Monday, August 10, 2009

Our Criminal Government

Americans once believed that, "men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." We once believed, like St. Peter, that the law stands apart from government—that the legally authorized government can act lawlessly. We have lost this understanding of law and human rights. Instead, we have given up ground to the pagan notion that rights are instead given to people by the government. This idea turns the state into a god. This is idolatry and must be exposed and condemned by the Christian.

In surrendering this ground to the pagan statists, we have surrendered our rights. When rights are granted by the state and not God, they may be revoked at the will of the state. This is happening now and has been for a long time. What we are seeing now is the mad rush of pagan statists to grab new powers over its people all in the name of equality and rights. Healthcare they say is a right—but at what cost? A right, such as the right to affordable health care is only possible when the health provider is forced to treat a patient at the "just price." This is not freedom, it is slavery. This is not free trade, but coercion.

I contend that we are captive to a criminal government. While many will perceive this statement as inflammatory, I think most would be surprised that St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, may be my intellectual ally. St. Augustine writes in City of God,

"Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, "What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor."

Augustine begins this criticism of government with the caveat, "Justice being taken away…" This of course is an important condition for his statement, but one can easily see that our government is regularly in the position not only of denying justice but of practicing injustice. One may ask why American citizens have continued to grant the federal government its power. We all know that, "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Our government is only able to persist because enough people allow it to persist. During the time of the Revolutionary War, a critical mass of people was reached that agreed that the British Government was guilty of enough oppression that it was time for a new government.

Americans have been naïve enough to believe that a new president or new majority in congress will restore justice and right government, but as it is said, "the more things change, the more they remain the same."

Most of us have seen enough mafia movies to be familiar with the scenes where the mafia thugs walk into the corner store and offer the owner a "deal that he can't refuse" offering protection for a fee. It is my contention that this scenario is not all that unlike the Faustian bargain that we make when we pay our taxes. Both are done with threat of violence, the mafia thug will punish you for not accepting their generous offer, and the government will imprison you for refusing their generous offer. Both of course will be pacified if you accept the deal, at least until they need more money, at which point you must choose to continue playing their game.

Reflect upon these things. Do not be deceived into thinking that the government is your friend. How much have you given to the government in time, money, or blood? What has it ever done for your benefit? What has it taken away in the name of remuneration? What has it done in your name? What is it about to do "for your good?"

This is a criminal government and ought to be treated as such. The men and women of our government ought to be treated with contempt. What are you going to do about it? Are you willing to cease paying tax dollars to this criminal enterprise? Have you thought about seceding from the union? Are you willing to shout down your congressman or senator for their complicity in oppressing us? The time for thinking about these matters is at hand. The time to act upon them may arrive in the near future.

If your answers are no to these questions, re-read the Declaration of Independence and ponder the long train of abuses listed and reflect upon the contemporary abuses of our government.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, "…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

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