In order to defend a thing, you must first uncover it's adversary. Once the foe is known then and only then can you devise a strategy to defend against it. All further options will hinge on understanding who the opponent is and what capabilities are in it's possession. How do you fortify a position? Do you build walls without knowing what direction the opponent strikes from? Do you provision having foreknowledge of how long a campaign may last? Do you outfit and equip without knowing the weaknesses an adversary may succumb to? Again, knowledge of the opponent is the first and most important step in developing a defense that works.
Our nation is in dire need of defense. Not from Iran, Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, or violent homegrown terrorism but from the murderous intent to destroy liberty in its organic form. Our nation was founded on the most basic principles, the simplest fundamentals; freedom above all else, is the most sacred privilege and the most essential right a nation can possess. It is the thing all countries and people should cultivate, the most important crop to look after.
Without liberty all else fails. Without the freedom to choose no options prevail. Whether you agree to follow a path to whatever religion, political philosophy, or economic model it will not be available if in the beginning no freedom exists. This nation was born out of the need to be free. Our founding fathers determined that tyranny of any sort, tolorable or not, peaceful or violent is unacceptable to men and women desiring the freedom of choice. They fought and died for that choice.
Now we have come full circle. The time draws near again for us to decide if the current course will bear us towards freedom...or away from it. Will our current system protect our liberty or destroy it. For those the feel all is well in our nation I ask you to stop reading here. It will do you no good to read further; enjoy your slumber, friend, and may peace find you in such gentle dreams.
If you feel as I do, that things are far from being right, please continue to read.
Our liberty is under attack by an enemy so complete and unhindered it will march on us all if it is left unchecked. I am not speaking of our government, but our elected officials serve it. I am not speaking of corporate interests, but the CEO's in the boardroom serve it too. The opponent that is working, even now, to dismantle our liberties is a combination of philosophies and entities:
The Centralized Business Model
This is an approach to the operation of business in this country. It has systematically attempted to consolidate and streamline itself to maximize profits by the liberal use of the scales of economy. The downside to this approach to business is as follows:
By consolidating, family owned business become unable to compete in an open marketplace. As this process is left uncheck or unchallenged by communities (and it won't as prices for goods and services go down) a system slowly develops where local capital is removed which opens the way for further consolidation. As consolidation increases so does the business' ability to influence government. Over time the line between what is corporation and what is government becomes fuzzy as employees often become elected officials and vice versa. As the process of regulatory capture becomes complete, the business has no obstacles to deter it from working towards total consolidation and elimination of all competition in the market place.
The negative affects of this process is not hard to gauge. Local business is wiped out. Local capital is removed from the community making it forever dependent on the cheap goods and services provided by the consolidated business. As the focus in the centralized/consolidated business model is maximizing profit through scales of economy, consumption of resources always increases as growth is necessary irregardless of conservation practices, the cultivation of communities (i.e., recognizing consumers as a resource rather than a target) is never considered, and most importantly supply chains become larger and more energy intensive. If left uncheck, this single philosophy corrupts government, destroys communities, and removes the ability for any community to protect itself from natural variables (economic downturns, weather phenomena, etc).
The Federal Reserve
With it's unmitigated ability to distort economic signals through manipulation of interest rates and monetary supply, the Federal Reserve is the source of much turmoil in our nation. It prevents any market to operate independent of itself and all players heed the word of the Fed. This central bank, which is privately owned and operated by many of the participants that it is charged with regulating, is totally bankrupt of any interest in seeing our nation become more than what it is today. The effort put forward by the members of the central bank in conjunction with the consolidated platform of operating business has totally removed the ability for our government to operate in any capacity approaching what was laid out by our Constitution.
So, what are we to do about it?
Here is my proposed homework assignment:
On September 9th, 2008 I ask my fellow Americans to do one simple thing. At four o'clock, PST, no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing, stop for one minute. For one full minute do absolutely nothing at all. If you are driving, slowly and with safety in mind bring your car to a complete stop. If you are a commercial trucker, do the same. No matter where you are, barring of course those that are engaged in safety or life critical acts (air traffic control, pilots, doctors, etc.), stop what you are doing for one minute.
What is the purpose of this? Simple. For nearly two centuries, we the people have stood silently while our government has told us what to buy, what to eat, taught us it's perspective on history, told us what is truth and what isn't, has spied on us, lied to us, shown us our votes do not matter, our cries for decency and fairness do not matter, and countless other transgressions that princes (in the Machaivellian sense) have committed through calloused arrogance and blind ignorance. As that slow minute ticks by, look around at your fellow brothers and sisters that have heard this call too, and stand with you silent and still. Know that in that minute we have shrugged off the haze and fog of centuries and realize the strength that we wield.
If we can stand together for one minute, what else can we do?