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A paper check

| January 25, 2021 8:40 AM

Times like these make me wish that I didn’t opt for the “convenience” of direct deposit. I desire greatly to receive a stimulus check in the mail. A real check; one that I can repackage and send directly to Congress with a reminder that I cannot be bought. I will not stand idly by while certain Constitutional amendments are spit on while the socialists sneak up from behind with a bribe. Especially a bribe from money that was stolen from the taxpayer’s pocket to begin with.

As an individualist, I cannot, nor will I ever, cave to the collectivist mentality. I cannot justify, for any moral purpose, any bribe bought and paid for by the American people, used as an effort to appease the public for the gross constitutional injustices perpetrated by any state and local government. There is no moral justification for any mandates, lockdowns or specific business shutdowns, especially in the face of the current survival rate and I suggest that if there is so much fear of that survival rate that a person can justify unconstitutional actions then I posit that more than money will be needed to help that individual. If a person or government maintains that it is their subjective “right” to tell me what to do because of their subjective view of “public safety,” then I maintain the objective right to tell that person or government to stick it. I maintain that right as one expressly given in the constitution to which no type of dictator holds fealty.

With that said, due to my publicly expressed thoughts in the past, I am relatively certain that I can, or will be, a target for political purposes. The current state of our government, of which no amount of money can bribe me into bending to their will, and my voracious reading of history compels me to believe that. Our current social/political climate of forced (in)equality, compelled speech and unconstitutional mandates added to my inability to get down on bended knees and thank them for their kindness and generosity also compels me to believe that. I smile at the thought that my individual liberty can create such enemies.

“Dostoevsky said once, ‘There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.’ These words frequently came to my mind after I became acquainted with those martyrs whose behavior in camp, whose suffering and death, bore witness to the fact that the last inner freedom cannot be lost. It can be said that they were worthy of their sufferings; the way they bore their suffering was a genuine inner achievement. It is this spiritual freedom — which cannot be taken away — that makes life meaningful and purposeful.” — Viktor E. Frankl, "Man’s Search for Meaning" (1959)

I will be worthy of my own sufferings no matter how big or small. I will own them all regardless of my monetary situation. I will do so with pride because my soul is not for sale.

DAVID CARLILE

Kingston