Sunday, January 15, 2012

Benjamin Franklin

On Saturday I attended a Patriots meeting because I am deeply concerned about the decline of individual liberty of the people and, trusting no one in politics or any political party, as they appear to be the conveyors of deceit in our time, I went to listen to a grass-roots initiative of ordinary folks like me.

It was very refreshing to hear the work that is being done, grass-roots wise.

The leader gave a rundown of the group's activities for the past month and in her address made the following comment: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. A republic is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

Cute, I thought, but something sounded off-key. It didn't sound like a true analogy, not of a republic, at least. The two wolves, because of their majority, could have been voted into congress, denied the lamb his Second Amendment rights, and have it for lunch anyway. She attributed the quote to Benjamin Franklin.

The more I thought about the quote, the more I realized that Benjamin Franklin was either misquoted or mistaken. I would have thought that individual liberty would be the instrument by which the lamb would have obtained protection against the wolves, not the fact that they were in a republic. After all, a republic is the effect of the democratic process and thus contaminated by its defects. The antidote to this contamination is that democracy is applied by individually free people from which the republic is spawned. The republic, of itself, is no cause at all. At best it is an instrument through which the wishes of the people are executed. The law is in the same position, and that, too, has been bastardized and employed as a cause. No, the people are the cause, period.

I started writing this blog by correcting Benjamin Franklin. It harped on my sense of accuracy that Benjamin Franklin was no fool and I had better verify what exactly he said about this. So, I started looking for Franklin's quotes on the Internet. He penned so many quotes that I became despondent when after more than an hour of reading supposed Franklin quotes, I couldn't find the democracy vs. republic quote. Then, finally, I stumbled onto a site and there it was: the first on a page of very poignant quotes.

It reads, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

Now, that sounded right. Franklin's analogy was spot-on; the analogy at the meeting was incorrectly quoting Franklin.

What a small and innocent inaccuracy, I thought, and yet, it is indicative of the exact reason why we are in trouble today. People, even those in power and those teaching conservatism and capitalism, do not recognize the first cause of our republic. It is the people's individual liberty that is the first cause of this nation's existence and success. Everything else hangs on this truth and this truth alone.

Individual liberty brings those of like mind together from where they appoint and employ their leaders. They have the right to dismiss those who violate or threaten their individual liberty, regardless how well-intended the diversions may appear. Unfortunately, our sense of a ruler over us, which has bogged nations since the time of the ancient Israelites, causes us to bestow upon our employees, the president included, monarchical majesty.

Individual liberty, by definition, excludes those who oppose it and dissidents should either conform and accept their right to be individually free, or seek residence elsewhere where they can live in bondage at their leisure.

Group forming or group identification is the road that leads to tyranny and our republic is worthless if we, the ordinary folks on the ground, and our leaders whom we employed do not understand the mechanics of our government and how they have been bastardized.

I am convinced that our nation is utterly defenseless against liberalism and communism, because we have allowed our enemies to redefine who we are. As of today, nobody has yet been able to recognize this redefinition and correctly defined who we are.

We are in an abyss from which we might only rise when our streets are drenched in the blood of our children and at the sound of desperate cries from our people in chains and poverty, unless we get this right.

Do you think this is an overly dramatic end to my blog? Then, consider what the majority of the people in this country would do when they have been deprived of their right to engage the ballot box and the courts rule against their liberty.

We had better take note and act before the enemies of the people have usurped the instruments by which we express our individual liberty.

Time has run out.

There the leader of the Patriots group was spot-on.


2 comments:

  1. I do not believe we are at the point where only a blood-bath can turn us back around to recognize, embrace, and teach individual liberty. Of course, this doesn't mean that we shouldn't desperately get off our hands...

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    1. I agree. My point was that if we do not change course now what options would there be for us later. Civil war? If all the instruments by which we exercise our liberty have been usurped and are being used to oppress us, what other remedy is there? Subdued acceptance is an option, too, but I don't think it would be an acceptable one. Thanks for responding.

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