The Culture Of Royalty
Individualism would be a bred-in trait – an instinct, if you will, if not for the extreme efforts on the part of a foreign, fabricated culture dreamed up by elitists from all cultures intent upon shoving humanity down a collectivist rabbit hole. This culture has been alive and well all over the world long before the first ship reached the shores of America. We used to call it royalty and it demanded its lineage be determined by blood. Freedom, such as it ever was, could only be given by a royal to a commoner. If you were not a royal, then you were a slave, or you owed every privilege you had to a benevolent royal.
Then America came along and changed all that, but it took awhile.
It took awhile because cultures take awhile to grow on people and develop into a sort of bloodline of their own. Early Americans had to define just what made them different from all their various spawning cultures. That difference was individualism. For the first time, a limited government was formed that recognized individual rights as something not bestowed by royal man, but rather given as a birthright by all men’s Creator. Allegiance could be given to anyone or anything one wished, but could not be taken away from that birthright of freedom. That became the basis for American culture.
In reality, of course, everyone knows (or should know) that nothing is free - everything has a price of some sort. So what is the price of freedom? Simple. The price of individual freedom is individual responsibility and the vigilance necessary to preserve it. If you are not willing to pay the price, then why should you ever expect to have it? Well, this is where it gets real sticky.
Individual responsibility is a just price for individual freedom. What logical mind would doubt that? Therefore it would follow that collective responsibility is a just price for collective freedom. Right? Ah, but what IS “collective freedom” and how can you possibly agree on a collective responsibility price? Answer: one is only as free as the individual price he pays for that freedom. He can choose to pay enough to include some others, but then he is responsible for the actions of those for whom he pays that price.
Recently a brilliant man wrote a column, which further explores this subject from his point of view that I found very interesting. It is well worth the read:
Americans Have Given Up Self-Ownership – by Walter E. Williams.
Self-ownership is a very descriptive term for individualist. I have been writing about and discussing the breakdown of American culture for decades now, and I have seen enough evidence to realize that all my fears many years ago about where we were heading have more than been realized. We paved the way for tyrannical take-over of this country as soon as we demanded collective freedom without individual responsibility. America traded one tyrant thousands of miles away for thousands of tyrants much closer. Anybody see Mel Gibson’s, “The Patriot” where his character said as much in that speech when South Carolina was voting a levy for the Revolutionary War? He also said that because he wouldn’t fight, he wouldn’t vote for others to go fight in his place. (He was a single parent of seven children and felt his personal responsibility for their welfare was more important.) Another point made in that speech was that children would learn of the war with their own eyes and see it played out from their own homes.
When it comes time to fight the tyrants again, the price will be evident, and children will learn of the battle first hand. No one ever wants that, but fighting tyrants IS the necessary price for freedom. The America I grew up in knew that. The America of today’s perverse idea of collective responsibility hasn’t a clue.
The seemingly innocuous attempts to force human beings to be responsible for each other through ungodly legislation, regulation, and taxes have brought us to the brink of destruction. It has also embraced the old culture of royalty. Take a good, long look at our executive, judicial, and legislative leaders and tell me that you don’t see each and every one of them sporting a crown and bearing a scepter.
For further readings of the working of my individualist mind, here are just three of my previous articles that deal with the subject. Trust me, there are many more listed on my Rant Page.
I Want Insurance For Children – November 2007
Morality By Proxy – April 2007
The Concept Of Individual Rights – February 2003