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They No Longer Have My Consent

Last updated on March 5, 2023

The Declaration of Independence states that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” Over the past year and a half I have seen enough to decide that this government no longer has my consent. They are illegitimate.

This is not due to any one factor, whether it be their response to COVID-19 or the “election irregularities” of 2020 (to put it mildly). I have seen enough to agree with Thomas Jefferson when he wrote about “…a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism“.

Does this mean you are renouncing your citizenship, you might ask? Not at all, never in fact. I have twice taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. I don’t worship the document as some do. It is but a piece of paper, written by fallible men. Neither do I agree, though, with Lysander Spooner when he said “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.” Spooner was an important critic of governmental overreach but his logic fails him here. A piece of paper is an inanimate object, it neither authorizes nor prevents anything. The failure is ours and ours alone.

On July 17th of last year I lost my job of almost 13 years due to “restructuring” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. One does not simply recoup 13 years of work. I would be 51 years old by the time I could attain the same seniority at a new employer. So, I decided that I had had enough. I was done making money for someone else. I was “going Galt” (for the Ayn Rand readers among us).

Since then I have lived off my meager VA disability and traveled the western United States to see the amazing places like Mount Rushmore, that many kids only hear about. I’ve had a great time. Life IS work, but sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses.

Until COVID-19 hit, I had never taken a dime from the government. Never once been on unemployment (although that isn’t actually an entitlement), received welfare or any other handout. Every check I ever received was earned. My VA disability was earned.

After I made the decision to remove my consent, my viewpoint changed drastically. You know how you feel when standing in line at the supermarket, and you see the person in front of you buying Filet Mignon with their Oregon Trail (welfare) card, while spending their cash on booze and lottery tickets? Those type of people make me sick. So, I’ve decided instead to fight our corrupt government in a different way…


Some of you will not like this at all, especially the MAGA types. Believe me, I would love to make America great again. No matter any of our past sins (and there are plenty), this has still been the greatest country in history. Unfortunately, the historian in me knows that the best predictor of the future is the past. No nation in recorded history has ever reversed course once their fall began. NOT ONCE. To think that we will, is to be as delusional as the person who thinks they will win the lottery if they just buy one more ticket.

What does burning it to the ground mean to me? It means using the goverment’s own corrupt apparatus against itself. We all know this is course unsustainable. Socialism doesn’t work. Thus, I will use socialism against itself. I will take every handout, every opportunity to destroy it from within. And truthfully, I won’t feel the slightest bit bad about it. No one who has worked hard their entire life should. I simply view it as taking my tax dollars back from the beast.

This does not also mean that you shouldn’t be building something good on a local level. As far as I’m concerned, national elections are a lost cause. State elections are at the tipping point. Local elections and culture are all that matters. Build the community you want.

The history of the world, of human kind, is one of boom and bust, rise and fall, war and peace. No one is going to change that. The only alternative is to ride the wave. This country will fall. Maybe not today, maybe not next year, but soon. To all the people who still disagree with me I want to ask, what about your children and grandchildren? We have absolutely no right to make slaves of coming generations just because we can’t see the writing on the wall. Thomas Paine spoke of this most succinctly when he said:

I once felt all that kind of anger, which a man ought to feel, against the mean principles that are held by the Tories: a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his [[door], with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, “Well! give me peace in my day.

Not a man lives on the continent but fully believes that a separation must some time or other finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;” and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty.

-Thomas Paine / The American Crisis (1776) / The Crisis No. 1

-Matt Wilbanks (Editor @

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