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What we have now is American Caesarism, no longer the Rule of Law but the Rule of Man
The Evening Sun ^ | 02/22/2013 | Jason McNew

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 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.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: caesarism; corruption; criminalpresident; guncontrol; obama; ruleoflaw; ruleofman
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To: unixfox
I’ve always said that if a few millon of us decided on April 15th to say enough is enough, and refuse to file and not send the bastards any more money, we could start a snowball effect that would cripple this government so bad they would be begging us not to burn down their houses.

Absolutely. Yet how very few are willing to do it, even legally. If you stop making money, you don't have to pay income tax. Living on less money than it takes to incur the duty to pay that tax, is not easy. But it isn't as hard as leaving your home and going off to shoot at the enemy for an indefinite period of time with no assurance you'll even survive. That's what freedom-loving Americans did, once upon a time.

Talk is cheap, and plentiful.

51 posted on 02/25/2013 9:29:01 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: Jacquerie

Not every FRper will go. Many will hide.

52 posted on 02/25/2013 12:51:14 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: DuncanWaring

Good way to put it.

53 posted on 02/25/2013 1:09:51 PM PST by kreitzer
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To: HomeAtLast; wintertime
I’m starting to feel the same way about government enablers, financial supporters, consenting victims — ie, income tax payers

Here is the situation - as a whole - and you are both correct (this is a realization that is hitting MANY homes in America): the system is not just BROKE, it is a JOKE!

As wintertime has stated, the education system has done a great job of dumbing-down and pacifying many Americans, especially those 14-30 years old. They believe that the American dream is a new house, a new car, the latest and greatest of every electronic device and your entire life hocked to banks, loans and credit cards. They are able to live this lifestyle with the abundant assistance of welfare, food stamps, etc... These people think that this is the purpose of the Government to provide houses, car incentives, food and overall guidance on how we should spend our money and lives. I know people who have stated, "Why get a job, I can have sex, have a kid and then my food stamps go up another $300 a month!"

What the great recession of 2008 did was wake many an American up from their stupor. Many Americans realized that one little "pop" and the entire system is shown to be the broke, joke that we currently have. Many Americans are just now starting to crawl out to daylight and are just now able to live not just paycheck to paycheck, but actually month to month. It will take a LONG time (if ever) before most of America returns to the ways of our forefathers - those who had to have enough food/money/supplies stored not just for this year, but for the next JUST IN CASE the crops failed or the markets crashed or the Indians invaded! It is very difficult, nay almost IMPOSSIBLE, to convince someone that tomorrow may really be this difficult, when they can actually walk to 7-11 for a hotdog, candy bar and 6-pack of beer.

Unfortunately, the government is trying to lull Americans back to sleep with bailouts, priming the pump (QE1-QE(Infinity)) and saying "Everything is fine; the recovery is happening." The government is ENCOURAGING, BEGGING and goading Americans into going back to sleep: credit rates at an all time low, buy it - it helps the economy, etc... The most unfortunate aspect is that many Americans are just fine with going back to sleep or burying their heads hoping that all this will go away when Obama is defeated.

The problem which conservatives are starting to realize is that sooner or later that "pop" is going to be the last wrench in the monkey-works and there won't be a 7-11 and there won't even be a job to be had - then what? Those who are not fully awake are AFRAID! They are afraid of both the lack of government support AND they are afraid of having to be self-reliant! More importantly, most of them are AFRAID of real FREEDOM! They really don't know how to live their life without the government there to tell them what they can build, what they can grow, what they can eat, who they can hire, what self-serving sense they can use (i.e., not allowing background checks for new hires), etc... These people are literally in a catch-22! So, many of them (especially those who are just burying their heads waiting-out Obama) keep working, hoping the government will be their "catch-all."

What we have seen with the government created/subsidized balloons (dot.coms, housing, etc...) we are just moving from one failure to the next and they are coming faster and faster. We are almost to a point where defiance, be it physical, financial or whatever, is going to be a MUST!
54 posted on 02/25/2013 1:35:24 PM PST by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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