From: Michael Gaddy
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.” Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry, one who could be referred to as the leader of the Anti-federalists, fought tirelessly for individual liberty and freedom. Many of our founders considered Henry to be among the most devout Christians of their time. It is believed Henry’s oratory skills were honed when he was asked to repeat the sermons of Samuel Davies for his mother when he was a young man.
As has been oft stated here, Henry refused to attend the Constitutional Convention of 1787 because he “smelt a rat leaning toward a Monarchy” and spoke almost daily in the Virginia Ratification Convention against the ratification of the Constitution without a Bill of Rights. Arguably, a Bill of Rights would have never been drafted and ratified had it not been for Patrick Henry and those who followed his lead in the other states.
Many years ago, the people of this country traded away the ability to have a say in how their children were educated for a “free lunch” program initiated by the federal government. Ironically, the money used for this purchase of individual liberty was the same money that is removed from those who produce labor and property using another program our founders feared: direct taxation. Once the masses are addicted to government crack, which is what is seen as “free stuff,” the game is over.
Tyranny in the form of totalitarian government cannot be implemented in one large dose, for as stated by Socialist John Dewey in 1898, “Change must come gradually. To force it unduly would compromise its final success by favoring a violent reaction.” Dewey knew that Socialism delivered in small doses is “comfortable” to the majority of the masses, right up until the time one is dragged off to a gulag or death camp. Any elected or appointed official who uses the preferred old phrase of tyrants in training, “it can’t happen here,” should be immediately tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail.
Our totalitarian government, having seen the gradual but outstanding success of using monies stolen from the productive in our society along with monies borrowed against the lives of their children in the educational process is now embarking on a program of nationalization of law enforcement. To achieve total domination and control of the people, all unconstitutional laws must be enforced using a single point of control. The funding of SWAT units, and providing military vehicles and drones have so far been the incremental steps to unified control of everyone wearing a uniform and a badge. The gradual and conditioned acceptance of police brutality and justified killings of innocent citizens has not occurred by accident. Neither has what has been exploited as racial discrimination as it applies to law enforcement actions. “Never let a good crisis go to waste” is the national motto of totalitarian government. And of course, if these crises don’t occur in a timely fashion, totalitarian governments have never been averse to creating them. The pages of history are chocked full of evidence of this practice.
The racial divide in this country was created by our government (socialist welfare) and it will be used as the basis and justification for a nationalized police force controlled by one head, most likely the Department of Homeland Security.
This is a prime example of the Hegelian Dialectic. Totalitarian government has created a problem which only it (they claim) can solve with large doses of other people’s money (OPM) and the attendant losses of freedom and liberty. The application of this remedy only creates a larger and more virulent problem, which in turn requires more (OPM) and loss of individual freedoms. If you have any doubts as to how this works in reality, I suggest you examine the history of “The war on Poverty,” “The war on Drugs” “The war on Crime” and of course “The war on Terror.” Everything our government declares war on increases exponentially during that war, except of course their undeclared war on Liberty which has been highly successful.
The way a totalitarian government operates as is abundantly clear in the study of history, is to pass more and more laws prohibiting the practice of individual rights and the destruction of the theory of private property. The government then reminds everyone that “we are a nation of laws” and idiots with guns and badges claim they have no choice but to “enforce” the law, even when they know these laws were proposed, passed and signed by socialist politicians and ruled upon by socialist judges. Placing all members of law enforcement, at all levels, under a unified command structure simplifies the “enforcement” of these draconian, unconstitutional laws.
So, how does a nationalized police force operating under one head relate to Patrick Henry you ask? Well, it appears the Sage of Liberty was able to predict what we are seeing now because of his study of history and his understanding of the frailties of humans.
Henry feared what he and others referred to as a “standing army.” Along with direct taxation, Henry cited these two as the greatest threats to Liberty. One could not deny that a nationalized police force, under one head, would constitute a “standing army.” And of course this standing army would work in concert with the military as they would share the same source of authority.
Henry would state of a standing army the following at the Virginia Ratification Convention in June of 1788:
“A standing army we shall have, also, to execute the execrable commands of tyranny; and how are you to punish them? Will you order them to be punished? Who shall obey these orders? Will your mace-bearer be a match for a disciplined regiment? In what situation are we to be? …What resistance could be made? The attempt would be madness…
This, it seems to me will produce such a dreadful oppression as the people cannot possibly bear. The federal sheriff may commit what oppression, make what distresses he pleases, and ruin you with impunity; for how are you to tie his hands? Have you any sufficiently decided means of preventing him from sucking your blood by speculation, commissions and fees?
Thomas Jefferson’s cousin, Federalist/Nationalist and future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall, would challenge Patrick Henry’s allegations about the proposed government. You can judge for yourself as to which man was correct about standing armies and federal sheriffs. Again, the wisdom of the Anti-federalist and the marketing campaign of the Federalists are exposed to history. Marshall would counter Henry’s projections in the same ratification convention.
“[According to Patrick Henry]…the officers of the government will be screened from merited punishment by the federal judiciary. The federal sheriff, says he, will go into a poor man’s house and beat him, or abuse his family, and the federal courts will protect him. Does any gentleman believe this? Is it necessary that officers will commit a trespass on the property or persons of those with whom they are to transact business? Will such great insults on the people be allowable? Were a law made to authorize them, it would be void.”
This presents one of those “where do I start’ conundrums. When it comes to the federal sheriffs going into a man’s house and beating him or abusing his family and the courts protecting them, need I say more than Randy Weaver, his wife Vicki and their 14 year old son Samuel, both killed at the hands of federal sheriffs? What about Waco and the 74 dead children and adults who perished at the hands of federal sheriffs? Will someone please point out for me where any of the perpetrators of those heinous acts have been called to account for their crimes? Did the federal courts protect or prosecute those federal sheriffs?
Marshall said “Were a law made to authorize them, it would be void.” How can that ever work in a society with idiots wearing badges and guns who claim they have no authority to question the constitutionality of a law but are mandated to enforce them all?
Marshall also said “Is it necessary that officers will commit a trespass on the property or persons of those with whom they are to transact business?” Well, those who have had any encounters with the badges and guns from the Department of Wildlife in our part of the country can attest to the fact those officers claim the right to “commit a trespass on the property” of our citizens in order to “transact business.” When asked in a public forum, one such officer claimed there was a state statute that “has been on the books for years and allowed him to trespass on anyone’s private property” to transact the business of government. Just a few minutes before this same officer claimed he would not enforce any unconstitutional laws. Tyranny is magnified when anyone with a badge and a gun believes anything they do is constitutional simply because they have a badge and a gun and represent the government.
There will be a nationalized federal police force in our country in the very near future. They will intermingle with members of the military and use the same equipment as they go about enforcing the laws of tyrants. All the while they will believe they are accomplishing good things.
We are not “a nation of laws” as those in our government would have you believe. We are a country of individual rights limited only by the equal rights of others, to paraphrase Jefferson. Two very good sources other than Patrick Henry warned of presenting ourselves as slaves to the law of the tyrant.
“I do not add within the limits of the law because law is often the tyrants will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
“Patriotism–real patriotism–has a most important venue, and it is not always about putting on a uniform to fight some senseless, insane war in order to sustain the meaningless myths about freedom or America’s greatness. There is a higher loyalty that real patriotism demands and encompasses, and that loyalty is the pursuit of truth, no matter how painful or uncomfortable the journey.” ~Peter Janney
“We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.” ~Sydney Schanberg
“Most human beings only think they want freedom. In truth they yearn for the bondage of social order, rigid laws, materialism. The only freedom man really wants, is the freedom to become comfortable.” ~Emma Goldman