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[Tru Blu Tuesday] Fighting Back

Bullies. They’ve been around since Cain slew Able. They’re a fact of life, really. From the school yard, to the sports arena, to the board room and -as pointed out last week- in your friendly neighborhood federal government. But what’s a citizen to do against a foe as vast and powerful as the body that governs his nation? How is justice reclaimed? How can the little man regain footing on the same ground as his oppressor? Not easily.

Not to say it can’t be done, but reality tells us that quite often, the bully gets away with his crime. Even when they are punished, as was Cain of chesspawn2the Bible, it doesn’t turn out that well for the Ables. Still, after being challenged by a friend and reader to write about how to take our authority back from our out of control government, I racked my brain for ways an individual like myself can make a difference towards that end. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that we are at a great disadvantage. I mean, our best defense was the Constitution, but apparently it had might as well be written in chalk on a Seattle sidewalk. A few pawns attacking an army of rooks and bishops would stand a better chance of success than we do right now. You don’t have to be an avid chess player to understand that predicament. 

So in accepting my friend’s challenge, I first asked myself: how can we make the directors of the NSA be held accountable for their intrusions? It’s pretty much impossible, as government agents almost never get full justice, if any. There are, however, a few heavy hitters on our side for this fight:

  • The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, for its breech of First and Fourth Amendment rights. A 2008 lawsuit by the ACLU against the constitutionality of the FISA Amendment act failed in Supreme Court due to lack of evidence. That would not likely be a problem in this instance.
  • Senator Rand Paul is pushing a bill that would limit the NSA’s ability to continue their egregious afront to privacy. So far, he is sailing solo in his attempt to rock the boat.

What comes of these efforts, we’ll have to wait and see, but it is at least encouraging to have a few knights on our side. Personally, I’d like very much for big companies such as Google, Verizon and Facebook, in the interest of protecting their brands, throw their weight into the fray as well. One can only hope.

Unfortunately, even if the NSA was reprimanded for its actions, they are only a part of the bigger picture that is the authority struggle between us and the federal government. If we’re going to take on that beast, there’s going to have to be a shift in the status quo. We would have to change the culture in Congress, electing representatives and an Executive who respect the Constitution. In order to do that we would have to get a lot more pawns on our side! Inform more people about what is really happening in our country. To make that happen we’ll need more influences of liberty having their voices heard above the tumultuous distractions. That means media, journalists, and others pushing the real stories to the public. That means…That means…

That means I have to just keep doing what I’m doing.

It dawned on me that there is no magic formula for getting our authority back, just a lot of very hard work. As much as I’d like to, I can’t simply find a holy relic that gives power to the people in the blink of an eye. Our country eroded over a long period of time; it won’t be rebuilt in a night. My very first post on this little experiment of a blog even said as much. I just have to keep moving my little pawn self forward one space at a time.

Want to join in?

One person, or even a small handful, will always struggle to make a difference, but it is not impossible. It requires passion and persistence. I’ve quoted Samuel Adams before, and I’ll quote him again:

It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

With those words echoing in our minds, here are two things anyone and everyone can do to make a difference: educate others and educate yourself. So let’s get to it!

Educating others:

There are all kinds of ways to keep people informed on the real issues and how they affect us. (Hint: I’m doing that right now.) Everyone has their own style of pushing an important message, whether that be in person, through social media or supporting productive media outlets.

I have, on numerous occasions, spoken to family and friends on libertarian ideas, with mixed results. You’d be amazed at what people aren’t aware of in the world, thanks to the stifling of the truth and political paradigms perpetuated by the press. Speak out and speak often to the folks you know. Let them know of what is going on behind the scenes and how it will hurt them, but also what can be done about it.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube….you know the drill. Some people have a knack for this that I certainly don’t. If you think you’d make a great host for your own YouTube channel show, do it! Get a good following on Twitter and keep them posted on current events as they happen. The internet world we live in is dripping with ways to get the word out there!

While it is true that there are so few news sources consistently keeping the American public abreast of the real problems facing the nation, there are a few bright spots still out there. I’m always raving about Cincinnati reporter Ben Swann and his great investigative journalism. Well now, having finished his local news contract, he is attempting to start a new campaign of sorts to bring the big issues to the public. Currently he is trying to come up with the funds to make his project successful. I am fully behind his efforts and have supported him with what I could. If you’d like to learn more about it, and how supporting the Liberty is Rising – Truth in Media Project, click here to visit the website. Doing so can help get the liberty message to so many more!

Educate yourself:

You want to help educate others on what is going on – great! But you have to keep yourself in the know as well right? Here are just a few suggestions on how to do that.

I’ve spoken before of Campaign For Liberty, the organization founded by Ron Paul, which seeks to put pressure on politicians and keep others, like myself, informed of the challenges presented in Congress. I highly recommend visiting their website at www.campaignforliberty.org and signing up for their news letter. I can’t tell you how many times they have alerted me about something rumbling under the surface in D.C. and then provided me with the means to get a hold of my representatives in order to help keep the pressure on them. Talk about putting information to work!

Also, I’m a big fan of Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. I am currently “enrolled” there and learning fascinating things about the world all the time. It requires a monetary investment, but it is very much worth it. Between the book lists, blogs and lectures there is so much to be learned! Check it out here at http://www.libertyclassroom.com.

These are only two ways to keep yourself ready. There is a great deal of information to be had. You only have to go out there and get it!

chesspawn3It is an uphill battle, that is certain. However, quitting is not an option. If the founders quit, threw in the towel, gave up on freedom – where would we be today? Yes, the odds are against us, but that is no reason to not fight back.

You know the neat thing about pawns, with all their limitations and lack of great power? When they reach the other side of the board….they can become queens….and then….




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