Hacking at the
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil
to one who is
striking at the root." - Henry David
Thoreau (1817-1862) This quote has been in the signature of J.A.I.L.
Below, I am going to come very close to home and potentially step on
the toes of some of those who know me, so I graciously ask that no one
become personally offended. I just have to make my point with real life
instances, and not make-believe.
In our neighborhood there was a tree that grew
very tall. In its growing process, it did nearly a thousand dollars worth
of damage to a sewer fifty to sixty feet from its base. This sewer, then made
more accessible through openings placed in at the time of the
repairs, had to be constantly cleaned of tree roots. The tree grew
over the neighbor's house, and substantial limbs had to be hacked off and
hauled away. This tree continued to grow, and more limbs had to
be hacked off and hauled away.
This tree's growth then interfered with the
gas meter, necessitating moving the meter, followed by lifting the sidewalk
eighteen inches. More limbs were hacked off as it continued
to grow uncontrollably. It's massive boughs then grew into the
rafters, necessitating cutting a gouge out of the roof line. Then finally, it
began to lift the foundation of the building.
Despite all the years of hacking at the limbs, this
tree continued to grow wider and higher than ever, and choked out a
tree that used to tower twenty-five feet over it. The decision was finally made
that there was no choice but to go for the roots. This was done,
and thus was the end of all the problems created by this tree.
How many times have we heard the cry, "Someone's Got To Do
Something!" Now there are two inconclusive nouns in this statement:
"Someone" and "Something." Just who is this "Someone?" It implies an
entity other than the one speaking, i.e., some other person. Thus, someone
other than myself has got to do something.
Then there is that word, "Something." It indicates nothing in
particular, but take a stab at something, to wit, "take a shot in the dark." It
is sort of like one flailing at sea, and grabbing at a straw floating
How oft I see people flailing without direction looking for "Something"
they know not. I once attended a court proceeding as an observer in
which one of my acquaintances was skinned and filleted by the federal
judge mercilessly. Outside the federal court, I asked when are you
people going to wake up and quit trying these arguments that get you
nowhere but in trouble? To that came a response that they must
continue to try everything until they have found something that works. Now
there's that word, "Something." I responded, "Yes, try everything but
J.A.I.L.!" I point out here that the definition of insanity is to keep
trying the same things repeatedly expecting a different result.
Today, frustrated people from Los Angeles, and 134 other cities
throughout this nation, are gathering this very day, October 25th, in the
mall in Washington, D.C. in hopes of doing "Something" at catching the ears
of Congress. These multitudes of people have all paid out money
to board buses days ago for this event, but will they prevail today? Now we
could debate the issue of whether they will be successful in catching the
ears of Congress, but I raise the more basic question, "What if they
do catch their ears, so what?" Their noble cause, "Stopping The War In
Iraq." Even if we were to stop, or "undo" the war, would that be
the solution to America's problems? No way! There is here spent hundreds of
thousands of dollars to stop the war -- but behold, a greater cause than
stopping the war is here!
Today, in the northern part of this country, people paid at the door
to hear all about the money government has hidden from the people in
secret bank accounts. But even if these people were successful in
getting the government to "fess up" and come forward with all this
money hidden in secret accounts, would that solve our greater problem? No way!
These people have spent money on a seminar to dig out information
on secret bank accounts -- but behold, a greater cause than secret bank
accounts is here!
This very day, at a place not far from here, people lined up at the door to
pay $100 each to try "Something" to keep all their legal issues out of
court. This "Something" has proven time and time again not to work, but has
repeatedly gotten innocent people in trouble, such as the one I spoke of earlier
who got skinned and filleted by the Federal judge. But do they learn? No way!
But they just have to keep trying through the U.C.C. -- but behold, there
is a cause greater than the U.C.C. here! (U.C.C. = Uniform Commercial
One week from today there will be a gathering of conservatives on an
estate where innumerable fundraiser causes have taken place, to hear famous
conservatives speak. It will provide a great social gathering where
conservatives can "Meet, Greet, Eat, and Retreat." Many of my friends and
acquaintances will be there. This is not free, of course, and I don't begrudge
them from enjoying this opportunity. I wouldn't mind going myself even if it
were just for the social benefits, but the greater questions remains, will these
speeches, and these "meet, greet, eat, and retreat" festivals restore freedom to
our country? No way! We spend money on "meet, greet, eat, and retreat" festivals
-- but behold, a greater cause than all these conservative "meet, greet,
eat, and retreat" festivals in this country is here!
We all remember the famous jingle sang by Little Orphan Annie,
"Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, You're only a day away." One of our JAILers
who is a dear precious friend of mine, has asked, "Ron, can't we do
something else while we are waiting for J.A.I.L.?" This is just the problem:
"Waiting for J.A.I.L." Human nature, as I have said above, is to hack away
at the branches of the tree of evil, rather than striking at the roots. All the
while the people are kept occupied with hacking at the branches, the tree
of corruption continues to grow stronger, greater and taller than ever. In
fact, the harder we work, the behinder we get. May I ask, are you satisfied with
the direction this country is going, despite all the hacking taking place?
One long-standing life member of a nationwide organization that has been in
operation for near forty-five years, which concentrates upon writing your
Congressmen and Senators, said she is finding their members getting discouraged
with their lack of progress. They are finding that things are no better today
than they were forty-five years ago.
Folks, we deceive ourselves if we think that hacking at the branches (i.e.,
keeping busy doing "Something") is going to solve America's problems. You see,
most everyone in America is frustrated and confused, and is on the
defensive, and they wind up confusing their action with progress.
Action is not progress! You can jump on a stationary bike and peddle away, but
you will go nowhere. On our home webpage, www.jail4judges.org
, we say, "Today is the
Day of J.A.I.L.!" It is not "Tomorrow!"
We've all heard the famous quote, "If not Me,
who? If not Now,
when?" Dear friends,
You are the One!
Now is the Time! It is frustrating to me
to see that all we need in order to pass J.A.I.L. is already within our
grasp. "We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us!" (Famous
quote, author unknown) Goethe said, there's nothing so fearful as
ignorance in action. We ourselves are the only thing that prevents us
from a clear and decisive Victory Now! We
can get J.A.I.L. on the ballot NOW if we will
but grasp it. No waiting! Now is the time, and
YOU are the person!
God has already informed this nation of its greatest danger, "My
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected
knowledge, I will also reject thee." Hosea 4:6. People pray for God's
intervention, yet they know not when He has answered their prayers. They have
to "Keep trying everything." Something, Anything,
Everything! etc, etc. ad nauseam.
There are a thousand good things you can do for your country, dear ones,
but there is but one Best! Thus, beware of "Good Things," for
"Good Things" has always been the greatest enemy of "The Best!" Therefore, "Good
Things" can destroy your country and your entire future.
"The saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a
liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to
forth a saving hand while yet there was time."
- George Sutherland (1938)
"If you will not fight for the right when you can
easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be
sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight
with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There
may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory,
because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
"..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." - Samuel Adams
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who
striking at the
-- Henry David Thoreau