I take personal offense when politicians claim that their bailouts, color-coded alerts, regulation, litigation and other silly actions saved us from worse socioeconomic troubles. Not only has their paper money and corporatist fetish been enormously destructive (the worst is yet to come), but it is actually I, Andy, who have saved us all from greater calamity so far.
That’s right. Me.
You can’t imagine how much worse things would be now without my protests and angry letters to politicians about all the voodoo that they do. My efforts have spared you from foreign marauders, socioeconomic collapse, and even the Ice Age that would’ve happened in the 1970’s if, well …
If it weren’t for me.
What; you take their word over mine?
Which government program has ever done what it was supposed to do, on time and within budget? How’d the “War on Poverty” work out? How about the “War on Drugs?” Have we had a year’s peace since the “War to End All Wars?” So far, the “War on Terror” has lasted longer and cost more than did WWII, and it seems we’re now looking for new enemies.
Just imagine how much worse this could’ve been if it weren’t for me!
Politicians raise taxes to stimulate the economy and cut taxes to stimulate the economy. They subsidize sports teams and rich bankers and pornographers and foreign dictators to stimulate the economy. We should’ve been stimulated past Pluto by now but for one key fact: politics doesn’t work.
Check any history book and you’ll see a perfectly unbroken, ancient and ongoing record of corruption, oppression, slavery, genocide and war.
So our once-precious Rule of Law gave way to violently Robbing Peter to Pay Paul; and you are not Paul.
No, don’t thank me. I expect nothing from my tireless efforts on your behalf. But quit the Stockholm Syndrome with politicians. They’ve got your money; they don’t need your praise, too.
I didn’t easily find more recent data, but as of about ten years ago, the average sentence for murder in the USA was about 16.5 years, meaning about 12 or so with good behavior (this last statistic as of 2005).
Granted, your mileage may vary. If you’re a famous ex-football player and movie star, you can kill a couple of people and walk away free; if you kill a cop, you’ll probably be dead before you can reload. If you’re a senator or president, you can get away with just about anything.
But typically, the average bloke can murder for the price of about 16.5 years.
Sexual assault may carry an average sentence of around 8 years, but you’ll be out in about 5 (again, 2005 statistics). From there, the sentencing goes downward for robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and larceny, for which you can get out after about 18 months. As you know, we have a lot of drug “offenders,” who’ve made our prisons something like revolving doors. Sometimes you have to free murderers and rapists to make room for the pot smokers, but no matter; in an odd variation on Andy Warhol’s “15 minutes” of fame, it seems that nearly everybody will at some point be in prison for about 15 minutes for some kind of statutory offense (seatbelt laws, airbag laws, drug laws, medical coding laws, business licensing laws…).
Now here’s what I think is interesting:
Bernard Madoff never threatened anybody; he only talked people out of their money, and got a 150 year sentence.
Robert Kahre paid his employees a mutually agreeable wage using USA minted gold and silver dollars according to their face value and reported it all to the IRS according to the letter of the law. But the IRS didn’t like it. So he’s about to be sentenced for up to 296 years in prison.
So here’s what I think:
Your government, the one that you and your neighbors vote for with a 98% reelection rate, is evil and deserves only contempt and destruction. Our laws mean nothing, our money is worthless, our culture is depraved, and if we don’t wake up and reform ourselves from bottom to top, we are doomed in the worst and every sort of way.
That’s all. Have a nice day!
I think that most of us, if we were to think about it and put it to words, would define “maturity” as a degree and kind of self-control, self-sufficiency, self-denial and self-sacrifice that just doesn’t exist among the immature.
Mature people don’t demand much from others, and rather contribute to their loved ones, their employers, and their world. The most admirably mature people, no matter their status or circumstance, give more than they take.
Truly mature people not only do not need the involuntary-collectivist, nannied authoritarianism that now, unfortunately, exists everywhere on earth, but they also suffer in such a violent climate.
Mature people, I submit, do not exist in sufficient numbers to keep this nation alive. We have devolved into a nation of prattling, squabbling, violent and ignorant children, and we are thereby almost surely doomed. We’re blubbering, misbehaving, thoughtless, selfish children, practically begging for a good spanking, and we’re going to get it.
Have a nice day.
Oh, I dunno. I suppose there is hope. Immature people can grow up quickly after a good, hard, painful lesson. And while you’d think we’ve had ample opportunity to wake up and smell pleurosis, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. We are about to get a real whuppin’. …And from the worst sort of people.
It’s long been known that while the most stupid, inept criminals act alone, get caught and pay for their crimes, there exists a hierarchical law that determines what happens as a criminal learns his craft.
The somewhat better criminals form alliances and layers to both increase their takings, and shield themselves from getting caught. Still more astute criminals organize into larger quasi government arrangements like the Mafia, Yakuza, Tong, Thugee and Medain.
I’m sure you can see where I’m heading with this.
Yes, the craftiest of the crafty become politicians. The worst crimes ever, like oppression, slavery, genocide and war, could only be perp’d by the organized crime we call politics.
But let me be clear about something crucial. By “politician,” I do not mean the people who win elections and get their affairs of state made gossip in daily papers. You probably don’t know who’s really running the show here. In all my years of examining politics from various and increasingly depressing angles, I believe I have met only one of the men who dwells (I did not say “lives” because the man is too evil to call living) behind the curtain. And I’m sure he’s only a minor minion in our ever-ancient New World Order.
This corruption/theft/gambling/banking system, is, as Jefferson warned, worse than standing armies. It’s taking us down hard very soon. Maybe even as far as our oppression, slavery, genocide and war human default state will go.
I’ve tried to think of various schemes around this, and I’m not done trying. My hope is fading, but it’s still there insomuch as I cannot let it die as long as I’m sending my children into my generation’s failures.
So, here’s my latest proposal:
I propose somebody (not me!) run for President of Texas.
Not Governor of Texas, not President of the USA…President of Texas.
I propose that the platform not be the amended-to-pointlessness Texas Constitution, but the Constitution for the United States of America.
The Texas Constitution provides all the grounds necessary. Nullification and secession are the stated remedies for federal constitutional breach. Yet the current Texas member-state Constitution becomes irrelevant in the event of this remedy. So let’s bypass all the “constitutional convention” rot now circulating among the red herring patriots, since there are precious few in public office smart and/or wholesome enough to craft a sane constitution these days – and just use what’s proven to work better than anything else ever tried – the contract made by adults, for adults…the US Constitution. This is still the shortest, tightest, best leash on governing power yet devised.
I believe that there are still a sufficient number of adults here that we can get this ball rolling. We exist. We need only a little chutzpa.
Let’s replace pride with humility and learn our lessons before the spanking. Let’s grow past the child and into maturity to our mutual benefit. Let’s grow up, OK?
It should now be apparent that for the past hundred years our own government has advanced a campaign of theft and violence against us on the canard that it’s for “the common good.” Flying in the face of this commonly believed fib is the easily observed fact that we have not solved any problems at all despite worsening taxation, prohibitions and wars.
We’ve not had a year’s peace since the War to End All Wars. Surely the “war on…” drugs, poverty and homelessness have been busts. With the FDA’s suppressive power we have more “snake oil” con men and dangerous, counterproductive drugs than ever. We are working longer hours, taking fewer vacations and spending less time with our children than just thirty years ago. Shockingly, there are probably at least 150 thousand actual slaves (not tax serfs – actual chained-to-the-worktable, arrived-in-shipping-containers slaves) in the USA right now. The CIA estimates that 50000 slaves travel into or through the USA each year. Human trafficking is up several hundred to a thousand percent in just the past ten years!
We are less secure and less free than ever. We have immeasurably more crime and corruption, less access, less control over our lives, and even our health statistics are tipping downward at a time of marvelous medical technology.
Why do we so numbly submit our lives, wealth and rights to a protection racket that does not protect?
We should not need more motivation. I assume that if you’re reading this, you already know that something must be done.
But not just any action will do, since history shows us nothing if not that humans mostly fail and rarely succeed; and that both success and failure is by invariable patterns set at least several thousand years ago.
So here is my summary of the problem and what’s to be done about it:
Problem: Politicians and their agents act in violation of all of the laws that protect us from them.
Solution: We must stop that.
It really is that simple, and we have not even tried it. Our attempts to strategize and pick apart our social disease into only marginally-related “pragmatic” bits have been counterproductive to the effect that we have so far divided and conquered …ourselves. Democrats and Republicans who should ally against their common foe are instead locked in a battle over idolatry, deceit and ignorance. We do not even expect our leaders to obey their oaths of office; nor, in most cases, do we have any idea what the oaths say, what they mean, or to what laws these oaths pledge obedience. We must converge upon this solution- to demand Rule of Law under our existing state and federal constitutions…as written.
Here is how, I am convinced, we must solve our problem.
- Read and completely understand your state and federal constitutions. If you have questions about what you’re reading, I volunteer to help. You should become confused when you first read these contracts. I did. I thought, “what the heck do these have to do with the way our government works today?” Bingo.
- Do NOT write letters, call your congresscritter, protest or hold press conferences about tax policy, the Fed, drug laws, public schooling or any other distraction. Concentrate. Think. Every millimeter we give to our leaders becomes a mile. We must not any longer allow them to divide us against ourselves with equivocal sub-issues and dubious solutions. As long as politicians violate every law that protects us, we have no issue other than this: we cannot tolerate this anarchy, this ungoverned government. We have one issue only: wrestle our lawbreakers down to the law.
- Do employ every strategy, medium and means you can think of to address this problem: we must have Rule of Law under existing constitutions …as written. If you have no idea what to do, ask, and I’d be happy to help. But I’m betting you’ve already been doing things for lesser goals that’d be enormously helpful if directed toward Rule of Law under existing constitutions as written. Go to meetings, talk to friends, whatever…use your mind and body and time in any ways that seem useful.
- DO NOT allow yourself to be divided against your allies and dragged into an argument about details when we must first address the basics. Don’t even give the Second Amendment or Gay Marriage as an example of anything. No matter how well-intended, it only allows people to pigeonhole and dismiss you. STAY ON POINT: our politicians even admit that, in the words of Henry Hyde, the US constitution is “…inappropriate, anachronistic; it isn’t done anymore.” You don’t need examples other than the admitted lawlessness of our politicians. They arrogantly declare that they’ve snapped their leash! This is unacceptable, and it’s time we say so. Loudly, repetitively, and with pitchforks and flaming torches.
- Report back any observations, suggestions or whatnot that you think would help. Report to all allies and friends in this cause. Share ideas and experiences. Let’s talk. A lot. It may not be so easy to communicate for much longer.
- I have proposed various constitutional compliance timetables over the years. Nine years ago, when I predicted we’d have ten years before The Big Trouble hits (and no, The Big Trouble hasn’t hit us yet…you’d better hope I’m wrong about what’s coming) I’d said that we could offer ten years. I don’t think we can do that now. I’d love to hear discussion on this, but I now suggest that in our current crisis, with so many people hurting, that we demand government strips down to its constitutional skivvies within two years. That means full by-the-written-word constitutional compliance. No decoder keys, no fudge words from the bench, no cheating.
- Do you want a leader? I’ll not shy away, but don’t miss my point: we have too many leaders, too many organizations, too much wasted money and time without converging on any common goal. We must converge all our energies, passions and talents upon a single goal. There are too few of us, and we have too little time to do anything else.
Be prepared that we may have to inviolate international treaties that, admittedly, are constitutional. Such treaties have been increasingly used by the nefarious to destroy the constitutional design, and Obama is going gangbusters against us right now. But other than these treaties, our leaders have no legal authority to fight back. And by usurping our rights, stealing our property, shortening our lives and destroying our nation, they’ve relinquished all moral authority. We’re right, they’re no more than criminals.
That is all. Any questions?
I shouldn’t say “I told you so.” So I’ll just say, instead, that being right has never done me any good at all. In fact, it’s been a costly annoyance to both me, and to all my loved ones. Being right is no advantage in the voting booth; it seems absolutely detrimental in electoral politics. It’s no advantage in any way I can think of. And it’s downright dangerous to be right when the government and its media are wrong.
I hope, in fact, that I’m desperately, completely and astoundingly wrong about what’s coming next. I pray that I am very, very wrong.
So I’ll not say “I told you so” about all the warnings, predictions, admonitions and sermons I’ve written, spoken and kinetically harangued upon my friends in the ongoing battle for liberty and justice. No, I will restrain myself by means of superhuman humility and magnanimous spirit…
But we should admit that the media got it right. They have correctly portrayed the “tea party” hubbub, and the liberty movement in general as undirected, vague, and ultimately, pointless blather.
It pains me to say so, but my allies in liberty and justice are not just wasting their own time and money. Rather they are destroying our combined credibility. They discredit truth, and are, in effect, stealing from us all by spoiling the opportunity for those who’d do the right thing.
What is the right thing? I’ve said it many times on these pages, but maybe it’s just too simple to comprehend. Maybe it’s too basic to seem like a clever tactic or even a pragmatic first step.
We all have to agree to what it is that we want. And there is only one thing that I am aware of that all of us actually want…Rule of Law under existing state and federal constitutions as written.
We’re out of time for all this fooling around. We must stop thinking of tactics and games. We must stop thinking of others as our enemies when we need no enemy other than ourselves. We will never convince others of anything as long as we are ourselves such doddering fools that we can’t articulate for the media just what the heck it is that we want.
Before I go and say again what it is that we should be doing, here’s the setup:
“The media” are not anything other than people. While these particular people tend very strongly toward soviet-style authoritarianism, it’s not their ideology that causes us problems. It’s the usual human laziness, mental weakness and idolatry that plagues us all. Like us, they worship celebrities and disparage those who attempt to become one, and fall back to earth. They kick such people. Trust me.
They love excitement, but see it in all the wrong places (sports, celebrities…and weather). And like the rest of us, it takes the firm administration of a baseball bat to make them change their ways.
So when you get a microphone in your face, “the media” will try to label you as quickly and dismissively as possible. If you offer ten minutes of Patrick Henry-like rhetorical brilliance, they’ll air the one point at which you stumble and say, “ummm…” If you speak convincingly about something they don’t understand or don’t like (Rule of Law under existing constitutions as written), and offer, for example, income tax, you’ll be dismissed as a “tax protester,” and nobody will ever hear what you said about the constitutions, or the sweetness of politics on a leash.
This last point is my whole point.
We must, immediately and without any waffling, converge on a single message and deliver it without any side trips, divergence, hesitancy or missteps. We must simply, firmly, passionately yet reasonably present the demand that politicians, policemen and soldiers keep their oaths to the laws that protect us from them. They must obey the written constitutions, as written. No “interpretation” from the bench, no caveats, provisos, ifs, ands or buts.
You must not protest government spending, taxation, or even overt oppression. Do not mention Ron Paul, though this is his cause too. Don’t talk about central banking or “The Fed.” You must not write letters, campaign or speak to neighbors about the myriad symptoms presented by our collective social disease. We must address only the disease. Quit nibbling at branches; it’s time to strike the root.
What’s the root that we can all agree upon?
The existing state and federal constitutions are still the best, most practical, most proven, most fair and just social contracts ever signed into law. So let’s agree that these are exactly, and only, what we want.
We have easy communication now. We can still move freely.
Do not assume that this will last much longer. And most definitely do not assume that a “revolution” will get you what you want if you can’t even agree now what it is that you hope to accomplish with violence. The hour is late, and our side is losing. Your choice is not up to your enemies. It’s all up to you. Personally. Right now.
Before all the “Tea Party” events swirl through the news, there’s something I have to get off my chest.
Despite what you’ve been told about the cause of our Revolutionary War, you’ll be half-way through our Declaration of Independence before you see taxation mentioned, and then only in regard to imposing taxes on us without our consent.
After that, guess what? Taxation doesn’t appear again.
Even “taxation without representation” (not in the Declaration, and the phrase was popularized later in the conflict) isn’t so much about taxation as it is about colonists’ right to proxies in the seat of power.
You see, the real reason our founders declared independence from England was King George’s “refusal to assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.” The Declaration cites the King for 27 violations of rights that Englishmen were due by written law. It was Rule of Law instead of rule of tyrants that our founders wanted — not anything unreasonable or even new.
Of course, from the moment the US Constitution was made law, politicians resisted its limitations on their power, such that by 1799, just ten years after ratification, both Madison and Jefferson wrote the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions to reassert federalism …or face annulment and dissolution of the union! They demanded Rule of Law under existing constitutions as written…and they meant it.
Right now, we do not operate under Rule of Law by the constitutions as written. We are under Common Law, or law by judicial decree. The difference is huge; and as predicted by our founders, ultimately fatal.
No political power is any longer bound by any written laws. In fact, as the courts are servants of the greater political/finance machine, there are no real limits on political power at all.
So you have no rights.
You have no second amendment because you have no constitution. You have no first amendment because you have no Rule of Law. You’ve got nothing that can’t be taken away from you. Not your property, your rights, or your life.
I’m scratching my head wondering why we think we have any other issues?
But no. We divide and conquer…ourselves. Second Amendment advocates campaign against our constitutional right to sin without civil punishment (as long as we don’t hurt others). Those who call themselves “First Amendment Champion” typically oppose the very first right mentioned in the Frst Amendment’s five enumerated rights. We each have our favorite rights, but we doggedly, stupidly, deny others’ their rights.
And so we have none at all.
And we think, on Tax Day, that how much of the Fed’s monopoly notes we feed the meter is, in itself, a problem?
Taxation out of control is only a minor symptom of a fatal disease, and we’re running out of time.
Right now we can communicate with amazing ease. We can travel unimpeded. We can form groups and meet. But because we won’t even ask for constitutional Rule of Law, these are not rights; they’re conditional privileges with increasing conditions and decreasing privilege. Soon, we will lose these privileges to the degree that opposition to our oppressors will be very, very difficult.
You think I’m kidding? You think I’m in mouth-breathing hysteria mode beyond any reason? You think that happy days are, as the experts tell us, just around the corner?
Actually, our government is blowing the great bubble even bigger for one huge, stinking, bloody pop.
Read any history book. Then look at current events and see that those who’ve been wrong every time before are today called “pundits,” “experts” and “leaders,” while those who’ve always been right are called “fringe” and “losers.”
Look at all the fallen nations before us and imagine what they must have been thinking in their final days. I’m betting they all thought, “surely not! That could never happen to us!”
Well, on a happier note, God is in control.
He knows that we’re not!
In that, I find some comfort.