Tuesday, 22 April 2014

On Standoffs

from teaparty.org: 'Ron Paul: Nevada standoff symptom of increasing authoritarianism' - April 21 (Ron Paul's weekly radio message, carried & transcribed orig. on infowars.com)


Our government has too much power and is out of control on so many levels. I agree with Ron Paul, America's Government is acting Authoritarian.
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  • Mark Are Reynolds · Top Commenter
  • More like TOTALITARIAN.
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you allways say that it is welfare and that's bad well I worked all my life doing jobs that destroyed my body and now I only get social security to live on less then a minimum wage worker gets I used to get food stamps to help I barely got 100 a month but now after you people changed that I only get 20 dollors a month which is barely enough to eat one meal yet you basterds give trillions to the rich and other countrys -- what's wrong with you people you act like your for the people but your realy only for the rich people screw you all.
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  • Stan Stanfield
    · Top Commenter · Stanford University  (April 21)
  • Jerry, please be more clear about who you are attacking: Ron Paul and the conservative types who frequent these comments threads are against the big-government people you are talking about who "give trillions to the rich and other countrys (sic)". We want the government to be less powerful than what it has taken on; and that means the likes of its giving the big banks bailouts of the taxpayers' money that was supposed to find its way back to Main Street and support of the economy, but which ended up stuck in the pockets of the Wall Street crowd. And this business of sending so much of the taxpayers' money overseas to other countries is also against our political position. That's the Establishment, of both political parties. A pox on both of their corrupt houses.


This wasn't the time or place to go into this subject in more depth with Jerry;  but I at least wanted to help him get clear on this aspect.  His beef is not with tea party types per se.  He is angry at all that 'federal money' wasted on others; and I/we would agree with him.  The fact that the federal government has also gotten itself involved in all manner of welfare programs that are not constitutionally its business is another subject.  

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence,  promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." - the Preamble to the Constitution (my emphasis)

1) "provide for the common defence" - or as we would spell it in our Americanized English day and age, defense - is, then, one of the (if not the)  main purposes of the federal government.  

2) "promote the general welfare": That would be to help support a climate of economic opportunity, by, e.g., keeping a prudent eye on spending, that it didn't become profligate, and jeopardize 'the general welfare'.  (How we have failed with that responsibility.)  It could also legitimately mean 'promoting the general welfare' by spending tax monies on interstate highways, e.g.; that sort of economically healthy thing.  NOT to take money from some and give it to others, in what we call the 'welfare state'.  As confirmed and highlighted by the next clause in the Preamble: 

3) "...and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity".  NOT 'to impose a regime of Equality on the populace'…

And here is the crux of the modern matter.  Obama & Co. of the Left want to impose a big state - and by all the looks of it, an outright totalitarian state  - on the citizenry, in order to - 

1) make everybody 'equal,' including, ultimately, equality of income ('because people with more money than others act superior to other people, doncha know; plus it creates envy, and we need to cut people's acquisitiveness nature, desire for things, and return to a primitive state of existence, of harmony with and on the land, stop the 'consuming' mentality'); which brings up 

2) 'protect the environment' from people with 'liberty' as their guiding principle (to the point of locking off a massive amount of the land from even human ingress; because humans are a cancer on the land, doncha know); and 

3) keep them shackled by a majority vote in other ways, dear to the hearts of the Left; taking away the rights of the individual, as secured by the U.S. Constitution, and replacing it with the collective power of the state over them.  Group rights vs. individual rights.  (Which allow the Have Nots to steal from the Haves; and presumably feel it's okay, because 'they' voted for it.  Grrrrr…..)  

And the fascists on the Right are happy to let the Left create a totalitarian state, for their own purposes; and figure simply to take it over, once it has been put in place by the deliriously happy and naive tree huggers.  Sort of like how the Mensheviks were shoved aside by the Bolsheviks in the establishment of the imperious and omnipotent Soviet Union.

But I digress.

A little.  Just pointing out how both the far Left AND the far Right want the Constitution out of the way, for being the main stumbling block standing in the way of their vaunted New World Order visions. 

So, we believers in essential liberty - i.e., in humanity's free will; the spiritual 'take' on the matter, as opposed to the simply materialistic take on life  - have our work cut out for us.  

And, in the spirit of the motto, 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going' -

It's time to 'get going'.  Those of us on neither side of the dialectical process, working its way out, to


The best of both sides of the equation:

Individualism ('spiritual beings having a human experience') in the context of a New Order of Things, which involves the whole of humanity.  In another word for it - for us:

the collective.   

Going, neither to the Left nor to the Right.

But Up.   

The days of The (teaching) Drama now over.  

For this go 'round.

This Grand Go 'Round. 

On the Wheel of Karma.

For some of us, now, to exit that (somewhat dreary) state of Illusion.

And go for the Real Thing.    

Getting closer to the Heart of the Mystery.   

Which is the point of the whole exercise.

Not to get caught up in it, and lose contact with our higher Selves in the whole process.   

Take our eye off the ball, as it were.

Rather, have a Ball.   On the other side of the Illusion.  

No longer simply looking at, and interacting with, ourselves in others. 

Like monkeys, looking at a mirror.

And trying to figure out what in hell is going on.

What it's all about.

When what it's all about is staring us right - in - the  


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