You can’t write angry and be successful. You can’t tell people they are wrong and be successful. You can’t do it the way you are doing it and make more money. These are things I hear on a regular basis. I rarely say it back verbally or written, but my response in my head is each time…”If you think I am writing the things I write because I am trying to be successful, then you obviously have not the slightest idea what I’m about.” I blame myself for that. Maybe I’m not clear enough. This nation is completely wrecked and I am trying to fix it. I don’t give a blasted rat’s backside about making money on this blog or any of the other multitude of things I do in this regard. I know this is a foreign concept, but it is the truth. The last thing I want to do is make a fortune on the back of the collapse of my home. Plenty of people out there already do that. Plenty. I am more than happy to make a fortune in any other way, and I absolutely hate every article I’ve written on the blog. Every one of them. Why? Because it does not represent who I am minus the curse of civic duty. I don’t want to write these things any more than people don’t want to read it. I do the tag research. I know what people want to read, and none of this even sniffs success. Yet, several of these articles have made their way further than I would have ever thought. So that tells me something very important. At least a portion of people in my sphere of influence know something is not right and they are reading things that might teach them what that is. I do not know all the answers, nor do I have all the solutions, but I am at least in the general ballpark as to what is happening. The reason for that is…I pay attention…I read…a lot…and I watch others…a lot…and I have learned certain undeniable truths. The foremost of which is that the America we think we live in does not remotely exist. We are living in a bubble of fantasy. That bubble is about to be pricked for the final time, and when that happens a great deal of innocent bubble dwellers are going to come pouring out screaming their heads off in panic. I’d like to avoid that. So I warn.
With my motive established, I will now get on with the point I want to make in this piece. Recently, in another forum, I wrote about the things our country does behind the curtain that we never consider. Terrible things. A few people who I respect and trust were if not angered, in total disagreement with what I had to say. I had no proof to say such outlandish things. At best, those things are “unpleasant to consider” and we don’t want to think of our nation in such a way. Therein lies problem number one in America. The citizens think they are above the unpleasant things to consider in the world. In reality not only are we not above it, we are in most cases the worst offenders of the unpleasantness. Let us consider then how things got this way with a quick look back at some history.
The men who founded this nation, this experiment, all of European heritage and aristocratic backgrounds, knew very well that there was little chance for it to survive long-term. Human nature just won’t allow it. In the writings of all of them they warn repeatedly of the things that will quickly render it dead. For instance, let us consider what James Madison wrote regarding the vital importance of a population armed with truthful information…”A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” Fast forward all the way to 1963, and John F. Kennedy said the same thing in his own words, and was then shot in the head very shortly after. He gave a dire warning to the press of the United States that a “shadowy conspiracy” of unimaginable power and depth was haunting America. Every President since has made reference to the same force, and many if not most before him as well. Nearly instantly after this nation was signed, sealed and delivered into world history, the war of trying to destroy it cranked up. The lies began, the distortions started, and the mass deception was put into play.
From George Washington and his cherry tree and wooden teeth, Honest Abe Lincoln and his purity, all the way to Barack Obama and the total lie of everything about who he is supposed to be, we have been deceived. Bamboozled. The idea of America is beautiful. The Constitution is incredible and the Declaration of Independence a marvel of heroism and courage. The founders created a perfect beast…on paper. But have we followed those papers and their explicit instructions on how NOT to screw it all up? No, we most certainly have not. It was impossible from the start. Right off the bat there was one glaring flaw. Slavery. Here they were creating a nation based on total freedom of the individual to succeed or fail based on his own merits, and a portion of the population weren’t even considered human. That’s a pretty messed up start. It took just under a hundred years and a bloody horrible war amongst ourselves to fix it. Fix it on paper that is. It has taken another 100 plus years to attempt to rectify it, but still today the wounds fester and the hate lies under the surface. Slavery is but one of our problems as we started out. We also had the tiny detail (sarcasm) of the people who already lived here and called it home. So we spent an entire century practicing what can only be called genocide against the other human beings that were here before the Europeans ever knew the land existed. This is one of those “unpleasant” facts we don’t like to consider about our nation. Yet, pretending something isn’t there when it is…is just that…pretending. So, here is this beautiful idea that is just getting started, and we are saddled with slavery and genocide on our permanent record. You can keep sweeping it under the rug with stories that never happened, and heroes that never were, but it like everything else kept in the dark, will eventually come back out in the light. Let us give it light and…gasp…consider it. We were pretty horrible. We as a nation, and if we are going to be united, then we unite with those that came before us as well, and thus it was indeed “we.”
Yet, despite such horrendous behavior, America still managed to evolve into a semblance of the beautiful idea. There was freedom, there were great men, great achievements and great progress. America became the envy of the world despite the atrocious start. But right when we were finally getting it right, we let our guard down, and once again the forces of destruction went to work inside us again. Every single warning that every single founder gave has come to pass. We have become, or in some cases are in the process of becoming, everything they feared would happen. John Adams, perhaps the most influential of all the founders, knew in his heart that the experiment was doomed to fail. He wrote, “I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.” That fate is now. Corruption rules supreme amongst us. Down to the last person. Yet, we find it unpleasant to consider so we do not. We will stay inside this bubble until it does indeed expire and reality floods inside as we flood out, and the experiment, the dream, floats off quietly into the air as vapors and becomes as if it never existed. That is the fate that John Adams knew was to come as he accepted his own ruin.
John Adams was a tortured man, as all great men are. He waffled back and forth on everything from religion to government to his own self-worth. He didn’t have to. He could have slipped inside the existing bubble of aristocracy and rode it comfortably and happily per his station in life. But there are some men who can’t do that. They dream bigger and they desire more. Not for themselves, but for all. They don’t sleep at night and they worry all day. Their minds race and they tinker, and dig, and shout and they whisper. All in pursuit of a greater idea than the one they see. In description of this torture he writes, “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” They did indeed gain that liberty. The time has come again for the next great men to make the same sacrifices. To study the things we hate so that those that come after us do not have to.
That is why we must, as strong as the word must can be written, consider the truths and realities of what we are. Unpleasant though they may be. We did horrible things from the start and we are doing horrible things now, and as a total, they have wrecked us. For the overwhelming theme of the founders in general, regardless of personal belief, was that God had given the blessing of the birth of this nation and ultimately rules over it. They believed, and they were right, that God does not allow His work to be mocked indefinitely. His judgement will indeed eventually come, and his wrath will be mighty when it does. So I ask, consider deeply and thoughtfully the reality of who we are as a people. Both the good and the bad. We are not hopeless and without good intent. We still have greatness in us from that original beautiful dream. But we have lost our way off the path so far that we can’t find our way back unless we all start looking in the same direction together. Let us beat those who are trying to finish this experiment off once and for all to the punch, and pop our own bubble before they get the chance. Let us come out orderly and calmly and acknowledge our fears with courage. Let us stare into the shame of what we have done and ask for forgiveness and humbleness. Let us heal and come together to prove history does not have to repeat. Let us be the exception to the rule. For after all, the dream of America is at its loftiest goal, to be exceptional in this world of injustice and repeating horror.
To be patriotic is not to wave a flag, a symbol, and recite beliefs that mostly never existed. To be patriotic is to passionately pursue truth so that it can be applied justly and tyranny kept at bay. That is why I do what I do. Mistakes have been made and many more are to come, but I’d rather make a billion mistakes and be reviled in the end, if it means that the path led to the survival of the United States of America. The founders were only just that…those that started the ball rolling…and it is now our turn. Will the great men and women now please step forward in mass? Politics and war are waiting to be studied.
Gary Wayne Abernathy