from “In Defense of Rural America“
By Ron Ewart, President of the
National Association of Rural Landowners
and nationally recognized author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues
- Copyright Sunday, November 13, 2016 – All Rights Reserved
Yes, Donald Trump has been elected President, but the situation America faces is just as dire as it was before November 8th, 2016. The accumulated difficulties that have piled up over the last 100 years are not going to go away in a Trump four-year term. A sagging economy, illegal immigration, globalism, the death spiral of Obama Care, radical environmentalism, eroding property rights, out-of-control federal bureaucracies, an insane energy policy, political correctness, public school socialist indoctrination, a widening racial gap, run-away welfare, a non-existent foreign policy with our friends AND our enemies and the lack of a strategy to defeat radical Islam will still be with us. It remains to be seen whether Trump can do all of the things he says he would do. He will be up against a high percentage of the electorate that considers him to be their enemy. Huge protests and riots exploded in big cities all over America the day after the election.
Democrats will do everything in their power to see that he doesn’t complete any of his goals. Fortunately, the Democrats did not take the Senate, but they will try to block him nevertheless. It is further quite possible that in four years, Trump will be replaced with a Democrat and the House and Senate will revert to a Democrat majority. We have gone past the point of no return where socialist-Democrats in large urban cities have the majority of the votes. (See “Big Cities Spawn Corrupt Socialists Like Hillary Clinton“) They didn’t come out in large numbers this election, but they surely will in the next. For all intent and purposes the conservative ideology has become essentially impotent. It might survive for four years under Trump, but don’t expect it to be around much longer than that. We guarantee you that the Progressives will have their way in the end. There are just too many of them and they have the votes.
But behind the scenes there are millions of Americans that are more than just tired of over 100 years of expanding Progressive rule, double dealings, backroom conspiracies, political racketeering, international entanglements, collusion and corruption at all levels of government. They are furious. Government has become the master, not the servant as it was intended to be. Those millions of angry Americans are itching to set things right, once and for all and by any means. All it will take is a “FLASH POINT” to set off a violent chain of events.
America was born out of a “flash point”, the Revolutionary War. We confronted the bully of King George the third of England in a bold act of courage and in violent open revolt against British rule. When the nation was about to become divided by states’ rights and slavery, America was altered again by another “flash point”, the Civil War. Brother fought against brother and sons fought against fathers. The loss of life has never been equaled in any other contemporary war and the festering and lingering animosity from that “flash point”, exists even today.
Then the bullies of Europe and the Empire of Japan erupted onto the world stage in the two “flash points” of war in the Twentieth Century. America responded to those “flash points” at great cost, saved the world from dictators and tyranny and freed over a billion people. The sacrifice of those American heroes from both World Wars was and is immeasurable.
During the time between the two World Wars, another “flash point” began to alter American principles of freedom, liberty and unalienable, individual rights, to a point now, where all three are in serious jeopardy. Reacting to the Great Depression, another narcissistic President, over-enamored with his place in history, began to unravel the constitutional rights, protections and guarantees of the American individual. The Bill of Rights contained in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution was not enough for this president. He expanded the Bill of Rights to include a whole series of social rights that were invented out of whole cloth without any regard to their constitutionality. His actions were fully supported and sanctioned by a left-leaning U. S. Congress and an FDR-packed U. S. Supreme Court who ignored their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. This openly Progressive “flash point” that started in the early 1930’s, may have altered America to such an extent that returning to a Constitutional Republic may never be achieved except by revolution. The real America, the vision of our Founding Fathers, started dying when the people succumbed to the siren call of “I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help!
If you have been paying attention to the pulse of the nation on all of the different issues that present themselves, you will get a deepening sense of rising anger, frustration and open hostility to government. That anger cries out with the words, “….. let’s go get those guys that are abusing the Hell out of us and shredding our cherished Constitution.”
Ladies and gentlemen, in its history there is evidence all over America of people saying enough is enough and pushing back against government tyranny, corruption and little tin Gods, like the Clintons. One such pushback occurred in a little town in Tennessee in 1946. Another took place a little more recently on Independence Day 2000 in a little town near Elko, Nevada on the Jarbidge River. And another pushback came in April of 2014 when heavily armed militia confronted over 200 Bureau of Land Management storm troopers trying to force the government’s will on a Nevada rancher.
The first push back was called the Battle of Athens. The second was called the Jarbidge Shovel Brigade. The third was called the Bundy Ranch showdown. In the first case, a bunch of returning Veterans from World War II pushed back and corruption was silenced, at least for a while. The federal government was told to shove off in the second and the third. In the first case, the town’s people had to resort to violence because local government corruption had gotten so bad. In the second case, the town’s people showed up in large numbers with shovels raised at the ready, forcing the government to retreat. That’s right! A bunch of Americans with shovels sent the federal government packing. In the third case hundreds of armed civilians showed up at a Nevada Ranch to challenge federal authority and the government had no choice but to back down, or start a blood bath.
Could America fall into civil war or revolution? Many signs point to it. The anger in America is rising virtually by the day as the government, big business, big unions, academia, national and international moneychangers and power brokers and the news media that aids and abets them all, has set a direction for America that is in direct opposition to a center-right country, not to mention the egregious and continual assault on our Constitution and our liberties. Where can it lead, if not revolution? Trump and the Congress might “dab” at the problems but they can’t fix all of them. Only millions of Americans can fix them. Can America be brought back from the brink of revolution, peacefully? This author thinks so, but not without putting up one of the greatest citizen fights since the American Revolution.
This country set up a unique political environment in which an individual man, woman, or family, left alone by their government, could struggle and prosper or struggle and fail, based upon their own individual abilities. This country of individuals was created by people of vision, by people who were willing and free to take risks, by people who were willing to toil, by people who were willing to fend for themselves and take care of their own, by proud people and proud families.
What a concept! But my how judges, legislators, supreme courts, academia and the news media have perverted this principle. The fact of the matter is, when government helps those who have the ability to help themselves and transfer monies (taxes, with a gun to your head) from the productive side of society to pay for it, they weaken forever the will, pride, strength, energy and desires of those they help and we as a country grow weaker for it. Should we take care of those who truly can’t help themselves, of course? But that should be the job of the private sector, not the government.
However, we as a country are getting weaker by the day and each intrusion of government into our private lives (like onerous taxes, nationalizing banks, businesses and health care and the taking of private property without due process and just compensation) continues to erode those freedoms granted to us by our creator and by a document that has never been repeated in any other country on the face of this planet. These erosions will eventually lead to civil war or revolution.
Just how long will those that pay the taxes finally revolt against a government that forces the taxpayer to pay for massive government waste, fraud, abuse and corruption and also pay for millions of able-bodied free loaders? Just how long will the Western State landowners take federal abuse and harassment by radical environmentalists and those Eastern politicians and bureaucrats before the guns come out? (See “Session or War – American West Against the East“)
The recent acquittal of the Bundy crew that took over the Oregon Wildlife Preserve with guns in January 2016 is just a small taste of what is in store if there is further federal encroachments on private lands.
In the spirit of Thomas Paine, during this time of great conflict, confusion and turmoil, and at a time “that truly tries men’s souls”, we have tried to describe in our weekly columns why America is headed for a revolution, unless there is a major shift in the thinking of many Americans and the reining in of the growing power of government, at all levels. We offer this historical wisdom, political insight and prophetic vision, in the sincere hopes that we can keep the idea of freedom and liberty burning brightly in the hearts of all men of good will and that American freedom will never die. And further, that America will remain to be the “Shining City on the Hill” for all Americans and the rest of the world.
Ronald Reagan told us that: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”
Consequently, each generation has a solemn duty to preserve, protect and defend constitutional freedom for their generation, as well as the freedom for their children and grandchildren by any means and by violence if necessary. To do otherwise is a dereliction of duty and the penalty for the failure to defend freedom will be written in the history books describing the generation that shirked their duty. Hopefully, we will not be that generation. May we not end up like the Germans, the Italians, the Russians and the Japanese in World War II, who let the heads of their respective governments drive head long into imperialism, fascism, socialism and communism, because that is where America is headed today.
“We don’t want to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”
NOTE: For those of you that find yourself at odds with government or have received nasty notices from them, whether federal, state, or local, we have developed defenses you can use against them, without hiring an attorney. You can check out these defenses on our two websites. For the rural landowner click HERE. For the rural landowner or the urban dweller, click HERE.
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“. Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. Affiliated NARLO websites are “SAVE THE USA” (http://www.stusa.us/) and “Getting Even With Government” (http://www.gewgov.com/). Ron can be reached for comment HERE.