Long have I hoped that the government of Justin Trudeau in Canada would have listened and heeded the voices of the truckers, farmers, and citizens of Canada long before writing on this topic. Unfortunately, Trudeau chooses to be tone-deaf to all voices but the ones in his head and those pouring money into his political coffers. Trudeau’s craven, cowardly, and corrupted government remains a disgusting and deleterious mark against the history of freedom. The history books will mark him the “Low-Water Mark” in Canada’s history, as I believe the people of Canada are fed up! Time will tell.
Unfortunately, Canada’s closest neighbor to the south is in just as poor hands and is acting just as incorrigibly! Yes, little Joey Biden, I am talking about you! Using the Department of Homeland Security to quash the American version of the Canadian #FreedomConvoy is so detestable as to rank with Kristallnacht in Fascist Germany! I do not make this comparison lightly. Using the government to silence the speech of others is WRONG!
Trudeau, are you listening? Using the tools (Police Officers) to steal fuel from truckers is the definition of theft and is illegal! Encouraging those in government, who have always longed to be a Storm Trooper to act in a manner that removes liberty and freedom while threatening the lives and livelihoods of others, is NOT how to govern in any representative government. Trudeau, Biden, pay close attention; you are authoritarians and have broken the social contract inherent in your ability to govern. Lacking the authority to govern means your only way to escape is to leave power!
Israel regularly arrests old people who are not wearing masks in the name of “curbing the spread of COVID.” Australia is still rounding up people and putting them in camps for “public safety during COVID.” Taxing the unvaccinated, as proposed in Canada, and the vaccine mandates and COVID restrictions in every country is 100% anathema to good order and discipline. While also being questionable legally and inherently immoral and unethical. Yet, those in power want to cling to COVID as a “health emergency” to clutch impotently to government powers gotten through coercion and theft.
COVID is only the latest excuse for grabbing power that rightly belongs to the people, but the government lusts after. While some laws can be drafted to steal that power, other powers must be given to the government to abscond with zeal and self-righteousness. Consider the following, certainly not an all-inclusive list:
- Taxes – These are legislated government demands forcing citizens to pay for the privilege of living in a society governed by that government.
- Private Property – At least in a Constitutional Republic, personal property must be given away.
- Individual Health Choices – If you live in a representative government with socialized medicine, the government CAN dictate what goes into your body, as you do not have the right to control your health.
- Individual Health Choices – If you live in one of the few countries remaining without socialized medicine, you retain the right to decide. These governments are working overtime to steal this right from you, using incentives and legislation to remove your choice of governing your health.
Let’s say you do not like the vaccine mandates; in a socialized medicine country, the government says, “Tough! Take the jab!” Then use the power of Storm Trooper bureaucrats to ensure you do what they demand. In a non-socialized medicine country, the government is as powerful and refuses to be idle. As has been witnessed in America, the government continues to employ whatever means necessary to confuse, blind, and sow chaos to win the power to demand you get the jab. Lusting after power that rightly belongs to the electorate has become a game for the government, and insufficient numbers of people understand what is happening and the long-term effects. Worse, the enemies of freedom and liberty already know the long-term consequences and are salivating at the thought of controlling others for personal gain!
Pope Gregory I, around 600AD, provided the capital sins, cardinal sins, also known as the 7-Deadly Sins. Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride are the specific cardinal sins, whose curative opposites or virtues are: Faith, Hope, Charity, Justice, Prudence, Temperance, and Fortitude. Why do I believe people are fed up and ready to take action? All 7-Deadly Sins are in such power in the representative governments that no excuse can justify their continued existence. While simultaneously, anyone living by the 7-Virtues is castigated, derided, and excluded from power, being demonized and made into the enemy.
History has proved, multiple times, that when governments throw off all virtue and embrace the 7-Deadly Sins, that government is ripe for a hostile takeover. NO! In making this observation, I am NOT advocating violence for political purposes. Let’s be clear; change occurs without violence, sometimes. I hope for a violent free shift in direction in the global elected representative government crop. Still, the realist in me has long understood that weak people execute violence to protect what they deem as theirs. Trudeau and his ilk have already begun beating the drum calling for violence against the truckers assembled in Ottawa, and I hope and pray for a peaceful resolution. Australia and Israel have executed violence to protect the political pandemic and keep powers stolen. America is ordering violence against all who stand in opposition as the US Constitution is dismantled for private gain.
How does one know when authoritarians have forsaken all virtue?
Observing the 7-Deadly Sins is easy; observing virtue is a lot harder, but at the same time is easy, and a simple test exists to help further the observation. Look at their fruits; look at the results of the decisions, and judge for yourself the consequences. When was the last time a political leader admitted they were wrong, apologized, and then worked tirelessly to reverse course publicly? Did it take a judicial decision to initiate the process of repentance, or was the repentance process begun through self-realization? If a judge ordered repentance and an adjusting of course, did the person act immediately or slow walk, or worse, refuse to honor the judicial decision?
In my youth, I watched the Monica Lewinsky debacle with abhorrence! Watching President Bill Clinton use an apology, which wasn’t an apology, for political course correction and stave off impeachment proceedings sickened me! How many times has the same non-apology tactic worked? Let’s ask Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Governors Newsome, Grisham, and Whitmer, as well as countless others who have made non-apologies. Are the fruits of the 7-Deadly Sins and 7-Virtues apparent; maybe not; let’s use another example.
Currently, the United States is suffering under inflation not experienced in 40-years. While I fully believe Biden and his executive branch despots are to blame, not all of the blame rests upon Biden and his team of despots. The US Senate and especially the US House of Representatives are just as responsible and deserve to suffer from the fruits of their poor decisions. Under the US Constitution, the President is not in charge of the budget; the US House of Representatives controls the American Government’s checkbook. Speaker Pelosi is more responsible for the inflationary disaster in America, which is having a trickle-down effect globally, and thinks she can continue to skate because, in her opinion, “Americans are ignorant.” Look at the fruits of the government, and you will find all 7-Deadly Sins, but little to none of the 7-Virtues.
Let’s take a moment to revisit the 7-Virtues, which stand in stark and absolute opposition to the 7-Deadly Sins.
- Faith – is defined as an action that inspires firm belief based upon confidence in authority and veracity (truth) of another, rather than upon one’s knowledge, reason, or judgment.
- Hope – is defined as possessing confidence (trust) that the action taken is possible and there is an expectation of succeeding, eventually.
- Charity – is all about actions that help others in need without caring for a reward.
- Justice – is a concept that encapsulates moral rightness (decency), conforming to a moral code from a desire, not from a third-party executing authority. Governing self is the first step in putting more justice into the world.
- Prudence – Acting without regard for self-interest, seeking knowledge from others, exercising caution and wisdom in practical matters, executing common sense in planning for the future, and being reserved in exercising authority.
- Temperance – is all about how one conducts their business in moderation, with self-restraint and care.
- Fortitude – is centered around strength of mind allowing a person to endure pain, adversity, and chastisement with courage and conviction.
Those who uphold and honor the 7-Virtues in their lives do not plasticize words. For example calling peaceful citizens gathered to importune the government for redress, terrorists, racists, and fascists. Leaders who desire to be honored and kept in office do not spend the public’s money like drunken sailors on a 3-day port visit. Elected representatives embody the 7-Virtues reflecting their commitment to living as an honor of the trust the public has invested in them. These leaders do not take bribes, sell access, and do not execute a lavish lifestyle paid for by big donors to the detriment of the electorate electing them to office.
Look carefully at the leaders elected and ask yourself, are they embodying the 7-Virtues or the 7-Deadly Sins? If they honor, through living the 7-Virtues, you are better off economically, and your children are not saddled by debt. However, the opposite is true if those political leaders embody the 7-Deadly Sins, which means there is nothing but trouble, pain, chaos, and the division imposed by the leaders to pit neighbor against neighbor, all leading to destruction.
How do we change the government? First, we, the citizens, embody the 7-Virtues, living better, learning, and choosing a different path. Second, we change how and who we elect to office. Third, we change the laws to protect our society from the vagrants, tyrants, and societal abusers to keep them from elected office: we, the citizens, control and own the government. We must remember this fact and then teach the elected representatives to respect us!
© Copyright 2022 – M. Dave Salisbury
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