Language defines the world within which we live because through language we define and shape ideas and concepts that are the basis of what we think. In turn, what people think determines how they behave. Therefore, controlling the behavior of people is simply a matter of shaping their world by defining the concepts that form the basis of their thoughts. There are three ways to accomplish this:
- Redefine concepts and ideas slowly over time to accommodate desired changes.
- Allow unwanted concepts and ideas to fade into obscurity.
- Prevent undesirable concepts and ideas from developing.
The end result of a successful thought-control process is the general acceptance of change because those affected are not aware that a change took place. The situation changed, but the description of the situation changed along with it and, to someone not paying attention, nothing changed. While this is all well and good for harmony and tranquility's sake, there is an inherent grave danger when those in government can wield this kind of power. It enables them to make changes at our expense and not in our best interest. This is why our Founding Fathers added an amendment procedure to our Constitution. They strongly believed that it is morally repugnant for government officials to use stealth to make fundamental changes to how we our governed and that the only acceptable way for such changes to be made is by informed consent of the citizenry after careful consideration of the implications associated with the change being considered.
Unfortunately, in the United States of America today, governmental change by stealth is the order of the day and things have progressed to the point where not only is consent of the governed a dysfunctional concept, it has been almost entirely replaced by deception and illusion. We are truly now a nation of the con and conned and we euphemize this lamentable state of affairs by calling it "politics". Unfortunately, the end result of the "politics" we are talking about is that not only have we been robbed of our heritage and birthright, we are now being ravaged and looted economically with the complicity and cooperation of those entrusted to protect us.
The above statements and conclusions are anathema to most Americans, which does not in any way reflect upon their validity or truth, but instead, indicates how successful the change-makers have been in achieving their ends. This can be clearly established to anyone's satisfaction by a careful examination of two of our most revered and sacred concepts; freedom and democracy. These words exemplify the very essence of Americanism and they role off our lips as sacred and inviolate truths. Millions of Americans have died for the sake of these words and it is taken for granted that those who made this supreme sacrifice have not died in vain, but have they?
The "real" truth, out there for anyone to see if they just open their eyes, is that what we call freedom today is not the same freedom we enjoyed in the past and this nation is democratic in name only. If our Founding Fathers suddenly arose from their graves and surveyed our present situation, to a man, they would hold that not only are we not free and not a democracy, but instead a subjugated and downtrodden people.
is an easy concept to understand. One is
free when able to do as one wishes.
However, there are obvious limitations to our freedom; the first one
being physical reality. We are free to
jump off a building if we wish, but if we do, there is a severe consequence for
exercising this kind of freedom.
Similarly, other people are a limitation to our freedom. An individual's freedom ends where another person's
begins. From this it necessarily follows
that the more people around, the less freedom everyone has. This is why people in a young and relatively
To understand their point of view, it is necessary to realize that there are two distinct aspects to freedom: personal freedom and political freedom. Personal freedom is the freedom to make personal choices such as what channel to watch on television, what to eat for dinner, whom to marry, whether to take a walk or not, etc. However, political freedom was far more important to the Founders than personal freedom because they clearly understood that the only way to have and ensure personal freedom was to protect and preserve political freedom. They believed that without political freedom, personal freedom is at risk because it can be compromised at any time. Therefore, when drafting our Constitution, foremost in the Founders' minds was to create a document that ensured and protected political freedom. As an after-thought, they later added the Bill of Rights to ensure that some highly important personal freedoms were specifically protected.
is political freedom? Political freedom
is the inalienable right of self-government and it was identified by Abraham
Lincoln when he described our government as being "of the people, by the
people, and for the people".
the people", means that private citizens hold office, not professional
politicians. "By the people", means the
people as a group determine how they will be governed and this function is most
emphatically not the providence of elected officials alone. "For the people", means that our government
is our servant and not our master. This
is what the Constitution of the
The issue on hand that would be of major concern to our Founding Fathers and should be to us, is how well does the government we presently live under measure up to the above-described principles? Unfortunately, upon examination, the answer to this question is painfully obvious; it does not.
and foremost, we do not have a government that is "of the people". Instead, our elected representatives are
lifelong professional politicians whose first order of business is feathering
their own nest and protecting the status quo.
However, this is not the worst of it because in the
"By the people": Instead of living under the government created and bestowed upon us by the Founders, how our government functions and operates has been changed through the years, not by amendment as required by our Constitution, but, wrongfully, by simple legislative acts. In other words, the government we presently live under is not the brainchild of our Founding Fathers as we delude ourselves into believing, but instead, the handiwork of professional politicians whose loyalties and motives have just been discussed.