“What the U.S. is supposed to be – A Constitutional Republic – where the rights of the Individual are protected. What we pretend it is – A Democracy – where the Individual is forced to comply with the will of the majority. What it actually is – A corporation owned by an international banking cabal, where the Individual has no rights and whose labor is used as collateral in an unlawful pyramid scheme.”
Allison: Amazing how many people don’t really know, or understand, this.
Rayn: Amazing, indeed! Individuals for a Free Society!
The following correspondence originally took place upon my Facebook wall, after I posted artwork being shared by the page, “Stateless Sweets“…
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Steve L.: The average American doesn’t have much power to influence their government. Use what power you have carefully.
“When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It’s a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith, The Age of Uncertainty (1977), Chapter 12, p. 330.
Rayn: “In truth, in the case of individuals, their actual voting is not to be taken as proof of consent, even for the time being. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, without his consent having even been asked a man finds himself environed by a government that he cannot resist; a government that forces him to pay money, render service, and forego the exercise of many of his natural rights, under peril of weighty punishments. He sees, too, that other men practice this tyranny over him by the use of the ballot. He sees further, that, if he will but use the ballot himself, he has some chance of relieving himself from this tyranny of others, by subjecting them to his own. In short, he finds himself, without his consent, so situated that, if he use the ballot, he MAY become a master; if he does not use it, he MUST become a slave. And he has NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE than these two. In self-defence, he attempts the former. His case is analogous to that of a man who has been forced into battle, where he must either kill others, or be killed himself. Because, to save his own life in battle, a man takes the lives of his opponents, it is not to be inferred that the battle is one of his own choosing. Neither in contests with the ballot – which is a mere substitute for a bullet – because, as his only chance of self-preservation, a man uses a ballot, is it to be inferred that the contest is one into which he voluntarily entered; that he voluntarily set up all his own natural rights, as a stake against those of others, to be lost or won by the mere power of numbers. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, in an exigency into which he had been forced by others, and in which no other means of self-defence offered, he, as a matter of necessity, used the only one that was left to him.” –Lysander Spooner, 1867
As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “Psychopaths Rule the World,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…
“Just. Doing. [Their]. Job[s].”
My Commentary: Psychopaths Rule the World… Most individuals don’t seem to mind too much, though, so long as they can vote on which one will do the oppressing, and to which group of innocents… *sigh* As violent forces continue to force violent “choices” onto humanity, when will we finally and fully reject their vicious cycle of oppression and brutality?
The following debate originally took place here, on the Facebook page, “Thomas Paine“…
(replies from all third parties have been omitted for clarity)
Thomas Paine’s FB Page: The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth
“Democracy… a challenge”
Jan Paulson: That’s funny??? Neither my copy of the Declaration of Independence nor my copy of the Constitution mentions anything about a Democracy… they keep refering to A REPUBLIC!!!!!
Jason Gade: There is no significant difference between a democracy and a republic, unless you are being a nitpicking asshole.
Rayn: Good point, Jan! I was thinking that very same thing! To America’s Founders, pure “Democracy” was the dangerous legalization of 51% mob rule, while a “Constitutional Republic” sought to protect the Inalienable Rights of the Citizenry, as established by the Constitution, regardless of the will of the majority.
So, rest assured that making such a distinction is a far cry from being a “nitpicking asshole.” 🙂
“Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.” – Marvin Simkin
Screw America’s diluted, detached definition of FREEDOM, and to the garbage pile with our failed DEMOCRACY! These IDEAS are MEANINGLESS without TRUTH and JUSTICE – the FIRST & LAST of the SEVEN PILLARS of the HOUSE OF WISDOM*! They are the ONLY REAL CORNERSTONES of a FREE society, and the ONLY REAL PROTECTION against the HOUSE OF BONDAGE! Without them, FREEDOM is lawlessness & DEMOCRACY is mob-ruled oppression!