Since the 70s, when we both were young and optimistic and lacked the cynicism we carry with us today, we would sit around Gaye’s apartment overlooking the Kent valley (near Seattle), stare out at Mount Rainier, and re-invent the world on the back of a napkin. With altruistic thoughts of a better world, we lacked much concern about the basic right we had to liberty and democracy. Instead we dreamed of eliminating poverty, living in global peace, and of course providing equality for all in the workplace.
Looking back, it was naïve to think that we almost had at it all. But we were in our 20s and had our whole life ahead of us. But WTF? Something happened along the way to turning gray. Now, with both us in our 60s – yep, now you know – we are faced with a degree of uncertainty about our future as a country and as a world. We both deal with these uncertainties in our own way; George at his Urban Survival and Peoplenomics sites, and Gaye at her Backdoor Survival site.
These days we don’t have that fabulous view of the mountain nor do we have our youth. The optimism the Two Gs share is still there, but it takes a more basic form in terms of having the optimism that we can survive even in a SHTF situation.
But how do you feel? In today’s article, Gaye shares her view on Liberty, Democracy and the state of confusion.
Liberty, Democracy and the State of Confusion
The news of the day in the modern world is filled with stories of civil unrest. This is happening in the streets of Seattle, the ghettos of New York, and the back roads of middle America. Where ever you look, the little guys are turning out in droves in an attempt to show their disgust and contempt with the power elites and sneaky elected officials.
Now don’t get me wrong. I abhor violence and I oppose the destruction of public property. I also disagree with the mass disruption of public transportation and other systems and services that we, as taxpayers, have paid for with annual IRS tithe. But regardless of these personal feelings, a tiny piece of me is rooting for those that are brave enough and courageous enough to get our there and fight for the rights of the rest of us.
We want to take back our liberty and to restore democracy within our government. And thus comes the confusion.
But first let us start with some definitions. According to Merriam-Webster:
Liberty is the quality of state of being free including:
- The power to do as one pleases
- Freedom from physical restraint
- Freedom from arbitrary or despotic control
- The positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges
- The power of choice
Now all of that sounds like good stuff – the very stuff that our founding fathers represented to the people in 1776. Liberty as I see it is right to govern oneself in accordance with our own free will and with full responsibility for our actions. So, other than the requirement to pay taxes and abide by the laws, liberty means no one – and more specifically, no government – can force us to do anything beyond that. More on that later.
Let us move on to the definition of Democracy. Again we go to Merriam-Webster:
Democracy is a government by the people, especially the rule of the majority. A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.
Okay. That says that in a democracy, all people have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. It further says that the representatives of the people serve to insure that our needs, our wishes and our mandates are translated in to law.
And here is where it gets wonky. The last time I checked, my understanding of the current rules of democracy say that any person or entity with enough money to purchase representation will prevail in determining the rules, the laws and the moral attitudes of our government.
But let’s continue to move on; there is another definition to be made: Socialism.
Socialism is an economic and political theory advocating the collective or governmental ownership of the production and distribution of goods. Furthermore, there is no private property and everything is owned and controlled by the state.
This is saying, in my own words, that socialism means that the wealth of a society is government owned, government controlled, and everyone else in this society will be hunky dory because the government will give them everything they need. Because after all, individual rights and needs cannot be more important than the needs of the collective “everyone”.
Change the words a bit and substitute “elites” for “government” and “working stiffs” for “individuals” and you will see why things are not looking so rosy. As a matter of fact, this comes close to some other nasty political “isms” out there that are none to pleasant such as Marxism, Stalinism, and Communism.
Getting back to the civil unrest that is running rampant in our communities: Who is to blame our youth for rebelling against a bleak and uncertain socio-economic future? Who is to blame the unemployed and underemployed from crying foul to corporations, that, with our government’s blessing, are moving high-paying manufacturing and service jobs overseas? And who is to blame the rest of us, perhaps too old or too chicken to fight, to rally them on with a silent blessing?
I ask myself if I feel free and whether I feel empowered by liberty. I also ask whether we – the middle class – have unintentionally sold out to our government and elected officials. Have we given up our freedom and our liberty in the name of misguided safety? I am saddened to realize that that the answers to these questions is not a truth that I want to face and that I fear for the next generation and the generation after that.
We currently live in a world of airport pat downs, forced healthcare, mandatory vaccinations, and the unauthorized surveillance of our whereabouts and our communications. I wish I knew how we got to this place and even more, I wish I knew what to do about it.
So – trite as it may sound –when asked I will tell you that I live in the State of Confusion and that is not a very pleasant or comfortable place to be.
Should feel happy, should feel glad.
I’m alive and it can’t be bad,
But back on planet Earth they shatter the illusion,
The world’s going ’round in a state of confusion.
. . . The Kinks, 1983
Hang on and enjoy the ride,
The Two G’s – George & Gaye
Spotlight Items: We put some thought in items to consider as you build up your fortress against unruly mobs who are out to get what they can out of anger and frustration. Consider the following:
Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: You NEED this book if you care about defending your homestead.
Sabre Family Home & Property Protection Pepper Spray: This small fire extinguisher-style pepper spray delivers a strong blast covering an entire doorway. Offering extremely practical protection, SABRE provides distance from your threat with its 30 foot range. We like that it includes a wall mount. About $36.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: This light is awesome. It is quite unobtrusive (Gaye owns two in black) and gives off a ton of light. Runs for a year on 3 D size batteries. About $20.
Security Decals – 4 Pack: Security surveillance camera system warning decals/stickers. Increase security whether you have a system or not -no one will know but you. Less than $10.
Uniden Bearcat 200-Channel Portable Scanner: A hand scanner with ham band for less than $100. Very portable.
Two-Way Radios and Scanners For Dummies: We love these books for “dummies” even though you do not have to be a dummy to learn something from them.
Motorola FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios: There are lots of good uses for the these radios. Handy while hiking, traveling, or simply keeping in touch with your partner while out shopping.
Keypad Deadbolt: Need a good strong lock? With this, you will never have to worry about locking yourself out plus, you can secure the deadbolt from inside the house.
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