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Will the American People Finally Revolt? Federal indulgence and incompetence are too vast...
National Review Online ^ | January 04, 2010 | Deroy Murdock

Posted on 01/04/2010 12:51:24 PM PST by neverdem








Will the American People Finally Revolt?
Federal indulgence and incompetence are too vast to catalogue.

By Deroy Murdock

Where is Nelson Mandela when we need him?

In an especially memorable moment in Clint Eastwood’s fine new film Invictus, South Africa’s first black president (exquisitely portrayed by Morgan Freeman) inspects his first official paycheck.

“This is terrible,” Mandela says. He decides he earns too much money and subsequently donates a third of his salary to charity. Thus was born the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Mandela’s humility and fiscal restraint would be as exotic in the nation’s capital as a giraffe atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Washington, D.C.’s lavish self-aggrandizement and relentless march toward bankruptcy cruelly mock Mandela’s noble sacrifice.

Today’s thoughtless and corrosive spend-o-rama began under a Republican Congress and the feckless Bush-Rove administration. Despite candidate Barack Obama’s promise to scour the budget “line by line” for excess, today’s White House and Democratic Congress briskly outspend their predecessors.

In stunning contrast to Mandela’s example, the profligate Congress carpet-bombs taxpayer dollars on greedy federal bureaucrats — even as Americans struggle, and often fail, to pay their mortgages and rents.

Between December 2007 and June 2009, USA Today reported December 10, the number of federal employees earning more than $100,000 annually increased 46 percent to 382,758. Those making more than $150,000 rose 119 percent to 66,538. Only one Transportation Department employee scored more than $170,000 as the recession began. By last June, that number had soared to 1,690.

Meanwhile, federal salaries during the recession grew 6.6 percent and now average $71,206. This far outran the 3.9 percent growth in paychecks for both those in state and local government (average: $54,101) and those in the private sector (average $40,331). Big-government advocates weep that those who serve Uncle Sam do so for less than what they can earn at private companies. While this may be true for senators and cabinet secretaries, these data clearly show that typical federal employees make way more than the private workers who pay their bills — in fact, 76.5 percent more.

While Americans endure 10 percent unemployment and widespread economic anemia, for federal bureaucrats and their congressional enablers, this remains a long, lazy summer at Versailles, circa 1788. Washington has no apparent shame, nor self control, nor even a sense that it might be patriotic to snatch just a little less. Washington’s overriding principle seems to be that the American people can go to hell, so long as their tax payments keep coming. Bonnie and Clyde were mere shoplifters compared to today’s federal kleptocratic class.

Federal indulgence and incompetence are too vast to catalogue. But these illustrations are sufficiently maddening.

After Cash for Clunkers gloriously shipped $3 billion chiefly to Tokyo- and Seoul-based automakers, the Obama administration concocted Cash for Caulkers — fresh subsidies to make homes more energy-efficient. This program likely will cost $2 billion to as much as $20 billion, if House Democrats prevail. So far, Texas has spent $1.8 million in federal funds and has weatherized seven homes, averaging $257,000 each. Instead, this money could have purchased 10.4 median-priced homes.

Congress sent President Obama a $447 billion, 2,442-page omnibus spending bill on December 14. It ballooned federal spending 12 percent while inflation inches along at 1.8 percent. This measure contained 5,224 pork-barrel projects worth $3.9 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. These included $292,200 to eliminate blight in Scranton, Pa. (Vice President Joseph Biden’s hometown) and $700,000 for “Shrimp Industry Fishing Effort Research Continuation” in Silver Spring, Md. Despite Obama’s promises, these luxuries all survived, line by line, when he signed it December 16.

Breaking the law that launched the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the House on December 16 misallocated $154 billion in repayments by TARP-funded banks. That money legally must finance deficit reduction. The Democratic House nevertheless channeled this cash to America’s fourth economic stimulus package.

Even worse, political favoritism has infected stimulus spending. The free-market Mercatus Center discovered that the average congressional district has received $355 million from Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package. However, Democratic congressmen’s districts averaged $439 million (a 23.7 percent bonus), while Republican districts averaged just $232 million (a 35.6 percent penalty). The typical district won 128 projects. Democratic districts averaged 152 such outlays (an extra 18.75 percent). GOP districts averaged 94 awards (26.6 percent fewer).

Obama visited the Copenhagen climate conference December 18 and promised to muster up to $100 billion annually for 10 years to help developing nations battle the bogeyman of so-called “global warming.” This could equal $1 trillion in carbon-coated foreign aid. Even if other industrialized nations participate, it’s hard to imagine America funding less than 10 percent of this budget. That alone totals $100 billion.

With a 1:08 a.m. procedural vote on December 21, the Senate’s 60-member Democratic caucus advanced a $2.5 trillion health “reform” that 61 percent of Americans oppose, according to CNN. Greased by Majority Leader Harry Reid’s taxpayer-funded bribes to wobbly Democrats, the bill’s final passage at dawn on Christmas Eve was engineered to approve the measure before senators faced pesky constituents back home who want to euthanize the bill.

The Treasury announced on Christmas Eve, and therefore buried, the news that it will give blank checks to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for the next three years. In essence, the Treasury (meaning you) will pay the tab whenever Fannie or Freddie needs fresh capital. Rather than padlock these failed institutions and auction their parts, Treasury is weighing new cost estimates as high as $400 billion.

The Obama administration similarly whispered some big news at 4:30 p.m. the day before New Year’s Eve, just as Americans started to put their champagne on ice. The Treasury announced that it will inject $3.8 billion into GMAC, atop the $12.5 billion it already has pumped into the auto- and mortgage-finance company. The federal share of GMAC now rises from 35 percent to 56 percent. Thus, the taxpayers, including you, now own a majority stake in GMAC. We can add GMAC to Gettysburg and the Grand Canyon among America’s collectively owned jewels.

This fiscal gluttony rattles China, which kindly pays America’s bills these days.

“The United States cannot force foreign governments to increase their holdings of Treasuries,” warned Zhu Min, the People’s Bank of China’s deputy governor. As Shanghai Daily reported, Zhu recently told academics: “The world does not have so much money to buy more U.S. Treasuries.”

Washington’s relentless spending and resultant debt auctions prompted Moody’s to hint that America’s triple-A bond rating could disappear. It recently called U.S. public finances “resilient” — not bad, but a notch below Canada, France, and Germany’s “resistant” rating. Beside America’s, their debt profile looks less like a junkie trolling for heroin.

One of 2010’s most intriguing questions will be whether the American people’s aggregated nausea by November triggers the peaceful overthrow of the United States government.

— New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.



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1 posted on 01/04/2010 12:51:28 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

And when we do revolt, the French revolution will seem tame by comparison.


2 posted on 01/04/2010 12:54:24 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: All

Related thread:

What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2312894/posts


3 posted on 01/04/2010 12:55:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: neverdem
"Will the American People Finally Revolt?"
I don't believe it's a question if they will revolt, but a question of when?

4 posted on 01/04/2010 12:59:07 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: neverdem

No.
The left knows that shared misery keeps the masses placated. If everyone you know is struggling, then most will accept that as the natural state of being. Americans, in general, are lazy and stupid. They won’t revolt as long as American Idol is on, and the malls are open.


5 posted on 01/04/2010 1:00:57 PM PST by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: neverdem
Will the American People Finally Revolt?

Nope, never.. And you can take that to the bank..

6 posted on 01/04/2010 1:01:13 PM PST by Riodacat (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: neverdem

Why can’t we have a black guy that thinks like THIS as POTUS?


7 posted on 01/04/2010 1:01:53 PM PST by AAABEST (And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it)
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To: neverdem
Chairman Obama - a clever imposter sitting as U.S. President.

Signs indicate that he's constitutionally unqualified to be POTUS. If he contiunues evasive action and non-coorperation with legal proceedings and discovery of his origins and birthplace, he should be ousted as soon as possible.

8 posted on 01/04/2010 1:01:58 PM PST by Jim 0216
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let us also remember that those of our armed forces who read and understood their oath of office (and it appears that a great many more of them can do this than our congresscritters) - will simply refuse to do anything against the revolt.


9 posted on 01/04/2010 1:04:20 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: neverdem
Yawn. As long as there is sports,, Wii, Xbox360, boobs and beer there will be no revolution.
10 posted on 01/04/2010 1:07:53 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (usff.com)
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To: neverdem
It won't be a revolt, it will be a collapse. The people will not rise up, but unable to pay the bribes and distribute the goodies the government will fall down. See the situation in Zimbabwe, North Korea, East Germany or the Soviet Union. By the time the people riot, the game will already be over, and Obama and his cronies will be heading to Switzerland with their bank accounts filled with loot.
11 posted on 01/04/2010 1:09:30 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Da Coyote

“Laissez les bons temps rouler.”

That’s supposed to be Cajun French for “let the good times roll”; but, since I neither read nor write French, Cajun or not, I would change that to the American: “let the bad heads(’rats) roll.


12 posted on 01/04/2010 1:10:13 PM PST by izzatzo
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To: neverdem

Without a leader you have a mob ... the US is too large so it’d have to be individual states that rebel against the gov’t like in the War Of Succession (Civil War to some people) ....


13 posted on 01/04/2010 1:12:00 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: neverdem
The government is out of control.
They’re doing too many things they shouldn’t be doing and not doing the things they should be doing. Not to mention the fact that they are spending us into bankruptcy, taxing us to the extreme and killing capitalism.

I’m fed up!

14 posted on 01/04/2010 1:12:28 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: neverdem

15 posted on 01/04/2010 1:16:19 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for the way back link. Missed it in August.


16 posted on 01/04/2010 1:19:17 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: brownsfan

“They won’t revolt as long as American Idol is on, and the malls are open.”

Two of the four major malls around here are becoming a ghost town.

I used to think this way but an awful lot of people are becoming aware.

I have a cafe press bumper sticker that says “no thanks I already have a messiah”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had double-takes and thumbs-up.


17 posted on 01/04/2010 1:21:02 PM PST by vanilla swirl (Maranatha!)
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To: neverdem

Not with a bang, but a whimper...?


18 posted on 01/04/2010 1:21:35 PM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: neverdem

says it all...


19 posted on 01/04/2010 1:23:14 PM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat!)
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To: neverdem

Revolt?

Why should anyone want to revolt?

We are so happy and content, we follow orders from our Empirical leader, we gladly offer our first born and daughters to our land owners.

From hangnails to brain tumors regardless of ethnic or age we will all get free healthcare of the highest quality without waiting, and dental too....

nawww, nobody wants to pee in the pool, do a number 2 in bed, we are all one big happy family singing Kumbaya.


20 posted on 01/04/2010 1:25:05 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: GonzoGOP

“It won’t be a revolt, it will be a collapse”

You may be closer to the truth. But I don’t think Obama et al will be running off to Switzerland. This is about much more than money, it is about absolute power. They can have absolute power over a bankrupt world but as long as they are on top what does it matter?


21 posted on 01/04/2010 1:25:38 PM PST by vanilla swirl (Maranatha!)
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To: Da Coyote

Let’s hope not. Look how badly the French Revolution turned out.


22 posted on 01/04/2010 1:28:01 PM PST by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: neverdem

Message to China. QUIT LOANING OUR GOVERNMENT MONEY.

Our government treats loans like an extension of charity. Does china really feel charitable to our government’s inability to quit borrowing and spending?

As a taxpayer, I INSIST CHINA QUIT LOANING OUR GOVERNMENT OPERATING MONEY!!


23 posted on 01/04/2010 1:31:55 PM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: neverdem

I’m ready to rumble here in California...


24 posted on 01/04/2010 1:35:57 PM PST by Beaten Valve
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To: vanilla swirl
The money isn't the object, it is a conciliation prize. Gorbachev was in it for the power too. But when it became obvious that the choice was retire in luxury or to face the consequences of his misrule, he decided to have his fall from power land them in a luxury estate on the Black Sea. The only other option is that Obama is as big a narcissist as Sadam, (who had many opportunities to take the money and run) at which point his fall from power ends abruptly just above the floor.
25 posted on 01/04/2010 1:36:07 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Da Coyote

>> Let us also remember that those of our armed forces who read and understood their oath of office...will simply refuse to do anything against the revolt.

I would not be too sure of that. The Milgram experiment has been revisited:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE4BI0VQ20081219

“Some things never change. Scientists said on Friday they had replicated an experiment in which people obediently delivered painful shocks to others if encouraged to do so by authority figures....Seventy percent of volunteers continued to administer electrical shocks — or at least they believed they were doing so — even after an actor claimed they were painful...”

Seventy percent.


26 posted on 01/04/2010 1:37:28 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (STOP the Tyrananny State.)
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To: Da Coyote

Let us also remember that those of our armed forces who read and understood their oath of office (and it appears that a great many more of them can do this than our congresscritters) - will simply refuse to do anything against the revolt.


BTTT


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27 posted on 01/04/2010 1:41:04 PM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Beaten Valve

I live in Alameda County and I noticed the only people who travel on BART these days look like public (government workers).

It could get ugly.


28 posted on 01/04/2010 1:43:47 PM PST by wac3rd (Felipe Calderon supports the public option.)
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To: Diogenesis

29 posted on 01/04/2010 1:46:59 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: SkyDancer
Yea, and we are about ready to light those fires back up on Secession Hill. (SEE tag line).
They, those in Washington, have compleatly lost their d!m minds. I can tell you this, that if the gov. wants a war then all they have to do is to keep on doing the bull$hit they are handing down now..
From S.C. down across through TX., when the final tally is taken,... WE the people (the whole South) will be handing them their a#ses. We weren't pi@sed off during the war between the states, we were just fighting. The world has never seen the like's of the whole South P.O.!!! Y'all may live long enough to see it..
30 posted on 01/04/2010 2:02:52 PM PST by triSranch (Live from the Birthplace and Deathbed of the Confederacy)
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To: triSranch

I read Stephen Hunter’s book “Point Of Impact” .... I can understand ....


31 posted on 01/04/2010 2:09:11 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: neverdem

32 posted on 01/04/2010 2:21:33 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: brownsfan
Sadly I have to agree.

As more folks become worried about losing their jobs, either to an H1b visa holder or it being shipped to Asia, they'll welcome even more Fedgov power. Let's face it, going hungry isn't too chic right now.

33 posted on 01/04/2010 3:19:16 PM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: brownsfan
The left knows that shared misery keeps the masses placated. If everyone you know is struggling, then most will accept that as the natural state of being. Americans, in general, are lazy and stupid. They won’t revolt as long as American Idol is on, and the malls are open.

Right you are. AS I have often said, "All the government has to do to keep the American people in line is make cable and flat screens "Constitutional Rights" and tell them that higher taxes on "The Rich" will pay for it.

34 posted on 01/04/2010 3:22:03 PM PST by Chuckster
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To: neverdem
where...

Where will we draw the line?

When will we say enough??

What will finally provoke spontaneous direction action???

35 posted on 01/04/2010 3:31:45 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Da Coyote

At the point a bloody French style revolution does seem inevitable...Yet the on the surface of daily life all is peaceful, and the news from the Lamestream Media low key.

The quiet before the storm?

I have a bad feeling the crap is going to hit the fan starting next spring.


36 posted on 01/04/2010 3:33:39 PM PST by Ronbo1948
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To: AAABEST
Why can’t we have a black guy that thinks like THIS as POTUS?

Because the liberal, socialist plantation blacks, rabidly hateful white liberal bigots & the media will crucify ANY black or hispanic or woman (white, black, hispanic, no matter) who actually is a CONSERVATIVE. Look at the vilifying of Sarah Palin, or GW Bush's nominees for Appeals courts, Janice Brown or Miguel Estrada. Or Clarence Thomas in the 1980's. The left is never so hateful & vicious as when they are attacking & vilifying any conservative who happens to be one of their designated socialist special interest groups.

37 posted on 01/04/2010 3:40:28 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

I’m with you re. the French Revolution.


38 posted on 01/04/2010 3:44:16 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: neverdem

LOL! No, there won’t be any revolt. ...metaphors, silly metaphors.

But if we each avoid unnecessary personal expenditures, become more self-sufficient and learn to produce something useful, we’ll see small government before too long. It’s time to save instead of borrowing, and take out the anti-social, corporate-government trash.

That’s positive thinking. Let’s put it into action.


39 posted on 01/04/2010 4:14:39 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Chode
What will finally provoke spontaneous direction action???

Blatant election fraud, IMHO.

40 posted on 01/04/2010 4:19:03 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: GonzoGOP

“It won’t be a revolt, it will be a collapse.”

I think you are probably right.


41 posted on 01/04/2010 4:21:11 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Da Coyote

Yes indeed.


42 posted on 01/04/2010 4:39:04 PM PST by HonestConservative (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedom Sun 8 pm est.)
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To: investigateworld

H1b visa holders can’t drive in snow & ice.

Personal, current experience.

Don’t know how to search accidents by car in snow, but I can tell you that during rush in metro areas & outlying approaches, it’s about every 100’


43 posted on 01/04/2010 4:43:58 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah."Our middle regiment, Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: neverdem
it'd sure as hell do it for me...
44 posted on 01/04/2010 4:47:31 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Da Coyote

“And when we do revolt, the French revolution will seem tame by comparison.”

One would hope.


45 posted on 01/04/2010 5:05:05 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: SkyDancer

You lose all credibility if you can’t even get the word right. It is SECESSION, not SUCCESSION.


46 posted on 01/04/2010 5:10:17 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six
Wow and holy cow ... geeze, like I went to Bing and all that and put in secession and it came back with succession and all that ... I am so awfully glad you told me and how humble and embarrassed I am and all that how you should point that out and all that plus knowing full well what I was talking about but you decided to go ahead and show how smart you are and all that when most people would simply have written me a personal note ‘splaining that and all where I could have told you that you knew perfectly well what I was talking about and would have been really polite and all and told ME IN PRIVATE, but no, you had to go ahead and post your knowledge and learning for everyone here to know how smart and all you are (which I said already) ... I cannot believe my good fortune that you pointed that out to me. Well, more important things to do like watch Boise State vs Texas Christian .... hey, did I write that correctly or did I make a mistake that you'll have to post so I and everyone will know how truly smart and great you are in pointing out other peoples mistakes .....
47 posted on 01/04/2010 7:02:08 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: brownsfan

Blame another FReeper, but I have to agree with you.

There will be no revolt.

The following was recommended reading to me, yes from another FReeper: Haves Without Have-Nots: Essays for the 21st Century on Democracy and Socialism (1991). Looking this up led me to something else I have found very interesting.

The Mass Psychology of Fascism, http://www.whale.to/b/reich.pdf

Page 25 discusses an idea regarding how:
He will not understand why the reactionary woman does not even want to listen to his economic program. The answer is the following: the suppression of the gratification of primitive material needs has a result different from that of the suppression of the gratification of the sexual
needs. The former incites rebellion. The latter, [26] however—by repressing the sexual needs and by becoming
anchored as moralistic defense—paralyzes the rebellion against either kind of suppression. More than that, the
inhibition of rebellion itself is unconscious. The conscious mind of the average unpolitical individual does not even show a trace of it.

I would submit the secular moralistic view of things like Climate Change, Health Care etc. inhibit what should have been the natural rebellion of a free people.

Dangerous reading ...maybe, but fascinating in it explains what they are trying to do to us.


48 posted on 01/04/2010 7:42:12 PM PST by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: brownsfan

http://www.google.com/search?q=mall+closings&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&safe=active

The End is Nigh.

Gonna need to make up a sign for that one... ;-)


49 posted on 01/05/2010 5:16:18 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III, Oathkeeper)
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To: SkyDancer

Geez. Chill out. I was just pointing out to you that the proper word was SECESSION. I know what you meant, but those who would take issue with the content of your post (and I agree with your content, by the way) will use your misapplication to criticize your message. And by misnaming your subject you arguably lose the credibility to support it. My intent was to assist you, not ridicule you. Please take my comment in that vein.


50 posted on 01/05/2010 7:20:29 AM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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