Friday, May 01, 2009

The thought is in the air

The following is a personal perspective paper of The Jacksonian Party.

Many have tried to give Divine push to their political outlooks and yet when the quotes come to back the politics the meaning is lost:  try a powerful quote without the backing of it by anything happening, and you get non-support for your politics.  Thus a quote that I had remembered for ages, used in song and stage, recaptured in print ideas again and again and Mark Steyn at Maclean's is the one to get the gist of it the best.


From Mark Steyn:

The sums are bigger than in King Belshazzar’s day: mina mina, shekel, half-mina. Now it’s trillion trillion, billion, half-trillion. But throughout the advanced social democracies the upshot’s the same: demographically, the days of the kingdom are numbered; fiscally, we’ve been weighed in the balances and found wanting; and geopolitically, the Persians and others (no sign of any Medes) are beginning to divide up what’s still supposed to be a “unipolar” world.

Bertie’s Aunt Dahlia is right: once upon a time, you were certainly an ass if you didn’t know where “the writing on the wall” came from. It was part of the accumulated cultural inheritance: Handel and William Walton wrote oratorios about it. It was routinely alluded to, hither and yon: “No more his eager call / The writing’s on the wall,” as Judy Garland sang in A Star Is Born, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Wodehouse’s pal Ira Gershwin. Rembrandt’s painting of Belshazzar’s Feast hangs in the National Gallery in a London all but oblivious to its significance, not least in G20 week. Today, I doubt one in a thousand Canadian high-schoolers would have a clue whence the expression derives. And one sign that the writing’s on the wall is when society no longer knows what “the writing on the wall” means.

Our society, once so steeped in the Western Tradition of knowledge and wisdom now grows up a generation or two that not only disdain but ignore that knowledge and wisdom. It is thusly so strange that they echo just before these generations were ill-taught, ill-advised and deceived by those that had for so long looked to do wrong to liberty and freedom.  Turned from what matters to what doesn't one song now comes to haunt those generations that those in power have purposefully sought to ruin:

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls"
And whispered in the sounds of silence

The Sounds of Silence was an anthem of angst, yet the dying of the light that started then was witnessed, even if those that saw it could not understand that it was their light that was dying by their own hands.  A generation that had come to invest itself in men, not laws, would soon turn from laws to man and the neon gods being put forward on television screens and pushed out the door in all their glory.  As a member of the generation just after that, I have had to fight, and fight very, very hard to find the actual sources of wisdom that guided our Forefathers and how they realized that the Laws of God and the laws of man had distinction, needs and attributes that were different from each other.  How could one seek to reconcile Moses coming with the Laws of God, throwing them to the ground in disgust at his people's actions and then turn to break one of the Laws he had been given?

If we adore the Laws of God, we recognize the frailty of man and that to uphold the law is more important than the blind fury of those that do not.  To be serious about the Laws of God, then there must be no breach of them, and yet that is exactly what was done by the one chosen to bring those to mankind.  This would, indeed, purify the Jewish people of those that would worship the idols, but the price was in breaking the very Laws given to be eternal.  Putting the broken tablets together to make them whole would not be possible then or now.  By not teaching our history and being proud of it, we have broken with it, and if the journey made from unsophisticated man ruled by passion to modern man ruling his passions by the law are broken, then it is to the Law of Nature we head, given to Nature by its God.

A society once passing that must work very hard to regain its lost soul, and not bow down to neon god and the smiling of man who vows to do good, and yet breaks his promises at every turn.  The words are silent.

The meaning clear.

Even knowing how many pieces there are, the whole cannot be made again.



"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III
Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 - 1900)

We value many things beyond price.  Good health, loving family, the ability to decide one's own course in life and deal with it.  No one can put a cost upon these things, and attempts to try and do so require losing liberty not only personally but creating a society that no longer has liberty and freedom to exercise it.  These things that have no price, once they have a cost put on them, then lose their value and become debased. 

There are many people willing to bankrupt the Nation, the people and you to get good health care, but they do not recognize that getting such is an act of liberty, not one of merely saying how much it costs to get health care.  It is beyond price because no earthly cost can cover it: everyone wants perfect health, and to achieve it, to get those extra few days, hours, minutes and seconds of life, one must make the judgment between spending themselves into oblivion, and thus losing any chance of care, or being wise and understanding that to live within one's means requires self-responsibility. 

Is it any wonder that when your 'cost' is taken from the equation, the actual cost of the delivery of this priceless good then skyrockets?  Even worse is that to get such lovely and 'free' health care, the decisions on your actual health pass from your hands to those disinterested in you, as an individual.  No matter how nice the bureaucrats are and the 'appeals board' you are now APPEALING for something that used to be under your absolute control.  When laws get passed on what can and cannot be done, as physicians move from the medical field as they become over-regulated, the cost rises higher and higher and higher.  Your 'payment' is to let others decide your health FOR YOU and now you can only APPEAL to these people you so ill-advisely trusted: politicians, lobbyists, corporations.

Your health, which is your concern because it keeps you alive, is now put into the hands of those who will decide if the value of your life and health is worth the cost to THEM.

This is seen on health and safety 'regulations' that put lovely warning labels on products never meant for some things, like using a ladder that doesn't reach as far as you thought it did and then trying to jump up from the top to where you want to go.  It was never meant for that, and yet I am sure, someplace, someone has sued based on their own inability to use reason and placed wishful thinking above that and blame others for it.  If you can't figure out if something can be used in a certain way, then ASK someone who knows what they are doing or research it YOURSELF.

Don't take that plugged in hair dryer into the shower with you, as you will get electrocuted.

Don't walk under ladders because you never know what numbskull is above you trying to jump up from it, or drop something just by accident.

That cape will not let you fly off the roof of your house.

If you don't know if its loaded, then CHECK first.

Learn to say 'please' when asking for something and 'thank you' upon receiving something of value to you.

No one can exercise common sense for you.  No warning sticker takes the place of your good sense, your ability to reason and ASKING for help.  Yet we pay the cost for people doing these sorts of things, getting themselves killed or injured and then having laws made to ensure that other nit-wits will have a perfectly good warning sticker to IGNORE and then complain that no one taught them to READ.

Perhaps because too much time was spent on the stickers and not enough spent on teaching people to read.

The writing on the wall does you no good if you can't read it, and even Belshazzar had to ask folks for help in that, of course by then it was too late.

Because we cannot see to count, our times are numbered.



Its a disaster.

What is?

Anything you wish to gain attention.

Drunk drivers?  A disaster, not a damned fool decision made by those that can't figure out how to moderate their drinking.

Obesity? A disaster, not a reflection of the most affluent society the world has ever seen where THAT could be a problem for the poor and not starving as is usually the case.

Smoking? A disaster, not something that has plenty of warning labels, good pharmacology behind it and is a known addictive substance with long term health effects that you then seek to avoid by getting others to pay for them.

Planes crashing into the World Trade Center?  Obviously the fault of those inside them, no?

That is the thinking of the political class of the Left and many 'moderates' in America today.

The weight of your personal decisions should be lifted FROM you and let government decide them FOR you so that YOU can be dictated to about your life.  Those that attack you?  It is your fault for being well off enough to afford having government do all these things for you, and the remedy is that taxation will make you poor.  Then, of course, you will be blamed for devaluing poverty because the 'truly needy' have gotten your money, your goods, your wealth and squandered them berating you.

There is a trick to the following equation:

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
-Benjamin Franklin

If you give up none of your negative liberties, to wage war, to hold others against their will, to inflict pain and suffering for misdeeds that you judge with no other backing, then you will get NO security.

There is nothing so frightening as man who has reclaimed all his negative liberties to himself and then sets about to wage war on civilization.

LASTLY, the crime of piracy, or robbery and depredation upon the high seas, is an offense against the universal law of society; a pirate being, according to Sir Edward Coke,10 hostis humani generis [enemy to mankind]. As therefore he has renounced all the benefits of society and government, and has reduced himself afresh to the savage state of nature, by declaring war against all mankind, all mankind must declare war against him: so that every community has a right, by the rule of self-defense, to inflict that punishment upon him, which every individual would in a state of nature have been otherwise entitled to do, any invasion of his person or personal property.

That from Blackstone's Commentaries on the English common law, that would be well known by Franklin.

We seek society so as to define our common values, our common liberties and rights and then vest our negative liberties into government to protect us from those who retain all their liberties under the Law of Nature.  Ben Franklin does not mention this as he probably felt it did not need to be mentioned, but the implication of NOT vesting our negative liberties into the organs of society known as government is to have no security at all.  Any who put forward that the means to defend ourselves from those who have returned to the savage ways of nature is either 'uncivilized' or creating tyranny, need to address just what the basis of civilization is and what the actual boundaries are between civilization and Nature and what to do with those that recognize NO law of man and are savages in their outlook.

The weight of stepping from society, from civilization to attack it is not a responsibility of those being attacked.  Those attacked are the victims and have every right, under the Law of Nature inflicted upon THEM, to use those exact, same laws upon the attackers.  In civilization we ensure that we are not brutalized by that liberty to do that by holding government accountable for its actions, but the judgment of using savage tactics upon those who have reverted to savagery depends upon the severity of the attacks and the long term consequences of not stopping more of them.  Our civilization is NOT a suicide pact so that we are to be liquidated by savage man come to kill us.  Nor is it a straightjacket to bind us so we cannot defend ourselves with all means necessary as dictated by the actions taken against us.

To those that seek to make morally equivalent the brutality of those stepping away from civilization to attack all mankind to the necessary means to defeat them put society and their very lives at risk when they elevate the attacker's stature to that of civilized human.  They aren't.  The actions taken speak much louder than any word, any invocation, any protestation, any excuse.  The means to address those grievances are available under civil law and if they cannot abide by civil law then they are an absolute moral threat to civilization and a physical threat to our very being and OUR liberties and freedom. 

In our understanding of 'outlaw' it is one that is not provided the protection of the law: to be outside the law.

To gain benefit of the law's protection, one must submit to it.

To do the opposite and take up arms and then attack is beyond any civil law to provide for them.  We do put in place actual laws for those that can be brought in, but the discretion of moving from the realm of the martial to the realm of the civil with those who seek no benefit, no adherence and, indeed, the destruction of both areas of law, is to be put upon the captor getting brutal, savage man and then deciding what to do with him.  Those that merely kill these humans of savagery are to be understood and no action taken against them: they are defending themselves, ourselves, our society, our laws and our Nation.  When savage man attacks, our civil and even martial laws run into man as beast: cunning, wild, and seeking power over everything.

When the weight of those attacking are placed upon the victim, there is not only no justice in doing so, but the effect is to step away from civilization and say that savage man is all we will be and lets just get rid of this civilization so that the few can inflict themselves upon the many.  It is an invitation to warlords to return.

Not to oppose them is to welcome a Dark Age upon us.

Still many wish that above all things as they cannot stand being civilized.

Thus in the balance we hang, where each is to do their duty to all of society, and those wishing to encourage the beast do just the opposite.

The scales tip as the balance shifts against Nations... and society.



A house divided against itself cannot stand.
-Abraham Lincoln

A man comes to run for office to 'heal the Nation' and go past the old boundaries of partisanship.

Instead he runs a tired, old agenda and calls it fresh just because he is doing it, and ignores that it has been tried and failed before in other lands.

A man claiming to be one of the people then calls the people unhelpful when they demonstrate against ill policy.

Our common dream of being able to judge a man by the content of his character then becomes a source of chastisement that it is really about race.

Pressing forward with petty politics and seeking to impoverish the rich so as to make them poor, the very foundation of the house is attacked with gusto, seeking to rend it apart into divisions and so part the people.

Well have we understood this to be the role of government as was said before the Nation was born by Thomas Paine in Common Sense:

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least. WHEREFORE, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows, that whatever FORM thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.

Government enlarged, government more expensive, government more expansive are the exact opposite of the way the House was built.  The least possible government is the best and yet we now hear that we need more and more and more of it, to address every need, account for every infraction and create new ones with which to rob the people of their liberty.  To do all this we see our future earnings for two generations flow out of government and we see that our children will pay for our petty needs and leave none for them.

These are the chains of ill government brought to us by a man who said that he would, indeed, comb through every line item, and then disavows that with the very first signing of a bill that none has read.

We hear how dissent both is and is not the highest form of patriotism, so as to foment disorder and then suppress those who do not agree with the direction of things.

That is hypocrisy.

That is authoritarian.

That is despotic.

Congress sets us to war in two lands, and the hue and cry that one was just and the other unjust turns out to be mere stances taken to divide up the population yet again.  Those who raise the question forget that it is their representatives that determined the Just actions, not their dissent.  Even if wrongly gone to war, it must be backed until such time as it is either wholly repudiated by Congress or the outcome of the conflict determines our future course in any land.  To win is to be a gracious victor, extend a hand of friendship and let the people know it was their government, not them, that we did oppose.  To lose is to let others dictate terms to us.  To dissent to no earthly end is dissolution cast upon the waters of the body politic.

And yet those who cried so greatly for fighting the war they liked now find themselves with a President, for the first time in American History, who has ordered LESS to be committed to the fight.  No economics can guide that - one either commits or not and now this President is dissolving our understanding that to fight a war requires full commitment to it.  Instead we get half-baked ideas on warmed over and maggot infested dough that has gone green, and told it is wholesome.  Save the banks!  Save the auto companies!  Save this pet project or that one or all of them!  Health care is so important!  And 'green' energy!

What did happen to fighting in that Just war?

Each and every word spoken has an 'expiration date' on it, when it will be decided that it was not a good idea.  Some expire in hours, others in days, and a few have lasted a month or two.  Until political expediency requires changing, again... and again... without hope or solace or direction or reason behind it.  To say one does not want to nationalize banks or auto companies requires DIVESTING the nation's government of them.  Yet that utterly, completely, and straightforward approach to actually DO AS YOU SAY is not taken.  Laws pass, but who truly cares about the pet ideology of the moment?  It is ALL exhausting the nation, robbing us of liberty and returning us to chains.

Soon we will find a later passage from Mr. Paine most enlightening:

The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflexion. Without law, without government, without any other mode of power than what is founded on, and granted by courtesy. Held together by an unexampled concurrence of sentiment, which, is nevertheless subject to change, and which, every secret enemy is endeavouring to dissolve. Our present condition, is, Legislation without law; wisdom without a plan; a constitution without a name; and, what is strangely astonishing, perfect Independance contending for dependance. The instance is without a precedent; the case never existed before; and who can tell what may be the event? The property of no man is secure in the present unbraced system of things. The mind of the multitude is left at random, and seeing no fixed object before them, they pursue such as fancy or opinion starts. Nothing is criminal; there is no such thing as treason; wherefore, every one thinks himself at liberty to act as he pleases. The Tories dared not have assembled offensively, had they known that their lives, by that act, were forfeited to the laws of the state. A line of distinction should be drawn, between, English soldiers taken in battle, and inhabitants of America taken in arms. The first are prisoners, but the latter traitors. The one forfeits his liberty, the other his head.

Yes, none dare call it treason when a President does not carry out the duties of office to actually run a war authorized by Congress.  He has too many jobs that are NOT given to the President, Congress, Supreme Court or, indeed, to any facet of National government to do.  Strange that he wants all those jobs, but not the one he swore an Oath to.


Perhaps they should repeat it yet again to remind him of his duties?

These things divide the Nation and set it against itself.  Breaking the law is a mere affectation to the ruling elite who seek to empower criminals and subjugate the population to their horrific whims.  They distract time and again with all sorts of minor indulgences and errors and 'bloopers' and then we hear the sycophants trot out 'not to judge to quickly'!  Or 'he is new at the job'!

If it is too much to ask, if he was not prepared for the job on the very first day, then why in the hell did he RUN FOR IT?

There is no harder job on the planet and it is a volunteer position.  The President is to be the stalwart guardian of the Nation, upholder of its laws and guarantor that our enemies will be addressed.  Then why is it that our enemies are given succor and the PEOPLE are castigated for complaining about the cost of government and the man's inability to actually DO HIS JOB?

Those that have sought to divide the Nation know exactly what they do... and their reasons are legion, and the forethought is the exact same that Epimetheus had.  Much to his brothers discontent when he had to figure out what to give man.

It is seen and can be felt, a Nation divided.

Not between the haves and have-nots.

But between the despotic and the people.

A Nation is thusly divided that cannot attack during a war, cannot chastise its enemies and then goes to offend its friends and berate those that are the population of the Nation.

Divided it cannot stand.



America from its founding was numbered, twice.

Once from 1776-1786, under the Articles of Confederation, and that was found to be not well enough measured to meet the needs of the young Nation.

Again from 1787-1861, under the Constitution, and that was found to be lacking in Justice for all men.

America was weighed, once.

Weighed by the scales of such injustice the Nation was found wanting.

And then it divided.

Divided it fell into war.


We are the sons and daughters of the first Abraham and the second Abraham Lincoln.  The assassination of the second robbed us of the man who was President, who had saved the Nation, and who had started the means to amend past wrongs.  Those wrongs, however, killed him and the knitting took decades to work out.  To finally come to terms with that past took decades, and yet the goal was to have a society where all men were judged by who they were, not what they looked like.

From 1900-1964 America suffered through multiple wars, beyond just the World War.  In the Philippines, Haiti, Guatemala, the Cold War, Korea and Viet Nam we would see the Nation measure itself many times and only in the last was societal unrest happening, not due to the old problem from before the Civil War, but from a new one that arose from a generation born of privilege.  Given the best and greatest start of any generation in America, they found it not to measure up to their standards and demanded another set of standards of absolute perfection.  No Nation, no people, no ONE can measure up to that, and yet in found wanting of a nebulous state of perfection those inside the Nation came to abridge the measuring scales when they moved into power.  Past wrongs so abhorrent to them were now perfectly amenable to their perfect status.

Their measure was not the measure of man nor God.

For even creation is rife with imperfection.

That work of knitting our society together to ensure that all men have equal justice has not come to fruition by those who have distorted the law through privileges, quotas and other things which allow some citizens to get unequal treatment by government.  Those wishing to divide society chose government as it is the perfect actor to distinguish things and then treat them based on classification systems.  When applied to society, however, the end result is not 'enhanced' justice or 'making amends' via the law, but to inculcate that there are separate laws for different types of citizens based on gross features and beliefs.

The words of the modern prophets were not those of speaking up for equality, in those subway walls and tenement halls.  Those tenements had been built as part of the 'Great Society' to segregate people based on their class and race, and tore up neighborhoods of property owners to make them into renters.  Words going up were not ones that stayed silent, however,  as they reflected a slow brutalization of a once vigorous culture under the tender lash of a 'Great Society'.  Gangs that had once had to disperse to homes with mothers and fathers now became the focal point of any culture in poor, black communities.  And even once the tenements put up by government are, finally and with great prejudice, torn down, the violence that was given to grow in them has spread.  When government sought to do 'great good' as part of the 'Great Society', it committed an act of unspeakable evil to destroy the stable black culture that had thrived and was integrating with all of America and set it apart, once more, and then impoverished it further through neglect.

This ill created measurement of 'kindness' is anathema to America, and yet it continues on in our culture to attempt to digest it.  The measure of government is not the measure of ourselves as free people, but of our necessary evil given 'good' to do and turning upon society to corrode it.  Those that decried the evil of warfare re-instituted the evil of segregation and separation and neglect by willful good words and cheer of how government is can do 'so much good' that it creates debt now and far into our future if we can survive the next few months and years.  The effort to erase this knowledge of what a necessary evil government is has taken most of the 20th century by those that had come to power early in it.  They sought to remake man in a twisted image of perfection and now we have a twisted culture and ever growing evil we call government that sees citizens as a threat.

Measured once to evil means to gain horrific ends, America is distorted.


From 1964-2008 those who came of age during this distorted era now come to fruition in power.

They have not been taught history nor the basis of civilization.  Ignorance is not bliss, but fatal as the wisdom we can derive from past mistakes and past good work is now derided as created by a culture that just isn't 'multi-cultural' enough.  Strange that a culture that embraces societies stretching from central Asia to the Straights of Gibraltar, from above the Arctic Circle down to the last spot of land in Africa in the south, is derided as not being multi-cultural.  We can flip through our histories and see how the good peoples of Axum and Egypt and Mesopotamia and India have all influenced culture in Europe, and yet those wishing to debase that history deride it... and thus show their own grasp of history to be weak and ideologically driven.

We have been taught we are a democracy, that it is 'winner take all' and that all you need is 50%+1 to win.  But that is not the case, as that is the rule of the mob.  We live in a Republic under a Common Law, and utilize representative democracy in the Legislative Branch and indirect electoral democracy for the Executive Branch.  To 'win' in a pure democracy is to disenfranchise the minority.  To 'win' in a Republic is to recognize that the laws must fall upon ALL of society EQUALLY, and that the process is to create good laws for all in society, not just those who brought you to power.  To not do so is to undermine the common law and respect for the law so that society may thrive knowing that it all members are treated equally by the law.  Winner take all is purely partisan and authoritarian: it is wonderful for games, awful for societies and Nations.

To get a 'majority' of those who vote, the two parties have worked diligently year after year to isolate themselves from the public and allowed the ill-made laws of a sliding-proportionality, fixed size House of Representatives disenfranchise the people.  As we grow in size so must we manage our affairs in this larger society, but our Congress is stuck at the size it had in 1911: they do not have the numbers to cope with a prosperous and populous Nation and we are no longer represented well or at all by those seeking to divide the people.  At smaller scale representation your voice is heard and your vote matters, but in large scale politics your voice disappears and your votes only matter when turnout drops precipitously.   That is what has happened since 1964, during which the US had nearly 70% voter turnout to 2008 in which it is down to 51%.  That is a near 20% drop, or 1 in 5 voting age Americans, who do not vote and have joined the previous 30% to register their non-affiliation with the system.  Thus we have a system, as measured, that runs on a minority basis no matter who wins.  That leaves choices and politics up to ever more distant ideologues or 'pragmatists' who see great ends in getting their names in lights, giving their supporters goodies and then as an afterthought, actually try to make some decent laws for the Nation.  When they aren't carrying out some partisan cause or another.

If the legitimacy in representative democracy is support and turnout, then America is failing and nearly dead as a representative democracy.

Measured to these mean ends, America no longer recognizes herself and her people become distant from her, as we are no longer We the People.


Those that lift the weight of society, the State and the Nation are its citizens, not government.

Our common compact states that it is up to We the People to do many good things for ourselves, and that we institute government as one very limited way of achieving a few of those things.  The point of government is to find those that can govern with restraint and not overburden the people with laws and taxes.  Thus limited government is the goal of any Republic, as to do otherwise concentrates too much power into too few hands and puts liberty and freedom at risk to those seeking self-aggrandizing power over their fellow citizens.

As the power and scope of government grows, we lose liberty, freedom and the ability to lead our own lives well.  Government taxes us, and takes the fruit of our labors and squanders it on the worse sorts of bureaucracy which produce a mere four dimes for every dollar put in.  The regulations of government tell us what we may or may not do with our bodies, our property and our activities, beyond those few things that endanger individuals and society by life and limb, we get limitations on what we can buy, what we can sell and what we can eat.  The calls of some to attempt to take those positive Natural liberties that exist within us, the right to form our own communities, the right to defend ourselves and our property, and the right to think as we may so long as we do not endanger others... these are totalitarian in scope and concept and seek do disarm us in a hostile word and turn us into mere victims of government.

That growth is a great and ponderous weight on a free people.

They are the weight of chains being forged to encompass the human soul and yoke it to our necessary evil so that it may become pure evil in its own right.

We have, indeed, forgotten the horrors of slavery and now seek to enslave ourselves to ideals that are horrific in seeking nebulous perfection defined by the few for the many.

Weighed the chains of enslavement are sold with ill-intentions coated in sweet words, and we are lashed by those who wish those chains to be fitted and by the government that comes to their control, and will soon devour them as well.


Using the bludgeon and whip of government to discriminate in society, society is divided.

Not just once, we should be so lucky!  No the tender mercies of those that wish division amongst all things even divides within divisions on and on and on until you only become a tag of sub-divisions and have not greater meaning to government than those tags.  Our fellow man who then looks at those tags think they can take the measure of the man, twice, and see him to be lacking in weight by ill measures and then break him so as to divide his body from his soul.

In America this division has been present since before the Founding and nearly destroyed the Confederation in 1786.  Now it appears again, the great rift of society between Urban and Rural America.  Between those who believe in concentrated power and those who believe in dispersed power that is disaggregated.  Those seeking to concentrate power live in those environments of concentration where great works of public need must be done so that people can survive.  These magnificent cities can benefit from small improvements in limited areas and see great changes... yet those same improvements put to anything larger than a city fail and miserably, as the concentration of humanity is not there to have any real effect.  It is easy to be a Ward Boss where a half day of walking around can get you to your entire Ward.  It is much harder if that half day barely gets you from one small group of people to the next as is seen from the suburbs to rural America.

As those who get elected come more and more from the great population centers, they outnumber their rural brethren, and shift the Nation to where the people are, but also exclude the good ideas of how the more disparate areas live from their consciousness.  In truth there are not enough representatives in the most densely populated areas to reflect their true scale of diversity, and so bland metropolitan life is represented not as thriving and prosperous, but as a grey similarity from city to city.  Yet even within cities great neighborhoods could demonstrate how social ills can be countered and good ideas spread from them, if they were but given a voice in more than local affairs.  That great diversity in how we live in areas great and small, is lost at the top of the Nation and those that govern soon see only sameness, not diversity... no matter how much they want the latter they are unwilling to REACH FOR IT by changing the representation system in the House.

That is not governing in understanding, that is ruling in FEAR of those you are attempting to rule.  They no more want 'diversity' than they want 'liberty' to be had because they cannot control it, harness it and make it work for them.  And the more they try the poorer we all become and the greater the smiles from those who crush us to make us equal.

We the People have a basic and fundamental division in our culture and it remains, to this day, as unaddressed as it was in the 1760's.  The Revolution, Confederation, Constitution and Civil War all only address this in parts and pieces, and when the Constitution is debased, as it was in the early part of the 20th century, to remove the power of States in the Senate and by the Congress to limit the say of the people in the House, that divide lengthens.


It is a chasm that now starts, culturally, at interstate bypasses.

Live inside the bypass and you are more akin to metropolitan America and Cities: centralizing is the solution.

Live outside the bypass and you are in suburban, small town and rural America: decentralizing is the way of life and the way to survive.

To address both can only be done by minimal laws and letting the citizenry work its liberty to its own ends to address the greater needs of society.

Yet we elect a man from City environs who promised much about crossing the divide, and then his actions seek to increase it until America falls apart.

This is not new, in America, but never has it been attacked and opened to such a great as an extent as today.

What has come back is the path of the Shaysites that did not start with Shays or even armed attacks, but started as civil protestations by the mass of America outside of Cities to end horrific spending and taxation that does little to help and horrific amounts to hurt liberty and freedom.

That started with civil discussions.

Civil protests.

And nearly turned to open war, save for the lack of one message getting to where it was supposed to go.

That last is no longer a problem in modern America.

Divided, the modern world now gives that power that was once only in the realm of cities, fast communication, to wide ranging rural areas.


Again we have been measured, twice.

Weighed and weighted continuously for years.

Divided by the ancient way we came to live in this new land.


It is time to pull the plug on the neon god.


And speak of the sounds of silence.


Peregrine John said...

Ancient wisdom, my friend.

Mene mene tekel upharsin. (A translation: Forsooth, thou'rt screwèd.)

Lincoln was wisely quoting Jesus (from Luke ch.11), and it's something we should remember. The bumper stickers that say, "UNITED WE STAND" may sound like they're using some high-falutin' grammar, but they're really only telling half the saying, and missing a comma. More fully and accurately: United, we stand; divided, we fall.

In a marvelous display of combined denial and projection, George Lucas wrote in The Revenge of the Sith, "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause." His ham-handed attempt at commentary on W's reelection was specious at best, considering the enormous amount of non-applause that went on. At the moment, however, from Congress and the 4th Estate...

Let's just say that Habakkuk is looking uncomfortably familiar about now.

A Jacksonian said...

John - As humans we create society that tends to run in certain pattern types. We do vary the circumstances and instances of them, but the underlying patterns remain as part of how we express ourselves as humans creating society.

I was thinking of an SF story where this was a central point of it, that the cost of a Nation is not in dollars but is otherwise doubly measured, weighed and ultimately divided.

As Lincoln likened it to a house, Franklin told those who had joined in the Revolution: Either we hang together or we will, assuredly, all hang separately. Same thought, different mode and expression of it. Without cohesion our society falls apart and takes the people with it into chaos and death.

It is interesting to see such well off elites having their lovely meals and breaking all decorum of the past and think of Caesar... and that Augustus, after having such a rowdy younger life, would then become the petulant critic of those very things and find that even an Emperor has limits to his power to enforce morality. Thus we would get Caligula down the line... when we elect those who see power as a means to an end for self-fulfillment and to hell with the Nation we witness decadence: the high state of decay we saw in Imperial Rome. At the end of the Western Empire being chaste suddenly made you a rebel, and the religion of that flourished against the decadent and debauched culture that was failing. Now we seek like so many of the Emperors, to put in place by law and fiat things that society does not abide by.

Those that wish such rule, applaud it in all its forms and will attack any who are against it in the most base and vile means necessary. We have lost the courtesy and civility that was present during the time of Paine: we are becoming deeply uncivilized. I would not be surprised to see an actual donkey put into the Senate... just as happened in Rome. It would be applauded by those who love seeing power concentrated.

Right to the moment it is used against them, of course.

But the Left has forgotten the history of such things, and now we see it play out yet again.

And we can hear the strain of the old division now coming undone. Not based on race. But on culture. At this rate it will not hold until those grabbing power start to do the unthinkable, which is now barreling down the road at us. That culture being attacked never starts fights.

But it sure, as hell, finishes them.