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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Where is my country?

By Clifford Thies

"Where freedom is, there is my country." Benjamin Franklin

"Where freedom is not, there is mine." Thomas Paine


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“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”  Robert A. Heinlein

The natural condition of mankind has never been freedom. Rather it has been one or another form of slavery. As Abraham Lincoln put it, "That is the real issue which will continue in this county when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between two principles, right and wrong, throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time. The one is the common right of humanity, the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says 'you toil and work and earn bread, and I'll eat it.'" 

For Abraham Lincoln, there was no difference in kind between serfdom and slavery. Only a difference of degree. And we, as members of the productive classes of a modern welfare state, know exactly what he means. We toil and work and earn bread, and others eat it. 

 On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the people of the United States expressed their pleasure in the continuation of the policies that have brought this country to the brink of financial ruin, economic stagnation, diminished expectations, redistribution not only of income, but of opportunity itself on the basis of race and gender and class, the disregard of the most sacred tenets of religious belief, and the willingness to euthanize the defenseless within the womb and those enfeebled by old age and illness. And we, the productive, find ourselves to be the new 47 percent, valued only because we can be taxed. What are we supposed to do? 

 For some of us, the answer is to consider our alternatives among the countries in which our civil rights and economic freedoms are well secured, at least adequately so; where standards of living are higher, or at least rising; and, where rates of crime are lower, or at least not much higher. Countries such Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, or Chile, Costa Rica and Panama, or Estonia, Ireland and Switzerland. For the first time in our country's history, millions of persons born in this country live overseas, and many of our consulates are not only back-logged with persons seeking to come here, but with persons seeking to leave. Many of us are ourselves sons and daughters of immigrants, of those who came here seeking freedom and opportunity. Why would we stay if freedom and opportunity are elsewhere? 

 For others of us, the answer is to recommit to the effort of convincing our fellow citizens of the folly of socialism, perhaps after a period of disengagement from the disappointment of this year. To be missionaries of the truth right where we find ourselves. Or, at least to delay the collapse of this country for a while, allowing the newly free countries of the world to more fully realize their potential. 

I will not stand in judgment of the decisions of anybody in this regard. During the time of slavery, most of those held in bondage did not run away, but remained with their families. Same thing during the time of communism. Only a few of those held in captivity behind the Iron Curtain tried to escape. Most learned to live as well as they could in the circumstances in which they found themselves. As they said in the former Soviet Union, "we pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us." 

But for those of us born and raised to be free men and women, how could we ever bear to live under the rule of others. The very idea crushes us. Let me just say this to all of you who feel like me crushed by the idea of living in a democratic socialistic state, to hold on to the spirit of freedom within you. No matter that you may be in a prison the size of a cubicle or the size of a continent, it is that spirit that makes you who you are and who you must be. I will close my dear brothers and sisters with a verse from the Bible. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17)

12 comments:

Charlie said...

I have to say if you Google news sources from the day after the 2004 election Lefties were saying the same stuff. Rubio will win in 2016 and probably have a GOP senate and house. This to shall pass :-)

The Right Guy said...

So shall the chicken kiev I had for lunch.

Chuck said...

I really thought we had a chance. We did. Now we don't.

America changed yesterday.

Prepare.

The Right Guy said...

I did too Chuck. Stock up on ammo. If I had a few more shekels, I might get something interesting. We'll see.

Chuck said...

Weapons don't defend.

The Right Guy said...

Obviously you never read about Rorke's Drift.

Chuck said...

Obviously you haven't done the "civil unrest" math.

Think it through. All the way.

Chuck said...

They have.

All the way.

Daniel O'Regan said...

Holy cow, are you kidding me with this?

"For some of us, the answer is to consider our alternatives among the countries in which our civil rights and economic freedoms are well secured, at least adequately so; where standards of living are higher, or at least rising; and, where rates of crime are lower, or at least not much higher. Countries such Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, or Chile, Costa Rica and Panama, or Estonia, Ireland and Switzerland."

You know what pretty much all of these countries have in common aside from standard of living? High taxes, universal healthcare, huge social security systems and very strict anti-gun laws.

So, you know, exactly what you're complaining about being brought into America.

Here's a thought: instead of leaving, why not enact those policies in your home country to increase its standard of living.

Oh, wait, the majority of Americans did. Well, at least there's hope.

Chuck said...

Hope of what, you brainless piece of shit? All of those countries you listed depend on the economic output the US provides.

Go live in Chile or Panama, you fucking animal.

Weldon Goree said...

One thing I don't get is the "America changed" idea.

We were founded as a slaveholding country on expropriated land. A minority of business interests led a revolution because Parliament was lowering (yes, lowering) taxes on certain items that these interests were making money smuggling. The great westward expansion was based on the government giving away land to anybody who wanted it (except the Indians who were already living there).

I really do admire some aspects of libertarian thought; what I don't get is this notion that the US was ever a libertarian country in any sense.

L.Short said...

Cliff,

How's Lincoln's Unionism dictated by absolute central state control working out fer' ya?

With me,anyone quoting Lincoln in defense of liberty has credibility issues beyond reconciliation.

Lincoln was no friend of freedom of anything,and as America's first advocate of supreme central state power should be acknowledged as the father of American statiost tyranny.