by Ron Ewart, ©2016, President, NARLO

(Jun. 12, 2016) — Just about everyone is born with sight, but when they grow up, very few gain vision. Vision is the capability to take all that you know and project what might happen in the future, then base your actions on that prediction.  Oftentimes, the more you know, the greater the possibility of an accurate prediction.  Vision comes from reviewing the past, analyzing the present and using that knowledge to forecast the future.  Even with all this knowledge, forecasting the future, just like predicting the weather or global warming, can be very difficult and sometimes borders on flipping a coin.  Still, many try, but many more are wrong.  They are wrong because the system they are trying to predict is a non-linear dynamic system, and any small tweaking can produce huge differences in direction.  Even small changes in one or more variables can render a prediction instantly irrelevant.

Say we want to look forward 100 years and guess what the conditions will be like then?  One attempt is to go back 100 years and see where we have come.  But instead, we are going to go back 230 years.  The Founding Fathers looked back at 150 years of British colonial rule from roughly 1620 to 1770 and made their own predictions.  British rule was gaining in excessive abuses, as all governments do over time, and the Founders tried to divine the future by establishing a set of rules (our constitution) that free men could live by, that required dissolving their relationship with their homeland, a bold, dangerous and courageous move on their part.  The basic principle of these new rules was that as an individual, you have certain unalienable rights, but with those rights comes individual responsibility.  The general rule was “… take care of your life and government will stay out of your way.”  But today, 230 years later, it is now “government will take care of you and you had better not get in their way.”  This is a vastly different approach to our original designs on freedom and individual liberty.  Hardly what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

But just like the fish that is enticed by the bait and makes the mistake of trying to eat the camouflaged hook, the people of America have taken the bait, and the “hook” is slavery.  The government has been directly complicit in putting out the “bait” and has purposely played on the human weaknesses of greed, laziness and apathy in order to assume greater power.  Who can we blame but ourselves, because we let them do it.

So what does the next 100 years bring?  That depends on two things.

  1. Can the people who are aware of the direction we are going have the will, the courage and the numbers to do what it takes to change that direction back towards freedom? 
  1. Or will the growing number of people who have taken the “bait” because of their greed, laziness and apathy deliver us into the hands of the devil and abject slavery?  If one were to analyze the current direction without a course correction, slavery is our future.  But only time will tell, as any prediction is difficult to make, because the behavior of people and the events that motivate them over long periods of time are extremely difficult to determine with any accuracy, just like global warming.

In 1776 could anyone have predicted that the colonials would defeat England?  Everything was stacked against them, and it was touch-and-go until close to the very end.  It is still touch-and-go today, but the enemy is not our old homeland or a foreign country.  The enemy is our own human weakness that seeks the easy path; that seeks security over liberty; that seeks a free “lunch” naively thinking that the “lunch” is actually free.  The path to freedom was very hard and won at great cost.  The path to preserve freedom will be equally hard and the cost will be high.

For our predictions for the future we will look back at the last 100 or so years since the Progressive movement started in the early 1900s.  From the 16th Amendment, through FDR’s New Deal and Social Security, to President Johnson’s War on Poverty, to welfare, Medicaid, Medicare and now ObamaCare, the Progressives have been whittling away at the “stick” of American freedom.  They have bastardized the sanctity of life, marriage, our bathrooms, guns, the environment, our money and the defense against our enemies, foreign and domestic.  They have taken over our land, our water, our food, our energy and our health care.  They have attacked our Judeo-Christian heritage and they are constantly whittling away at the Second Amendment.

In a recent ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the most liberal court in the land, the full court used shameful sophistry and sleight of hand to effectively deny millions of Californians their constitutional right to bear firearms in public for self-defense. The ruling came in the long-running case of Peruta v. San Diego, which challenged California’s discretionary issuance of concealed carry permits, the only option Californians have to legally exercise this right. Ignoring that fact, the court held that concealed carry of firearms in public is not protected by the Second Amendment and the use of discretionary permitting practices does not offend that provision.”  (source of quote: California Rifle and Pistol Association [CRPA])

This decision will obviously end up in the U.S. Supreme Court where the court will once again have to define the limits, if any, on the Second Amendment.  The makeup of the high court at the time will determine whether the decision of the 9th Circuit will be overturned or upheld.  With the court teetering at a 4-to-4 condition, which president nominates the next Supreme Court Justice could very well seal the fate of the Second Amendment once and for all.  That’s how important this election has become.

Both nominees for president are seriously flawed, in many more ways than we can outline here.  But which president will nominate a specific flavor of a Supreme Court justice is already pre-determined.  Clinton will add to the liberal side of the court and Trump is more likely to add to the conservative side.  So many of our rights have been destroyed by the decisions of a liberal court.   A conservative court has upheld many more of our rights.  Americans must decide whether they want to live “in the land of the free and the home of the brave, or the land of the slave and the home of the free …. meal.”  History has shown that the Progressives will give us the latter and Conservatives are more apt to give us the former.

Donald Trump is no doubt a flawed candidate for president.  His negatives are higher than his positives.  Nevertheless, his positives appear to be good for a free, prosperous and a strong America, which is what every American should want.

We have defined Trump in a recent short video entitled “Is Donald Trump a Fool, or Just Plain Cool.”  Click on the highlighted link to view the video.  This video is the first in a series of short videos we will be putting together on current issues as an addition to over 10 years of our weekly articles.

For the last 100 plus years the Progressives have been whittling away at our individual, unalienable rights, bringing us to a nation of the collective rather than the individual, in direct opposition to and in direct conflict with the intent of the Founding Fathers, not to mention the U.S. Constitution.  If the Progressives are given the presidency for one more term, just one, not two, the nation may never recover to become the free nation that upholds freedom in America and the stability of the entire world.

Over 150 years ago then-Senator Daniel Webster said:Miracles do not cluster.  Hold on to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Republic for which it stands — what has happened once in six thousand years may never happen again.  Hold on to your Constitution, for if the American Constitution shall fail there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

Senator Webster’s admonition is more right today than it was 150 years ago.

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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.

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) (, a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners.  He can be reached for comment at

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