Recognizing the Signs of Our Times

Keeping to my focus on the heart and soul of our people, I would like to draw your attention to a change that is happening right before our eyes.  It is important that we see this, but, as reader, Bill Horvat, commented, our normalcy bias is getting in our way.  We see the America of our youth, and our founding, so we cannot easily see the America of today.  But the signs that we have changed are all around us and we need to open our eyes to them.  Here are just a few:

AP boss: Sources won’t talk anymore

Associated Press president Gary Pruitt on Wednesday slammed the Department of Justice for acting as “judge, jury and executioner” in the seizure of the news organization’s phone records and he said some of the wire service’s longtime sources have clammed up in fear.

 US seizure of journalist records called ‘chilling’

AFP – The US government’s secret seizure of Associated Press phone records had a “chilling effect” on newsgathering by the agency and other news organizations, AP’s top executive said Wednesday.

“Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us,” AP president and chief executive Gary Pruitt said in a speech to the National Press Club.

But this change is not just in the federal government: it has spread to those we have always been able to trust most – the police and military.  In this story, we hear law enforcement supporting a clear violation of several Constitutional rights (freedom of assembly, association and right of redress):

Hear the Voicemail a Capitol Hill Police Officer Allegedly Left a Tea Party Organizer Trying to Block Its Rally-Goers From Attending a Congressional Press Conference

In the past, the U.S. military has participated in the unconstitutional seizure of personal weapons (Katrina), and has obeyed unlawful orders (aided Al Qaeda in Libya, and now, in Syria).

What do we do about this?  Again, I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE DO, I only know and control what I DO!  So, what am I going to do?  Well, for one, I am not going to just give authorities my blind trust: they have demonstrated they no longer deserve it.  No one in the government has any more authority over you than you have over your neighbor.  When they assume such power, they have actually violated the spirit of the Constitution, and the spirit matters.  It is what the Constitution is all about; what it is supposed to preserve for all of society.

I’m also not going to surrender my equal right to interpret what the Constitution says and means.  A republic is not about electing a tyrant every so many years and then having to just live with whatever that tyrant decides to do until the next election.  A republic is based on citizen legislatures who work through their representatives.  This means we are all equal in determining what our laws mean.  We do not need ‘experts’ to interpret them for us.  Why do you think the founders left the final decision on all legal matters with the jury?  You and I are the jury and – though our ‘authorities’ will try to tell us otherwise, as a jury member – no matter what the Congress, President and Supreme Court may say about it — we can decide a law is unlawful.  That is because we, THE PEOPLE, are the ultimate source of political power in our system.

However, if we lay down and refuse to accept our responsibility and we neglect the associated duties that go along with that responsibility, there are those who will seek to take them from us.  Luckily, they can only take it if we refuse to defend it.  So, I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but I will defend my rights by whatever means I can that does not harm another person – whether it is ‘legal’ or not.

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4 thoughts on “Recognizing the Signs of Our Times

  1. Question this:
    If the government is going to break the law and bury everyone who attempts to blow the whistle on their illegal actions,
    the chains for legal rule, the Constitution, have been severed, never to be observed again;
    then, is there any hope of reining the leviathan to a lawful course?

    • Yes, but you have to go outside the system. Now, hear me out so we don’t start back down the road of the last few days.

      By going outside the system, I do not mean anarchy, nor do I mean violent revolution. But this does not mean I am saying I am NOT advocating a revolution of a sort. There have been several PEACEFUL revolutions throughout history. Gandhi led one, but Christ led the largest in all of human history.

      So, what I am saying is that we need to start looking for ways to PEACEFULLY apply pressure to the elite/system that it is NOT prepared to deal with. If we stay inside the system, we’ve already lost. They have perfected their way of dealing with that. But they are as vulnerable to the application of Alinsky’s rules against them as we were. They are also as vulnerable to the application of civil disobedience as the government was in the 1960′s when MLK led the charge, India against Gandhi and the world against Christ. THERE is where we need to attack them: at the individual level, and in the heart and mind of the individual. Win enough of them and the system will change whether the elite like it or not.

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