October 9, 2013
It's the middle of the night and you are lying in bed peacefully dreaming, when you suddenly are awakened by an enormous cracking and breaking sound all around you. Without warning the floor beneath your bed starts to open up and you begin to fall into a growing hole in the ground. In less than a second you, your bed, your dresser, your TV and the carpet on the floor are swallowed up by the earth. You scream as you are falling but your screams are instantly silenced as the dirt locks you in a concrete embrace that covers every inch of your body, your nose, your mouth, your ears and your eyes. The crushing pressure on your body is immense and excruciatingly painful. In your last few seconds of life you struggle in agony to break free but alas you find you are paralyzed and can't move a muscle. You can't even get your breath. Your bursting lungs draw in not air, but suffocating soil. At that moment you know you are going to die and then in a last chocking gasp ..... nothingness!
Such was the end of a man in Florida who was swallowed up in a growing sinkhole while sleeping in his bed. The man's brother heard the screams and ran to the rescue but all he could see in the hole was the dirt that had closed in around the bed and body of his sibling. He dug frantically but to no avail. He was in fear of his own life as the earth continued to sink ever deeper and had to abandon his rescue attempt. Since the tragic event, the house has been demolished and the sleeping man, still in his bed, now lies entombed in the earth that swallowed him.
Some sink holes are rapid and instant like the one in Florida we just described. Other sink holes sink very slowly over long periods of time where the sinking is imperceptible ..... until it is too late.
America, the country, the people, the culture, the freedom and liberty have been sinking slowly into the abyss of socialism and ultimate slavery, but the sinking has been imperceptible from generation to generation. A small percentage of the people, mostly over 65, have witnessed the slow sinking and are frantically crying out to other Americans with the warning that soon the iron grip of socialism and slavery will envelope their bodies and their minds and they will be forever entombed in the hell hole of mediocrity, laziness and dependency, never to see the light of freedom again. Their warnings seemingly go unnoticed in the general population, government, academia and by the news media.
But the hole that is swallowing up America and its people is not a hole in the earth's crust. It is a Stink Hole brought about by evil and powerful men (and women) who exploit human weakness and ignorance for their own ends. It is a Stink Hole that smells of the stench of rotting flesh and the frustration and hopelessness of lost opportunities and lost dreams. This Stink Hole penalizes achievement and rewards mediocrity and laziness. The Hole is occupied by leaches, free loaders, ner-do-wells and permanent welfare recipients that continue to suck the life, wealth and exceptionalism out of America, all under the authority of those evil men and women who purport to represent ALL of the American people, supposedly bound by their solemn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The smell in the Stink Hole emanates from a never-ending parade of complicated laws designed to help the leaches, free loaders, ner-do-wells and permanent welfare recipients, in exchange for their votes, to keep the wealth re-distributors in power; or provide a top-down public education system loaded with propaganda that keeps the masses brainwashed and ignorant. These laws and the curriculum of the education system are purposely designed to be vague and complicated so that the masses cannot understand them, thus making them ignorant participants in creating the Stink Hole and unknowing accomplices in perpetuating the fraud of Socialism, Marxism and Communism, or some perverted version thereof.
In the harsh world of nature, the "kids" are encouraged, nay, forced out of the nest by their parents. In the distorted world of the Stink Hole, those in authority just make the nest larger and keep it stocked with a never-ending supply of sustenance, thus keeping the "kids" in the nest forever with no incentive to leave. Unfortunately, the building of a larger nest and the steady supply of goods comes at the price paid by those who leave the nest and fend for themselves in hard work, self-reliance, independence and personal responsibility. For their efforts these involuntary providers, at the point of a government gun, are in grave danger of being pulled into the Stink Hole with the other dregs of society.
Sadly, to make something happen right now to restore America to freedom and the Constitutional Republic it was designed to be, would take millions of Americans all aligned and unified on a clear goal with a clear vision of what that goal was and the undying commitment to implement the goal by any means. Unfortunately, the population is way too divided and way too distracted (or bought off by government) or just plain scared, to be aligned or unified on much of anything. You can't get ten people to agree on anything, much less ten million.
Many well-meaning Americans think they have a solution to escape from the Stink Hole. We have seen many of these so-called solutions come and go, or fall on deaf ears. We thought we had solutions but only a very few seem to want to drink the clear "water" (solution) we are proposing. The hard truth is, without a mindset shift to liberty in the American population, the status quo is what we have and will have in perpetuity unless there is that mindset shift. The only thing that could cause that mindset shift on a grand scale is a catalyst of some kind ..... either a major, mind-illuminating event, or a person. Neither a major event nor a person appears on the foreseeable horizon. But then who knows what tomorrow will bring?
Ladies and gentlemen, must we wait until the Stink Hole grows larger and we all sink into the Earth as the dirt locks us all in an embrace that covers every inch of our bodies, our noses, our mouths, our ears and our eyes? Do we wait until the pressure on our bodies is so immense and so excruciatingly painful that we lose our minds. Do we wait until we struggle in agony to break free, but alas we find we are paralyzed and can't move a muscle because we are locked in the binding chains of the Stink Hole? Do we wait until we can no longer get our breath? Do we wait until our lungs draw in not life-giving air, but the suffocating, poisonous odor of the Stink Hole? Do we wait until the moment we know we are going to die and then in a last desparate thought before our hearts stop and our lights go out ..... we scream that enslavement and our deaths were totally preventable? Why did we do nothing?
Do we wait until the jack-booted thugs of a police state haul us off to jail for speaking our minds, resisting unconstitutional authority, not complying with a million unnecessarily complicated laws about which we know nothing, or assembling together in a cry for the redress of grievances? Do we wait until there is no privacy left from government and they spy on us daily and force us to implant an identity chip in our ear lobe? Do we wait until they break our spirit with fear and intimidation and threats of fines and imprisonment for the smallest infractions? Do we wait until they take control of our money, our land, our water, our food, our energy and our health care? Or, ladies and gentlemen, do they control these things already and they took control while we were sleeping? Have we waited too long?
With government subtle propaganda, gullible, un-educated people can be "taught" that cold is hot, dark is light, up is down and what is false, is true. Unfortunately, government handouts have a greater power to influence the ignorant and the greedy, than nebulous theories on individual rights, freedom and liberty. Weak people always take the easiest path, especially if they think of themselves as victims, instead of the proud sovereigns they have every right to be. Hitler was well aware of this human weakness and played it to the hilt. America, once the land of the free, the brave and the strong, is now doing the same thing, only they are doing it under the name of compassion ..... or so they tell us.
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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 email@example.com, or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.