There Is No “I” In Team

December 4, 2012

When building a team, eventually you’ll hear, “There is no “I” in Team”.  You are simply part of the team which is a whole thing or it’s nothing.  There isn’t an individual part of a team.  The role of each team member is to be a function of the team, not to be an individual.

But on the subject of government, it’s something altogether different.  Right there in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, written about a year after the battle of Lexington and Concord, you’ll find these words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

You can go look it up if you’re not real clear about this point.  Not all copies of the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights haven’t been destroyed yet, so hurry up and go find a copy while it’s still legal to be caught in possession of them.

From that California girl with the nice pair of guns last week:

“I” AM MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

ME.

I  am.

The “I”. The INDIVIDUAL of “Individual Liberty”.

“I” precede government. “I” am its sole reason for existence.

Without ME, it ceases to have a purpose.

The government of the United States of America was instituted among men for no other reason than to secure MY rights. (See: Declaration of Independence, 1776)

And when said government becomes “destructive of those ends”…it no longer has any reason to exist.

There is no question of my loyalty to the Government of the United States of America. That is a fantasy. (The wish and desire of Statists, fools, derelicts, collectivists, the Borg, and Øbama.)

There is only the question of ITS loyalty to ME and its purpose/responsibility of securing MY rights.

When it ceases in that primary function, I am completely within my INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS to sever our relationship.

The government exists at MY pleasure. It was instituted my ME, and derives its power from ME.

The Declaration states that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish the Government of the United States if it stops fulfilling its function of securing INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.

MY rights.

Secessionists are being more polite, more thoughtful, more civilized than that. They are willing to allow the government who has failed in its fundamental, sole duty, to continue to exist for the benefit of the 51% of idiots who have voted to be tyrannized. They only wish to walk away peacefully, and institute ANOTHER government. One that will indeed secure INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.

MY rights.

So don’t you self-righteous, self-described sophisticated little shits mock individual secessionists.

There is an option to Peaceful Secession. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

The Gunslinger

And “peaceful secession” has been proposed, first in Alabama, then in a dozen more states, then 20 states, and finally in all 50 states.  But then, if all 50 states vote for secession, exactly what are we all seceding from?

That Frenchman with the Kalashnikov wrote some encouragement the same week.

TO THE GLOATERS crowing over the comments sections of every conservative and Republican websites: burn through every gallons of that sweet euphoria as quickly and fully as you can, for it will very soon become stale and leave only the putrid taste of rot in your mouth. I know you, for I’ve seen your peers and walk among them in the Land of the Frenchmen. Tomorrow, the effects of your plebiscite will pierce through the exhilaration of your victory, and they will crush you as much as they afflict those you mock today.

Just as they did in France, the policies you champion will affect everyone’s standards of living, directly and indirectly. If you are wealthy today, your wealth will dwindle tomorrow. If you are already poor or believe yourself so, you will never rise and prosper.

Soon, just as the French did, you will realize that you’ve elected yourself servants of an unaccountable oligarchy courted by a small intelligentsia to which you will never belong, from which you will never profit and of which you can never get rid. Then, you will join the legions of what the French call les déçus de la Gauche, or “the Left’s disappointed”—Indeed, even in Left wing France, the Left never fails to disappoint its followers for it is made of and thrives on fallacy and deceit.

Just as the French, when you realize that the effects of the political model you tout today cascade and accumulate to the point where you have effectively handed that oligarchy a permanent majority that begins to feed on its pawns—you—it will be too late and your loss will be complete.

Understand this: I am not a US citizen nor a resident in the USA, so this is not the bitter retort of a sore loser. This is a prophecy from a foreigner who has seen your future because he lives in it: you, my friend, who laugh today will cry twice as much tomorrow.

The various flavors of Social Democrats who run Europe (into the ground, admittedly), and share so many features and aspirations with Obama have learned the mistakes of the less subtle autocrats who preceded them. If France can teach you one thing, it’s that Obama will never bleed you dry or push you beyond the threshold of revolt, only to the nearest edge of it: you are now more likely to bleed from a thousand cuts over a thousand years than to get a quick, if violent, resolution to the relentless assaults against your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness—snarky Libertarians who opted to let Obama squat in the Oval Office unopposed on the deluded notion that “it doesn’t matter” and will bring the fall of Leviathan sooner, may want to take notice.

Even the French have not yet managed to completely plunder and ruin their comparatively much weaker economy, and the good Lord knows they’ve been trying for the best of the last 80 years or so.

And still: you will live through it, and you will live well enough—for a given value of “well”—to never really have a legally and morally unquestionable motive to rise up in arms and go full scale de oppresso liber on the tyrant. This will not be, as many of you imagine when they think about France, North Korea only with more cheese, wine and broads who don’t shave their armpits. Instead, you will find yourself in a multi-generations limbo of “too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards”—as, ironically, a Libertarian once said.

Just like in France, this will turn you into a depressed, cynical and pessimistic people, until they finally manage to kill your spirit whole, and nearly everybody is on the dole.

That’s when they’ve won. They do not need to kill you, they just have to break you.

Understand this: I am not a US citizen nor a resident in the USA, so this is not the bitter augury of a sore loser. This is a prophecy from a foreigner who has seen one of your possible futures while living in it.

Thus the only future I can predict is the one where you go French and surrender. You, and only you can turn this debacle around and me into a false prophet.

Sadly, some among you seem to have all but given up. Reading through your reactions in the comments at PJ Media, Breitbart, Hotair and others, I see cries that “the Republic is dead”, and even claims—shocking claims, for this Americanophile—to burn the flag because “it doesn’t mean anything anymore”.

Old Glory doesn’t mean anything, simply because you woke up last Wednesday to a measly 4 millions popular votes difference? A battle of nearly 121 million voters finds you outnumbered by four and hear, hear: the Republic is dead and the war is lost?

Try and tell that to those Americans who found themselves outnumbered and outgunned by far more disadvantageous enemy ratios, whether in a forest in the Ardennes, a hill in Korea, a valley in Vietnam or a mountain in Afghanistan. Try and tell them you’re considering giving up and burning the flag in despair.

Even though I am just a French, I am quite certain I can predict their reaction.

Once again, you don’t need a lecture from this Frenchman, but it seems to me that some of you, in the emotion of that unexpected electoral defeat, forgot this simple fact: America is always outnumbered.

This unique nation, founded not on feudal or religious fault lines but on a radical philosophy of individual freedom isn’t the norm in this world: it is an anomaly. If you needed a quick and simple reminder on the basis for American exceptionalism, there you go.

America is always outnumbered and, until the rest of the world sees the guiding light and builds shining cities on America’s model—if that day ever comes—America will always be outnumbered.

Yet it doesn’t matter: America’s strength isn’t in numbers, it’s in her soul.

Hear this final prophecy America: only one man can kill the Republic, and it isn’t Barack Obama. The one man who will kill your Republic is the one man who will last give up and renounce it.

Don’t you dare be that man.

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