by Ed Hohmann
"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily
win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory
will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when
you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only
a precarious chance for survival.
There may be a worse case.
You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because
it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
- Winston Churchill
In 1776, the American colonies fought a bloody Revolutionary War
to win their freedom from the English crown. The brave men and women
who rose in rebellion against their own government well knew the
price of throwing off the yoke of slavery when the odds were against
them. They understood how precious and precarious freedom really
is. The Founding Fathers spent the years immediately following the
American Revolution carefully crafting a form of government for
their new country that would, to the best of their ability, ensure
freedom from tyranny for their descendants.
With the smell of gunpowder and the taste of blood still fresh
in their memory, the Founders stressed the importance of remaining
ever vigilant to prevent even the slightest encroachment on America's
new freedom. They knew that the major threat to that freedom would
be the new American government itself, the very one that they were
creating. Repeatedly, the Founders warned that the battle to preserve
their hard-won freedom would be a continuous one, as that freedom
would always be under attack from those who want to rule the rest
Unfortunately, the history of America since the current Constitution
and Bill of Rights were written has been that of a relentless, continuous
erosion of the freedom guaranteed in those documents. As memories
of the Revolution dimmed, Americans took their freedom more and
more for granted. Rather than something to be jealously guarded,
freedom came to be thought of as an American birthright; as something
that other nations may never know, but Americans will always have.
When America was young, a wary and vigilant population held their
government strictly in check. Because of their watchfulness, the
American government appeared benign, so that generation after generation
grew up without it being a threat to their freedom. Foreign governments
might be oppressive, but America had the best government in the
world. Bad things might happen overseas, but never here. The American
people began to trust their government to such an extent that the
government itself was eventually able to usurp the role of guardian
of liberty! Lulled into a false sense of security, Americans completely
lost sight of the fact that any and all government is inherently
evil. Far from being their guardian of liberty, it is a robber baron,
to whom the American people have handed over their loaded guns and
turned their backs, settling into their easy chairs with a beer
in one hand and a remote control in the other.
The American people ignored the Founding Fathers' advice to avoid
all foreign entanglements. Two World Wars and many smaller ones
were fought under the guise of preserving America's freedom. However,
each and every war in which this nation engaged only served to limit
freedom. By using foreign enemies as a distraction, domestic foes
have repeatedly conned the American public into happily "sacrificing"
some of their freedom in order to "preserve" it.
This incremental destruction of our freedom has resulted in the
gradual enslavement of our nation. Central to this process has been
the creation of a welfare state to eliminate self-reliance, and
a police state to monitor the entire population and ensure their
absolute obedience. The fundamental American concepts of personal
liberty and individual independence are a thing of the past. Americans
are no longer in control of their government; the government is
in control of its people. Most Americans today, though, would argue
that this is the way it should be: the government must have control
over our lives in order to take care of us and keep us safe.
All of the major planks of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto
are currently in place in America, yet most Americans still think
of themselves as free. Meanwhile, both President Bill Clinton and
Texas Governor George W. Bush are on record as saying that Americans
have too much freedom!
Now, in the final days of 1999, the freedom upon which this great
nation was founded is all but gone. A passive population has allowed
the American government to ignore the Constitution and the Bill
of Rights. There was a time when a series of bloodless battles would
have preserved the freedom that was so dearly won by the American
Revolutionaries. That time has passed.
Blood has already been shed at the notorious Ruby Ridge assassinations
and during the Waco massacres. Miraculously, no one was killed in
the recent Seattle police rampage. However, eyewitnesses, including
medical doctors, reported that the police inflicted serious physical
injuries by throwing flash bang grenades and firing rubber bullets
and tear gas canisters directly into their victim’s faces at point
blank range. In Seattle, as at Ruby Ridge and Waco, the targets
included small children, mothers, and elderly people who were peaceful
and threatened no one.
Our country is rapidly resembling the nightmarish future world
depicted in Alex Jones’ prophetic documentary
Police State 2000. When that video was first released
in the summer of 1999, many people could not believe that this was
actual footage of real police state activity right here in America,
with genuine police checkpoints and multinational armed forces being
trained to round up American citizens into concentration camps.
Some of the callers on Alex’s talk shows thought that the cops and
soldiers were paid actors. Nobody thinks so anymore.
The American government is waging war against its own people in
order to keep them subjugated. It is difficult to see how the men
and women of today’s America can regain control of their government
at this late date without further bloodshed. Yet, we must try. The
longer we wait, the greater will be the odds against us, and the
more costly it will become, until at some point we will have to
fight with no hope of victory. Then our only choice will be whether
to perish rather than to live as slaves.