Lennon vs. Jefferson
David J Dunworth O. C. E.
On this Independence Day I believe there are some things worth saying relative to the country, its politics, the past, the present and the future. The late John Lennon was an extremely wealthy man that chose to move to the socialist position, attempting to use his influence to make people think differently about wealth, possessions and peace. Thomas Jefferson, one of the most influential of the Founding Fathers, held strong beliefs in the rights of the individual, the limits of government, and freedom from government oppression. Different but much the same, in some respects.
I believe I mentioned a few months ago, when I expressed my personal political viewpoint, that I try my best to keep them out of my public writings. However, in this time of economic and social unrest, I am compelled to express these views, along the bent of a difference of viewpoints between John Lennon and Thomas Jefferson.
“You say you want a revolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world.” When Lennon and McCartney sang it, the song was an instant hit. Today is a long way from the inimitable Beatles’ song released in 1968, the world is changing, but not the way John Lennon envisioned it when he wrote the tune. “Don’t expect me in the Trenches unless it’s with Flowers,” was Lennon’s political and socialist stance. Today, the trenches are wider and deeper, and the chasms are located all over the globe.
The political disruption of the Arab Spring, along with the economic meltdown of the global economy, the near collapse of Greece, Italy, Ireland and Spain’s economies are causing unrest. There is our nearly-collapsed economy here in the United States of America, and the inability and unwillingness to remove politics from the debate on the country’s debt, and how to pay its bills. The debate is fierce, with all sides unwilling to budge on political principles, let alone what is right for the country. Revolutions seem to be popping up everywhere.
Here at home there are the Minute Men at the US/Mexican Border, performing their own version of Immigration Control, along with extremists in the upper Northwest taking matters into their own hands. “Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state,” Jefferson.
Demonstrations in Midwestern States concerning the government’s stripping nearly all collective bargaining rights of government workers, coupled with the other 30 states on the verge of bankruptcy. “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them,” T. Jefferson.
In Kalispell, Montana recently, which happens to be the haven for Para-militia groups; lives a man named David Burgert, who happens to be the former leader of the Kalispell Militia. He is accused of opening fire on a group of Missoula County deputies deep in the woods of a logging area in a National Forest on June 12. A convicted weapons felon, Burgert used a machine gun and was arrested with it in his possession. He spent 8 years in prison, released in 2010. This current manhunt has rekindled turmoil and activity by anti-government militia members, who are notoriously violent at times. The Lolo National Forest is home to many of his former and active followers.
“But if you want money for people for minds that hate, all I can tell you is brother, you have to wait.” The growing frustration among the citizenry seems to be mounting, and despite the economy, there are those spending what they have, not on food and clothing or shelter, but armaments, military-style reinforcements and strategic supplies.
Idaho based Neo-Nazi groups have been mainly disbanded after unrelenting pressure to remove the hate-mongers in the year 2000. Authorities deep into the rural stretches have charted recent activity, where jobs are rare. With a mostly low-income, white population with little to call their own, the frustrations are mounting parallel to the economic indicators.
“A lot of anti-government energy has been building up over the last couple of years,” said Travis McAdam, anti-hate group chair of Helena Montana based Montana Human Rights Network. Montana is a state without a large, liberal government city, and is mainly populated by live-and-let-live independent, libertarian minded individuals and families. One of the area’s biggest fears is government intervention and the supposed President’s agenda for removing individual liberties. This is a common view of many living in the Northwest Region of the country. Since the 1990’s, with the capturing of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczinski, and interactions with the Montana Freemen, the area has developed a reputation for tolerance of radical groups. The standoff with this group in particular seemed to sprout other radical, anti-government groups as well.
Have we strayed so far away from our Founding Fathers’ philosophy?
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty,” Thomas Jefferson.
“You say you got a resolution, well, you know, we all want to see the plan.” In Arizona, with its governor Jan Brewer enacting tough immigration laws and activities at the border between her state and Mexico, a lot of frustration has been building over the illegal immigration issue. With the Federal Government unwilling or unable to address a resolution to the influx of illegal drugs and illegal entrants, frustrations are growing throughout the states in general. The law was challenged, with portions found to be unconstitutional. The penalty on business was upheld by the Supreme Court to find businesses guilty of immigration violations by hiring illegal’s remains on the books, and is enforceable. Widespread frustration toward the government in general over the issue of immigration, as well as the economic disparity seems to be on the rise throughout the region.
“You say you’d change the constitution, well, you know, we’d all love to change your head.” Was Lennon correct in his thinking that all would be well? While I am opposed to violence and overthrowing the government, I do feel that government has lost touch with its populace. Look around and you will see the seeds of discord sprouting into new growth of unrest, and disapproval of the current government. As a resident of a Midwestern State, I have firsthand knowledge of the abuse and disinterest of present government on the city and state level, mainly attempting to break unions (as in Wisconsin), strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights, refusing to pay increases previously bargained, and the removal of rights of city and state workers. Is government out of control? The protests outside the state capital of Minnesota grew in size and frustration to the point of the government shutting down over a $5 Billion gap in budgets. Now every state park, every state service, office and worker shut down and/or laid off. Is this good government? I certainly don’t think it is by the people, for the people. It seems to be a small group of money-mongers redirecting the world economic order. What’s the average citizen to do?
Flower Power or Power of the People? You choose.
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David J Dunworth is an internationally acclaimed author and presenter on the subjects of business, focusing on the entrepreneurs and emerging enterprise arenas. He is the CEO of TeXT-Icon Mobile Marketing Communications (www.text-icon.com), an international text and video communications firm offering affordable and bleeding edge technologies for marketing.
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