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Zot Is the Health of the State
Fascist Soup ^ | 4/9/2010 | Michael Suede

Posted on 04/09/2010 11:29:45 AM PDT by fascistsoup

"…The more terrifying the occasion for defense, the closer will become the organization and the more coercive the influence upon each member of the herd.

War sends the current of purpose and activity flowing down to the lowest level of the herd, and to its most remote branches. All the activities of society are linked together as fast as possible to this central purpose of making a military offensive or a military defense, and the State becomes what in peacetimes it has vainly struggled to become—the inexorable arbiter and determinant of men’s business and attitudes and opinions…" -Randolph Bourne

Dear readers,

I am a former member of the US military that has served time in the Persian Gulf and I have done counter narcotics operations in the Caribbean. I am familiar with warfare and I’m not afraid to stand up in defense of the nation should the need arise. However, I’m also not afraid to confront what psychologists call “cognitive dissonance.” Cognitive dissonance is the uncomfortable feeling one gets when holding two contradictory ideas at the same time. Wiki describes it thusly, “The anxiety that comes with the possibility of having made a bad decision can lead to rationalization, the tendency to create additional reasons or justifications to support one’s choices.”

I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently resolving the cognitive dissonance that arises from justifying the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with my strong limited government view points. On this subject, I have reached the conclusion the nation’s founding fathers reached centuries ago: War is the health of the State. Ultimately, if one holds that government is a coercive and dangerous institution, one must reject all wars that are not defensive in nature and that do not involve the stake of national sovereignty.

Washington had it right when he said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.” There is a reason why the Constitution does not establish a standing army. In fact, the Constitution mandates that the Congress review the need to even have an army every two years if one should ever be created. Congress has the power “To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;”

You see, a truly free people don’t even need an army. Ladies and gentlemen we have over 65 million gun owners in this nation at last count. China’s entire military only numbers around 3 million active and reserve troops. It is impossible that any nation on this earth could ever invade and conquer us when so many of us own guns. The Constitution says we should have a standing Navy to defend our trade routes and our shores, but an army is an entirely different matter.

The nations of Afghanistan and Iraq are not threatening our national sovereignty. There is no invasion force of armed jihadists looking to land on our shores and conquer New York. The hijackers that attacked us on 9/11 were Saudi and could easily have been trained or funded anywhere on this planet, even on our own shores. The threat of terrorism can not be solved through warfare.

The nation has spent well over a trillion dollars fighting the multiple wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The results to-date have been somewhat disappointing. While we can look at Afghanistan and Iraq and say we have created and installed governments favorable to us, we also must look at the damage we have done to ourselves if we are to be fair.

A trillion dollars taken from the public and spent on the machinery of the State is a trillion dollars less the public has in their pockets. The government has no money. It has your money. The wars have massively expanded the State. I find that it is irreconcilable to hold the view that government is an evil institution of force that must be limited, while at the same time holding the view we must wage war to install favorable governments in foreign nations.

The founding fathers felt that warfare should only be engaged in to save the nation from tyranny. That armies should only be created when absolutely necessary to defend against an invasion of such tyranny, that standing armies are a direct threat to liberty. Jefferson was quoted as saying, “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” And while this may indeed be true, the last part of the phrase is just as telling as the first. Jefferson himself viewed a standing army as something to be feared.

I personally fear the government more than I fear terrorists. I have a gun and I can defend myself from terrorists. It is impossible to defend oneself from a coercive domineering government. We should be looking at ourselves as the defenders of this nation, not government. I do not need rough men standing ready in the night to protect me. I need the freedom to protect myself.

Ultimately this cognitive dissonance must be faced by each and every one of you that support the tea party while also supporting the wars. The tea party movement has grown from the basic distrust of government instilled in us by the natural rights of man and the founders of this nation. If you support the tea party and what it represents, in order to be in agreement with your position, you must ultimately reject foreign wars where the sovereignty of the nation is not at stake.


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To: fascistsoup; Darksheare
Butthurt Report Form
51 posted on 04/11/2010 11:59:03 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: bcsco; fascistsoup

Ah, a ceep selling snakeoil cures.
Gotta love the shysters out there.
And he thought we weren’t going to catch him?


52 posted on 04/11/2010 1:07:29 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; fascistsoup

His butt has a hurt, and he has keyboard with which to whine about it.


53 posted on 04/11/2010 1:10:41 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: darkangel82; fascistsoup

He seriously thought nobody was going to look and see what a shyster he is?
“I’ll sell you n e-mail!”

I have a bridge to sell him if he’s so inclined.


54 posted on 04/11/2010 1:12:28 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Darksheare
His butt has a hurt, and he has keyboard with which to whine about it.

They all do. *sigh*

55 posted on 04/11/2010 1:24:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Which amuses us in some cases.


56 posted on 04/11/2010 1:33:31 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: darkangel82; fascistsoup

Oh, the best cognitive dissonance yet: He trolls US and claims we’re trolling HIM.


57 posted on 04/11/2010 2:50:40 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Darksheare

ronpaulites often use lib tactics like that.


58 posted on 04/11/2010 3:28:51 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: bcsco

I supposed you missed the sarcasm in my post...


59 posted on 04/11/2010 3:30:22 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: darkangel82

I’ve noticed.
It because they’re libs at heart.


60 posted on 04/11/2010 3:56:49 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: vox_freedom
I supposed you missed the sarcasm in my post...

Yep. Completely...

61 posted on 04/11/2010 4:39:44 PM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: bcsco

:-))
So do you think that maybe a credit card would be a better way to contribute?


62 posted on 04/11/2010 4:56:20 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: vox_freedom; bcsco

Perhaps an envelope of monopoly money would be in fascistsoups best interests?


63 posted on 04/11/2010 5:17:07 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: vox_freedom
So do you think that maybe a credit card would be a better way to contribute?

One you canceled, perhaps...

64 posted on 04/11/2010 5:17:43 PM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: Darksheare; vox_freedom

Now that gave me an idea. How ‘bout one of those Clinton $3 bills?


65 posted on 04/11/2010 5:18:39 PM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: bcsco; vox_freedom

That would be an evil idea.
Return address to be one of Pelosi or Reids addresses?
*bad bad bad!*


66 posted on 04/11/2010 5:21:17 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Darksheare; vox_freedom
*bad bad bad!*

*good good good!*

67 posted on 04/11/2010 5:23:39 PM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: bcsco

“Ah did not have credit with that card!”


68 posted on 04/11/2010 5:47:20 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: Darksheare

I resent his assumptions, frankly... Can we sue him for libel like one of his readers mentioned? I don’t like war at all, and I’d really like for him to see what he would offer as far as proof in court...


69 posted on 04/11/2010 10:04:01 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: vox_freedom

hehehehe


70 posted on 04/11/2010 10:07:01 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: Darksheare

Let’s try that again...

I resent his assumptions, frankly... Can we sue him for libel like one of his readers mentioned? I don’t like war at all, and I’d really like to see what he would offer as far as proof in court...


71 posted on 04/11/2010 10:07:53 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: LibertyRocks

LOL, works for me!


72 posted on 04/12/2010 6:51:46 AM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: bcsco; vox_freedom

Just be sure to wear latex or vinyl gloves when hndling said currecy and envelopes.


73 posted on 04/12/2010 6:53:19 AM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Darksheare
Just be sure to wear latex or vinyl gloves when hndling said currecy and envelopes.

Not a problem. I already have someone in mind for that chore...

74 posted on 04/12/2010 7:33:39 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: bcsco

LOL, that’s evil.
I like it.


75 posted on 04/12/2010 7:41:44 AM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Darksheare

I suppose I should probably be clear; it’s not my wife...


76 posted on 04/12/2010 7:57:46 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: bcsco

LOL!

“I have no idea what you are referring to.”

I have an ex sister in law that would be perfect.


77 posted on 04/12/2010 8:02:42 AM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Darksheare
I have an ex sister in law that would be perfect.

I'll keep that in mind, if my ex wife succumbs...

78 posted on 04/12/2010 8:04:46 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: bcsco

Team the two of them up, ex sis-in-law is completely insane and not at all grounded in reality known on any planet in this dimension.


79 posted on 04/12/2010 8:08:28 AM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Darksheare

Okay, but the ex wife licks the envelopes...


80 posted on 04/12/2010 8:10:12 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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