America Domesticated

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Domesticate: to take, especially by generations of breeding, to live in close association with human beings as a pet or work animal and usually creating a dependency so that the animal loses its ability to live in the wild.

I have the most pathetic dog in the world.  He’s a cock-a-poo.  He’s fat, lazy, and the only thing that qualifies as effort in his life is when he begs.  Still, we are pathetic owners.  We love him because he is cute and because he is ours.  We are those bad owners who give him food from the table and treats for tricks.  He sleeps on a nice bed, has his toys replaced when they go bad (due to his mistreatment of them), and has more money than can be justified spent on his health (shots for dog are more expensive than shots for kids?).  The good thing is that he will never run away because he is utterly lost more than 10 feet from the house.  He returns willingly and wanders cautiously.  He knows he has it good and he isn’t willing to try to make it on his own – he is owned by us.

Do I need to draw out the metaphor?  In what I amount to an inhumane act, our governments (local, state, and federal) have domesticated a large portion of our population in the ironic spirit of humanism.  In the same breath that speaks of care and comfort to the less fortunate comes the tyranny of superiority over the subordinate.  Man is not made to be the play thing of another man, nor do we as Americans believe in the hierarchy of men among men.  Our equality is measured in our nature; even if unequal in assets.  America, however, has floundered into the seemingly natural territory of masters and minions in an apparently vain attempt to counter that very condition.  Tycoons have become senators and moguls, our presidents.

I will not question the heart of Franklin Roosevelt when he looked on the “Oakies” in the mist of the Dustbowl.  No doubt their burden was more daunting than we can understand and Roosevelt’s empathy weighed heavy on their behalf.  It would have been hard to criticize him when he spoke had you lived through 7 years of drought and “black blizzards”.  Men who were independent and hardworking moved to the Midwest to build their future with their hands.  They bet everything on their fortitude and God’s grace.  When the rain stopped coming and the dust replaced sky they didn’t turn to handouts, but suffered with pride.  Pride can only stand so long against hunger, loss, and death.  Survival was key and FDR came with something that the climate refused to bring – hope.

History will remember the nation’s response to the Dustbowl in one of two ways; as an egregious takeover and influence of the private sector by the federal government or a benevolent act of necessary interference for a desperate citizenry.  The truth is likely somewhere in between, but philosophy and politics aren’t as concrete as outcomes and consequences.  Measuring those results is as convoluted as our judgment of them.  The child of an “Oakie” would likely define the success of those programs instituted quite differently than a Nutmegger.  Time offers no proper translation as we see further aftereffects today in the form of America’s dependency mentality.  While it may not be fair to lay that liability on FDR’s response to the Dustbowl and Great Depression entirely, surely a sensible man would concede that it helped propagate the approach.

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“The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!”
The great iniquity is presently the natural deterrence to self-sufficiency from an ever expanding caretaker role filled by our government.  However, an abandonment of Americans in need was a reality and the fate of those thousands sat in a balance that tilted heavily in the direction of death due to the empty counter of relief.  Man failed man in their time of need, and a careful study of American history will underscore that evil inclination.  Those who suffered the fate of a cursed land were abandoned and segregated by those whom the land blessed.  Humanity utterly failed on an individual level and required Government to fill a hole that brothers would not.

The secondary sin may have been predictable – that our foundations of individualism would erode with the mounting sea of government rolling in with a relentless tide.  That is a very heavy price that has been reverberated by many before me; but it is also misleading.  The deception comes in the notion that our chief founding principle is liberty – a tenet that we here at The Sentry Journal cherish deeply.  Allow me to quote a man whom we often quote when we speak of liberty.

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”
Patrick Henry

This is our foundation on which a great nation was built.  Our liberty is a vain tower of sand, easily washed away if not properly erected on the solid ground of true principle as man relates to man.  Our greed robs us of the purpose of government – to unite men on “foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

The point of all of this is this; many of us search for a renewal of independence in America as if that independence is our foundation, goal, and god.  Independence is merely a weapon of defense for a moral and responsible man.  Liberty is a responsibility that cannot be properly directed by the immoral and immature any more than a domesticated animal can be trusted to hold the leash tied around your neck…which is exactly where we find ourselves – government unleashed with a domesticated populous.  You can no more blame government for their takeover than you can the dog for running wild.  We’ve failed in our responsibility as individuals.

Original Post: The Sentry Journal

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Occupy Wall Street to cut Food for Vagrants and Ex-Convicts: Are they Becoming Conservative?

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Now, if we follow the narrative of Occupy Wall Street, we would think that they represent the 99% against the evil, satanic 1% that have been very successful.  However, it seems that two groups have been ejected from the 99%…

1.  The homeless.

2.  Released prisoners.

As we reported yesterday, the Occupiers have been occupied by vagrants and prisoners, who seek the free food, free love, and (probably less than free) drugs available at Occupy Wall Street.  In other words, the Occupods have created a microcosm of the welfare state, and were surprised when it worked in exactly the same way.

Now, it seems that the Occupods are limiting the food choices and quality, in order to discourage the freeloaders…

The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.

For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.

They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.

They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.

Some protesters threatened that the high-end meals could be cut off completely if the vagrants and criminals don’t disperse.

Unhappiness with their unwelcome guests was apparent throughout the day.

“We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out” to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer.

A security volunteer added that the cooks felt “overworked and underappreciated.”

Many of those being fed “are professional homeless people. They know what they’re doing,” said the guard at the food-storage area.

OK, let’s take a look at what they are doing.

First, let’s not forget that they are heavily favoring  re-distributive forms of government, like communism.  They want our government to steal from others, and give to them.  However, they seem to not practice what they preach in this situation.  In fact, they are, in a sense, acting as Conservatives.  Scoff if you like, but read on to see the reasoning…

1.  They start with a welfare state.  They provide food, blankets, and an environment filled with drugs and sex.

2.  As is predictable, dependent people come to mooch, and contribute nothing.  We all have observed that this is a side effect (or purpose) of the welfare state.

3. The response of the occupods shows some Conservative tendencies.  First, they are cutting back on the quality of the food.  Is that not CUTTING BENEFITS?  I bet they want these poor people to starve!  If they keep that up, there will be starved gangbangers and junkies lying dead in the streets!

4.  Is the “general committee” cutting back to save more and more of the $500,000 they have in the bank?  Could it be that the leaders are being “greedy,” holding on to their windfall at the expense of the unfortunate?  I mean, aren’t the prisoners, and particularly the vagrants, victims of the 1%?

5.  When they are referring people to soup kitchens and other charities, are they not like Conservatives, many of whom say that charities can serve the poor better that dependency inducing government welfare programs?

6.  Are they acknowledging a long held Conservative observation that the welfare state creates and maintains the professional poor, and that they know what they are doing by gaming the system?

Well occupods, let me be the first Conservative to welcome you to that enlightened world that we like to call “reality.”  If you try to connect the dots, you might even figure out that the system that you want to put on steroids created the very problem that you are currently decrying.

NOTE:  I am now referring to the Occupiers as Occupods, because it fits, and Alinsky’s Rule #5 goes both ways.

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Has The Time To Pay The Piper Arrived?

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It is sure beginning to look that way, isn’t it? that seems to be the message the markets are sending.

This is not the article I intended to post today. In fact, I had already written one that was related to this article in The Telegraph. It is an excellent article of insight into the European mess relative to the US mess. The author points out that there is a fundamental difference between Europe and the US that has its roots in our unique history and which is exemplified by the Tea Parties and our Tea Party representatives in the Congress and the Senate. The author shows no mercy for the leaders of Europe and she pulls no punches when it comes to Obama and the Democrats. Do find time to read this article. I think you will find it thought provoking. For now I’ll share with you this quote:

Also collapsing before our eyes is the lodestone of the Christian Socialist   doctrine that has underpinned the EU’s political philosophy: the idea that a   capitalist economy can support an ever-expanding socialist welfare state. (emphasis added)

As the EU leadership is (almost) admitting now, the next step to ensure the   survival of the world as we know it will involve moving toward a command   economy, in which individual countries and their electorates will lose   significant degrees of freedom and self-determination. (emphasis added)

Read again what i put in bold type in the first part of the quote above  “ the idea that a   capitalist economy can support an ever-expanding socialist welfare state”. This is what no one ever talks about when they promote the virtues of socialism or redistributing the wealth. Every socialist economy, be it the old Soviet style or the new and improved European/US style depends on capitalism to create the wealth that will be redistributed. It doesn’t matter is private capitalist that are generating the wealth or state capitalist that are generating the wealth. The difference between the two is that private capitalism is an order of magnitude more efficient than state capitalism. In the end, they both fail, as we are seeing so clearly today, because the capitalist wealth generation can not keep up with the ever expanding socialist welfare state.

If you want someone to blame for today’s world-wide financial crisis, blame the banksters (think Rothschild, Lazard-Ferris, Goldman Sachs, etc.). The banksters have been behind the move toward ever bigger socialist states since before the start of twentieth century. Looking only at the US for a moment, it took the banksters years to control enough US politicians to bring about the Federal Reserve in 1913. It took until 1971 to get the US, and thereby the world, to go off the gold standard and to accept fiat currencies world-wide that were pegged to the US dollar. Debt may be a curse to you and I but to the  banksters, it is their life blood.

If there is anything that the US and Europe should learn from the crisis we face today, it is that they must finally put an end  fiat currencies once and for all. It is time to listen to the Austrian Economist and bury the failed Keynesians deep in the earth. It is time that all currencies be backed by gold or some combination of commodities. that would put an end to the manipulations of the banksters and their puppet governments. a return to the gold standard or something akin to it is the only answer if we are to remain a free people. Adjusting to a gold standard will be very painful. It will require tearing down the Leviathan state and starting over again. Many of us have been warning for a long time that we either make the necessary corrections in an orderly fashion or events would force us to it in a much more brutal fashion. I fear we lost our chance to do it in an orderly fashion. I beg of you, dear readers, accept that we must pay the piper now or the banksters and their power broker allies will have their way us.

Make no mistake, my friends. The banksters and the powerful statist of the world will not go away quietly. They still have an ace up their sleeve. go back now to the second part of the above quote and read again the part in bold: “moving toward a command   economy, in which individual countries and their electorates will lose   significant degrees of freedom and self-determination.” What does she mean by this? I can only speculate; but I think I know what the banksters might be planning as a last ditch effort to maintain their power. In my opinion, the new world order vision they would like to move us toward is not classic Marxists states but something you might call “benevolent totalitarianism”.  The states would, of course, be all-powerful but instead of the states being the direct owners of all means of production they would make use of mega-corporations which would own all means of production. People would  live and work where the state decides they can live and work and their freedom of movement will severely limited. The bankster will want to replace the US  dollar with a new world reserve currency based on a basket of currencies and grudgingly a little bit of gold. You can be sure that his new reserve currency will be designed so that they can control and manipulate ii as in the past.

That , I think,  has been their vision. However, the banksters have a serious problem. They have lost control. They have in a sense out smarted themselves. This is dangerous. Very dangerous! I fear they see their only remaining chance to survive is war. And, I believe they have been planning for such an event. Do you really believe the recent events in the Middle East have come about spontaneously?

The question we must ask ourselves is : can the banksters and the power brokers be stopped? I must say the odds are not favorable. It would seem tha America and only America has any kind of chance to stop the  banksters.  If you read The Telegraph article linked above, the author points out that in Europe there are very few people who could be considered great defenders of freedom. The people of Europe have had a very different history from the very unique history that Americans have had. Only in america does there exist a culture of believing that liberty and freedom are sacred.

The choice is here and the choice is now. Through the deafening voice of public opinion, we can force our leaders to do what must be done. Only America can lead the way to freedom. We must choose now to live free or we will gradually become wards of the new “benevolent totalitarian state”.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts? Don’t be shy. You will not hurt my feelings if you call me a conspiracy nut, I promise.

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

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