Why we are not in the streets.Submitted by elrococco on Sat, 03/21/2009 - 18:09
It is becoming ever more common to hear calls for Americans to get in the streets in protest of the actions of our government. We sit by as citizens of other countries around the world demand of their governments promises that were made that are being broken. Workers' Unions, industry, corporations, and individuals are being crushed as central government programs and economies are being expanded and contracted in the most nefarious of ways.
So, why aren't americans in the streets? I think this is answered with two intertwined responses. One aspect of the answer is that we just haven't lost enough yet. Survival necessitates that you prioritize, and prioritization can change desire. Either we haven't lost enough, or we haven't lost a key thing that will triger our being in the streets. Simple enough, but there is a second, and more important part.
American history and to some extent the history of the thirteen colonies exemplifies a tradition of attempting to instilling in the citizenry of our states and nation a vision of self reliance, self regulation; an idea of individual sovereignty. It is apparent that tradition is being rapidly disintegrated, and I would also argue separately that many are not in the street simply because they have not yet fully realized nor will they realize in time; being so badly blinded by economic and political crooks games, to change this course of matters. But, for those of us that see, I believe that we have come full circle - or are rapidly approaching full circle that the old ways must be thrown off, and new revelations of their truths must be taken on. I believe the reason we are not in the streets is because those in the know also understand that the greatest debate occurring in the political, social and religious circles of the world have come back to one question, "Are you a federalist or an anti-federalist". They are the bookends to the range of sovereignty. They are the terms whose definitions and intentions push us into, or hold us back from the street, respectively.
For if we claim federalist, then we go to the street to demand for ourselves government succor. In essence we give up our Liberty for government protection. But if the price of safety is the dissolution or disrespect of the very freedoms we seek to protect, then our government is in the business of having us eat ourselves to save wear to its own teeth. If we enter the street in spite of and in retaliation to government expansion, then we enter aggressive revolution and haphazardly place our lives, family and property in grave jeopardy.
Two things must be done to satisfy this second aspect of the answer to our question. We must revisit Sun Tzu for advise. And we must pray for guidance from on high. Chapter Six - Vacuity and Substance, from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" tells us that "If I do not want to engage in combat, even though I merely draw a line on the ground and defend it, he (the enemy) will not be able to engage me in battle because we (the readers army) thwart his movements." In essence I propose that we are not in the streets in America because those that know will not cow-tow to promises of "protection" from a tyrranical government nor do we seek other than political solutions to the over reaching grasp of our inept government and officials. Take for instance the 3 million French that just took to their streets. Their protests make for good show, but their purpose is essentially to badger the government into keeping promises of protection in exchange for Liberty. We are not in the street because we are not actively seeking for our government to solve our current debacle. We are asking the exact opposite.
Therefore, as self governed people, we take to the street only in defense. By provocation only do sovereign individuals take to the fight, but if we do not learn from Sun Tzu, we will never understand when to act, nor why we do it. We are not in the streets for one simple reason, we have yet to draw a line. It is clear that our government is feral; wild and misunderstanding. It is true that our government has through it's actions and rulings lost any respect for the citizens of the states and nation. And it is probable that this rabid flailing government of ours has tried to shackle the weight; politically, economically and morally; of ts ineptitude and greed to our selves, and uncounted generations of our progeny. But again I ask, where is our line? Where will we stand, and why?
Be cautious the reason you enter the street, but beware your enemy if you do. Anti federalists must make the mark, and staunchly defend it. But it must be made wisely, for we will not gain what we cannot defend, nor shall we defend ill gotten gains. We are instructed by our Constitution to defend the Republic, and that is our duty, if we so choose.
Let us make a mark.