December 18, 2013
“There are those that recognize a wrong and act to right it. There are those who "see" the wrong, but do nothing. But unfortunately there are way too many of those who don’t "see" anything at all.” -Ron Ewart
If you were standing on the railroad tracks and you saw a train bearing down on you at high speed, what would you do? If your child was playing next to a cliff and you saw him chasing a ball towards the cliff, what would you do? If burglaries and thefts were rising in your neighborhood, what would you do? If bullies and thugs took over your town, what would you do? If a man confronted you on the street and demanded your money, what would you do? In most cases you would act swiftly to get out of the way, save your child, take action to stop the neighborhood crime, confront the bully and resist the robber from stealing your money ..... or would you?
What if your neighbor came over one day and said, I need more of your property and I am moving my fence twenty feet onto yours and I'm not going to pay you a dime, what would you do? If your boss said that he has established a new policy of welfare and has decided to take a percentage of YOUR paycheck (not his) and give it to the poor, what would you do? If you were part of an organization that existed on private donations and the board members decided that they were going to use fear, intimidation, threats, lies and propaganda to increase donations, what would you do? If you were a deacon of a church and you discovered that the other deacons were using parishioner money for their own use, or grossly wasting that money, what would you do? If the local school board decided that they were going to include in the curriculum for your children, a course on Earth's salvation that required teaching the kids that their parent's lifestyle was environmental heresy and should be condemned, what would you do?
In all of the above cases, a normal, reasonable and prudent person would set about to right the situation, one way or another and if necessary, he would enlist others to help him, because a normal, reasonable and prudent person has a sense of what is right and wrong. When they see a wrong, they try to right it, provided they have the courage to face those who desire to continue the wrong for their own benefit, or a hidden agenda.
The Revolutionary War righted a wrong and declared freedom in America. The War of 1812 was a continuation of the Revolutionary War and our winning it prevented America, once again, from falling under British rule. The Civil War righted an egregious wrong and ended black slavery ….. well sort of. The first and second World Wars righted international wrongs against human life, dignity and individual rights. These wrongs were righted by courageous leaders and individuals who knew that they might have to make the ultimate sacrifice to right those wrongs.
Today, we have a litany of wrongs that need to be righted, right here in America. We have government perpetrating on the people the same "wrongs" that we mentioned above, that a normal, reasonable and prudent person would take immediate action to right, when the wrong was recognized.
Why then would the normal, reasonable and prudent people of America turn their heads when their government commits the same wrongs as the neighbor, the bully, the boss, the board members, or the deacons, but on a much grander scale? Why indeed!
Americans, by the millions, are getting hammered by Obama Care through no fault of their own. Why do they take it? Why isn't there a massive uprising? Why aren't lawsuits flying all over the place? Why aren't the people demanding that heads roll with the large, unified voice of millions?
Our school children are being brainwashed and indoctrinated by a federal government-created curriculum (Common Core Standards, Race To the Top and No Child Left Behind programs) that emphasize socialism, collectivism and multi-culturalism. Why aren't the parents crying foul? Why don't they take over the local school boards and reverse this garbage? Why aren't they at the state legislatures creating all kinds of Hell? Do they just not care ..... or are they afraid?
Landowners are being treated like criminals and going to jail for minor code violations on THEIR property. They are forced to fight a tyrannical government, whether it be local, state, or federal, all on their own. They seldom win. But you never hear of these individual battles waged against an arrogant and abusive government, a government that has become the master instead of the servant, a government that blatantly ignores the constitutional limits on its power.
The IRS targets conservatives for political purposes and the president and congress promise a full and complete investigation. The FBI says they are investigating. Nothing happens. Why aren't the people, en masse, demanding answers and not taking a "we're-investigating" as the answer? Why aren't IRS officers, employees and agents being tried in court, fined and incarcerated for long periods for their known criminal acts? Why do Americans tolerate this injustice? Do we enjoy being slaves to the IRS? Have we all become cowards and unwilling to challenge tyranny when it arises?
Four of our diplomats are killed in Benghazi well over a year ago, due to government negligence and neglect. No one in government provided the necessary security, asked for by the diplomats. No one came to their rescue during the attack. No one is being held accountable for the criminal negligence that allowed the attack to happen. Congress is investigating. The Obama Administration is stonewalling and obstructing. Nothing is happening. No one is fired. No one is in jail. Where is the outcry for four dead brave Americans who paid the ultimate price because their government failed them? Have we lost our courage to right a wrong when we recognize it?
Then there are the Fast and Furious and the NSA scandals. In the Fast and Furious scandal, U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the top law enforcement officer of America, has been shielded by his boss, our liar-in-chief Barack Hussein Obama, who has declared executive privilege and won't release the documents that Congress has requested to find out who the Hell allowed Fast and Furious to happen in the first place. One of our brave border agents was killed by one of those guns in this gun- running scandal. Has anyone been fired? Has anyone gone to jail? Holder lied to Congress, which is a crime, but he gets off scot-free. The Congress seems to be powerless to stop him or put him in jail for this crime.
The NSA says it isn't spying on us, but it probably is, based on releases by ex-NSA staffer Edward Snowden, who now resides in Russia fearing for his life. Is he a patriot or a traitor? We don’t know. The public simply does not know the depths of NSA spying and how much data it is really collecting. NSA Chief James Clapper lied to Congress and that's a crime. But he is running around loose, free as a bird, telling the public that the NSA isn't really spying on us. Yeah, and President Obama says you can keep your doctor and your health care plan and health care costs are going to go down! Sure!
Why aren't Americans rising up by the millions to find out the truth? Once again, why haven't there been multiple lawsuits by harmed individuals over these egregious violations of our constitutional rights? There should be class action lawsuits exploding all over the place? Why aren't there?
Winston Churchill said at a time of great sacrifice and often quoted: “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
We do not believe that America is in the grips of cowardice because after all, we are Americans. We have a chance to right these wrongs peacefully, before the only action left to us is war. But do we have the will, the courage, the commitment and the resources to right these wrongs before war is our only option? Or, "Will we have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
The abject failure of Obama Care has opened millions of eyes to the flawed policies of liberals and progressives that have foisted these policies upon all Americans, doing great harm. If we do not act on this knowledge with the courage of our convictions and quit trying to compromise our beliefs because liberals have more votes, then we will have let over 200 years of freedom slip through our fingers. Ladies and gentlemen, there are other ways to fight these criminals, than at the ballot box.
Future generations will damn us for our cowardice in the face of danger because they will say we knew and did nothing. They will ultimately pay the price in money and eventually in blood, if we let them down.
If the people are afraid, as so many Americans are, and let the bully (government) win, the bully will win all the time and the bully is winning and has been winning for over 100 years ..... not just for the 5 years under the Obama regime. It's the people that let the bully win, out of fear and cowardice. Unless the people stand up en masse, as we are "standing up" with our articles, there will be no restoration of freedom.
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Let us all promise that in the year 2014 and from then on, courage will return to those who have allowed easy times and a chicken in every pot to cloud their vision about the huge price that was paid for their freedom and the price that now must be paid to reclaim it, because we chose to look the other way when tyranny raised its ugly head.
In closing, we want to wish each of our readers a very special Christmas holiday with friends and family, at a time of giving and love, as well as the religious celebration it was designed to be for 150 years.
This will be our last article for the year 2013. We will take up the torch of freedom starting on the first Sunday of January, 2014. In the interim, we encourage you to take the time to visit our two websites that are dedicated to the protection of our property rights (http://www.narlo.org) and to exposing the arrogance, fraud, abuse and corruption of the IRS (http://www.attackwatchspies.com). Each website contains a wealth of valuable information and not just for rural landowners, or disgruntled taxpayers.
In liberty, until Sunday, January 5, 2014 .....
© 2013 Ron Ewart — All Rights Reserved
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.