Attitude is very important. In my opinion, the following quote from Lysander Spooner pretty much describes the attitude that will help us to get our government back under control.
What, then, is legislation? It is an assumption by one man, or body of men, of absolute, irresponsible dominion over all other men whom they call subject to their power. It is the assumption by one man, or body of men, of aright to subject all other men to their will and their service. It is the assumption by one man, or body of men, of a right to abolish outright all the natural rights, all the natural liberty of all other men; to make all other men their slaves; to arbitrarily dictate to all other men what they may, and may not, do; what they may, and may not, have; what they may, and may not, be. It is, in short, the assumption of a right to banish the principle of human rights, the principle of justice itself, from off the earth, and set up their own personal will, pleasure, and interest in its place. All this, and nothing less, is involved in the very idea that there can be any such thing as human legislation that is obligatory upon those upon whom it is imposed.
Altitude has to do with one’s position in relation to others. One’s boss is higher on the job than the worker. One must do as the boss says in order to keep one’s job. Therefore, the boss’s altitude is higher than the worker – on the job. Off the job, we are equal in stature. One is not above the other.
So then, what is the altitude of the elector and the elected?
The elected fills out a job application by way of filing a document in some government office offering his/her services for the job to be filled by an election. Each applicant for the job then promotes their own value to the public, which will do the hiring by virtue of casting a ballot choosing one over the other. The elected person, then, is the hireling. The elected person is the worker, and the elector is the boss. The altitude of the elector is above that of the elected.
That is not the situation in which we find ourselves today. The elected has turned the tables on us. The public education system has convinced us that the government is all powerful. It is upside down, backwards, wrong side out, and a cause for consternation among the American public who still have some ability to think. The hierarchy has been reversed. The people have been convinced that we are at the bottom of the heap. We are, in reality, near the top. The real hierarchy goes like this:
In the case of our Nation, there is a fourth level below State. That is the united States of America. There are levels between Man and State that we need not go into at this time. The small ‘u’ on united is intended. This is the States of America, united. Each State is autonomous of itself, united with other States for mutual benefits such as defense.
Our slide to the despotism we are living under today started around 1860. The American Civil War was the beginning of the end. When the secession of the Southern States (which was their right whether jointly or on their own individually) was interfered with, the despotism got its foothold.
Since that time, the erosion of our powers to exercise our natural rights has been steadily increasing.
Some time between the end of the Civil War and 1913, the international bankers purchased the U. S. Congress along with the Presidency. The advent of the election of a socialist, F. D. Roosevelt, to the Presidency further sped the erosion. Today, the President of the United States of America has the unlimited power to detain (arrest) any citizen of this nation without charges, without the natural right to a counselor of any type, not even a government attorney. It can be a life sentence. That is an assumption of altitude that is not warranted by any stretch of the imagination – not even in places like China, Cuba, or Venezuela – though it is used in those countries as well.
Adjust your attitude; rise to the altitude where you belong.
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