"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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
The Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776
Equality. A cornerstone of our country, of our government, was the equality of men. The Continental Congress did away with such notions as Kings and Kingdoms, Nobles and Peasants, Lords and Villains. In the country they created there would be equality. Men would serve as lawmakers for a short while and then return to their homes to live under the laws they created. They determined to rule well, securing liberty for their countrymen, and in doing so, securing liberty for themselves and their posterity. They considered themselves men of the people, in fact, they were the people.
The entire concept of equality for all men was more than revolutionary. Every other culture on earth had a ruling class. Not since ancient Rome had mankind seen a republic flourish - and never a representative republic! Liberty and freedom blossomed as the people ruled themselves with honor and integrity. While not perfect, America promised that which no country had before - freedom and justice for all men - regardless of station or circumstance. The equality of men was the American Dream.
A country such as ours can only be held together by good men. And the good men have left the building. They have been replaced by greedy, corrupt, immoral men, seeking the best for themselves at the expense of their fellow men, and their country. Once again, the Ruling Class has quietly crept into a secured position of power, content to crush the equality of their brethren under their feet. We live in a country where our lawmakers make laws to govern the people but exempt themselves. We live in a country where our law keepers police the people, but not themselves. We live in a country where the judicial system has taken it upon themselves to act as lawmakers rather than the chief investigators of innocence or guilt.
It is the unfortunate state of humanity to guard our comforts at the cost of our freedoms. As our Founding Fathers noted, "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." And suffering, we are.
It recently came to my attention that the State of Idaho exempts lawmakers from the requirement of obtaining a concealed weapons permit in order to conceal carry. This is far from the only example of the "Ruling Class" exempting themselves from the laws they have created. Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (without even bothering to read its contents), yet when faced with abiding by this legislation, they issued a rule (August 7, 2013 OPM) that essentially exempted them from this poisonous legislation. They gave an exemption to themselves - not to you and I, mind you - but to themselves! But it doesn't end with our lawmakers - they are but one section of our Ruling Class.
Law enforcement, in recent years, has proven themselves above the law. As I wrote about in an earlier post, a Washington State Patrol officer and pilot were caught ticketing "civilians" while allowing their fellow officers to speed on their way to a law enforcement seminar. There is example after example of heightened police presence and involvement when a crime is committed against an officer rather than an ordinary citizen.
And then there are our judges. These are the men that we have charged with disseminating supreme justice. This sacred trust has been sorely misplaced. Rather than unbiasedly dispensing justice, they have chosen to use their honored position to betray the American people. They have written their own, biased opinion into law and in the process they have circumvented justice and stolen their fellow mans freedom.
How soon we forget. Just over two centuries ago brave men sought a new country, a country they could call their own. A country where no man was another's better and no one controlled another mans freedoms or opportunities. The country they found - that they built - was a beacon of hope in a harsh world. That country was the United States of America. But, we have failed to guard one of our most precious commodities - equality. We allowed ignorant, greedy men to steel our autonomy while we slept and now we have reduced ourselves to nation of obedient servants. We have effectively given the substance of our lives to the Ruling Class. We have accepted servitude in place of freedom and taken on the mantle of peasants minding the King's holdings. We have become the Villains.
Will you continue in your slumber? Will you pass on a heritage of servitude to you children? Will you allow your fellow man to exercise their (illegal) authority to rule over you? Will you spend your days serving an ungoverned, immoral Ruling Class? Or will you reclaim your rightful position and exercise the rights endowed to you by your Creator?
We are the Ruling Class. It's time for us to remind our self-appointed "Masters" of that fact.