FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, President, NARLO, ©2014
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We wonder if Americans have lost their will to fight a battle, right a wrong, or defend their freedom and liberty? We allow hordes of illegal aliens to invade our country every day and say we can’t do anything about it because we must be compassionate, we must grant them amnesty, but without acknowledging the dire consequences that that misplaced compassion will inflict upon us. We allow our government to slap chains on our wrists and ankles with a million regulations, without so much as a whimper. We allow socialism and radical environmentalism to tear down the very foundation of our freedom while we look the other way. We allow our children to be indoctrinated and brainwashed with the new social order and environmental extremism and say we don’t have the time to get involved. The Germans didn’t want to get involved, either. We have allowed special-interest groups to replace the consent of the governed, even though our inaction leads to our enslavement. We have allowed a fourth branch of government to grow into a cancer, to the point that it answers to no one, in the rising stench of out-of-control bureaucracies like the IRS.
We allow waste, fraud, abuse, corruption, negligence and incompetence to thrive in our government institutions and don’t demand that the perpetrators be summarily fired, fined, or jailed. We stand back and do nothing while they get promoted and ask for more money to do their job “right.” We allow government contracts for mega-projects and military hardware to escalate into cost overruns that exceed original estimates by several factors but no one is held accountable. Millions grow to billions and then trillions and not even a ho-hum is uttered. We have allowed entitlements to grow and grow to the point where one day, the piper will have to be paid and government will take our very souls to retire the debt, or some foreign country that holds the debt will confiscate our major assets because America can’t pay. Some say our unfunded liability now stands well in excess of $100 Trillion dollars and yet our politicians on either side of the aisle are offering more of the same. Unfortunately, more of the same will only make matters worse and increase our debt beyond any capability to pay it. We will, for all intents and purposes, go broke, if we stay on the same path. It may already be too late.
We shrink in fear and horror when we must send our brave men and women into harm’s way to protect our interests, then we treat them like dirt when they come home wounded. We place a greater value on capitulation and appeasement rather than on strength and victory, in spite of the lessons that history has taught us. We allow our government to cut deals with other countries that violate our very sovereignty and we do nothing.
We allow the government to lie in our faces and con us into accepting laws and legislation that rob us of our pride and self-reliance and erode what is left of our individual freedom.
We have allowed the central bankers to manipulate our economy and our individual behavior by manipulating the money supply, irrespective of sound economics, contravening law or individual rights. They create boom and bust cycles and they usually lag the market in their decisions. But don’t take our word for it; read a recent article by Charles Plosser, past president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank at the following link:
We allow presidents to codify UN social and environmental policies into law by executive order, without ratification of a treaty by the U. S. Congress, in violation of our constitution. We allow our courts to subvert the meaning of the words in our constitution and fabricate, out of thin air, government rights and powers that don’t exist. We have become so soft that we have allowed the government to convince us that our security has a greater priority than our liberty.
But even worse, we have allowed the entertainment industry to redefine our standards of decency. It has become acceptable to call women b******* and h**s. We spit on the rule of law in rap and hip-hop, as well as film. Swear words, once banned, are now common on TV, radio and in the movies. Drug use is rampant and some states have even legalized marijuana.
It is now OK to demean personal achievement as being, “trying to be better than anyone else.” We have allowed government to tax achievement and provide incentives for sloth. We have allowed common courtesy to go out the window. Our children are exposed daily to the worst within us, instead of the best. With science, we have eradicated many diseases that were fatal to us and yet we have now allowed science to be hijacked for political agendas like man-caused global warming. We have allowed depravity and bad behavior to define our values, instead of demanding good behavior from each other. In other words, almost anything goes today and we find it acceptable! In the end, lowering the bar of decency could very well be our undoing as a free society. Decadence and depravity brought down a powerful empire that circled the Mediterranean Sea and most of Europe almost two thousand years ago.
Although we would like to reach into your heart and light the fire of freedom, we cannot say the words to help you understand a clear and present danger if you will not listen. We cannot reach into your heart and instill courage if you are determined to cloak yourself in cowardice. We cannot convince you that your enemy draws near if you choose to ignore reality. We cannot tap you on the shoulder and say “Join with us to confront that enemy” if material comfort and instant gratification are your only reasons for living. We cannot ask you to take up the flag of freedom if you continue to consort with that very same enemy, when it has been proven beyond any doubt that that enemy’s goal is to rob you of that freedom by any means. We cannot incite your anger if you see no reason for alarm and believe that all is well. But we can assure you that all is not well in America or the rest of the world.
This was America, the land of the free, before we decided to become too civil, too compassionate, too cowardly, too politically correct and too depraved. The result of our folly is to have lost our will to confront the enemies of our individual God-given rights and freedom, socialism, radical environmentalism and world government, while we seek earthly pleasures.
Everyone cries out for solutions, but that solution will never come until we act as one in the defense of the document that codifies into law our individual rights and freedom, our Constitution, no matter what the price or the consequences. We will not be free as long as we allow the worst within us to define who we are. Our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to give birth to this great Nation and our freedom. How on Earth can we dishonor their sacrifice by standing by and letting what they built descend into mediocrity and the sewer of abject socialism?
If you do not believe in your heart that all creatures cry out for freedom, you do not understand nature. If you are not aware that your government is doing everything within its power to strip you of your freedom, your eyes are not open or you choose not to see. If you do see and do nothing, some may call you a coward. If you do not know that freedom has a price that you must pay, you are naïve and lack wisdom. If you stand by and watch while others take up the “sword” of freedom, your soul shall find no peace and your children and grandchildren shall bear the scars of your inaction. The government’s only hold on you is that they assume you will be law-abiding citizens. But what if the laws are wrong and unconstitutional? What if those laws are the manifestation of a growing tyranny? What, then, is your duty to obey the law? In fact, your duty is to resist that tyranny derived from law with all of your might. To do otherwise is cowardice and capitulation.
The other night we watched the documentary about the mass escape by over 600 Jews from the Sobibor Nazi death camp in Poland in October 1943. Only about half survived the escape, but only about 50 evaded recapture. Many were killed outright from gunfire and the land mines surrounding the camp during the escape. Most of them knew they would die in the escape, but escape, even if the breakout ended in death, was preferable to being a slave or slaughtered in the camp. The collective courage it took in the face of certain death was beyond anything any of us can imagine today. However, if we allow America to morph into the mirror image of the Nazi fascist mindset, we might one day be forced to exhibit that same extraordinary courage in our own escape from tyranny. Hopefully, Americans will not let it come to this.
In spite of the negative picture we have outlined here, we are still a great people and there remains a core of courage and wisdom in us to act. Join with us in this fight for freedom, it being the noblest of all causes. We are individual Americans and we cannot be defeated, unless we decide that security, mindless compassion, ignorance and political correctness, at any price, trumps liberty. Let the goodness within us replace the evil that has overtaken us and let that goodness direct us to the great heights that Americans can still attain, but only under freedom.
Let us light the fire in your hearts for freedom and never let the fire go out. Be there not man among you who will rise up against government tyranny that is coming at us from all directions and in every corner of our lives? Let us show the rest of the world that we are still free people and are willing to do whatever it takes to defend that freedom. Let us show the politicians and the bureaucrats that we have a steel spine and that we are mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it any more? We need to march on city halls and state legislatures all across America and demand that government quit passing insane laws, quit buying votes and spending our money so flagrantly and demand that they stay within the limits of our constitutions ….. or else. Put together a list of reasonable first-amendment grievances and serve that list upon your city, county, or state legislatures en masse. If we do nothing, government will not hear us and do exactly as it pleases. And, ladies and gentlemen, we are allowing government to do exactly as it pleases.
Has America lost her will to be free? We don’t think so. Some have, but it is apparent that millions of us haven’t. The question is, will it take a revolution to restore the greatest experiment with freedom that ever existed on planet Earth? Or will we restore freedom by peaceful means, before revolution becomes the final solution?
Let the courage in your heart be your strength, let honor be your guiding light and let freedom ring once again across this great land.
“Remember. Your individual, natural, God-given rights are only as good as the depth of your willingness and courage to defend them.” — Ron Ewart
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NOTE: The foregoing article represents the opinion of the author and is not necessarily shared by the owners, employees, representatives, or agents of the publisher.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America,” is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com.