Really, the important lesson to take away from this is that the state can declare martial law and very quickly mobilize overwhelming force over a large population, especially in areas where the populace is essentially disarmed (Massachusetts.) After this overwhelming show of force, the collectivist minded sheeple will actually CHEER the heavily armed personnel who have deprived them of basic liberties esconced in our constitution.
A rather tongue-in-cheek view of our presidential election.
It was a splendid Tuesday afternoon. The Red and Blue teams had gathered for a wonderful football match. The cheerleaders like Mathews for the Blue and Morris for the Red were giving the old “two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar, all for stand up and holler!!!!!.” Each team’s home journalists were predicting sure victory for each squad based on a sure strategy. Oh to be sure, there were the rabid fans for both. Some, even suggesting rowdy behavior if their team did not win. I even had my Red team pennant waving. The Red squad, attempting to unseat the defending Blue team from the conference championship, began with a furious ground attack, the Indiana play for a first down, the Southern State toss sweep for a big gain, and sure enough an early score!!! Hopes were high for the old Reddies. But then the Blue team began its aerial(wave) attack. It is a new fangled offense showed the same effect that the Bears had with its winged-T. Its Bain Capital play was unstoppable. Oh, you should have heard the Blue quarterback with his cadence “Ohio, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Hut Hut!” It became quickly obvious that the Red team’s defense was an “empty suit,” it couldn’t stand up to the withering assaults by the Blue offense. I was flying proudly my Blue pennant. And before you knew it, it was over. The most hyped match of the year. The “most important game of the century.” Like a hot air balloon without its furnace, it just collapsed. Well, it was a splendid evening. I think I will return to tending my mums and reading a little Longfellow. But I cannot wait for the next “game of the century.”
“It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men,
kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling,
are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we
detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and
self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the
quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
― John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
So, here we are in 2012. On the verge of utter collapse of the nation states founded on work ethic and equality. (Not egalitarianism, equality) Our "leaders," to a person (now that Ron Paul is leaving Congress), fit the characteristics of the second. The citizens of the first class of men are trying to tell the story of what's going to happen, but few are listening. Ron Paul, Doug Casey, Jim Quinn, Tyler Durden(s), the writers at The Daily Bell. But few are listening. They are ridiculed, scorned and shunned. The reason is the same reason that Alexander Tyler, Arnold Toynbee, and Lord Thomas Macaulay warned us of in centuries past. When the public begins to vote itself the treasury, which it always will, the treasury will become mathematically unsustainable. In this "modern" era, we add to those wise authors' assertions a completely fiat money system. Will natural formulaic principles hold true in this context? The larger the democracy that falls, the more severe dictatorship that follows? It certainly seems so. Everything used on a smartphone now is traced. Facial recognition software scans faces faster and faster. Checkpoints for "safety" are everywhere. These tools to establish the inevitable dictatorship will be manned and operated by people of the second class of characteristics. Expect no kindness, generosity and honesty from these tools of the oppressors.
Thanks to Jim Karger for this one:
"Kids, you know the old saying that 'crime doesn't pay?' Well, that's bullshit. Crime pays and pays big unless you are poor and without political connections in which case you will likely join the American gulag and soon.
"And that rule about always telling the truth? How can I put this gently? That's bullshit, too. Liars, good ones, rise to the top of government and corporations. They are sociopaths by nature and have no empathy for anyone other than themselves. They are sick, but they are rich. You can make more money from five minutes knowing the right insider than you can from a lifetime of hard work.
"And, finally, about that Biblical 'suggestion' to 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you?' Well, that will get you a job selling printer cartridges at Best Buy or teaching yoga to the woo-woos if you are limber.
"No, my children, If you want to make it big in this world, smile, lie, follow the money, suck the ass of those on the fast train, step on the little people and fuck anyone who gets in your way.
"Make Daddy proud."
Many have tried, in the vein of the left-right paradox, to make the decision upholding Obamacare in its entirety into some sort of laughable left versus right issue. Pundits from both sides extol the virtues of the rulings. From the chair of the DNC tweeting "its constitutional bitches!" to loveable George Will, in eight syllable words, telling us why Cheif Boobstice Roberts words were a boon to "conservitaves," the masters of the left-right Hegelian dialectic want to keep us from seeing what truly happened today. Today the United States Supreme Court finally decided that the Constitution had absolutely no relevance in today's world. Please, anyone, please read that document and tell me where any of the powers of Obamacare come from. The SCOTUS, writing law from the bench, decided that the individual mandate was a TAX. Absolutely no one, neither party to the litigation, argued that the mandate was a tax. In fact, the prevailing party argued sternly that it was NOT a tax. Chief Boobstice Roberts sold out to collectivism today. This country is ruined. Granted, it was ruined prior to the decision today, but today may very well be the watershed moment that history judges was the end of the constitutional republic. Oh sure, the constitution will always be there, but does it actually mean anything. After all, the constitution of the German Democratic Republic ensured its citizens that they were free from warrantless intrusions of their property. We all know how much the Stasi paid attention to that.
Currently in the United States, families that have a plan for the upbringing of their children are trending to having fewer and fewer offspring. A family that wants to raise their child with the best opportunities for learning, the most outlets for physical and other extracurricular activities realize the enormous cost of this endeavor. Therefore, basic economics dictates that 7 or 8 children are generally not possible for folks with this outlook on life. ( I said "generally" because I know there are those few who can pull it off). By and large, these are the children who are imparted a sense of self-worth as they are loved and taught a moral framework.
On the other hand, the population that cares nothing about their children are having more and more. Men can father a child and then never have anything to do with imparting fatherly wisdom. Women can have children with many fathers and each child represents more and more government benefits. A child is therefore like a new milk calf used to be. "Soon we'll have another one to milk, maw!" This segment of society cares about spending money on cell phones, hair, nails, liquor, drugs, hip-hop music and clothing, rims . . . on just about anything but their children. Where will these children obtain their moral compasses, their sense of self-worth? The population in the US will inevitably trend to the children of this second group. Just another reason, my friends, we are SCREWED!
That is to say, under the old way any time we wish to add to the national wealth we are compelled to add to the national debt.
Now, that is what Henry Ford wants to prevent. He thinks it is stupid, and so do I, that for the loan of $30,000,000 of their own money the people of the United States should be compelled to pay $66,000,000 — that is what it amounts to, with interest. People who will not turn a shovelful of dirt nor contribute a pound of material will collect more money from the United States than will the people who supply the material and do the work. That is the terrible thing about interest. In all our great bond issues the interest is always greater than the principal. All of the great public works cost more than twice the actual cost, on that account. Under the present system of doing business we simply add 120 to 150 per cent, to the stated cost.
But here is the point: If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good makes the bill good.
How in the world can we continue to allow an entity that is a privately-owned cartel by the strictest of definitions to run our nation's finances? The interests (no pun intended) of the Fed do not align with the interests of the citizens. You think the Fed is a public agency, do you? Well, its response to a Freedom of Information Act request said it all. From Bloomberg News: "When it was defending itself against a Bloomberg request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Reserve stated unequivocally in court that it was “not an agency” of the federal government and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act." Amazing, simply amazing. Yet GOP voters are voting for candidates on non-issues like abortion and on very real issues like blowing yet some more countries to smithereens. Boy, I wish Th0mas Edison were here.