"The individual is not accountable to society for his actions, insofar as these concern the interests of no person but himself." ~ John Stuart Mill
Words Scribbled on Parchment
While reading some of the e-mail responses from my last article Enemy of the State, one thing became abundantly apparent. Some people still don't get it! Although the majority of responses were positive, there were still some who believed that mere words scribbled on parchment would somehow save them. Somehow the problem is we just can't get the Government Leviathan to adhere to the Constitution. If we could only force them to follow this sacred document, all would be great in Oz again. After contemplating this for a while, I thought maybe it was time to address the most sacred of sacred cows, the Constitution! (I can almost see the hate mail pouring in.)
The Constitution is as much a farce as is Democracy. The strength of this document lies not in what it says, but who is doing the interpretation. Just as in the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State , the Right of the people to Keep and Bear Arms shall not be infringed." Sounds pretty clear to me. How could anyone interpret this to mean anything other than, the people have the right to bear arms? How are these words scribbled on parchment securing our right to bear arms?
All my life I have heard 'that's un-constitutional' or 'They can't do that, it's not in the Constitution.' Why did the sacred Constitution fail to protect our rights? Obviously, it's because words will never protect us. Just as Democracy is sold to us as some vast power that will save humanity, the Constitution is waved before our eyes as an immense bastion of freedom. And of course the sheep can be counted upon to lap it up like Pavlov's dog. The government loves to feed the sheep little puns of freedom so that they will believe they are the state.
The sheep can always be counted on not to see the pretext of the State. I think Butler Shaffer summed it up best with, 'Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain' in Will the Real Paranoids Please Raise Their Hands? As in the charade of voting, the brain dead sheep will never catch on to the guise. 'What good fortune for those in power that the people do not think.'
We have a Constitution, a Bill of Rights, Democracy and voting, and yet we are still slaves to the state, so how are these things helping to ensure our liberty? If government can at any time nullify these things, can it be trusted to preserve our freedom? Maybe we need a new Constitution? We just have not found the right words, scribbled on the right parchment yet. Yes, that's the answer. We will show these damn bureaucrats who's the boss!
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are documents that were written by the government, just as is the Patriot Act. How could anyone believe that the self-interested state had their best interest at heart when they drafted these? Does the IRS have your best interest at heart when they graciously mail your tax forms to you every year? What about the property appraiser? The purpose of government is only to ensure its own heinous existence. Do not deem the government to be your friend.
My hope is that in the future, people will stop putting their faith in words scribbled on parchment. The Constitution will not save us, nor will the Bill of Rights. If you must put your faith in something, put it in a Glock or a nice AR-15. At least with these, you have a fighting chance in defending your property, freedom and life, unlike mere words scribbled on parchment.