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Take the Hill!

posted Dec 18, 2009, 10:51 AM by Advocates for Liberty Liberty   [ updated Dec 18, 2009, 10:57 AM ]
"Evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us" — John Galt (Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged)

The evil here is the self-serving career politicians on Capitol Hill and in the White House and the flying monkeys in their myriad alphabet agencies. 

By stealing from the producers and redistributing to the non-producers, they have created a perpetual underclass of dependents and a perpetual voting block to keep them in their seats of power. In other words, rather than helping the poor, they have enslaved the poor. Whomever one is dependent upon is one's master.

In a representative republic, the "representatives" are charged with "representing" their constituents, and are supposed to be accountable to their constituents. The people are supposed to tell their representatives how they want to be represented; how they want their representative to vote on legislation. The representatives are the obligated to carry out the wishes of their constituents, serving as the voice of their constituents in Washington. If they fail to do this, the voters are duty-bound to hold them accountable at the polls. That is how our system is supposed to work.

Shamefully, over the years "we the people" have not only allowed the politicians to pervert our system, but to make a career out of it. Officially, the United States of America does not have a "two party system", but because elections are now bought by special interest groups with deep pockets who give primarily to the two "major parties", in effect we do have a two party system. Add to the power of the special interest groups the aforementioned perpetual dependent class, and the Republicans and the Democrats have virtually locked out any candidate who does not have an "R" or a "D" after his or her name. Because these two parties have arranged things this way, the power of the vote is rendered pathetically weak. Neither party has to represent their people anymore, because the people have been brainwashed into believing that no real alternative exists. The people are frustrated with the lack of representation from either of the two "major parties", but feel that if they do not "choose between the lesser of two evils" their vote is wasted. In reality, a vote cast for a party that does not represent one's values is a wasted vote.

Since the politicians, special interest groups, and the dependent class have conspired to render the weapon of the ballot virtually useless, what are the people to do? How can the people, that is to say the producers- those who make America work- take back our Republic? In the old days, the answer would have been armed revolution, as the founders intended. However, that option is unrealistic today because our State militias have, in effect, been federalized, the States have relinquished their sovereignty, and the people are grossly outgunned by the Federal government.

We the people do still have the power. We have just allowed the politicians to have the reigns when they should be at the other end of the reigns. The productive people of this republic still have a weapon in our arsenal which we have yet to use. It is a weapon more powerful than any bomb the government has at its disposal. It is our productivity.

Money runs Washington. The perpetual underclass created by government is dependent on government, but government is still dependent on the sweat of the producers. If the producers quit producing, the money dries up. If the money dries up, those who are supposed to represent us will start representing us. Just as the dependent class is enslaved by the Government, the Government is enslaved by the producers. 

The problem has been that we have allowed the Government to take on the roll of master, because it is easier that way. We have been lazy. But we are still in charge; we still have the power. We just have to wield it. We could do that by "going on strike". Small business owners could shut their doors. Employees of business owners who are not willing to cooperate could call in sick. Truckers could stop trucking. We could all refuse to participate in any kind of financial transaction for a week, two weeks, however long it takes to bring the evil mob in Washington to their knees and put them in their place.

Realistically I know we can never get all the producers to cooperate. Too many Americans prefer the "tranquility of servitude" to the "animating contest of freedom". But the plan wouldn't require universal cooperation to be effective. Even if only a tenth of the population would agree to participate, it could have a powerful effect. The threat alone would probably be enough, but only if everyone is totally committed to following through with the threat should it come down to it.

I know what I am suggesting here is an extreme measure, but extreme situations warrant extreme measures. Indeed, extreme measures seem to be the only measures that are ever effective. Our republic is collapsing right now. The people know what's best, but the arrogant politicians refuse to listen. Our "representatives" are "fiddling while Rome burns". We must take back the reigns if we are to save our republic. The politicians are not going to do it. They are the problem, not the solution. 
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” — Samuel Adams