A Government That Has Become Destructive
Americans find themselves no less challenged today than did the British colonists prior to declaring freedom from the British Empire in 1776. Given the personal implications of the Patriot Act, the trespass law, the merger of international oligarchs, government-sponsored news, over-taxation, and debilitating national and personal debt, time is of the essence.
Why and how America has evolved from its brilliant beginning of personal freedoms and liberties to that of a near police state of paramilitary tactics, requires explanations more honest than politically correct. The problem, however, is that popular American history contains important omissions and overstatements. How so? Those who signed the paychecks of the authors they employed have typically been members of the ruling class. The carefully crafted version they paid for was written to help preserve ruling-class dominion over the American people. Transparency had rarely been important in the assignment.
Make no mistake, current issues have not, cannot and will not be solved by this same elite group who created the conditions allowing them to occur in the first place. In the hope of expediting solutions other than simply Band-Aid measures of a false right/left paradigm, Beyond the National Myth: waking up in the land of the free addresses the age-old conundrum of freedom v. tyranny. On one side are God, the people and their unalienable rights, and on the other, the oligarchy and a government that has become “destructive to these ends.” Fortunately, the authors of the Declaration of Independence left Americans an awesome blueprint for precisely these kinds of predicaments.
“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” —The Declaration of Independence.
Scope and Purpose of Book
This book invites readers to consider the rest of the story of American history by shining a light on under-reported historical events and overlooked historical actors. It highlights important “dots” to the untold parts of the story so you, the reader, can connect them. A refreshed view reveals the multiple myths Americans have been led to believe about their country. The most egregious of them surpasses the rest: The myth of an America of, by, and for the people.
Beyond the National Myth: waking up in the land of the free digs deep into the psyche of the American past. It identifies financial, political, and societal trends made obvious by the passage of time. A summary-level examination of the history of both the British Empire and early America exposes an entrenched continuum of oligarchy still with us. The reader will note absent other equally important American history of this same time period, i.e. the massacre of Native Americans and issues of African-American slavery.
The purpose of Beyond the National Myth: waking up in the land of the free is to
1. strip away patriotic illusions and misconceptions
2. offer the rest of the story about the great experiment of America so as
3. to mount a wake-up call and reintroduce where freedom lives.
Direct quotes and original documents are often cited to allow historical actors to speak directly to the premise of this book and also to empower the reader with first-hand knowledge of perhaps the most stunning thread of American history, far more than the opinion of this author. The good news is a platform for viable solutions already exists.
The theme of this book explores the reclamation of freedoms and liberties once guaranteed to Americans. Below are the definitions of freedom and liberty referenced:
freedom: 1.A) the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants: we do have some freedom of choice [count noun]: he talked of revoking some of the freedoms 1.B) absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government: he was a champion of Irish freedom. —The Compact Oxford English Dictionary
liberty: (Lat. liber, free; libertas, freedom, liberty). Freedom from restraint. The faculty of willing, and the power of doing what has been willed, without influence from without. —Bouvier’s Law Dictionary (1856)
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” —Thomas Jefferson
The word unalienable is one of the most important words in the entire book. Unalienable was the word Thomas Jefferson used in his final draft of the Declaration of Independence but which, over the years, has come to be known as, inalienable. Certainly similar in meaning as rights that are not transferable, unalienable rights express unequivocally the fact that these rights are never politically or commercially negotiable because they are from the Creator.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” —The Declaration of Independence
unalienable: Incapable of being transferred. Things which are not in commerce, as, public roads, are in their nature unalienable. Some things are unalienable in consequence of particular provisions of the law forbidding their sale or transfer; as, pensions granted by the government. The natural rights of life and liberty are unalienable. —Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856
Ironically, by unraveling a tangled web cleverly spun to deceive and exploit the people, like diamonds found in the dirt, a genuine solution appears. To this end, a chapter-by-chapter reference has been provided to encourage the reader to dig deeper. The hope is that your efforts, via any and all practical strategies and tactics, would surpass and build upon the platform of freedom and liberty presented in this book.
In a twenty-four-hour news cycle world, what people fight against often fails to make a lasting impression. The time has come for Americans to seriously consider a Declaration of Independence 2.0, to rise up again, not against the machine but rather as beneficiaries reclaiming what is rightfully already ours. Your personal curiosity and participation in this matter could impact generations to come. “The truth will make you free” and whenever it has been hidden, an informed populous becomes the final frontier.
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” — John Lubbock, British banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist
Fair warning: This book is likely to elicit strong emotions. Its assertions fly in the face of much of what we have been taught to believe about America under a modern system of education. The more informed the people, the greater the possibility to reclaim freedoms and liberties once guaranteed.