by Gunnery Sergeant John McClain, USMC, Retired
In my own mind, I look at today from the perspective of having watched six presidents elected, participated in five of those elections, and having studied our own and the world’s history going back two to three hundred years in some specific aspects, and going back to Babylonian times, for aspects of principle and predilections of people.
I see the time stretching from seven or so, to the present, as a continuous stream I’ve observed, and often can attach part of the history of our Nation I’ve learned to that stream to a degree, and can also relate further, longer history to that stream, but in reality, the stream, and to a small degree, some of our history, is the only reality which I know. The rest is pieces of a jigsaw puzzle which are the right shape, sort of, and almost the right size, but somehow only come close to fitting, because in my study of history, I shape and size these pieces according to my own philosophical and ideological insights and ideas.
When I call for returning to our established republic, and suggest we are fools not to choose a time to shut everything down, open all the windows and doors, pull down all the curtains, all the bed clothes, put all the furniture out on the lawn and do a genuine “spring cleaning”, with the full intent of being finished when we have a limited government, exactly fitting inside the Constitution, having the actual established republic, with its principles reinstated, intact, fully functional and fully in Authority, I understand well, I am calling for us to look thoroughly at ourselves, honestly, warts and all, and choose to be the same sort of people our founders were.
I don’t want the America which has from time to time, been manipulated into wars we have no business getting into, nor an America where corporations bear no responsibility, as they may exist today, and I certainly don’t want the America which finally did the right thing, the wrong way, inventing new laws to give old rights to those which were deprived of them with deliberate intent and foreknowledge, fighting a war to end the old way, but leaving the old ones still in charge.
These are all aspects of crony politics, and they are as natural among Americans as they have ever been among men anywhere, at any time. All governments were established to overcome such things, or conversely, to establish such things, and had to be overcome by revolution or rebellion. These are the common attributes of all long standing governments which the force of politics applied for sufficient time has overcome the founding principles, and establish new paradigms, plans and means which work, day to day, accomplish intents and purposes set out. Change over time leaving nothing but the most tenuous connection to the ideals and thoughts of original intent. The intent of those devising a government which would suit their faith, their belief system, and provide for the things they believe government is suited for.
We established these things, the exact purpose for separating from long standing political bonds, the long train of abuses we endured, the long and varied effort made to right things absent rebellion, and finally, the replies, retorts, and the armed actions taken against us, forcing us into rebellion, as a last and only option. We did this in our Declaration, published before the world, believing we would be judged in our actions, by the whole of the world.
I have no doubt, those founding principles remain just as right today as they were long before we framed them as our foundation, when they served as law or the basis of law for millennia. The idea of a government designed on paper, with its duties and purposes spelled out was unique among Man, yet no one can question rightly, its total rationality and purpose.
In almost all the mail I get, I can divide it into two piles. There are those who ardently stand exactly where I stand, knowing the current central government is not only illegal, rejecting openly, any law as authority over it, and knowing it cannot be incrementally reduced because that goes against the nature of man and his natural inclinations. If we are to fix our Country, we have to do the full scale house cleaning, and only put back the furniture we intend on purpose to keep, and leaving the rest to be stored for a yard sale.
The other pile is all the letters explaining how we can’t do that, we can’t revert to our original principles, the government described by the constitution won’t suffice to do all that must be done, and in my call to bring our Nation to a screeching halt, and take on this burdensome task, I am putting all at risk.
In this pile, the letters identify government which must be maintained, even without constitutional authority. The spreading of our Armed Forces over the world is defended as “defending our Nation”, and no part of our government, except a few tiny discrete pieces can be done away with, but only by carefully and incrementally reducing our government, can we both restore balance, and at the same time, remain secure.
I can’t change the data which has been input in my brain, and I can’t very well change what my experience has taught me, and it is all this which leads me to believe we are at a place we either change our ways, or we fall, just like every other nation which has reached this point. The truth is, no other nation or empire in history has ever reached this point, because our unique free market attributes have allowed us to go further down without collapse, than any nation in history, so we are actually further down, and on a steeper slope than any Nation preceding us.
If our foundation is true and correct, we have to stand on it. If our way of establishing a government is right, we must set aside this abomination which has evolved out of a rightful government, and return to first principle and to have a “rightful government” again. If our principle of Sovereign Citizen, and “government by the consent of the governed” is true, we have to do what is necessary to restore all this.
Those who are in the first pile, generally suggest we should, but we never will be able to. No one uses it as an excuse to not do it, but most doubt we will accomplish our task. Those who fit in the second pile, they want change, some want the whole ball of wax change, but their fear of failure supercedes their desire. Are we going to accept falling, because change is too frightful, or will we stand on Faith, and do the principled thing? Not to decide is to decide.
Copyright May 2, 2012 by Gulf1