In this increasingly insane world we live in, there are those few individuals who are able to cut through the fog of politics that is used to deceive people into believing that governments are the solution to the problems of their everyday lives.
I found this nugget of truth the other day.
“There are those who, on moral and historical grounds, want Russia to liberate at the very least the Ukrainian east and the Ukrainian south (the area from Mariupol to Odessa). I categorically disagree. It is all very fine and cute to say “Putin come and restore order”, but the people of the Ukraine must liberate themselves and not expect Russia to liberate them.”
Now, you might wonder why I would include this quote about Putin, Russia, and the liberation of Ukraine in an article about insane politics, but the explicit message from The Saker says it all and bears repeating (with emphasis added).
“…the people of the Ukraine must liberate themselves and not expect Russia to liberate them.”
This statement cuts to the chase and it does not matter one bit whether in Ukraine, Uruguay, Uganda, or United States. The people MUST liberate themselves and NOT expect someone else to do that for them. The absurd notion that a political savior can and will enact and implement freedom for the individuals who make up the society is prevalent everywhere and is a major reason why we cannot move beyond the normal pattern of “…Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” In the United States, the most recent and (still ongoing) saga of Donald Trump and his legions of True Believers is a clear indication that people in this country are also prey to this fallacy.
When will we ever learn? Will we ever learn?
This morning I opened up Lew Rockwell and saw that someone closer to home had expressed the same opinion.
“Only individual resolve and a willingness to take great risk in order to restore true freedom can change this course we are on, and absolutely no one can force these citizens to do it; they have to come to that as individuals.”
Absolutely true. Gary Barnett has hit the nail on the head.
As “citizen comrades” of the Free World, we are in the precarious position of watching the jaws of a trap snap shut on our (so-called) liberty. We delude ourselves that we live in the “land of the free” and praise God that we do not live in such “slave societies” as Russia, but seem to be oblivious that we are rapidly being rushed into that type of condition ourselves. And, if we do understand that, we simply succumb to the siren song of a snake-oil salesman who promises great things, but never delivers. Having great hope and faith, we pull a lever which seem to be the means to the end—our freedom, but simply cannot comprehend that the lever we pull is attached to a mechanism which perpetuates the System which is squeezing us tighter and tighter. Then, two years or four years later, having great hope and faith, we do the same thing over again. This is the classic definition of insanity.
Returning to The Constitution will not save us. We have never left it. Writing a New Constitution will not save us. In fact, any constitution at all which grants power and authority to governments will not produce freedom and liberty, but will instead enslave individual people, albeit in a different manner.
It is incredible how as soon as a people become subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and willingly that one is led to say that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement.” ~ Etienne de La Boetie (1552-53)
No, there is only one solution to this consequence of the sin nature of humanity and it is timeless because it is true.
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 22: 37-39)
People who love their neighbors as they love themselves do not seek to enslave them, but rather will do everything they can to set them free, allowing them to become the persons they were created to be free. Furthermore,
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” – Jesus Christ (Luke 6:38)
Did you get that? The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Unfortunately, too many Christians think that this only applies to financial affairs, narrowed down to the weekly injunction heard in churches everywhere–Tithes and Offerings. Too many do not understand that, in order to be free, they must give freedom. First, they must give freedom, after that they will receive freedom.
“Absurd! Unheard of! Tradition!!” – Tevye, from Fiddler on the Roof
Tevye, however, saw his dogmatic observance of tradition broken over and over again…and so must we if we are ever going to be free. We must stop relying on others to do this for us and get on with the task ourselves.
“The time has come and the time is now!”—Percik, from Fiddler on the Roof
What are you waiting for?