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Modern Day Pied Pipers.

 

If you believe that you’re free to think what you want, … think again. Long before you entertained a thought – the “winds of time” blew it your way. I started to walk against the wind after reading the profound words of the great Greek philosopher and teacher Plato, who said,” Those who tell the stories rule society.”

A disciple of Socrates, as well as a teacher to Aristotle, his cogent comment conveys the message that those who govern have a vested interest in controling the conduct of the citizenry and the mores of society by whatever  means necessary to keep power in their hands, and too, to mold the beliefs and social norms meant to engender their agenda.

Our struggle for independence was an extended, hard-fought bloody battle against a whimsical, despotic King who subjugated the thirteen American colonies as he saw fit, imposing unjust laws and a tyrannical policy of taxation without representation. Until such time as the citizens rebelled in their struggle to throw off the chains of tyranny and fight for their God given freedoms.

Sadly, it seems to be happening all over again. Now, more than ever, our leaders blatantly attempt to influence our expectations, beliefs, and opinions in order to satiate their unquenchable hunger for control and power.

Our present kingly leaders perform like modern day Pied Pipers, whistling a hypnotic tune that lulls us into complacency, as they pursue their never ending quest to capture our votes through grandiose promises, ridiculous repetition, and outright guile, with the firm belief that if they toss out their lies in a strong voice, often enough, and in a setting dripping of pomp and circumstance, people will believe them. By doing so, they endeavor to create a populace that clings to a false sense of security that portrays those who hold power to be aptly capable of governing with unique and Devine judgement, and supposed laudable intentions.

Alas, those who believe such propaganda are destine to become pawns in a frontal assault against the very essence of what the definition is of a free society, as it was stated by our renowned Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are Instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

There you have it, the power lies with the people. The intention of our illustrious forefathers was that those elected to public office carry out their duties with the attitude of a servant, not a king, and that they serve for no other reason than to protect the rights and freedoms of the citizens they represent.

Thus, if by some quirk of circumstance any government official, or elected representative, attempts to transmute the original intent of the framers of our Constitution, we have the right, no the obligation, to send the bums packing and replace them with others who share our ideology.

I think it’s time for every patriotic American to echo the voices of our founding fathers. We should all crack open our history books and familiarize ourselves with the admirable beliefs and tenets that make this nation so special, as well as the sacrifices that were made by so many to give birth to our singular nation. As Abraham Lincoln stated in his Proclamation of National Fast in 1863, “It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness…”

And I may add, we need to rail against the censorship of ideas, opinions, and knowledge, for without each of us having the freedom to speak our mind we cannot endure as a free people. This is a nation built upon the premise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. We, the people, must be vigil in defense of our God given liberties. To quote Thomas Jefferson, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

We need to guard against allowing self-serving demigods to rise to power, as their  conceit deludes them to believe that they are somehow devine. What we need is a new generation of courageous men and women, empowered by a fervent desire to live free from the shackles of an oppressive government, to commit themselves to run for public office, like those of old who gave their lives to defend the freedoms we hold deer during the past two hundred plus years of American history.

Americans must not allow the Pied Pipers of society to entice them to blindly follow their crooked, wrongheaded agendum that usurps the power from the people and gives it to the government; if we do they will surely lull us to the edge of delirium with false promises and political doubletalk, while relegating us to the lowly position of  serfdom to the state. We need to keep our eyes on what is true, and what we should rightly expect from those who govern us.

Long live the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. To all those everywhere who yearn to be free from oppression, I welcome you to the land of the free … and the home of the brave.

 

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