or plot revenge against the takers. The takers, when deprived of their largess, will protest in the streets (already underway in many parts of the world, including the U.S.) and demand that their appetite for the sweat and labor of others to be instantly restored, or violence and anarchy will ensue. These are the ingredients for civil war, or a declaration of martial law by the government that boiled this “brew” of mutual discontent.
In many states of America, declining resources are colliding with demands of the people for services and the blackmail by unions wanting higher wages and benefits. All parties are at fault. If the people want more services, they have to be willing to pay for it in higher taxes. If the unions want higher wages and benefits, they had better convince the taxpayers that what the taxpayers are getting in return is worth the price. So far the taxpayers aren’t. If the government is pandering for votes by “buying off” their constituents with money from the public piggy bank, they had better look down the road and determine that the money will be there to pay for present and future “buying of the votes”. Since none of the parties give a damn about where the money is coming from to pay for their share of the demanded services, union blackmail, or buying off the voters, this out-of-control train has no other future than to crash at the next sharp curve. The slow motion crash is occurring as we speak, in bankrupt states and in the irresponsible spending by the federal government to satisfy the wants of those with their hands out for their share of the public treasury. The damage from the crash has yet to be determined, but the damage will be catastrophic and could result in the breakdown of civil society.
Enter the Tea Partiers. A sudden realization by millions of Americans that the train they are on is going to crash, has prompted a grass roots movement of free Americans, protesting in large numbers across the country, resulting in a significant shift in federal and state power to a more conservative approach to government last November. They came out by the tens of thousands, starting with the town hall meetings of August 2009, in protest against nationalizing the American health care system, euphemistically called Obama Care, and grew in size and number through the rest of 2009 and all the way through 2010. This awakening took the country by surprise, especially the left and netted huge gains for the Republicans in the U. S. Congress and state capitols.
During the protests, the Tea Partiers were mostly cordial, peaceful, respectful and non-violent. Even so, they were labeled as racists and naive by the left-leaning press, the liberal blogs and almost anyone that considered themselves a Democrat. Now put that in contrast with what is going on in Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey and is sure to happen in other states in the coming months, with the atrocious display of government union workers and the union thugs that run the unions. Oh and by the way, most of the noisy crowds in Wisconsin have white faces, but no one has labeled them racist.
These crowds have invaded the Wisconsin state capitol building and have interfered with the people’s business in a big and noisy way. The Tea Partiers did not invade the U. S. Congress building, except for a few stragglers that made a nuisance of themselves in the entrance hall. The protest signs of the government union workers are vicious and contemptible. Their chants are riddled with irrational rage and tainted with hate. Not so the Tea Partiers who chose the higher ground.
Union-supporting Wisconsin Democrat senators have fled their state and are hiding in the shadows in a neighboring state. Indiana Democrats have mirrored their Wisconsin counter parts and jumped ship as well. Can you imagine the outcry by the media and the left, if Republican congressmen and women had done the same thing, while the Democrats-in-majority in the U. S. Congress were shoving Obama Care down their throats and the throats of all Americans? It would have been a story of global proportions that would have gained “legs” by the day.
Democrat politicians have come out in support of the union rabble rousers and have even suggested that they would have to get “bloody” in order to defend their continual blackmail of the taxpayers. That can be construed no other way than inciting violence. What would happen if the tea partiers had told their crowds that they would have to resort to letting “blood” if their demands weren’t met? An earthquake would have erupted in the halls of the fourth estate and the corridors of progressive enclaves around the planet.
Many on the left even equated the shooting in Phoenix, that resulted in a federal judge, a nine-year child and three others being murdered and 13 others being wounded, was a direct result of right-wing rhetoric and very few called them on it, with the exception of one network.
For the most part, the right has taken the high ground in this conflict between left and right, rich and poor, black and white and educated and naive. No, they weren’t angels, but when compared to what is happening now in some state capitols, they come out looking like angels. Meanwhile, the left has resorted to lies, distortions, propaganda, vicious rhetoric, hate and even violence. Even Obama has weighed in on the side of the Unions. No surprise there. However, the Tea Partiers have been and are mostly respectful, while the government union workers abandoned their jobs and resorted to intimidation, name calling libelous rhetoric.
So ladies and gentlemen, this begs the question we asked in the title to this article ….. “Is The higher Ground, the Winning Ground?” In a war, there are no rules and we are in a war, whether you think so or not. In a war you either kill the enemy, take away their means to wage war, take them prisoner, subjugate them, or convince the enemy they are wrong and to abandon their efforts. Whomever wins comes out on top. If we are to preserve liberty, there is no other choice but to win, or end up being blackmailed and subjugated by our enemy.
The second question is, can we win by taking the high ground? While we debate the issue, we are losing ground. We have but four choices: 1) We take the high ground but without the troops to defend it and lose the war; 2) We take the low ground, maybe win the war but end up becoming just like our enemy; 3) We give up and the let the other side win; or 4) We take the high ground and win, by having enough troops and resources to defend the high ground.
In a shooting war, if you “own” the high ground and you have an overwhelming force and the resources to wage the war indefinitely, you are going to win the war. That is an indisputable fact. That fact translates directly to the “soft” war we now find ourselves in. First, we have an overwhelming force. When the tallies are in, it turns out that there are more Americans that believe in American exceptionalism, individual rights, freedom and sovereignty, than there are those who believe in collectivism, statism, communism and global government. There are more Americans that believe that it is wrong to “steal”, by government edict, from those that produce and hand over the producer’s sweat and labor to those that don’t produce. There are more Americans that believe that charity should be voluntary, not compulsory, on the threat of fines and imprisonment.
On the second element of winning a war, resources, there is no doubt that the majority of Americans who believe in a free and prosperous America, have the resources to wage war against the enemy indefinitely, if they would but pool those resources. We are a wealthy country and resources have never been in question.
Then comes the third element, focus. If you divide your overwhelming force into a series of skirmishes that rob you of your overwhelming force, you will deplete your resources quickly and probably lose those skirmishes and maybe even the war. Victory is best achieved by applying an overwhelming force and resources on the major skirmish, win that skirmish and then move your overwhelming force and resources to the next major skirmish and continue until all skirmishes have been won. Dividing your forces and your resources is a sure ticket to being vanquished by your enemy. Many a general has found that out the hard way. General Armstrong Custer comes to mind.
In our last article, we discussed a solution that used the combined, united forces of 10,000,000 Americans, (a relative overwhelming force) wherein the 10,000,000 focus their energy and their resources on one single, major problem, like drilling for oil on American soil. The idea being that you resolve that problem (skirmish) with your overwhelming force and move on to the next problem. We provide a little more detail on this solution, described on our web page entitled: “10,000,000 Americans For Freedom” solution. (http://www.narlo.org/force10.html)
Now we recognize that getting 1,000,000 Americans, much less 10,000,000, united on anything, is almost an impossible task. But we submit that if 10,000,000 Americans do not unite and focus their energy and resources on one single problem at a time, our chances of saving the Republic decline, literally by the day. But the converse is also true. If we can unite 10,000,000 Americans and get them to focus their energy and resources on a single problem at a time, we can virtually guarantee that we will save the Republic.
Do you want oil and all other prices to come down? Then how about we start with 10,000,000 Americans raising their collective voices and concentrating their energy on the politicians in Washington DC, to open up every oil field in America, on or off shore and DRILL for OUR OWN OIL? How about adding to those voices, a message to build more refineries to refine OUR OWN OIL? Do you want to see America’s economy take off? This one action by 10,000,000 Americans will start the ball rolling, the economy will grow, jobs will be produced and America and Americans can be proud of itself and themselves ….. once again!
Let the slogan for the 10,000,000 Americans be: “Drill For Oil on American Soil!”
Ladies and gentlemen, we might hold the higher ground right now, but the government, the media, the unions, the socialists, environmentalists and the globalists, hold the upper hand. It remains to be seen whether the higher ground can trump the upper hand.
If we, on the right, insist on taking the high ground, then we had better unite in solidarity and coalesce into an overwhelming force, or America will end up in a global, collective society where the rights of the individual are subjugated to the demands of the mob, as in a Democracy, or ruled with an iron fist by a brutal dictator. The choice is ours, while we still have a choice.
If freedom is to be preserved for this and future generations, we not only have to plant our flag on the higher ground and firmly adhere to the principles of liberty, we also have to HOLD the upper hand and ultimately triumph, so help us God.
Ron Ewart is President of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO)