The Gentry and the Regular Folks

I hear from people all the time; the country is irreconcilably divided.  This is true in many ways.  In fact, dividing the people along economic, social, and racial classes is nothing new in the history of mankind.  But, the divide I’m referencing is that between the gentry and the regular folks.

The gentry are the ruling class consisting of people from political parties, the business world, and universities.  A small cabal entrenched in the halls of Congress and in boardrooms and classrooms imposing their orthodoxy upon hundreds of millions of people.  Members of the ruling class are the self-anointed saviors  for all that ails the country, the people, and the planet.

The regular folks are the hundreds of millions of people across the Union. They are the country class.  Others use descriptive words such as fly-over country, the peasants, or the rural people.  Undoubtedly, the country class consists of hundreds of millions of people whereas the ruling class is a small fraction of the total population.

The difference between the ruling class and the country class is the former believes freedom and liberty is a privilege bestowed by them upon the country class; whereas the latter believes freedom and liberty is an inherent, unalienable right which every person possesses.  The ruling class determines precisely how much and to what extent freedom and liberty applies to everyone but themselves.  The country class mostly wants to be left alone to live their lives without the daily intrusion, inspection, and invasion of government.  Today, freedom and liberty are words used as a punch line at the gentry’s cocktail parties as they crack jokes about the country class.

Our modern society is under constant surveillance and subjected to hundreds of thousands of laws and regulations by the ruling class.  Under the guise of national security, defense, the children, or to keep us safe the ruling class has enslaved the entire country class.  With the exception of chattel slavery, the people are the most controlled and restrained in our history.

Another distinction separating the ruling class from the county class is the concept of governance or more precisely self-governance (local rule).  The ruling class rejects the ideal of self-governance and embraces the notion that only a select few are capable of governing.  The country class embraces the ideal of self-governance and rejects the notion that only a select few are capable of governing.  The ruling class uses rhetoric and sophistry to persuade the country class they are looking out for them and have their best interest in mind.  This is merely propaganda — propaganda that would make Joseph Goebbels blush.

The ideal that only a select few are capable of governing is dripping with irony.  The philosophical basis for the colonies seceding from Britain is based upon natural rights and liberty; where there is no hereditary or divine right for one (or some) to rule over all others.  In other words, all men are created equal.  Secondly, if man is not capable of governing himself, then how does anyone believe that man is capable of governing others?

When and how did things change where self-directed and autonomous people could live freely and without coercion to a society that bows submissively to the ruling class?  The constitution intentionally restrained elected officials to the limited powers delegated by the people.  The ruling class feigns allegiance to the constitution while transcending its powers.  The ruling class routinely acts outside constitutional powers and is enabled by other ruling class members posing as impartial judges clothed in black robes to ensure supremacy over the country class.

This is the very definition of tyranny.

Any time an elected official or an appointed official acts outside their delegated powers they are acting arbitrarily and capriciously.  The ruling class usurps every power and grants to themselves the exclusive privilege and authority over life, liberty, and property.  Their victims are the country class; the slaves that labor, pay taxes, and are saddled with $17,000,000,000,000 of debt and hundreds of trillions in unfunded liabilities.  The children, so preciously used by the ruling class to further their ends, are enslaved in the system.  Those not yet born will be subject to the consequences of decades of abuses and usurpations by the ruling class.   The ruling class’ lust for and accumulation of power over the past one hundred and fifty years is nearly complete.

James Madison wrote in Federalist #47, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. Were the federal Constitution, therefore, really chargeable with the accumulation of power, or with a mixture of powers, having a dangerous tendency to such an accumulation, no further arguments would be necessary to inspire a universal reprobation of the system”. [Emphasis added.]

In the last sentence, Madison explains that if this were the case under the Constitution the debates over ratification should end and every state ratifying convention should reject the constitution.  Demonstrably, we are well past the point where all the powers are accumulated in the hands of the few – the ruling class.

Unquestionably, this is not the system of governance the founders established.  Sovereignty no longer rests with the people.  Sovereignty has been stripped from the people and the states.  The country class stands naked, exposed to callous, ambitious, greedy, and unrepentant masters exercising dominion over hundreds of millions of people.  A union premised upon consent of the governed and the people as the rulers and the elected officials of servants is gone like dust in the wind.  Chattel slavery was abolished to be replaced with our modern system of slavery.  Abolitionist Lysander Spooner said, “There was no difference of principle—but only of degree—between the slavery they boast they have abolished, and the slavery they were fighting to preserve; for all restraints upon men’s natural liberty, not necessary for the simple maintenance of justice, are the nature of slavery, and differ from each other only in degree.”

Consequently, society was transformed from people being free to live their lives acting as self-directed autonomous people pursuing their own happiness and reaping the fruits of their labor, to a society where the ruling class is the plantation owner, the United States is the plantation, and the country class are slaves.

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  1. Outstanding article! I was enthralled because it is so spot on. Awesome work!

  2. Modern Democracy thus came into being, not, as eloquent persons have pretended, by the sovereign people consciously and definitely assuming power—I imagine the sovereign people in France during the first Revolution, for example, quite amazed and muddle-headed with it all—but by the decline of old ruling classes in the face of the quasi-natural growth of mechanism and industrialism, and by the unpreparedness and want of organization in the new intelligent elements in the State. I have compared the human beings in society to a great and increasing variety of colours tumultuously smashed up together, and giving at present a general and quite illusory effect of grey, and I have attempted to show that there is a process in progress that will amount at last to the segregation of these mingled tints into recognizable distinct masses again. It is not a monotony, but an utterly disorderly and confusing variety that makes this grey, but Democracy, for practical purposes, does really assume such a monotony. Like [**Symbol: infinity], the Democratic formula is a concrete-looking and negotiable symbol for a negation. It is the aspect in political disputes and contrivances of that social and moral deliquescence the nature and possibilities of which have been discussed in the preceding chapters of this volume.

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