The Lesson Of COVID-19: Life Ain’t For Wimps

Life ain’t for wimps.  Thus did my congenitally-stoic, depression-era born mother counsel her eight kids.  Over the ensuing decades, I came to recognize the profound wisdom of this simple, timeless truth.  Experience taught me that every life is replete with hazards, some of them benign, obvious and easily avoidable, others deadly, terrifying and unseen.  Risk and chance, I came to realize, are inherent in our every breath and every step.  No amount of self-delusion would alter the inescapable fact that, in due course, death comes to us all.  This is reality.  This is The Human Condition.

The Coronavirus-related fear and hysteria permeating society are a byproduct of a nonsensical notion that has insinuated itself into America’s touchy-feely, post-rational culture during the past half-century.   At the heart of this notion is the mindless delusion that “you can have it all”–a perfect life with a perfect soulmate, a perfect job, and perfect health–at the low, low cost of surrendering our essential freedoms to an omnipotent, coercive government.  Far too many of us–particularly those with the most formal education but least common sense–have foolishly fallen for this illusory promise of government-provided, cradle-to-grave protection.

By way of comparison, once upon a time in America, virtually every sentient man, woman and child above the age of reason understood that no one gets it all.  Not in this life, anyway.  We knew that trade-offs were the rule, not the exception.  Above all, we knew that no life is without pain and sorrow, just as no life is without joy and peace.  In that earlier age, only a fool believed otherwise.

In the here and now, however, our collective gullibility has emboldened a cabal of self-serving politicians, social-engineering bureaucrats, and lifetime-tenured lawyers posing as impartial judges to implement utopian schemes to create heaven on earth through unprecedented regulation of our businesses, churches, schools and other private sanctuaries historically deemed off-limits to government.  The jury is still out on the relative benefits versus the as-yet-unknown costs of these policies.  What has already become crystal clear is that they have dangerously swollen the power of our national and state governments while simultaneously atrophying the rare and precious, God-given rights of 330 million citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Mistakes have been made in our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is understandable.  It is even pardonable.  What would be unpardonable, however, is our failure to learn a vital lesson which our wiser ancestors applied throughout their own lives and took pains to pass along to every succeeding generation.  That lesson?  Quite simply:  Freedom requires courage, but cowardice guarantees servitude.

Of one thing we can be certain.  Without a critical mass of courageous, liberty-loving citizens willing to withhold our consent from our lawless political masters in Washington, D.C., “government of the people, by the people, for the people” will very soon perish from the earth.

Lest there be any misunderstanding, what’s needed to prevent this tragic outcome is not a revolution to overthrow the federal government.  What’s needed is a non-violent restoration of the nation’s founding principle of limited consensual government.  Only in taking on this herculean task can we the people ensure America’s survival for future generations as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around” (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

Ballot Harvesting, Voting By Mail And Other Sinister Socialist Schemes

Progressives and socialists have very nearly succeeded in their decades-long strategy of engineering the decline and fall of our democratic republic.  Aided by well-intentioned but naively-utopian social justice warriors since the 1960s, these leftists have utilized lifetime-tenured, hyper-politicized lawyers posing as impartial judges to impose their collectivist agenda upon our beloved nation.  In addition, they have used unconstitutional administrative agencies infested with swarms of unaccountable bureaucrats to lawlessly seize control of our homes, churches, schools, private businesses and other personal sanctuaries historically deemed off-limits to the federal government.

Ballot harvesting and voting by mail are just two more fraudulent tactics employed to advance their agenda by destroying the integrity of the electoral process.  Without honest elections, they are well aware, America’s founding principle of limited, consensual government cannot exist.  By these additional means, they hope to complete their scheme to fundamentally transform the U.S. Constitution from a security pact among the sovereign states and their citizens into an instrument of surrender to an unconstrained, coercive federal government.

Preventing this abomination will require the rise of a grassroots movement of non-violent, non-partisan, liberty-loving citizen CEOs (Constitution Enforcement Officers) dedicated to disempowering our lawless, wannabe ruling class in Washington, D.C.  Those of us who oppose these outlaws must base our actions upon the principle that, by rendering null and void the SOLE source of their just powers (i.e. the Constitution of the United States of America), they have forfeited their legitimate authority over us.

Of one thing we can be certain.  Government of the people, by the people, for the people will surely perish from the earth if we do not force them back within their original, strict constitutional constraints.  Only if we succeed in doing so will America survive for future generations as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around” (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

A Very Poor Foundation For Liberty

Self-deception is a very poor foundation for liberty.  Beginning this very day, we the people of the United States must open our eyes to the plain truth that our democratic republic lies in ruin.  We must admit to ourselves that its essential structural supports, the rule of law and the founding principle of limited government, no longer exist.

In hindsight, we should have been tipped off that saboteurs were chipping away at these supports when, a decade ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded “are you kidding?” when asked where Congress derived its authority to control the life and death healthcare decisions of 320 million Americans.  We should have realized they had completed their mission when, on June 28, 2012, a gang of five, hyper-politicized lawyers–posing as impartial justices–proclaimed that the Affordable Care Act passed constitutional muster by virtue of the federal government’s taxing power.

Henceforth, I was convinced, June 28, 2012 would go down in infamy as “the day the rule of law died” in America.  Regrettably, my assumption has yet to be validated, despite the fact that the deceased’s corpse has been desecrated time and time again, most recently by the weaponization of federal law enforcement, intelligence and tax-collecting agencies for use against law-abiding citizens.

Let there be no mistake.  The saboteurs have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.  They have accomplished the impossible by fundamentally transforming our Constitution from a security pact among the sovereign states and their citizens into an instrument of surrender to an unconstrained, coercive federal government.

With each passing day, ever more Americans are awaking to the realization that ours is no longer “a government of laws, not of men.”  The fearsome phrase “under penalty of federal law,” we are coming to realize, is rendered effective only because it implicitly contains every tyrant’s three favorite words:  “I say so!”

The situation is dire, yes.  But the news is not all bad.  The saboteurs have unknowingly inflicted a mortal wound upon themselves.  They have done so by rendering null and void the SOLE source of their just powers, the U.S. Constitution.  In doing so, they have forfeited their legitimate authority over we the people of the United States of America.

Only one question remains:  What are we prepared to do about it?  Time will tell if a sufficient number of non-violent, liberty-loving citizens have the courage to force our wannabe political masters in Washington, D.C. back within their original, strict constitutional constraints.

Only in doing so can we restore the rule of law and the founding principle of limited, consensual government.  Only in doing so can we assure America’s survival for future generations as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around” (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

 

 

The Fallacy Of Government-Funded Computer Models And “Scientific” Studies

With each passing day, more and more people are catching on to a familiar pattern with government-funded computer models and “scientific” studies.  Typically introduced with great solemnity and media fanfare–as if they were inscribed on stone tablets by God Almighty–they always seem to use fake data to create worst case scenarios allegedly reflecting likely, future realities.  Hysteria, not rational thought, are their stock-in-trade.  Their ultimate goal is the creation of an omnipotent, coercive government in Washington, D.C.

Examples abound of this phenomenon.  Think of the hyper-politicized studies produced by bought-and-paid-for “experts” which foretold the near extinction of all humanity from HIV/AIDS during the 1980s and ’90s (no joke–look it up).  Think of the computer programs which continually predict the end of the world as we know it from anthropomorphic global warming.  Think of the climatological software which regularly posit the potential of every weak tropical depression to become a catastrophically-destructive Category 5 hurricane.

It is no coincidence that these deceptions are treated as irrefutable evidence of the desperate need for empowering government to control our lives, homes, churches, schools and private businesses  Only the federal government, we are warned, can save us from the apocalypse du jour.

All too often, we have foolishly fallen for these hoaxes.  We have remained passive while relinquishing ever more control over our lives to an arrogant, clueless political class which couldn’t run the proverbial lemonade stand or prepare a box lunch if their lives depended upon it.

Of one thing we can be certain.  The cures proposed by self-serving politicians and unaccountable, social-engineering bureaucrats will always be worse than any real or imagined disease.

My fervent prayer is that those well-meaning but gullible citizens who reflexively put their trust in this wannabe elite will ignore their fear-mongering media allies, take a deep breath, and ask themselves why “we’re from the government and we’re here to help” are perennially recognized as the scariest nine words in any language.  I further pray they will ask themselves why, despite failure after failure, disaster after disaster, government programs are never proclaimed to be the mistakes that they so obviously are.  Lastly, I pray they will acquire the wisdom and courage to demand of our government the humility needed to fundamentally transform its approach to problem solving from “if it ain’t broke, fix it till it is” to “first do no harm.”

In time such simple acts of independent thought will, I am confident, catalyze an irresistible movement to restore the rule of law and limited, consensual government to our beloved nation.  Only a clear-thinking, liberty-loving citizenry can ensure that “government of the people, by the people, for the people” never perishes from the earth (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

America’s Future: A Shining City On A Hill Or A Socialist Hellhole?

In literature, the crisis is the moment when action by the story’s protagonist can alter its conclusion.  The crisis is the turning point.  Its resolution determines whether the story ends in “and they all lived happily after” or in desolation, despair and death.  America, it would seem, has reached this decisive moment in its history.

From the very beginning, our nation’s story centered on the relationship between the federal government, the state governments, and their citizens.  A recurrent theme was first introduced by James Madison when he declared that “if Men were angels, no government would be necessary.”  He qualified his related admission that no civilization can exist without government, however, by insisting that government power must be widely distributed and strictly limited, because “angels do not govern men.”

Madison’s propositions were inherent in Thomas Jefferson’s observation that “the best kind of Government is one that governs least.”  In 1787, these founding principles were codified in a written constitution which secured the blessings of liberty for succeeding generations of Americans for nearly two centuries.

The story of America took a regrettable plot turn in the mid-1960s.  It was caused by a cabal of self-serving politicians and social-engineering bureaucrats who had become infected–metaphorically speaking–by the same, deadly OCG (Omnipotent, Centralized Government) virus which had killed hundreds of millions during the 20th century.  Under their influence, the federal government grew morbidly obese and increasingly dysfunctional.  Its swarms of agents assumed ever more control over the personal sanctuaries where we the people, as individuals, had historically sought our own happiness free from government interference.

Prolonged exposure to the OCG virus has ravaged our cultural immune system.  Its toxic effects have included a protracted epidemic of failed marriages, broken families, confused and drugged children, dumbed-down schools, and myriad other social calamities.  Truly, an existential crisis is at hand for our beloved nation.

If we are to prevent the imminent demise of America, liberty-loving citizens must open our eyes to the fact that our nation is in critical condition.  In this regard, we must dedicate ourselves to eliminating every vestige of the OCG virus from our environment.  To accomplish this goal, we must first wrest back control of our families, churches, schools and private businesses from our wannabe political masters in Washington, D.C.  Next, we must force these civil “servants” back within their original, strict constitutional constraints.  Only in doing so can we restore the founding principles of individual liberty, the rule of law, and limited, consensual government to America.

The good news is that we still hold the future in our hands.  Nothing is written.  Yet.  On our present, suicidal course, however, the story of America will surely end in tragedy.  If this is its fate, future generations will rightfully curse us for having bequeathed to them a worthless wasteland.

If we are to prevent this outcome, we must have the courage to compel our illegitimate federal government to return to the course originally set by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.  Should we succeed in doing so, we may yet warrant the thanks of our descendants for preserving their inheritance as a shining city on a hill, not a joyless, soulless socialist hellhole.

America’s Lethal Pathogens: Novel Coronavirus And Progressivism

The lethality of the novel coronavirus has been greatly exaggerated since its first documented appearance in America in the winter of 2020.  The lethality of progressivism, on the other hand, has been continuously down-played for the past half-century, despite the fact that it dwarfs the coronavirus in its destructiveness.

By way of clarification, the novel coronavirus is known to be a highly-infectious, pathogenic microorganism.  It functions by viciously attacking its victims’ lungs, occasionally with fatal consequences among a demographic characterized by advanced age, obesity and/or compromised immune systems.

The historical record establishes beyond any doubt that the progressive virus has been highly toxic to individual liberty, wealth creation, and social harmony since its initial outbreak during the first and second decades of the 20th century.  Among its earliest, pernicious effects were the implementation by President Woodrow Wilson of dictatorial policies criminalizing speech critical of the national government, re-segregating the federal civil service, and forcibly sterilizing “inferior” races.

The “progressive” disease has severely compromised our nation’s cultural immune system.  Its harmful consequences include protracted epidemics of failed marriages, broken families, drugged and confused children, dumbed-down schools, and fake religions preaching secular salvation for worshippers at the altar of the religion of the state.

The plague of progressivism has all but destroyed the rule of law and the founding principle of limited, consensual government in America.  The leftist saboteurs responsible for its transmission have thereby transformed our Constitution from a security pact among the sovereign states and their citizens into an instrument of surrender to an omnipotent, coercive federal government.

In doing so, they have rendered null and void the SOLE source of that government’s legitimate authority over we the people of the United States.  Under comparable circumstances nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago, our nation’s Founding Fathers declared their independence from a Great Britain whose tyrannical king, George III, had similarly forfeited his authority by committing a “long Train of Abuses and Usurpations” of their God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With regard to the future of the novel coronavirus, I have no doubt that a vaccine and effective cures will be discovered in due course.  In the interim, some will succumb to it, but most will survive to resume their former lives.  By way of caveat, my optimism is predicated upon the assumption that the scientists and other experts working on these remedies do not become corrupted by federal funding and sell-out to the self-serving politicians and social-engineering bureaucrats infesting Washington, D.C.

Just as with the coronavirus pandemic, action is required NOW if our beloved nation is to be saved from the ravages of progressivism.  What’s needed is a non-violent, non-partisan, grassroots movement of liberty-loving, citizen CEOs (Constitution Enforcement Officers) with the courage to force our wannabe political masters back within their original, strict constitutional constraints.

Only in doing so will we restore the rule of law and limited, consensual government to America.  Only in doing so can we ensure America’s survival for future  generations as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around” (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

The Coronavirus, Limited Government And Freedom

As a 70-year-old retiree with hypertension, I am squarely in the figurative cross-hairs of the Coronavirus.  Despite being among its most vulnerable targets, however, I am much less fearful of this threat than I am of the swarms of self-serving politicians infesting our nation’s capital.

The reason is simple.  These arrogant, but clueless, members of what Mark Twain aptly labeled America’s “only distinctly native criminal class” have a well-established track record of inciting public hysteria.  Moreover, they have repeatedly demonstrated a propensity for using “lies, damned lies and statistics” to satisfy their obsession with controlling every aspect of our private lives.  For these reasons, liberty-loving Americans everywhere must dedicate ourselves to thwarting the anti-democratic ambitions of our wannabe masters in Washington, D.C.

Quite simply, it is incumbent upon we the people of the United States to take action to prevent them from creating the type of omnipotent, coercive government which so tragically plagued the 20th Century.  Only in doing so can we ensure America’s survival as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around.”

While engaged in this rescue mission, we must be ever mindful that the nine scariest words in any language still remain “we’re from the government and we’re here to help.”  In addition, we must resolve to ignore the dictates of unaccountable bureaucrats and to rely, instead, on simple common sense and the wisdom of the ages for guidance in going about our daily lives.

Perhaps most importantly, we must never forget that freedom requires faith and courage, whereas despair and cowardice guarantee servitude.  In the end, as with all of life’s perennial vicissitudes, we must trust that–in time–“this [virus], too, shall pass.”