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A State of War

We have been placed in a state of war. Harsh language to be sure, but this is not demagoguery. Liberty and Civility (the Civil Society) exists under specific conditions and cannot exist outside of those conditions. Only an objective, rational, productive rule of law is capable of sustaining liberty and civility for the citizens of a nation. An unaccountable government, to which the law does not apply, and a Corporatist and Bureaucratic Oligarchy for which special favors are provided, and an underclass which is sustained by wealth seized through force, is a breeding ground for war and incivility. This is the case everywhere in this world, what makes you think that we are immune?

You might think that this cannot happen here. This is America, after all. I assure you that we are all now at war with our government and with each other. Refusing to fight and submitting to the arbitrary whims of tyrants doesn’t place you outside the realm of an uncivil society. It merely places you into the position of a pawn, of a subject, and of a slave.

Prophecy is always shocking to a people in denial. What surprises me is that are still Republicans in denial. You have seen what this President has done and you have seen the inaction of the officials within your own party, and still you believe that there is such a thing as your Republic? The Republic is gone. The Constitution is gone. These are facts, uncomfortable as they are, which cannot be ignored in order to allow you to face the day to day labors and struggles which constitute the realities of your lives.

Thomas Hobbes writes, “From this equality of ability ariseth equality of hope in the attaining of our ends. And therefore, if any two men desire the same thing which nevertheless they cannot both enjoy, they become enemies; and, in the way to their end, which is principally their own conservation and sometimes their delectation only, endeavour to destroy or subdue one another. And from hence it comes to pass that, where an invader hath no more to fear than another man’s single power, if one plant, sow, build, or possess, a convenient seat others may probably be expected to come prepared with forces united to dispossess and deprive him not only of the fruit of his labor but also of his life or liberty. And the invader again is in the like danger of another” (bartleby).

This state is Thomas Hobbes’ excuse for tyranny. Alas, he lived before Man discovered a greater and more virtuous means of dealing with this natural state of war within which we find ourselves today. The solution? 1. An Objective Rule of Law! 2. Equality under The Law. 3. Representation within a government created by the people and of the people.

Today, “the people” mean little more than “votes”. You have no intrinsic virtue or liberties. You merely have a vote; a vote to be controlled and manipulated.

The Totalitarian Pessimism of Thomas Hobbes was defeated by the liberty-minded enlightenment of John Locke.

The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker (Locke).

A government that does not follow an objective rule of law cannot virtuously enforce their laws. We are no longer bound to follow the laws our government enacts, for we are in a state of war with our government. The only factor that separates man from man is the ability to use force to achieve ones’ ends. Our President believes his control of the military and the bureaucracy, the police and their wares are enough to keep us all in line. Sadly, this is because he has not seen (no one has ever seen) what we might do in the face of tyranny. He assumes we’ll all behave. He assumes we’ll wait until it is too late and his power is protected. I think our President has miscalculated.

My Friends, we are all free, absent the threat of force and death imposed upon us by our government. When tyrants control the government, we are in a state of war, but when The Republic lives in obedience to a Constitution and the law is applied equally throughout the land, then we are indeed free men. It is difficult, I know, to deal with the fact that we are no longer free and that war has been made against us, but this is the state of nature under which we’ve been forced. Only our tolerance of this government allows it to continue.Read the philosophers that lived during the dark times of ages past. You will not find much difference in temperament and argument then, than you’ll find today.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Democracy is voting and mob rule, but a Constitutional Republic is freedom. We are living in a post-Constitutional age, in an age when our government dictates arbitrary laws applied unequally amongst the people. Submission is surrender. Surrender is slavery. Slavery is impossible for us. In the next few years, we must decide if this “republican” party is capable of opposing this new form of government. Assuming they are not, we must take over the Republican institution, and offer real political opposition, while political opposition is still possible.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

3 Responses to “A State of War”

  1. robert shannon

    If anyone doubts what Steve is saying get a copy of Ronald Reagans 1964 speech ” A Time for Choosing”

    We watched it last Thursday night in King William. Everything that Reagan talked about 50 years ago in the speech , government spending in excess of revenues, a bloated welfare state,central planners dictating land use, federal agencies running roughshod over citizens without a trial or conviction seizing peoples property.

    The only difference is in scale. Today it is considerably worse than when Reagan made that speech, much worse.

    For those who fail to understand it is indeed a war, or perhaps don’t have the stomach for the fight—please step aside and let those who do understand it,do the fighting. It is already a challenge to progress with all of the obstacles in front of us, but to have to step over folks who simply won’t fight for whatever reason is more than we should have to bare. Fight, lead, or get the hell out of the way.

    Bob Shannon

  2. RivahMitch says:

    Exactly correct. Those who are unwilling to kill and die to defend their rights, liberties and property will surely and deservedly lose them. Semper Fi!

  3. Steveno Brodie Tucker

    Well, we’re certainly not at the killing point yet. Not all wars require bullets. 🙂 Hopefully the tide will turn in November, but I doubt it.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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