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THE DRUNKEN SAILOR

When historians sift through the economic destruction of America, they will likely trace it back to the early 1900′s. However, they will absolutely recoil in evaluating the past six years. In that time, government has been so reckless in both its expenditures as well as its incursions into the marketplace. The following non-exhaustive list is the poster-child for this problem and its unprecedented, and calamitous escalation.

1. The “Stimulus” ($825 billion-only 6% of which was ever assigned to the “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects promised by President Obama);
2. ObamaCare ($2.8 Trillion after its fourth re-evaluation by the Congressional Budget Office);
3. Department of Energy Subsidies ($50 billion in wind, solar and biofuel subsidies in just two years including $19 billion to companies started by Obama campaign money-bundlers most of which were defunct and bankrupt within 12 months such as $535 million to Solyndra, $1.2 billion to Sun Power, $465 million to Tesla Motor Co., $529 million to Fisker Auto and numerous others);
4. General Motors acquisition by government (approximately $68 billion in taxpayer money — according to the federal government, its recent sale left taxpayers with a $10 billion loss);
5. The purchase of $14 million in taxpayer-subsidized biofuel (i.e. algae secretions) by the United States Navy from . . . wait for it . . . the United States Government at the cost of approximately $14 per gallon (up from a few dollars a gallon for petroleum-based fuel);
6. Keystone Oil Pipeline from Canada to the United States (after being approved by the EPA) (the oil was being transported by a cargo train, but the announcement of the Pipeline severely diminished the train’s value. Fortunately, Warren Buffett then purchased it cheaply, and coincidentally, the Pipeline project was cancelled by President Obama, a friend of Mr. Buffett who now earns a huge amount of money with the train);
7. Quantitative Easing (the digitizing or printing of $85 billion per month out of thin air). This is the one that will end the dollar. No country in known history has ever survived this, but President Obama has been doing it for years. In fact, it is the third round of it. A google-search of the Weimar Republic spells out exactly how this destroys a currency.
8. Rehypothication is a word that might never have entered our vocabulary, but the circumstances of the Federal Reserve will soon make it a household word. Essentially, it means that the Federal Reserve has repeatedly borrowed against the same collateral (gold) over and over again. Realistically, there may be no gold left there anyway, but this is the one that will end our gold and anger most of the nations of Europe who have over the years deposited huge sums of gold with us. Ask Germany what we told them when they asked for their gold last year.
9. Cash For Clunkers – No that’s not a slogan from the local used car lot, that is the name of the multi-billion dollar boondoggle that added many tons of scrap to our landfills, and forced American taxpayers (and their children) to pay for their neighbors’ new cars.
10. Expansion of the Welfare state, and corporate welfare programs such as the $1.3 billion “Path To Justice Program” which pays money to female and Hispanic farmers who feel that the Department Of Agriculture has discriminated against them by denying them a loan (which requires no proof).
11. Student Loans – the outstanding student loans exceed the total of ALL credit card debt in the entire United States. It now tops $1 trillion and will likely be our next bubble to burst.

The foregoing list may seem exorbitant. It is, but there are other record highs. They are as follows:
1. Federal spending is $7 million per minute.
2. Federal deficit = $17 trillion (not including unfunded liabilities). For reference, a billion seconds ago, it was the year 1981.
3. Unemployment is at an all-time high. Although the Obama administration touts a single-digit number, it is because they stop counting you after you indicate you are no longer looking for work. You go on welfare, and “poof,” you don’t count as unemployed. Neat, huh? You should see how the administration “re-defined” the term long-term unemployment.
4. Gross Domestic Product (the measure of economic activity in America) is not a high, but it is still a new record. Last quarter, GDP contracted by 3% for the first time in America. Worse yet, the Obama administration re-defined the way GDP is calculated which economists predicted would artificially ADD 3% to GDP calculation. That’s right, even with the new fuzzy calculation, it still contracted by a record amount. This is scary.
5. Gas prices have never been this high for this long . . .EVER!
6. Poverty is at an all-time high.
7. Work Force Participation Rate is the percentage of people working in America. Statistics show this number at an all-time high, or just the highest in half a century depending upon who you ask . . . and who is re-defining how it’s measured.
8. Energy exploration on federal lands (the only places Obama actually has the power to stop it) is down dramatically. Again, the Obama administration touts the increase in production on state and private lands as though he can take any credit for that, but he has no say there. The next time you hear him take credit for any energy exploration, you will know he doesn’t think you know the difference. To illustrate how much he has reduced energy on federal lands, in 2011, the federal government received $36 million in lease money (down from $4 billion). Only 31.8 percent of domestic oil production came from federal lands/off-shore.

The foregoing is designed to be a bullet-point fact reference that illustrates federal spending like a drunken sailor, and policies that ensure economic disaster. The difference with a drunken sailor is that when he’s broke, he goes home. When the United States is broke, Obama just borrows more money from you, your children, and at this point, your grandchildren too! We’ve got one hell of a hangover coming!!!

ATTENTION LOW INFORMATION VOTERS

ARE YOU A DONKEY OR AN ELEPHANT?

Attention low information voters (LIV’s), now is your chance to wake up! Wait a minute, if you were actually paying attention, you wouldn’t be LIV’s. Notwithstanding that the title of this Post is an oxymoron, I still have hope that some of you can be saved. Remember, the scene in The Matrix where Neo is offered a chance to awaken, but he must first choose to take the pill. I offer you the first dose.

For those of you LIV’s bold enough to question everything you think you know about political theory, and America, you will begin to recognize that you have been led around by the nose; brainwashed. This is the first in what I hope will be a series of questions and answers which will force you to choose. Are you a committed liberal, or one who has reached your political conclusions by propaganda or programmed default. Thomas Jefferson told us we must question everything with boldness if we are to know the truth. Can you muster up that courage? Let’s see.

QUESTION #1: Are you a donkey or an elephant (Democrat or Republican)?

Well, that question is meaningless because it is too broad, and it changes with time. How about this . . . do you believe in “individual rights,” or “collective rights?” That is, do you have rights, or are your rights dependent upon the collective?

For example, you will recall the rapes that took place among the Occupy protest groups last year. Remember how the groups tried to get the victims to adjudicate the rapes in-house without bringing in the police or the courts? That is, perhaps, the clearest example of putting the group rights over those of the individual. The individual’s pursuit of justice outside the collective would jeopardize the group’s movement because if Americans (non-Occupiers) found out that rapes, murders, batteries, and thefts were being committed, they would have demanded that the police break up the group. Because the advancement of the group’s legitimacy and purpose were more important than a rape victim seeking justice through actual criminal prosecution (which could threaten the continued existence of the group), she was encouraged to seek a make-shift in-house punishment (which wound up resulting in the group giving the rapist a good talking-to).

Most of us have never seen a better example of the rights of the collective being elevated above those of the individual, so I use it here as an example. By contrast, in a society of individual rights, the individual victim’s rights form the foundation of the justice system. The society apprehends the suspect, investigates the case, and prosecutes the accused rapist, but it is the individual’s rights that are advanced. The latter society prides itself upon the vidication of the individual’s rights, while the former trumps, squelches, and forecloses them for the good of the group.

Now that we understand the difference between “individual rights,” and “collective rights,” tell me: are you equal to me, or am I better than you? Am I entitled to more rights than you? Are you entitled to more rights than me? Before you answer this question, it is important to ask what a “right” is. Here’s a simple test. State the “right”, and then ask the question, “at whose expense?”.

For example, do I have a right to healthcare? If healthcare is my right, then at whose expense is it provided? If it is provided at your expense, then my right is your bondage. If it is truly my right, but I am forcing you to pay for it, then my right enslaves you because I may take your money in the name of my right. Perhaps a more effective populist example of this would be slavery. Did cotton farmers in the pre-Civil War South have a right to grow cotton? Of course, but they did not have a right to enslave others to accomplish it.

So, when the pre-Civil War cotton farmer states that he has a right to grow and harvest cotton, ask our “test” question of the cotton farmer: At whose expense? Certainly he has the freedom to grow and harvest his crop, but he may not enslave another to accomplish that right. This simple test should clarify the distinction of true rights, like the right against unlawful search and seizure, from the frequently asserted “rights” in modern political parlance which are actually the polar opposite of rights. Such a bastardization of plain language can only be found in two places: irony, and politics.

Okay. Now that we understand rights and are able to distinguish them from their diametric opposite — involuntary servitude — we can move on to our discussion about them. A moment ago, I referenced the right to be free from unlawful search and seizure. That right is embodied in the Fourth Amendment. Because it is a right which protects you and I and does not enslave another in so doing, it passes our test as an actual right.

Do you believe that your right to be secure from unlawful search and seizure protects you individually? That is, do you believe that the government should be able to enter your home at their will just to look around, or to spend the night? If that actually happened to you, would you protest? Incidentally, we are not talking about your being suspected of a crime. Rather, I am simply asking whether you believe that you have the right to decide who enters your home. If you do, then you must believe such a right exists and that it may be asserted individually.

Tonight, after you get home, would you be shocked to find a total stranger was there eating a smorgasbord of goodies he had prepared from your kitchen? Would it allay your concerns if he were a government official? If any of this happened to you, should you have some redress with the courts? Well, if your right to be free from unlawful search and seizure is an individual right, then the answer is yes. You would be able to seek a remedy in the courts, and it would be enforcable. If, however, that right is not an individual right, you could not seek redress from the courts, because you did not possess the right, and therefore, your rights were not violated.

Do you belive owning property is a right? At whose expense? Yours. Thus, property ownership is a right. Do you believe that you have the right to own property individually? If not, then please mail your — excuse me, I meant my– smartphone, money, computer, and game system to me immediately. Of course, under your beliefs, I suppose I could just come and take it, but I better hurry, because without property rights, the first one to take it, gets it (until someone takes it from them). Without the right to own property, only he who is strong enough to protect property from all comers can possess anything. Good luck living in a country without property rights. There is a word for such a place where you live and possess only that which you are strong enough to defend. Where lawless pandamonium and constant threat — not law — dictate “ownership,” that must surely be hell on earth. Yes, I’m talking to you Occupiers, collectivists, Marxists, Leninists, communists, and statists by any other name!

Do you have a right to defend yourself? At whose expense? Yours. It is you whose safety is in jeopardy. You don’t have the right to force me to defend you. Voila, we have found another true right. Because we are all equal, you may not attack me at will. I may not attack you at will. If I attack you, you may procure necessary accouterments of self-defense — at your expense. Likewise, you may employ them against me, because we are equal under the law according to the Constitution of the United States, and I had no right to attack you.

If I attack you with a group of my murderous friends and marauders, how will you defend yourself? Do you have the right to employ an equalizing force such as a firearm? At whose expense? Yours! You may not force me to buy it for you; although, it is your constitutional right as an individual. Ta-da! Another actual right is revealed! Like the rights discussed above (all of which are inalienable rights), you would be forced to pray for the quick arrival of government forces to save you if you did not have the individual right to protect yourself. In fact, if you were still alive when they arrived, they would likely prosecute you if they found a firearm!

Congratulations! If you believe that rights are held by the individual, you are not a marxist, a socialist, a communist, or a Leninist! In fact, you are probably not a statist or collectivist of any type, because Karl Marx believed that the critical distinction between collectivism and individual freedom is the abolition of private property rights. Leninism is virtually identical except for its mechanism of enactment. Lenin believed that you must grab power at any cost. Only then, could you implement collectivism. Lenin was the quintessential wolf in sheep’s clothing. He believed you acquire power by presenting yourself as the establishment; invoking the traditions and sentiments that are popular. Then, you go for the throat after you are in power and fundamentally change the government into a collectivist state; a state in which you have no individual rights. Sound familiar? This approach was perfected by Saul Alinsky, an American Leninist.

As far as you Occupiers go, all bets are off! Most of you sound like confused communists and anarchists, but I couldn’t help notice that in between protests, you were fond of whipping out your smartphones, and laptops which were manufactured by those evil corporations, and financed by those evil banks. I even noticed how upset many of you were by the rash of thefts of those possessions by your fellow Occupiers. Terrible! Don’t they respect your individual right to own property?!?! Maybe the collective will give them a good talking-to! After all, those tech devices were never really your property anyway . . . right?

In the next article, we’ll focus on where rights come from. There are only two choices: government, or God. Guess which one outlaws individual rights.

OBAMA’S STUDENT LOAN TIME-BOMB; THE NEXT TRILLION DOLLAR ENTITLEMENT BUBBLE

The Atlantic Monthly just published an article appraising President Obama’s new “sweeping student loan reforms.” They estimate that it will save approximately $4-$10 dollars per month for student loan debtors who qualify. It is questionable whether a majority of student loan debtors will in fact qualify, but for the lucky few . . . voila! One majestic swipe of the chosen one’s golden pen, and all of those ex-students who are struggling so hard to repay their student loans in an Obamanation economy will miraculously save between four and ten dollars per month (if they qualify)!

How will this miracle program generate such huge savings? Essentially, Obama’s new program permits student loan debtors to consolidate their loans which is estimated to save a whopping 0.5%! Wow! Additionally, it will reduce the maximum payment from 15% to 10% of qualifying students’ annual income. Perhaps the most important component is the loan forgiveness for unpaid balances after 20 years (down from 25 years). It is this component which is so brilliantly Obamanesque. This is the next trillion dollar bubble.

Eighty-Two percent (82%) of all outstanding student loan debt in history has accrued in the last 10 years. That amount is One Trillion Dollars! The reasons? Student loan amounts have increased by 511% since 1999!!! The reason for this — as anyone with a child in college knows — is that tuition has increased dramatically in recent years. Colleges and universities have also begun to nickel and dime parents for an endless list of student fees in addition to tuition in an effort to erroneously boast competitive tuition for their institution.

There are no market forces present in the American school system. That is why its cost has increased at a rate which has out-paced the increases of everything in America with the possible exception of gold. Although, until recently, its cost increase exceeded even gold! The explosive cost of tuition can be traced to government subsidization. All of American education is subsidized by state and federal government. That brings huge amounts of revenue which subsidizes teachers, professors, endomwent investors, and countless others in the education system.

The thing that everyone must understand is that government subsidies always increase cost, but they are always pitched as a cost-spreading savings. The student loan debtor would be absolutely shocked to learn the obscene amount beyond what they paid to their institution in tuition. The taxpayer, however, who never attended the institution may be a little more upset.

The uncomparable increase in college tuition begs the question as to why the Wall Street Protestors are not marching on their over-priced institutions. They selected the college. They attended the college. They received its benefits. Yet, they are protesting the financial institutions that made it possible for them to attend. Why are they not protesting the college which charged them exhorbitant tuition? Instead, they protest the lenders who made their attendance possible.

The reason is simple: ignorance. Implicit in that ignorance is the lesson that modern-day subsidization of colleges and universities produces a setting in which the socialist intellegencia that comprises the academic community is rewarded richly with professors earning more than most others in their town. Their students, on the other hand, are taught that economic success is inherently evil and undeserved. Contrast that with the reality — as demonstrated daily by the Wall Street Protestors — that these institutions are producing generations of students who know all about global warming, feelings, moral relativity, the benevolence of government, and evil Americanism, but they know nothing about the greatest country on earth of which they are self-destructive inhabitants. They know much, but it is not knowledge. The more of it they learn, the stupider they become. Eventually, they are too ignorant to amount to anything, and that’s when the value of their socialist, self-centered education hits them and they relaize that they can always fall back on the one thing they know; protesting, demanding the evil Americans pay for their problems.

Unless ACORN is resurrected and provided with another Obama Stimulus for hiring anti-American radicals, these students will not find an employer willing to pay for their expensive ignorance. That is the value of the student loans they wrought. The most damning evidence in support of this is their cries for student loan forgiveness. That is what they have paid for . . . an indoctrination in the ways of the whiner who believes himself to be entitled to whatever he wants. The alternative — hard work to repay loans for the over-priced education of their choice — does not occur to them. That isn’t taught anymore. Neither is mathematics, science, grammar, work ethic, or any of the former “staples” of the American education system. That would be unfair because some people might get better grades than others, but that is the great thing about teaching ignorance. Anyone can learn it!

The same cost increases can be seen in Medicaid and Medicare whose costs have out-paced unsubsidized medical costs. This is common sense, but we have been dumbed down by Progressives who have made an art form of misrepresentative “packaging.” When government subsidizes (i.e. confiscates money from taxpayers, irrespective of whether they ever utilize the service subsidized) anything, the costs go up almost immediately.

For example, does anyone believe that road construction is accompanied by reasonable costs? Just the allocation process alone breeds seething corruption, and can be illustrated by everyday experiences such as interstate re-surfacing of a perfectly fine road. When the government controls how much of your money is spent (or where it is spent), it is divorced from the natural concerns of the money’s true owner. This process stymies entreprenurial endeavors like invention and creativity, because necessity is the mother of all invention. Government subsidies remove the need for free-willed ingenuity; replacing it with a never-ending supply of other people’s money. This results in a slowed evolution of commercial and industry practices.

“Green” energy is a glaring, textbook example of government subsidies at their worst. Since Jimmy Carter was President, taxpayers have “contributed” more than $41 billion to solar panel technology, and that does not even take into account the expenditures under the Obama administration which allocated $39 billion to its now infamous loan program which is guaranteed by . . . you guessed it, the taxpayers. Have you priced a solar panel lately? They are unaffordable, but just as important is the fact that the technology sucks! Anyone who believes otherwise has yet to do their research. Those who know better are not bragging about the eighty-five degree showers, or the injuries suffered by homeowners who have learned the hard way that the panels’ energy productivity dips when the they are dirty or covered with leaves.

GLENN BECK’S REVIVAL OF “THE GODS OF THE COPYBOOK HEADINGS”

I think you will love this poem, “The Gods of the Copybook Headings,” written by Rudyard Kipling.  It is utterly brilliant, and stunningly prophetic.  The Gods of the copybook headings represent common sense, and universal truths about humanity which exist whether or not man likes — or approves of — them.  They pronounce universal truths of the human condition and existence that are intrinsic laws of humanity, or laws of nature; as concrete and inescapable as the notions that water wets us, and fire burns us.  These are unchangeable facts which are not so pliable as man’s ability to understand them, or his willingness to be persuaded that they are, somehow, no longer absolute and true.  When exposed to the blinding, degenerative disease of ”social progress”, these truths become shrouded and made to appear uncertain.  As a consequence, liberty is both sacrificed by its unwitting beneficiaries, and premeditatedly murdered by its enemies.  This bizarre co-conspiracy sides lambs with wolves in a civil war against a free nation whose constitutionally ignorant masses have no idea they are about to lose it.  Kipling attributes the “social progress” movement(“Progressivism”)  for the “intellectual” man’s cyclical willingness to subvert that which he knows to be good, concrete and true, but to fully understand this dynamic, the Progressives should be delineated into two distinct groups; the Manipulators, and the Pawns.

The Manipulators are self-described enemies of America.  They are the result of a movement that began under former President, Woodrow Wilson.  They are followers of the writings of Saul Alinsky, such as the radicals from the 1968 Chicago DNC riots.  They are the domestic terrorists, left-over Viet Nam-era socialist protestors, and America-haters like the Weather Underground (Bill Ayers, and wife Bernardine Dohrn).  They are union leaders like Richard Trumka.  They are thousands of committed socialists, Marxists, and communists, and Progressives that desperately seek to steal America’s liberty and replace it with statism.  They are the violent thugs hidden in the masses of protestors in Greece and Great Britain who are unknown to their benign fellow protestors.  They will be the ones that purposely turn those riots — and the ones we can expect here in the United States — violent and deadly.  They are also socialist masterminds and financiers such as billionaire, George Soros, and others.  The Manipulators do not believe at all in the lofty goals they profess and will dispense with them violently 15 minutes after they collapse the target nation.  The lofty goals, and the perception of class envy, are merely the lure that draws in the unwitting Pawns.   The Pawns are the gullible true believers whose enlistment is necessary to the Manipulators’ planned transformation of sovereign nations into tyrannical rule.

Saul Alinsky (one of the original Progressives who authored the Progressives’ how-to bibles entitled Revele For Radicals, and Rules For Radicals and lived in Chicago after the Chicago race riots of the 1930′s which later became a hot-bed for socialists and progressives indoctrinated as ”community organizers”) described these pawns as useful idiots of the otherwise useless middle class.  Alinsky wrote that you must control the middle class in order to take power.  That’s right, Alinsky’s books are how-to manuals designed for the sole purpose of taking power; not bringing about any utopia –  just good, old-fashioned seething greed and ambition.  His books were dedicated to Satan which gives you some insight into the true purpose of disguising the quest for ultimate power of Progressivism as an equality movement.  Dressing the destruction of free America up as an expansion of freedom — when in fact it would extinguish it – is designed to appeal to the constitutionally ignorant masses who do not understand they are passionately assisting in the destruction of their own liberty and way of life.

In this way, Alinsky tracks the KGB subversion strategy, as well as that of the American socialist and communist parties.  The lynchpin to understanding this strategy is that it is based upon deception.  In that way it appeals to the Progressive Pawn described herein and lures the unwitting who desire to be do-gooders.  They perceive their participation as such.  Thus, they are truly distinguishable from their Manipulator counterparts; although, it is the combination that has been so lethal to freedom and the American way of life.  It should be noted that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are students of Alinsky.  In fact, Mrs. Clinton wrote a 75-page tribute to Saul Alinsky while she was in college.  Since Alinsky writes so candidly about his objective (destroying the United States to steal power by duping the middle class into believing his evil is actually a benevolence movement), it seems clear that Mrs. Clinton falls into the Manipulator class of Progressives.

Both Alinsky and Agent Bezmenov admit that after the middle class has been used, they are no longer useful.  In fact, Agent Bezmenov describes the KGB plan as requiring the rapid elimination of the duped pawns, because they pose a risk when they see what they have wrought.  In other words, even those unsuspecting, gullible Pawns that enabled the destruction of the United States as we know it and morphed it into a despotic regime, must be exterminated for fear that after it is achieved, they will finally understand that they were sold a pack of lies.  It is difficult to comprehend the ignorance of those who could work so hard — hand in hand with the Manipulators like the KGB, George Soros, Van Jones, Bill Ayers, and other virulent America-haters – to achieve something so vile; all the while believing the end result would be their long-awaited delusional moment at which Michael really does row the boat ashore.  The fact is that all of the aforementioned strategies of manipulation rely upon these Pawns of the middle class, and realize they must dispose of them when the Progressive manipulators’ goal (a socialist state for the KGB, or tyrannical power under the Alinsky model) is achieved.  Agent Bezmenov states that the brainwashing of an entire American generation has already been achieved through formalized educational propaganda in America with better success than its KGB architects could have ever dreamed of.

It seems that Progressive Pawns willfully discard reason in favor of a willful self-hypnosis which permits them to pursue a perceived utopia in the face of absolute truths to the contrary, and ultimately, at the expense of their very freedom . . . and that of their countrymen.  In the process, the Progressive Pawn fails, because he genuinely believes in the utopia he has been sold.  Either he achieves what his Manipulator seeks and finally realizes he has been duped, or he fails because America continues to stave off Progressivism.  These two alternatives are obvious and predictable to all but he and his brainwashed brethren.  Ironically, the only ones in the know are his co-conspirator Manipulators and those of us who resist them.

It seems likely that the Pawns will succeed in carrying out their Manipulators’ design.  If they do, they will destroy the nation and society which allowed them to thrive – to the point at which the disease of Progressivism surfaces.  That point is reached only after a society/nation has evolved to the point at which individual survival is no longer a serious concern.  That is when the trappings of excess distract the “evolved intellectual” into the belief that perfection is attainable for all.  Kipling describes this period as the beginning of the brave new world, “When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins.”   This is clearly distinguishable from a violent revolution such as the French or Russian revolutions against their aristocratic governments.  The middle-class Pawns would likely abandon their complicity if violence were required of them.  That is less clear as among the brainwashed University Pawns, whose zeal is greater.

If the Progressive Pawn were pre-occupied with his struggle to survive economically (see the Post entitled, “Liberty + Statism = Statism” for an explanation of this premise), the luxury of funding Progressivism’s stated mission(s), or participating as its activist would be unlikely, and probably unappealing.  That is the point at which the “evolved intellectual” sets about destroying the very system which permitted this epiphany of ignorance as the zenith of intellectualism.  He does this, because he grows ignorant of his own freedom’s obvious attributes and seeks to improve it; although, he is blind to the reality that he is destroying it.  Those who persuade this man to this point are mere power mongers who harness the useful idiots to advance their power grab.  Of course, the irony is that that system has proved its efficacy by enabling man to not merely survive, but to evolve so far beyond survival, that he now has the freedom to toil in loftier endeavors, and that is his undoing.  When seen as a cyclical pattern, one can see why ignorance of history, and abandonment of common sense are critical prerequisites to the “social progress” movement.  In the United States, constitutional ignorance — and even constitutional disdain — is required as well; although, its fate often resides at the hands of  “social progress engineers” in black robes whose decisions are issued without regard to the text of the Constitution.  See generally, Men In Black (by Mark Levin).

Kipling’s poem illustrates that humans subject themselves to perpetually repetitive cycles wherein they, first, learn and believe in the aforementioned universal truths (actual knowledge), but then ”evolve” to a point where they shed them in the name of snake-oiled ”enlightenment,” where man exhibits his “evolved” willingness to abandon common-sense in favor of aspirational blindness.  This status is a sort of willful stupidity which is most apparent in highly developed societies.  See the Post entitled: ”Liberty + Statism = Statism” for a theory on the environment wherein this mass self-delusion typically thrives.  This brings about their decline, destruction, subjugation, loss of liberty, despotism and ultimately a renewal of adherence to universal truths, and common sense recognized in their misery, and achieved during their resurgence.  If they thrive again, their success makes a fertile environment for the same, old Progressivism and the process is repeated again as they “evolve” further and further from the knowledge that got them there.

Kipling attributes this self-destructive cycle to the ”social progress” movement, and he is correct.  It is clear that the great empires no longer fall to external forces.  The greatest pest in modern, developed nations is the cancer of the Progressive movement.  Progressivism is just good, old statism (see the Posts entitled: “Cradle To Grave”; “Government Expansion, The Cure Or The Affliction”; and “Liberty + Statism = Statism” for discussions on statism), but its proponents disguise it as moral superiority so that those who resist it can be summarily dismissed as racists, or out-dated fools who “cling to their guns and religion,” to quote President Obama.  As you can see, it is really no different than the type of covert socialist transformation described below by KGB Agent Yuri Bezmenov.  It is statism or collectivism.  The only difference is that it is fraudulently packaged and sold as moral superiority, and is driven by political correctness, pseudo-empathetic balkanization of constituent races and groups, excessive sensibility, and the chronically offended.  Unfortunately, only the realization of their efforts — despotism — finally awakens the unwitting pawns of the movement to which they have devoted themselves in the name of utopia.  This is of little consolation to Kipling and those of us who can recognize the same old snake oil, because we must share the price of destruction imposed upon us by the tireless Progressives whose dedication is matched only by their ignorance.  We are the stubborn, common-sensers who still quote time-honored maxims of humanity like, “. . . you can fool some of the people all of the time . . .”  We are reviled by the Progressives as out-dated morons who lack the capacity to understand the wisdom of their “brilliant” plan for utopia, and are, thus, obstacles thereto.

By the term “copybook headings”, he is referring to the little writing templates that we used to do as children in writing class.  The lines we had to write tended to embody those universal truths.  It is a captivating illustration.  I think that would make Glenn Beck the teacher.  Well classmates, put your thinking caps on because this poem constitutes real wisdom — the kind that we don’t see today . . . the kind that comes from eye-witness accounts of human evil and manipulation.  You can feel it as you read on.  Unfortunately, the up-close and personal horror that precipitated this poem is lost within one generation.  It becomes just another poem among many.

Anyway, this poem is the most poignant example of human desire to believe — in the name of intellectualism — that which defies common sense and thus depart from the knowledge that got us to being the greatest country on earth. Typically, the new knowledge is sold as enlightenment; rendering those who cling to common sense as simply unevolved and too ignorant to understand.  I think of Martin Sheen’s character in “Wall Street” as the character who knows better than to believe Gordon Gecko’s promises of prosperity for all, unlike his son who chooses to believe – and thus is complicit – in the slaughter of his father’s company.  As indicated, the “intellectual” liberal is a Progressive.  As such, he falls into two categories: 1) those who truly believe in statism (the antithesis of individual freedom), who purposely and deliberately move the ball toward the collapse of capitalism (Progressive Manipulators), and 2) those who ally themselves with category #1, but out of an innocent belief that there can be perpetual peace, prosperity, and happiness as long as we surrender our own protections of those things and give them over to government on the promise that they are not needed (Progressive Pawns).  This is the fairy-tale-believer crowd that Kipling so brilliantly describes. They believe that the world’s virtually continuous record of war, starvation, slavery, subjugation, etc only exists because humans were stupid.  If we can just hand over our primitive fixation on violence, guns, and individuality, we can all be humming love tunes and exchanging flowers by this time next year.  Those people are the uninformed co-conspirators of those more malicious folks in category #1; they are the only ignorant group in this paradigm. They are the sheep who go willingly and ignorantly to their own slaughter.  Unfortunately, they take the rest of us with them, believing all-the-while that we will thank them when they foist their “enlightened” new society upon us.

Although this is perhaps the most brilliant poem about human nature, the last two stanzas are my favorite because they capture the cyclical nature of ignorance in the name of enlightenment . . . that although we know better, the next generation is always ready to be sold the same enlightenment snake oil, and thus, the process repeats. The sad truth is that true knowledge (common sense, history, belief in God and Biblical truths about humanity which are true even if you disagree with them and with faith) seems to always have a shelf life. Humans want to replace knowledge when it gets old; mistaking it for evidence of one’s primitivity. Enter the snake oil salesman with promises that there is such a thing as a free lunch, etc.

Yuri Bezmenov interview

The interviews of former KGB agent, Yuri Bezmenov are, quite simply, the most remarkable, unclassified, expose of ”social justice” ever.

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Agent Bezmenov reveals that the KGB was never really devoted to intellegence.  Rather, during his involvement, the KGB’s main mission was to destroy the United States from within.  In fact, during that period, the KGB expended 90% of its resources to silent infiltration into American society, like its colleges, and media.  The purpose of this was to destroy America by brainwashing its students out of its otherwise obvious governmental and societal superiority and history of unparalleled achievement through via individual freedom.  It explains the purposeful — and psychologocally designed — brainwashing of America’s college students (referred to as “soft brains”) by the KGB.  He explains with emotionless, scientific candor that to “contaminate” a society to Marxism, Socialism, or Communism takes only about 15 years, because that is the amount of time necessary to “brainwash” an entire generation by teaching them the myriad of socialist “equality”, all of which he describes as utopian tools of manipulation which are in actuality complete lies, but which are vehicles to a socialist conversion which simultaneously immunizes its willful idiots from actual reality and truths.   He is frighteningly confident about the fact that once a generation is “contaminated” (i.e. brainwashed with socialism noting the importance of choking off honest, comparative discussion of the obvious shortcomings of statism, and the obvious advantages of liberty) with the seeds of socialism disguised as utopia, it will take at least 25 years to get a pro-American class back through the pipeline.  Thus, a single brainwashed generation requires only a 15-year investment, and will gladly destroy American freedom — a governmental design which is globally unique and empowers the individual over the State — as it ignorantly champions socialism while destroying individual freedom.

For example, he describes how this brainwashing process renders its believers so ignorant that they no longer admit the universal truths described in the opening paragraph above, and in the Kipling poem referenced herein.

GOVERNMENTAL EXPANSION; THE CURE OR THE AFFLICTION

It is a governing principle of nature that the agency which can produce most good, when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil.  It behooves the well-intentioned, therefore, vigorously to watch the tendency of even their most highly prized institutions, since that which was established in the interest of the right, may so easily become the agent of the wrong. – - – - James Fenimore Cooper

In general, the means by which government’s appetite for tax dollars is satisfied consists of two diametrically opposed views. 

The first, is the belief that the growth of government is the objective.  That is the statist view which has manifested itself in the form of socialism, marxism, communism, and fascism.  These are all variants of the statist view whereby large portions of the citizens’ earnings are taxed in order to grow government.  Ultimately, these types of governments become the payor through acquisition/eradication of the private sector.  They set the amount that is paid out to the workers and thereby move wealth confiscation to the front-end of the paradigm rather than issuing payment followed by taxation.  When the government to whom you pay taxes is also the nation’s exclusive employer, there is a merger of compensation and taxation into a system which simply pays its working citizenry a uniform amount irrespective of the job or education level they possess.  Remarkably, Cuba, which is a socialistic/communistic nation, began for the first time since its communist revolution to structure compensation to its citizens for doctors and other dying or critical vocations to a tiered pay scale.  Thus, Cuba’s communist uniform pay scale — a fundamental part of any statist government because it claims fairness as its aspiration and income disparity as its antithesis– was modified toward a capitalist version in an effort to rescue certain professions; although, such a thing is anathema to statism. 

The crisis-driven utilization of statism, is often called Keynesian economics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Maynard_Keynes; the theory that governments must spend money they do not have to recover from economic crises.  This is the view to which President Obama subscribes.  He believes that the government is the center of all things, including, but not limited to the economy.  He sees government as the source of the economy. Equally frightening, he sees it as the arbiter of fairness.  Our Founders rejected this statist view choosing instead to leave economic success in the hands of its earner.  That is called freedom . . . liberty.  

Obama has painted a portrait which is a flawless lesson in socialism 101.  Socialism is not a derogatory word.  Rather, it is a political system.  There is a Socialist Party magazine in the United States, the pages of which are littered with praise for Mr. Obama’s advancement of the Socialist Party’s agenda.  Socialists simply believe that the State (meaning government) is the center of society.  In that political system, the government is the exclusive employer of all.  There is no private sector.  Rather, everyone works for the government.  The government owns all businesses (cf. fascism where the government controls all businesses through absolute regulation, but does not own them).  At any rate, the belief that the government knows  how to spend your money in a more societally preferable way than you do is a fundamental precept to the statist view.  To an ignorant few, their romanticized vision of it is dreamy.  To those who have actually experienced it, it is a nightmare.  To those who are simply undecided (i.e. uninformed), I suggest you consider why a wall (complete with machine gunners, barbwire, and cleared kill zones) was necessary in the formerly communist country.  Likewise, a search the internet and/or the library for photographs of the hoardes of cautiously euphoric faces as they scrambled out of East Germany across the adjacent border into free West Germany.  Their faces are all you need to see.  Their expressions are unforgettable; a combination of euphoric hope mixed with disbelief and the fear that the familiar sound of machine guns may be imminent.

Naturally, a government has no money but for the taxes it collects, so any of the foregoing economic/socialistic models that subscribe to the notion that a government must confiscate prohibitively high portions of workers’ money in order to facilitate government’s growth, really means the taking and spending of your money.  Even the printing of money is ultimately paid for by the taxpayers.  Thus, the first view is that government should be purposely grown, and the amount of taxes must grow commensurately to pay for it.  Actually, a true statist ultimately collapses your wealth through taxation until you more closelty resemble an indentured servant.  Unfortunately, thevery  reason a statist society ultimately exterminates its own people is that it lacks the resources to carry those who are unable to work.  Ironically, only a nation which permits its citizens to thrive can afford to take care of those who do not.

The second view — which would philosophically prefer to prevent the excessive growth of government altogether on the front end — is the belief that cutting taxes stimulates economic activity because letting people keep more of their money will make it likely that they will use it in the way that they freely believe best for them.  Their use of the money that they earn stimulates the economy.  This occurs from their purchases of goods and services.

Even if you subscribe to the belief that purposely seeking to endlessly grow government by confiscatory taxation is the preferable view, you must concede that it is anathema to the principles of liberty and freedom from excessive government set forth in the Constitution.  Moreover, there is a rule that our Founding Fathers identified that is applicable.  They noted that government and individual liberty exist in the same paradigm.  Thus, as governmental power grows, it necessarily impinges on individual freedom.  For example, even if you believe that ObamaCare is a good idea, you must see that your belief in that would require the rest of us to pay for it.  Government is grown, deficits are grown, and ultimately, we all must surrender more of the money we work so hard to earn.

The out-of-wedlock birth rates between African Americans and caucasians in 1964 was virtually identical.  Today,70% of African American children are born out of wedlock.  It is undeniable that governmental “intervention” has broken African American families who depend upon it.  A much more detailed account of this problem, can be found in a wonderful book by Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, My Grandfather’s Son

Liberal policies always generate the exact opposite of their stated intent.  A controversial example of this is the extension of unemployment benefits (which are now 98 weeks . . . just short of two years) which are sold as assistance with the plight of displaced workers, but shown to delay millions from seeking new employment.  If needed, that sounds great, but statistics show the acceptance of those “benefits” to be like stepping into quicksand for millions of Americans now suffering from the most formidable affliction to indivdual aspiration . . . governmental “assistance.”  For some, this period of “assistance” may morph and ultimately substitute future employment with permanent dependency.  Unfortunately, the dependency affliction can highly contagious inside the American household once in its grasp.  Thus, it can spread exponentially and generationally, killing the American Spirit and condemning its victims to a life of dependency in the name of beneficence.

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