President Obama and Mob Rule

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In the latter days of the Roman Empire it was mob rule that guided Rome to its eventual demise.  Emperors remained in power for as long as the mob was entertained and distracted.  Emperors recognized the power of the mob and used it to increase their popularity and gain support for radical reforms and much like the Roman Emperors of old who used the mobs to advance their agenda today very little has changed.

America stands on the edge of a fiscal cliff.  There is gridlock in Washington and both sides appear to be unwilling to compromise.  Where is President Obama?  Why isn’t he in Washington leading?   Because Obama recognizes the power of the mob and he’s still in campaign mode traveling around the country stirring the mob up.  Check out the below video.

Notice the reaction of the crowd when he injects the right to work issue.  They go crazy.  He’s playing to the emotions of the mob.  He’s using the mob to generate support.  Does Obama really care whether or not a state votes to become a right to work state?  It doesn’t matter because he knows the union workers in Michigan do care and he uses their care for this issue to garner support.  Why do you think he brought it up so early in the speech?  Because he knew the mob would gobble it up in-turn setting the tone for the rest of the speech.  He’s using these good people and they don’t even realize it.  It’s a sad thing to observe in America.

Below is a clip from the movie Gladiator that pretty much sums up Obama’s America.  It’s not the best quality but you’ll get the point.

Gracchus Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.
Falco: You really think people are going to be seduced by that?
Gracchus: I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they’ll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they’ll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it’s the sand of the coliseum. He’ll bring them death – and they will love him for it.

This is what democracy looks like America…mob rule.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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Three Possible Futures for America

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Conservatives, tea-partiers, libertarians, patriots, and those who still follow traditional American social or political values are currently facing three different possible scenario’s:

  1. America is still on the way up and the damage that President Obama and his Democratic allies (and some Republicans too) have done to the nation are the kind of blows that America has routinely suffered through and emerged from stronger. President Obama may be Buchanan or Hoover, but America was eventually able to (after horrible times) follow those years with some good times. If Obama wins again in 2012, this will be bad, but a future Republican Presidency will re-correct the temporary pause in our continued growth and our children and our children’s children will live in health, happiness, prosperity, and military strength.
  2. America is at a crossroads and that it if President Obama and his Democratic allies (also including any Republican that supports government attack on life, liberty, and protection of property) remain in power it is likely that the damage that they will do- together with the damage they have already done- will be too great to recover from and never again will children live the same prosperous, happy, and secure lives that their parents did before them. An Obama win here will be the end of America- another four years of him remaining in power will solidify the damage already done and he will do further damage- he will ignore Congress and implement his policies of steering wealth and power to his friends, regardless of the wishes of the American people. President Obama in this case is Carter, and thankfully Carter only had one term, and Carter was followed by Reagan and a good several decades. Romney isn’t Reagan, but maybe a Reagan-like person will follow him and that those two Presidencies will be enough to jump-start our nation and revive its progress forward towards more secure lives, more liberty and freedom, and growing property.
  3. America is on the way down and that the damage to the Republic that President Obama and his Democratic allies (and the Supreme Court, moderate Republicans, third-party voters) did to our nation is too great for us to recover from. The massive amounts of debt, the lost years of production by great numbers of citizens, the impossible to redeem promises made, the rendering of the fabric of society, the stunning partisanship and divides that have been ripped open, the precedents for increased elite control over your lives, etc- these are all too great to be overcome. America is on the decline, and now it is simply a matter of how fast and how hard we fall. Of course your children will never receive Social Security and Medicare, but in this case they also have no military to protect them when they go overseas and will they have to travel on crumbling infrastructure here at home. They will be like the Romans were, looking around and wondering at future generations. In this case, Obama is not comparable to anyone in our history, since he is the end of America’s fortune, and whether Obama wins or loses in 2012, the damage he has done has already been too great for our nation to really recover from. At no point in the future, no matter if there is a two-term Romney Presidency followed by two terms of Jindal and two terms of Rubio, will our posterity enjoy the same protections to life, liberty, and property that they do today. The debt that we owe other nations is too great, our currency is too weak, our industrial base too compromised, social institutions too shattered, obligations to others too unable to be met, world events slipped too far towards tyranny and injustice, and our military too weakened- any conservative Republicans (or even conservative Democrats) would only delay the inevitable. But even a delay is better than the fall- watching the crumbling ruins of Rome and telling stories about being free men in the Republican was still better than being a slave to the whims of Caesars and being killed when Rome was sacked.

Three possible directions for the future of America, two possible choices on the ballot in 2012, and one true path to follow.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher
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Lessons from Rome: Entertain the People with Games

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Like many Americans I’m a huge sports fan.  I like a number of different sporting events from NASCAR to football.  Most team sports are a combination of individual effort and teamwork with a goal of winning.  Whether you participate or you’re a spectator, we all tend to get caught up in the games.  For a moment in time our troubles seem to lessen as we cheer on our favorite team or player.  We experience their successes and failures as if they were our own.  Yes that’s right for a moment in time we are distracted from everyday events and all things feel right with sports; we are entertained and happy for it.

In the last days of the Roman Republic the senate was corrupt and for sale to the highest bidder. The people were restless with their elected officials as the senate stripped more and more of their liberties away.  They felt like their voices were being ignored.  A new political threat from opportunistic generals was on the horizon.  Pompey, Crassus, and Caesar were positioning themselves for power with the First Triumvirate. Rome was fundamentally changing and the people could feel it.  Marcus Tullius Cicero a champion for the people and a powerful orator stood up and challenged the corruption in the senate and called for a return to the old republic.  People started listening to the words of this man as it threatened to halt Rome’s drift towards an empire.  It was time to distract the people from their troubles.  Let the games begin.  The crafty politicians and generals decided that the best way to subdue the mob was to entertain them with games.  With games the people did not need to trouble themselves with the daily mundane activities of the senate and politicians.  In fact in 65 BC, Julius Caesar spent an enormous amount of money to entertain the masses with games and the people loved it!

Eventually Caesar emerged as the leading political figure after a series of civil wars.  He was given the title of dictator for life by the senate and in-turn he greatly diminished the senate’s powers.  Rome remained a republic in name only.  How similar these events seem today.

Today we are faced with comparable threats to our own republic.  Our senate is corrupt, and opportunistic forces are on the horizon to fundamentally change our nation.  Our Constitution is under constant attack and our history is being watered down by a new progressive version of it.  The people are feeling restless and uneasy about the events of the day.  They feel that something doesn’t feel right and their voices are not being heard.  We now see Tea Party rallies and they are growing in size as more and more people recognize that our republic’s survival hangs in the balance.  This is a time when we should be focused on the powerful political shifts that are taking place in the nation in regards to the relationship between the government and the people.  This is the time when people should be digging for information about the Founding Fathers and reading our Constitution.  This is the time when people should be standing up to save the republic from the destructive path our government has us on.  And yet when I listened to people today at work, all I heard were people debating if Butler could beat Duke in the NCAA basketball championship.  I heard people talking about the Donovan McNabb trade to the Washington Redskins and what it means for the NFC East.  The people were entertained and talking about something other than the plight of our republic.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with finding an escape every now and then from our troubles, however when I see this I can’t help but recall my Roman history and the pivotal role games played in its transformation.

You see Americans love competition much like the Romans did.  We love the games because like I said they sweep us up and lessen our worries for a short time.  They allow us to be part of something we perceive is bigger than ourselves.  However in the end they distract us from what we should be really focusing on.  I once said that if people would commit one fourth of the energy that they have towards their favorite sports team and channel that energy towards our Constitution and the Founders we would not even be in this mess.  We would be a nation grounded in the principles of our Founders and following our Constitution.  Instead we are becoming a republic in name only.  Can we can find this one fourth to save our wonderful republic or do we lessen our worries through games and allow the republic to slip away?

History is always whispering in our ears.  Maybe if we pull our heads out of the games for a short time we will hear what history is trying telling us.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post: The Current

Image Credit: Impeach Obama Now

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