Friday, June 29, 2012

The Courage to Face the Truth


"Most people prefer to believe that their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all." - Micheal Revero
The two dominant political parties have taken turns ruining the country, and no longer represent the interests of the average citizen.   This conclusion is so obvious and inescapable to anyone who looks at the evidence that very many of us make a tremendous effort at mental evasion in order to avoid facing this reality.    These rationalizations help people avoid facing the painful truth of how much work will have to be done to restore the Republic.     What they don't do is contribute to solving the problem.    Tyranny marches on while those who might challenge it retreat into comfortable delusions that if only we elect the red fascist instead of the blue socialist all, or at least most, will be well.      
The inconvenient truth I wish more of my fellow citizens would face is that we have a two-party problem, a systemic problem, the answer to which will require deeper reform than simply alternating the two cooperating sides every election cycle.   I salute those of you who have faced this reality, and there are more of us everyday, but we are still outnumbered by those who prefer two false paths.   One such path is taken by people who angrily retreat from civic involvement on some excuse such as "they are all crooks."  That they are does not excuse you from defending your children's future, it just means that you need to start from the ground up to do so rather than out-source the job of protecting your freedom to the crooks.    
The other escapist route that is so popular is one in which people prefer to live in a fantasy world where one of the dominant political parties headquartered in Washington D.C. and funded largely by global interests will somehow defend their freedom and property when they are the very entities which have been taking them. They say, "well OK I admit that the other side is not just and fair, but my party is. I don't have to make any serious changes.  All we have to do is get our party in there."
 They cling to the belief, in spite of all objective evidence to the contrary, that if only their side wins the election something will change.       It never has before, and the candidates at the top now are worse than they ever have been.  Yet in order to avoid facing their responsibility to act on this information they choose to continue to believe that they need only work through the organs through which they have worked all their lives.   They won't dare consider the possibility that both parties have been taken over by interests hostile to limited government as spelled out in the Constitution.   That would obligate them to get outside their comfort zone as described in the quote used to start this article.
Nothing less than a New American Revolution is required to restore our lost Republic.   The political parties are simply coalitions of special interest groups, the most powerful of which are international or global in nature.   The further a public office holder rises up in either of these private clubs, the less likely it is that they serve the public.
Jesus said "you cannot put new wine into old wineskins."     We can no longer place 100% of our political chips on either establishment political party.   There is a solution, but it requires maturity, patience, understanding, and most of all courage, to pursue.   I look forward to working with those are willing to see.

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