posted on Oct, 26 2002 @ 01:29 PM
Do you imagine that a country can subsist and not be overthrown, when the decisions of law have no power, but are set aside and overthrown by
individuals? Suppose you think your country has injured you in some way or given an unjust decree? Was that our agreement with you? Or were you to
abide by the decree of your legislators? Tell us what complaint you have to make against us which justifies you in attempting to destroy us and the
government? In the first place, did we not bring you into existence? Your father married your mother by our aid and gave life to you. Do you have any
objection against those of us who regulate marriage? Or against those of us who regulate the system of care and education of children in which you
were trained? Were not the laws, who have the charge of this, right in commanding your father to train you in history and mathematics? Well then,
since you were brought into the world and nurtured and educated by us, can you deny in the first place that you are our child, as your fathers were
before you? And if this is true then you are not on equal terms with us; nor can you think that you have a right to do to us what we are doing to you.
Would you have any right to strike or slander or do any other evil to a father when you have been struck or slandered by him, or received some other
evil at his hands? ñ If you are honorable, you would not say this! And if we thought right to destroy you, do you think that you have any right to
destroy us in return, and your country? And will you say that you are justified in this? Has a defender of inalienable human rights like you failed to
discover that your country is to be valued more and is higher and holier even than mother or father or any ancestor, and more to be regarded in the
eyes of God and of men of understanding? Is your country not also to be soothed, and gently and reverently entreated when angry, even more than a
father, and if not persuaded, then obeyed? And when we are punished by her, whether with imprisonment or flogging, the punishment is to be endured in
silence; and if she leads us to wounds or death in battle, there lies our destiny as is right; neither may anyone yield or retreat or leave his rank,
but whether in battle or in a court of law, or in any other place, he must do what his government and his country order him, and if he may do no
violence to his father or mother, much less may he do violence to his country.
Consider if, that in your present attempt, you are going to do us wrong. For, after having brought you into the world, and nurtured and educated you,
and given you and every other citizen a share in every good that we had to give, we further proclaim and give the right to every American, that if he
does not like us when he has come of age and has seen the ways of the country, he may go where he pleases and take his goods with him; and none of us
will forbid him or interfere with him. Any of you who does not like us and the country, and who wants to go to some other country, may go where he
likes, and take his possessions with him. But he who has experience of the manner in which we order justice and administer the laws, and still
remains, has entered into an implied contract that he will do as we command him. And he who disobeys us is, as we maintain, wrong in three ways:
first, because in disobeying us he is disobeying his parents; secondly, because we are the authors of his education; thirdly, because he has made an
agreement with us that he will duly obey our commands; and he neither obeys them nor convinces us that our commands are wrong; and we do not rudely
impose them, but give him the alternative of obeying or convincing us; that is what we offer, and he does neither. These are the sorts of accusations
to which you will be exposed if you continue to pursue your intentions. There is clear proof, that we and the country were not displeasing to you.
This is the country in which you begat your children, which is proof of your satisfaction. Now you pay no respect to us the laws, of whom you are the
attempted destroyer; and are doing what only a miserable slave would do, running away and turning your back on the contracts and agreements which you
made as a citizen. Answer this question please: Are we right in saying that you agreed to be governed according to US in deed, and not in word only?
Is that true or not? You are breaking the covenants and agreements which you made with us at your leisure, not in haste or under any compulsion, but
having had your entire life to think of them, during which time you were at liberty to leave the country, if we were not exactly what you wanted in a
government, or if our covenants appeared to you to be unfair. You had your choice, and might have gone to any other country you desired. On the
contrary you seemed to be so fond of the country, or, in other words, of us her laws (for who would like a state that has no laws?) that you never
left her. And now you forsake your agreements.
Take our advice; do not make yourself ridiculous by continuing these allegations. Just consider, if you transgress in this sort of way, what good will
you do, either to yourself or to your family and friends? If you move to another country, their government will be against you, and all patriotic
citizens will regard you as a subverter of the laws, and you will confirm in the minds of the judges the justice of their own condemnation of you. For
he who is a corrupter of the laws is more than likely to be corrupter of the young and foolish portion of mankind. Will you then flee from
well-ordered countries and virtuous men? Is existence worth having on these terms? Or will you go to them without shame, and talk to them? Tell them
your own opinions about freedom and justice? Or will you go away from well-governed states to chaotic, famine ridden nations where there is great
disorder and license. They will be charmed to hear the tale of your daring crusade against your American oppressors. Of your self-declared warfare
against the nation responsible for bringing you into the world and giving you everything you have and teaching you everything you know. But there will
be no one to remind you that in your old age you violated the most sacred laws from a miserable desire of a little more license and freedom to do as
you please. You will live, but how? Say that you are making these claims against us for the sake of your children, that you may bring them up and
educate them in your ways, not ours. Will you take them into some other country and deprive them of American citizenship? Is that the benefit which
you would confer upon them? Allow them to be schooled outside of the United Statesí educational system?
Listen then to us who have brought you up. Think not of life and children first, and of justice afterwards, but of justice first, that you may be
justified before God. For neither will you nor any that belong to you be happier or holier in this life, or happier in another, if you continue your
quest. End it now. For now you depart in innocence, a sufferer and not a doer of evil. A victim, not of the laws, but of men. But if you continue,
returning evil for evil, and injury for injury, breaking the covenants and agreements which you have made with us, and wronging those whom you ought
least to wrong, that is to say, yourself, your friends, your country, and us, we shall be angry with you while you live, and our brethren, in the
world below, will receive you as an enemy; for they will know that you have done your best to destroy us. Listen, then, to us and not to Instinct.
[Edited on 5-11-2002 by All Seeing Eye]