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This Is Why It's Over [Apr. 11th, 2013|10:31 am]

[mood |crushedcrushed]

Student: "I don't want a government that leaves me alone. I want one that will help me."
Rand Paul: "Oh, don't worry; I fully support having the government take care of you so long as the budget is balanced."

A comment on that or a similar article today called our current situation a "cold civil war". About half the population, maybe more, fundamentally rejects old ideas like capitalism and the Constitution, and wants (as this student says) "a new set of values". And where's the courageous leadership willing to give people like this student a verbal slap upside the head? Not in the Republican Party. You can't win by voting and electing people like Paul anymore, and you can't salvage the whole country anymore. The best possible outcome is economic collapse followed by peaceful secession.
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The Great Debate [Mar. 14th, 2013|12:22 am]

The dueling budget proposals of Paul Ryan and Patty Murray are unleashed! The epic moral battle of our time: Shall our nation increase federal spending by $3,000,000,000,000 over the next ten years, as the vile Democrats wish, or shall we take the moral high road and make the hard, courageous decision to raise spending by $1,300,000,000,000?

All I can do is laugh. My former party isn't even trying.

As a reminder, Ryan also voted for the NDAA.
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Drone Killings [Feb. 10th, 2013|04:47 pm]

It really hit me the other day how far we've gone, when I saw how little concern there was about the president killing American citizens without trial. This society accepts that, now, along with pervasive surveillance and absolute federal regulatory power. Or more precisely, most people don't know and/or don't care. Some people still get that something is horribly wrong, but we're outnumbered and will be more outnumbered each year. You can't fix what's wrong by voting, now; the culture that made freedom work is gone. The people understand "freedom" to mean having a vote, and a master who'll take care of them, and that's the sort of freedom they'll get.

Got an e-mail today asking how come there aren't Tea Party rallies against the president outright murdering citizens, when there were rallies against excessive spending, taxes, and regulation. Good question. My personal answer so far is that I'm not seeing anyone to join me, or any peaceful thing to do besides argue on the Internet or show up at a rally and have it ignored by the bootlicker media.
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(no subject) [Jan. 29th, 2013|09:26 pm]

Had a bit of a laugh from Glenn beck tonight, driving home from a church class I caught the middle of a conversation, he said he doesn't advocate a third party, but a second, because the repubs and the dems are hard to tell apart these days. Thought it amusing, but apt.

I think I will now call the repubs a half a party from now on, and indeed proceed to advocate the creation of a true second party.
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Done With These Losers [Jan. 23rd, 2013|03:37 pm]

[mood |pissed offpissed off]

Today the GOP House voted to raise the debt limit, and the bill is expected to pass in the Senate rather than just being a bit of posturing.

The Reps took a bold stand in return for raising it, right? Well, no. The extension is for no particular amount, meaning it's a blank check until May, which means the Treasury will stock up to be prepared for another "fight" and Congress won't need to act again until at least July.

But they demanded spending cuts, right? No. No cuts.

But they're demanding that a budget be passed? Not really. They're demanding that the House and Senate each pass a budget. Not necessarily the same one, or one that the Leader will sign. The Senate has already said it plans to pass some kind of budget for once this year, so the House is basically placing a demand on itself to do something that will accomplish nothing.

Well, at least they'll have teeth to back up that demand... Ha ha, no. The penalty for failure at this modest goal is that Congress' pay will be delayed, at most, until the end of their session.

I find myself agreeing with several quoted Democrats who said that the House's action is a pointless act of theater intended to fool Tea Party people yet again into supporting more debt and no spending cuts. But the House overwhelmingly voted to keep Boehner, so even the "conservative" House members are complicit.

I'm done with these losers in the Republican Party. I will not vote for them again even if I'm promised Zombie Reagan as the candidate. That goes even for alleged conservatives like Ryan. If they're not willing to tear off that "R" in disgust, that tells me they think the status quo is just fine. (Ought to change my voter registration while I'm at it.)

I'm planning to join the Texas Nationalist Movement, a secessionist group. As far as I can tell from their own site and looking for critics, there's no credible argument that they're a racist or violent or fundamentalist-only group. Anyone see some horrible feature of them that I'm overlooking? Worst thing I see about them so far is that they don't currently have many paying members, and as long as I'm handing people money on Kickstarter for far less important causes like furry video games, why not?
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Further proof the American Electorate is no longer intelligent. [Dec. 19th, 2012|01:58 pm]

In a recent survey, Rassmussen has shown that 73% of people surveyed want less government spending.

And yet, 51% of voters voted for Obama. If the past four years are any indication, it is clear the man wants anything BUT less government spending.

This means that approximately 22% of Americans voted both for and against government spending.

The only conclusion I can come to is Americans do not think anymore.
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"The Old Regime and the Revolution" [Dec. 16th, 2012|11:08 pm]

Today I read a lot of de Tocqueville's "The Old Regime and the Revolution". It's horrifying, because his description of the events leading up to the French Revolution is so very familiar. A bit silly to read though, since my digital copy is badly garbled. It talks about the French Bevolution and the religious relationship between man and Grod.

De Tocqueville described pre-revolutionary France in terms of social trends instead of focusing on the Bastille and other headline events. His assessment was that the revolutionary government really wasn't all that different from what the royal one had become in its last century. Some of his argument:
-Why did revolution break out in France, which (he says) was less oppressive than Germany and other places? Noblemen had lost some of their function as protectors of the commoners, so the commoners increasingly saw themselves as owing feudal duties to neighbors who weren't doing anything in return. To the extent that the noblemen were stripped of their privileges, they had even less incentive to help the peasants.
-Before the revolution, the people had some amount of public life and local elected councils. But these were hollow and powerless. All power was being increasingly concentrated under an almighty central government. It is easy for a government to become tyrannical and still maintain outward signs of liberty, duping its people.
-The people retained the freedom to talk about abstract subjects and radical ideas, like atheism and new kinds of government. The politicians didn't imagine that the radicals' ideas would get applied to their arteries.
-The decline of aristocracy inevitably leads to centralization of power under a new class of bureaucrats and managers.
-The French people increasingly became dependent on their central government for every single aspect of their lives. Every time they begged for something, the government's power expanded.
-In return, the government became obsessed with measuring and managing every aspect of everyone's life. It never even occurred to the managers that maybe they should help farmers by reducing the taxes and regulations on them. Instead, the goal was always to "help" them by offering them aid, advice, and new rules.
-There were so many new regulations, changing so often, that people had contempt for laws in general. This contempt helped the government to exempt its officials from its own laws. The people actively encouraged the government to make frequent exceptions for some cause or other.
-The people became so dependent and submissive that they couldn't so much as repair a church roof without filing for a permit and waiting a year or more. Businesses begged for government aid and permissions; nothing could be done without government involvement.
-The government hated any private organization, any association other than itself. It tried to take control of the media, in particular. Its instinct was to destroy any kind of interaction between people other than individual citizens begging for government help and receiving its orders. (Contrast with his observation of there being many private civic organizations in America.)
-The people wanted more government police to quell riots. "No one seemed to suspect that the protector might be a master in disguise." (Best line of the book so far.)

I've been looking at this because a friend had been reading de Tocqueville's "Democracy In America", which praised America for having a set of social features that would keep its people free for a while. All of which are gone. He gave us about 200 years and predicted that the Republic would die slowly by a soft, smothering kind of despotism that imposes absolute control without having to bayonet anyone.
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The Worthless GOP [Dec. 14th, 2012|11:20 am]

Another sign of the worthlessness of the Republican Party is the fact that Chris Christie is still being talked about as a viable candidate for 2016. Does no one remember what the man was doing last October? Anyone who even brings him up as a candidate ought to be met with angry growls.
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Engagement and Doubt [Dec. 9th, 2012|11:49 am]


An interesting conversation from Limbaugh's show, with a caller who doesn't want to be engaged in politics anymore. Rush's attitude was that yeah, this election was crucial in deciding what kind of country this will be, but at some point people's patriotism will kick in again and bring them back into the fight.

My own frustration, what I would've said in the caller's place, is that the game is already over but Republicans are still playing. It's already established that the government can kill us without trial, take anything we have, and force us to literally lick Congressmen's boots on command, and we have to submit because anything the government does is legal. And the party's leaders don't see that, or don't care, and are only focused on how they might rebrand themselves to keep playing the same electoral game they already lost. The budget will not be balanced, the government's power will not be reduced, and the Constitution will not be re-established as meaning anything. Not by winning elections or scoring meaningless points in budget negotiations. Submit like a good slave or start thinking of how to, peacefully, resist.

I'm not an Objectivist, by the way, but was looking through a book by one of Rand's disciples again, thinking about what I see as the flaw in her work. There's a nice quote near the beginning that applies to the level of a whole culture:
A philosophic system is an integrated view of existence. As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation -- or let your subconscious accumulate a logical junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused into a single, solid weight: self-doubt, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind's wings should have grown.

If our culture teaches that its laws are fundamentally unjust, its principles evil, and its founders villains, and there's no coherent argument being made for why national socialism is a better thing, we get a country that sets off fireworks on July 4th and waves the Stars and Stripes, while not caring about anything it was supposed to stand for.

One other thing: is a piece of enemy propaganda you should be aware of. Heard someone tossing it around online the other day.
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Getting into the spirit. [Dec. 3rd, 2012|05:08 pm]

you better not work.
you better not try.
you better not earn.
I'm telling you why.
Obama Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you're building.
he wants what you all make.
he'll tell the 47 per cent.
that being rich is a mistake.

oh you better not work.
you better not try.
you better not earn.
I'm telling you why.
Obama Claus is coming to town.

he’ll tell you to be thankful.
to bow down and give thanks.
or he’ll send you to a FEMA camp.
to get your thinking “straight”.

oh you better not work.
you better not try.
you better not earn.
I'm telling you why.
Obama Claus is coming to town.

he'll give you a free cell phone.
say Obamacare is great.
he'll tell you being a success.
is something you should hate.

oh you better not work.
you better not try.
you better not earn.
I'm telling you why.
Obama Claus is coooming tooo tooown!
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