The Price of Freedom
From roughly 800 AD, when Charlemagne was crowned emperor of the ‘Holy Roman Empire’ by Pope Leo III, until roughly 1600 AD, the vast majority of people (i.e. Serfs, Vassals, Peasants, etc) were “happy” just to survive. Then America opened up in a big way as a destination for those “yearning to be free”, or “yearning to be rich”…or just “yearning”. Let’s face it, Serfs didn’t have much time for “yearning”.
But don’t worry if you missed the heyday of Feudalism…it’s making a comeback!
This week headlines everywhere proclaimed “Obama promotes modest American dream”.
“MODEST American dream”? WTF? It appears Obama’s ‘WTF’ slogan is being replaced with ‘DTF’: “Downsizing The Future”.
Obama explained: “Folks don’t have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream.” (“small measure” he described as: “putting some money away for retirement”. i.e.: survival.
Yup, the NEW American Dream: “Survival!”
America was founded on “unrealistic ambitions”…it is the indicia of what it means to BE an “American”. Sadly, Obama (speaking on behalf of all the “Folks”) has determined that we “Folks” no longer have “unrealistic ambitions”…we’re happy just for a CHANCE to survive, Sire.
- King (read: ‘Obama’) pretty much did what they wanted. Took lavish vacations, ate while others starved, wenched (see: “Lewinsky”), and ruled by Decree
- Nobles (read: ‘Congress’ and ‘Wealthy Campaign Contributors’) sucked up to the King, and lived only slightly less lavish lifestyles. They occasionally had to actually DO stuff…but this was rare.
- Knights (read: ‘The Media’, ‘Unions’, ‘Community Organizers’) protected the realm, and provided the muscle to keep the Serfs/Vassals/Peasants in line
- Serfs/Vassals/Peasants (read: ‘We The People’, aka: ‘Fodder’) were lucky if one of those above us in the food chain didn’t want to trample or have their way with us. We kept our heads DOWN…hoping just not to be noticed so we could go on surviving!
Why on Earth did ‘We The People’ put up with that crap for 700 years? For the same reason people are lining up to put up with it again: FEAR! Roughly half this country is now dependent on the government. i.e., they receive more FROM the government then they contribute TO the government. And the FEAR of that relationship changing for the worse is a powerful incentive to keep your head DOWN…avoid being noticed…and hope to survive.
Notice that when the specter of a government “shutdown” was raised last year, the FIRST threat thrown out by the Democrat/Obama/media was: “Social Security payments won’t be made”. FIRST. The vast majority of people receiving Social Security paid INTO it…and actually deserve something back. But they were the first ones threatened. Then they threatened to stop Food Stamps until the Debt Limit was raised (Starvation!), stop funding the military (we’ll be DEFENSELESS!), etc.
Every scary scenario possible was thrown out until FEAR overcame any hope of common sense…and the Debt Limit was raised, ensuring an accelerated path to serfdom.
Feudalism died when the “New World” began to open up (soon to be known as: America). It did NOT promise “survival”…it allowed “unrealistic ambitions”. Early life here was hard, and often short. But as America grew, an “unrealistic ambition” arose of “a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”. Whether you’re “unrealistic ambition” was for wealth, religious freedom, wanderlust, or adventure you were free to pursue it.
And a new type of person arose too: “American”. Around the world “Americans” got a reputation for being brash, optimistic…even arrogant. They were known for having “unrealistic ambitions”.
Those unrealistic ambitions came from a legacy of Americans overcoming hardship to not just survive, but to succeed! Overcoming hardship through self-reliance has always has been the Price of Freedom. Self-reliance doesn’t promise survival…but it does allow success. The other path is the road to serfdom.