I snaked this graphic from Western Rifle Shooters Association.
Interesting, comparing our present slavery to the outrage suffered by people with dark skin pigments in the early years of the republic. Then, as now, I’m sure there were slaves telling other slaves, “What the fuck is wrong with you? Rise up, revolt, resist!” And that would work, of course, if we were all built the same and had zero tolerance for abuse. But the problem is the conflict between our instinct for survival and our hatred of chains. We don’t want to die for a better life–we want to live!
I think the solution is in our human faculty of reason, which is temporary and fleeting. Moments of education, the word implies a “leading out of”, happen when we look up from the page and wonder. They do not happen when we shake our fists, or when our bellies growl or purr. Yet the growling and purring and looking up are all part of what makes us human, so deal with it we must.
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CAIRO, July 15 (Reuters) – Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
“Real democracy means that no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.”
This “Real Democracy” stuff sounds pretty cool. We should try that here in the USA.
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Calling spirits from the Vasty Deep…
Is it true? Can people really be pigeon-holed into either-or ideological fantasies?
Have you stopped beating your wife? Answer yes or no. W…wait a minute!
Pigeon-hole A: The Rich, a.k.a., people who have a lot more money than you, should “pay their fair share.”
Pigeon-hole B: The Rich, a.k.a., the Job Creators, should be unchained so they can provide us with jobs.
What do those two beliefs have in common? Ding ding, we have a winner! Yes, both political parties seem to embrace the notion that The Rich are farm animals to be slaughtered or milked, your choice. It’s tough to defend The Rich from either ideological attack without being labelled A or B.
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From Bartcop: (Bart is hugely entertaining, but he leans a bit to the left. No matter, I enjoy reading his blog.)
Okay, my turn. Exactly HOW are huge tax thefts of “The Wealthy” (a.k.a., not you or me) supposed to fix this situation? At this point some would say that robbing the wealthy will allow the government to operate for another 34 minutes, which will certainly sprout the green shoots of a recovery. No, no, a REAL recovery this time.
Here’s another vexing thought. The Deficit, it’s huge, right? Deficit implies borrowing, right? Stay with me here. Who exactly borrowed this money, and from whom? Who put their name to paper, as the responsible party of repayment? And what idiot would loan money to an OBVIOUSLY overextended borrower? And why exactly does the geographical accident of my birth here make me responsible for a debt I never asked for?
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My homeboy, Bettin’ Barry, telling his posse that Obamacare is here to stay.
Uninsured care makes up about 55% of hospital costs, and those costs are passed on to insurance companies, who in turn pass them on to their insureds in the form of higher premiums. In addition, the government – federal and state – reimburse hospitals about 50% of those costs using our tax dollars.
Mandating that everyone have insurance would relieve that problem.
Those who do not have coverage will be required to pay a yearly financial penalty of the greater of $695 per person (up to a maximum of $2,085 per family), or 2.5% of household income…
Some points. If “solving” any lack is as simple as requiring, under threat of fine or prison, a purchase by the lackers, then just think of the problems we could “solve.” Homelessness (Force everyone to buy a home), Joblessness (Force everyone to hire somebody), Savings-lessness (Force everyone to put money in the bank), Lack of “legal” population (Force natural-born citizens to marry an illegal and procreate), Lack of a good take-out Chinese restaurant (Force all Chinese-Americans to open a restaurant). You get the picture.
Oh, and furthermore, watcha’ bet that “2.5% of household income” gets bigger and bigger?
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Have you ever in your life seen a politician who actually voted for LESS government? They all tell you they want less, but the proof of the pudding is in “policy.” Policy = practical application of twisted ideology.
Republicans ALWAYS want less government, unless the sublect is pot laws or abortion or nudity or a thousand other subjects where the crazy bastards want MORE government.
To the above Bartcop quote I might add war. Republicans love them some war. As to the Romney-slam pic, I’d like to add this:
Problem of funding fire departments?
Solution: Stop building structures with flammable sticks.
Problem of funding “education?”
Solution: Teach your children yourselves. You’ll do a better job anyway.
Problem of funding constant war?
Solution: Quit startin’ ’em.
Yep, summertime’s here and the living is easy. Always a quick keyboard solution. One of my strengths is the ability to identify a problem and mull its solution. Here I consider the problem of US government oppression and malfeasance, and mull various solutions:
Path #1: Vote out the rascals.
Problem with #1: New rascals won’t fix the problem.
Path #2: Join an angry mob heading to DC with pitchforks and torches.
Problem with #2: Without the sympathy of police and military, you don’t stand a chance.
Path #3: Organize local resistance.
Problem with #3: Freedom can’t be “organized.” Only tyranny can.
Path #4: Seek frontier.
Problem with #4: No land frontiers left on earth.
Path #5: Get your preps on, and watch the world collapse around you.
Problem with #5: If you run out of popcorn, things might get tedious.
Posted by Dave. It is what it is.
Something I notice all bloggers share, especially on the topic of freedom, is critical examination of the thoughts of 300 million people. “I know exactly what they’re all thinking, and only I have enough penetrating insight to repair their busted brains.” I’m certainly guilty of that.
I enjoy a good rant, but I notice the quiet people too. Do the quiet people have strong, unannounced feelings? Do they, too, long for freedom, but realize the contradiction of forcing freedom, at gunpoint, on fellow slaves?
Get to the point, Dave. The point is, that I don’t know what you think. Sometimes I’m not sure you do. About what you think I can only guess. As for me, writing is a good way to discover what I think; I’m always surprised by what falls on the page. A good start. Keep blogging. It just might save the Republic.