Top Navigation  
 
U.S. Flag waving
Office Hours Momday - Friday  8 am - 5 pm Pacific 1-800-835-2418
 
Facebook   YouTube   Twitter
 
 
Backwoods Home Magazine, self-reliance, homesteading, off-grid

Features
 Home Page
 Current Issue
 Article Index
 Author Index
 Previous Issues
 Print Display Ads
 Print Classifieds
 Newsletter
 Letters
 Humor
 Free Stuff
 Recipes
 Home Energy

General Store
 Ordering Info
 Subscriptions
 Kindle Subscriptions
 ePublications
 Anthologies
 Books
 Back Issues
 Help Yourself
 All Specials
 Classified Ad

Advertise
 Web Site Ads
 Magazine Ads

BHM Blogs
 Ask Jackie Clay
 Massad Ayoob
 Claire Wolfe
 James Kash
 Where We Live
 Behind The Scenes
 Dave on Twitter
Retired Blogs
 Oliver Del Signore
 David Lee
 Energy Questions
 Bramblestitches

Quick Links
 Home Energy Info
 Jackie Clay
 Ask Jackie Online
 Dave Duffy
 Massad Ayoob
 John Silveira
 Claire Wolfe

Forum / Chat
 Forum/Chat Info
 Enter Forum
 Lost Password

More Features
 Meet The Staff
 Contact Us/
 Change of Address
 Write For BHM
 Disclaimer and
 Privacy Policy


Retired Features
 Country Moments
 Links
 Feedback
 Radio Show


Link to BHM

Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

Want to Comment on a blog post? Look for and click on the blue No Comments or # Comments at the end of each post.



Archive for November 6th, 2012

Claire Wolfe

Something there is that doesn’t love a government

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

— from “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

—–

The first polls are closing on the East coast as I start this. We know that, come January 20, some statist will occupy the White House and believe he’s the lord of us all.

He’ll preside over the growth of the welfare state and the warfare state.

He’ll claim the right to kill us at will or lock us up without due process.

He’ll preside over the destruction of U.S. currency.

He’d flunk a test on the Bill of Rights. And even if he managed a C- in theory, he’d get an F in practice.

He’ll continue the War on Drugs and the centralization and bureaucratization of health care.

He’ll serve powerful interests, which — it goes without saying — don’t include us.

He’ll grow the surveillance state and feed the paranoid Homeland (achtung!) Security state.

The country and the world will continue down the established path, despite the efforts of people outside of government to turn the course.

It will be a terrible state of affairs. All hail tonight’s victor, whoever he may be!

—–

And tomorrow … and on January 21, should we live so long … we’ll wake up and live in a world that goes on undermining the wall.

Our gardens will still grow.

Our friends will still love us (if we didn’t let the spites of politics get in the way).

Our families will still be as happy or as dysfunctional as they were before.

If we own guns, we’ll still own them. If we want more, we’ll still get them.

Whatever we want and can afford, we’ll still get, whether over the counter or under the table.

Despite the surveillance state, most of what we do will remain our own business.

Despite the growth of bureaucracy and enforcement, most of our activities will still slip between the cracks.

And no matter whether tyranny begins with an R or a D, a remnant of Americans — and others around the world — will continue holding, and teaching, and living, a different set of values.

And the more noisome the miasma that arises from the D.C. swamp, the more our little remnant will grow.

Thousands of those young people who discovered a rock star in old, wrinkled “wingnut,” Ron Paul, will be looking for a “what next,” and that “what” may, or may not, take political form. Thousands of those young civil libertarians who got buffaloed into thinking Barack Obama was their hero will be looking for liberty in a different direction.

Thousands of other people who don’t care anything about politics, but do care about things like alternative health care or wholesome foods, will look around and continue the process of withdrawal.

Withdrawal from the overly centralized, overly bureaucratized, over-lawed, de-humanized, grossly militarized, excessively criminalized, etcetera-fied everpresent Established System.

Withdrawal into alternative money and trade systems, health care systems, food-production systems, gun-manufacturing systems, lifestyles, and phyles of infinite description.

And beneath all that “passive” withdrawal lies the beating heart of the most powerful resistance. Pulsing and pushing as relentlessly as frost in the ground, slowly undermining the wall.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Copyright © 1998 - Present by Backwoods Home Magazine. All Rights Reserved.