More and more I’m hearing less and less from people who used to be serious about freedom, especially freedom from the bogus “authority” of non-voluntary government. More and more of what I read in the forums and blogs tells me that these people are tired of the fight, burned out in their efforts to communicate. They either give up the fight or just go silent.
So many of the freedom oriented blogs I visit have become little more than a platform for complaints about government. Lots of outrage and condemnation, but little offering of any reasonable counter measures except “letters to congressmen,” lawsuits and the usual political activities we’ve been trying for so long – even when it is quite clear that they have little or no hope of any real change from such things. There are exceptions, but most of them still seem to cling to the “constitution” and the “bill of rights” as magic bullets that will set everything right if people would just accept those chains. And this, of course, means that they still believe that non-voluntary government, one way or another, has that authority.
So, more and more often, people I talk to are wondering if there are any others in the world who think like they do – or even close. Some are convinced that “nobody” really wants freedom, and that “everybody” is too stupid to see the truth, prepare reasonably or ever take personal responsibility for themselves. I am tempted to indulge in that thought pattern sometimes myself, but I truly think there are a great many people in our world and communities who might well be our allies, if we only knew them.
Nobody knows what will be the “trigger” event, or if there will be more than one or two. Nobody knows when “it” will happen, or how long it will take to “happen.” But everybody in the world will be affected, one way or another, no matter what happens.
Truly, all predictions are merely guesses, educated or otherwise, and I’ve been hearing those guesses for at least forty years. But I refuse to give up, or to accept the idea that the statists have already won, that there will be endless tyranny now and that there is no hope for freedom ever again. Nothing is forever…
I may be wrong, naturally, but there does seem to be at least a few rational things we can do while we wait…
Do you get most or all of your “news” from the mainstream media, which increasingly comprises most of what’s available on line? Do you read any foreign newspaper/websites? Do you believe that there is any source for the truth about what is going on in your town, your state, or anywhere else in the world? How do you decide what is true and what is not? Why do you trust some and not others? Or have you gotten to the point where you despair of finding any to trust? And really, just how much of it do you need to know anyway? Give your ulcer a break and turn it off, at least most of the time.
Do you participate in the politics of your town, county, state, etc.? Do you still think that the government could be controlled if you could just get “the right people” elected? Do you still think that “majority” rule is valid in any situation, or that any group of people calling themselves government has any actual authority to control your life or property? Why not give this some deep thought?
Do you know your neighbors? Do you actually ever talk with them about the realities; the police state, the insanity of centralized government and its “war” on everything and everyone? Do you shoot together, or share a church or civic activity? Or do you just wave or make the usual mouth noises about “How are you?” and maybe a word or two about the weather? Do you know anything about their principles, beliefs, or do you just assume they are not like yours? Do you know which of your neighbors you could count on in an emergency? Do any of them count on you?
Seems to me that it is long past time to think about this sort of thing, and to take action to prepare for it the best we can. Only you can discover what that means for you and your family, of course… but it wouldn’t hurt to get busy with whatever it is.