by Gunnery Sergeant John McClain, USMC, Retired
I’ve received much response to my charge, we have to be bold and courageous, and we must do something that to us today, seems just short of revolutionary, and the fact Ron Paul stands out, has been a sore spot for so many. I’d like to substantiate my claim, and define why we must change our ways dramatically.
To start with, the issue in politics is always the “boiling a frog” theory. Inexperience throws a frog in hot water and the frog jumps out, and since he isn’t armed, he doesn’t kill the person. Those who have chosen to alter our Nation without using the law of the Constitution, not doing it with the approval of a super majority, as amendments demand, use their frog experience, and turn the heat up slowly and incrementally.
We all know vast change had to be made from the beginning, because compromise on a number of issues, directly connected with our principles and rights, had to be made for the Constitution to be ratified. It took a hundred years to iron out the worst of the errors, and it has taken another fifty, to “mostly” iron out the feelings, on both sides of many issues, none more potent than race, and equality of Blacks.
For those on the “progressive side of things, politics is simply a matter of figuring out a way to infiltrate some idea they have into an already corrupt and bastardized system and a complete set of institutions, already far away from the restraints being demanded by the “the Neanderthals”, and therefore needing little special argument to support their demand.
Conservatives tend to think of themselves as a whole, and seldom define what they stand for. The original reason for this is everyone knew what was “good” about our form, and that it all needed to remain unchanged. Conserving our original form was the whole of it.
For the true Conservative today, we have an enormous task, and the very first, is to define ourselves, because the progressives have defined us in ways both to remove any dignity from our stance, and to control the debate by defining our reasons, while holding the notion we have no right to define their reasons and purposes.
In the face of this, the majority, who are “middle of America”, must try to choose from among the ideas presented, who has principle, and who is pursuing power, as people on both sides have done both.
We can dream of electing staunch Conservative people for president, Senators, Representatives, and gradually restore our Constitution as “the rule of law over government”, we can plan to use the Tea Party Movement to alter our congress election by election, but for conservative ideals, this is working under the rules of our enemies. History shows this is not worthy of our efforts.
I have been active as a conservative for forty years. I have not changed my stance on much of anything except the issue of “choice versus life”, and have had to conclude life is absolute. In my first years of conservative advocacy, I was remonstrated constantly by the suggestion “those ideas are outdated, and won’t work in a modern world”. I wasn’t trying to return to 1793 or something, I just thought “A well regulated Militia being necessary for the security of The Free State, The Right of The People to Keep and Bear Arms, Shall not be Infringed” was a rather clear and cogent statement and clearly commits our individual right as “un-alienable”.
I thought the rights which had been specifically enumerated should be treated like they were exactly as written, in clear common speech, with no need for parsing or explicating. The progressive perspective on this is that as our society has changed with the progress of modern technology, we have to modify and adapt those ideas to meet with the principles and purposes of people today.
I was okay with that, as long as ALL The People, chose to get together and consider the Constitution, and do it “by law”, by amending such as we agree is needed. Using the fixed standard for amending, with the Truth, spelled out as “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”, with anything less being a lie by omission.
Those who challenged my view stood firm on the idea the rules were stacked against them, and rather than follow “archaic rules” meant for “antique people” it was more right to just toss the issues out, let everyone speak, and then hold a voice vote, and change things on majority rule.
My friends and co-Conservatives, that is the precise reason our founders wrote out the rule of law for the government, demanding we bind it down with the chains of the Constitution, because man is fallible, and destined to follow his heart when it leads away from truth and towards power. We are people just like every other.
My premise we must act precipitously, because incremental change favors the ways of the enemy, which is the lie, and the only way the Truth is established as a firm foundation is by throwing off all the evil, discarding the mess lies inserted into justice makes, and starting on a clean slate. All of man’s history shows this is true.
In the real World, when the actual nature of People is factored in to the political equation, “Right” has always been established by the literal throwing down of the wrong that is the standard. It is the Principled purposed People rising up against our oppression and throwing it down, and in this, we must throw down wrong, formed into government and authority, and we can allow no vestige of it to remain, just as the surgeon can leave no cancerous cells, or he has wasted the entire operation.
I don’t wish to be among those who must do something, or be responsible for accepting the assured enslavement of future generations, however it is seldom ours to choose what we shall face in our own lifetimes, and the abject failure of incremental return to principle, pushed down, stomped on, denigrated, laughed at, and derided for a century, has led us to this critical juncture.
If not now, then when? If not us then who? Will there be a “later”?
Copyright April 2012 by Gulf1