But 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.
——————————–From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
We recall in the days of our youth there being roadsigns and billboards along the highways and the occasional byway saying things like “Impeach Earl Warren” and “Get US Out of the United Nations”. Of course at the time we weren’t real clued in on who Earl Warren was or why anyone would want to make a peach out of him, and as far as the UN goes, we remember Adlai Stevenson having given a boffo performance, by all adult accounts, in confronting the evil Nikita Khruschev’s henchmen at the headquarters in New York, so all the fuss about fleeing that building went over our heads as well.
Sigh. They don’t make billboards, or statesmen, like those anymore, do they? Now, while we hold no brief for extreme radical rightwing superpatriot isolationist hardline conspirators, then or now, some of the less militant of their spoutings do touch a nerve nowadays, don’t they? Since that time, we all have been to hell and back in one form or another, which saying might have several connotations but for our purposes here it means we all received that prized “liberal education”, absorbed it, in some instances succumbed to it, suffered regrets, struggled to reform and tried to become America Thirders, after God and Family.
Those of us who meet here often refer to and cite the founding documents, chiefly the Declaration and the Constitution. When we go back and look at the Declaration, for example, we get renewed understanding of why we feel the way we feel about the direction we see our country going. It’s not just because we are in an out-of-body experience, watching a sad movie, it’s because things are really happening to us, personally, and to our families and fellow citizens. Looking over the ‘long train of abuses’ listed by the signers, we see that they refer rhetorically to an individual abuser, King George, though the abuses they cite were inflicted by the entire entity known as not just The Crown, but the British Government as a whole. We are instantly reminded of a list compiled by a fellow member here, known as E Pluribus Unum. It can be found here. It is a list of slights, affronts, usurpations of rights and authorities, et cetera, directed toward individuals, groups and even sovereign states, by our current monarch, Barack H. Obama, and his henchmen.
While we would argue that the offenses listed in the Declaration and those which tick us off today are similar in that they are not only personal but in many ways systematic (as opposed to systemic), our band of revolutionaries today does not call for a new form of government. We argue that our form of government has become bastardized, contorted, deformed and metasticized and needs healed by new and critical thinking practitioners. What we are saying here is that these new practitioners need to be advised by the recognition that the ‘long train of abuses’ did not start on January 20, 2009 with the inauguration of B. H. Obama the Second. It started a long time ago when we were young and carefree and incapable, as apparently many of the professed Keepers have been since, of sorting out the wheat and the chaff of who and what were radical and intolerant and who and what were perceptive and committed.
We know now that many who were portrayed over the years by the Mainsteam Media and the Leftist Liberal Social Democrats since, let’s say the 60’s, as rabid, racist, religious, Nazified zealots were more likely just traditional Americans, in some cases maybe hyper- sensitive . With mass commercialized media and social programming and engineering, who could fault anyone, even the Keepers, for having trouble keeping score? But surely, having studied history, and having forsaken a good chunk of that liberal faux education we got in favor of common sense and historical reflection, we can now say that the Abuse Train left the station a long time ago. We can’t specify the exact departure time. Everybody could point to their favorite marker. Was it the creation of the Department of Education in 1979? Did the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, the golden moment in 1972, signal the train being sped up? It may have been the triumph of Madalyn Murray O’Hair in June of 1963 when the Supreme Court ruled that prayers in public schools was unconstitutional. It may have been back in the 50’s when those communists in the US, whom the McCarthy demonizers denied ever existed, were busy from their positions in US government departments either pooh-poohing or downright smoothing, in concert with the UN, communist takeovers in Africa and Latin America and East Asia. Heck, the Cool Kids were musing that the Bolsheviks might have something to offer way back in the 30’s, weren’t they?
Whatever and whenever, it should be clear that just knocking off whatever railcars were added to the Abuse Train during the current administration is not going to be sufficient. A lot of the illegal and unconstitutional and unconscionable track that has been laid by the left going back at least forty years, in the form of federal bureaucracies, federal mandates, federal decision- making and including dereliction of duty or abdication of responsibility by one branch of government or another in contradiction to our chartered system of checks and balances, is going to have to be torn up. For as long as the Abuse Train has track to run on, it will run. And the history and intent of it is becoming more clear every day – to “invariably pursue the same object” and to “reduce (us) under absolute despotism.”