reply to post by sapien82
Robert the Bruce the Elder:
"All men betray. All lose heart."
Robert the Bruce the Junior:
"I don't want to lose heart! I want to believe as he does...(William Wallace) I will never be on the wrong side again."
Braveheart by Randall Wallace
Why are governments penalizing us for existing, indeed! The tragic answer to this is, as it always has been, that they always have, and most likely
they always will. This does not mean we are helplessly trapped in an infinite time loop of tyranny. In his treatise Politics
describes the cycle of revolutions. He explains that there are two classes of people, the haves, and the have nots. When the haves wind up
accumulating so much that the have nots can no longer survive, there is revolution. After this revolution, there is a redistribution of power and
wealth, where the have nots get over their anger and eventually grow apathetic while the haves steadily aggregate power and wealth all over again,
until the have nots can no longer survive and then there is revolution...
This was what Aristotle had observed about human behavior in antiquity and nearly three thousand years later we seem to be stuck in this same cycle,
but the difference between then and now is that we have experienced an Age of Enlightenment, and here in North America, during the time of the
Revolution for Independence, there was the Age of Reason. It was reason that allowed humanity to recognize that law is natural and not some human
invention. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin did not think that gravity came into play just because Sir Isaac Newton legislated it
so, and even so, it is unfortunate language that the Constitution for the United States uses phrases such as "Congress shall make laws..." or even
"Congress shall make no laws...".
Jefferson understood the self evident rights of people,and yet he and too many of his contemporary's, in order to keep in harmony with their own
understanding of the world, went into agreement with the atrocious "three-fifths clause" that deemed an unnamed class of person as being only
"three-fifths" of a person. It was clever priest class lawyer sect language that allowed for slavery to continue, but also allowed for an Amendment
to come later prohibiting slavery. Had they written in this "three fifths clause" that all slaves were to be counted as "three fifths" of a person,
this would have arguably made the 13th Amendment unconstitutional. So, while it is a clever compromise, it is still a compromise and illustrates
handily all that is wrong with compromise.
When it comes to our rights, white, black, yellow, brown, purple or polka-dot; Christian, Jew, Muslim or Buddhist, left, right, center, up or down,
all people have the same rights and of this we must remain uncompromising lest we grant the tyrants and their sycophants room to argue otherwise. We
must never compromise our rights, not ever.
It is heartening to read your words and know that in this Sisyphusean struggle, you have decidedly chosen to never fight on the wrong side again, and
instead to proudly and bravely fight for freedom. This struggle will bring us great suffering, so I would like to end this post with another quote by
another iconic hero, from Atlas Shrugged
"... it's not that I don't suffer, it's that I know the unimportance of suffering, I know that pain is to be fought and thrown aside, not to be
accepted as part of one's soul and as a permanent scar across one's view of existence."
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