It’s Not in USA or NSA We Trust
Our Constitution was created by our founders to stop the Government.
It was created to restrict the government.
It was created to set boundaries around the government.
It was created to protect the people from government.
It was created to restrict the very institution it was designed to also create.
Why do I keep repeating the basic concept — that the government is to be restricted? Because we’ve all been brainwashed since our first day in government run schools that the government is our savior, that our Constitution was somehow set up by the government to protect us from ourselves and the government from us.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights are solely there to structure our government as one for the people, by the people. Not, for the government, by the government. In other words, the only purpose is to protect the people from the government and other individual tyranny. It restricts power of any one part of the government such that no one part can steal any one individual’s liberty. It restricts power to very specific “checked and balanced” areas of public service and function.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
Once we understand this, it is much easier to understand why many are screaming — “No, don’t let them steal your individual liberty!” Why? Because individual liberty is what defines America’s uniqueness and the main quality that separates America, and what we have as Americans, from the rest of the history’s failures.
In fact, the only reason America has started to fall is due to the fact that enough brainwashing has taken place over the last 50 plus years to the point where we are electing those who want to grow the government and reduce our liberties. We are electing those who reward companies who make crony deals with the government to quash competition. We elect those who find ways to end-run the Constitution and give more power to themselves, the government (their trough), and the crony capitalists who benefit from this power.
In essence, the only reason America has started to fail is the brainwashing is paying off.
All we need to do is to see the recent examples of this power, this absolute power, corrupting and enabling tyranny. In fact, since 2001, and even before (back to the early 1900′s), our Constitution has been steadily eroded by those who seek absolute power. And, don’t be naive enough to believe those with power do not seek absolute power. Most recently, since 2001, however, starting with the Patriot Act, we have seen a precipitous decline in our liberties and increase in the power of the state.
Just look at these three recent “scandals” (more like grounds for immediate impeachment and criminal prosecution) — they all have to do with erosion of liberty and empowerment of the state:
DOJ – AP: the government spying on our press. Our founders knew that without a free press, there would be no freedom.
IRS – Tea Party and many others: the government intimidating and penalizing select political opponents to achieve more power and manipulate elections and legislation.
NSA – Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Verizon and many others: the government spying on all of us… every single one of us regardless our color, our creed, our religious beliefs, our political ideologies.
And there are so many other scandals over the last several years that I can barely keep up anymore without dedicating a staff to research and track them.
All said, are we really this foolish? Do we really think today’s government is there to protect us? Do we really think those with trillions of dollars in global assets and power are interested in our well being? If you do, well, there’s probably not much more that can be said. All I hope is that many more start paying attention to these latest “scandals”, stop thinking “party”, “red or blue”, “Dem or GOP”, and start realizing those driving erosion of OUR liberty and driving growth of the State, only have two beneficiaries in mind — themselves and their cronies.
The solution? Study history. Study economics. Get smart. Understand that — very simply — our greatness is not in the government, but in the restriction of it. Understand that there is NO greater government in the world than one that protects YOUR liberty. Understand that government (and its cronies as it is abused) can only steal our liberties as it grows.
Understand that whenever we ask the government to do something for us, we, by definition, lose that much more liberty. As when we give the government more money, power — bureaucrats, career politicians, crony beneficiaries — they increase their strength to steal even more and desire even less to lose this power, while we are further weakened.
In other words, every time we say “help us”, we lose. Our children lose. We all lose.
For just one example, study the PRISM program and objectively ask yourself, is this the America in which you thought you lived? And also notice this did not just start yesterday — although the level and depth of this abuse has expanded exponentially since:
“…and the NSA would never abuse its awesome surveillance power, right? Wrong. In 2008, NSA workers told ABC News that they routinely eavesdropped on phone sex between troops serving overseas and their loved ones in America. They listened in on both satellite phone calls and calls from the phone banks in Iraq’s Green Zone where soldiers call home. Former Navy Arab linguist, David Murfee Faulk described how a coworker would say, ‘Hey, check this out… there’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out.’ Faulk explained they would gossip about the best calls during breaks. ‘It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, ‘Wow, this was crazy.’ “
“And the NSA isn’t just collecting the things we say. It’s also tracking what we buy and where we go. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal‘s Siobhan Gorman reported that the NSA’s domestic data collection ‘have evolved to reach more broadly into data about people’s communications, travel and finances in the U.S. than the domestic surveillance programs brought to light since the 2001 terrorist attacks.’ That means emails records, bank transfers, phone records, travel records.’ “(1)
I rest my case.
Finally, there is a reason our coins say, “In God We Trust”. For when we place trust in government, in the NSA, in the FBI, in any structure of government that is not constrained by the limits defined in our Constitution, we lose.
This, my friends, is not my America. It is a leviathan of which I am deeply ashamed.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The 4th Amendment.
“Even after 9/11, an American’s chance of being killed by terrorists is about the same as that of being killed by an asteroid and less than that of being struck down by lightning.”(2)
Defend Liberty. Destroy Tyranny. Understand Government Growth is Individual Liberty’s Enemy.
D.M. Chaney (C) 2013 “Thoughts on Liberty”