The attached video is of a school teacher (probably on Texas) instructing his class on the dangers of apathy and mindless consent to government powers. His lesson is both impressive and surprising since it’s the kind of speech that might get a public school teacher fired.
The teacher uses the story of Jews in Nazi Germany to illustrates the dangers of mindless compliance with government orders. I.e., by failing to instantly resist the early anti-Jew propaganda–the Jews implicitly and effectively “consented” to evermore virulent attacks and ultimately, to their own annihilation. They were unwilling to stand up for their own reputation and freedom, and that failure ultimately led to their destruction. They were not simply innocent victims. They were complicit in their own destruction in that they were a people who lacked sufficient intelligence or courage to resist when resistance was still possible. They weren’t executed simply because they were Jewish–they were executed because they would not simply speak up and fight for themselves.
I admire the video, but I quibble with its title (“NO, I WILL NOT COMPLY!”). I’d say that the issue is ultimately not simply about “compliance” but, more fundamentally, about consent.
I’m reminded of the third sentence in the “Declaration of Independence” which correctly declares, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, driving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
In other words, in the final analysis, all governmental power flows from the consent of the governed.
Do you know why we continue to have problems with the TSA airport screening procedures (radiation and groping)? It’s because the majority of Americans have (if only by their silence) consented to those procedures. How ’bout the imposition of traffic tickets, income taxes, no-fault divorce, and abortions? They’re all here because the American people are presumed to have consented–primarily by their silence–to those impositions. Insofar as we’ve become the world’s premier police state, we’ve done so with the consent (by silence) of the American people.
But in the end, We the People are the 800 pound gorilla. We can take this country back from the treasonous whores who profess to run it, any time we make up our minds to get up off the couch, and take the action required to indelibly impress upon the minds of our would-be rulers that We run this place, that We have never consented to our leaders’ treason, that those purported “leaders” had better adjust to this new state of affairs; that if that adjustment is a problem, then they should note that–as per the teacher in the video quoting Thomas Jefferson–”The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants.”
Jefferson wasn’t kidding. Jefferson understood human nature and human history sufficiently to essentially say, if you folks in government think you can impose a New World Order tyranny without regard to our knowing consent, we’ll blow your damn heads off. It’s that simple. We’ll kill every one of you–and we have the guns to do it.
A lot of people would reject that solution as untenable. Surely, the people don’t dare enter into violent confrontation with our purported “authorities” since we couldn’t possibly win.
Actually, if enough people stood up, we couldn’t possibly lose. And government knows it. As I said, We are the 800 pound gorilla.
The police are outnumbered about 300 to 1 in this country. In the unlikely event that our government brought back all the military from overseas to help “police” America, the combined police and military would still be outnumbered about 150 to 1 in an armed nation. Yes, the government would have an advantage in tanks, aircraft, firepower and weaponry, but they’d still be so badly outnumbered that they wouldn’t stand a chance in a shooting revolution. Plus, many of the police and military would stand with the People. The remaining pro-government forces would ultimately cut and run, just like the LA cops ran from the LA riots.
The problem with preventing our government from acting without the people’s consent (as expressed in our constitutions) is that very few people want to engage in violence. Many of those who find violence attractive already work for the government. The rest of us keep hoping (as did the Jews in pre-WWII Nazi Germany) that “somehow” things will “work out” and, ultimately, our purported leaders will be guided to support liberty rather than tyranny. That’s a bunch of wishful thinking, but it’s still the unstated hope of most Americans.
It’s sad, but it’s not news, to see that most Americans are no more courageous or foresighted than the Jews who silently “consented” to be exterminated by the Nazis. For the moment, America is no more the “Home of the Brave” than a pre-WWII Jewish ghetto. We see the signs of approaching tyranny. We hear rumors of concentration camps. But we watch TV, crack open a six-pack, pay our taxes and hope for the best–just like any other “good little German”.
Because it’s human nature. Because, in the end, unlike our rulers, the people tend to be decent and non-violent. As Jefferson also observed in the “Declaration of Independence” 234 years ago, “. . . all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” In other words, people will naturally put up with an almost endless stream of crap from their government before they finally get up off the couch, pick up a rifle (or a pitchfork) and holler “Alright, you sonsabitchs, . . . here . . . we . . . come!“
In Jefferson’s two observations in the Declaration, we see the fundamental tension of times: On the one hand, we know that our government is not “deriving its powers from the consent of the governed”–but routinely proceeds unjustly and without that consent. On the other hand, “all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer” than to take violent action to “right themselves”.
Our government is betting that our human predisposition to “suffer while evils are sufferable” will prevent us from taking violent action to “right” ourselves. Government is betting that they can impose an ever-increasing tyranny upon us just as the Nazis imposed an ever-increasing tyranny on the Jews and then on the entire German people.
So, what’ll happen first? Will the people silently assent while government drives us deeper into tyranny? Or will the people (“disposed to suffer” just like the Jews of Auschwitz) suddenly snap, rise up and confront government with a shooting revolution?
We shall see.
We live in interesting times, hmm?
Schoolteacher video: 00:05:55
And here’s another video on Consent as that concept applies in England. The natives of both US and UK are growing restless. Heh, heh, heh.
This English dissident is demonstrating that it’s possible to resist in a civil manner now–while civil resistance is still possible–and hopefully cause government to retreat before violent confrontation becomes unavoidable.