Meandering From Past to Future By Henry Nicolle - February 2009
is a strange month. It comes in the middle of winter, but in Southern
California we really don't have a winter. February is a quiet
month for business. It's just the beginning of the new year after
taking a break in December and January. March gets us into Spring,
which is a time for business and social renewal. We start thinking
about things like marriage and summer vacation and business. This year
is going to be an interesting change from the ordinary.
year, we have begun a process of real change in our society functions
and how our government will play its part in our future. We appear to
have elected an illegal alien as our president, and no one seems to
interested or concerned.
We have a new Secretary of State, who
is technically unqualified to hold that office, but it appears that no
one seems to care or have any concern.
The question isn't of
personal capability or talent. The question is whether or not we have
people holding the dreadful powers of government who will hold to the
rules that we have established for their conduct.
who has forgotten or perhaps never knew the purpose of our government,
let me take a moment to remind everyone of the purpose and function of
government in this country. First, our government is unlike any other
government in the world. The reason for that rather bold statement is
that you and I, the citizens of our states, of our union of states
provide both the purpose and the authority for the functions of our
government. Our governments, federal and state, have no inherent powers
and our representatives and officials are prohibited from expanding the
powers we have delegated for the purpose of governing.
we declared that we were free, that our rights are inherent in our
existence and that if we were to create a government, that the purpose
of that government would be to preserve our inherent and individual
rights and to protect our liberty to freely exercise those rights. We
also pointed out that if our government did not serve its intended
purpose that we possessed the duty change it or end it or replace it as
we might choose, when we might choose, not when the government, not
when the people in government, not when our representatives or
officials or armies might choose.
We have forgotten our purpose
for government. We have allowed the people we entrust with the powers
of government to turn our powers into a very effective machine which
dominates every moment of our life and every facet of our daily
conduct. We are no longer free. Our rights are suppressed. We are no
longer self governed. Our authority has flown with our liberty,
unguarded, unprotected and unnoticed.
Our prior federal
administrations have set the course for our current journey into
troubled waters. This new administration has embarked our ship of state
with us chained as cargo. Our slavery today is fundamentally no
different than black slavery prior to the Civil War in 1865. Now as
then, every aspect of our slaving life, except for the most innocuous
and valueless are controlled by people who have little respect for our
right and liberty to conduct our lives as we please. Lip service is
given to our traditional thoughts of rights and liberty. Yes, we may
speak freely, but only among ourselves in private. To speak freely in
public is to risk being set upon by thugs and goons and punished for
saying the wrong things, in the wrong places, at the wrong times. To be
armed in self-defense is a protected crime. We may only be armed if we
have paid for the privilege and submitted to the embarrassments of
obtaining permission. We may travel by car, by bus, by train, by
airplane only if we submit to asking for permission or in the company
of someone who has asked for permission in our place.
these infringements of our rights and our liberty have been easy to
accept. But 2009 begins a period of tightening of our chains and the
incremental reduction of the cushions, which separate the harsh cold
steel of authoritarian power from the warm and soft flesh and pain of
our personal and fragile bodies. 2009 is the year in which we begin our
travel from political indifference and administrative abuse to physical
abuse, and perhaps political awakening. I hope for all of us that our
political awakening precedes our physical abuse. But time is short and
It is a cold, and for some hungry winter.
Spring will bring a transition. Summer will show our future and counsel
our transition. Good luck.