Freedom from fear.
This was one of FDR’s four freedoms that he spoke of in the 1941 state of the union, when he went beyond what the Constitution called for and again expanded the purpose of government beyond what it is supposed to do.
But is this a legitimate freedom, and if so, how is it secured for yourself and your posterity?
I say it is, but because of the nature of fear it is fruitless to try to get someone else to keep you free from it.
What is fear? One acronym I like says it is False Evaluations Appearing Real. You are a creature of perception, and always will be; truth is absolute, only your perception of it varies. This may seem like a simple statement of obvious fact, but in some circles it is a radical worldview. You observe and evaluate every minute of your life. If your evaluations are correct, you will make more accurate predictions and take more effective actions. If they are not correct, you will be guided by bad decisions. You will perceive a danger and act against it even if it is not there. One key to defeating fear is to learn how to make effective evaluations, and in doing so, better decisions.
Another key is humility. By this I do not mean the sense that you are not worthy of such and such award. I mean having an accurate self-perception, neither thinking too much or too little of oneself. It isn’t bragging if you can do it, to put it in simpler terms. If you are humble, you need not fear what others think of you, for you will build a reputation of honesty about what you can do and admitting when you can’t. From that you have no grounds to fear what others think of you.
And what of fear of your enemy, the one who shoots at you? To quote from General Jackson in the movie Gods and Generals:
“My religious beliefs teach me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time of my death. I do not concern myself with that, but to be always ready whenever it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all men would be equally brave.”
Overcome your fears now, before they take the opportunity, provided by circumstance, to kill you.
Welcome, Arctic Patriot readers. I hope you find this site insightful and useful.
The header to this site, “The son and father of liberty”, I blatantly stole from a signature line I saw once – “Liberty is my father, and he shall be my son.” Not wanting to plagiarize the author of that wonderfully elegant expression, I took it and modified it a bit. I suppose it should read “A” instead of “The”, as there are more people like me out there, but that’s just a quibble.
So what is a son and father of liberty? He is a person who follows in the footsteps of the Sons of Liberty, the aggressive band of patriots who resisted the tyranny of the King before the war broke out in 1775.
He is one who is dedicated to the preservation and enlargement of freedoms in his day, so as to pass them on to his offspring, becoming their father of liberty.
He looks to the past for wisdom and the future for encouragement. He is not afraid to act, for he knows that his actions will have consequence. I would pay Arctic Patriot the honor of the same title, for his site’s headline embraces the perspective with a quote from Thomas Paine: “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” The actions of liberty’s father-son may be dangerous, but he takes them anyway, so as to mitigate the danger to his children.
There is a wonderful scene in the opening episode of the HBO miniseries John Adams. Sam Adams is leading a funeral procession for Crispus Attucks and the other victims of the Boston Massacre, which passes by his cousin John’s house. There is a verbal confrontation between Sam and John, which ends with Sam exclaiming “We’re all sons of liberty here, cousin.” (I can’t seem to find the scene on YouTube, if anyone has it please link to it in comment below). John, of course, is defending the accused Redcoat soldiers. Sam is pointing out that everyone there is for the Patriot cause except John. John, as we know from his writings and other sources, is for the rule of law.
The scene reminds me of the III movement to some extent. I’ve read numerous posts on various blogs over the past year, where various members of the III community lash out at one another, declaring that A isn’t a true IIIper because they did or did not do X, but B is a true IIIper because they said Y.
This is misdirected fire (oops, there I go with the violent eliminationist rhetoric again). In 1773, it looked like John Adams was most definitely the King’s Man. He wasn’t. He was Justice’s Man. He “switched” sides when the King switched to being a Tyrant. He acted according to the dictates of his conscience.
The III movement stands at a similar point now, before the big game kicks off. We don’t need to be bickering over who is and who isn’t in the movement just because we get the impression that under certain circumstances (yet to be experienced) a particular individual will not fight back against the tyranny. We need to let each man act according to his conscience, for that is every man’s only guide. More will join our side, once their consciences compel them to decide.
Liberty’s father-son directs his fire against the enemies of the Republic, not against his brothers. He knows that when the fecal matter impacts the rotary gas impeller, he’ll know who his allies are. He’ll know who is with him on Lexington Green.
In the meantime, he’ll work to prevent it from happening. Because as John Adams says in the HBO series at his nomination to the Continental Congress, “Liberty will reign in America.”
I was thinking of what I could post today, when I read something over at Arctic Patriot (emphasis in original):
I am advocating that the American people, or at least those of us who care, resist current and future attempts to strip us of liberties bought with blood hundreds of years ago, no matter the justification or outcry for such infringements. No matter what that resistance looks like.
“Bought with blood.”
That is a powerful phrase. It implies that blood has value, which makes it precious. Worth saving. Intended to be spent as sparingly as possible. Like unto gold.
Our freedoms, given to us by the event of our birth (or conception, if you think as I do), were secured for us because someone else died. That transaction is different than every other transaction. While an economic transaction results in two or more parties each receiving something of value, the transaction of freedom is a sacrificial one – only one benefits, the other dies and does not get to enjoy the reward of his acts here on Earth. Even if the one who fights for freedom does not die, he carries with him the scars, often mental as well as physical, of the fight for the rest of his life.
In the coming weeks, there will be many that call for the sacrifice of our freedoms because of the actions of a psychologically sick individual. Remember the phrase “bought with blood” when they call for you to register your semiautomatic, or attempt to prohibit you from owning a high capacity magazine, or demand you fill out a permission slip to buy ammo. They are attempting to buy your freedoms with the blood spilled on Saturday.
The blood of others. Not theirs.
They are going to try to take what is yours on the cheap, by talking you out of what belongs to you. By making you feel guilty for someone else’s actions. By demanding you pay in freedom someone else’s debt, which is owed in blood.
Make no mistake, the blood of the nine year old girl, the judge, the elderly men and women who were all shot by this mental deficient, cries out for vengance. It does not cry out for your freedoms. It cries out for justice. Only two things can deliver it for them, the blood of Christ or the blood of the crazy man.
Your freedoms are not sufficient to cover the cost of the crimes. They were bought with someone else’s blood, in a different transaction for a different purpose. They are not negotiable. Remember the cost paid for them, and refuse all offers from those who want to buy them for less than face value.
Refuse. Resist. Do. NOT. Submit.
Every militia member needs to be motivated in their pursuit of the effective and proper security of a free people. This means that they must have some sort of worldview, or philosophy, or grand perspective, whatever you wish to call it. Mine is pretty simple.
“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.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ ” – Jesus, Matthew 6:9-13 (NASB)
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, ” – Luke 4:18
I am a Christian. If God’s kingdom is to come on Earth, then the pursuit of liberty is the pursuit of His kingdom, because the Spirit of the Lord brings liberty and his son came to set free the oppressed. If I oppose those who seek to enslave others, then I explicitly and implicitly support God’s kingdom. As long as I don’t use that liberty to try and gain control of someone else, I am helping to advance God’s kingdom.
Because you are a free being, with rights that need defending from those who do not respect them.
Because among those rights are the rights to self-defense and free association.
Because there is nothing wrong with joining a militia, unless they intend to start a fight.
Because the state can’t always protect you, and a militia can fill some of the gaps in that protection.
Because militias have an undeserved bad reputation, which good citizens like yourself can help improve.
Because society is less civilized than we deceive ourselves into believing, and that veneer can peel off faster than an Ikea paint job.
Because certain traditions are worth honoring and defending and promoting.
Because there are real-life, next door problems that the military is not being used to stop.
Because the government is not your friend.
Because you already are a militia of one.
Sniff the air. Do you smell what I smell?
I smell politics, defeatism, back-room deals, backpedaling, promise breaking, and quite a few other noxious fumes from the semi-drained swamp on the Potomac, across from Arlington. And one other thing.
There is the hint, just the slightest hint, of victory.
“Bah!” the scoffer says, “He’s crazy! We’re losing ground on all fronts, there’s no sense of victory anywhere.”
Well, that’s mostly true, but partly false. Expand your horizons, and look around more than just your own foxhole.
Pejman Yousefzadeh went through security at a TSA-administrated airport without being molested or X-rayed. My own experience in traveling this Christmas season was similar, I did not get probed or viewed in one of those pervert boxes.
As yes, anecdote is not the same as data point, but it is still worth considering. Despite Janet’s protests to the contrary, she knows that violations of our persons will draw protests. She knows that we as a people will resist, so she has backed down for now. Momentum has shifted in a particular area, so now is the time to press on and develop that momentum into more forward movement.
I can also attest from personal observation that traveling by air is down. In all the airports I visited, there were not nearly the crowds there were before. This gives some more information that we can use to our advantage. I propose the following:
- Resolve to fly less this year. My travel plans were made just before the change in TSA policy. I will not be flying for Christmas next year. As a result, I will maximize my impact on the airline industry and their collaboration with the government in the violation of our rights.
- Be encouraged in your protests against the government. The anger stirred up by and directed at the government resulted in fewer rights violations at the airport
Yes, these are baby steps, but one must learn to walk before learning to run. The encroachment on our rights has been going on for well more than a century, and it will take a long time to get them back. But the effort must start somewhere, and because we stood up with one voice against one infringement, it has been rolled back, at least in part.
Continue on, for we are doing good against their evil. Be encouraged. Take joy from that sweet scent of freedom in the air, however small or faint it may be.
The more we press on, the stronger the scent will become.