Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and while eating lunch, I realized something: We, as a society haven’t learned anything since recorded history began. But wasn’t the idea of America supposed to change the mentality?
I don’t think so.
I know so.
What mistake has every society made over the past 10,000 years?
They deified leaders.
They worshipped government symbols.
They rallied behind their leaders and governement in almost every circumanstance.
And when they did rebel and overthrow a repressive government, the same mistakes were made.
They ended deifying new leaders.
They worshipped new government symbols.
And they voted themselves into perpetual war while frowning upon those who refused to rally behind their government symbols and ideologies to support their cause in invading other areas while killing, displacing, and in some cases enslaving their opposition.
And America has made the same mistakes.
What Is America?
I mean, America isn’t about flag worship, treating government entities and personnel as heroes, and it definitely isn’t treating political figures and supposedly influential philantrophists as deities.
But isn’t that what America has become?
Just like every other society mankind has ever seen that I outlined above, America has become no different.
The idea of living one’s life without government intrusion has all but died; the only difference being two major coalitions on two sides of a spectrum fighting for the power to rule the other half’s lives in the way they see fit for a nation of 327,000,000 people that covers nearly 4,000 square miles.
Spinning the Hamster Wheel
I mean, everywhere we go, do we not see the American flag in front of every other private business and household? A flag we pledge allegiance to, despite the fact the Pledge itself was written by a socialist named Francis Bellamy in the 19th century.
Isn’t flag worship a staple in every single sporting event to honor men and women who invade other nations then ravage them, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions more that has led to an immigration crisis in Europe?
Don’t believe me about the number of civilians killed?
Here are the numbers of civilians killed from 2001 to 2018 in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan alone.
And that doesn’t even include Syria and Yemen.
We’re told our military is overseas to protect our freedoms, but when bills like the Patriot Act and the Freedom Act do the exact opposite that their brand name claims they do. One can only wonder how being involved in perpetual war is protecting liberty and our Constitution.
And after the above claim is debunked (pretty easily, considering Congress rarely passes legislation for war as the Constitution states it’s supposed to), our leaders and media claim that we need to be overseas to liberate others from their oppressive governments, completely leaving out the fact our own foreign policy including government sanctions starves citizens of other nations, preventing other nations from doing business with the condemned nation.
Obviously, this isn’t the America the Founders envisioned.
Because America is an idea that men and women can live their lives without the intrusion of government. But when we strive from that idea in the form of increased forced taxation, business licenses, and other petty laws such as it being a criminal act for even a six-year-old to run a lemonade stand to feeding the homeless, the idea of America goes straight to hell.
And in response, our leaders like Joe Biden claim it’s patriotic and a duty to fellow Americans to pay your taxes, no matter how much of your income is forcibly taken from your paycheck without your consent.
Foreign Policy Debacle
Or what about our media, who tells us how patriotic it is to support the troops and American exceptionalism overseas.
But why are we in Syria?
Why are we still in Afghanistan and Iraq?
Why do we have military bases in 80 countries?
Why are we fighting wars in Niger and Somalia?
Didn’t know that?
That’s because our media didn’t want you to know that.
What about the proxy war in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has amassed a genocide on the Yemeni people for nearly five years using billions of dollars of weapons sales from the Trump administration?
Remember the first time the administration sold Saudi Arabia weapons, and how much both Donald Trump and King Salman were deified by Fox News?
Heck, I remember every single news outlet, both conservative and liberal, showed the story with their differing opinions on Donald Trump.
Or what about blue privilege?
Amber Guyger shoots a black man named Botham Jean and gets ten years in prison.
God forbid if a black man shot a cop in that same situation. He’d never see the light of day again.
Ten years for murdering a man in his apartment?
Imagine if ANYONE who didn’t wear a costume and a badge did this.
Life sentence if not a death sentence.
And I’ll be willing to bet Guyger won’t even serve her full sentence.
Or what about the media going out of their way to destroy Tulsi Gabbard due to her stances on foreign policy?
Sort of like how they ignored Ron Paul once upon a time for the same issues.
What about presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke looking to forcibly take guns away from law-abiding Americans due to the actions of a few maniacs?
America’s founders would be flipping in their graves at this moment.
Consider this quote from James Madison:
“Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.”
Standing Army: Police Force, US Military intervening in over eighty countries and seven wars, half of which the American people don’t know about.
Enslaved Press: Look at who sits on the board of CNN, FOX, and other media outlet. They’re backed by numerous multinational corporate moguls, and that’s a scary thought.
Disarmed Populace: The actions of a few may spell punishment for the masses, or at the very least keep the strongest weapons out of civilian hands while the US military commits mass genocide overseas.
And we’re told that we’re either anti-American, a Russian Asset, a Russian Apologist, an Unusual American, or some other name intended to demonize and ridicule if we disagree with anything that’s listed above.
Yet in my own, personal stances, I always ask myself: Would America’s Founders agree with what their nation is doing?
Would they agree with perpetual intervention that claims to provide humanitarian and liberation?
Isn’t that one of the reasons they fought the British to begin with?
Or what about the increased and excess taxation to provide a permanent welfare state?
I think the Revolution began with taxation without representation.
And I don’t think the Founders would’ve approved with government not only intervening in our own lives, but our government intervening and influencing over 80 elections since the CIA was created in 1947.
Yet former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues to flip out about Russia fixing the 2016 election, and anyone who disagrees with her is a Russian asset.
Isn’t that what many in online social media platforms have turned to?
If you disagree, you’re either a paid troll or a Russian asset.
I’d honestly be a rich man if I had a dime for every time someone decided to call me a Russian or paid troll online. Well, if I was, they obviously aren’t paying me enough and I don’t spend that much time on social media, so I guess I’d be fired within five seconds.
It’s like what RT’s Rick Sanchez said at a liberty forum not too long ago: “It’s sad we have to turn to Russian television to get the truth on America.”
And Sanchez is by no means a Russian apologist; the man worked for Fox and CNN, among other networks.
And while I disagree with much of what the authoritarian Russian government does, myself, like other Libertarians, have come to realize RT is the only network that delivers the truth regarding American foreign policy and no, we won’t speak for anything else on RT; it’s a foreign policy relationship only.
In other words, it’s a case by case basis, and RT is definitely not something I’ll turn to regularly.
But when they’re speaking of American foreign policy, yeah, I’m pretty far ahead of the curve here.
As Tulsi Gabbard has said: “It’s time to end regime change wars.”
Meanwhile, our media is trying to lie to us about Syria, claiming Obama and Clinton never intended to oust Bashar al-Assad.
I guess they want us all to forget about Obama’s “Assad’s gotta go, Assad’s gotta go,” preaching and the ‘red line’ he set for Assad.
I guess they want us to forget about the Monroe Doctrine, which is intended to prevent America from entering such regime change wars in the Eastern Hemisphere.
I guess it’s thrown out the window, too.
So, back to the main idea:
Is the Idea of America alive and well?
I don’t think so.
It doesn’t sound like it.
And is it patriotic to support America, or the American government, in any given situation, Constitutional or not?
Consider this quote from Ron Paul:
“Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyal to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.”