Individuality vs the Collective
The history of the United States of America is written in the lives of remarkable people who believed each individual was endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. The fledgling nation, after the War for Independence, sought to provide safety for settlers and travelers, availability of commerce for merchants, and no restrictions on trade or worship. In essence, their idea was to permit each individual the liberty to chase his or her own dreams, to build his own kingdom.
For the last 236 years, that has been America. Each individual bore the responsibility and rewards of achieving his or her own dreams, and also the consequences of failure. Wars have been fought to preserve the individual’s right to pursue happiness and to free people from the tyranny of governments’ attempt to control the people, sometimes ruthlessly. Immigrants from many nations over the decades endured harsh difficulties to get the “chance” America offered and arrived in the thousands.
Today, in America, we stand on a precipice. For the most part, our current Congress and White House, with only a handful of exceptions, are owned by higher corporate/political/ideological powers. These invisible powers govern “collectively” and push the “global” agenda at the expense of the individual. Notice the antipathy raised recently between Right and Left, between gay and straight, between rich and poor, between generations, races, and college/no-college groups. With the help of a lap-dog media, the various groups – the “collectives” – have been turned against one another. Divide and conquer! The ideology that the collective (the group) is superior to the individual is working out of the White House. President Obama is not concerned with the individual rights guaranteed us in our Constitution, but believes he and his “disciples” are smarter and know better what is best for America and Americans. Hard to believe, but true.
OUR DECISION: Are we Individuals who seek autonomy to make our own decisions, and pursue our own dreams? Or are we a “collective” incapable of taking care of ourselves? The results of Election 2012 reveal the frightening truth: we chose to be a “collective” submitted to the rule of a would-be dictator.
As Americans, we have to right to “correct” our government when it gets out of hand and over extends its power. We can do this by voting out those with whom we disagree. At this point in time, because of the depth of corruption, it will take time and deliberate acuity to dispose of all lethargic or self-serving incumbents, impose term limits, and start fresh. We must also realize other options may be necessary.
I urge you today, as we honor those who have fallen in service to the cause of Freedom, to cling with tenacity to the liberties guaranteed by our Constitution, to honor the fallen by matching their willingness to engage in the process of our Constitutional Republic.“Individualism regards man — every man — as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being. Individualism holds that a civilized society, or any form of association, cooperation or peaceful co-existence among men, can be achieved only on the basis of the recognition of individual rights — and that a group, as such, has no rights other than the individual rights of its members.” — Ayn Rand HERE