Accumulation of Power

Solar eclipse, 2012. No….it hasn’t happened yet….I got this picture from wikipedia. Some folks see it as a sign of the end times. I see it as a metaphor of our times.

I remember two solar eclipses in my lifetime. One happened when I was a kid, and the other, later on, while I was an adult busting my tail trying to make a living. The first one, I “saw” via some paper contraption that my teachers set up so that we could view the shadow of the image without burning out our tender young eyes (some of you may think I made that story up…but yes, I remember a time when more than two teachers per state actually cared about kids). The second one, I slept through, because I was working nights at the time, and had to sleep during the days (like a vampire) or not at all.

And I shall miss this one, as well. From what I can gather, Oklahoma won’t be very much in the shadow of the eclipse at all.

I’ve been writing a lot (perhaps too much) about the potential, emminant fall of the Republic. I’m writing all of this in the hopes that maybe, like in the 70’s, this is merely an eclipse of liberty. I’m hoping that the sun of Liberty will pull free soon from behind the moon of despotism, and we shall revive the spirit of our Father’s once again.

But I fear, all too often, that this is actual Twilight, and the day may be over for us.

Picture credit, uswgo.com

We’ve established (at least, we’ve tried to establish) in previous posts that the accumulation of power usurped from all three branches of power amounts to tyranny, even if that power is democratically elected.

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.-Federalist 47. Madison.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/tyranny-the-best-mothers-day-gift-idea/

Let’s keep exploring what The Federalist Papers say about our times.

1. The Founding Father‘s knew that governments tend to sacrifice long term securities and freedoms for short term agrendizement. They constructed the

The Founding Father’s pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to give their children secure lives of liberty. We’ve turned our backs on all of that.
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Constitution in a deliberate fashion to alleviate that short sightedness.

Is it to be imagined that a legislative assembly, consisting of a hundred or two hundred members, eagerly bent on some favorite object, and breaking through the restraints of the Constitution in pursuit of it, would be arrested in their careers by considerations drawn from a censorial revision of their conduct at the future distance of ten, fifteen, or twenty years?-Federalist 50. Madison.

The idea Madison is explaining, here, is why they made the Constitution amendable, but also made it difficult to do so. If it were easily amended, than a tyranny would be easily established. If it were difficult to amend, then a tyranny would be harder to establish. But flaws in the Constitution could still be corrected. But, as we established earlier (https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/tyranny-who-cares-if-im-loved-or-feared-as-long-as-im-obeyed/) the Constitution is a worthless piece of paper if the people don’t honor and revere it. Since we’ve thrown it aside, the Powers that Be are free to do as they with.

And they wish to rule….

Executive orders from…..

Presidents & Congress ignoring the Constitution

Don’t click on it….I nabbed the picture from Amazon.com. There was a time when we thought Congressional Statesmen would face the Devil to preserve our freedoms. Now we assume they make deals with him to enslave us to their will…

2. The political parties that were supposed to compete with each other have become carbon copies of each other. Some of the Founding Father’s actually saw the danger of parties cooperating instead of competing.

Is it to be presumed that any other State, at the same or any other given period, will be exempt from them [political parties]? Such an event ought to be neither presumed nor desired; because an extinction of parties necessarily implies either a universal alarm for the public safety, or an absolute extinction of liberty.-Federalist 50. Madison.

One of the reasons I write so harshly about the Republican party is because I am a Republican. I want them to stand for the conservative values I’ve come to embrace. I don’t want them to just talk about those values, and then vote the same, or worse, than Democrats. That’s as bad as a pastor preaching the Bible to me on Sunday and heading to the strip clubs to cheat on his wife all the rest of the week!

We don’t want perfect party unity. We want opposition. So that the Powers That Be are fighting each other, and not putting us behind the 8 ball. But that has been the history of the last twenty (or hundred) years.

John Stossel: The myth that Republicans want to shrink govt.

As Stossel states in the above video….a thief is better than a Congressman, because a thief doesn’t demand to be thanked when he picks your pocket. One of the reasons why I hate my job is because bosses insist that I work in misery and pain, and yet smile while I’m doing it. I don’t doubt this is universal. We don’t care how much our servants hurt. We just want them to smile.

The Joker smiles a lot. I think I understand how he got his scars.

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Since the Constitution is outdated, let’s abandon it and let Skynet rule America!

Donna Summer died today, aged 63, of Lung Cancer. The Queen of Disco, Diva of the Seventies….all we really are is dust in the wind…..(photo credit: Us Magazine).

So you are probably asking yourself, “What is Duncan doing now? He writes about Ron Paul, he writes about Jesus, he writes about the Joker…..has he finally lost it? Now he writes about disco!?”

While I do love the night life, and I long to boogy (on the disco….oh heck, who am I kidding…..I have no clue what the lyrics are), I’m trying to make a couple of quick points before I get all serious on my overly patient readers.

Only two things are guaranteed….death and taxes….and Obama delivers both….(Picture credit Patsdailyrant.blogspot.com)

Point number one was eloquently portrayed by Mel Gibson‘s Braveheart.

The Princess is begging Longshanks for mercy for William Wallace. But even in his death, the hard-hearted king will not relent. And she whispers, so sadly, so softly….”Death comes to us all.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not wanting to make this a tacky piece criticizing Donna Summer when the poor lady has just died. All I’m trying to say is….you can have all the wealth, power, and fame you want. You’re still going to die.

Which is why you have to make every day count. You never know which one will be your last. Another great line from Braveheart: “Every man dies, not every man truly lives.”

Braveheart

My second point is a little more touchy. Again I don’t mean to be critical of Donna Summers! She’s meeting her Maker, now, and if any criticism needs to be done, then He is sufficient to do it. But disco was one of the shining elements of the 70’s “Me generation.” And that generation is already beginning to grow old and die. I wonder how many folks from that time are regretting some of the choices they made. I wonder how many of them, on their death beds, or in the here-after, realize, too late, that it really isn’t just about “me…..”

Life really doesn’t mean one thin dime if its only lived for oneself.

Braveheart-Who Wants to Live Forever

For the nerds out there, this is Morgoth fighting Fingolfin. For the rest of you, this is the Little Guy trying to fight Big Government and Big Corporatism. (Picture credit: Councelofelrond.com

I’m about 405 words in, now, and I guess I’d better get to my point (or, at least, vaguely justify my grandiose title). So, as I have done in the past, I will try to shed some light on our modern-day with the wisdom of The Federalist Papers.

The Conclusion which I am warrented in drawing from the observations is that a mere demarcation on parchment of the constitutional limits of the several departments is not a sufficient guard against those encroachments which lead to a tyrannical concentration of all the powers of government in the same hands.-Federalist 48. Madison.

You see, even the Founding Father’s knew that, without a freedom loving populace, without a moral people, without an informed voting citizenry, the Constitution would be nothing but an empty piece of paper. And that is why the movement of Ron Paul “crazies,” while they are right to want a return to the Constitution, can only succeed if that Constitution becomes (like God speaks of His own Laws) written in the very hearts of the people.

Cincinattus was the Washington of Rome. He was offered the throne of Rome, and turned it down, believing that the people should be free…..

So where does that leave us….with crooked politicians that believe that you have to “Go along to get along?”

Santorum on Supporting No Child Left Behind: “Sometimes you take one for the team”

And that is how politics has been for at least the last seventy years. You have to compromise your principles. You have to sell your soul. If you want reelected, you have to betray….

Slaves are made in such ways

Braveheart-betrayal

Yes, I know. Many of you big government types, many of you corporate CEOs…you are saying, with Robert the Bruce‘s father….”All men betray….all men lose heart.”

And I say, with that bold king whose blood runs in the veins of my best of friends….”I don’t want to lose heart!

For only if I don’t lose heart, only then can I finally go Home. And only then can I finally be free….

Gladiator: Now we are free

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu90eMHTkMg&feature=related

Oh yeah…I made a reference to the Terminator….well….I’ll be back…..

If coal can turn to diamonds and sand can turn to pearl then love can change the world.¬† The Gaither’s are so much better than disco.

Tyranny: the best Mother’s Day gift idea!

Looking for a fabulous Mother’s Day gift idea, and can’t afford $100million+ for major works of art….or hundreds of billions for government projects? We understand your pain! Try tyranny! She’ll be so proud of her children….

The Scream,” by Edvard Munch, sold for $120 million some days ago. I’m a little bit of an art lover, but I always loved this one. It pretty much shows how I feel every morning right before I go to work….and through the 10-15 hour day as I continue to work….

http://articles.cnn.com/2012-05-02/us/us_new-york-the-scream_1_public-auction-sotheby-new-york-auction-house?_s=PM:US

I’ve begun to believe that our days as a Republic are either very severely numbered, or that the day has already come and gone. I believe that we have been some form of bureaucratic tyranny since around 1989 or so.

I’m still reading The Federalist Papers. In one of my resent posts, I basically established that the current social-political-economic debacle would have stumped our Founding Father‘s. Not because they weren’t intelligent enough to understand what’s going on. Not because the subject matter would be too complex for them.

They would be at a loss to understand how the independent, freedom loving people of their day could become so degraded as to wallow in the muck of modernity.

The Constitution has, in fact, ceased to be relevant. But only because it was written for a freedom loving people….not slavish naves begging for more.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/tyranny-who-cares-if-im-loved-or-feared-as-long-as-im-obeyed/

Since Reagan, we keep praying for better nominee’s. Either God isn’t answering, or He has a strange sense of humor!

So I’ll make a couple of points, and see where that goes.

1. In the fallen world in which we live, a freedom loving people is an armed people.

Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which [standing armies] are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.-Federalist 46. Madison

Better writers than I have written about this ad noseum, so I’ll try not to belabor the issue. But the long and the short of it is…..if a King wanted to secure his authority, he made sure that peasants did not have armor, swords, spears, anything to hurt people with.

We’ve established that the purpose of power is power. And the way you demonstrate power over someone is by making them suffer. And you can’t make someone suffer if he is the one holding the gun to your head. Yes, you may trade bullets. But then the suffering is relatively equal. And that is not what a bully wants. He wants you to suffer, while he enjoys his petty, insipid pleasure. But the only way a bully can stay a bully is to be the only kid on the block with a base ball bat.

‘Nuff said!

2. Once you disarm the public, the next move  is the incremental accrual of power.

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.-Federalist 47. Madison.

So, by Madison’s own definition, our current system of government can be proven a tyranny if we can establish that the accumulation of all the powers has been usurped by any one branch of government or group of people, even if that group of people has been elected by popular vote!

Our task then, if we are fair minded folk, is to establish if any one branch of government or group of people has usurped the powers of all three branches of government.

3.The Executive Branch now performs many of the functions of the Legislature.

Presidents since Reagan have appointed numerous czars, and ruled by executive order. And now, Congress is letting him get by with it. In both parties. I wonder why….

Happy Mother’s Day, ya’ll. Hope you enjoy the tyranny!

 

 

Tyranny: who cares if I’m loved or feared….as long as I’m obeyed…..

Just how long can we endure…..?

Ding dong bin Laden‘s dead. Now Scarecrow will get a brain, the Tin Man will get a heart, the Cowardly Lion will get some courage, and we can all click our ruby slippers together and go back home to Kansas. Truly we live in euphoric times. “Over the Rainbow” is where we live.

So why do I feel like I’m being crushed under the heals of petty, thoughtless fools who barely care whether I live or die?

C. S. Lewis wrote, in That Hideous Strength, about a collegiate/government/corporate organization called the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments (NICE). This lovely organization was hell-bent on running everything, and everyone’s life. People would no longer need to do their own thinking….the Head (the demonic CEO of NICE) would do all the thinking for us. In the novel, angelic forces rain down wrath on NICE, and save our world from the despotism of petty tyranny.

In real life….I sometimes wonder if the angels haven’t turned their backs on us.

Tyranny has been talked about for the last three or four millenia. I’ve been reading, in my very fleeting moments of spare time, The Federalist Papers. I’m going to try to relate how this

Our Founding Father‘s envisioned a world where Liberty was victorious over Tyranny. Modern politicians would love to see them switch places…

book is relevant in the twenty-first century. I’ll begin by telling how it does NOT apply to our times.

1. Liberty can only be held by an industrious, vigilant people who are willing to fight to preserve it. Slavish people can never be free.

But ambitious encroachments of the federal government on the authority of the State governments would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm. Every [State] government would espouse the common cause. A correspondence would be opened. Plans of resistance would be concerted. One spirit would animate and conduct the whole. The same combinations, in short, would result from an apprehension of the federal, as was produced by the dread of a foreign, yoke; and unless the projected innovations should be voluntarily renounced, the same appeal to a trial of force would be made in the one case as was made in the other. But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity?- Federalist 46, Madison.

 

Governments Should be Afraid of Their People

I sometimes fear that maybe, the politicians are, in a morbid sense, right. Perhaps the Constitution is no longer relevant. Because the Founding Father’s meant the document to be a guiding light for a free and independent people. A people determined to acquire the blessings of liberty. The Constitution can have no meaning for someone who is willing to barter away their liberties for bread and circuses. We are descended from patriots and pioneers who lived by the creed: “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Now we live by the creed of “Give me my beer, and give me football! And while you’re at it, give me a free cell phone and free health care!” The people of today would never have rebelled against the British. But then, the people of today would never have left Britain in the first place.

2. The Founding Father’s established the Constitution believing that people were, in the main, rational. They had no precepts laid down to protect it from a populous debased by over consumption of television and methamphetamines. The Constitution is meant to govern a sane people.

That the people and the States should, for a sufficient period of time, elect an uninterrupted succession of men ready to betray both; that the traitors should, throughout this period, uniformly and systematically pursue some fixed plan for the extension of the military establishment; that the governments and the people of the States should silently and patiently behold the gathering storm and continue to supply the materials until it should be prepared to burst on their own heads must appear to everyone more like the incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy, or the misjudged exaggerations of a counterfeit zeal, then like the sober apprehensions of genuine patriotism.-Federalist 46. Madison.

Too bad…..what Madison describes as the “incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy,” we get to call, “reality.”

Isn’t that NICE?

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Silent Running: the still, small voice of the Ron Paul revolution

Mega-millions are sought by lottery players. But will wealth save any of us?

People are playing the lottery like crazy, hoping that they can get rich quick. They are desperate to be free from jobs that they abhor. They long for freedom and liberty….and they haven’t the first idea of what it is. When we fought the Revolution, we were immensely less wealthy than either the British Empire we were fighting, or the French Kingdom that was our ally.

Don’t get me wrong. Money is a big deal. The Bible has a lot to say about it. Our Founding Father‘s were mostly wealthy men, who wanted a capitalist society so that the citizen could have a shot at a better life. But the Founding Father’s also knew that money, while a great servant, was a horrible, harsh master.

In these modern times, we claim that we are seeking a society free from the social ills of poverty. Ironically, instead of fixing¬† poverty (didn’t somebody say, “The poor ye have with ye always…..hmmm….) we have reconstructed Mammon’s temples. We worship money, and call that caring. We worship greed, and call that compassion. Our souls have dollar amounts assigned, and we dare not presume to be worth one penny more.

Strange….even if you don’t believe in Jesus, you have to be struck by the contrast between the modern man, that sees no problem with degrading a fellow human being, and the Christ that believed that each of us was worth every last drop of His precious blood.

I’m still reading The Federalist Papers. Right now, the topic of these papers has moved on from the Constitution and its impact on the Union, to its impact on the economy. I’ll comment a little on what I have read, and finish with a rant about the song, Silent Running.

That unequaled spirit of enterprise, which signalizes the genius of the American merchants and navigators and which is in itself an inexhaustible mine of national wealth, would be stifled and lost, and poverty and disgrace would overspread a country which with wisdom might make herself the admiration and envy of the world.- Hamilton, Federalist 11.

These words were written in a time of political turmoil. Our nation was riddled with debt incurred by war, held in derision by neighboring powers, and at a loss for direction in government. Sound familiar?

The Constitution was established to deal with all of these problems. And by turning our back on our Constitution, we have invited all of these problems back into our nation.

But like the demon cast out of the unfortunate man, these demons return finding the emptiness of our hearts. Finding everything in order for them, they have returned with a legion of friends. And we not only don’t fight them…we simply invite them back in.

We were once one nation under God.

Now, we are one nation under the dollar….or is it dolor……?

Instead of seeking God, instead of getting our house in order, instead of fixing the leaks, we just keep going for short-term quick fixes. We have cancer, and want to treat it with an aspirin and a band-aid. We’ve been high on spending funny money for years, and we have to have our next fix.

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/markets-addicted-qe-yes-fed-wall-street-drug-142857829.html

You see, as this video demonstrates, the only way the Fed has left to pay its debt is to hyper-inflate our currency. Does anybody else remember what led to the rise of Hitler, and WW II? Can we say Weimar Republic?

Ok….I started this story on my update of our “about” page. I think I will finish it here. When I was a kid, I played football. It seemed like I was doing some good, whether I really was….only God knows (kinda like this blog, huh?) I came home from a difficult game, and this video was playing when I got home.

Mike & the Mechanicssilent running

The power of this song has haunted me all of my life. I can’t do it justice in fifty words, but I’ll try.

“Don’t believe the church and state, and everything they tell you.” Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Christian. I believe every word Christ said. But I know that lies are sown in our churches nearly as often as they are outside. If we are to “fight” this revolution, we have to base¬† everything on the truth. And as for the government-media complex…..I don’t believe 20% of the things they tell us.

“Better you should pray to God, the Father and the Spirit will guide you and protect you from up here.” Guns, money, politics, all pail before the awesome power of the Almighty.

“Teach the children quietly, for someday sons and daughters will rise up and fight where we stood still.”

God knows, my generation has largely stood still. I pray that my son is a stronger, better fighter than his father.