“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And aren’t we seeing that now? An old Nevada ranching family and their livestock are being tuned up by the feds, and nobody would’ve noticed had the owner and a rallying militia of horseback friends not stood their ground and drew a line in the sand. After that, the hampered and struggling news machinery of grassroots, patriotic America managed to carry the story to the streets.
The owners’ (the Bundy family’s) right to resist and to minimal due process is ‘America 101′ for most of my readers – but so many of us have forgotten that this breathtakingly tyrannical bullying is why we have a Constitution. And our legally accommodated protest and resistance is why the current powers that be despise our Constitution. That little shred of paper is the only thing that stands between our freedoms and total subservience to empowered liars and thieves.
The straight story doesn’t appear to be getting out (of course) – but the BLM and Park Services show up looking like Vladimir Putin’s RoboCops – and, in that spirit, what is deemed to be an insignificant little group of rural American people are just supposed to step aside? I don’t think so. A handful from Obama’s brave new government apparently decides to move just as stridently as their fearless leader – and why is that? Simply because most of contemporary, thimble-headed America is too distracted by this administration’s bread and circuses to notice real threatening governmental arrogance as it begins to crawl and flourish. In short, just as the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, the cost of our lethargy constitutes a pass for an emerging government that now feels it can get away with anything.
God help us. And God forgive such a growing number of us who have forgotten who we are, what we have, and the cost by which that was obtained. In losing sight of that, we are at least bad stewards of our precious liberties. In remaining blind to that, by neglect or fear, we are begging for enslavement.
As the drama in Nevada continues to play out, millions of Americans should be jumping out of their seats in indignation. But, as usual, this incident won’t see much light beyond the ‘B’ section of your daily paper – vying for attention with tips for Spring gardening.
Breathing free is something we have all taken for granted for so long in this comparatively young nation of ours. Life unfettered by dictatorial tyranny is quite unique in our earth’s history, and that luxury did not magically appear as an entitlement that came packed with this continent.
I’m old enough to have the sweetest memories of a different America and, having grown up in the midwest, I especially relate to an illustration Floyd Brown recently penned: “… during our lifetimes, we’ve seen freedom melting away like the last snow in spring.”
It is just like that – just that vulnerable, tender, and fleeting. And soon, if we don’t reverse this MADNESS, the blessed might and goodness of ‘America,’ shining in a dark world, will be less than a vapor of a forgotten past.
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