In my blog yesterday I referred to Ron Paul's closing remarks to the nation as one of its representatives in the House of Representatives. I had come across that speech in the pages of the Whistleblower magazine, in its December issue, but hadn't gotten around to reading it through, as I had caught it live in a video of Ron delivering it. But I obviously didn't catch all of it; for in reading it through further this morning, I found even more in it to commend it to the attention of the nation. It does an excellent job of summarizing where we have gone wrong as a nation, and therefore, why we are in the "mess" - his very apposite word - that we are in today.
As he neared the close of his address, he used these other words to clothe his feelings in:
"The ultimate solution is not in the hands of the government.
"The solution falls on each and every individual, with guidance from family, friends and community.
"The No. 1 responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will follow. This is of greater importance than working on changing the government. That is secondary to promoting a virtuous society. If we can achieve this, then the government will change."
He had just pointed out that 'The Founders were convinced that a free society" - which he had spent some words in describing as being his 'secret' for prosperity - "could not exist without a moral people. Just writing rules," he pointed out, "won't work if the people choose to ignore them. Today the rule of law written in the Constitution has little meaning for most Americans, especially those who work in Washington, D.C."
A well-observed, and -deserved, 'ouch'.
For, what's the context for these words, and this sentiment?
I have been in a far country for many years, so I haven't been around, when a change took place in this country. Your leaders have gotten you so in debt, and allowed you to live not just on borrowed money but on merely printed money - when the Federal Reserve monetized the debt; to the remark of few other than Ron Paul at the time - that your country has been stolen out from under you. Communist China - as the key other player in this scenario - can now, not march in, but stroll in and take over all your resources; and you can do nothing about it but wake up, and wonder aloud, 'Gee, what happened, while I was asleep' - at the switch, from a virtuous people to an immoral people, leading you to live off of others.
- the very philosophy, and way of life, that the welfarites have picked up on, and are merely an extension of.
So the blame for the downfall of the nation rests not really, or primarily, on those who are merely the symptom. It rests on your leaders, and their leadership. And ultimately - guess what. It rests on you, Average Joe and Jill Citizen. Since you are supposed to be, and have been, responsible for yourselves in this nation. This country now far removed from its founding principles, of the likes of self-reliance, and self-governance, and self-responsibility.
Not doing too well on those scores now, are we.
And yes, I count myself among you. For this is my country, in spirit. And I am sorely grieved, and aggrieved, by and at its outcome, at the hands of those among you who have wanted to do you in for a long, long time. And have almost - almost - succeeded, in their mission, of tearing this nation down, and replacing it with another vision: the vision of the all-powerful state, running its people's lives to within an inch of those serf-like lives.
There is still time to set things right. But not by much. And, at the expense of what you have; and have been bequeathed. To be ruled, now, by, and for, something better:
government of our higher Selves, by our higher Selves, and for our higher Selves.
You really have no choice. If you want to survive at all; as other than a slave.
So, the answer is to free yourself from the oppression of the state, in taking charge of your own life, in a virtuous manner. And in doing so, to heed the words of Ron Paul, at the conclusion of his Farewell Address to the House of Representatives, and to the nation, as one of its representative in that honorable, but dishonored, assembly.
His closing words:
"I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out 'the plain truth of things': The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people worldwide, is to pursue the cause of LIBERTY.
"If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land."
I echo his words.
And no more, really, needs to be said.
Except to qualify the word, and quality, of Liberty with the word, and quality, of Virtue.
What our Founding Fathers envisioned.
And did their best to warn us about: that the one without the other is mere licentiousness.
Which is as unworthy a quality as oppression.
Unworthy, of our higher Selves.
Now to take charge, of our next steps; as not only a nation.
But a race of beings, engaged in the act of Ascension, to a new, higher level of being.
If you can manage it.
P.S. And further in closing, a couple of comments late yesterday about our state of being, and our leadership recently. The first to a blog at Western Center for Journalism entitled 'Levin: Pelosi Would Be Serving Time in The Federal Pen' - Daniel Noe - Feb. 12
Mark Levin: '"If Pelosi were working in the private sector, she would be in the federal pen right now." Audio on his rant about the huge deficit the U.S. is laboring under, and continuing to grow exponentially. And Pelosi says that "the problem is not a spending problem"…
O Republicans, Republicans. Wherefore art thou, Republicans.
Gone to the Enron School of Acting. Where you are taught to say: “Shhh. Don’t say anything. You might pull down the whole thing. And then where would we be?”
Answer: Where you belong.
…and another comment on the same issue of the Western Center for Journalism; this one titled 'A Warning From Canada On Gun Registration…' - Daniel Noe again, Feb. 12 again:
Thank you for this, Daniel. Well posted.
I understand that Australia went through the same sort of thing.
And GB before that.
i hope Americans pay attention, to this slowly slowly encroachment going on. Being the last bastion of freedom on the planet, and all.