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We Lynched Lady Liberty: He Says We’re Good Little Patriots
Part II of IV

by Sergei Borglum Hoff

30 November 2003Statue of Liberty

Our Founders did not guarantee our education, prosperity, health, comfort, or safety; they guaranteed our liberty. Out of ignorance, fear, and cowardice, the majority of citizens are willing to submit, and give federal government more control over their personal lives. Part II of an essay by the grandnephew of Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore.


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Police-State-Patriotism


Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,  papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Fifth Amendment: “No person shall be held to answer for a capitol, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”

Sixth Amendment: “In all criminal prosecution, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could easily defeat us.
--William O. Douglas

My enthusiasm is lacking for this police-state-patriotism that John Ashcroft so eagerly prescribed for the masses. Indeed, I am repelled by what he perceives to be desirable patriotic expression. His most recent “phantoms of lost liberties” rebuke will not ease the pain of his Bully-Brother tactics. In testimony given before the Senate Judiciary Committee, our Attorney General, the archetype of sanctimoniousness, dared to insinuate that those people failing to enthusiastically embrace his “Homeland” security tactics are unpatriotic and enablers of terrorism. What balderdash! What impudence! What treachery! The measure of arrogance in the testimony of this neo-Pharisee was that of a self-absorbed man, zealously dispensing autographed copies of His Bible. Rest assured! Lady Justice dared not expose her ample breasts at this pious gathering of the elite. In fairness to General Ashcroft, I must admit that the only inspiration Janet Reno received from Lady Justice was a desire for implants. The drivel emanating freely from his Senate inquisitors and the stomach-churning hypocrisy of their prey, gave cause to reach for the handy vomit pail. Thinking Americans quickly learn to prepare for such eventualities when witnessing congressional hearings on C-SPAN. There was absolutely no possibility of revealing his self-aggrandizing motivations at this spineless investigative hearing. The odds were the same against Bill Clinton and his cattle futures queen ever facing justice.

Formerly a staunch supporter of John Ashcroft -- leaving aside his alleged pro-Second Amendment stance -- I must now denounce his demigod aspirations. Never hesitating to let the people know of his outrage over this, or about that, will he now seek vengeance on those unrepentant souls who persist in challenging his tactics? What lengths will he go to express his displeasure under the preposterous claim of defending our freedoms? Are they to be blacklisted as terrorist sympathizers or traitors? Will their telephones and computers be wiretapped? Can we expect their bank accounts to be forfeited, or homes ransacked without court ordered warrants supported by probable cause and sworn affidavits? Are the harassment tactics of IRS audits in the offing? Will it be a secretive home or office invasion, a knock on the door, or the favored battering-ram incursion? Will false evidence be planted? How many upright reputations and innocent lives will be destroyed? Who will become his next “person of interest?” Because of love for my country and standing in defense of human rights, will I suffer the pain of his wrath? Or, will you?

Recently, the Attorney General publicly advocated the use of detention camps for U. S. citizens suspected as having terrorist associations. John Ashcroft has already demonstrated to the people of this nation that little evidence is required prior to incarceration. If I am not mistaken, Heinrich Himmler originally intended his camps to be used for political nonconformists, and others suspected as enemies of the German “Fatherland.” Does it not gnaw on your sense of security to know that the Attorney General and President can condemn -- through an unconstitutionally clandestine “committee” -- any citizen as an “enemy combatant” of the American “Homeland?” This unfortunate citizen -- possibly you or a member of your family -- could further be stripped of citizenship and imprisoned for an indefinite period at an undisclosed location. All of which will be accomplished without ethical judicial oversight or Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment protections. Except for declarations of war, martial law, or insurrections, habeas corpus -- the people’s protection against illegal imprisonment -- cannot be suspended. And, if government nullifies any of the twenty-six Amendments (18th repealed by the 21st) or Articles of the Constitution, it has then lost its constitutional foundations; consequently, bureaucratic legitimacy is ended, and all authority forfeited. John Ashcroft’s abuse of power is too obvious to be ignored. Please do not jeopardize family welfare by naively assuming that such miscarriages of justice and acts of tyranny cannot occur on U. S. soil. Like myself, awaken to reality. They have begun!   

Unlike our government’s inability to connect the dots of evidence pertaining to the September 11th terrorist attacks, are these dots of tyrannical behavior beginning to connect for you? Many loyal Americans are now vulnerable to all such governmental abuses as a consequence of this deceptively labeled “USA Patriot Act.” Are John Ashcroft’s assurances of protected human rights, enough for you? His unenforceable personal promises bring me no relief, and certainly do not enhance my confidence in his roguish or bumbling federal police force raiders. If not held in check by the people, this contemptuous public servant will have all the might of this bureaucracy -- including its weaponry -- to bring only misery to those possessors of courage and dignity that hazard to speak the unpopular and denied truth. Bravely dismissing their fear of government, these concerned, informed, and outspoken patriots are the unimpeachable champions of our nation. Not he! Unlike General Ashcroft, sincere patriots of America will never infringe upon the unalienable rights of others, for any reason. By what constitutional or moral authority does he do so? Is it now his contention that the destruction the Bill of Rights is acceptable collateral damage in the government’s war on terrorism? His recent breach of the barriers set forth in the peremptory Bill of Rights has destroyed his credibility as a defender of justice and the Constitution. He has betrayed the principles of a free nation. Contrary to his nationally applauded position, no situation (terrorism, world war, natural disasters, etc.) can ever be so grave as to justify any encroachments on the Bill of Rights. A war that is focused on fighting terrorism, perpetrated within the borders of this nation or against constitutionally supported United States interests, is always justified but never the intentional or careless destruction of our Constitution.

Is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
--Patrick Henry

I shall never capitulate to Osama bin Laden or John Ashcroft with his enforced police-state-patriotism. Both adversaries of liberty invade our lives with their own measure of misery and tyranny. If we are to survive as a free America, the citizenry must shed this emasculating yoke of national fear, and resist General Ashcroft’s unconstitutional raids on our unalienable rights. His words and actions are un-American, having no correspondence with our founding principles. They are ruthless assaults on the American people, and carry the potential of inciting violent national rebellion. This must never occur! As a constitutionally recognized citizen defender of our nation and in accordance with my patriotic heritage, I hereby publicly condemn his fascistic, predatory tactics. John Ashcroft is an unrestrained public servant; he must become our “person of interest” for the purposes of self-defense, preservation of our liberties, his impeachment, and well-deserved criminal prosecution.

Acts of War and Betrayals Demand Soldierly Responses

The September 11th horrors inflicted upon the people of our nation far exceeded the limitations of verbal or written expression. Having experienced -- along with millions of others -- the outrage and a profound sadness for the victims and their families, I nevertheless refused to participate, and waver from, a pragmatic response to our nation’s ordeal, with a futile exposition of sympathy and sorrow. In addition to diverting the people’s attention from vital inquiries and effective responses, government and media orchestrated expressions of grief or exemplary patriotism always lack sincerity, and never fill the void. Gracelessly, hollow commiserations were eagerly delivered by those of American adoration: politicians, movie stars, and other well-rewarded notables of exploitation and arrogance, superficiality and self-indulgence. Nor were the unceasing spectacles of emotionalism valiant responses from the conformable masses -- weeping alongside the same congressional humbugs and the Hollywood debauched, offering-up candles to the heavens, sporting colorful ribbons, and collectively undergoing televised crisis therapy -- as they only demonstrated our urgent need for a massive therapeutic dose of testosterone if we are to survive as a free nation. No! This act of war demanded focused and soldierly responses from the people. Including: personal and family defense preparations, national condemnation of our government’s betrayal, and demands for an immediate constitutional revamping of foreign policy. Although discouraging for the fair-weather-patriots of “Teletubby” land, genuine patriotism will require far more than participation in emotionally arousing media events, overspending at the neighborhood shopping mall, enduring the indignities of airport security molestations, the frenzied waving of flags, or childish jubilation each time this wanting President fortifies our feeble spirits with a few rehearsed words of bravado. Such quasi-patriotic gestures are little more than diversions and emotional masturbation. With faculties intact, I instead adopted a patriotic stance and honored our fallen Americans by focusing my attention towards the curtailment of terrorist acts, regardless of origin.

Having no desire to belabor this subject, we have three basic categories of people who claim to identify with American patriotism. The liberty-committed-patriots are to be honored, as they will endure sacrifices if and when necessary in defense of this nation and human rights. Following with a pathetic stature are the pseudo-patriot clans, habitually displaying intense loyalty to political factions and their leaders but not to our nation and Constitution. They cannot conceive or appreciate ideologies beyond the confines of “Party” indoctrination, and are willing pawns of the elite. Their usefulness as instruments of tyranny is obvious. Such no-questions-asked loyalties were necessary for enslaving the peoples of Communist China, Russia, and Nazi Germany. More recently, loyal Democrats enthusiastically either denied or justified the treasonous and criminal activities of the Clinton duo. Obedient Rush Limbaugh ditto-heads are doing likewise regarding George Bush’s betraying encroachments upon our liberties and nonexistent defense of constitutional principles. The disingenuous responses from both feuding clans are equally detrimental to liberty and the stability of our nation. Their blind loyalty has earned nothing more than contempt from genuine American patriots. Other than to add that they will receive a thorough thrashing from the hands of reality and wisdom after everything is lost, further comments would be pointless. Lastly, we have the dependency-motivated-patriots who are a sizeable and nauseating crowd indeed. People of this mentality were never the builders of this sovereign and prosperous nation, nor will they ever be its defenders. If not suckling at the nanny-state teat, they are whining for more bureaucratic guidance and emotional support. They lack self-discipline, practicality, and dependability; their goal is to enlist leaders who will fulfill all needs and require no sacrifice in exchange. They deserve to be enslaved by the socialist oppressor. Nationally televised emotionalism may validate their fanciful visions of patriotism, or arouse enough sensations of self-esteem to drag them through the day, but as their primary endeavor, cannot lead to a noble or victorious end. Unless patriotism embraces truth and stimulates honorable, thoughtful, and practical action, it will recklessly seduce us into feel-good or factional legislation, which renders regret and places all citizens in unnecessary positions of vulnerability. Although their sentiments are distinct, our loyalist gladiators and these timid groupies are responsible for the police state consequences of such legislation.

In adopting the fundamentals for the creation of this government, the Founders did not guarantee our education, prosperity, health, comfort, or safety. Instead, they wisely guaranteed our liberty, which holds far greater potentials for the dignity and growth of mankind. Out of ignorance, fear, and cowardice, the majority of citizens are willing to submit, and give federal government more control over their personal lives. Bread, along with the well-deserved performing end of a circus, will be their only rewards for submission. Will it really make any difference whether our enslaving masters are Communists, Fascists, the United Nations, Democrats, or Republicans? Ask yourself!
 
Government officials have mastered the unethical arts of diversion and deception. We can easily blame terrorism for our fear and confusion; it is difficult to challenge those disloyal public servants who have skillfully stolen our liberties and nation. To assume that government has a genuine interest in quieting our fears is unreasoned optimism. Mass anxiety is the equivalent of steroids for big-government. If we feel helpless, government is energized and becomes our imaginary solution to all national and personal problems. Be aware! Be skeptical! Think! Do not be diverted, deceived, and mesmerized by these bureaucrats. And, do not blindly accept my words or those of others as truth. Investigate, discriminate, and question everything not proven. Revolution must begin from within the individual. If the improvement of government and society is our goal, we -- as individuals -- must first change. It starts with you! The American people must begin by rejecting all bureaucratic and media conditioning, and learn to perceive and reason as individuals, hence, successfully resisting those puppeteers in our government that demand unquestioning compliance. Such a challenge requires sustained conscious effort. Without the ability to discriminate between authoritative programming and personal beliefs, we can never be truly free. Always question. Question again!

It is essential that our honorable men and women defend the constitutional principles of self-governance and liberty. This critical undertaking cannot be left to the rank and file of today’s feckless and cosmetic society; where mediocrity is widely chosen as a rewardable goal. Having scorned the illuminating potentialities of liberty, thus, mastering nothing beyond competitive pretentiousness, behavioral excellence is of little interest to the American masses. With the exception of a few self-reliant thinkers, we have degraded into a people of frills and thrills, spurning everything remotely resembling authenticity, self-responsibility, virtue, and wisdom. The majority of Americans now exist in a state of intellectual hibernation. Emotionalism has become our badge of honor; it is displayed as an exemplary measure of accomplishment. Dare if you can, one hour of primetime television -- reflecting the national standards of today -- and draw your own conclusions.

Because it is now in fashion and touches everyone’s heart, we are always talking about the welfare of our children. Yet, we have the abilities to do something worthwhile on their behalf. We have natural instincts, intelligence, and all the tools needed to educate, thereupon, safeguard our children. However, courage and a willing acceptance of our parental responsibilities are lacking. Or, perhaps we are simply bedazzled by our fantastic toys and mind-numbing entertainment, forgetting that our children deserve more psychological attentiveness, protection, and obedience training than the treasured household pet. Knowledge is an indispensable defense against enslavement. I believe that upon the conclusion of an adequate inquiry, responsible parents will wisely evacuate their children from government regulated educational programs, where stupefying “New World Order” indoctrination is demanded. Private and home schooling are sensible alternatives to this morally and intellectually barren public system. To the unconcerned, be mindful of the life threatening betrayals by our leaders and other public servants, while pondering this question: Can I, as a conscientious and informed parent, further entrust the lives, freedoms, and education of my children to authoritarians like George Bush, John Ashcroft, Tom Ridge, and Donald Rumsfeld? We are responsible for the welfare of our families. Thank God; they are not! It would be difficult explaining to my children why I betrayed their confidence and failed to provide able defenses by means of a well-balanced education. Such an admission would demand far more courage than needed for their defense. For the preservation of their lives, freedoms, and independence of thought, I trust that the undaunted thirty-percent of this nation -- those not cowering under their beds awaiting government miracles -- will confront this escalating educational crisis in a logical, effective, and sustaining manner. A soldierly response is needed!

Sergei Borglum Hoff is the grandnephew of Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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