The cycle depicted above is probably somewhat inaccurate and misleading, but as certain as Newton's three laws of motion, cultures do move through political cycles. When liberty is generally taken for granted, deep in the womb of a culture the acceptance of dictatorship grows as an embryo. When dictatorship is widely acceptable as the order of things, liberty in utero starts causing morning sickness. Political cycles can be resisted or flowed along with, but they cannot be stopped any more than Al Gore can stop the periodic climatic changes of the planet earth.
Insightful political observers can foresee changes in a culture's political climate just as astute investors can predict with decent approximation the cyclical highs and lows of stock and bond markets. At market bottoms there is a time when not a lot seems to be happening, yet underlying strength is being built which will form a base for a rally. Such has been the last 40 years of the liberty movement. The actual birth comes with a burst.
As we head into 2015, apologists for dictatorship can no longer abort the liberty pregnancy. The labor pains are increasing in strength and occurring every minute now.
How will the liberty birth show itself to the world? Will there be a brand new Liberty Party like there was in 1840, only this time to advocate the abolition of today's more disguised slavery? Will the Libertarian Party grow into a new maturity and quit sabotaging their cause? Will the Republican Party cleanse itself of sycophants and become a solid and dependable scaffolding for building liberty?
Our guess is "none of the above." But it will happen. Liberty will be born again.
There is one possibility we can watch for during 2015. Great political turning points happen when one unique man or woman says to himself or herself, "I feel the spirit! I cannot resist! I surrender my ego and let myself be used as an instrument!" Suddenly there are no more sterile intellectualized arguments, but fiery inspiring speeches which reach inside of people and awaken their spirit as never before. Suddenly there are no more "careful political considerations," but rather "I'm being moved by the spirit of liberty ... so I trust." Suddenly there is no more "what will happen to me?" or "what's in it for me," but only "this is what I must do, no matter what." Suddenly there is no more doubt or hesitation, only certainty and action.
Such a true champion of liberty may or may not be guided to use a political party label, but will certainly not be bound by any party rules or party peer pressure. To the willfully blind observer, it might seem like such a champion stands alone. But inside himself or herself this champion will be far beyond standing alone, moved by the power of every human being's liberty impulse, feeling the deepest heart and soul desire of all of us radiating in one body.
Such a champion will not burden listeners with gloomy grumbling about marijuana being illegal, or gay marriages being unrecognized, or the evils of corporations, or the brutality of police, or about interfering in the affairs of other countries. Instead, his or her talk will be luminous and uplifting, about the possibility of people achieving a fullness of life never before possible, a level of joy and peace only possible when government's "progressiveness" is ended.
Our champion will speak of one and only one solution to the one issue: "Do you want abundant prosperity? Do you want goodwill among all? Do you want peace? Do you want to live in a world of radiant love and joy? Then get your politicians out of our way and let us be!"
Newton's third law of motion is sometimes stated, "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." The dictatorship tendency of Democrats has found a champion. Their attitude is: "It has become too tedious to wait for majority votes to disguise our dictatorship. We have a President who can rule by executive orders and memos!" Perhaps an equal and opposite reaction would be the rising of a champion of liberty such as has never been seen since Patrick Henry or Samuel Adams.
The spirit of liberty always laughs and says, "Ye of little faith! Just wait and see!" Some of us feel we've waited long enough. Now in 2015 maybe we will see.
The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:
You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.
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