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Friday, March 5, 2010
the former and STILL slave masters
After the war for Southern Independence Massachusetts lawyer and outspoken abolitionist, Lysander Spooner, wrote the following:
"The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals. No principle, that is possible to be named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more self-evidently fatal to all political freedom. Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established. If it really be established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave. And there is no difference, in principle --- but only in degree --- between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man's ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure."
Indeed! Yet, few took Spooner seriously at the time. Of course, there were those voices of concern. For instance Harriet Beecher-Stowe's brother, Edward, expressed alarm at the growth of centralized government and the increase in taxes. He also noted that it seemed like a dangerous idea for a remote, centralized government to be increasingly involved in local affairs and concerns, but, he noted, this seemed to be happening alarmingly frequently and in alarming degrees.
Well, duhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. What do you Yankees think you were fighting for? Your liberty?!? Were y'all really that stupid?
This "trend" Mr. Beecher noted has become a standard, applied countless times and on countless levels of the lives of once free citizens of once Sovereign states.
There is no need to belabor the gory details. They are all too clear for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.
We Americans need not make it complicated. It can all be summed up in the following somewhat untraditional yet, none-the-less true syllogism:
1. Debt is slavery.
2. The Federal Government, through its insane, unbridled over-spending to buy votes, perpetuate power and extend the glory of the Empire, has placed "We the People," over and against our wills, in massive, multigenerational debt.
3. The Federal government, by the creation of massive Federal Debt, has long ceased to be our servant and protector, and now become our slave master.