Outpost of Freedom
August 25, 2011
This is Part I of IV Parts
Factions are rather interesting, though often ignored by most, in the world we live in. Factions are "somebody else", and we, individually, have no part in them, except those that we are a part of -- though we don't really see them as factions, only truth. We know what we believe; we know our moral values; we know what right and wrong are; we know what we want to know; everybody else is, if they don't agree with us, simply wrong.
So, let's begin by understanding what a faction is.
Webster's 1828 Dictionary:
A party, in political society, combined or acting in union, in opposition to the prince, government or state; usually applied to a minority, but it may be applied to a majority. sometimes a state is divided into factions nearly equal.
... whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.
Or, the more simplistic:
A group of persons forming a cohesive, usually contentious minority within a larger group.
Factions are, however, a way of life. We are all in factions and in many different areas.
For the most part, people perceive, with very few exceptions, that there are two political factions in this country; Democrats/Liberals, and, Republicans/Conservatives. What the political philosophies of the two "factions" are is inconsequential, at least at this point, to the discussion. The point to be made here is that we have perceived that there are only two factions, and anything else is hardly worthy of our consideration.
With regard to other aspects of our lives and our society, there are minor factions that we see, all of the time. For example, the queer community is recognized as a faction, though most fail to recognize that there is a large faction, which is opposed to the smaller, recognized, faction. That larger faction is those of us who, whether Christian, or not, understand the necessity for moral values and standards within a country.
However, legislation, political correctness, and/or influence through the press tend to either render illegal, or, at least minimally subject those who are a part of that larger faction, to ridicule for expressing themselves, in dispute with the faction's principles.
The net effect is to render that larger faction as inconsequential, or illegitimate, providing a strong platform for the assertion of the values of the lesser faction, even to the point of additional legislation on their behalf.
We can look at history, and around the world, today, and see the affect of factions.
Let's start by looking at revolutions. After all, there have been many revolutions throughout history, though there has only been one that provided a rather smooth transition of government. And all of them have been lead by factions -- sometimes one, sometimes multiple, and, sometimes, begun by one faction where another faction became dominant before the job was done.
The French Revolution began in 1789, the same year that our Constitution became the framework of our own government. That revolution lasted for a number of years, and during the entire course of it, the control of government passed from hand to hand, each hand being the one that, at any given time, had the most influence and power. Often, those in power for the moment would require the execution (guillotine) of someone that was a partner in power, just months before. The groundwork was laid, as the Revolution needed, to restore monarchy and the emperor, Bonaparte (twice). So much for a smooth transition.
The Russian Revolution began in 1917. The Mensheviks began the turmoil, and, eventually, the Bolsheviks gained control. Then, the Bolsheviks became factionalized, Red verse White, leading, eventually, to Lenin obtaining power. Again, not a very smooth transition.
Revolutions, at least those of the ordinary sort, tend to have factions that vie for power, even while the revolution is going on. The resultant government is, generally, unstable and retains its authority by force.
Today, we see the beginnings of revolution in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, and Yemen. These "street" revolutions are lead by factions. Most often those factions have a religious foundation, though often, there are factions within a religious group, of an ethnic nature. There can be little doubt that the stronger faction will take control, though the conflict will not cease -- until the opposition is exiled, imprisoned, or killed.
So that we can put in perspective the factions and the roles that they play in the maintenance of a country, or its destruction, we must first understand just what factions exist, what their role is, and whether they are acceptable, in terms of maintaining the United States of America, as intended.
In a recent series of articles ("We the People', but, who are We?" - five Parts, linked to Part I), a review of the Founding documents, subsequent amendments, and, Supreme Court Decisions, provides us an understanding of just who "We the People" are, and, as Justice Taney described in one Decision, that this country is only for these "We the People", but for no one else".
Now, right there, with that last statement, I would expect that many would cringe and began to react in accordance with the decades of conditioning that we have been subjected to. After all, haven't we been raised to believe that this country was made for anybody who wants to come here, for any reason, even if their purpose is to change the nature and purpose of what the Founders willingly gave their lives for? But, is it in the best interest of this country, our future, and our progeny, to accept that what was created just over 200 years ago should fall prey to changes which will destroy that which is our birthright?
So, let's begin by understanding that though there may be smaller factions, with their own respective interest and objectives, that there is, and should be, a Principle Faction -- upon which all else is subordinate.
As explained in the "We the People" series, there are two classes of people that comprise the Principle Faction. These are those who are described as the cause and purpose of the existence of the United States and its Constitution; and, those who were made citizens, though not fully empowered with the rights inherent within the Constitution, through the enactment of the Fourteenth Amendment, and are, or should be, of the Principle Faction.
However, within both of these classes, there may be many who, though of the nature and class of "We the People" or citizens of the United States, for other reasons, reject the principles upon which the country was founded. These, though they may have rights, privileges and immunities, as described in that series, that do not adhere to the principles are no more a part of the Principle Faction as one who joins an organization to change its nature.
Absent adherence to the Constitution and the principles upon which it was founded, makes one a citizen by birth, though a traitor by attitude -- as much as any spy who endeavors to subvert the country by his actions.
Factions are created when a significant number of people, having similar ideologies or purposes, realize that they are sufficient in number to create a "body politic" to champion their purpose.
That purpose can take two forms; First, to achieve a recognition, though in so doing, not to affect the Constitution, the laws, or obtain any favor other than those enjoyed by all of the people; Second, to achieve recognition for the purpose of political gain, changing of laws, and obtaining favor that is not enjoyed by others.
The former has existed in this country throughout its history, and is comprised of people who were born into or have assimilated into the American culture -- without intentions of changing that culture.
The latter, on the other hand, is inclined to adapt the culture to his beliefs, to effect change that is inconsistent with that which the Founders gave us, and, will often employ the pretense of Constitutional right, though the result will be the diminishment of the rights of others, in favor of their object, whether financial, legal, or both. They choose not to assimilate, rather, to force change upon the Principle Faction and force that Faction to subordinate to their will.
Now, as we begin to look at lesser factions (any subordinate to the Principle Faction), they will come under two categories. First will be those who are not in serious conflict with the Principle Faction. Second, those who are in conflict with the Principle Faction.
Note: This article can be found on line at Factions -- The Chains of Oppression - Part I