Sunday, May 29, 2011
Keep your powder dry
Arctic Patriot posted a rant concerning the fact that we - ourselves and our forebears - allowed things to get as bad as they are here in this country. For those of you showing up late, who think because you still have a job, can afford to throw some ribeyes on the grill, and can afford the payments on your BMW, F350, or Prius parked in a garage that hasn't been foreclosed on, that things are actually pretty good - listen up.
As AP and Karl Denninger, and so many others have noted, we are no longer free. Matter of fact, we haven't been for many years, but it has gotten geometrically worse here recently. Even if you can close your eyes, hold your nose, and pretend the economy isn't that bad, believe the lie that unemployment is only 9 or ten percent, that the dollar is still worth the paper it is printed upon, that you will be able to keep your doctor and your health insurance policy when the new "healthcare" system kicks into full swing and still be able to access healthcare that is better than what Canadians, the British, and the Cubans suffer with, that you will be able to retire before you are 70 with enough money to actually live on, you still don't know the half of it. Even if you believe inflation is low, that the Consumer Price Index means a damn thing when the cost of food and energy - including the diesel and gasoline required to move everything for sale to market - is not figured into the equation, you are still missing the big picture.
Yes, it is scary, terribly frightening to think that the debt that Obama and Congress have run up, and the devaluation of the dollar that Bernanke has been creating by printing more and more currency that isn't backed by anything, could cause economic collapse. That the material items we have surrounded ourselves with - and even the "poor", the entitled who are drawing welfare and ADC, have their smart phones, large screen TVs, X-Boxes, and stereo systems - could end up being lost when the welfare checks or unemployment insurance ends. When your job is lost because your company simply cannot afford the cost of covering all of their employees with mandated health insurance. When the cost of fuel for shipping their product shuts down the factory where you or your wife works. When the hospital closes because it can no longer afford the cost of treating patients on Medicaid, Medicare, or the free run through the emergency room and obstetrics for all of those illegal aliens who have come here to have their "anchor" babies.
If you can ignore all of that, because Lord knows it is indeed frightening, how are you even going to notice the fact that you are no longer free, no longer able to live as a free man should? Perhaps you've noticed, and then turned the page or changed the channel, that six year old girls are having their pudenda groped by low-wage TSA agents looking for box cutters and explosives. That your wives are having their breasts fondled by muslim TSA agents in blue burkhas and hijaabs. That your mother, who lost a breast to cancer, has to remove her prosthesis in front of strangers to prove she isn't trying to slip a little Semtex onto the plane.
Perhaps you heard about the recent Supreme Court ruling that says you must not resist if the police illegally break down your door and force their way into your house because, gosh, you can always take them to civil court and sue them for their criminal actions. The crime of which they will never be charged with. You can afford a lawyer, can't you? And the time away from work to pursue the case? And the medical bills from being knocked down, beaten, and/or shot by the SWAT team? And the repairs to your door, the furniture they destroyed, your dead dog, and all the other damage they caused before they discovered they were at the wrong address? Well, if not, maybe your surviving spouse or your heirs can afford it. The Supreme Court doesn't care. The Fourth Amendment doesn't matter anymore.
We've stood by while Federal agents shot and killed our dog, our fourteen-year-old son, and our wife holding our infant in her arms. We've stood by while the FBI burned down our church with over 70 men, women, and children inside, because one man living there was thought to be doing something illegal. They had to burn those children to death in order to protect them from the man they claim was supposedly molesting some of them (after they decided the first reason they targeted him wasn't lurid enough.) We continue to stand by while Federal agents, local cops, and SWAT teams kill elderly homeowners, developmentally challenged whittlers of wood holding pocket knives, and fathers of young children who served two dangerous and deadly deployments to Iraq, but who have never been arrested or involved in a crime.
We've sat silent while the Pima County Sheriff's Department, led by the loud-mouthed, lying Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, allowed its SWAT team to target Jose Guerena, a soldier sent twice to the Sandbox, who came home alive to his wife and two small children only to be riddled by bullets fired by the cowards, the murdering scum of the Pima County Sheriff's Department SWAT team. Scum who understand they can kill American citizens, the ones who pay their wages, the ones they are sworn to protect, with complete impunity. Without consequence. Scum who left him bleeding out on the floor for over an hour and a half before they would allow medics to check his status and attempt to treat his cooling body. Scum who wanted Jose Guerena dead.
So, Arctic Patriot is pissed. I am pissed. Anyone paying attention should be pissed, but most people aren't paying attention. They might have, but it's too scary. There is too much to lose if they protest. There's nothing they can do. "You can't fight city hall."
Tomorrow is Memorial Day. What does that mean, what are we commemorating? Our service men and women, sure. But why? What have they done to commemorate? Yes, they fought in World Wars and in military actions around the globe, but for what? Well, we claim it was for freedom. To keep us free. To keep America the land of the free and home of the brave.
Do we seem free to you? Do we seem brave to you, when we allow our wives and daughters and mothers and grandmothers to be groped by imbeciles in uniform, simply so they can get permission to travel? When we allow law enforcement officers to kill us at whim, for little or no reason? Because they got the wrong address, or they didn't like how your wife was holding the baby? And then taunt you, the husband, and her surviving children, using their FBI loudspeakers to ask, "What's for breakfast, Vicky?", when it is Vicky's corpse lying in your kitchen, killed by a murdering FBI sniper named Lon Horiuchi?
Things have gotten bad, whether most folks want to admit it or not. Some of us have tried to explain this to our fellow citizens, through email on lists we frequent, only to be ignored. Some of us have tried to educate those who simply didn't get the memo through writing our blogs, only to be ignored or marginalized, told we were making too big a deal out of the whole thing.
Many of us who did get the memo simply don't know what to do. As Claire Wolfe is famous for saying, "It's too late to use the system and too soon to shoot the bastards." There are those of us who no longer believe it is too soon, but don't - for the sake of wives, children, family members - want to march out and start shooting, to be killed and characterized as "lone wolf" domestic terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, or members of some mythical "militia group".
I realize you aren't going to want to believe that it actually is time. That it is actually past time. But consider my last blog entry by Karl Denninger, and think about what kind of America you want to live in. Then give this quote from Winston Churchill some thought:
"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."