By: Tom Chatham
With all of the discontent with the establishment in Washington, this should be a time to reflect on the type of government we have and why it works the way it does. We should also reflect on the reasons our government is set up the way it is. Far too many people have abdicated their power and let the government run free of the constraints initially placed on it and we are now paying the price for that lapse of judgment. A young child may not understand or care about the repercussions of health and tooth decay and when allowed to run free in a candy store can do a great deal of damage to himself if it is allowed to continue every day for years. These repercussions will be felt by the child over time but will also exact a price from the parent in medical costs and disrespect to authority over time. We as a country have let the public servants run free for so long that they now consider it their right to do as they please and we will have to pay the price for it.
Our nation was set up with checks and balances to insure no one branch would get out of control. Each branch, Executive, Judicial and Legislative, acts as a regulator on the other branches and stops any blatant abuses of power before they cause irreparable harm to the nation. At least that is how it is supposed to work. But, what happens when the three established branches of government are all corrupted and act in unison to usurp power and take actions that will ultimately cause great harm to the nation and its people?
A free press has been considered the forth branch of government because it has the power derived from the First Amendment, to illuminate government abuses and act as a call to arms for the citizens to utilize their First Amendment rights to restore order to the three branches. Through the use of the freedom of the press, the press can act as the collective voice of the country and demand change. In a perfect world, the government servants would succumb to the overwhelming vocal opposition of the press and adjust accordingly but what happens if they ignore the press or worse, the press becomes infected with the same disregard for rule of law as the government? When the first four branches fail, it is incumbent on the fifth and final branch to make the necessary corrective action.
A free citizenry is the fifth branch of government and utilizing the freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble, can exert coercive force on the government to keep it in line with the founding principles. These are the peaceful actions that a populace can take to reign in government abuses and restore law and order to government operations. The population can make known their grievances with their elected representatives and threaten to replace these persons in an upcoming election if they fail to comply with the will of the voters. This is how the Republic functions in normal times, but we are no longer living in normal times.
When the citizens express their discontent with unresponsive elected officials they are now offered a choice of two or three candidates selected by the establishment. When they seek to address their grievances with the court, it usually sides with the government. When new laws are enacted, they now favor large banks and corporations rather than the taxpayers. The media has been indoctrinated into the government fold and to a large degree repeats the government propaganda. The government has even resorted to establishing areas where free speech and protesting is no longer allowed all in an effort to eliminate the coercive effects of the population.
When the citizenry fail to coerce the government by all peaceful means, it falls to the final option relegated to the citizens of a free state, and the Second Amendment is invoked against the government. This is the one and only meaning of the Second Amendment which is much maligned in the press and by the government. It is the final means by which a populace can regain control of an oppressive government that has abused its power and uses excessive force against the population. When a government decrees that it can detain and imprison citizens without charges or trial, spy on private communications without cause, restrict movement of wealth and citizens, treat the traveling public like criminals and debase the nations currency, it has proven itself to be an impediment to freedom and must be removed by the fifth branch of government utilizing the Second Amendment and final option.
This is not an option to be taken lightly by the population but will become necessary at some point if trends continue along the current path. The fifth branch of government is the final arbiter in the maintenance of liberty and freedom. It is for these reasons that an oppressive government must restrict or eliminate arms from public hands in order to carry out oppression to its natural ends in the form of a total police state where there are no rights for citizens who are ruled by an oligarchy. Many of those who are repulsed by the former exercise of slavery are now unknowingly selling themselves and their progeny into that very thing with total ignorance.
The fifth branch of government and our Second Amendment rights are the only things standing between a free and prosperous nation and a poverty stricken third world nation with a dictatorship. History can be a harsh teacher. For those who fail to learn history, the future can be a menacing and tragic place to live.
By: Tom Chatham
There are those in the world that think capitalism and free markets are the root of all evil and have an agenda to destroy these things. They ignore the facts of history that prove socialism does not work and free markets are the key to prosperity. They ignore the prosperity achieved in the U.S. when government stays out of the way. These people have an agenda and have sought the highest offices in the land to make their delusions come true. We are seeing this tragedy play out today in real time and little notice is paid by the population. The enslavement of a country can be achieved in three easy steps.
Destroy the ability of people to be independent
An independent man is a free man. When a person is capable of caring for themselves and their family, they are harder to control and coerce. The ruling authority must make everyone dependent on the state to gain complete control of their actions. A person must be denied the ability to produce food. Food can be used as a weapon against people who do not comply to cause obedience or suffering. The inability to travel will limit the ability to be independent. This will limit the ability to access resources and trade with others. The control of movement will control the movement of resources. The ability to provide self help for medical needs will limit the states ability to coerce persons. The state is currently engaged in a program of controlled medical care, forced vaccinations of individuals and the destruction of medicinal cures and vitamin supplements they cannot control.
The ability to be independent is attacked in three primary areas.
1) Freedom of food production
2) Freedom of movement
3) Freedom of medical care
Disarm the population to prevent dissent
The elimination of all tools that a population can use to resist an aggressive state must be eliminated to maintain control. The ability to speak out against the state limits the effectiveness of unbridled use of propaganda against the populace. The current declaration of anti-free speech zones and the co-opting of mainstream media outlets are the first steps in control of information. The current attempts to control the internet and voice communications are but the latest attempts at controlling free speech.
The ability of the population to actively fight back against the state must be eliminated to insure compliance with all state directives. The demonisation of protesters and their classification as potential terrorists seeks to silence any dissent against the status quo.
The lack of uncensored communications prevents the coordination of anti government actions to disrupt or disable state functions. The disabling of voice and text media during demonstrations and protests is the attempt to disable coordinated efforts against the state.
The need to disarm citizens is the last stage of control to insure the population cannot fight back with sufficient force to counteract government actions. Propaganda and false flag attacks can be used effectively as a pretext for disarmament of the population under the guise of security and safety. The demonisation of those in society with the training and weapons that can effectively buttress the state must be neutralized by any means possible.
Disarmament of the population can be achieved by controlling three primary areas.
1) Freedom of speech
2) Freedom of arms
3) Freedom of communications and knowledge
Take control of all property
The ability to control all property within the states sphere of influence will enable complete control of the population through lack of privacy and ability to control all materials that can be used against the state. The use of laws and regulations to restrict the use of privately owned land and control of what structures can be built will limit the abilities of the property owner. The destruction of the monetary base and the systematic impoverishment of the population can assure the lack of ownership of property. The destruction of businesses through laws, regulations, taxes and the destruction of the economy allows the state to gain control of resource allocation. The control of banking and the destruction of the currency units insures the population will not have the financial means to resist the state. The confiscation and destruction of savings and retirement accounts will insure dependence on the state for basic needs.
Control of property can be identified in three primary areas.
1) Freedom to own property
2) Freedom to own a business
3) Freedom to amass wealth
The ability of a person to own property, defend themselves, conduct business, provide their own basic needs and store wealth in a form government cannot destroy is the epitome of a free and independent person. The free and independent person is a threat to the sociopaths that frequently rise to power in government. It is these people that government officials filled with delusions of grandeur must destroy or ultimately control to fulfill their agenda. Once a freedom is lost, it is difficult if not impossible to get it back. The lack of eternal vigilance can exact a heavy toll in liberty and prosperity.