Skip to comments.What we have now is American Caesarism, no longer the Rule of Law but the Rule of Man
Posted on 02/24/2013 8:56:58 AM PST by Gennie
George Washington, a man much loved, was the father of our country. Frederick Nietzsche, a man much loathed, was a 19th century German philosopher who brazenly declared that "God is Dead."
While these two men could not have been more different, their descriptions of government were oddly similar. Washington compared government to fire; "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." (It cannot be proven conclusively that Washington himself originated this quote. However, it has been attributed to him for over a century and is in keeping with what he and the Founders said and wrote.)
Nietzsche groaned: "The state is the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies, too; and this lie creeps from its mouth: 'I, the state, am the people.'... Everything about it is false; it bites with stolen teeth." These observations by Nietzsche defy the romantic ideals laid forth by Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address: government of the people, by the people, for the people. Nobody ever said philosophy was easy.
While a safe and civilized society is not possible absent a properly empowered government, there is one lone fact which distinguishes government from all other human enterprises. Government is granted, by consent of the governed, the authority to utilize violence against citizens who break the law.
This singularity is shared by all forms of government; whether Democratic, Totalitarian, Feudal (rule by a noble class) or Theocratic (governed out of religious text.) Fail to pay taxes or send the children to school, and after the letters and telephone calls - eventually the authorities are going to kick the door down with guns drawn. The law is not voluntary, and it is the gun which puts the "force" in "enforcement." Government, while wholly indispensable, is also inherently dangerous.
Arguments about the proper size and role of government aside, I think most can agree that the foremost task of government is to ensure that the citizens are not deprived of life, not deprived of liberty, and not deprived of their (justly acquired) property. Marxists are free to disagree on the last point.
Looking back over the last forty or fifty centuries, governments in general have a very poor track record of protecting human rights. The 20th century was particularly atrocious in this regard - Bolshevism and Naziism produced in excess of 100 million human corpses. Human liberty is an exception - not the norm. We Americans take our freedom for granted.
A crucial feature of the American Constitution is a principle known as the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law requires that no one is exempt from the law, not the police or government officials, not the wealthy or celebrities, not industry or unions. While Rule of Law is far from perfect, unless strictly adhered to, what then remains is Rule of Man - government by whim of the political class.
As with many bygone nations, America finds herself slipping away from the Rule of Law, and sliding toward the Rule of Man - an American Caesarism. At whatever pace, the slightest perceptible movement toward Caesarism is reason to dispense (via ballot box) with every last elected politician in Washington D.C.
So what is American Caesarism? It is when the political class:
- Treats peaceable citizens as suspects of crime (Patriot Act, TSA, NDAA, etc.)
- Plunders the citizens' wealth by devaluing their savings via expansion of the money supply (inflation.) Thinkers ranging from Jefferson to Lenin wrote about this form of stealth robbery. Lenin was in favor of it. This is stealing, and the net results are no different than the forceable taking of ones valuables. Quantitative Easing makes the middle class poorer - especially seniors living off their savings.
- Repeatedly wages undeclared wars outside of our own borders, on other peoples' lands (their property), which causes violent "blow back" (a CIA term.) In his farewell address, Dwight Eisenhower warned of the dangerous influences of the military-industrial complex. Aggressive wars make Americans materially poorer and less safe, while enriching politicians and their favored donors.
- Makes a mockery of free markets by passing and signing unreadable, incomprehensible bills which were actually written by industry lobbyists. Housing, education, and health care are now unaffordable because Congress literally lets the banking and health care industries write their own legislation.
- Allows an entrenched Robber Baron class, which is not "one percent" but actually a tenth of that, to fund both "sides" of national elections.
- Deliberately creates a Moocher class, which is nowhere near 47 percent, in order to secure party votes.
- Allowed the national debt to continually grow at a faster rate than GDP, and then claiming that net output is growing. (See Karl Denninger's book Leverage, and his website www.market-ticker.org.) The U.S. economy has not grown based on the reinvestment of real surplus capital (savings) since before 1980. It is impossible for sustainable wealth creation to occur based on the emission of unbacked credit. What happened in 2008 was an economic prequake.
- That which cannot go on forever, won't. History tells us that an entrenched political class will not just give up their power willingly. It is entirely possible they will turn on the citizenry, just as they did in modern democratic states like Spain, France, and Germany.
While there is much that can be done to reduce gun violence, that is the subject of another article. Peaceable American citizens must not accept any further encroachments upon their right to bear arms. To do so would be a monumental error.
It’s long past time to broach a topic which should have been raised YEARS ago when this America-hating Marxist began his campaign to DESTROY the country in which many of us were raised and served in uniform.
Let’s get on with it and let the chips fall where they may. If it leads to race riots, SO BE IT. He’s created more racial division than anyone in my lifetime. The option is to quietly submit to PC and to further acts of tyranny by this miscreant.
If it triggers CLASS WARFARE, SO BE IT. Class divisions have been exacerbated by this Chicago street thug since he came on the scene and they will only become more pronounced if he is allowed to remain in office.
I’ve resisted previous calls for his impeachment on the basis that he is IN OFFICE ILLEGALLY and impeachment might only serve to legitimize his tenure and possibly embolden another unvetted, Constitutionally ineligible usurper to have a go at it in the future.
His recent actions (Benghazi, EOs on destroying the 2nd Amendment, his appointments of fellow Marxists to the SCOTUS and executive offices, etc., etc.) cause me to rethink that: I WANT HIM GONE AND IN PRISON BY WHATEVER MEANS POSSIBLE!
If IMPEACHMENT is what will work, SO BE IT!!
Clearly, the American experiment in liberty had its roots in Judeo-Christian thought.
In 1839 John Quincy Adams was invited by the NY Historical Society to deliver the Address for the 50th Year Celebration. In that lengthy Address, Adams enumerated the nation's noble history in what is known as his "Jubilee" Address and concluded with these words:
"In more than one case, the change has extended to political and even to moral principle; but the policy of the country has been fashioned far more by the influences of public opinion, and the prevailing humors in the two Houses of Congress, than by the judgment, the will, or the principles of the President of the United States. The President himself is no more than a representative of public opinion at the time of his election; and as public opinion is subject to great and frequent fluctuations, he must accommodate his policy to them; or the people will speedily give him a successor; or either House of Congress will effectually control his power. It is thus, and in no other sense that the Constitution of the United States is democratic - for the government of our country, instead of a Democracy the most simple, is the most complicated government on the face of the globe. From the immense extent of our territory, the difference of manners, habits, opinions, and above all, the clashing interests of the North, South, East, and West, public opinion formed by the combination of numerous aggregates, becomes itself a problem of compound arithmetic, which nothing but the result of the popular elections can solve.
It has been my purpose, Fellow-Citizens, in this discourse to show:-
1. That this Union was formed by a spontaneous movement of the people of thirteen English Colonies; all subjects of the King of Great Britain - bound to him in allegiance, and to the British empire as their country. That the first object of this Union,was united resistance against oppression, and to obtain from the government of their country redress of their wrongs.
2. That failing in this object, their petitions having been spurned, and the oppressions of which they complained, aggravated beyond endurance, their Delegates in Congress, in their name and by their authority, issued the Declaration of Independence - proclaiming them to the world as one people, absolving them from their ties and oaths of allegiance to their king and country - renouncing that country; declared the UNITED Colonies, Independent States, and announcing that this ONE PEOPLE of thirteen united independent states, by that act, assumed among the powers of the earth, that separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitled them.
3. That in justification of themselves for this act of transcendent power, they proclaimed the principles upon which they held all lawful government upon earth to be founded - which principles were, the natural, unalienable, imprescriptible rights of man, specifying among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - that the institution of government is to secure to men in society the possession of those rights: that the institution, dissolution, and reinstitution of government, belong exclusively to THE PEOPLE under a moral responsibility to the Supreme Ruler of the universe; and that all the just powers of government are derived from the consent of the governed.
4. That under this proclamation of principles, the dissolution of allegiance to the British king, and the compatriot connection with the people of the British empire, were accomplished; and the one people of the United States of America, became one separate sovereign independent power, assuming an equal station among the nations of the earth.
5. That this one people did not immediately institute a government for themselves. But instead of it, their delegates in Congress, by authority from their separate state legislatures, without voice or consultation of the people, instituted a mere confederacy.
6. That this confederacy totally departed from the principles of the Declaration of independence, and substituted instead of the constituent power of the people, an assumed sovereignty of each separate state, as the source of all its authority.
7. That as a primitive source of power, this separate state sovereignty,was not only a departure from the principles of the Declaration of Independence, but directly contrary to, and utterly incompatible with them.
8. That the tree was made known by its fruits. That after five years wasted in its preparation, the confederation dragged out a miserable existence of eight years more, and expired like a candle in the socket, having brought the union itself to the verge of dissolution.
9. That the Constitution of the United States was a return to the principles of the Declaration of independence, and the exclusive constituent power of the people. That it was the work of the ONE PEOPLE of the United States; and that those United States, though doubled in numbers, still constitute as a nation, but ONE PEOPLE.
10. That this Constitution, making due allowance for the imperfections and errors incident to all human affairs, has under all the vicissitudes and changes of war and peace, been administered upon those same principles, during a career of fifty years.
11. That its fruits have been, still making allowance for human imperfection, a more perfect union, established justice, domestic tranquility, provision for the common defence, promotion of the general welfare, and the enjoyment of the blessings of liberty by the constituent people, and their posterity to the present day.
And now the future is all before us, and Providence our guide.
When the children of Israel, after forty years of wanderings in the wilderness, were about to enter upon the promised land, their leader, Moses, who was not permitted to cross the Jordan with them, just before his removal from among them, commanded that when the Lord their God should have brought them into the land, they should put the curse upon Mount Ebal, and the blessing upon Mount Gerizim. This injunction was faithfully fulfilled by his successor Joshua. Immediately after they had taken possession of the land, Joshua built an altar to the Lord, of whole stones, upon Mount Ebal. And there he wrote upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written in the presence of the children of Israel: and all Israel, and their elders and officers, and their judges, stood on the two sides of the ark of the covenant, home by the priests and Levites, six tribes over against Mount Gerizim, and six over against Mount Ebal. And he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that was written in the book of the law.
"Fellow-citizens, the ark of your covenant is the Declaration of independence. Your Mount Ebal, is the confederacy of separate state sovereignties, and your Mount Gerizim is the Constitution of the United States. In that scene of tremendous and awful solemnity, narrated in the Holy Scriptures, there is not a curse pronounced against the people, upon Mount Ebal, not a blessing promised them upon Mount Gerizim, which your posterity may not suffer or enjoy, from your and their adherence to, or departure from, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, practically interwoven in the Constitution of the United States. Lay up these principles, then, in your hearts, and in your souls - bind them for signs upon your hands, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes - teach them to your children, speaking of them when sitting in your houses, when walking by the way, when lying down and when rising up - write them upon the doorplates of your houses, and upon your gates - cling to them as to the issues of life - adhere to them as to the cords of your eternal salvation. So may your children's children at the next return of this day of jubilee, after a full century of experience under your national Constitution, celebrate it again in the full enjoyment of all the blessings recognized by you in the commemoration of this day, and of all the blessings promised to the children of Israel upon Mount Gerizim, as the reward of obedience to the law of God." here
What President, Senator, or Congressman today has the courage to declare what this man who served under that Constitution in many capacities, including as President and, until his death, as Congressman declared in New York City on that day in 1839?
Any citizen today can access the writings and speeches of the founding period. There is no excuse for ignorance.
GOD DENIERS LED BY A CONGENITAL LIAR
ARE REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH INCITERS/
FOR FIRST YOUR MONEY THEN YOUR GUNS
BE DEFENSELESS WHEN THEY COME
FOR TO THEIR GOVERNMENT YOU MUST RUN
Its time to get government out of Our face
Our religion and and Our pocketbook
(The above is designed to be printed up and passed around your precinct and your friends and neighbors as a (index sized) palmcard. On the face (REVERSE SIDE)or below the slogan you can put the name of the candidate you favor and the election dates...EXCELLENT FOR SLIPPING UNDER WINDSHIELD WIPERS ON CARS PARKED IN KEY PARKING LOTS CHURCHES, RALLY SITES....
I have an 85% confidence level that when dumBO says “everyone plays by the same rules” he means my rules.
Quo Brutus est?
We understand that the leftards can post anything and advocate and incite to their hearts content.
Yet anything similar that is posted here is immediately removed by the Admin Mods. Were it left up, we get one or both treatments of hate speech or the knock on the door from the FBI or similar.
>> Bolshevism and Naziism produced in excess of 100 million human corpses.
Roe v Wade added over 50 million more.
LOL That's it? How about federal farming laws? The Miller decision? Bonus Army fiasco?
>>It started with the socialist-entitlement, single-payer, prison-like, and compulsory-use K-12 schooling that was forced upon the nation in the mid-1800 to early 1900s. These schools also fed the children a lukewarm and generic pap of Protestantism.<<
The 16th and 17th Amendments were the DIRECT CAUSE of all those things (and the timing matches yours — the opening of the 20th Century).
The ability for the Government to steal (wantonly, recklessly and with abandon) the fruits of a man’s labor and the complete and final emasculation of the States (beyond what The Civil War did to Amendments 9 and 10) were the source of all the evils you describe.
“With the Feds watching forums like this for incitement...one cannot say what needs to be said”
I can and frequently do. Nothing violent or illegal about what needs to be done. Quit your jobs, leave your businesses. That’s what our ancestors did when called to serve their country. It wasn’t convenient or easy for them. Often it was deadly.
The libs have their strategy: overload the system. We should employ ours: starve the beast.
No income, no tax revenue. Put the govt on notice that you will no longer financially support the calculated, systematic destruction of America.
Unless Directive 10-289 is now law, what I propose is completely legal. Nobody needs to get shot, no civil war scenarios.
And if you organize, plan, coordinate, do it intelligently, you could take back America in a matter of weeks. Clean out the Congress without firing a shot. The schools too. And the courts. And the damn borders.
Or you could all just sit here pecking and whispering as if the government cares. It does not. Talk is cheap.
They don’t NEED your guns. They need your money.
I couldn’t disagree
?I will NOT have a government teacher or worker for a friend. They are too evil, too stupid, or too much of a useful idiot to be my friend. They are NOT welcome in my house. ( I don’t have abortion workers or Nazis for friends either”
I’m starting to feel the same way about government enablers, financial supporters, consenting victims — ie, income tax payers.
That is not to be taken lightly. The hard core Obamatons would happily cattle-car every Freeper off to a labor camp.
If by some magic the 16th and 17th Amendment were repealed tomorrow, by Tuesday, there would be a mass movement to have them reinstated. Why?
Answer: Because we have nation of voters trained to be comfortable accepting socialism and government compulsion by attending socialist-entitlement and compulsory attendance K-12 schools.
Answer: We have a nation of citizens who were trained in their government schools first to be lukewarm and generic in their worldview regarding God, and now are being forced to think and reason godlessly in the existing godless government schools. Since a religious vacuum is impossible we should not be surprised that vast swaths of our nation worship government as their redeemer and savior.
Children who attend government socialist-entitlement schools are at risk of learning that any mob powerful enough to give them tuition-free schooling is powerful enough to give them **lots** of free things. This was true in the mid-1800s, the early 1900s, and now.
They won't use cattle cars. They will use big yellow school buses, and even many Freepers will compliantly board them just as they were trained to do in their government run socialist-entitlement and compulsory K-12 schools.
As for the property tax that goes toward funding the godless indoctrination in the county's socialist-entitlement schools?...Well...That's hard to avoid, but we do live in far **less** house than we can afford. That helps defund this godless abomination ( misnamed) “schooling”.
And on a smaller scale of that - “gerrymandering” - politicians choosing their voters, rather than voters choosing their politicians.
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