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Abusive Government: The Good Guys Are NOT Coming To Save Us

Abusive Government: The Good Guys Are NOT Coming To Save UsA lot of Americans know that the US government is out of control. Anyone who has cared enough to study the US Constitution even a little knows this. Still, very few of these people are taking any significant action, and largely because of one error: They are waiting for “the good guys” to show up and fix things.

Some think that certain groups of politicians will pull it together and fix things, or that one magnificent politician will ride in to fix things. Others think that certain members of the military will step in and slap the politicians back into line. And, I’m sure there are other variations.

There are several problems with this. I’ll start with the small issues:

  1. It doesn’t happen. A lot of good people have latched on to one grand possibility after another, waiting for a good guy to save the day, and it just doesn’t happen. Thousands of hours of reading, writing and waiting are burned with each new “great light” who comes along with a promise to run the system in the “right” way, and give us liberty and truth. (Or whatever.) Lots of decent folks grab on to one pleasant dream after another, only to end up right back where they started… but poorer in time, energy and finances.
  2. Hope is a scam. It’s a dream of someday, somehow, getting something for nothing. People who hope do not act – they wait for other people to act. Hope is a tool to neuter a natural opposition: they sit and hope, and never act against you. Even the biblical meaning of hope is something more like expectation (or sometimes waiting) than the modern use of hope.
  3. Petitioning an abuser for compassion. The “good guys” are considered to be a few people inside the abusive government. But if the good guys were really good, wouldn’t they have dissociated themselves with an abuser some time ago? By pleading for the good guys to rise up, people are asking one sub-group of the abusers to save them from the rest of the abusers. However, they all work for the same operation; they all get paid out of the same offices; according to the same rulebook. And if the good guys are so willing to turn against their employers, why would they have waited until now?
  4. Movies. We all grew up in the company of movie heroes who rode in at the last minute to save the noble victims. From John Wayne to Star Trek to Bruce Willis, the story line differs little. These are pleasant stories, of course, but cinema is not reality, and hoping for it to become reality is something that we should get over prior to adulthood.

But, as I say, those are the smaller issues. Let’s move on to the serious ones.

The Magic System

A lot of Americans believe that the American “Founders” created a system that automatically fixes itself. They talk about the “balance of powers,” and think that it will always save them from a tyrant. The balanced powers of the US Constitution, however, were trashed within fifteen years and doubly-trashed just a century ago.

In the Constitution, the states balanced the power of the national government (the one now in Washington, DC.) Not only did the states control half of the legislature, but they decided if and how they would implement the edicts of the national government. And that included deciding whether a law was constitutional or not.

This changed in 1803 with the Marbury v. Madison ruling. This ruling – taught as a work of genius in American schools – was a fraud against the US Constitution. In it, the Supreme Court held that they understood the Constitution better than James Madison, the man who wrote it!

But worse than even this, they held – with absolutely no basis – that it was they who would decide what was constitutional or not. The states were tossed aside. Even the sitting President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, called it “a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

Marbury’s Judicial review (the Supremes ruling on constitutionality) merely involves one branch of the national government providing a check on the other branches of the national government. After Marbury, no one could check the national government.

Washington DC was unleashed with Marbury v. Madison. What made it almighty was the 17th Amendment of 1913, which took the powers of the states and transferred them to Washington, by mandating the popular election of senators.

With senators being elected directly by the populace, the states were cut-out of the equation. In their place, political parties gained massive power, and nearly all power was consolidated in the city of Washington.

And so it is today. Washington is an unfettered beast. The system will NOT fix itself; the mechanisms to do that were lost a long time ago.

The Easy Way Out

Standing up against a beast like Washington DC is scary, to be sure. Understandably, not many people want to do such a thing. But if the beast is abusing you, what other choice do you have? You can certainly avoid or evade the beast, but we all know that the beast hurts people it catches avoiding it, so the risk of doing this isn’t zero either.

So, what’s a person to do? They hate their abuse, but outright disobedience would be scary. Unfortunately, many people have come up with a third option: Get someone else to do it for you.

Lots of writers have done this, for example: Write flamboyantly about the abuses people face and stir them to “rise up against the power.” Fairly seldom does the writer take big risks himself – he just stirs up others to do the scary stuff.

Something very similar happens to basically moral people who don’t want to risk pain and suffering: they imagine good guys riding in to save them.

But, as I say, these are genuinely decent people, and they are willing to take smaller risks to help the good guys: They will spend time and money promoting them, and they will even accept name-calling in many cases. They just don’t want to become full-blown rebels and outcasts.

The result of this is predictable: abuse by the political class. If the politicians show them a viable possibility every election cycle, they’ll keep voting their way forever… and the hero never really has to show up.

The Sad Truth

Let’s just say it:

No one is going to ride in and save you.

If you want things to get better, then YOU will have to make them better. YOU will have to stand up and take the arrows, yourself. Liberty, at this stage of human development, requires risk and pain.

I trust that you will remember the end of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount: That it is not those who call upon his name who will be saved, but only those who DO the things he said.

Likewise in this situation, our only hope of salvation lies in DOING.

Paul Rosenberg
Abusive Government: The Good Guys Are NOT Coming To Save Us
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  • Mark Modesti

    Love everything but the last line. Jesus does ride in to save us, even though we don’t always do what He says.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.judd.curtis Ashley Judd Curtis

      The bible is a very long book full of examples of how to act in the face of opposition. But I guess that can all just be scrapped and reduced to on concept: “just call on the name of Christ and he will swoop down and save you.” Faith without works is dead people.

      • Gene Jordan

        How much or how many “works” did the thief on the cross next to Jesus have? He wasn’t baptized, a priest didn’t pray for him, the scriptures don’t list one “work” that this thief could have possibly done while hanging on the cross before he died. Yet Jesus said, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” The works of your hands can’t save you anymore than the faith of your parents or the prayers of a priest.

        • stevegbrown

          The good thief simply suffered in union with Jesus AND he put his faith in him. It wasn’t one or the other. May we all be blessed with such a death.
          Also, didn’t Jesus himself say: “not everyone who cries ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter heaven, but he who does the will of my father.”

          • SpiritSplice

            The will of the genocidal cosmic fascist

          • stevegbrown

            You may want to have an open mind, my friend. Try Lee Strobel’s book on the historic Jesus.

          • SpiritSplice

            You might want to consider that you are the one that needs an open mind. Try reading the counter argument to Strobel’s book http://www.jesuspuzzle.humanists.net/CTVExcerptsIntro.htm

            Secondly, if Jesus was real, this proves none of his claims about himself. Are we really to believe that the “god of love” is the same as the old tribal god Yahweh (the one who ordered children and babies to be hacked to death with swords)?

          • J M

            Without Christ (Yeshua), there is no hope, no salvation, no future, no meaning to life no eternal life no love,etc. Without God there is no objective source of moral reality. Demented atheist leftists of communism murdered more people, their own people, in fact-120 million– than any other ideology in human history because they denied the sanctity of human life, thus went on a mass murdering binge for decades.

        • SpiritSplice

          It’s a story, it didn’t happen, get over it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.eglinton Adrian Eglinton

      Jesus is a myth.

      • Cathy Landolfo

        Prove it! He is real and our calendar follows his birth and death on the cross. What proof do you have my dear friend?

      • http://archive.org/details/antifederalist_0707_librivox The Federal Farmer

        Hey, let’s have a debate about religion! That’s never been done on the internet. You go first.

  • JimBass56

    No He doesn’t. Heaven is not a right, and most people don’t make it there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jo.mccaghren Jo Ann McCaghren

      That is so egotistical, he waits for us all!

      • JimBass56

        It’s not ‘egotistical’, whatever you were trying to mean. He ‘waits’ for the end of time, at which point He will JUDGE all, based on how well we followed His commandments in this life. Some will be rewarded with Heaven, most will be punished with Hell. If you don’t like that you can take it up with Him then.

        • TJ Jones

          When I was a child I thought like a child …, when I became a man, I stopped believing in Fairy Tales.And if God is all powerful, why would he even care if we followed him or not?Furthermore, why do we pick and choose what parts of the bible we follow? We all eat shellfish, but we don’t let strangers rape our wives or daughters like God commands.

          • http://twitter.com/MarkusUSA Markus Johnson

            Same tired old argument about the Covenant with the Jews in the Old Testament. Try READING the Bible rather than remaining completely ignorant.

          • TJ “Rock” Jones

            You’re doing exactly what I was talking about.You dismiss the Old Testament and pick and choose the parts of the Bible you want to interpret literally.Same tired old argument.The BuyBull is what keeps people ignorant.If you want to use the bible as a parable fine, but you’d be better of READING Dr Seuss or Aseop, at least they were consistent and well written.

          • SpiritSplice

            How about the part where it says Yahweh doesn’t change? Or Mr Perfect repents? Or Orders the slaughters of innocent children?

          • http://archive.org/details/antifederalist_0707_librivox The Federal Farmer

            Way to paraphrase a Bible verse! You rock!

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.eglinton Adrian Eglinton

      By the glory of The Gods, Heaven is very much a right, and everyone gets in.

  • Jb777

    …And so people will just lie down and wait for him while being abused by our government…

  • Bob_Robert

    Excellent article.

    Thus the Free State Project. Break out of your comfort zone, come together, ACT.

  • James

    Excellent article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/A-J-MacDonald-Jr/100000560571959 A J MacDonald Jr

    Well said. I’ve been trying to spread the word about a grassroots movement I am organizing and it’s being hard to do. The goal is to get peoples united on common ground issues. Please “Like” our page if you do in fact like it, and please spread the word about our movement. Our only hope is to organize against this tyranny. As things stand now we will all hang separately if we don’t. And we are running out of time.

    See: https://www.facebook.com/makethedreamareality

    See: http://wp.me/PPnn7-x0

    • http://twitter.com/kaltkrieger Cold Warrior
    • http://archive.org/details/antifederalist_0707_librivox The Federal Farmer

      Nope, I don’t like it.
      What exactly do you have against Zionists? You don’t want them to create a Jewish state? You’re like 40 or so years late to be debating that, don’t you think? There is a Jewish state. It’s called Israel. Ever heard of it? Or do you just mean to say everything is the fault of the vast Jewish conspiracy?

  • Mark Harvey aka Snooper

    “…I trust that you will remember the end of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the
    Mount: That it is not those who call upon his name who will be saved,
    but only those who DO the things he said.
    Likewise in this situation, our only hope of salvation lies in DOING…”

    EXACTLY so and this is what I have been preaching/teaching about for almost 40+ years!

  • Dreg Hunter

    Uh, isn’t “ROSENBERG” a jew name? Hmmmmm. http://www.LibertyKennedy.com

    • http://archive.org/details/antifederalist_0707_librivox The Federal Farmer

      Yes, a “jew name”. Hey dregs, we’re raising your rent! Bwahahaha!

  • Forex Rookie

    faith without works is dead

  • http://forumsforjustice.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3997&postcount=13 Forums4Justice

    government is the responsibility of the people; it’s time for, we, he people, to take the proverbial bull by the horns

    • http://archive.org/details/antifederalist_0707_librivox The Federal Farmer

      How exactly?

  • William Finn

    Interesting article. I have a few questions:

    If the Supreme Court should not decide on the constitutionality of legislation, then what is to prevent the passage of unconstitutional laws? Wouldn’t the Constitution be a dead letter without a mechanism to enforce it’s application to legislation?

    Can you explain further your statement that after Marbury, no one could question the government? Isn’t that exactly what Dr. King was doing during the Civil Rights movement?

    It also seems strange to me to say that the popular election of senators cut out the States and handed power to the parties. Seems to me that party power was directly responsible for the appointment of senators pre-17th amendment.
    Other commenters: please refrain from abusing me just for asking for additional clarity.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.eglinton Adrian Eglinton

      The thing is, our Supreme Court ignores the Constitution. It is the “current opinion” that matters, and not the original meaning. That has far reaching implications that serve no citizen, save the “legal entities” known as Corporations (the ones that control the Supreme Court, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the Congress, the President, etc.). Alas, ONLY the corporations matter any more. Us citizens are in the way if we complain.

      • William Finn

        Yes, I agree with you, but without any kind of review, could we be assured that legislation would obey constitutional limits at all? Could we possibly expect legislators to do a better job than judges in reviewing their bills and “pre-screen” (for lack of better term) them for constitutionality? I am skeptical that we could.

        I am inclined to agree with the Great Justice and allow for what he claimed in Marbury. Further insight from you, Adrian, or other commenters would be appreciated.

        • therealguyfaux

          One labors in vain to figure out what Art 6 (the Supremacy clause) means when it talks about the Constitution and federal laws passed in pursuance, if there’s no mechanism for declaring when a law ain’t in pursuance, ferheavensakes! Somebody’s got to call the fouls here! There’s also a minor technicality called the 14th Amendment, which extends the protections of life, liberty and property and equal protection to be able to counteract actions of the individual States against their citizens, which appears to follow from the main text of the Constitution in which the Feds are empowered to guarantee a republican (i.e., a democratically-elected checks-and-balances independent- judiciary) form of government to the several states. All this nonsense in the article is just so much hokum with no substance, meant as a snare for the unwary who obviously need to study the subject and not rely on their basically good and correct intuitions about the corrupt uses Federal power has been put to over the years– which must be combatted, to be sure, but not in any way the author suggests. Paul Rosenberg is either a fool or a scoundrel, and his invoking Jesus at the end inclines me to belief in the latter proposition.

          • http://archive.org/details/antifederalist_0707_librivox The Federal Farmer

            The federal constitution was a bad idea. The anti-federalists warned “us” but we wouldn’t listen. And we still aren’t listening. There’s no fixing it.

          • MarEng

            Be careful – the 14th Amendment was ratified at a time when many of the States were still under occupation (reconstruction) government. To say that is was ‘freely’ adopted is a real stretch. Also, the 14th Amendment goes against much of what the framers believed. The States were never meant to be made the same – the were to be free and separate entities contracting with a central government for few and limited services.

            While Congressmen were intended to be popularly elected Senators were to be appointed by the States. This is for at least two reasons – the Senate creates Treaty’s which bind States and it gives the State legislators a direct path to derail a bad budget.

            And here is the biggest one – taxes were never meant to be collected directly from the people. Except for Tariffs, “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, . . . ” This meant when the central government (the service provider) needed more money it had to approach the States (the customers) and explain why. The States then got to review the actions and costs and either agree (and pay) or disagree (and refuse to pay) – nullification.
            Before maligning Paul, get smarter on your Constitutional history.

          • MarEng

            My comments below should be taken as history only, not an endorsement for the US Constitution. We’ve had much better forms of government in this ‘country’ over the years however they were never conducive to having a human king (most instead recognized King Jesus).

            “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” – Spooner

    • Paul R.

      Hi Finn (et al). Her are a few quick responses:

      Separate from
      Judicial Review, the states could decide on constitutionality.
      Jefferson and Madison’s Kentucky Resolutions talk about this, and Tom
      Woods has done a lot of work along these lines. (Particularly his book
      Nullification.

      What I meant on no one being able to check the
      national government was this: The states, before 1803, had power to
      restrain the national (Federal) government. Judicial Review allows one
      part of the National guv to check the other parts of the National guv,
      but excludes the National guv as a whole – Washington is left with no
      check on it.

      Parties were involved since Washington’s time (he
      warned about them in his Farewell address), so they did complicate
      maters. But, clearly, the state legislatures were cut out of the
      equation in 1913.

  • Steve3

    There is a saviour…. and that is expanded awareness and conciousness of the masses, until the majority wake up to who they voted for nothing will change, young people trotting off to some political war based on lies, financial charlatans running rampant etc… need I go on?

    • http://archive.org/details/antifederalist_0707_librivox The Federal Farmer

      Yes, please do.

  • Text Loans

    The thing is, our Supreme Court ignores the Constitution. It is the “current opinion” that matters, and not the original meaning. That has far reaching implications that serve no citizen, save the “legal entities” known as Corporations (the ones that control the Supreme Court, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the Congress, the President, etc.). Alas, ONLY the corporations matter any more. Us citizens are in the way if we complain. http://www.loanbytext.org.uk/

  • http://www.blog2.tshirt-doctor.com/ WinstonSmith714

    i read

    The Myth of the All-Powerful President: A Very Brief History

    http://hnn.us/blogs/mythic_america/151413.html

    a few weeks ago. now i’m reading The Cult of the Presidency

    it will open your eyes just as this did.

  • Richard Deerfield

    So.. We just go out and make the ‘citizen arrests’ ourselves. And then WE get shot or arrested. USA, USA, USA!! Get ready for the camps.

  • http://twitter.com/MangusColorado Mangus Colorado

    Go to this research library and the single project to Restore . . Paul is 100% correct usurpers never stop on their own . . So take action here – http://articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com/take-action.html

  • Paul

    Salvation is NOT for all. The Bible repeatedly says “he that believes shall be saved”! That is such a simple criteria, that even many “Christians” skip over it.

  • http://twitter.com/kaltkrieger Cold Warrior

    You complained about this, which describes your article perfectly:

    Lots of writers have done this, for example: Write flamboyantly about
    the abuses people face and stir them to “rise up against the power.”
    Fairly seldom does the writer take big risks himself – he just stirs up
    others to do the scary stuff.

    <<<

    Can your share with us what "big risks" you have taken? What "scary stuff" you've done or have plans to do? Wasn't in your article and I didn't see any evidence of such on your site.

    Your conclude your article with:

    Let’s just say it:

    No one is going to ride in and save you.

    If you want things to get better, then
    YOU will have to make them better. YOU will have to stand up and take
    the arrows, yourself. Liberty, at this stage of human development,
    requires risk and pain.

    I trust that you will remember the end of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the
    Mount: That it is not those who call upon his name who will be saved,
    but only those who DO the things he said.
    Likewise in this situation, our only hope of salvation lies in DOING.

    <<<

    So, HOW are we to "stand up and take the arrows?" Could you tell us, with specificity? With some concrete examples?

    What, concretely, is it that we should be "DOING?"

    Thank you.
    Cold Warrior
    http://theprecinctproject.wordpress.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.serafin.984 John Serafin

    It’s Going To Take We The People To Take Over The Corrupt Government We Have,If We Have The ” GUTS ” To Do So ?

  • Jonathan Simu

    I love reading the messages down here. By the way great article. I for one believe Jesus is real. I really do cherish the people who do not believe in Jesus because they have strong faith. By that I mean people who believe in nothing and believe that we were made from nothing have strong faith. It is easier to have faith that we came from something then to have strong faith that we came from nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Wallenwein/542301572 Alex Wallenwein

    Sorry. Wrong conclusion. only those who call upon his name AND do the things he said will be saved. But not in this world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Wallenwein/542301572 Alex Wallenwein

    For those who live in this world and who want to be saved in this world, indeed only their own actions will (or may) save them.

  • A J MacDonald Jr

    Good article. I share it often.

  • ansonheath

    A couple of thoughts!
    1-Some folks are going to get into a religious snit about ‘earned salvation’. That is not what the author wrote. He referred to the Sermon on The Mount and then wrote “Likewise in this situation…” (Reading comprehension helps.)
    2-What to do? Here’s a plan:
    Homeschool – the public school system will die.
    Become knowledgeable in the basics of sound economics.
    Become the ‘teacher’ in your circle of influence – at home, friends, community, etc.
    Start teaching your fellow church members that Jesus put us here for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God, not to be potted plants and wait for Him to save us from our own mess. By His grace we ‘can all things’, but not if we sit on our butts.
    Work to elect conservatives in local elections. In time, this will produce the national leaders necessary.
    Be resolved to a long term turnaround. After all, that’s how we got here – asleep at the switch!

  • Onel T

    The only place Jesus exist is in the bible. No where else. If he is such a loving person and have such great power why does he stay in heaven and watch people suffer? Let’s forget about Jesus scam, rise up and do the right thing which is not to support government in any form. I encourage you all to read the book: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larkland Rose.

  • Pop_Korn

    Amazing how many of the comments concern support for a Rambo Jesus.

  • Jon Lyles

    Excellent!

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