Train. Like your life depends on it.
Train. Like your life depends on it.
“Moonshine trial ends with split verdict,” the headline read.
It caught my attention as I seldom peruse the various political rags and news sites. I consider them complete wastes of time filled with Stalinist (or fascist depending on the source) political drivel, progressive mentality and centrist statism of the worst order. The article was no surprise to me in the mountain South however. Certain traditions won’t die.
I read of the recent case in my home county with a shit-eating grin. The woman defendant in the case was charged with a sundry of drug and alcohol charges after calling 911 to seek help for her husband (who suffers from PTSD) who was threatening to kill himself. Upon arrival on the scene, it was calm, and officers directed their attention to marijuana paraphernalia and what appeared to be illicit, untaxed whiskey.
After the state’s instrument of prosecution built an elaborate narrative of ruthless drug dealers and rumrunners, with logs of customers and sales, and these people being a grave threat to society, their case collapsed. All charges came back not guilty, save one, which we’ll get to momentarily. It appears the drugs on site were used to treat PTSD and traumatic head injuries. (I would be remiss to also point out they found other drugs, including morphine, but these were ‘legal’ with a state granted prescription) The ‘customer log’ was merely a log of money she owed to a couple people who they borrowed from when they were on hard times.
It was a classic case of Jury Nullification. Many of the juror’s and would be juror’s were asked if they thought marijuana should be legal and if they did, could they judge the case based on the current law. So much for that, eh?
One other charge came back with a hung jury. This was the charge related to the possession of what they claim is approximately 20 gallons of illegal alcohol.
The ironic twist to this part of the case was that the defendant claims it was her inheritance from the late Popcorn Sutton, the infamous Smoky Mountain moonshiner. The defendant claimed that the liquor in her possession was legal and the taxes had been paid on it. Let me remind you that the alcohol tax amounts to approximately 40$ per gallon. For comparison, a gallon of gasoline nets the feds approximately 20 cents.
How could this be? Taxes paid on moonshine whiskey? The defendant stated that the local sheriff’s department knew she was in possession of this whiskey since 2008 and has never bothered her about it. She produced receipts that the taxes were paid in court.
To step back a little bit, Popcorn Sutton was arrested in 2008 and allegedly had in storage units, approximately 800 gallons of whiskey. When you are convicted with this type of thing, part of your sentence nearly always includes a fine, which is for the back taxes “owed” to the ATF/Treasury Department. My guess is that the defense is making the argument that the fine had been paid therefore the taxes are paid. Should said liquor not be legal to possess?
– Zombie Chairman Mao
“To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.”
– Zombie Adolf Hitler
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”
– Zombie Vladimir Lenin
Publisher’s Note: PSA from The Amphibian on 2/28/2018, Rezident Trump: “I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
Meanwhile, knife crime is on the rise in the Fabian communist paradise quaintly known to most as the United Kingdom.
I have changed my Kindle book prices on Amazon to 3.08 and 3.38 respectively in homage to the current weapons prohibition offensive by the government supremacists in yet another jeremiad against the fundamental prerogative of all free-range humans, self-defense against initiated violence.-BB
The fundamental questions are all wrong in the weapons prohibition debate.
“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”
– Jeff Cooper,
The recent demonstration of badged cowardice and institutional incompetence by the various armed fat boy (there’s a reason why police uniform suppliers make production pants with a 60 inch waist) fraternities chartered by the local thugs-in-government showcased the drama that is the state.
The state herds the young skulls full of malleable clay into Marxist indoctrination camps for three fourths of the year to train the mentally handicapped to be more so and ensure any independent thinkers are rooted out and dealt with.
A young man (19), mostly likely drugged out on school-prescribed SSRI drugs, buys a number of weapons through the government background check system at a local BATFE field office fronted as a gun store. He
Read this transcript of a timeline published in a local rag in FL. Also please note that Cruz had no father in the house since 2012 under his adoptive mother.
The badged Orcs had known of these issues for nearly five years.
Evil is as evil does.
The entire vaunted “law imposement” system failed from the local to the Federal level. I suspect the FBI was just like any other giant police bureaucracy and had other more important matters to pursue like Russian ghost hunts, sports betting, college, sports bribery schemes,
I have spent years documenting the gross and massive incompetence, grueling sadism and overtly political nature of the American “just-us” system and its army of badged thugs praying on hapless taxpayers across the country on this blog.
I have spent the same amount of time documenting the consistent and systematic erosion of private weapons ownership.
No political party in America is friendly to the private ownership of weapons.
You will note that no political party has ever advanced the notion of restricting the possession of weapons by the government.
The reason these violence brokers posing as statesman want you disarmed is elegantly simple.
Your money is not enough.
Over 98% of all mass shootings in the USSA since 1950 have occurred in gun free (victim disarmament) zones where the government mandated private disarmament or corporate entities that licked the foul taint of the government to mimic compliance. For the shooters, bringing a gun in a government certified “gun free zone” guaranteed a rather hazard free opportunity to maim and kill as many disarmed humans as they wished or found the time for.
The FBI apparatchiks define a mass shooting as four or more people killed and/or injured during a single shooting incident, and that definition typically is widely accepted by law enforcement agencies, criminal justice experts and the media. One can see the NYPD providing a demonstration here when they shot nine bystanders while trying to apprehend a shooter. Please note that the geniuses in the thick black and blue line charged the man they were shooting at with the casualties.
Only in Amerika.
The FBI has never been a law enforcement arm to protect Americans, its primary charter is similar to the Nazi and communist house security organs to ride herd on the feedlot known as America. Its primary purpose is political fixing and national security state advocacy. The latest kerfuffle with Comrades Comey and Mueller are simply the latest manifestation of the disease vector.
The latest shooting that has the collectivists filling their pants with glee at the prospect of further eroding the tools available for the final push to full communism in the USSA. You’ll note that the overweight but well turned out black and blue line didn’t enter the school until the shooting stopped.
I also suppose that many illegal drugs were freely available at the government mind laundry if one needed to purchase these besides the psychotropics administered by the schoolags themselves. Somewhat takes the wind out of the sails of the gun prohibitionists hoping to keep illegal cargo out of the schools.
The darlings need to get home to their roach motels at the end of their shift.
It’s always amusing to see the nation’s largest boosters of infanticide shedding crocodile tears over the loss of larval stage humans in the indoctrination centers.
The Bolsheviks smell blood, the Amphibian will sign anything that comes across his desk in the Offal Office and the cute Menshevik couple, Mrs. And Mrs. Ryan-McConnell will deliver the hoplophobic goods.
The GOP has never been a friend of private firearms ownership. Ever.
The NRA has been crafting weapons prohibition and restriction legislation since they first started suckling Congressional members in 1934. Karl Frederick, NRA President in 1934, during congressional NFA hearings testified “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. … I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”
Further: “I believe in regulatory methods. I think that makes it desirable that any such regulations imposed should not impose undue hardships on the law-abiding citizens and that they should not obstruct him in the right of self-defense, but that they should be directed exclusively, so far as possible, to suppressing the criminal use, or punishing the criminal use of weapons.”
Fuck you. There, I translated his homage to gun rights in America.
No more gun laws please and erase every one on the books now. That’s a good start.
If you believe in the untrammeled possession of weapons, you don’t have a single advocate in the Feral government.
Publisher’s Note: I may be one of the few who is not surprised in the least a Grand Old Politburo dominated state apparatus is increasing laws, spending and theft at astronomical levels.
“So why isn’t the GOP going to do a budget? Because the vote on the 2019 budget — the last one Congress will consider before the 2018 midterm elections — will reveal that all the Republican promises on the deficit and debt, including its blind belief on dynamic scoring, were completely bogus.”
Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. McConnell know exactly what they are doing.
Per the latest kerfuffle on the Deep State coup, this is nothing new. Remember that Comrade Ted Kennedy sought assistance from the USSR in 1980 to torpedo the Reagan election.
And please don’t be mistaken that the Grand Old Politburo is allergic to communism since the party was built on Lincoln’s Marxist project during the brutal war on the Southern exit strategy. The Republicans have been a big government party since their inception.
“We might also note that for six of Reagan’s eight years, he enjoyed a Republican-controlled Senate (from 1981-1987), all the while racking up record-breaking deficits.
So, is a vote for the GOP a vote for less government spending, more fiscal restraint, and “personal responsibility.” It’s hard to see how one could possibly construe that from the historical record.”
Commies gonna commie.
On another note, as a “defense observer”, I want you to get a taste of what your tax dollars are funding. The DoD acquisition system is a very expensive financial wrecking ball that hasn’t produced a single new successful large weapons program since retiring the A10 Thunderbolt II rolled off the factory floor in 1984. You’ll note the B1B, F22 and B117 are either moribund or cancelled.
Here is what 20,000,000,000 debt-bucks delivers now posing as a functional aircraft carrier. Keep in mind the Navy accepted this pig. I want you ton know if I took one debt-buck and stacked it up 20bn times, the tower would be approx 1,360 miles high.
“As of June 2017, the program estimates that EMALS has approximately 455 Mean Cycles Between Critical Failures (MCBCF) in the shipboard configuration, where a cycle represents the launch of one aircraft. While this estimate is above the rebaselined reliability growth curve, the rebaselined curve is well below the requirement of 4,166 MCBCF.
In June 2017, the Program Office estimated that the redesigned AAG had a reliability of approximately 19 Mean Cycles Between Operational Mission Failures (MCBOMF) in the shipboard configuration, where a cycle represents the recovery of one aircraft. This reliability estimate is well below the rebaselined reliability growth curve and well below the 16,500 MCBOMF specified in the requirements documents.”
In English that means the aircraft carrier cannot reliably launch aircraft sorties. And we haven’t even discussed the problems with the F35 disaster.
F35: Construction costs stand at $400 billion at the moment, almost twice the initial estimate. In a time of budgetary restraints and cutting back, the federal government insists on sinking $1.45 trillion over the next 50 years on a plane that is proving itself to be a lemon. Considering the estimate was only at $1 trillion in 2011, the $450 billion increase in required funds indicates that the $1.45 trillion will likely increase further.
The U.S. atomic bomb Manhattan Project cost $26 billion in its entirety measured in today’s dollars. To put it in perspective, the F-35 program costs grew by “approximately one Manhattan Project every three weeks between 2011 and 2012.”
That is your money forcibly drained from you.
That’s what you pay for (and your unborn grandchildren) under duress.
They are debt-bucks after all.
If you aren’t preparing for the worst, you aren’t paying attention. -BB
“But now, in which direction has latter-day American Liberalism tended? Has it tended towards an expanding régime of voluntary cooperation, or one of enforced cooperation? Have its efforts been directed consistently towards repealing existent measures of State coercion, or towards the devising and promotion of new ones? Has it tended steadily to enlarge or to reduce the margin of existence within which the individual may act as he pleases? Has it contemplated State intervention upon the citizen at an ever-increasing number of points, or at an ever-decreasing number? In short, has it consistently exhibited the philosophy of individualism or the philosophy of Statism?”
– Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945) From the Introduction to Spencer’s forgotten 1884 classic, The Man Versus the State
The latest internecine conflict between the wings of the uni-party in the swamp deserve some credit for revealing the absolute buffoonery of our overlords where they can’t even conduct a conspiracy worthy of the name.
My case in this essay is that no law can possibly grant freedom without taking from another. None.
In the larger scheme of things, what the 13th Amendment granted in removing chattel slavery did indeed replace that servitude with another codified in the loathsome 14th Amendment.
Malum prohibitum and malum in se laws have both been used and abused to point where one can’t be distinguished from another.
“These are what the law classifies as malum in se, as distinguished from malum prohibitum. Thus, murder, arson, robbery, assault, for example, are so classified; the “sense” or judgment of mankind is practically unanimous in regarding them as crimes. On the other hand, selling whiskey, possessing gold, and the planting of certain crops, are examples of the malum prohibitum, concerning which there is no such general agreement.”
I called the rule of law into question before and want to tease out a thread from the argument that probes even deeper into legitimacy.
John Hasnas makes the case:
“For with the acceptance of the myth of the rule of law comes a blindness to the fact that laws are merely the commands of those with political power, and an increased willingness to submit oneself to the yoke of the state. Once one is truly convinced that the law is an impersonal, objective code of justice rather than an expression of the will of the powerful, one is likely to be willing not only to relinquish a large measure of one’s own freedom, but to enthusiastically support the state in the suppression of others’ freedom as well.”
“Turkey is taking advantage of the war in order to thoroughly liquidate (grundlich aufzaumen) its internal foes, i.e., the indigenous Christians, without being thereby disturbed by foreign intervention. What on earth do you want? The question is settled. There are no more Armenians.”
– Talat Pasha in a conversation with Dr. Mordtmann of the German Embassy in June 1915…
Publisher’s Note: It’s amusing to watch the Deep State exposes itself in the proverbial raincoat through the many scandals emanating from the fetid swamp in Mordor on the Potomac.
If the NSA surveillance of the domestic herd is any count, there are no missing texts, emails or any electronic communications.
If you aren’t making the time to get fit, get to the range and get your head wrapped around taking care of yourself in the future-is-now American Serbia, you are not paying attention. -BB
Government is a death cult. It is the most profound mechanism outside of planetary extinction events to rid the globe of human beings. There have certainly been disease vectors like the plague in medieval times that wiped out significant parts of Europe but even that can be attributed to human volition to a certain extent.
The state is an exterminationist by trade, ask the aboriginal Americans.
Since the first agricultural communities attracted the government predator’s eye thousands of years ago and led to the tax accountancy records Charles Adams first pointed out to us. Hunter gatherer communities were quite a bit more difficult to pin down and cage within the confines of a tax jurisdiction. Tax jurisdictions are the center of gravity for governments to germinate and expand their nefarious enterprises.
All government historically leads to totalitarianism where no human transaction remains unmolested by statist interference. None.
Whether the murderous paroxysms of violence in the endless wars created by tax jurisdictions dressed in fancy bunting and flags in ancient times or today have more advanced killing machines, the mission is the same. Government will ultimately kill you for non-compliance of a seatbelt violation if your lack of obedience and insistence on resistance continues and escalates.
The more extreme examples of bureaucratized slaughter and mayhem visited on populations by governments are illustrative of the potential of every government to do the same. That is the genius of government, not only to elevate the absolute worst psychopaths to positions of power because they seek to rule others by default but it industrializes murder machines. How else can one explain the killing fields in Kampuchea, the bone yards in the former USSR and the mass starvation campaigns either inadvertently or intentionally launched against subject populations? From Rwanda to Armenia under the Turks to the North American aboriginal destruction in 18th and 19th century America, governments kill.
That is their ultimate fail-safe mechanism. If their power is threatened in any fashion, the cage and the sword and the grave are essential tools of governance.
Let’s travel down memory lane:
Many thanks to Dr. Rummel for the research he has pioneered in this effort.
I’ve recently repurposed 2x Keurig cup holders (drawers) for Glock barrels and gunsmithing paraphernalia in my safe.
I’ve also found that I can use fountain pen boxes for holding barrels in the range bag (even metal cigar tubes if a microfiber cloth is wrapped around the barrel).
I also gut and modify old day-planners of various sizes for concealed carry of the Glock
I use a Maxpedition Fatboy to hold my conversion kit and barrels for my 23-19 along with a small ‘smithing kit, lights and batteries. Whenever I employ the conversion, I just reverse the load-out in the MaxP. This also sits in a rather mundane day-planner when on the road.
For my AR, this is a very low profile case to carry it in. I’ve custom configured scavenged foam on the inside from a Pelican.
Please be sure to post any ideas you may have in the comments here or at the forum. I also invite my readers to post any recommendations on resistance/irregular warfare literature they may find informative and entertaining. –BB
“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property . . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”
I’ve talked about Peak Guerilla before which I posit at 1916-1922 with the major innovators in T.E. Lawrence, General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck and Michael Collins in theaters planet wide during those tumultuous years.
While a reluctant Anglophile, I have always admired the plucky ‘special operations forces” the UK deployed globally during the War to Save Josef Stalin. From Stirling’s resolute SAS and SBS spinoffs to the LRDG and Orde Wingates innovations in southeast asia.
Despite the seeming truth that the British win all their martial contests in spite of their best efforts, I still admire these outliers in British arms. The English fondness for eccentricity let these “rough men” thrive in a way the American military would never tolerate.
I just got finished reading a rather fascinating tome on Churchill’s notion of “ministry of ungentlemanly warfare” and it was most revealing. I recommend it.
Here’s another great link (thanks Aesop). It leads to a host of vintage manuals from the 1940s.
My friend Lester Grau’s interpretation of the Russian Partisan manual from 1942 is most instructive.
I have an entire portion of my home library dedicated to the history of irregular warfare. Mostly Western history as Eastern is simply beyond my scope of inquiry. You could spend a lifetime mining the anecdotes and data.
There are many distillates to be learned among which is the notion of strategic compression, using tactical means to achieve strategic objectives such as assassination, sabotage and deception.
“I don’t believe people should to be able to own guns.”
– Comrade Barack Obama (during conversation with economist and author John Lott Jr. at the University of Chicago Law School in the 1990s)
“When we got organized as a country, [and] wrote a fairly radical Constitution, with a radical Bill of Rights, giving radical amounts of freedom to Americans, it was assumed that Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly …. When personal freedom is being abused, you have to move to limit it.”
– Comrade Bill Clinton
Happy New Year.
I often hear my collectivist friends on both the left and right either complain about the absence of weapons laws or the lack of compliance at some satrap level below the Federal government to enforce the nonsense already on the books.
The lion’s share of all laws on the books in the West are malum prohibitum laws which benefit the state and its umbilicaled corporate clients.
I’ve written on the rule of law before and the very notion that its existence is always compromised by the state’s monopoly as the sole interlocutor.
I once worked as a firearms instructor in north Idaho and the proprietor of the establishment I contracted to had a sign at the front of his gun store and range that read “no loaded firearms in store”; the sign served the dual purpose of erasing liability for firearms malpractice on the part of any customers and another charge to stack on anyone who ended up charged with something else.
The prosecutor complex in America stacks charges like hotcakes on the unwitting victims of the “just-us” system in the USSA. The majority of all crimes in the US find that the state is the sole victim especially in the Federal system where over 90% of cases are pled and the juries convict over 90% of the defendants who have the temerity to request a jury trial.
The state has a natural inclination to criminalize anything that interferes with its presumed right to rule.
Like drunk driving laws, weapons charges are a preferment created out of whole cloth to stack charges, conduct pre-crime sweeps and most importantly, demonize the private ownership of weapons.
You’ll note you will not find a single local to national disarmament entity in the US that voices concerns over the government ownership of small arms. The NRA, the nation’s most powerful gun control lobby, routinely coddles and fellates the state when they try to impose any restrictions or prohibitions on the private ownership of small arms. Scratch the surface of any firearms law in the US and examine its legislative history and you will find NRA intrigue in the drafting of the bill by the violence brokers in the halls of government.
The NRA has never sponsored a single proposal to limit the government ownership of weapons but has done so to infringe private small arms ownership again and again.
The Grand Old Politburo has fought this same fight against private small arms ownership that the Democrats have. Since that essay was published we have seen the GOP fail to pass suppressor deregulation and endorse the nonsensical notion of banning bump stocks, among other things.
I would also ager that like national socialist healthcare, the GOP only votes to diminsh or destroy national weapons control laws when there is zero chance of passage.
Publisher’s Note: I have given up on Maxpedition products and will no longer be using them and phasing them out of all my kit. Their warranty service is abysmal. Two former employees started Vanquest and their gear is bullet-proof an built to last. I subscribe to Build It For Life (BILF) and they back their product 100%.
It struck with the latest shell game in modifying the tax plantation code. It goes without saying that most sober observers would grok that lower corporate tax rates lead to lower prices on goods and services in a modestly competitive environment and all the usual collectivist suspects were mewling and caterwauling about breaks for the rich. Even they would know better if they considered it. But there is a reason. They never assume any of the government produced fiat currency is anything more than a temporary loan to the Helots laboring in the vast feedlots known as America. The zookeepers don’t want a dime repatriated to the hapless laborers. They have so internalized the state, it is outside their moral imaginations to understand that one’s toil and wealth belongs to the individual.
Another reason the collectivists can’t meme worth a shit.
I hope you make the best of 2018 to get your life in order and get into fighting trim and attend to your affairs responsibly for the coming Endarkenment. The reign of the Amphibian in the Offal Office may have provided a temporary interregnum to get your tools and skills in order -BB
“The most incendiary element of the stolen documents was the existence it revealed of a programme called Cointelpro – or Counterintelligence Program – a massive effort by the FBI to infiltrate and disrupt the peace, civil rights and black power movements and put many of their leaders under surveillance. One notorious letter sent by the FBI to Martin Luther King contained materials relating to his extra-marital sexual activity intended to blackmail him into suicide, with a note that said: “King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.”
If you have just got “woke” to the coproach infestation that has reached crisis proportions in the last decade(s) you are late to the party, Coppertop.
Here’s a breathtaking observation from the University of the Intuitively Obvious: no government on Earth can function absent an overt and covert policing modality. It has never happened.
All the propagandistic fairy tales that have infused your education and media exposure on the “good cop” fantasy are just that. The only way for the cops to go after bad guys is for the Internal Affair apparatchiks to do their job.
You may have anecdotal evidence of nice interactions with officer friendly but in the end, that cop will do what he is told by his political masters and ring your bell and snuff your life if you disobey it.
So I wanted you to have what I am going to call the William N. Grigg Memorial Reading List.
I intend on working my way across the spectrum of policing activities in the USSA over the next few months. The Oprichniki’s seven year reign under Ivan IV in Russia resulted in tens of thousands of maimed and murdered Russians. Like the 5th CSU in the Philippines, the Greek ESA, the Cambodian Santebal and others in the rogue’s gallery of government policing, they were ruthless servants of their political masters much like the unveiling of the FBI in recent months who have continued a long tradition of political infighting and king-making. We are lucky the last 24 months have seen the Stooges inspire much of their shenanigans and even the most rabid police supporters are starting to cast a gimlet eye at the dim apparatchiks in America’s NKVD hybrid.
Let’s review a delicious list of scandals under Comrade Comey’s tenure as the Amerikan NKVD Director:
Here are 10 of Comey’s biggest embarrassments at the FBI:
1. After Dylann Roof killed nine South Carolina parishioners in cold blood, James Comey admitted that an error in their background check system allowed Roof to legally buy his gun. “We are all sick this happened,” Comey said of the massive screw-up.
2. Shortly after the NSA scandal exploded in 2013, the FBI was exposed conducting its own data mining on innocent Americans; the agency, Bloomberg reported, retains that material for decades (even if no wrongdoing is found). This is particularly ironic since Comey largely launched his political career by aligning himself with Sen. Schumer during the Bush Administration, making himself known as an opponent of a controversial surveillance program.
3. From 2013-2014, the FBI authorized informants to break the law more than 11,000 times, a steep increase from the years prior; these allowances, which the FBI calls “otherwise illegal activity,” is part of a controversial program that has been accused of resulting in the accidental death of many informants (amongst other unanticipated consequences).
4. Comey made an embarrassing gaffe during a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2015, when he suggested Poland was an “accomplice” to Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. The comments angered America’s allies in Poland, whose foreign ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador for reprimanding. The ambassador, Stephen Mull, later apologized on Comey’s behalf.
5. When the FBI demanded Apple create a “backdoor” that would allow law enforcement agencies to unlock the cell phones of various suspects, the company refused, sparking a battle between the feds and America’s biggest tech company. What makes this incident indicative of Comey’s questionable management of the agency is that a) The FBI jumped the gun, as they were indeed ultimately able to crack the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone, and b) Almost every other major national security figure sided with Apple (from former CIA Director General Petraeus to former CIA Director James Woolsey to former director of the NSA, General Michael Hayden), warning that such a “crack” would inevitably wind up in the wrong hands.
6. In 2015, the FBI conducted a controversial raid on a Texas political meeting, finger printing, photographing, and seizing phones from attendees (some in the group believe in restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic).
7. During its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, the FBI made an unusual deal in which Clinton aides were both given immunity and allowed to destroy their laptops.
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
– William Boetcker
“Indeed, in a free government almost all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen.”
– John Marshall
I issue a standard challenge to everyone within earshot: show me one government or nation state which became smaller and smaller over time and increasingly less injurious to the freedom and liberty of individuals.
Again, I hear the bleating of the usual suspects on the alleged Right who claim that new-found respect for the Constitution will set everything right and we will all skip down the yellow brick road of the small government paradise known as America. I will not belabor the details here for I have covered the Constitution abundantly in both essays and speaking engagements to show it for what it is: a doomsday machine designed to bring maximum government to bear against a helpless citizenry reduced to bondage to the same document.
It is the great centralizer and grants unlimited power of taxation to the overlords in DC at Mordor on the Potomac. I have championed the Articles of Confederation in the past but even those documents were flawed but certainly gave smaller government a chance. In the end, limited government and small government never exist for long before metastasizing into enormous machines built for one purpose: to extract unlimited obedience on pain of caging, maiming and/or death of all persons living within the acknowledged confines of the taxing jurisdiction known as nation-states.
Nothing less, nothing more. Politicians are neither statesman nor public persons of noble intent; they are simply a self-selected class of psycho-/socio-paths whose only agenda is the monopoly of the power to enforce what I just described. They are violence brokers and nothing more.
Despite all the court historians, nomenklatura apologists and contemporary mouthpieces who sing paeans to government and the denizens who run it, the agenda remains the same: the destruction of individual direction and volition and the harnessing of the captured citizenry to the whims and will of the self-appointed zookeepers. You have been lied to and civics class in the government education system then and now has been a descriptive mechanism to rationalize yoking individuals into the collective hive of the state.
Civics is simply government obedience training.