The evolutionary view of history, certainly inspired by Hegel's work, would have us believe that humanity is progressing toward a paradise of limitless possibilities. The rapid advances in technology during the time drove many into the open arms of this progressivism, leading simple peasants and great philosophers alike down this wide path with all its promise of Heaven here on Earth. This is so prima facie noble and so sinister on its inside that it can only be described as Luciferian. We owe our current troubles in good measure to the irrational 'rationalism' epitomized in the French Revolution, and the whirlwind of these progressive theories in the 19th century.
The men who stood against George III shared a different view of history, untainted by Marxist and Darwinian worldviews. They understood that tyranny was the natural state of affairs, and that all political orders tended towards them. They spoke of the blood of patriots and tyrants as the necessary sacrifice: the blood not only of the oppressors, but of the men who would set their children free. (We have a tendency to equate 'tyrant' and 'monarch', but the two are not coextensive.) They saw then what has happened since. In the name of all manner of goods, chief among them 'security' and 'equality', liberty will be trampled under foot.
We must remember that it was acts of parliament that robbed the colonists of their industry. It was only when the King, in acting as the executive of state, became an insufferable tyrant that the men of the day shrugged off their chains. Most of them would likely have died happy subjects of the British crown had it prosecuted its sacred duty. When Congress punishes your industry, it is the President who must exact this punishment against you. We must also not allow executive agencies such as the IRS be separated from the President! They are the King's sword arm, and where are their agents? They monitor every dollar you earn and every dollar you spend. They take to you to court, they come to your office, they come to your home.
We face in our day another battle in the same war. As the King asserts authority over an ever-larger aspect of the polity, he sets an ever smaller portion of producers against a mass of parasites that are created and maintained in their parasitic state by the agency of the government. This is a self-defeating proposition, but unfortunately there may be no one left at the end of it to enjoy the death of tyranny.
The zeal of the revolution caught the enemies of liberty aghast. They were few then, and our founders determined to entrench their victories by creating a government that simply lacked the requisite strength to oppress its people. At the end of this process, though, they saw that the parapets of the Constitution were only as good as the people they sheltered, that an uninformed, amoral population would use the chapel as a brothel and desecrate the temple with such trash as relativism and pragmatism.
The Civil War saw a defeat for liberty and an expansion of the King's host, declaring emphatically that Washington ruled the several states. The 1930s began a new chapter in this battle, one best described by dystopian writers like Orwell, Rand, and Hawkes. In this chapter, whose opening sshot was really President Wilson's abominable income tax, our own leaders openly sought the end of liberty under the guise of fairness, and under the expediency of crisis. By deceiving a complacent population with lazy minds, they were able to pervert the very idea of compassion into an excuse for pillage.
Our enemies have affected a brilliant victory by hijacking our formative years. We are all taught that 'bad government' is the kind in which the people have no voice, never mind if the people have no decent thoughts among the lot of them. They teach that 'rights' are ethereal and abstract things to be dispensed by laws, and that such things as property and wealth are not the proper object of political reverence, never mind that it was for the rights of these things that our ancestors risked and gave their lives. We have to take back our paradigms, fight back against the notion that human rights are somehow opposed to or different from property rights. By teaching us this nonsense, and inundating us with false history about 'right wing' fascism, outright lying about the ideologies that have led to oppression, murder, and war, and then confirming it by their control (now diminishing) of the national conversation, they have taken away many of our weapons. Our arsenal is depleted.
The world will naturally tend toward tyranny, and so far no political order has been able to forestall the necessary revolution to correct it. The enemies of tyranny realize that they need only a few more generations of victories, and the battle will be won until He comes again: George Orwell's boot on the throat is a very possible reality.Will the U.S. Constitution stand the strain of battle? I, for one, doubt it, as legal theories conspire to undermine it and Supreme Court justices refer to authorities outside of it, and the people dilute it for their own ends.
What is to be done? Of course, we must honor our ancestors and partake of this distasteful war.
The States must push back. The Several States must declare their sovereignty as States, surrendering only those particular powers as declared by the Constitution.
The courts must push back: every jurist and every judge must interpret laws within the scope of the Constitution. If the document does not allow the Federal government to act, it will be crucial for judges to denounce the legislation.
Business must push back. Instead of blindly placing a label on their product because some underpaid pseudo-scientist so orders, they should either refuse, or place another disclaimer above the government mandated label: "The federal government has violated the bounds of the U.S. Constitution and requires us to publish the following words. We do so against our will against the armed force of the U.S. government:" and then follow with the words. Businesses have to start refusing to produce under the terms of others.
The people, finally, must push back: we must brook no abrogation of our liberty, and we must call such abrogations what they are. Seizing one citizen's assets to distribute them to another citizen is an illegitimate abuse of power the likes of which has started wars, and this is as serious an insult!
Liberty is the only proper incitement of Revolution. If that is the call to arms, count me among the ranks of the Continental Army.