01 April 2017

Dispelling America's "Free Country" Illusion

"You must buy health insurance ... or else!" Are you willing to admit this is government dictatorship?

"You must use politically correct speech ... or else!" Do you see the dictatorship?

"Government gets some of your earnings ... or else!" (No matter that your earnings will pay for programs which violate your deeply held beliefs.) Dictatorship for everyone's good, right?

"Politicians and bureaucrats have created hundreds of thousands of man-made, ego-made rules which you will follow ... or else!" Do you really enjoy all this government dictatorship?

The illusion that America is a free country may well be history's greatest fantasy. America is a dictatorship. People who like America's government dictatorship continually cry "democracy" to sell us the illusion we are free, but dictatorship by any other name is still dictatorship.

"But it's good dictatorship because all these laws and rules are of the people, by the people, for the people."

This is fantasy. How can some people dictating what other people should buy, dictating what kind of speech is allowed, dictating how a portion of another's earnings will be distributed ... how can that be of the people, by the people, or for the people who are being forced against their will?

"But it's dictatorship for their own good."

More fantasy. We can convince ourselves we know what is likely good for another person, but we can never truly know what lessons and life experiences the other person really needs. To assume we know better than others what is good for them is the height of arrogance.

So how do we extricate Americans from all this fantasy?

By calling a spade a spade. American culture is saturated with propaganda publicizing the theme "democracy vs. dictatorship" in an attempt to pretend the two are different because one is clothed differently. This propaganda can only be offset by hundreds of millions of instances of the truth being stated, democracy is dictatorship.

Remember Hans Christian Andersen's tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes," in which people are afraid to say the emperor is naked because if they did so then they themselves would be seen as stupid or incompetent? Finally an innocent child yells, "But he isn't wearing anything at all."

Americans seem to have a morbid vested interest in believing the illusion. The only kind of dictatorship they are willing to see is absolute rule by one person, so they justify the deception by saying: "America would never allow absolute rule by one person, so could never be a dictatorship. Doesn't America look good clothed in democracy!?"

The way to break the spell of an illusion is to yell the truth for everyone to hear. "Look beyond the illusion! A dictatorship by politicians is still a dictatorship. A dictatorship by a majority of voters is still a dictatorship. A dictatorship of the proletariat is still a dictatorship."

The fantasy that America is a free country is deeply believed. So to break through the illusion those who see truly have to yell loudly and clearly every time the dictatorship shows itself.

It will not work to be anti-government in all respects because the vast majority of people sense a legitimate use for government: to respond if someone has violated someone else. Dictatorship is when the government itself violates the free will of people who have violated no one.

Whether we believe Jesus Christ gives modern day revelation or not, we can still see the logic of these words from A Course in Miracles: "Freedom cannot be learned by tyranny of ANY kind, and the perfect equality of all cannot be recognized through the dominion of one will over another."

So every time our friends or neighbors start saying "there ought to be a law," or start talking about this or that government program which violates the free will of innocent people for "for their own good" or "for the good of society," let us not hesitate to be like Hans Christian Andersen's little child and announce in speech or writing: "dictatorship!"

If people in conversation keep hearing the word, "dictatorship!", if surfers of social media keep seeing the word, "dictatorship!", if those who scan articles and letters and political feedback keep reading the word, "dictatorship!"... finally ... with enough repetition ... Americans will come to admit the reality beneath the illusion.

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.

Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

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