Presumptions of Life and Liberty By Henry Nicolle - for The Seattle Sinner Published September 2008
our destination is predictable even though the process of our journey
is inscrutable, should we be concerned about the process at all? It
seems to me that we should have a high level of concern for processes
of which we are ignorant but which control our "free will", "Liberty"
and "inherent Rights".
If, for example, you decide to travel
somewhere by car, towing a trailer with much of your worldly personal
goods behind, you would probably believe that you were the master of
your fate, flying as freely to your destination as whim and resources
Well, that is certainly the theory, but is it
really the practice? If you were to actually attempt your fanciful
journey, I doubt that you would be a full day on the road without being
accosted by one or more (usually) polite, but armed and highly
dangerous young men or women who would demand that you prove to their
satisfaction, who you are, where your journey originated, where you
intend to go, who your companions are, why you are making the journey
and further. They will also demand that you provide proof of permission
to be traveling in a car, pulling a trailer and show documents that you
are permitted to be in possession of both items and finally, proof that
you have entered into an involuntary contract to assure the nice young
man or woman that you have purchased financial responsibility for any
unforeseen, but as yet imaginary, incident which might or might not
involve a third person or some physical object. And just "any" proof is
not adequate to satisfy the curious demands of these young people. The
"proof" must at least appear to have originated from the presses of
these young folks' employers and associates.
Whooo! Take a breath! Did I mention that they may also want to inspect your pockets and underwear?
for a moment that you presume that control of your life, liberty,
property and travel and that the accompanying authoritarian conflict
with your simple desire to go from one place to another was absolutely
necessary to protect life, limb and property of innocent others.
Suppose that all of this trivia costs quite a bit of your labor to
acquire and maintain. Suppose that none of the benefits claimed are for
your enjoyment. Suppose for a moment that the reasoning offered for
your expense, discomfort and indisposition were a lie?
the reason for the impositions upon your liberty and property and the
demands for your relinquishment of liberty, rights and property were
actually intended to empower another class of people to control your
activities with almost perfect efficiency and to extract for their use
a large portion of your labor in the form of licenses, fees, penalties,
assessments, charges and taxes. Would you as easily submit to the
demands and presumptions? Well, yes, probably. We are all cowards when
we test rights and liberty with armed coercion. Nobody values liberty
or individual rights in our society. Those are "old-fashioned ideals",
unfit for a modern society of uniform interdependence and mandatory
diversity. "Self" has been redefined to mean "an individual in an
anthill, fungible and subordinate in all fashion and substance to the
will of the fat and prolific Queen". No one dare challenge the presumed
right of the anthill to consume ants. We have to wonder at what we have
done to ourselves. We are fish in a bowl of our own making, immersed in
an ocean of unbound limits, but we will not leave our bowl. Why? We are
told that we may not and so we obediently remain captive while we could
Free? What is freedom? Is it a fight to find food for
our table and a dry place to sleep? A constant fear and eye cast over
our shoulder, wary of someone stronger, faster, smarter than we, who
would take our stuff or enjoy our bodies at their pleasure? Is it
constant hazard that some accident or illness might overtake us and we
would expire in painful neglect? It is all that and more to the coward,
the craven and the dull.
For the true human, liberty and freedom
are the elixirs of life, prosperity, health and security. When our
liberty and rights are traded or seized and replaced with the sorry
substitutes of welfare, subsidy, mandate and regulation, we are a dead
society. We are dying now. Our liberty flows in our regulated gutters.
Our rights are flayed upon the altars of the village where our children
are indoctrinated in the rites and rituals of submission of self to
The process of civil enslavement is deliberate
and conspiratorial. It will end when you and I choose life and liberty
or submit to death inevitable.