Thursday, June 10, 2010

Federalist No. 1 "Call to Arms"

My fellow Americans,

Here is my first attempt at starting up an actual blog. Some of you may be familiar with my debates on Facebook (under the pseudonym Damocles Aurelius), or may have even seen my awkward attempts into video blogging on Youtube. (If not feel free to follow me on either) While educational experiences, they proved to be ineffective at actually achieving what I initially set out to do over 1 year ago.

For those of you who are new, and have no idea what I am talking about, welcome. I call myself Damocles. My desire to remain anonymous has less to do with security then it does to ensure that individuals are forced to deal with my ideas, and not my identity. You would be surprised at how different an experience political or philosophical debate is when those who disagree with you cannot resort to name-calling or racial slurs, because they do not know who or what you are. (Plus the obvious advantage of the people who WOULD want to send you hate mail or death threats can't because they don't know who to send it to...)

That being said it probably helps to know WHY I do what I do, to give perspective to future writings and put them into the context of character. We live in a chaotic world and in trying times. It seems that no matter where you go there are voices clamoring for your attention and demanding you get involved in whatever pet conflict of theirs they have interest in, and that you pick a side, NOW! before you have time to really think.

If you are like me, most likely you were just interested in finishing school and starting your career, maybe a family if you were so inclined (Or maybe you have already done all these things and are looking to enjoy the fruits of your labors, or even retire.)While by no means an expert, you consider yourself well-educated and fairly aware of current events, were probably raised right (although your parents were far from perfect) and are in short, a good and decent human being just trying to make a living like the next person and do it right. But lately all this commotion in the news on the TV, radio, and internet has left you a little worried about future possibilities. What about your goals and dreams? What about the goals and dreams of your loved ones? Maybe you have had cause to question why it is you do what you do. Is there something more out of life? "Should I be making a difference?" "Can I make a difference?"

Believe it or not you CAN make a difference. Forget the Obama mantra of yes "we" can. Yes YOU can. You as an individual have power to overcome the pitfalls of and trials of life. YOU as an individual have the power to make a difference, not only in your life, but in the lives of others. And I believe that all it takes is one person speaking out -to say what you have to say- that makes the difference. All it takes is the right combination of words,and the courage to enunciate them.

Words have power. “Words offer the means to meaning, the enunciation of truth.” And the sad truth of the matter is: that there is something terribly wrong happening in this country. Fear and hatred, intolerance and oppression; and where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now face the possibility of censorship and violent coercion by those who claim to be for “justice” and “equality” –the “greater good”, as it were- compelling your surrender and demanding your submission, your conformity, and your silence.

Let us seek to end that silence. A dictatorship, no matter how benevolent, is STILL a dictatorship. A tyrant is nothing more then one whose lust for wealth or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those who oppose him as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. And those who subject themselves to tyrants, who relinquish their freedom without so much as a peep in opposition, are nothing more than slaves. It is time for Americans to embolden themselves, to arm themselves with the sword of truth, and the shield of virtue and to break the chains of bondage.

Do not be blinded by the altruistic promises of self-serving politicians. Theirs is the rankest hypocrisy. While pretending to b champions of goodness and justice, they institute greater injustices. While promising you freedom, they bind you as slaves. In these situations there are always two groups: "...the well meaning do-gooders, and the special interests that use the do-gooders as front men." (Rep. John Linder). The pretense of social justice masks the unenlightened self-interests of men and women who do not wish to eat at the table as equals, but merely want a bigger piece of the pie. They are not slaves who wish to be free of their masters, but rather who wish to become masters themselves.

There is hope, and there is still a chance for change that we can all believe in. But if there are to be any changes in your life for the better, they will not occur at the steps of an indifferent and corrupt Congress, or at the foreign councils of nations overseas, or as a result of failed polices of an ambitious and self-important President. Such changes must first occur in our own hearts and minds, in our own homes and families. They occur when we stand up as a SOVEREIGN People, united in our belief that we are free, and that no one controls our destiny but WE THE PEOPLE. No man is more capable at securing your freedom than you. In this Nation each and every one of us is free. Each of us is capable of making our own choices, our own path, wherever it may lead us. Each of us is capable of rising above our circumstance and advancing our station in life, no matter the obstacle. If there is anything to be learned from the Founding of our country, it is that ALL men have within in them the divine right to freedom, and that if we will but fight to secure it, we can maintain our freedom from the hands of tyrants.

Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. Justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a greater good shared by others. If there is to be justice, let it be said that every man is rewarded according to his deeds, be they good or evil. If there is equality, let it be an equality that arises from every man holding his neighbor to the same high standard of freedom, lawfulness, truth, and virtue regardless of religious belief, political affiliation, personal wealth and background, gender, or skin color.

If you believe this and if you feel as I feel, if you would seek as I seek, then let us unite under a common cause –the cause of Liberty. If you believe in justice, liberty, and personal freedom; if you would have your country back, then you must be prepared to take it back! Not by gunpowder or sword, or any other means of violence, but by staunch and proclaimed defense of our principles and our sacred liberty. I invite you to take a stand. We shall no longer fall back or give ground to the enemies of America; the line must be drawn here! –Here and no farther! Let the principles of truth, freedom, and justice be unabashedly proclaimed. Let us remind our leaders that people should not fear their governments, governments should be afraid of their people. Let us remind them of how precariously Damocles’ Sword hangs over them, and why the corrupt should fear a people unjustly opposed and oppressed. And I swear to you with God as my witness, we WILL remind them.

The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

Sic semper tyrannis