-This is dedicated to my father, who has been an exemplary role model, and whose continuing presence in my life is way more than I ever could have hoped for.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
-Romans 13:1-7, Christian Bible, NIV
“If government has a role to play, it is to reinforce, not substitute for, the moral responsibility of fathers—for example, by pursuing initiatives, as some states are doing, to reverse no-fault divorce. For if men do not uphold a moral standard in their own lives—staying married, raising their children, supporting elderly parents—then no matter which way they vote, they are contributing to inexorable social pressures to expand the welfare state.
-Charles Colson, Nov. 11 1996 ‘Why Women Like Big Government’
“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
-Ayn Rand, ‘Atlas Shrugged’
We live in rapidly changing times. That is no secret.
The advent of the Internet, all manner of other high technology, and its still-unfolding impact on our nation’s social fabric. The shrinking and death of the middle class. The violently disruptive rise of a certain reality show politician. The descent of many large “chocolate” city cores into anarchy. The similar descent of Academia into increasing irrelevance. The death of any semblance of objectivity in America’s mass media outlets (at the very least when it comes to politics). The coming bankruptcy of entire states, let alone major cities. The ever-worsening violent rhetoric from the upper “chattering” classes. The overall uncertainty and seeming aimlessness of the USA, and its ignorance of the welfare of many of its citizens. The list goes on. There’s one big one still remaining, though.
The ever-rising descent of Uncle Sam (Slang for the US government, in particular at the federal and state levels) into bloat, corruption, ineptitude, and outright tyranny.
One thing which really stands out among all of this is the increasingly repressive nature of American life, and the increasing failure of our government to…govern. At all. It seems more and more that, particularly for males, the “walls” are closing in, as it is harder and harder to truly be free, and feels more and more like we are cattle being herded to slaughter, but instead of a quick slice, we are subjected to a long, slow, chemically induced sapping of the living from life.
The big institutions which make up the walls of the house which is our nation are ever more failing to function for too many people who need them, and helping too few who really don’t. Everywhere you look you can see evidence of this; overly aggressive (or lax, depending on where you live) policing; a gutted and rotting public education system (K-12); a very overvalued credentializing system which is more dedicated to indoctrination than true education (college/university); entire cities with effectively no law (Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, ect.).
The status of American citizens (as opposed to non-citizens) is not respected by much of our governing apparatus. Fiscal discipline is virtually nonexistent, yet taxes and costs of governing increase every year. Moreover, no matter who is in office, which party is at the helm, and which liars make which promises, the government is ever-expanding…with no end in sight.
This whole scenario doesn’t even begin to take into account banksterism, Big Business/Corporatocracy overreach, or foreign policy.
And the question, in all of this, should be asked and answered: What are the proper roles and relationships between the American man, his country’s major institutions, and his government? Furthermore, what is a man’s relationship to his government when it is not governing legitimately? Finally, what, if any, actions can a man take to begin to correct the errors in his administrative overseers’ ways?
We shall soon see.