Does the United States of America Still Exist, And Do The American People Still Have Any Rights?
In writing this chapter, I am forced to reflect upon some vital questions; and I would suggest that everyone who reads this handbook do the same. We are at a point in time when we must ask, can we still call ourselves “Americans” today? Do we have any rights that cannot be violated by Washington politicians, bureaucrats, and judicial activists? I fear that we the people have lost most, if not all, of our connection to our forefathers.
Over many generations, we have lost sight of our solemn duty to remain vigilant and closely monitor our government leaders.
When questioning if the American people still exist, I must answer that I don’t know. This answer may seem to be a copout, but it is not. Ask yourself, do you really believe that the American revolutionaries of 1776, about whom we read in our history books, would recognize us as their “fellow Americans?” Do we have the same spirit of independence as those early Americans who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? Do we have the same courage as those American patriots who risked their lives to defeat the British Army and Navy, which comprised the world’s most powerful military at that point in time?
After fighting a brutal war for independence from governmental control, how would our forefathers describe the tens of millions of contemporary Americans who have eagerly surrendered that hard-fought independence and replaced it with total (or nearly total) dependence upon government? How would our forefathers view the Americans today who have voluntarily surrendered their economic liberty in order to receive minimal economic security in the form of monthly checks and food stamps? Would they even recognize us as fellow-Americans?
As noted in the previous chapter, our forefather Patrick Henry courageously stated, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” How many Americans would still say that today? How many Americans would now say, “Don’t give me liberty; give me dependency!” “Don’t give me liberty; give me a government check!” Clearly, many of us have severed our psychological ties with the independently-minded revolutionaries who founded this great nation.
Every check issued by the federal government expands its size and scope. By supplying tens of millions of taxpayer-funded checks on a monthly basis, the government extends its reach into every important area of our lives—from healthcare to education, retirement, communication, and transportation (to name just a few).
Most importantly, such learned dependency fosters a compliant and submissive attitude which paves the way for massive governmental intrusions into our personal, daily lives. Now we find ourselves living under the so-called “Patriot Act,” and the FBI, CIA, NSA, and other governmental snoops monitor our emails, telephone calls, and banking transactions. With Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare, the federal government monitors, and even determines, our personal healthcare choices. The government has thus entered our homes without a warrant and this intrusive, governmental behavior has rendered our Fourth Amendment rights null and void!
Clearly, the 9/11 terrorists’ attacks demolished more than the Twin Towers when they were brought down; they did more than damage the Pentagon when its interior was deeply penetrated; and they did more than destroy passenger airlines. In addition to all this, the 9/11 terrorists’ attacks destroyed the will of far too many Americans to resist intrusive government. At that point, an increasing number of Americans cut their ties with our forefathers. Too many simply stopped being freedom-loving Americans and willingly surrendered liberty for a false sense of security.
As noted in the previous chapter, our forefather Benjamin Franklin correctly stated that, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” (Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759).
Unknown to many Americans, by surrendering our liberty in exchange for government-imposed security, the terrorists have won! Their goal is to destroy America; and, by destroying traditional American liberty, they have most certainly destroyed America. Indeed, for many in this nation, the terrorists have truly demolished the independent American spirit that guided George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and many more of our Founding Fathers. With massive government-imposed security, we now have a growing police state; therefore, we can no longer say we are the “land of the free and the home of the brave” (Key, F. S., “Star-Spangled Banner,” September 14, 1814).
Thankfully, not all Americans are willing to surrender their personal liberty in exchange for a false sense of security imposed by unrestrained politicians and governmental bureaucrats. It is within this group of freedom-loving Americans that we find members of the Tea Party, as well as those who describe themselves as Christian conservatives, constitutional conservatives, fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, and even self-described libertarians.
Yes, it is the joining of like minds among grassroots, liberty-loving individuals that offers any true hope of restoration. Only among those who continue to think and act like traditional Americans will we find the mindset necessary to re-establish the America founded by our forefathers who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to create the United States of America. The challenges they faced far exceeded the challenges we face today. This is not an underestimation of the trials and tribulations we face, but rather recognition of the fact that, if they could overcome their monumental barriers to victory, we most certainly can overcome ours.
Does the United States of America still exist? Remember, the United States of America is, above all else, an idea. Therefore, it most certainly does not exist in the minds of establishment Republicans and elitist Democrats who are now running Washington, D.C.; and it no longer exists in the minds of those in the leftist media and educational establishment. America, however, is alive and well in the minds of Tea Party members and all those who are aligned with this movement.
Therefore, if members from these patriotically-minded groups can replace the current leadership in Washington, D.C., the America of our forefathers, along with the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, can most certainly be restored. If, like Patrick Henry, enough Americans emphatically state, “Give me liberty, or give me death,” we cannot, and we will not, fail!