FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, President, NARLO, ©2015
We just learned that your federal government is either wasting or losing $125 Billion in Medicare, Medicaid and another government program ….. EVERY YEAR!
That’s your money! Who will stop it? Will the President stop it? Will the Congress stop it? Will you stop it? Don’t hold your breath in anticipation. We are told that we will just have to accept it because that is the way it is. No wonder the IRS is so vicious. Government needs your money ….. badly!
Now that we have been fully immersed in socialism, radical environmentalism and the one-world-order for five score and ten, is there any hope of undoing what has been done, when so many American citizens have forsaken freedom and liberty in exchange for the phantom veil of security and comfort? How can we turn back the clock to a time when Americans were self-reliant instead of dependent? How do we return to a time when we took responsibility for our actions instead of being excused for them because we have become victims of society’s ills? What makes us think we can re-invent the past when the rule of law meant something, or when there were individuals with individual rights? Why did we let America morph into a collective where only the collective has rights?
There was a time when we looked to our selves to get out of a scrape, instead of holding our outstretched hands to a nanny government for rescue and salvation. Where is it written that the people have the power to turn back the clock to those times, when our government has become so powerful and resistance is either futile or deadly?
How can we unravel the tangled web of razor wire that is our legal and unjust justice system? How do we convince lawmakers that what they are doing is sapping the very strength and vitality out of our people by being everything for them and regulating every aspect of their lives?
How do we round up and send 13 to 20 million illegal aliens back across the border that they have purposely violated because government and special interests created a magnet for them to come here in the first place? How do we stop the hemorrhaging of our tax dollars to an ever-rising crisis that is illegal immigration?
How do we repeal the millions of environmental laws that have made property rights meaningless and have raised the price of everything by several orders of magnitude?
Now that government has taken over our health care, what is to stop them from taking control of our money, our land, our water, our food, our cars, our gas, our roads and our electricity? Nothing! They already have!
How do you tell a person that the handouts they are receiving from government are coming from someone else’s sweat, labor and earnings and that what they are accepting is morally wrong, even though several generations in their extended family have been receiving those handouts? There are those in our society that need our help, but should that help come from government? Should it not be the outpouring of true compassion through those entities that are best able to administer it, in the private sector? Unfortunately there are way too many people in America that are getting government help that have no moral or constitutional right to it. The cost to our treasury and to the recipient’s independence and pride is astronomical.
Finally, how do you undo the power that our government has amassed by violating the constitutional limits on its powers for over a hundred years, while WE THE PEOPLE looked the other way?
There are two unchangeable axioms that are as inviolate as the Sun coming up in the morning. 1) Those receiving something, (like handouts from government) resist giving it up and will fight tooth and nail to preserve it. It doesn’t matter to them the source of the handouts, and 2) power grows exponentially beyond its limits, unless there is a corresponding power to inhibit it.
It took 156 years from 1620 to 1776 for the colonials to have enough of England and King George III to jump-start their clock forward to freedom and they paid an incalculable price, the greatest price and the greatest sacrifice of all, the giving of one’s life for liberty. Will it take another 156 years for Americans to finally see the light and commit themselves to the fight for freedom? Perhaps in 2050 we will be closer to an answer.
But all the talk, all the rhetoric and all the articles in the world will not turn back the clock to the principles upon which America was founded. Either the believers and fighters in the defense of freedom and liberty coalesce as one on a grand scale, or the hands of the American clock will click ever onward towards abject socialism, radical environmentalism and the one world order. The clock’s inertia is now over 100 years old. The Pendulum of our clock swings ever wider towards enslavement, as freedom smiles from a distance and then fades into a dim memory of all things past.
The only human characteristics that will set things right and return this once-great land to its former greatness, is vehemence, determination, boldness, courage and the willingness to risk all by the multitudes who seek freedom, so that future generations will be and remain free. Nothing less will turn back the clock of time, or jump it forward to a brighter future in the brilliant light of freedom and liberty, from which the pursuit of all happiness springs.
Abraham Lincoln best described the American clock to which we should return, when he said:
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of many by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
Traitors from within have bewitched us. These traitors haunt the halls of our government and taunt the devil in all of us. They bring servitude instead of freedom, the perception of security instead of liberty, and dependence instead of self-reliance. We must be forever on our guard to prevent the traitor from convincing us that we are but victims and are in constant need of our father-mother government, to watch out over us. Even 2,000 years ago, wise men knew the evils of the traitor within and the devil that stalks freedom in the night and in the back rooms where ambitious men lay the seeds of slavery for all.
Those in power continue to divide and lie to us. Corruption in government is rampant. Today, Obama, Holder and the Democrats divide us on race, religion, jobs, foreign and economic policy, health care, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education and immigration. We are so fragmented from this division we run around like chickens with their heads cut off. We fight each other instead of government. We couldn’t mount a unified and large enough fighting group if our life depended on it. But our freedom and our very lives do depend on it. Sure, we engage in skirmishes all over the place, but government just puts them down, or hauls away the leaders, or ignores us altogether.
It is a fact that only a well-equipped, well-trained, unified army can defeat a powerful enemy, foreign or domestic. So far, that unified army in the defense of freedom has not materialized.
But America is on the precipice of a new world war. If that happens there will be no turning back the clock in America, as America takes on world powers, whether it be Putin’s Russia, China, a nuclear Iran, ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, or an Islamic Caliphate, or all of them at the same time. We must act before that happens.
The clock is ticking as liberty seeks men and women that are willing to lay it all on the line to limit the power of government, so that freedom may enter and remain in the hearts and minds of all people forever and government fears the people, instead of the other way around.
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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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.