Saturday, May 16, 2020

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Looking at recent protests in America it appears that the spirit of Patrick Henry is alive and well. The desire for liberty is more contagious than the Chinese Wuhan Virus that is being used as an excuse to keep the American people locked down against their will.

Much to the chagrin of the politicians and the ruling establishment, it needs to be noted that the ending of the unjustified and disastrous COVID-19 lockdown of the Unites States and its economy is people driven.

Politicians, especially those dedicated to transforming America into a socialist state, have used the COVID-19 pandemic to award themselves draconian powers and imposed restrictions on the American people that are oppressive, unwarranted and unconstitutional.

They have been aided and abetted by the sycophants in their bureaucracies and some members of the law enforcement community who would not have been out of place in the old Soviet Union. Fortunately, these agents of the state are a minority and countered by law enforcement officers who take their oath to always uphold the Constitution and serve their communities very seriously.

Socialist state Governors, along with their like-minded political acolytes lower down the food chain, have never had it so good. Industries and businesses both large and small have been closed by diktat and may only re-open on the say so of the government and under strict conditions that are guided by political ideology and agenda as opposed to data and science.

These agenda driven political hacks have used the Chinese Wuhan virus to assume draconian powers to impose house arrest on the entire population.  The American people have been ordered to remain in their homes, make only ‘essential’ journeys, purchase only ‘essential’ items in the stores and isolate themselves from their families and their friends.

It must be noted that ‘essential’ in both cases is decided not by science but on a whim of the Governor or the local Gauleiter in line with their political aspirations and vision of a future society.  

Rebellion is in the air and these Governors and their Gauleiters are having a rude awakening which is bringing them crashing down to earth with a shuddering thump.

To the American people their beloved country is still that shining city on a hill where individual liberty reigns supreme and where the spirit of 1776 is alive and well.

This rebellion against government overreach started in Lansing, Michigan and spread rapidly across the United States faster than the Wuhan virus. The protesters in Lansing, some armed, descended on the State Capitol building to protest the Governor’s heavy-handed use of the draconian powers she awarded herself and her threats to destroy the livelihoods of anyone who disobeyed or expressed disapproval.

Their protest was instigated not to shoot the place up but to send a clear message to the tinpot dictators within who are attempting to usurp power and impose their ideology on a people whose God given rights are protected by that great American Constitution which also protects them from government overreach by malevolent politicians.

As much as the political ruling class hate it, the First Amendment to the Constitution gives the people the unalienable right to freedom of speech ‘and to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

What the political class fear the most and spend much of their efforts trying to destroy is the Second Amendment which guarantees that the unalienable ‘right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed’.

This amendment was included in the *Bill of Rights to ensure that all the other rights and liberties contained in the Constitution are protected from malevolent politicians who are hungry for power over the people and to ensure that government with the consent of the governed is always maintained.

The spirit and idea behind an armed populace are best summed up by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence who foresaw the likelihood of despotic governments in the future of the new republic:

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security’.

In most cases, the state governments have heeded the message of the Lansing protestors, and other liberty protestors across America, and are backing off from their threats to punish dissenters. The smarter ones have spotted a political opportunity and are claiming credit for lifting the lockdown restrictions they were imposing with rigor the day before.

To conclude: Politicians should take note that history is littered with instances where tyrants who imposed their ideology on a people yearning for freedom came to a bad end. In the case of Nicholas Ceausescu of Romania that bad end came for him and his wife, Elena, in a hail of bullets on Christmas Day, 1989. (Read about it here)

When it comes to asserting authority over government and a power hungry, ideologically driven political class, the American people lead the way and their God given, unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a right that should be available to the rest of humanity.

*For students of American history the Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the Constitution.