THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, R.I.P.
THE END OF AN IDEA - PART I

By: Roderick T. Beaman

The United States of America ceased to exist on June 28, 2012, the day The Supreme Court released its decision on Obamacare. That decision has effectively rendered the idea of a constitutionally limited federal government defunct. It was the epitaph of The United States of America. 

We now have in The White House a man who believes that he was elected dictator. He and his henchmen realize the power that decision has placed at their disposal and will be maneuvering to exploit this is any way possible. Their avenues to tyrannical acts are unlimited and have only begun. More & worse is to come. 

In collaboration, Obama, and Congress, all now know there is no limit to the power of the federal government and they will all proceed accordingly, Republicrats and Democommies. They will act in their loose conspiracy to advance their individual agendas but, with a few exceptions, there will be no voice raised in advocation of a proper federal role in our lives. 

It is no longer simply possible to declare any action illegal. It is also now possible to declare any inaction illegal. The federal government can order anyone to do anything it wants. All it has to do is place the order within the framework of some national need such as safety, health or national security. Realize, that means the limits of power are the imagination of the collectivists. When you combine this catastrophe with the recent Patriot Acts and The National Defense Authorization Act, we have no constitutional guarantees to our personal freedom either. For an inaction, you can be declared a noncombatant enemy, spirited out of the country and held, indefinitely, at an undisclosed place without the benefit of habeus corpus at the discretion of any small group of bureaucrats or even just one bureaucrat. 

Taken in total, no American has any insulation from any abusive procedures which include mass arrests and violence directed against anyone and for all practical purposes at the considered discretion of any group of bureaucrats. This is no longer The U.S. of A. that we have been taught to love.

The United States of America has turned a corner and there is no going back. Irrespective of any Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare, the Supreme Court decision has established a principle and, history shows, it has rarely reversed itself. The principles SCOTUS laid down cannot be revisited unless another similar bill is challenged. The legal doctrine of stare decisis applies. Thus, a crucial precedent is established. The federal government can legislate anything it wants. 

With this latest nail in the coffin of freedom, I have decided never to recite The Pledge of Allegiance (which I have been very suspicious of for a long time; after all, why pledge allegiance to a flag?). I refuse to sing the national anthem, a reworded English saloon hall chanty, nor stand in the presence of any government official. They all represent delusions and I refuse to participate in delusions. 

As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, people are far more likely to endure a long train of abuses than to immediately rise up and abolish the form of government that has been visited upon them. He believed it and he felt it was obvious that most people would simply accept the insults. We have endured the insults but I submit that this could have all been avoided had we simply not tolerated the excesses that began even in the administration of George Washington. But acquiesce we did and we are today in this situation which is tearing this country apart and will likely rip it into regional shreds. 

And this is where it all gets very frightening. With the exception of the historically recent collapse of The Soviet Union and the desatellization of eastern Europe, the replacement of a tyrannical government has usually been accompanied by violence as has secession. 

The attempted secession of The American Confederacy of southern states led to the bloodiest conflict in our history leaving an entire section in poverty and setting its development back decades. More than 600,000 Americans lost their lives in that horror with the tacit approval of the then current Liar-in-Chief. Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968 tried to leave the Soviet sphere of influence only to be crushed by their tanks, in Hungary under Nikita Khrushchev and in Czechoslovakia, under Leonid Brezhnev. 

Much forgotten has been the attempted secession of Biafra Province from Nigeria in the late 1960s which cost three million lives and the granddaddy of all twentieth-century butcheries was the uprising and attempted secession by Armenia from Turkey which resulted in a suppression that Armenians today call the First Genocide. The world’s acquiescence prompted none other than Adolf Hitler to voice non-concern in the plans for his exterminations.

What all these things mean is that the world won’t care about us as our federal government takes whatever steps it deems necessary to perpetuate its power. Indeed, much of the world will regard it as a spectator sport, poetic justice or worthy karma to watch it happen after the horrors our imperialism has heaped on it. 

And what is likely to happen here in the U.S. of A? Those prospects aren’t particularly encouraging. Of course, there was the precedent of The War Against Confederate Secession but there have been things that have been more ominous recently. At least many of the horrors under Abraham Lincoln’s butchery had the aura of legitimacy conferred by battle where excesses often occur with minimal time for reflection. Then look at Waco. 

The siege at the Branch Davidian compound outside of Waco, Texas began February 28, 1993 and lasted 51 days. In an initial fracas, four government agents and six Branch Davidians were killed. Prior to the final assault, nearly two dozen children were released. In the final assault on April 19, 1993, 76 Branch Davidians, including 25 children and two pregnant women were killed. After the assault, the compound was leveled and about eight Branch Davidians pleaded to various charges. They were imprisoned with some still serving their sentences.

Many of the details are in dispute but no one challenges these several facts about that standoff. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), the previous July had received information about possible illegal weapons at the compound. When cult leader David Koresh heard about it, he actually invited the ATF agents to come to the compound and inspect it themselves. Koresh himself regularly went into Waco (the compound was several miles outside the city) and could easily have been detained with no harm to anyone. McLennan County Sheriff Jack Harwell tried to persuade the ATF men into simply talking to the leaders. The G-men declined each and every one of these options.

If Carwash reigned over the Branch Davidians, as the government maintained, it is very possible that without him, they might have simply surrendered. And if they had inspected the compound they might have found their fears unfounded. Had they simply talked to the leaders, the final assault might have been unnecessary. 

But they didn’t and I believe it was because there was much more was going on than simply concern over a small religious group. No, Waco was about much more than that. And therein hangs several more lessons about the death of this confederation of free republics.

This is the first in an, as yet, undetermined number of installments on the subject of the death of The United States of America.



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Dr. Roderick T. Beaman is an osteopathic family physician practicing in Jacksonville, Florida. Born in New York City, he attended New York University as an undergraduate. A recipient of a 2003 Ron Paul Liberty in Media Award, he has had dreams (delusions?) of becoming a writer. He has written a novel that he has given up hope of ever getting published and so has made it available for the asking through TheFreedomBeam@comcast.net.  He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.

He can be reached at: TheFreedomBeam@comcast.net

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