PROGRESSIVE PATRIOTISM VS THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES

A five-part appeal to my fellow Americans

I am not writing this series of articles to disparage the great sacrifices made by Americans throughout our history. On the contrary, it is because of their great sacrifices that I feel compelled to write this. Sacrifice and patriotism this profound should be for the right reasons. And it was, when the founding fathers fought for, sacrificed for, and died for the creation of the United States. The reason I am writing this is because their epic sacrifice and patriotism have been hijacked, perverted, turned into propaganda and indoctrination, and has been spoon fed to Americans for the purpose of control, for a very long time. I want to stop the senseless loss of life and wasted sacrifice for a false patriotism. I also want you the reader to know that every single thing I insinuate Americans of being guilty of in this letter, I was just as guilty of for most of my life. It is because others unplugged me from the matrix and allowed me to see the truth that I now want to unplug others. Lana and Lilly Wachowski couldn’t have been more spot on. Not only are most Americans comfortably plugged into the matrix, they are continuously getting distracted by the woman in the red dress…

Part One

 Sacrifice, patriotism, and the founding fathers

“Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Let me start with a few questions.

Americans say they love what America and our flag stands for, but can you actually describe what America’s founding principles are? What does America stand for? Do you actually know what it means to be an “American”?

What is it exactly that you are celebrating every year on July 4th?

Do you realize that America is neither “One Nation” nor “Indivisible”?

Do you realize your patriotism has been perverted and is being used against you to further the political power of others?

Do you realize they use our human capital to counter the founding principles and take our freedoms and liberties away from us?

Every living thing, including humans, has one overwhelming dominate drive that supersedes all others, the desire to live. No one wants to die, not normally at least. The motivation to stay alive overrides all other things. The notion of giving one’s life for another, therefore, cannot be overstated. Think about that concept for just a moment. That someone would give their life for another is the greatest act of altruism there can possibly be. It runs so completely counter to our strongest and most hardwired instinct that it takes a supreme amount of will to bypass this instinct. We should be in great awe of those who do this. This ultimate act of selflessness can only be voluntary. A person must want to do such a thing of their own volition, it cannot be forced. A person can, however, be seduced, tricked, or indoctrinated into believing such a sacrifice is for the right reasons, when it is not.

Now, I am not questioning that great sacrifice; I am questioning the morally corrupt abuse of that sacrifice. Because others have such a terrible addiction to power, they will do anything to continue abusing it. This includes throwing all our lives away as cannon fodder to further their addiction. There are those in our government who subvert and debase that great sacrifice for their own personal political ends. They have completely fooled the rest of us into using such a noble thing for such an immoral purpose; their own enrichment of power. We never seem to stop falling for the lie that our sacrifice is for the noble and patriotic reasons of defending our freedoms and liberties.

It is hard to resist the emotional pull of the notion that others have laid down their very lives for our freedoms and liberties. How can we possibly let their sacrifice be in vain? Those in power know exactly how powerful such a notion is to the masses. They use this to bend us to their will. They use this to make it extremely hard for anyone to break ranks. Anyone who dares do so is immediately pounced on by the rest and socially obliterated and ostracized for even daring to question such sacrifice. They have so effectively turned us against each other that we willingly police ourselves to ideals that are not our own and place our own hands into the shackles of slavery. We willingly close and lock the cell door and voluntarily imprison ourselves, all in the name of a false patriotism that we have been indoctrinated into believing. This indoctrination starts when we are very young and never stops. For an example of how we do this please see my blog post covering Decision Making Under Ignorance, which I call “Short Story Decision-Making” here.

 

When creating the United States, the level of patriotism and sacrifice needed by our founding fathers was so epic, that we are still living in the shadow of that legendary ideal today. Nothing like what they aspired to had ever been tried before in human history. They sacrificed everything, up to and including their very lives, so that we could live with a freedom never before known.

When the United States won its independence and was recognized on the world stage, King George did not recognize the United States as “one nation” but as thirteen sovereign nations in a union. Here is the excerpt defining this from article one of The Definitive Treaty of Peace 1783:

“His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz., New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and independent states…” (Emphasis at the end is mine)

When Americans traveled abroad prior to the 1860’s, they did not call themselves “Americans”, at least not in the way we mean it today. They called themselves Pennsylvanians, Marylanders, New Yorkers, Georgians, Virginians, etc. When the thirteen colonies won their independence, they went from being colonies of the English Crown to being their own sovereign countries. The rub here that makes this a difficult thing to wrap our head around, is that the word “State” had a slightly different meaning in the world at the time of our founding than what Americans typically associate with it today. Here is an excerpt from Brion McClanahan’s article “Rethinking the Declaration of Independence” originally published July 4th, 2010 exemplifying this.

“Jefferson made a conscious decision to choose the word State. A State, in the 18th century, was a sovereign political entity. In the same document, Jefferson called Great Britain a “State.” Thus, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, or any other American State, were equal to the mother country. They were not shires, parishes, counties, or provinces subservient to a “united States” government.”

The thirteen original “countries” I.E. States, banded together in a federated union for mutual benefit and protection, much like the European Union is today. Americans at that time would be sure that whoever they spoke with understood which country in the American Union they were from. You can understand this concept by answering one simple question. Have you ever heard anyone from any of the countries in the European Union label themselves as a “European” instead of a German, or Frenchman, or Belgian, etc? I bet you haven’t. They are a citizen of France, or Germany, or Belgium. They are not a citizen of the European Union.

This is a distinction that is very important, so please remember it. Our founding fathers did not create “one nation…indivisible”. In fact, they abhorred such a thing. That was the very thing they just fought to separate themselves from. The founding generations fled Europe to America precisely to escape that form of government. This is a critical distinction that the majority of Americans today are ignorant of but has a profound impact on a person’s perspective. This is another example of Decision Making Under Ignorance that I mentioned above.

This then is the very founding principles of the United States; the right to self-determination and the right to secede from any form of government or group of people who are detrimental to that self-determination. The founding principles of the United States enshrine the immutable and inalienable right to life. There is no greater right.

 

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