Well, I have to hand it to them; they’re clever. Our opponents know the power of words, and they wield that power ruthlessly.
They rename the cruel, ancient ideology of Nero “progressive,” so we’d seem regressive to oppose it. They call the entrenchment of concentrated power, privilege, theft and violence “liberal,” when …wait a minute; weren’t the Founding Fathers the liberals of their time?
Like the serpent to Eve our politicians call left right, and right wrong so that we’re so darned confused we think they must be brilliant.
Well, now Obama has been taking the phrase “Rule of Law” in vain. A lot. Obama’s Polo ponies in the mainstream media have gotten themselves all in a lather about this new Rule Of Law direction in justice, equanimity and, of course, freedom.
“Freedom” was George Bush’s most common Golden Calf incantation:
We pay taxes for freedom. We spend even more than we tax, for freedom. We send our children to foreign wars for freedom. We give up liberties …for freedom.
Freedom has become almost as bad as “security” as a hex-word of oppressors. And now they pervert my “Rule Of Law” too? It’s too much to bear.
But even the most nefarious word-abusing rulers aren’t our problem. We liberty-loving patriots are our problem. We need no others.
Since my last blog, I’ve heard a resounding “Amen, we’re with you, brother” from several people, only to be told, almost without so much as a comma or parentheses, “but first we ought to do something about this flu scare (…or the supply of ammunition …or wild government spending…or this or that or that or this)” Or they’d say “Great; let’s start a new political party! (or chat group, or 501c3, or…)”
I know I’ve asked for a paradigm shift of the greatest magnitude. Consciously or not, we’ve come to idolize the abstraction we call “government.” We’ve been trained to think of it as a thing, and that’s a hard paradigm to shift.
Government is, in fact, us. It’s not anybody, or anything else.
What we’re talking about, no matter how you slice it, is the dynamic of our choices and our consequences. Yes, we delegate and infuse the political abstraction with our most violent, greedy and horrible choices. Like an inner demon we want this deadly abstraction to make the choices that we, as individuals, find too abhorrent for us to make alone.
All this violence and terror is ours. We can say “enough,” and push away from the feeding trough of public money and serf labor. We can put a leash on the dogs of war and live the way we would, for ourselves, choose to live.
It’s our choice.
But from all but a tiny few I hear that “it’s out of our hands,” or “only a revolution will save us now.” I hear that we must ignore the root of the problem and nibble at the branches since “we must be pragmatic. That’s the just the way it is.”
That is self-destructive nonsense. That is the reality and pragmatism of failure and death. As a truly progressive liberal (in the most fundamentalist and radical sense), I’m disgusted that we’re pulling ourselves into the slaughterhouse by our own nose-rings.
Anyway, I’ve said my bit about what, I think, we should do. I’ve said it plenty. It’s all in the pages that precede this one.
And I don’t want people to call or email me calling me “negative” or “defeatist” again. I’m not going to blog anymore, but I’m not giving up. I’m just giving up on what I can plainly see isn’t working.
To the small band of brothers who’ve replied to my earlier calls, I’ll be in touch shortly. We have things to do.
There’s only one thing that, I think, needs to be said here:
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”
So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the LORD came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, house of Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD.
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.
“Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’
But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’ ”
Get ready. I don’t know how much time the USA has left, but short of a miracle, it’s not long. Don’t be fooled by the gambling houses we call the stock market, or by the shamen some call “experts;” this ain’t about “the economy.” We’ve not seen the real economic conflagration yet, and there are things faaar worse than hyperinflation and just plain broke.
Love your family, cherish your time, and get down on your knees in prayer. Collectively, we have made our choices, and now it’s coming time for the consequences.