The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.
- Carlyle, Scottish Author and Philosopher (1795-1881)
George Orwell once said, “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”
To laugh this off from your comfortable chair or imagine somehow that this is not a distinct possibility for any group of people anywhere is to admit total ignorance to the recorded history of humankind, where war and slavery have been the rule far more often than the exception.
If we can agree then that a freedom-crushing future is never a distant possibility for any society, then we must be vigilant, but what of what exactly should we be vigilant? Who is the potential wearer of that boot eternally stamping on the human face?
If you’re easily impressionable and a fan of the movies, you just might visualize some evil, multinational corporation filling those boots, after all, every fourth or fifth movie coming out of Hollywood has some greedy corporation playing the villain, but ask yourself this – did Apple, the richest corporation on the planet, ever put a gun to anyone’s head to force them to buy their iPhones? Did Starbucks ever threaten a jail cell for anyone who dared not stop in for a daily fix of their multinational corporate coffee?
Outside of the Hollywood world of make-believe, the true oppressors of people in the real world are those people’s very own governments, who, in just one abominable example, can go so far as to force each and every citizen to purchase a product or a service as we saw just recently with the Obamacare mandate. The reality in the real world is, governments seem to have, by their own inherent nature, a perpetual need to turn citizens into subjects of the state.
The filthy rich capitalist pigs in Hollywood with their bizarre and contradictory Communist sympathies may reflexively cast corporations as the bad guy in everything from courtroom dramas like Runaway Jury, to David versus Goliath stories like Promised Land, to sci fi offerings like Terminator and zombie horror flicks like Resident Evil, but far more real and diabolical than those fantasies and gross caricatures are the threats to humanity as portrayed in books like 1984, Brave New World and Atlas Shrugged.
If you have any doubt as to where the real threat is, ask yourself, was it greedy corporations or was it totalitarian governments which slaughtered over a quarter-billion people in the 20th century? There may be twenty times more movies about big, bad corporations than there are movies about the governments which perpetuate all the wars and slavery in the world, but the real threat to humanity is the farthest thing from most Hollywood scripts.
If we’re not perpetually vigilant in keeping the government in check, then there’s nothing that will stop a government from following its natural compulsion to write more laws and expand the tax code with every passing year, to perpetually feed an ever-increasing appetite for power, to constantly grow in size and scope at the expense of the freedoms of every citizen in every way imaginable.
So who are the Americans who can prevent America from sliding into an Orwellian totalitarian nightmare?
They’re people like Joshua Boston, who wrote to a member of the senatorial elite, a woman who has admitted to carrying a gun herself in the past, but who also admitted, if it were up to her, she would force Mr. and Mrs. America to turn ’em all in. Here’s what Mr. Boston wrote:
Senator Dianne Feinstein,
I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.
I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America. I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.
We, the people, deserve better than you.
Cpl, United States Marine Corps
source: Fox News Insider
Imagine that, a citizen who sees his government about to embark in an egregious overstepping of its Constitutional bounds, and he comes out and says it in no uncertain terms – I will not comply with your attempt at logging every law-abiding gun owner in a national database. I will not comply because I know exactly what happens next after the government has a list like that. I will not comply and I will tell you that right up front.
Remember when liberals used to be cool like that? Remember when liberals used to believe in civil disobedience and questioning authority? Far from being the mindless, MSNBC-brainwashed partisan zombies that most liberals have become today, there was a time when liberals would burn their draft cards right in front of rolling cameras, never giving a partisan thought to the fact that it was a Democrat president who was plunging us into the quagmire of Vietnam.
Nowadays, for the liberals who screamed bloody murder just a few years ago at the Bush administration over prisoners of war being held without trial in Guantanomo, these very same liberals don’t even make so much as a peep over Obama acting as judge, jury and executioner in assassinating American citizens from the skies with predator drones. That whole PATRIOT Act which had the Bush hatin’ libs apoplectic with rage? For most libs, it’s suddenly not even an issue worth mentioning anymore, even as the government’s powers of surveillance are being grossly expanded under Obama.
Outside of a few principled and outspoken critics like Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich who remain true to their beliefs no matter which party holds the White House, the partisan capitulation of most liberals under Obama is so ridiculous it’s nearly impossible to remember there was a time when the liberal instinct to fight the power and stick it to the man overrode any allegiance they might have held to a political party.
Now when liberals try to tap into their rebellious predilictions, what we end up seeing is something as worthless and pathetic as the Occupy movement, blaming all that is bad in America on the greed of the “one-percenters”, totally oblivious to the fact that it’s those very same Capitalists who made America the richest nation in human history. Despite the best efforts of their cheerleaders in the media, for the average American watching at home, there was nothing that could hide the true nature of the Occupiers as an ignorant, unwashed and disorganized horde of drug addicts, vandals, rapists and murderers with no coherent message whatsoever.
These are the rioters of society, people who imagine they are making a difference by smashing windows, defecating on police cars and burning down their own neighborhoods. The only real threat they pose is to their fellow neighbors in the forms of disease, property damage, relocated businesses and lost jobs. For all their delusions of grandeur and the collective pride they took in posting arrest counts of over 7,700 in just over a year, these rioters pose no threat to the ruling elite and at most, represent nothing more than punchlines to jokes about “useful idiots”.
Those are the rioters.
Then there are the revolutionaries. These are the people who hold a heartfelt belief and understanding that the colonists most improbable bid for independence and the crafting of our Constitution represent the birthpoints of the greatest hope for freedom in all human history. In two years of Tea Party rallies, millions showed up to demand a return to the principles of The Constitution and a limited form of government, and through it all, there was not a single documented arrest made. No arrests at all, but it would be folly for our current leaders to mistake these well-behaved idealists for idle dreamers and not people capable of action when left no other choice. These are people who believe, with every fiber of their being, statements such as these:
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. – Thomas Jefferson
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. – George Washington
To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them. – George Mason
Occasionally the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. – Thomas Jefferson
I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country. – Nathan Hale’s final words before being hanged as a revolutionary.
Read again the words of Mr. Boston, a man whose family name comes most appropriately from the city where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Heed the words of Alex Jones, as he rightfully calls the British foreigner working to undermine our Constitution a “redcoat” and warns Piers Morgan that “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms.”
While the ruling elite has been quite successful in draining us of our liberties in a slow, steady drip, our self-imagined overlords would be wise to avoid a real confrontation over the Second Amendment, lest they find out firsthand the stark difference between rioters and revolutionaries.
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The Occupy Movement talks a lot about the 1% and the 99%, but the fact is, they’re targeting the wrong 1%.
Most of OWS puts the blame on Capitalism itself, the “banksters” and those greedy CEOs out to make ungodly amounts of money. You’ll find many Occupiers speaking about corporations putting “profits over people”, apparently oblivious to the fact that a large majority of the 99-percent are deeply invested in the stock market, either directly or through retirement accounts & mutual funds and the success of the investments of the 99% requires those greedy CEOs and board members to focus on company profits as their number one responsibility to the shareholders.
For all the Commies and Socialists coming out of the woodwork at these protests, blaming Capitalism is a joke. You want to talk income disparity, just look at the disparity between Capitalist countries and everything else that’s been tried on the face of the Earth. (Fun fact for the day: the poorest 5% of Americans are richer than nearly 70% of other people in the world.)
It also doesn’t make any sense to blame a banker or a business person for taking the bailouts or loopholes that were there for the taking any more than you would blame a regular tax payer of the 99% variety for trying to make use of all the tax breaks and deductions available to them.
We can’t even blame bankers or business people for lobbying the politicians, because you know that you and I both would do some lobbying in our own self-interests if we had the means to do it as well. (And ask yourself, did it ever stop a state union from lobbying hard for bigger pensions and better benefits every year even when it’s obvious that it’s more than the tax base can afford, that the pensions and benefits are bringing about levels of spending that are unsustainable and that they’re pushing the entire state into bankruptcy?)
There’s only one target OWS should be focusing their anger on and that’s the 1% in Congress and the White House, the 1% who make the rules, the 1% who dole out billions of dollars in stimulus funds to their biggest campaign donors, the 1% who have created an entire system where even an honest person could get elected, go to Washington and in only a of couple years probably find themselves corrupted to the point of selling out their ideals and whoring out their votes just like everyone else in D.C.
Businesses and business leaders making more money than you and I can possibly comprehend are not the problem, because no one from Apple is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to buy that latest version of the iPhone.
You want change? Stop wasting your time hating the rich and march against the government which makes the rules, or even better, stop justifying shantytown takeovers of public places by imagining you’re making a difference carrying signs around for an hour or two and instead, start talking about specific laws that need to be changed, ways in which the political system needs to be reformed and the kind of candidates we need to find to replace the current ruling elites in Congress and the White House.
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Next time you see the Occupy Movement claim they are the 99%, consider this latest poll from WSJ/NBC:
Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street Movement?
28% Yes, 63% No, 2% Depends, 7% Not sure
source: WSJ/NBC Poll via The Washington Examiner
When 63% of America does not support you and only 28% does, you are NOT the 99%! You are the misguided people marching against business, industry and Capitalism in general when the real source of your grievances are all created by the 1% running the government and making the rules.
If you ever want to regain any credibility with the 99%, stop harassing the 99% just trying to make it to their jobs, stop making the 99% late to job interviews, stop making the commute home a nightmare for the 99% and start marching on the 1% in Congress and at the White House.
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Here are two facts that everyone who aligns themselves with the Occupy Movement should know before voting in the 2012 election.
1. While the 99-percent suffer under unprecedented economic hardship, Wall Street firms have earned more in 2.5 years under Obama than all 8 years of the Bush presidency. Think about that, more corporate earnings in Obama’s 2.5 years than Bush’s entire 8! (Over 85 billion dollars compared to 77 billion.)
Barack Obama is the king of corporate cash. He had two years of Democrat control of Congress to do something and things only got worse – much, much worse. He may talk a good game, paying a lot of lip service to reigning in the excesses of Wall Street, but Barack Obama is the all-time, undisputed king of corporate cash, both in raking it in and in letting the fat cats make it.
That’s the reality of the HOPE that most of OWS voted for and nothing is going to CHANGE if we make the same choice in 2012.