“But we have everywhere courts of injustice — open and avowed injustice — claiming sole jurisdiction of all cases affecting men’s rights of both person and property; and having at their beck brute force enough to compel absolute submission to their decrees, whether just or unjust.Can a more decisive or infallible condemnation of our governments be conceived of, than the absence of all courts of justice, and the absolute power of their courts of injustice?”
– Lysander Spooner
I’ve had to deprogram myself with thousands of hours of autodidactic inquiry to dispel and destroy the hundreds of myths drilled into my head during years of government schooling. This indoctrination has only one primary purpose: to destroy critical thinking facility and replace it with an imbecilic faith in the state to right every wrong and provide cradle to grave excuses for not being a self-led individual. Collectivism builds vast gulag-care systems that institutionalize sloth, group-think and a callous disregard for those who disagree with you. From the sports-obsessed militarists to the nationalistic evangelical Israeli-firsters to the forever-lost collectivist true believers, American tax cattle love their bread and circuses. The American myth is based on a number of assumptions that beggar belief and challenge basic humanity. They clothe the barbarism in parchment idolatry and the lionizing of men, particularly the Presidents.
I have always thought the annual celebration of the best to worst presidents was foolish at best and academically challenged at worst. The court historians had a tendency to fellate the state and top-list the warmongers and those who expanded government and the list continued to diminish from there. From a libertarian perspective, most are monsters incarnate and from my abolitionist perspective, all are monsters but I had an enduring faith a few had good intentions among whom was Grover Cleveland who has been a favorite top drawer listing among the libertarian commentariat.
I highly recommend you take the time to read Lysander Spooner’s letter to Grover Cleveland.
Alas, further examination reveals him to be a collectivist beast like all the rest. It all begins with the railroads in the 19th century, which were given land grants of nearly ten percent of the total land in the country and the tremendous wealth earned by the railroad companies and their ancillary support elements. Cleveland was concerned about the natural corruption that attended big business married to big government and he managed to get the Supremes to rule 6-3 in Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway Company v. Illinois in 1886 that the states did not dictate nor interpret the Commerce Clause of the wretched Constitution but the Federal government did. In other words, the Fedes were THE final arbiter in all commercial trade.
After the Lincolnian project had sealed the fate of any extra-Constitutional attempt to break free from the continuing tyranny of the Federal government: Cleveland managed to find the one enduring notion that would buttress and nourish the growing regulatory apparatus of the national state; in essence, he authored the most effective nursery for the emerging fourth branch of Federal regulation. This led to the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission. I had often thought that the 1942 Wickard v. Filburn ruling had accelerated the growth of the regulatory state in the US but the Cleveland-sponsored devices were the true embryonic path that caused the national state to accelerate in control and grasping at power that would eventually do everything but extinguish commercial liberty in the US. Wickard v. Filburn incredibly regulated commerce that never left its source of production, a nefarious and economically illiterate interpretation but to be expected of the “Red Court” during FDR’s reign. The 1942 was the final nail in the coffin for any free markets in the US.
When I speak to economic illiteracy, I refer to the fascistic Keystone Keynesian notions that have dominated the bureaucratic nomenklatura in the US since the Theodore Roosevelt administration.
The further one plumbs the origins of the maximum state in America, the more you discover the truth that the Constitution built the cobbled Frankenstein monster that is the USA. The Hamiltonian construct that terrified the Anti-Federalists goes beyond the reaction to the Whiskey Rebellion, the American Aurora horror that illustrated the existential challenge to freedom that the Aliens and Seditions Act represented and the evil train of laws that got Constitutional approval on a consistent basis. Sixty two years later, the Second American Revolution would be the last gasp at unharnessing the Constitutional straitjacket and it would fail and lead to the utter consolidation of the Supreme Soviet in Mordor on the Potomac. None of it went away but simply provided the progressive mortar that would eventually lead to the totalitarian infrastructure that is America today.
Strip away the blinders and tune out the white noise of patriotic bilge that is pumped throughout the airwaves and internet daily and know that the entire construct of the American Dream and the fantasy generators in the universities and the government media complex are sophisticated propaganda organs to convince a slave people they are free.
I stand corrected, there are no good American Presidents. Seduced by the totalitarian impulse, every occupant of the Offal Office has been instrumental in ratcheting the restraints and manacles on the American booboisee.
The dissolution of the American state is the only possible answer.
“The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”– HL Mencken