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One if by land, two if by mind

January 6, 2011

So here we are – 2011. Was it good for you? I was asleep when it arrived here in flyover. It is more a nuisance – new files for the year, new laws to be unenforced and a nation deeper in debt than ever before. New faces in government and a looming come-to-Fiscal-Conservative-Jesus meeting. And we all know the politicians are still passing the plate to the lobbyists.

Personally, I am unimpressed. Some idiot opined in the WSJ  about how the Republicans will be setting the agenda for 2012. Fuck 2012. What about the here and now, you know, January 2011? How about NOT raising the debt limit? How about cutting spending, a whole lot of spending – let’s call it an even trillion for starters. But we know it isn’t going to happen.

Folks I talk to are uneasy, not even cautiously optimistic. I completely lost my optimism once, it was an ugly time in my life. I can imagine the streets full of people in that frame of mind or worse – hopelessness – and that’s what will happen if we don’t act the change the path this country is on. To change that path, the government has to change its role in our society and for THAT to happen we have to change what we as citizens expect from our government.

Our government is financially bankrupt and our economy in is shambles. If you believe the polls, half the country wants the government to care for them, cradle to grave. I don’t believe the polls. I don’t believe Americans want a Socialist Democracy. But I do believe they want relief from the insatiable avarice that has been paraded around with impunity and then bailed out with public monies, rubbing our faces in it like the shit that it is. I do believe the persistent references to citizens as “consumers” is an insidious demeaning insult. I do believe an ever-increasing number of citizens have just about had enough.

If you have reached this point, this WTF is going on moment, congratulations. Now you have to figure out what you are going to do about it. Don’t expect anything from the government – it’s not your government any longer. We can deal with that in due time, but the first thing you must take back is your mind. FUD – Fear, uncertainty and doubt. Purge them from your mind. They are parasites that will consume your mind until there is nothing of you left – you will just be a revenue producer for the state.

If there was ever a time in this country’s short history for its citizens to think soberly, objectively and critically about the path we are on, this is that time. Our country is being raped. Our treasury has been looted, our manufacturing base gutted, our government compromised. Our education system is a shame, our military an imperial tool. Our lives are open books, the government hides behind a wall of secrecy. The labor of untold future generations has been indentured by private banks and unelected men. And we have done nothing to stop it.

We literally are a nation at war. Not only in some far off land, but right here at home. It is a war of ideas, a war for your mind. Keep your mind free, free from the false choices of left or right, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative. The very idea of  “[a] government big enough to give you everything you want”*  is the enemy – antithetical to the foundations this country was founded upon as it “is a government big enough to take from you everything you have”*.

Free your mind, free yourself. Every minute is a skirmish and every day a battle in the war for your mind and ultimately your freedom. Arm yourself with the truth – the truth that this country is not recovering, the jobs are not coming back , the bubble will not re-inflate , our currency is being debased and that government puts its well-being and survival first – your freedom and the Constitution be damned.  Your government may want you, but it is your country that needs you – it needs you to be free so it can be free. This isn’t about flag-waving patriotism or nationalism, but about ideas – personal responsibility, opportunity and freedom.

We’ve got a Republic, IF we can keep it.

* Gerald Ford, Presidential address to a joint session of Congress (12 August 1974)

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