Now the Tough Part… Getting There from Here

stand-up-for-americaLast night I discussed the fact that too often the true anarchist bases argument on government only exists through violence. I feel like I made my point, although the anarchists aren’t going to accept that. But we can argue that point in that thread. I promised last night that tonight I would post my thoughts on what needs to happen in America for us to get back in control of the government. This is supposed to be the government by the people and for the people. Washington has lost sight of that. In fact I believe there is actually a poster behind the House Speaker’s chair that says “By the Party, For the Party”

The first, and most important, step for Americans is to get educated and start paying attention to politics. I know that there are lots of things that get in the way. But this is important stuff. So we need to mobilize and start educating our friends, neighbors, families, and get them to start paying attention and taking action. That is the main reason that I started this blog. I figured if I could get 50 people paying attention I would have spent my time constitution-flagwell. Now, a mere 4 months later, I have over 1,000 a day and feel like we are gaining momentum. But how many of you know what the Constitution says… all of it? How many of you have read the Federalist Papers? Or any other founding documents? I haven’t read them all but I do have the constitution memorized and I have read all of the Federalist Papers. How many of you even know the name of the US Representative for your Congressional District? It starts here. Education. 

But let’s be clear. No one blog, whether I have 10 people a day or 10,000, can effect change in this country. It will take the action of millions. But we have to have exponential growth to make that happen. I tell 1,000 and they each tell 1,000 and they each tell 1,000. It doesn’t take long for a real movement to happen. But it takes willpower. Your friends and family will shut you down, tell you they don’t have time, tell you it isn’t polite to talk politics. Stand up and be heard. Correct them and tell them that they are wrong, that this is too important to put on the back burner. Remind them that politics being taboo is how we ended up with a government that we aren’t allowed to discuss and organize against. Educate them and get them to take action.

Don’t bother with those that cannot be reasoned with. You will run into them. They are simply too self-involved to make an effort that they don’t see immediate results from. Or they spend all their time telling you why your efforts are futile because government cannot be controlled. Don’t waste your time on these people. You have too much to do and trying to engage them must become a secondary task to affecting change where it CAN happen. 

Now let’s get down to brass tacks. Where do we start? We start at the local level. It is much more realistic that we can effect faster change at that level. Get involved in your town. Take a position on City Council. Go after the mayor’s job. Get involved with your party locally. Start a blog. Join the PTA. Do SOMETHING! The people sitting in Washington are in their ivory tower for now and realize that you don’t even pay attention to what affects you every day locally, so they know you won’t follow through on organizing anything nationally. 

The key here is this: We stand a chance of taking back the government at the local level in a short amount of time. You won’t be elected Senator of your state anytime soon, but you may just be elected to your city council. And once you are there you can begin to effect change. Serve your constituents. Be honest and respectful. Show people like Black Flag that gaining a position in government does not mean that you will be corrupted by power and simply crave more. Find your leaders and help them to get to a position to lead. 

respect-road-signThe path forward for this country is a simple one but one that is not going to come easily. We must become organized enough to change Washington. Not an easy task and certainly one that seems impossible. But it is not. What needs to happen in order for this step to happen is the hardest step: we have to come together. Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, everyone. Understand this, once we get past those few emotional issues that seem to polarize us, we all basically want the same things. The groups in Washington retain power only by keeping us from uniting against them. When we start to communicate with each other honestly and respectfully, we will take away the ability they have to control us through the media.

The second area to focus on is taking a stand. This is another big obstacle. Americans haven’t seemed willing to take a stand since the Revolutionary War. We don’t like something and we will boycott it… unless boycotting becomes inconvenient. Let me give you an example. I won’t buy Citgo gas. I literally will drive out of my way to not china-tanksbuy from a Citgo station because of the connections to Chavez in Venezuela. My neighbor agrees with me, but I saw him filling up there last week. Committed to the cause only if convenient. 

We cannot go this route. We have to commit to the cause all the way. Don’t like the stimulus bill? Write and call your congressmen over and over to make sure they know that. How many of you can honestly say that you took that step? I can. It didn’t work, know why? Because my Congressman has 400,000 constituents, and only received about 12,000 messages to not vote yes. To him that means he still has 388,000 people who he can campaign to. I bet if he had gotten 250,000 emails, he would have felt a little less optimistic about his chances for reelection if he went the wrong way. Because of that apathy among us, they are able to serve their party instead of us.

Step 3 is that we have to become self sufficient and personally responsible. that doesn’t mean we have to live off the land and be able to live as hermits for 20 years. It means that we take control of our finances so that we aren’t in a position where the government can pass legislation to bail us out (because let’s face it, they passed the personal-responsibility“stimulus” bill under the guise of bailing out US citizens).

Becoming self sufficient isn’t easy, but it isn’t that hard either. Ask Kent, he has worked very hard to get there. We don’t need the federal government to do 95% of the things they are doing. But we give up our power and let them do those things because we can’t be bothered to make it happen on our own. It isn’t that we can’t, it is that we won’t. That has to change. No more welfare, no more government “gimme” programs. We can do most of this stuff on our own. And when we realize that, the government is not nearly as powerful any more. They have worked hard to make us dependent on them. We will have to work just as hard to turn that around.  

So there are the first three steps in moving towards a reclamation of our country. I know this isn’t all encompassing and some of you were perhaps expecting a bit more of a true step by step plan. I don’t claim to have all the answers. But I think these three are good ones to build on. So I open the floor to all of you. Are my opening steps ones that move in the right direction? What would you add or take away? Do you have a better plan than this one for getting our country back?

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Comments

  1. reforming attitude will take a long process..change does not happen overnight

  2. I do agree with you and I am already starting. I even received letters from my representatives for expressing my concerns over this stimulus. Granted these were form letters but they still had to acknowledge me. I talk to everyone I can. Whenever I hear anybody express an opinion about the government, that is my cue to enter the discussion. The one thing I have noticed though is that some will think of you as a “fear monger”. You have to explain to them that you are not trying to instill fear, you are trying to inform and invite them to check the facts for themselves. I explain that an informed mind is not in fear. We all need to stand up and speak in one loud and clear voice that we have had enough of this. The time for career politicians is over. If you wish to serve in the government, you will remember that it is service to the people, and not a ticket to the easy life. I served in the U.S. Air Force and am proud to say I did. That is the way I want all of the people serving the American people in government to feel. “Proud that they served with dignity and integrity.” I don’t know of many, if any at all, who can honestly say that.

    US Weapon, There is something else that has to be thought through. When we take our country back, we have to have a plan to fix all the wrongs and reinstate all our rights under a free society. We cannot go at this half cocked. We need to have solutions and plans that will work. We need to eliminate the ability ot the elected officials to ever repeat this.

    1. Terms limits for all elected officials. ( no more than 2 terms)

    2. Fix the tax code. (Flat tax, of Federal Sales Tax)

    3. No work, no pay. (Support yourself and your family)

    4. Educate our young. (Real education, not biased)

    5. Fix the justice system. (no frivalus lawsuits, no ambulance chasing)

    5a. Fix the judges. (No legislating from the bench. Uphold the law as it is written.)

    6. Reinstate the Bill of Rights. (Every single one!!!)

    7. Enforce immigration law.

    I know this is an endless list, but I think we need some priorities set in place so after we take back our country, we are in a position to start governing emmediately.

    And thank you for supplying us a place to have a meaningful inteligent discussion.

  3. TruthSeeker says:

    IMO our biggest problem is lack of Term Limits for Congress. The longer you are in power, the eaiser it is to become corrupt. If we only allowed 2 terms like the President, I believe we will see a major improvement in Congress. The only way we can get term limits is for the American People to vote on it. The Congress will never self-impose rules against itself.

  4. Samantha215 says:

    I was at foxnews and found your link to here. I like it so far. I am 40 yrs old and have never in my life been interested in politics or even left a comment on a news story until a month ago. I have written my Senator and Rep and Congressman so many times, I am actually getting letters back from them. I try not to let fear enter my conversations with my friends and family. Many of them did not listen to me at first, now several of them are actually calling and emailing their Senator and rep, as they were shocked I was able to even get a form letter back. They all say the same thing “wow, someone is actually listening to us”.
    I will continue to come back to your site and check things out.
    Thank You!

  5. Great post. US Weap. Will link my site to it today, if you don’t mind. I’m sure you are finding the same thing out there- concerned citizens are asking “what can I do?” This is a great first step.

  6. Cooper Corbin says:

    I sat in the Speaker’s chair back when Tip O’Neill occupied it. It’s been 30 years, so I can’t recall a poster.

    Doesn’t an anarchist want to overthrow the government with voilence, only to offer no viable alternative?

  7. Nihilists want to overthrow government (and society, and ???) with violence. Anarchists just do not recognize false “authorities”. Rules; not Rulers.

    There are already term limits. They are called “elections”. No one forces people to keep voting for the same vermin over and over. That they do illustrates a flaw in the system. Passing a new law won’t fix it if the underlying attitudes remain. Why do people keep voting for people, even murderers such as Ted Kennedy, when they have a choice to say “no”? Figure out the answer to that and you may have a chance to counteract it.

  8. Black Flag says:

    This is supposed to be the government by the people and for the people. Washington has lost sight of that. In fact I believe there is actually a poster behind the House Speaker’s chair that says “By the Party, For the Party”

    It is NOT supposed to be a government “of the people, by the people and for the people” – that is what got us in trouble. Lincoln was probably the most cynical and destructive President to the United States in history – with Bush a hair-breath close second.

    He knew exactly what he was saying, and turned the country from a limited consensual entity into a activist interventionalist entity.

    The government was never intended to ‘do’ things for the people – it left that for the people to ‘do’ for themselves.

    It is supposed to be a government “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” to secure their liberty.

    The first, and most important, step for Americans is to get educated and start paying attention to politics.

    The first step is to read the Declaration of Independence, word for word and understand its meaning.

    Or they spend all their time telling you why your efforts are futile because government cannot be controlled.

    The system is self-insulated to prevent systemic changes that you require. In fact, any effort to effect a change only strengthens the system.

    “Whether the mask is labeled Fascism, Democracy, or Dictatorship or the Proletariat, our great adversary remains the Apparatus-the bureaucracy, the police, the military…. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this Apparatus, and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”– The French worker philosopher Simone Weil,1945

    We stand a chance of taking back the government at the local level in a short amount of time. You won’t be elected Senator of your state anytime soon, but you may just be elected to your city council. And once you are there you can begin to effect change. Serve your constituents. Be honest and respectful. Show people like Black Flag that gaining a position in government does not mean that you will be corrupted by power and simply crave more. Find your leaders and help them to get to a position to lead.

    Civic politics is as corrupt as any other – as you point out, most of the creatures in Washington got their start in local city politics.

    However, I do agree – to affect change on the political lives that are most important to you, local politics is by far the most powerful.

    Ignore federal politics like the plague – there is no hope for any of you to gain the necessary credentials of influence to allow you to engage at that level.

    Fedup said
    1. Terms limits for all elected officials. ( no more than 2 terms)

    Bush was in for two terms – look at the amount of damage he did. Long or short makes no difference.

    2. Fix the tax code. (Flat tax, of Federal Sales Tax)

    Taxation is a policy tool, not just an income tool. To enable more political policy, tax codes will become more complex, not less.

    3. No work, no pay. (Support yourself and your family)

    The government requires people to depend on government for its legitimacy. Therefore, more government ‘services’ will be provided, not withdrawn.

    Further, there is no way the programs – entitlements as they are called now – will be withdrawn.
    They are too broad and encompass far too many groups and numbers of people. No matter which one you want to cut, it will financially injure a significant number of the population – large enough to overwhelm your political influence.

    This is by design.

    4. Educate our young. (Real education, not biased)

    A primary purpose of public school is to create citizens loyal to the State. Real Education interferes with blind loyalty.

    5. Fix the justice system. (no frivalus lawsuits, no ambulance chasing)

    Not a real issue – lots of press, but that’s why people do it – to get the press. In reality, few actually make it through.

    5a. Fix the judges. (No legislating from the bench. Uphold the law as it is written.)

    Then we are in real trouble if that happens. Instead, enforce jury nullification rights.

    6. Reinstate the Bill of Rights. (Every single one!!!)

    They never went any where.

    7. Enforce immigration law.

    Immigration made this country.

    It is bizarre to suddenly believe that the problems of this country is caused by immigration.

    Cooper Corbin said
    Doesn’t an anarchist want to overthrow the government with voilence, only to offer no viable alternative?

    No to violence.

    And yes to lots of viable alternatives.

    But, concluding this post, forget about federal politics or trying to change Washington – it is utterly futile and pointless. You’ll never get in, and it is going to fail, and fail badly and destructively anyway.

    If you are going to indulge in tasting the poison of politics, do it locally and stay there. Learn the lessons from history.

    The fall of the Rome Empire destroyed the center from where the projection of violence emanated from for 1,000 years. All of Europe fell into small, self-contained and extremely free (near anarchist) local jurisdictions. Europe prospered … right up until global cooling destroyed agriculture (but that’s another story).

    Thus, preparing for the collapse of the American Empire by establishing political footholds in local entities like towns and cities maybe a reasonable interim step.

  9. Cooper Corbin says:

    anarchist-
    1. a person who advocates or believes in anarchy or anarchism.
    2. a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.
    3. a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom.

    Random House Dictionary

  10. Cooper,

    Yes, common usage has corrupted the meaning of the word. I don’t deny that. But the original meaning is “an=without + archy=king or ruler”. When I speak of “anarchy” this is what I mean; just simnply “without Rulers”. And that is what every anarchist I know advocates.

    The false “anarchists” hate rules, but have no real issue with Rulers; they just want their man to be in charge. So they use their cry of “anarchy!” as an excuse to smash and destroy the current status-quo so that they can install their own system of government (usually a socialistic one). This is not “anarchy” at all, but is chaos.

    If you look, you will find that just about any word in the english language has other meanings that confuse what is really being spoken of here. I am not violent; I do not with to destroy anything as long as it (or “they”) use no aggression against me. If they do I reserve the absolute human right to defend myself however I see fit.

  11. Black Flag says:

    Cooper,

    The root is ‘archy’ – from the Greek “right to rule”

    Thus “demo”-archy- right of the mob to rule
    “Olig”-archy – right of elite to rule
    “Mon”-archy – right of one to rule
    “Theo”-archy – right of religion to rule, etc.

    “An” is Greek for “No”

    An – archy – no right to rule.

    It becomes obvious that all the other “archy” compete with each other to determine who should rule – but unite against anyone who says that none of them hold such a right.

    Thus, the other “archy” constantly re-define anarchy to be confusion and violence – to scare the people into the arms of some tyranny’s protection – and away from the pure form of self-rule – Individual sovereignty.

  12. Black Flag says:

    You have two ‘real’ anarchists here in myself and Kent – I know of no other vocal ones on this blog.

    And 100% of the anarchists here, by example, completely renounce violence as a means to political change.

    Kent has offered links to the ZAP site, and I have consistently and vocally repulsed any suggestion to use violence to enact any change.

    • BlackFlag said “You have two ‘real’ anarchists here in myself and Kent – I know of no other vocal ones on this blog. And 100% of the anarchists here, by example, completely renounce violence as a means to political change.”

      That I will freely admit. You are consistent in that message and that gains you credibility in my book. My only problem is that you also are quite clear that without the violence, we have no chance at political change. I disagree completely.

  13. Black Flag says:

    A bit of humor….

  14. Washington warned about political parties. Maybe that is most of the problem.
    Research GOOOH.

    Get
    Out
    Of
    Our
    House

    I don’t have an answer on how they control us through the media. I think that may be the biggest obstacle.

  15. Black Flag says:

    My only problem is that you also are quite clear that without the violence, we have no chance at political change. I disagree completely

    I am unclear from where you’ve derived this opinion.

    I, personally, have stated that ignoring the beast will destroy it.

    Further, I have explicitly stated that any violence against the government will only empower it – which reading your latest comment, is not your goal either.

    • I have derived this opinion from your statements that the only way to fight for change in government is with violence, which the government has a monopoly on so we are screwed. You are correct that I want to take significant power away from the government. I do not believe that ignoring it will make that happen. Ignoring a bear intent on mauling you won’t make him stop. But if you have the ability to throw a cage around that bear, you can keep him from harming you. I want to use the power granted to the people in the constitution to put government in a cage. A tiny one. And only let him out when some other nation comes looking for a fight.

  16. I don’t believe the system is corrupt because the “wrong people” are running it, but because the system itself is the problem. I understand that you do not believe this. It isn’t OK to tell people how to live their lives as long as they are harming no one but themselves (or those who unjustly attack them). It doesn’t matter if a constitution makes it “legal” nor does it matter if a majority vote to do it.

    The government’s monopoly on “legal” violence is what prevents us from “legally” defending ourselves from predation by its agents; it has nothing to do with ultimately defeating the government as a whole. That is still best accomplished by ignoring the government when you can, and civil disobedience when you can’t. The rug needs to be pulled out from under the parasites who think they own us; the rug doesn’t need to be vaccuumed. Cooperation and “working within the system” (as defined by the government itself) can’t change the government. “Laws” have been passed and the Constitution has been interpreted to ensure the outcome that those who run the government want. And those people are not necessarily those who are up for election.

    If the bear is intent on mauling you, why do you insist on keeping him around and being forced to feed him, clean out his cage, and risk his escape? You admit that “the bear” IS intent on mauling us all. If the bear is that bad it may be time to make a rug.

  17. Cooper Corbin says:

    Kent & BF,
    Your definition clarification was helpful, thank you.

    Kent, you mentioned you were in favor of viable alternatives. I would like to hear your thoughts on what you believe those might be.

    BF, you seem to think change is impossible through the current system, and that personal involvement in that same system may not be the best use of our time. How do you propose we answer the question, “How do we get there from here?”

  18. I think there are always alternatives, but that one size does not fit all. Therefore I can only relate what works for me. Would you consider my choices to be viable alternatives? I can’t answer that. You may have to find your own way.

    First off, I follow Robert A. Heinlein’s words: “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.”

    That means accepting the consequences, too, even if those consequences are dealt out by a corrupt system. I may fight back against unjust consequences, depending on many factors, since I have no desire to be a martyr. My conscience means more to me than the approval of the state or of the general population.

    This means that while I don’t steal or attack anyone, I may not always do everything “the legal way”… at least if it is a ethical problem for me. Or sometimes if I just find it an amusing challenge or diversion. I certainly don’t feel guilty for violating government edicts that have no basis in reality. I don’t obsess over “laws” that are being passed, but I will state my objection and my reasons for objecting if someone asks.

    It is usually extremely easy to know which “laws” I oppose and why even without asking me. Does the “law” attempt to control, forbid, or regulate something other than initiated force or fraud/theft? Then it is what I refer to as a “counterfeit law” and I will be opposed to it. Does the “law” allow someone to take some morally objectionable action against fellow humans? Same response from me. And I also believe that what is wrong for me to go out on my own to do is still just as wrong for someone with a title or badge to go out and do. If it is wrong for me to go to your house at 3AM, kick in the door, shoot your dogs, and ransack your home looking for dried leaves or unapproved medicinal chemicals, then it is also wrong for a group of guys with badges to do it.

    I will engage in political debate even though I think it is often similar to debating whether it is better to be hanged slowly or raped to death. I realize that most people don’t yet see it like that. At one time, neither did I.

    And lastly, I am willing to work with ANYONE as long as they are moving in my general direction of more liberty. It is way too soon to be fighting over how much liberty is enough. Lets get rid of the big freedom killers first and worry about the details later. If you get all the liberty you want, and decide to stop fighting for it, I will be glad to bid you farewell and keep on towards my destination of ALL rights for EVERYONE, everywhere for ALL times. Who knows, by that time you may decide you want just a little more and go a bit farther with me.

    • And for taking that position Kent, I thank you. Who knows, perhaps if we can get to where I want to go, I will want to go further. But the key is that we have to stop bickering over the small stuff and take action on the things that we all agree have to happen.

  19. MadasHellToo says:

    Great and informative posts.
    I believe that I may be able to find the party that I need to support here.
    I am now committed to reading and learning more about the Federalists, as well as all that our Constitution has to say.
    Thanks

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