What’s Enslavement?

by Roger Granquist on October 15, 2009

Anyone up for a quick history lesson? I never enjoyed history much growing up, but after following all the current devastation… I mean events… I have come to see history repeating itself. Let’s have a look-see shall we?

In the 1800′s, slavery was a prominent way of life for most of the southern families. There were some northerns that had slaves but never in so much abundance as the south. The North was coming into the Industrial Age and the South used that industry and farmed many of the goods they would then send to north.

What is slavery about anyway?

Slavery as defined, is: bondage, the state of being under the control of another person.

Until slavery was abolished, the overseas traders were bringing blacks from other countries, back to America and selling them as slaves as a means to making a profit. Those that were sold as slaves had no say in where they went or what they did.

They were suddenly brought into bondage in a very real way; something they hadn’t know in their own country, at least not in this way.

It is hard for most of us today to REALLY understand the relationship of slavery for the fact that we haven’t seen it or experienced it like it was before. We can study it and try to understand what happened as much as possible, but just like skydiving, or any other extreme sport or activity, it really takes the “experience” to fully understand the situation or event!

When slavery ended, all those that were enslaved were suddenly free to do as they wished. They no longer had a master to tell them every thing they could or couldn’t do. Their freedom to choose was handed back to them and they were free to go anywhere they wished or become anything they had dreamed or wished for. Many actually chose to stay where they were as they didn’t really know where else to go. They hadn’t lived outside of slavery like we now have never lived inside of slavery. But many left and tried to make a different life than they had. Some succeeded and some didn’t.

What I’m getting at here is the relationship of slavery.

When one person (master) rules over the other (slave) in such a way as to force them to do as they wish with no free will or freedom to choose (nothing like a boss/worker relationship or a military chain-of-command relationship), they are trying to take a position that was never intended to be. This relationship is not God-given. It is brought by evil.

“[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.” –Candidus in the Boston Gazette, 1772

As I was saying, I see history repeat itself all the time in many different areas. And this is such a one. Only this time it is much more subtle.

What is it when a politician or one placed in a leadership position disregards the voice of the people, as some of our current ELECTED politicians are doing, and chooses to propose policy that the American people don’t want? Why, after such vocalization and opposition that we-the-people have given, do many of our own elected officials chose to make laws that limit the people under them, yet they are not required to abide by them in the same manner? Isn’t this a form of the same slavery that existed between the white and black a century and half ago? The difference now though is that it is between those who have been elected for and given power by the people, and the very people themselves! We, the citizens of the United States of America, are becoming the restricted class (sort of like slaves were) to the “masters” that WE elected in the first place. Laws get passed and policy gets enforced that we don’t wish to have.

I always thought this was a Republic, and yet as I look at what is happening, I see the same sub-structure and form of slavery that existed before, only in a larger and more subtle way. Our own federal government slowly takes control of parts of our daily lives that they should never be tampering with. We DO NOT have a “Living Constitution”! We have a “Constitution of the United States” written by men who understood the pitfalls of other forms of government.

Our Preamble to the US Constitution…

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a

more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,

provide for the common defense, 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.

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