Monday, June 26, 2006

The Villain

Ever since second grade when I was the favorite target of the schoolyard bully, I have been drawn to superheroes—the good guys who fight for truth, justice, and the American way. My torment ended (at least until the next round of beatings) as soon as I came home and tuned into reruns of “Batman,” followed by the Spiderman animated series and capped off by Superman’s exploits in Metropolis. These shows helped me forget about my physical and emotional scars as I entered a world where the good guys always prevail and the villains suffer ignominious defeat. It was a parallel universe where justice wins the day—and where my childhood nemeses would fear to tread.

As I grew older, I learned that there are adversaries more fearsome than those who had roughed me up during recess. I also discovered that my deadliest foes are the very people charged with protecting me. They are the minions of a villain far more dastardly than any of those encountered in the pages of DC Comics. He has been known to defraud businesses of millions, steal people’s homes and life savings, separate families, shut down places of worship, put innocent people behind bars, and drive his victims to suicide. He has destroyed countless lives with the stroke of a pen, committed genocide on a massive scale, and spawned war and poverty across the globe. He has no respect for the rule of law and shows no mercy to his opponents.

This super-villain has made his lair in lavish palaces, corporate headquarters, the offices of petty bureaucrats, and even police stations. Sometimes he is spotted near city highways, lying in wait for innocent tourists on their way to a vacation destination. In recent years, he has been sighted frequently at airport security terminals, where he has waylaid many a traveler—including the elderly and handicapped. Using his powers of persuasion and his cloak of secrecy, this fiend has convinced many unsuspecting victims that he is there to help them. Some say he has the ability to control minds. One day, it is feared, he will control the entire world.
His name is Big Government.

I first learned of this menace when my dad told me about his experience growing up in a faraway land where Big Government had murdered more than 6 million people. Many of them disappeared in the middle of the night, abducted by Big Government’s henchmen, known in that realm as the Nazis. In other parts of the world, his cohorts have gone by different names. Some have called themselves Communists and Fascists, but when these titles came under ill repute, they adopted more respectable ones to hide their sinister intentions.

Living in a country that was said to be free, I never dreamed that the villain would dare to darken my door. Surely the horror stories my father told me could never happen in the Land of the Free. Gradually, however, I made a sickening discovery: Big Government had come to our shores!

It happened so gradually that hardly anyone noticed. It started when the people began to forget their history and the sacrifices made by the heroes of old to drive Big Government off their land. The people had enjoyed the fruits of liberty for so long that they grew careless and complacent. They stopped reading and studying and amused themselves with vain pursuits, spending much of their time at the games (which some say were devised by the villain to distract his potential victims).

Big Government soon found a way to convince the masses to pay him money to carry out his nefarious schemes. It was conceived by one of his henchmen known as Karl Marx, who called it the graduated income tax. Even in the Land of the Free, most people work nearly half their lives to satiate Big Government’s appetite for their wealth. Many mothers, preferring to stay home with their children, have been pressed into labor to pay their husband’s share of tribute to the villain.

In time he took over the nation’s schools, where children are taught to revere him and where the heroes of old are vilified. Most shocking of all, Big Government persuaded his victims to give up their weapons—their last means of defense—in the guise of fighting crime. He called this ruse gun control, and he found it especially successful during the days of the Nazis, the Soviets, the Khmer Rouge and other Big-Government minions, who used it to wipe out 57 million men, women and children. (Jay Simkin, et al., Lethal Laws, JPFO: 1994, www.jpfo.org)

Is all hope lost? Is there no one left who will fight for truth, justice, and the American way against the machinations of Big Government? Tune in to future episodes to meet the unsung heroes who have dared to defy him. Though they don’t have superpowers, they have much in common with the superheroes that captivated me during my youth. Some, like Spiderman, have been viewed with antagonism by authority figures and the media even as they try to fight evil. Many (like Superman) have given up any semblance of a normal life in their unwavering pursuit of justice. It is my hope that their stories of courage, commitment, perseverance, and sacrifice will inspire fellow patriots whose hearts have been broken by the oppression creeping across what once was known as the Land of the Free.

For those of you who have your own stories of heroism in the face of Big Government, I welcome you to share them. Some of you may have been deeply wounded in your battles, and perhaps this blog can offer you a safe haven to unload the burdens you have carried in your fight for freedom and justice.

In addition to honoring the heroes who are trying to restore justice to America’s political institutions, this blog will expose the insidious schemes Big Government has been using to subvert the American Way. Occasionally we will look at patriots of yesteryear who stood against the villain and won—or died trying.

May the adventure begin…

5 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

Ever since singing "Dare to Be a Daniel, Dare to Stand Alone" as a child, I have admired the courage of heroes bold enough to speak ideas different than held by the majority. May your blog bring inspiration to the rest of us who watch, listen and learn.

June 27, 2006 9:02 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Thanks for visiting, Beth, and thank you for the encouragement! The prophet Daniel has been a great inspiration to me, along with Esther, Gideon, and other Old Testament patriots.

June 27, 2006 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Galaxian said...

I love this!
If only all Americans stood up for Truth, Justice, and the American way, our liberties would be secure. It's apathy that is destroying this nation, and people had better wake up before it's too late.
Officer Jack McLamb is a wonderful man - a true hero if there ever was one. Time and time again he risked his career to stand up for his Oath of Office and protect the people he was charged to serve, and most so-called Americans would never take that risk. I fear we've become a nation of sheeple.

July 03, 2006 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Galaxian said...

Congressman Ron Paul has the spirit of our Founding Fathers. If all so-called Republicans in congress had his courage and dedication to upholding the U.S. Constitution, our nation would change almost overnight. Our freedoms would return.

If only we could get Americans to start voting right, our liberties would return. If an incumbent suported a bill which violated the Constitution - he should be voted out of office. This simple rule would rid us of 99% of our current congress, and leave room for those who would stop violating our constitutional rights.
Unfortunately, most Americans have been duped and frightened into always voting for candidates in the 2 major parties, and thus we continue sinking into tyranny.
How can we Wake Up America?

July 06, 2006 12:53 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Welcome, galaxian! I like the way you think. Part of the reason I started this blog was to do my little part in waking people up. I'd love to hear from fellow patriots who have ideas on how to do so in a way that inspires people to action rather than discouraging them.

There's an excellent organization called We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education that is raising awareness of our loss of liberties through newspaper ads and the like while also fighting the government's abuse of power through a Right-to-Petition lawsuit. For more info, see www.givemeliberty.org.

July 06, 2006 1:24 PM  

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