What Ring? Where?

Three Rings for the Elven kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal men, Doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his Dark Throne,
In the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie.
One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them
One ring to bring them all, and in the Darkness bind them,
In the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie.
J.R.R. Tolkein

In Lord of the Rings the One Ring was a powerful symbol of corruption. It was power of such a nature that whomever held the ring would, in the end, be corrupted and destroyed by its power. Gandalf the Grey refused to take up the ring, knowing that even in an effort to use the ring for good, his actions would be turned to evil. Frodo Baggins took up the ring with the avowed intent to destroy it, when it came to the end he could not bring himself to throw the power away. The creature Gollum lost his soul and, at the last, his life to his greed for the power of the ring. Mankind now lives with such a power. A power of such evil it cannot be turned to goodness. A power that even those who seek its end are unable to lay it down. A power that causes the deaths of countless numbers of people both innocent and guilty. This burden of man is Government, and this ring MUST be destroyed.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Government, at least according to its founding documents, derives its powers from the consent of the governed, however it never asks for that consent. In order to form a more perfect union, it fought a 4 year civil war against a group of people who no longer consented to be governed. Establishing justice seems to be more about putting people who harm nobody but themselves by using certain substances the government doesn’t approve of in prisons that are little more than government sanctioned rape rooms. The insurance of domestic tranquility is police attacking non-violent protesters and dragging them to prisons. The common defense is aggressive war. The general welfare is robbing the productive to provide to the lazy, and the Blessings of Liberty are lost in tens of thousands of pages of rules and regulations on all manner of subjects from crossing imaginary lines on the ground to the height of the grass on your lawn. While the power of government was established with high ideals and good intentions, like the One Ring, it has corrupted its wielders and twisted their actions to evil.

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s capital.   As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies.

In 2008 a strange thing happened. A national campain emerged arround a relitively unknown member of congress. Millions of dolars were raised to support him. His message resonated with millions. After a long campaign in the primaries, he…

lost. Ron Paul never even came close to the nomination.

Why? His message was good. He offered freedom. He promised to shrink the government. He said he wanted a balanced budget, to end the war in Iraq and lower taxes. So why didn’t this result in victory? It’s simple. He wanted to end subsidies, and lost the vote of those subsidized. He wanted free trade, and lost the votes of the unions. He threatened government jobs and lost the votes of its employees. He tried to use the ring to destroy the itself, and the ring turned on him. There was no conspiracy, it was just individuals looking for what they saw as their own best interests. Even had he ascended to the oval office, the 535 members of congress would surely have prevented his proposals from changing even one law. Unless and until he worked for the goals of government he could not truly wield it’s power. In the end, the power of the government would and did prevent him from laying down even one small part of its power. The power of the ring cannot be used for good.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
George Washington

In the 20th century, over 20 million people were killed by their own government. They were killed because of their race, or their tribe, or their religion or just because they disagreed with those who were in power. Concentration camps, Gulags, Internment camps, and medical experiments, many methods have been used by various governments to kill, maim, and destroy their own people. From the cold steepes of Siberia to the hot climate of Tuskegee, from Auschwitz to the Japanese internment in the US, From Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay, the governments of the world have always had somewhere to put people they don’t like. Usually, they died there.

Seek for the sword that was broken:
In Imladris it dwells;
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells.
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur’s Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.
J.R.R. Tolkein

Tolkein had one advantage that mankind lacks. His ring was a thing, a material object. Government is an idea, and ideas are VERY hard to destroy. To this day there are Nazis, Comunists, Monarchists and Dictators despite the fact that all these ideas have in time been discredited. Ideas must be defeated one person at a time. I am one of those people. I have lain down my part of the ring. I hope that in time, you will too.

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