by Michael Gaddy, ©2016, blogging at The Rebel Madman

(Feb. 11, 2016) — “It is not the firearm in the hands of the Patriot the tyrant fears, it is the spirit of the person who possesses that firearm.”

The death of the spirit is the price of progress.” ~ Eric Voegelin

The spirit of freedom is a hard thing to explain to anyone who has never felt the inner fire, the yearning to live his or her life according to their own wishes without interference of others whose main objectives in life are money and power over others.

This spirit does not come in small doses, a person cannot be just a little bit free; one either has the love of freedom to full measure or they have it not at all. I once heard a man define a religious zealot as someone who loves God more than others. That self same logic applies to the spirit of freedom; a zealot for liberty loves it more than the person who criticizes that personal trait in others. They love it more than those who seek public office for the sole purpose of exercising dominion and control over others and the enjoyment of the trappings of power.

People who see compromises on liberty and freedom as acceptable and necessary are those who attack others they see who are unwilling to compromise as they do. The very fact they do not have the courage to stand against the majority eats at their very consciousness when they see it exhibited in others. Rather than aspire to that level of commitment to freedom, they chose instead to attack those who have more courage than they, and in doing so lend aid and comfort to tyrants.

Many are those who outwardly proclaim their allegiance to freedom principles strictly for the purpose of personal recognition or monetary gain. Some are just useful idiots while others are members of what is known as controlled opposition. The purpose of controlled opposition is to give hope to many, espousing the words of freedom while acting as pied pipers, subverting the principles of freedom while assisting the goals of the tyrant.

Some in the controlled opposition class are allowed to become quite wealthy as a reward for their service to tyranny. These traitors are easily spotted, for they achieve fame and fortune through affiliation with the mainstream media which is owned and controlled by the tyrants. FAUX News is full of them, while others can be found at Westwood One.

Examine with me if you will a time-warp scenario. A group of Patriots, in order to escape the prying eyes and attention of the government, moved to a building in which they could discuss and plan for their actions to combat the tyranny of their government. It is the 23rd of March. Over 120 have gathered to discuss possible courses of action.

During this meeting, one Patriot in particular refers to the formation of militias in order to “secure our inestimable rights and liberties, from those further violations with which they are threatened.”  A local minister in attendance would describe this Patriot as having “an unearthly fire burning in his eye,” and from the beginning of his speech he intended to “speak forth his sentiments freely.”

This Patriot, aware that armed federal forces acting at the request of the governor were being formed against him and the others present, asked concerning the purpose of those forces, “Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love?” Has our [government] any enemy in this area to call for such an accumulation of force. No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other.”

 This Patriot’s tone then began to assume a more passionate edge. The aforementioned minister in attendance said, “Excitement began to play more and more on his features. The tendons of his neck stood out white and rigid like whipcords.”

The Patriot continued, “Our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned with contempt, from the foot of the throne…”

Continuing with his presentation appealing to the others present as to what course they should take considering all the invasions on their Creator given rights by their government, he finally said he really didn’t care what others decided, his course of action was set.

One of those still faithful to the government who was in attendance, characterized the Patriot’s words as “infamously insolent.” I’m sure his thoughts were, how dare anyone challenge the power of the standing government, this is out and out treason. Had this Patriot been able to have heard the shill for the government’s thoughts he would have responded thusly, “If this be treason, let’s make the most of it.”

What if the government forces had responded to this meeting with overwhelming force? What if SWAT teams had been deployed and hundreds upon hundreds of federal sheriffs would have surrounded the building and demanded immediate surrender? What if those inside, minus the government agents provocateur, had refused to surrender? Would they have been shot with their hands in the air when they exited the building? Would the building have been riddled with gunfire? Would those who survived been incarcerated and held without bond? Would they have been sentenced to long prison terms by federal judges? After all, the leader of the government at that time accused those who were clamoring for freedom and liberty of possessing a “daring spirit of resistance and disobedience to the law.”

Had violence occurred, how would the media have handled it? Would it have been reported those inside were being charged with “conspiracy to impede officers of the government from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation and threats?” From what was said by the Patriot who spoke, this obviously could have been the charges leveled against at least him, if not everyone in attendance

Who were these 120 people inside this building listening to the impassioned words of one Patriot in particular? They certainly proposed militias to protect the people from intrusions on their God-given rights by the political powers of the day. They questioned the authority of the government and condemned the outright denial of liberty and freedom.

Was this building the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge? Was it a church in Waco, Texas called a compound by government authorities to sway popular opinion? No, it was St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia on March 23rd, 1775. Those in attendance were not Ammon Bundy, LaVoy Finicum, Shawna Cox or others. Those in attendance in St. John’s Church were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Randolph and several others who would later sign the Declaration of Independence. Of course the outspoken Patriot was Patrick Henry.

It is absolutely astounding the similarities between that meeting in Saint John’s Church in 1775 and those who went to Oregon to protest the illegal acts of the government and their intrusions on the rights of citizens of this country.

Amazing also are the similarities of the words used by both sides. Ammon Bundy and LaVoy Finicum both spoke frequently of the rights of the people and the tyranny of the government, just as Patrick Henry had done almost 241 years earlier. Remarkable also are the words of the supposed leaders of government. How many times did we hear those in power, their shills in the media and so-called members of the patriot community speak of the Bundys, and other occupiers “daring spirit of resistance and disobedience of the law” just as King George III had said of Washington, Jefferson, Henry and others?

King George III mentioned that daring spirit of resistance which is the same as the spirit of freedom mentioned in the beginning of my Rant. Tyrants fear this spirit more than any other thing in existence, for that spirit is much more dangerous to them than guns, bullets, elections or millions of Tea Party Republicans.

Had the state and federal government forces present in Oregon over the past two months been present in Richmond, Virginia in March of 1775, Washington, Jefferson, Henry and others may have been shot with their hands up or reaching for a phantom gun—if not they certainly would be in jail facing years in prison for daring to challenge the government of the day.

“Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [government] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.” ~Declaration of Independence

Less than two months after the meeting in Saint John’s Church, 75 men possessing the spirit of resistance to tyranny stood against overwhelming numbers on the Green in Lexington. Thus began the American Revolution with the “shot heard round the world.”

How many today have that unquenchable spirit for Freedom and Liberty and the daring spirit of resistance on display by those in Saint John’s Church and those in Oregon? True Freedom and Rightful Liberty depend on those who do.


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