September 4, 2013
"Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life." —Lord Byron
After decades of government handouts and the brainwashing and indoctrination of our children in the public school system, the younger generation does not possess the same point of reference on the principles of liberty as do those of us in our 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80's. There are only a few tens of thousands who remember the trials of the Great Depression and many of us were young children or infants during the Second World War. Still, the nanny state had not yet intruded into our daily lives, as it has recently.
Every single human being develops beliefs and opinions based on their accumulated experiences and knowledge and other influences from a variety of sources, gleaned over the years of their current lifetime. Sometimes those beliefs and opinions evolve into new beliefs as they accumulate new information. Sometimes they become firm and fixed no matter what new information comes their way. As a general rule, our political beliefs are heavily influenced by what our parents believe and the actions they took or are now taking, in furtherance of those beliefs.
As the population ages and a certain generation begins to die off, the general beliefs and opinions of that generation die off with them and those general beliefs and opinions of that generation are replaced by the emerging generation. That is why President Reagan said: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
Because of the different experiences and influences that affect each generation, the beliefs and opinions can be vastly different as well. Those experiencing hard times, such as during the Great Depression or the Second World War, would have beliefs and opinions significantly shaped by those times. However, a generation that was steeped in prosperity would be shaped in entirely different ways and their beliefs and opinions would reflect that prosperity. In other words, their point of reference, which is the basis for most beliefs and opinions, would be directly influenced by the times in which they lived.
For those of us in our 60’s, 70’s and 80's, our point of reference is much more connected to the founding principles of our Republic because we were taught those principles and we believe in them. For the next and future generations the influence of the foundation of liberty is much more obscure, especially since the federal government got in the business of setting the curriculum for the public school system, a curriculum that is directly related to the wish lists of national and international special interest groups. This new curriculum is laced with socialism, collectivism, save-the-planet rabid environmentalism and the one world order. How easy it is to change the belief system in a single generation than by teaching the children of that generation what some group “thinks” they should be taught, to reach a desired outcome and to “shape” the new generation towards those beliefs. Hitler knew this technique well.
Take for example the fraud that is man-caused global warming, one of the worst planet-wide con games ever perpetrated on an entire population for the evil design of total control, no matter where they lived. Several years ago I was a volunteer, teaching science lessons to 10-year olds. One of those 10-year olds was my grandson. On this particular day, my subject was the weather. As a private pilot I know quite a bit about the weather. When I asked the students what four things affect the weather, thinking I would get answers like the Sun, ocean currents, humidity, jet streams and the like, I was taken back when the first suggestion by one of the kids was man-caused global warming and the second was man-made pollutants. The term brainwashed instantly came to mind. The hard fact is, if we let them, a government can breed and pre-program an entire culture of little followers without the parents ever knowing what is going on before their very eyes, because they refuse to take responsibility for what their children are learning. And it’s not just the government-sponsored curriculum that is the culprit, the teachers and professors are also brainwashed from our liberal teaching colleges and believe the “stuff” they teach. With the introduction of Common Core State Standards, the indoctrination and brainwashing are only increasing.
Therefore, we have a significant worry about the preservation of freedom in America, if the next generation has been brainwashed to produce non-thinking, brain-dead collectivists who act like robots when the government issues an edict, or emits a steady stream of propaganda, hype, distortions and lies to “direct” the little robots in a certain way.
Take the IRS for example. We are forced to pay our taxes through a complex, complicated and contradictory set of instructions and forms that even the most highly trained tax attorneys and CPA's can't agree on its provisions. IRS employees are also no help as they don't understand the tax code any better than the so-called experts. How then are the American people supposed to comply with such a cumbersome process of instructions and forms that no one fully understands? Traps that lead a taxpayer into fines, penalties and even jail time lurk there in the tax code for the unwary who fall afoul of the IRS because they can't understand the constantly changing tax code and will never understand it in their lifetime.
Since 1913 with the passage of the 16th Amendment that gave us the Federal Reserve and the Income Tax as administered by the IRS, the tax system has gotten more complex every single year, as the Congress passes new laws that require the IRS to collect and police. (i.e. Obama Care) But like the frog in the slowly warming pot, the people (especially the younger set) continue to roll over and take it, mostly out of fear of high fines, penalties, or jail time. The older, wiser people may try to fight, but they are overwhelmed by the dictatorial power of the IRS. As we have stated before in previous articles, this is not freedom, it is abject slavery and we have been conditioned to accept it.
The lion's share of the people that respond to our articles are well over 50. Some are in their 80's. They know what has happened to their country because they have had a longer time to see the trends of where we are headed and where we are headed does not bode well for freedom and liberty.
In a response to our last week's article, a reader wrote:
"The current conditions of our nation surely require direct action from We the People. Our system of checks and balances have been corrupted and/or co-opted. Is an armed rebellion likely to succeed? Is a mass movement on Washington a better strategy? Is there ANYTHING left for We the People to do to preserve our way of life? There ARE some of us in study and others in preparations. When will an anti-government movement begin or has it already?"
His questions don't have immediate answers but surely something is brewing in America. The biggest question of all is, ".... will the American people rise up in opposition to their government, peacefully, or in revolution?"
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The second question is, ".... who will be the soldiers in this opposition, the young, or the old." Right now it is the older ones with wisdom that "see" the realities. The young aren't there yet and may never get there at the current rate of government indoctrination, brainwashing and propaganda.
So ladies and gentlemen, we are forced to ask, "what happens to America when the wise ones are gone?"
Next week we take on the IRS, full throttle with an article entitled, "Probing Eyes on IRS Lies."
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached by e-mail for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.