Patriotism and Partisanship in America

Give me back my country!

“I do not believe that any two men, on what are called doctrinal points, think alike who think at all.  It is only those who have not thought that appear to agree.” – Thomas Paine

“I am a Democrat.”  What does this mean?  “I am a Republican.”  What does this mean?  Does anyone even know anymore?

I contend that I have never met a Democrat or a Republican.  I have met Americans, and I have met aristocrats.  Almost every American I know is exactly the same in political philosophy, differing only in historical knowledge (or lack thereof) and political application of that knowledge (or ignorance).  The typical American approach to politics, at its root, is this: always do what is best for our nation and our freedoms.  This is the basic political thought of the majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, and it matches the intent of our founders. 

There exists, however, an opinionated and vocal minority that will not rest until our freedoms are stamped out, our nation is unrecognizable, and our humanity is enslaved under the self-destructive goals of maximum employment and minumum wage.  This powerful minority has already succeeded beyond measure.  If Jesus Christ returned today, he would not recognize the religion that bears his title, because most of its members ignore his simple teachings; nor would Jefferson, Madison, or Washington claim the nation they helped to create, because it now resembles the opposite of what they intended during the revolution, before the rise of the new tyrannical minority.  The minority to which I refer is the corporate political establishment–the new aged robber barons–repackaged with mythical concerns for the community and environment, and freedom.

The corporate version of freedom is carefully defined.  Everyone should know that freedom is the absence of government coercion, but that definition of freedom does not do much to support government plunder.  It takes a very careful explanation indeed, for a people to understand why they must work five days every week and then receive pay for working only three, especially if the practice is to be perpetuated for fifty or more years of their lives.  This is why the definition of freedom must be skewed, and the process still requires what Orwell branded “doublethink,” because we all know, as individuals, that no one is better equipped to make decisions about our money than ourselves.   Liberty’s central thesis is this: no authority will ever be able to meet my needs better than I can (with the help of nature or nature’s God).  “Liberty or death” is the battle cry of the able American patriot, whether fighting the British crown in the eighteenth century, or the United States Congress in the twenty-first.

I believe it is time once again for the American people to unite against a tyrant that does not meet the nation’s basic human needs for civil liberties and free markets, and does not even give them the option of choosing leaders who actually do believe in these things, as the corporate media sees a peoples’ statesman as a serious threat to their own control over the political process.  Even media types will complain about apathy and blame themselves for it, but as soon as citizens get excited about the process, you can bet the media will call them whackjobs and undermine their efforts. 

If you don’t believe this, research Ron Paul’s presidential campaign.  Look him up on youtube or meetup, and you will see what I’m talking about.  By far the most popular candidate, Paul was intentionally crushed by the media for telling the truth too often and getting credibility amongst real people (he received more donations from military members than every other candidate in both parties combined).


Letter to the neo-American

I wrote the following to a dear friend and fellow American who will remain anonymous:

When I reflect on our conversations, and consider the compassionate and insightful person I know you to be, I find it hard to believe that you sincerely support the hostilities in Iraq, or that you cannot see through the confines that social planners have built around you. I would like to believe that this world is a bad dream, that the free and prosperous people of our continent could not be so overwhelmed by the narrowness and greed of an unpardonable elite. I would like to think that Americans have always refused to initiate violence–that we, as a nation, have always done what was right for everyone. I would like to wake up tomorrow morning, and be in a country where there are no talking points, no significant news concerning the federal government, no significant power or money in Washington, where the middle class feels accomplished and alive and fearless and capable every single day, and candy bars cost a penny, and freedom really does ring–it is a dream that once was near reality, in the nation firmly built on the philosophical foundations of Adam Smith and John Locke, in the constitution. Instead I will wake up to what, in this nation, should be only possible in a nightmare. I will have to gather my tax information together, and file a 1040, and write a check to the U.S. Treasury, knowing I will never see that money again, and reflecting that it may be spent killing an out-of-work delivery person in a place far away, or bailing out wealthy bankers who got a little too greedy, or throwing more money at a problem no amount could solve, or taking the home of an elderly couple so that it may be bulldozed, and the land granted to some Congressman’s golfing buddy, who specializes in developing strip malls. I will endure the artificially high prices of a market handcuffed by collusion and regulation, and hear about a recession from bank-employed market strategists whose jobs are in no danger; and through all of this, ordinary Americans will come to know the difference between being broke and being impoverished–between being a slave with a generous master, and being a slave with a discontented one–when with all of their honest labor and goodness, the people of this country should have known neither. It is difficult today to read the words of Jefferson or Paine, Goldwater or Reagan, and not become frustrated or saddened by the nuttiness of a nation that has given up on the idea of liberty, only to serve the ever-changing, highly propagandized collective ideal made up by a tiny elite in a city hundreds of miles away. My aim in writing you is only to ease the sadness and frustration I feel for the individuals of our society, and restore my own confidence in my worldly pursuits; I know these things don’t interest you all that much, and I certainly will return the favor by humoring your repulsive stories of creepy crawlies inside dead bodies. But, I feel that if I can awaken you to these issues–that if you, the American _____ ______, in your infinite compassion and enviable wisdom, can recognize the recent errors of our nation’s ways and want to see them corrected before they become our greatest mistakes–liberty may still find a rightful home here. So tell me, am I crazy?


The birth of a new Republican party

Out with the old, in with the new

Throughout the primary season, Republican activists have been turning out in droves to denounce the mistakes their own party has made under the reign of President Bush.  The Republicans who elected Bush in 2000 supported a platform of non-interventionism, lower taxes, less spending, more individual freedom, and smaller government.  Bush delivered almost exactly the opposite. 

Republican figureheads have continued to stand by their man, but the party’s activists have not changed their philosophy to match Neo-Bush policies.  The concerned citizens who make up the party’s activist faction continue to say things like “no nation-building,” “fewer regulations,” and “less government,” but the leadership and pundits ignore the massive crowds. 

The overconfident GOP leadership will soon realize the price of ignoring their own party’s activists, who aren’t about to give up on their party’s conscience.  In Missouri last weekend, county caucuses elected a surprising majority of delegates for a mainstream sideliner, Texas Congressman Ron Paul.  Some Paul diehards believe he can still win the White House, but conventional wisdom denies the possibility.

Even if Paul’s White House bid is history, his effect on the Republican party is only beginning to take root.  Missouri Republicans now support a reformation of the GOP platform, which will demand noninterventionism, Constitutional rights, abolishing the Federal Reserve, ending income taxes and the IRS, and returning to a fractional reserve metal-based currency.  Recent non-partisan public concerns about the falling dollar, government exuberance, and the quagmire in Iraq–concerns of the seventy-some percent of Americans who show disapproval for Congress and the President–will become Republican concerns under the new party platform in Missouri.  There is suspicion that Republican activists like those who supported Paul in Missouri will dominate GOP conventions all over the United States.

The old Republican leadership (the McCains, Bushes, Hannities, Huckabees and Limbaughs) may mold themselves to the new platform, as they did when Bush changed it during his Presidency.  If they choose not to accept the new platform, they have two options: join the Democrats or form a third party.  The real Republicans are taking charge of the party.

The Road to 1984: Corporatism and the International Police State

Below is an excerpt from my upcoming book (title undetermined): 

Washington, D.C. is broken. The tweaks and levers of contemporary politics offer no fixes for the economic and social problems the United States faces, as they are more of the same. The more energetic a government becomes, the fewer freedoms its citizens enjoy.  Still, the petty partisan battles for power continue at the expense of liberty.

Which Republicans are perverts? Which Democrats are hypocritical tax evaders? Who is flip-flopping? Who accepted money from an entity of questionable character? Any Congresspersons up for a friendly game of “Pin the Tail on the Racist”? At such a serious time in history, I am put off by the partisan banter. There is one idea almost every politician in D.C. can agree on: if they spend enough money, they can rid the world of whatever ails it.

The only things scarier than the fake battles being fought in Washington are the real ones. What will we teach your children? What limits should be enforced against users? What can you watch on television? What sort of books are evil people reading? As terrorists lurk among us, what’s the best way to watch and listen, and catch them? After we catch them, do they really deserve a trial or a defense? Why shouldn’t we torture them? They wouldn’t have been arrested if they weren’t up to something. We should help them meet their virgins sooner than they anticipated.* What is suitable for radio broadcasts? How many polar bears are there? Which cancer treatments can you have? Should you be allowed to use incandescent light bulbs? Should you be allowed to use that much gasoline? Should you be allowed to purchase a firearm? What’s the best way to overthrow a foreign elected leader who disagrees with our global vision? How should we control oil prices? How much of your money should you be allowed to have? Where should we go to war next? If an American disagrees with U.S. foreign policy, at what point is he emboldening the enemy and considered dangerous enough to arrest? Who doesn’t deserve our trade? Where are the moderate Muslims?

“What’s the answer to ninety-nine out of a hundred questions? Money.” All of the questions above-though different-have similarities. All are completely unnecessary, and all contain answers that corporations love to hear, because all require the federal government to grant them more lucrative contracts. No entity can waste money like the U.S. government, and that is why corporations have taken it upon themselves to start running the show in Washington. Businesses are in business to make a profit. When the private sector will not purchase their goods or services (meaning those products have no consumer value), there is a good chance that, after some lobbying, the government will. The market does not hold these corporations accountable, allowing them to do slow and shoddy work, without fear of losing their customer (the government). Washington attracts and breeds all of the following economic parasites: entrepreneurial con-artists, administrative cheats, lazy workers, inferior products, and ineffective services.

A Congressperson needs not read a bill before enacting it. A lobbyist, representing whichever corporation or industry stands to financially benefit from that law (at the expense of the citizen), will always visit the Congressperson and tell them exactly why the law is necessary, elegant, and great for the United States. Voting for it often helps that Congressperson get re-elected.

The difference between the citizens and the corporations, with respect to government, is that the citizens blame government, believing it to be something; and the corporations laugh at government, knowing it to be nothing at all. The United States has a two party system made up of Democrats and Republicans, who, though they are opposed, are still united to keep up the common mystery. The Democrat despises the Republican, and visa versa, and each prescribes certain remedies for the symptoms of America’s illness, but neither of them dares to mention the cure (less government-don’t tell.)

In America, the democratic republic itself is now a smokescreen for corporate greed. War is peace. Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery. The media is a key component of corporatism, and one of the major beneficiaries of perpetual war and widespread economic strife. News about peace and prosperity does not sell.

*apologies to Fred Thompson

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