George Rebane: Living in Colonial America
November 30, 2016
The land that you live on matters. Our Founders and their neighbors knew that, and when they lost control of their lives and livelihoods to a distant power, they separated their homelands from foreign control so that they could again determine the common course of their own lives, families, and enterprises.
Today America has returned to an age of distant powerful elites, concentrated in small enclaves, ruling vast land areas they don't inhabit and people they don't understand. The United States of the 21st century is rapidly returning to a redux of 18th century North America.
To be sure, our ruling betters have had to circumvent bumps, such as what occurred Nov. 8, on the road to a docile and compliant world governed from a few fortified centers of planning and control. Over the last half century we have seen the progress of this process of colonization of the land; the 2016 election map of U.S. counties tells the stark tale of the colonizers and the colonists.
Americans in the hinterland colonies have already realized that their interests are no longer represented in the nation's halls of power. Several movements have been started by the voiceless minorities to remedy the situation under the current system by proposing the constitutional formation of new states comprised of more culturally coherent citizens who do not share the grand collectivist schemes of their current betters. California is a unique case in that today it gives rise to notions of nested secession movements. For several years the State of Jefferson movement has sought to divide California into a more conservative and capitalistic northern part, and a progressive, socialist southern part. And today there are loud voices suggesting that California secede from the Union.
As in thousands of the red counties across the land, we here in the Sierra foothills know what it means to be governed by legislatures, judges, and governors with whom we have no voice.
In our state the inland counties have already suffered for years under the dual swords of federal and state tax collectors and regulators who only listen to and represent the interests of the coastal counties and big urban concentrations. As in thousands of the red counties across the land, we here in the Sierra foothills know what it means to be governed by legislatures, judges, and governors with whom we have no voice. In their hubris they ignore us simply because they can; we are effectively human chattel to be monitored, managed, and moved as called for by their grand plan to depopulate the hinterlands and stack/pack their inhabitants into more concentrated and controllable collections.
And all this power issues from relatively miniscule metropolises wherein the powerful and their well-fed acolytes gather.
The rest of the vast land area of small towns, villages, manufactories, farms, mines, ranches … has been easy to divide and conquer by the elites.
Except every once in a while when the collectivists accidentally misstep in their rush to socialism — when boiling live frogs, don't increase the heat too fast. Nevertheless, the forces of international collectivism appear inexorable, and the United States is signatory to all the multi-national conventions that American progressives are working diligently to implement.
At the bottom of it all, constructive and comitous societies are composed of people who trust and therefore can cooperate with one another. Historically such societies rise and fall according to their shared values and morals without which no one can reliably predict the other's behavior. To live together under such unhappy circumstances has always required the imposition of ever more detailed and draconian laws/regulations enforced by the government gun as we witness today.
Unless 21st century Americans have become a less questioning and more docile/compliant citizenry (i.e. un-American), our country will continue to lurch its way toward a Great Divide as globalism and technology driven systemic unemployment grows without bound.
George Rebane lives in Nevada City.