In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. -Sun Tzu
We have had an almost endless series of "Wars on...." forced upon us over the decades, almost too many to count. Wars on Drugs, Poverty, Porn, Hunger, Crime, Terror and more....and the true victims of these seemingly endless "Wars" have been Americans. Whether being victimised by being forced to pay for them, losing liberties as an "unintended consequence" or as has been the case in the War on Drugs as a target of the Drug Warriors. Now, tho the "War on...." takes the inevitable turn from the semi-hot Wars we have become used to and turned into what can only be termed Jihad. A Holy War.
Given the current power structure, its adherents and its supporters we seem to be faced with a Statist Jihad against liberty and our basic and fundamental rights as Americans. I can think of no better way to describe it. Oh, I could call it the "War on Liberty" , but that would in no way convey the true fervor felt by the supporters of the State Sponsored Jihad or the full scope of things. At some time in the past, it could easily have been described that way. Now, the acceleration of events seems too great to use such an overused phrase as "War on...". Jihad seems to work quite well.
Over the years I have often used the "Boiling a Frog" analogy to describe what the government has been doing to the people of the United States, and it has been an apt analogy, but it goes much farther than that now. With the aid of their rank and file "cultists" and "preachers" the State has managed to win the faith and support of numerous American Jihadists to their side to lend support and comfort to the religion of Statism. They have won the battle for the "hearts and minds" of many Americans and ignited a nationalistic fervor seldom seen this side of Iran. The sad thing is that many of the "followers" actually think there are two sides to the equation when, as we well know there is one side only. The State, otherwise known as The Boot On Your Neck Party.
Using stolen money, buying votes and bribing people, the politicians have spent the best part of the last century consolidating their power and removing ours. As we entered the "New Century", the gloves have come off and all pretenses are seemingly gone. Now we are faced with a multitude of depredation's perpetrated by the Jihadists. Illegal wiretapping, pre-emptive war, a National ID, a "Patriot Act" giving them more power and so many more that I don't care to enumerate. All forced upon us in the name of security in one form or another, (from outside Jihadists or from little brown people seeking work). And the "faithful" have gleefully lined up to support these measures. Giving away rights that cannot be surrendered.
Is it any wonder that the best and brightest of the Liberty movement have become discouraged? That every day more people who have chosen to work for Liberty in the political arena are abandoning it as a lost cause and retreating from that area? There almost seems to be a sense of hopelessness in many circles where the subject of affecting change via the political system is concerned. When the system of the Jihadists is weighted against you so that you spend most of your time fighting to get on a ballot in many places and you're ecstatic when you manage to retain access for a few more years it becomes rather difficult to maintain the enthusiasm. When those who are the obvious foes of Liberty gain ground day by day, what are we to do? After fighting the good fight for so many years and losing, time and again, where do we turn? Perhaps it's time to change direction. To look for a new way. A way where we can win hearts and minds.
But that'll have to wait for the next installment.
Liberty Jihad 2
Liberty Jihad 3
Libertarian, War On Drugs, Liberty
Civil Rights, Jihad, REAL ID