I, American – An analogy and tribute to “I, Pencil” by Leonard E. Read

By: Tisha Casida

I am an American – a human being residing in the United States of America, a citizen who has come here or who resides in this country.

Liberty is both my vocation and my avocation – it is what I am.

You may wonder why it is necessary to express the purpose of explaining what I am.  I am a mystery, and sadly I have been taken for granted as a mere incident and without background.

“This is a species of the grievous error in which mankind cannot too long persist without peril. For, the wise G. K. Chesterton observed, ‘We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders’.” (Read, 1999).

I, American, as simple as I may seem, do in fact warrant your wonder, for if you can understand me better, if you can be more aware of what I am, then it can help save the freedom that mankind could so easily lose.

Simple? Yet no one knows exactly how to make me.  I am but a human, a citizen, a member of a community and country, and yet there are innumerable antecedents to what I am.

It is impossible to explain all of the antecedents that made me, however it is possible to name just a few.

My family tree begins on every continent in every country through most every part of the world.  From deserts to the tropics, the mountains to the oceans, the world was the starting point for me.  Think of all the people involved in the innumerable journeys through good times and bad to get me to where I sit today.  Think of the man-power, the machinery, the technology, the will-power to get me here today.  Think of the millions of transactions amongst people, the billions of words, the countless moments of inquiry and faith that made it possible to be in this moment.

Starting in far-away places, my ancestors made choices to seek freedom and prosperity.  In making a choice to come here, the American dream was alive and loved.  It was not just a dream; it was the reality of the journey, the faith, the motion.  My ancestors came to America to work and keep what they worked for, in a place where liberty was alive and responsibility was respected and honored.

Consider the people who have come to America.  White, black, brown; European, African, Asian, Hispanic; people who do not cling to color nor to class nor to ethnicity. For once you are here, you are American – this is the melting pot, and we are all the same, we are all Americans.  People who have come here as people, people who have come here knowing and believing that we are endowed by a Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  The journey has not always been pleasant or good.  The creation of America held many tragic incidents involving the very people that She now desires to protect.  That is the road and the journey that exists, and I must move forward in an effort to do better, as an individual, as an American.  We can learn from our mistakes.

Consider the technology that has moved us here.  Inventions, the revolution in industry, and the revolution with communication – all of these over thousands of years have contributed to my journey.  Although my life cycle is short, the experiences I have are created on the shoulders of giants (Newton, 1676).  Piece by piece, moment by moment, I am standing here today because of these human discoveries, theories, interventions, and practices.

Consider the human desire that has moved us here.  Human beings from around the world, people who work hard, study, love, and crave the freedom that allows them to do those things.  Consider the faith – regardless of religion or origin – consider the faith of the people who want to move forward, want to protect what they love, want to be free in their just pursuit of happiness.

No one knows how to make an American, even though the 307+ million Americans have a part of shaping each other every day.  “There isn’t a single person in all these millions… who contributes more than a tiny, infinitesimal bit of know-how.” (Read, 1999).  Each day a citizen may decide to read a newspaper, watch a television show, or go to school, however the other citizens will never truly know how this affects them – we just know that it does.  None of us know what the other millions of Americans want, however we are still all able to co-exist and prosper.  None of us know exactly how this works, but we know that we are able to make transactions and decisions when we have the freedom to do so.

There is no master-mind dictating to people what they should do, what they should want, or where they should work.  For over two hundred years, the country of America has been able to grow without the master planning of its future.  There have been mistakes, and more recently attacks on Her freedom, however the 307+ millions of Americans who are a part of my country can still make informed decisions.  This “absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the Invisible Hand at work.” (Read, 1999).

We cannot “make an American”.  The Invisible Hand (Adam Smith), the liberty present in our country, and the free market where we all stand equally as consumers, are a part of a complex combination of miracles.  America is where you can find me, in “the configuration of creative human energies—millions of tiny know-hows configurating naturally and spontaneously in response to human necessity and desire and in the absence of any human master-minding!” (Read, 1999).  We are free men and women, there is no greater miracle.

I, American, although made from many different races, classes, and religions, do not cling to those as testimony for how others should act or be.  I, American, although a part of a social system do not expect a social system, I take responsibility for what and who I am.  I, American, although faced with displeasure, anger, and poverty, righteousness, happiness, and prosperity, do not expect from anyone anything other than interaction in a marketplace where I can work, purchase, and sell goods and services without the intervention of a master-plan that tries to decide what is best for me.  I, American, understand what I am charged with and accept the responsibility and prosperity that accompanies such “risk”.  Having the liberty to make my decisions, is all I ask for.

I, American, in a country that has had millions of immigrants come to Her for liberty and the opportunity to pursue their dreams, believe in the creative interactions that have made our prosperity possible so far.

“The lesson I have to teach is this: Leave all creative energies uninhibited. Merely organize society to act in harmony with this lesson. Let society’s legal apparatus remove all obstacles the best it can. Permit these creative know-hows freely to flow. Have faith that free men and women will respond to the Invisible Hand. This faith will be confirmed.”  (Read, 1999).

I, American, seemingly simple and often misunderstood, believe in the miracle of my creation. I believe in the liberty that rewards responsibility. I believe in the free men and women who are my fellow citizens.  I, American, believe.

References:

Newton, I. (1676, February 15). Letter to Robert Hooke. Retrieved  June 20, 2010 from http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton.

Read, L. E. (1999). “I, Pencil: My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read.” Library of Economics and Liberty. Retrieved June 20, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/rdPncl1.html

Smith, A. (1776). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Edwin Cannan, ed. 1904. Library of Economics and Liberty. Retrieved June 20, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.econlib.org/library/Smith/smWN.html

You Can't End Corruption Using Corrupt People's Rules

I have a lot of friends who believe in “party infiltration”.  And I have so much respect for ANYBODY who is willing to step up in ANY capacity to make a difference.  But, in my opinion, there is no way that true liberty and the freedom to dissent will be successful in a party system that strong-arms candidates based on the money they raise and the money the party can then use to buy influence.

And then, be able to use that influence to extort from businesses, industries, and even countries – more wealth, resources, and power – that can be used to destroy the individual liberties and natural rights of Americans – and all humans.  It is a game of extortion, and both the Republican and Democratic parties play that game well.

There are thousands of examples of this, and that is why I have chosen the path less traveled – that of running outside of any party.  Not that this is the right path, but it is the one that I, personally, feel most justified and vindicated in traveling.  You may be aware of the concept that there are millions of apathetic Americans who don’t want to participate in our corrupt two-party system.   My belief is that there can be leaders out in the communities where we live that give these dissenting voices of frustration a place to cast their vote.

These are the silent numbers of people who don’t post their likes and dislikes via social media, they don’t speak up at meetings, they don’t attend political rallies – but they are there, and I believe that they are willing to draw their line in the sand when it comes time to stand up against the oppressive forces of the extortion tactics used by political parties and people we hesitantly call “representatives” in the House and Senate.  This includes the near-blind support of Homeland Security’s infiltration of our local police forces, the building of containment camps throughout the United States, and extremely destructive erosion of American’s privacy.  These are the oppressive forces NOT being spoken against by either party.

Corruption does not lend itself to rule-following.  I have witnessed this for four years in Colorado’s third congressional district where many a good men think they can run Republican and get the blessing of a party that claims to be constitutional and conservative.  Unfortunately, you can’t play by the rules and expect to win when the people making the rules are the problem.

If you believe in taking a stand against the corruption in government, would you consider donating $10, $25, $50, even $100 to help me reach more people?

Tisha Casida is a Native Coloradan who believes in individual sovereignty, protecting property rights, and holding the federal government accountable to the Constitution of the United States of America.   She is a former unaffiliated (independent) candidate for U.S. House, Colorado District Three.

Rebellion!

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It doesn’t take long to realize our current two party system of Government has failed us.  In the last 50 years (some say longer), party elites have created a strategy that works to keep them in power.  It’s time to rebel against un-constitutional actions taken by career politicians propped up by the elite political party machines that control them, and us.   Big Government is big business and they are the rich with over-the-top pay, benefits and perks courtesy of you and me! “duh” Why did we let this happen? What can you do?

Capitalism is good as long as government gets out of the way with realistic regulation of business and we should expect limited, accountable oversight of our governments actions to avoid the current entanglement between Government and business.  Who’s watching our representatives?  The citizens should be.

We must rebel by voting them out of office while we still can.  If we disrupt the two party system, we get better representation.  Our current two party system has failed and we allowed that to happen.  Only we the people can fix that.  The time is now to gather the rebels and fight back with our vote.  Vote in new and unaffiliated candidates and then, vote them out within a couple terms before they entrench.  A fairly simple approach that will work.  The current establishment of experienced leadership have failed and new inexperienced candidates cant do any worse.

Ask yourself if someone has been in office over 30 years, should we not have a better more effective and fiscally responsible government by now?  They are the problem but we ultimately enabled them by voting with one of two parties.  The two party strategy has been to convince you that your side will represent you if you vote for whoever the party props up.  They say they represent your ideals but the track record of either side has demonstrated that they fail you.

How will you get better candidates within your party when you just blindly accept their chosen candidate?  Both parties work together only to ensure one or the other is in charge so that they both stay in control.   If we stop the entrenchment, we get better government.  Encourage and vote for Independent candidates and watch how fast the party’s fight to remain in power against the peoples will.  This sort of oppressive government is not what the founders of America envisioned.  Its time to act and say enough!

Courage

Its time to get the courage to make better choices and stop the fear both party’s control us with.

Leadership

You are a leader when you vote your conscious and you do make the difference with actions as simple as your vote.  When you are told your vote is wasted, that is two party strategy to sucker you into a bad decision in their favor.  A conscious, informed vote is never wasted, it is true leadership.

Honor

Honor is earned with actions of integrity.  Watch, learn, expect others to act with integrity and all of us must be vigilant and honorable.  Be honorable and support honorable candidates.

REBELLION!

Dump the two party mentality and reject those who are oppressing you.  Seek truth, find solutions, be a party dumper!  It’s time for rebellion!

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