Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day -- Yeah Right!!!

It’s Independence Day in America—that day where we fly our flags, picnic with our loved ones, marvel at fireworks, and celebrate our freedom. But do we really have anything to celebrate? Let’s find out.

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary online defines independence as:
the quality or state of being independent
This definition isn’t all that helpful without defining the word independent. Once again we return to the Merriam-Webster dictionary online and find these definitions for the word independent:
a. “not subject to control by others” 
b. 2) “not looking to others for one’s opinions or for guidance in conduct” 
c. “not requiring or relying on others”
Therefore, a complete definition of the word independence would be:
the quality or state of not being subject to the control of others, not looking to others for guidance in conduct, and not relying on others.
Now ask yourself, according to this definition, are you independent?

Anyone who answers that question affirmatively is either delusional, dishonest, or reading this article from the safety of a padded room in their local mental institution. Of course you’re not independent!

Can you really say you are “not subject to control by others”? Try driving down the street without having to obey countless traffic laws. Try filming a cop as he beats up a fellow “free” citizen. Try flying to your family’s fourth of July picnic without having your genitals groped by the TSA.


Everything you do is regulated, everything you say is monitored and censored, and every transaction you make is taxed. Even the “free” choices you make are restricted and controlled by the government. When you choose between a limited set of options, you don’t actually make a real choice at all. Make no mistake: you are under complete control.

Although you may not be “looking to others for…opinions or for guidance” from the government, the government will relentlessly bombard you with their unsolicited opinions—constantly letting you know what is best for you. And, even worse, they don’t just offer their opinions, they force you to adhere to them through laws, violence, coercion, and taxation. The government seeks to control your opinions about every topic the same way a rapist seeks to control your opinions about who you should have sex with. They hold a gun to your head and say, “you know you want it.”

Do you require or rely on others? Hopefully not. Of the three components ofindependence, this one is the most vital. If you don’t rely on the government, then they lose most of their power to control your actions or guide your opinions. This is precisely why the government perpetually seeks ways of making us rely on them. By removing our ability to take responsibility for our own actions and be held accountable for the results, they gain control. This is also why, every time the government “helps” us acquire a service, the cost of that service goes through the roof—that way, it makes others have to turn to the government for that same service.

We’ve reached a point where people can’t even imagine privately funding education, saving for their own retirements, paying their own doctors, or deciding what to put into their own bodies—a point where people expect the government to censor the TV so they don’t have to take responsibility for what they watch, where people expect the government to outlaw drugs and prostitution so they don’t have to take responsibility for their own poor decisions, and where people expect the government to ban everything that they don’t personally agree with (denying others the opportunity to make their own decisions).

Of the three components of independence, this is the one we can use to take the power back, by simply taking responsibility of our own lives. Sadly, however, taking responsibility is a lot more work than sitting idly by and letting the government run your life for you, and most people are content to do just that. Like dogs on leashes, they forget about the leash as long as they get an easy meal once in a while.

Please wake up to this fact: we are not free and we do not have independence. We have drones in our skies, troops on our streets, the TSA in our pants, the IRS in our wallets, the police in our faces, and the NSA in our business.

On this 4th of July, instead of blindly celebrating false independence, let’s try to remember how we gained real independence in the first place. It didn’t come easy, but nothing worth having ever does. I hope that each and every person that reads this will privately issue their own Declaration of Independence—make a personal vow to live freely, take responsibility, let other’s live their own lives as they see fit, speak out against tyranny, and refuse to blindly follow the masses.

In living this way, we will hopefully make large strides back toward independence, and once again have a reason to celebrate in the future. As for this year, however, let’s remember the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Milo Nickels began blogging and cartooning about politics in the year 2000. After achieving some notoriety at that time, Milo took a break. Now, Milo has launched a new website, Five Cent Revolution where he continues to write about political issues. In particular, Milo focuses on constitutionalism, critiques of modern liberalism and progressivism, and defends individual liberty above all else. Milo wants the government out of our wallets, out of our business, and out of our lives to the greatest extent possible.

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13 comments:

uninformedLuddite said...

Interestingly the only time I spend money that isn't subject to state and/or federal taxes is when I score some drugs from my dealer.

Anonymous said...

It's July 4th, 2012 - Do YOU KNOW what time it is?
(It's time to pass H.R. 459, and AUDIT THE 'FED'!)
http://chooseliberty.org/auditrphf3.aspx?pid=0703

Eff Yu said...

One must accept police-state culture or leave the country.

That is all.

Love To Push Those Buttons said...

The system is on its last legs. Can't you tell? It's gonna be messy, a lot of lives are gonna be lost, the enforcers are so stupid they can't seem to understand that they live here too, but it is coming to an end. Bastille Day II is gonna make Bastelle Day I look like a walk in the park.

Roland.T.Flakfizer said...

Anyone in any group of two or more is not "independent" according to your definition. The only way to gain the sort of independence you seek is to live by yourself on an island.

What society can NOT have traffic laws? What society can not collect and enforce taxes?

Your "independence" is anarchy. One that the Founding Fathers would recoil from as surely as they would the system we find ourselves in today.

Bluestocking said...

For the past few years now, I've been telling people that I honor July 4th because of what America stands for in theory since a lot of the ideals on which this country was founded are ethically sound -- but I do not honor it for what America stands for in practice, because we have in many ways deviated from those ideals (and not in the ways that certain groups of people are always complaining about).

Anonymous said...

Well, Roland,
Whats wrong with a little "Anarchy" ? You must think anarchy is a bunch of hoodies throwin' moltov cocktails. At least thats what CNN says it is. In fact anarchy simply means to be free of coercion and control by others. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson "I would rather suffer the effects of too much liberty than to suffer the effects of too little." So, I doubt the founders would "recoil" as you suggest.
As for collecting taxes, do you realize that the irs is the collection arm of the federal reserve and that the fed is privatly owned ? Not one penny of income tax money goes to run the day to day operations of the gummit, Roland. Check the latest GAO report. All of the income tax extracted from you (under threat of force) goes to the privatly owned federal reserve bank and is then loaned back to the govt' with intrest thereby making the owners of the fed insanely wealthy...now THAT is what would cause the founders to recoil !!

Anonymous said...

"What society can not collect and enforce taxes?"

Libya was one, and I'm sure there are a few others probably in South America that embrace true socialism whereby profits from nationalized industries pay for most government operations.

And yes there will always be corruption just as there is in the non-socialist systems all over the world, especially modern pseudo-capitalist America.

But when a national company brings in say 100 billion dollars a year from oil even if 5% of that gets siphoned off through corruption there's still 95 billion dollars left to cover the important stuff.

Would you rather corrupt pigs make $5 billion off that oil and the rest of that goes to help you, or $100 billion goes to corrupt pigs while you pay out your ass to them for the "privilege" of making use of your nation's own resources?

Really it's a no-brainer... but then as everyone here should be well aware most Western nations are filled with 'no-brainers' these days so they can't figure out that it's a 'no-brainer'.

Anonymous said...

To "uninformedLuddite said..."

If the government didn't make drugs illegal then the ones you scored would have been loads cheaper.......so even there the gubmet has influence.......

Midnittkr

Anonymous said...

In Honolulu, HI. The residence had gotten permits to erect canopies and tents for over night stay at Kopolanni Park next to Wikiki Beach and they were charged a fee for those permits.
Then at about 1AM on this 4th of July, Honolulu Police forced all the people women whom most were mothers with their children and males to walk across the park and stand on the sidewalk until 5 AM in the morning because of a no camping in the park ordinance which was designed to keep homeless people from sleeping in the park. The police kept vigil on the park to cite any one in the park!
First of all people forget the politicians and police work for those people and families that had to be on the side walk for four hours. it's not Vis-Versa!
This latest police action against a public that wanted to celebrated our freedoms that the city of Honolulu and it's police dept have a passion to take away! Oh it's all in the name of public safety! Happy 4th America!!

Anonymous said...

Now define "Free".
As in "The Land of the Free".

Define "Democracy"- Define "Republic".

It's an illusion- It's ALL BS- every bit of it!

Anonymous said...

We as Americans are lied to everyday as the middle class were breaking their backs and the boss man drinks champaign laughing all day! Now the boss man are the bankers and they think they are the gods that make you or break you! They believe they will bring you happiness by making you a millionaire. They control your dept! They control what politicians are on the ballot boxes! They decide what laws are to be made and enforced. They militarized your local police departments! The people of America they stole your U.S. Constitution and the majority sat on their hands! It was like taking can't from a baby!

Anonymous said...

If you want that kind of independance you have to go live in a cave somewhere and live off of the land. Good luck. I traded my independence for a surburban lifestyle where food is plentiful and easily accessible, electricity, air-conditioning, heating keep me comfortable, and my propaganda box numbs my mind with beta waves telling me how exceptional we are as Americans, and how good we have it. I am a cog in this machine for better or worse. If it were possible to go back to a caveman lifestyle, I'd probably enjoy it if I could get used to it. But what if I had a cavity? What if I slipped and fell and broke my leg? My life expectancy and my quality of life would never recover.

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