Do We Consent?
Founding Answers to the Questions of Modern Tyranny
By Smokey the Appalachistani ([email protected])
An election is upon us once again, and just like every previous election, we are forced to choose between two of the worst candidates we could find. Maybe it’s time to admit to ourselves that the political system we have inherited is broken. Maybe it’s time to admit that we have strayed far, far beyond what our founding fathers established for us. And while we have plenty of third party candidates, often the rules that our political masters establish prevent these people from even appearing on ballots.
Like an addict who knows they need help, the American people routinely vote for “the lesser of two evils”, all too often forgetting the lesser evil is still a vote for evil. Mayhap it is time for us to genuinely look to the founders for a solution.
Every American knows of the Declaration of Independence, but how many of us have actually read it?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among them are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these rights, Government’s are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed – That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or abolish it.”
Do we still consent to being governed under the pseudo-republic that we have or the faux-democracy as the leftists would call it? Some would say yes, for you vote and enjoy all the benefits of our system.
These people are not only wrong, they are wildly naive.
I Do Not Consent
I certainly do not consent to have 22% of my income stolen before I should even receive it. Nor do I consent to give the state an additional 4% on goods that I have purchased; goods that the government has no businesses being involved with. Why should I pay 6% of my income to a program that I know I will never benefit from? How about our property? Surely these people cannot believe we actually own our land or homes, when we are forced to rent it from the government! What about if your father passes and decided to leave you the family farm? Is dying now something they find suitable for penalization? Want to gift a car to your child? How dare you not pay your fair share!
And this is just taxes; we haven’t even delved into other issues. Do you consent to be told what arms you can bear and where? Do you consent to be shot with tear gas and rubber bullets for peacefully assembling, then getting blamed when the police initiate violence upon you and your group lashes out? Do you consent to be imprisoned for victimless crimes? How about paying for never-ending wars overseas and propping up other nations? Thoughtcrime and limitations on our freedom of speech are certainly articles of consent by their standards.
Words and Actions
When the founding fathers no longer consented, they took action. They formed Committees of Correspondence; a type of shadow government who coordinated responses to England and would superseded the colonial legislatures and royal officials. These committees disseminated Colonial interpretation of British actions.
Is it not time that we revive them? Our elected legislatures no longer represent us or have our best interests at heart. In Virginia, many of them viewed us with contempt while we passionately argued in defense of our second amendment rights. Why do we pretend that the State, not the People, hold the power over the land?
What’s the reason we stand idly by when the police come into our neighborhoods and kill a fellow citizen? Why do we trust in a justice system that has failed the American people so often?
When a force comes in and kills a number of our own, asleep in their own beds and having broken no law, why do we let them leave?
Our founders would not stand for the redcoats doing this in their towns, so why do we allow modern redcoats to do it? Every neighborhood should have a body that can assemble under arms in a minute’s notice. Modern minutemen would allow us to immediately hold accountable those who bring tyranny to our communities. Should not the community who has been wronged, be the ones to try and judge the wrongdoer?
Many ask why unarmed protesters get a violent response from the police, but armed protesters who storm the state capitol do not I can tell you this much: no one who values their life is going to fire a rubber bullet at a group of thousands or tens of thousands who are armed and can throw lead back.
We do not accept magazine limits because a gun without bullets is useless. Without gunpowder, there is no freedom.
Do you consent to the broken system? Do you consent to political slavery? Or will you cast off these chains? Will you dare to live up to the timeless American sentiment of “GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH”?