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Allow Me To Explain My Recent Behavior

July 11, 2010
Neal Ross

With the recent slew of articles I have sent out lately, one may be asking themselves how I find the time to do all this writing. Normally I wouldn’t, but for two weeks my place of employment has shut down for two weeks while it undergoes annual upgrades to the equipment. Being one who does not watch that much television, I am stuck with little else to do but yard work and think of things to write about.

My recent writings may have been a bit harsh towards the Tea Party movement, but it was never intended to be a personal attack on my part against those who have become aware that something is wrong in this country, and they want to see it fixed.

Although a lack of decent television programming is the primary reason I don’t watch much TV, I am a big movie buff. The Matrix trilogy is probably my all time favorite series of movies as it is both thought provoking, and full of action.

In the first movie, there is a scene where Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne is speaking to Neo, played by Keanu Reeves. Morpheus tells Neo, “What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.

That is how I felt, long before I started writing articles, long before I began writing my elected officials. I always questioned things as I was growing up, which often caused me problems as I grew up. However, it was a character trait that I could not seem to change.

Growing up I was somewhat of a loner. I never got involved in sports and therefore was not part of the ‘in’ crowd at school. However I was not a trouble maker so I did not hang around with those who were. Although there may be some who disagree, I also was not very smart in school. My dad used to always tell me that God gave me a brain, why wasn’t I using it? So I didn’t fit in with the bookworms who spent all their time studying. Therefore, I kept to myself, which gave me plenty of time to think. I just wasn’t thinking about politics at the time.

Once I enlisted in the military and was responsible for my own actions, I did begin to pay a bit more attention to the things my government said, and did, as these things had a direct effect upon my life.

On my 18th birthday my parents had taken me down to the country center so I could register to vote. I registered as a Republican, not because they stood for the same things I did, but because my parents were Republicans. I didn’t know the difference between the two parties, and quite honestly, could have cared less.

Somewhere in my life, something must have changed, although I can’t, for the life of me, recall what caused it, or when it happened. Suddenly I began to pay much more attention to the affairs of my government. I began by writing letters to my elected representatives concerning the two issues which, at that time, were of the utmost importance to me; illegal immigration and gun control. It was at this stage in my life that I began noticing the distinct differences between the two political parties in this country.

However, it wasn’t until I bought my first computer, and got connected to the internet, that my eyes were really opened to some of the things which I now write about. Suddenly, all this information was available to me and my mind began soaking it up like a sponge.

I won’t deny that there were times that I fell for some pretty silly sounding conspiracies, but that is part of the learning process. Since then I have learned to check, and re-check info before I accept it as being valid.

Maybe it was my inquisitive nature that caused me to seek out the truth regarding what my government was doing, compared to what it said, but regardless, I have since then been on a mission to open other peoples eyes to the things I have discovered.

Our countries survival as the land of the free is at stake if I am not successful. A good friend of mine runs an e-mail group and she always says, “I am not trying to tell you what to think, just to think.” Well, that might be paraphrasing her words, but the idea is the same.

And that is what burns my ass, excuse the language, the most about the people I meet, and the rest of the people in this country. They just do not seem to want to think! Maybe it is because they feel safe inside their own little cocoons, safe from the nasty truth they might find if they did begin thinking for themselves.

There is another exchange that takes place in the first Matrix movie between Morpheus and Neo, and it goes like this:

Morpheus: What is the Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this.
[holds up a Duracell battery]
Neo: No, I don’t believe it. It’s not possible.
Morpheus: I didn’t say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.

Learning the truth about my government was not an easy thing for me either. I stumbled along the way many times, accepting the lies and propaganda which spewed forth from the mouths of people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Bill O Reilly. However, once I had figuratively swallowed the red pill, and opened my eyes to the reality of what is going on, it wasn’t long before I realized that they were nothing more than shills and spokespersons for the status quo.

That is all I ask of people when I write my articles, that they step outside their comfort zone, put aside their feelings towards their chosen political party, or candidate, and examine the facts. If they do this, the facts will stand on their own merit.

However, if you continue to read my articles, allowing your sympathies and prejudices get in the way you will, most likely, reject what I have to say without giving it further thought.

There are so many questions out there that should be answered, yet far too few people are demanding answers for. Therefore those that are can easily be labeled as nut cases, extremists, and other sundry terms designed to cause people to ignore these serious issues.

Most people have this character trait where they want to belong to a group, and they will accept the groups opinion, and beliefs, as their own. They will not rock the boat, ask questions, or do anything which would cause them to lose their status within the group.

That is the power of political parties. They know that the majority will go along with the general party platform, whomever the candidate within that party is. We are constantly told that an alternative party has no chance of succeeding.

However, our founders distrusted political parties. George Washington once said, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

Thomas Jefferson also stated, “I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

These were wise men, far wiser than the crop of corrupt life long politicians we have to chose from today. If one truly cares about the future of their country, they should heed those words, and stop relying upon a political party to guide their thoughts and opinions.

We are not a democracy, we are a republic. Our government was instituted for a very limited purpose, to manage, and defend this nation, not to micro-manage the lives and welfare of the citizenry.

Going back at least to 1913, with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, and the questionable ratification of the 16th Amendment, each successive administration has further overstepped their constitutional authority. With each successive administration, new laws have been passed which grant more power to the federal government, taking away power from the individual states, and stripping us of our God-given rights.

That is why I get so upset when I hear people say that we need to vote for a Republican to undo the damage that Obama has done to this country. What about the damage done by Bush and his illegal wars, did the Obama administration undo that like they promised? Did the Bush undo the damage done by Clinton?

No! With each successive administration our country has moved closer and closer to the point where the federal government will be all powerful, controlling every aspect of our lives.

As they move closer to this point, the opportunity for us to retake our republic grows slimmer and slimmer. If we continue sticking to traditional methods, relying upon the Republicans to fix the problems caused by Democrats, and vice versa, there will come a time when the only way to save this nation will be to take up arms in its defense.

I don’t want to see that happen, but if people don’t wake up, and do it damn quickly, that is what is going to happen.

So yes, I do get a little upset at people, even the Tea Party, when I hear them speak in generalities and an adherence to the principles of conservatism as eschewed by the Republican party.

There is a corresponding side to this, which I won’t go into now. But if you wish to read my thoughts on it, you can do so here:

I hope this explains a little bit about myself, and my recent rants against the Tea Party movement. I also hope that people will begin to leave their comfort zone and begin checking out the facts for themselves. Believe me, once you do, there will be no turning back.

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