Glenn Beck says President Obama is trying to incite a civil war and that if any state goes into rebellion, he will just open up the federal prisons and let the prisoners free as retribution.
George Washington, a man much loved, was the father of our country. Frederick Nietzsche, a man much loathed, was a 19th century German philosopher who brazenly declared that “God is Dead.”
While these two men could not have been more different, their descriptions of government were oddly similar. Washington compared government to fire; “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
Nietzsche groaned: “The state is the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies, too; and this lie creeps from its mouth: `I, the state, am the people.’… Everything about it is false; it bites with stolen teeth.” These observations by Nietzsche defy the romantic ideals laid forth by Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address: government of the people, by the people, for the people. Nobody ever said philosophy was easy.
While a safe and civilized society is not possible absent a properly empowered government, there is one lone fact that distinguishes government from all other human enterprises. Government is granted, by consent of the governed, the authority to utilize violence against citizens who break the law.
This singularity is shared by all forms of government; whether Democratic, Totalitarian, Feudal (rule by a noble class), or Theocratic (governed out of religious text.) Fail to pay taxes or send the children to school; and after the letters and telephone calls, eventually the authorities are going to kick the door down with guns drawn. The law is not voluntary, and it is the gun that puts the “force” in “enforcement.” Government, while wholly indispensable, is also inherently dangerous.
Arguments about the proper size and role of government aside, I think most can agree that the foremost task of government is to ensure that the citizens are not deprived of life, not deprived of liberty, and not deprived of their (justly acquired) property. Marxists are free to disagree on the last point.
Looking back over the last forty or fifty centuries, governments in general have a very poor track record of protecting human rights. The 20th century was particularly atrocious in this regard – Bolshevism and Nazism produced in excess of 100 million human corpses. Human liberty is an exception – not the norm. We Americans take our freedom for granted.
A crucial feature of the American Constitution is a principle known as the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law requires that no one is exempt from the law, not the police or government officials, not the wealthy or celebrities, not industry or unions. While the Rule of Law is far from perfect, unless strictly adhered to, what then remains is Rule of Man – government by whim of the political class.
As with many bygone nations, America finds herself slipping away from the Rule of Law, and sliding toward the Rule of Man – an American Caesarism. At whatever pace, the slightest perceptible movement toward Caesarism is reason to dispense (via ballot box) with every last elected politician in Washington D.C.
So what is American Caesarism? It is when the political class:
-Treats peaceable citizens as suspects of crime (Patriot Act, TSA, NDAA, etc.)
-Plunders the citizens’ wealth by devaluing their savings via expansion of the money supply (inflation.) Thinkers ranging from Jefferson to Lenin wrote about this form of stealth robbery. Lenin was in favor of it. This is stealing, and the net results are no different than the forcible taking of one’s valuables. Quantitative Easing makes the middle class poorer – especially seniors living off their savings.
-Repeatedly wages undeclared wars outside of our own borders, on other peoples’ lands (their property), which causes violent “blowback” (a CIA term.) In his farewell address, Dwight Eisenhower warned of the dangerous influences of the military-industrial complex. Aggressive wars make Americans materially poorer and less safe, while enriching politicians and their favored donors.
-Makes a mockery of free markets by passing and signing unreadable, incomprehensible bills that were actually written by industry lobbyists. Housing, education, and health care are now unaffordable because Congress literally lets the banking and health care industries write their own legislation.
-Allows an entrenched Robber Baron class, which is not “one percent” but actually a tenth of that, to fund both “sides” of national elections.
-Deliberately creates a Moocher class, which is nowhere near 47%, in order to secure party votes.
-Allowed the national debt to continually grow at a faster rate than GDP, and then claiming that net output is growing. The U.S. economy has not grown based on the reinvestment of real surplus capital (savings) since before 1980. It is impossible for sustainable wealth creation to occur based on the emission of unbacked credit. What happened in 2008 was an economic pre-quake.
That which cannot go on forever, won’t. History tells us that an entrenched political class will not just give up their power willingly. It is entirely possible they will turn on the citizenry, just as they did in modern democratic states like Spain, France, and Germany.
While there is much that can be done to reduce gun violence, that is the subject of another article. Peaceable American citizens must not accept any further encroachments upon their right to bear arms. To do so would be a monumental error.
This piece originally ran in the Hanover Evening Sun.
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The Obama Administration has sent Iranian/US national Valerie Jarrett to the Middle East, with the stated aim (once they got caught) of “negotiating” with the Iranians at CENTCOM Headquarters in Doha Qatar. But in reality, Jarrett has been conspiring with the Iranian mullahs to destroy the United States in any war between Israel, Syria, and/or Iran.
Former CIA spy Reza Kahlili, who spent years undercover inside the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp, says that the Iranians already have “Super EMP” weapons purchased from the North Koreans as well as warheads that the Iranians purchased on the black market from the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan.
Kahlili and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry of the Congressional EMP Commission have testified before Congress that an EMP attack launched on the United States with just two nuclear weapons detonated high in the atmosphere would send the country back to the 1800′s in an instant, without the infrastructure to support 311 million people. According to their testimony, up to 90% of the population of the United States would die within the first year.
In this episode of The Truth Is Viral, I continue my conversation with my fellow talk show host and fellow Marine Pete Santilli as we discuss the implications of this coming war. Most importantly, massive civil unrest will result as soon as the grocery store shelves are bare, medicines and medical care are nonexistent, and the water stops flowing to the taps; this is the very reason the the Department of Homeland Security has purchased nearly 2 billion rounds of ammunition in the past 9 months.
We also discuss the threats being made against me, my children, and my wife – who was threatened with rape – and the refusal of the local television station, WBKB TV-11, to cover that story or anything to do with pro 2nd Amendment protests in Michigan. The station is absolutely refusing to air anything that might cast Obama or his anti-gun agenda in a bad light, and we take them to task for their blatant Progressive bias.
WBKB PHONE: (989) 356-3434
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Between Leon Panetta’s unconstitutional order that combat units be opened to women and impending Sequestration this week, America can kiss goodbye its military superiority and ability to fight wars effectively. As readiness goes, so goes our security both at home and abroad.
The top military brass is already under pressure to show diversity and prove it doesn’t discriminate. Indeed, that is now its foremost mandate, not military readiness. With the repeal of laws barring women from combat units and special forces, they will now be forced to prove they’re giving women a “fair” shake by discriminating against more qualified men, since no comprehensive testing was done to prove women can make it through their training. (And the only two we know of who attempted such, two in the Marine Infantry Officer course, failed in the first day and the first week of training respectively.) It won’t matter that the women can’t make those standards that most of the top men in every branch can’t achieve.
It will go something like this at the officer level: “Suzy-Q failed the training? You’re up for promotion, aren’t you? Take another look at Suzy-Q.” And from DOD to the top brass: “We expect X% pass rate for females. Anything less will be seen as discrimination. Next year’s budget will reflect the success of this program. Understood?” The military will have to lower the standards of its toughest units in order to fill quotas of women to show they’re not discriminating.
Under Sequestration, equipment isn’t the only thing on the chopping block. Personnel will be as well, and all will have to prove their value in the positions they hold or want to hold. With the conflicting directives of cutting fat vs. compliance with female quotas in the combat units, it is qualified and experienced men who will be purged first. Combined with the inevitably lowered standards in these units to accommodate women, it is combat readiness that will suffer the most.
Cutting spending is vital for every department of government, including the military. The Marines have always been in the lead when it comes to working with the least, then cutting even more. With so many other ways to cut the excess – from non-vital programs like the National Endowment for the Arts to stopping the fraud and waste so pervasive in government programs from Social Security to Medicare – Sequestration is totally unnecessary. But this was Obama’s idea, and it put the military in the cross-hairs from the start. It’s easy to see why. This administration thinks the military is too masculine, too white, too conservative, and too straight. They’ve repealed DADT, opened the toughest units to women who can’t make it through one week of their training, and sold our equipment to our enemies. This is just the next phase in destroying the last bastion of merit and strength our country has against enemies both foreign and domestic.
President Obama is crisscrossing the country to scare Americans about sequestration. But what’s really frightening are the 13 Obama tax hikes that took effect in 2013.
Administrators at a Florida middle school recently targeted a student they felt violated the school’s proper attire guidelines by wearing a T-shirt she brought home from a Christian youth conference.
Participants in The Silver Ring Thing promise to postpone sex until after marriage, and Summer Schreiner sported a souvenir from the event as part of her school wardrobe.
The shirt, which contained the phrase “Don’t drink and park: Accidents cause kids” was not appropriate in the eyes of the school’s assistant principal.
Schreiner said she was on her way back from lunch when “the assistant principal tells me I need to go to the office and change my shirt.”
School leaders pointed to dress code restrictions for attire “which contains sexually explicit or oriented wording” as the basis for their complaint.
While I agree with Schreiner and her family in their contention her shirt should not violate that guideline, this was unfortunately not the end of her harsh treatment by administrators.
The 15-year-old was forced to wear a shirt proclaiming, “Tomorrow I will dress for success” for the remainder of the day, which her mother said was “humiliating for her because she came dressed for success.”
Adding insult to injury, she was not only told her morally uplifting clothing was inappropriate; she was made to look as if she arrived at school with some vulgarity emblazoned across her shirt.
“I was pretty upset,” Schreiner said. “I thought it was silly. It’s not like I was wearing a curse word or something that was promoting violence.”
For it’s part, the school district is backing up the decision to reprimand her.
The district’s communications director explained “there is sexual innuendo on the shirt, and so we believe it violated our dress code policy.”
It constantly amazes me what outrages those in charge of public schools – a group overwhelmingly comprised of leftists.
While it is perfectly acceptable, if not mandatory, to teach grade school students how to engage in sexual acts of varied nature, a shirt bearing a Christian statement in favor of abstinence is deemed unacceptable.
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Rush Limbaugh has a lot to say about this…
Just as gun control posturing provides feckless politicians with a means of distracting the public from the pressing issues of the day, it also enables us to see inside the matrix, as the notion of “gun control” is at the nexus of several poorly understood and deliberately distorted precepts of American life.
Case in point: despite the omnipresent “To protect and serve” designations emblazoned on most marked police vehicles, courts at all levels have consistently held that the police have no duty to protect individuals. In a slogan that could have come straight out of George Orwell, the so-called “Public Duty” doctrine states that the police owe a duty to protect the public in general, but not to protect any particular individual.
In Warren v. District of Columbia, the DC Court of Appeals ruled against Carolyn Warren, even though the aid promised via her 911 call never arrived, the overall conduct of the police was astonishingly incompetent, and she and her roommate were brutalized for 14 hours.
In Castle Rock v. Gonzales, the US Supreme Court ruled against Jessica Gonzales, who claimed that the failure of the Castle Rock, CO police to enforce a restraining order led to the murder of her three children by her estranged husband. She had contacted the police five times on the day of the homicides, pleading for help.
In Ford v. Town of Grafton, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts ruled against Catherine M. Ford, whose protective order against her estranged husband offered no real protection. Indeed, she was advised by the police to procure a gun but failed to do so. Her former spouse continued to threaten and assault her, leading to her being shot three times and subsequently paralyzed for life.
In Riss v. New York, the Court of Appeals of New York ruled against Linda Riss, who begged for police protection from a former suitor’s violent threats. After all, she was unable to arm herself in New York City at the time. The police failed to prevent an attack in which lye was poured on her face, rendering her blind in one eye, with limited vision in the other. As was pointed out at the time, “By a rather bitter irony, she was required to rely for protection on the City of New York which now denies all responsibility to her.”
There are many more such cases, some of which even have police on the scene still failing to act.
Yet although police neither owe anyone protection, nor may be found liable for a failure to provide it, we have been fed a notion of self-defense, in which the question posed is “Why would anyone need a gun or magazine like that?” The implication being that only police and military (and I guess criminals) should be allowed to have such firearms. The first answer is that the purpose of these weapons IS self-defense, whether used by a civilian, a police officer, or the military. Why is their claim to self-defense more valid than yours, especially since they have no legal duty to protect you?
It’s quite simple: The police have no duty to protect individual citizens; criminal offenders will not disarm, nor tone down their weapons. Yet the government still wants to disarm you. Why? So you will be more dependent on the government, and they will have yet more control over your life. Gun control has metastasized into total control.
Under such rubrics, and in response to the perceived public concern over rising crime rates, who knows how Draconian it might get? The government might even restrict or suspend certain constitutional rights. Oh wait, they already have.
Sheriff Paul Babeau says that Obama’s administration is playing sequester politics at expense of border safety…
America’s got some serious problems to solve.
Our Obama Economy is still stuck in a ditch by the side of the road.
Our campaigner in chief is running around the country pushing for higher taxes and no spending cuts and crying, “The federal sky will fall!” if Congress doesn’t stop the puny 10 percent sequester from happening.
In Washington, the incompetents and cowards in Congress can’t get our fiscal house in order, and they’re too stupid or self-serving to realize they are wrecking the greatest economic machine humans have ever created.
We have a budget to balance and an immigration problem. We’re spending trillions we don’t have and promising tens of trillions more in benefits our grandchildren can never repay.
And what are many of my fellow Republicans and conservatives in Washington — and the media — doing while America is being towed down the road to Greece?
They’re thrashing around in the political weeds, wasting their breath complaining about petty political things that may boost the ratings of talk shows but are otherwise meaningless.
For example, one of the outrages of the week involves the White House being accused of selling access to President Obama in exchange for $500,000 donations to his latest pet advocacy group.
Are these Republican and conservative friends of mine kidding? Were they born yesterday?
The parties in power in Washington have been selling access to their powers and privileges forever.
That’s why libertarians want to keep the federal government as small, weak, and limited as possible, so that when Washington politicians are bought off, they can do as little harm to the country as possible.
Another example this week of Republicans making a partisan mountain out of a molehill is their attack on former Obama press mouthpiece Robert Gibbs for not telling reporters what he knew about the administration’s secret drone program.
Conservatives looking for dirt on Obama and liberal commentators like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart went to town over Gibbs’ silence.
But it was just another petty complaint du jour. The White House doesn’t tell reporters everything it’s doing or planning. It never did, whether it was the date for D-Day, our U-2 flights over the USSR, or the raid to kill Osama.
My father invaded Grenada and didn’t tell Congress in advance. He even forgot to tip off his buddy Margaret Thatcher, whose airspace had to be crossed by our warplanes.
The most ridiculous complaint of the week made by people on our side of the political fence was their reaction to Michelle Obama’s appearance on the Oscars broadcast Sunday night.
They acted like it was an impeachable offense. But the first lady handing out a best-picture award at an Oscar ceremony is not something Republicans should waste a second of their time on.
It’s not new and not a Democrat thing. On Jan. 20, 1985, Ronald Reagan — who, if I recall, was a Republican — performed the opening coin toss for the Super Bowl game via television from the White House.
The first lady’s appearance at the Oscars was something my father and my mother — his first wife, Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman — would have applauded, not booed.
It’s time for Republicans and conservatives to get serious. The country is burning down like ancient Rome, but we’re wasting our time and energy attacking Democrats for petty or nonexistent crimes that do nothing but hike TV ratings and give partisan bloggers fresh ammunition to shoot in the air.
It’s time for us to start fighting about the things that really matter. It’s time to come out of the weeds and start concentrating on the stuff that matters to the guy with no job or the business owner with high taxes, not the stupid stuff like Michelle Obama’s “Oscar Moment.”